A pair of ranked women’s bantamweights will collide in October. And the comeback trail continues for Miesha Tate.
Combate was first to report the news that No. 7 ranked bantamweight Ketlen Vieira will now fight No. 8 Tate. Viera was scheduled to face Sara McMann next weekend at UFC Vegas 35; however, McMann had to pull out with an injury.
After starting her UFC career out with four victories to keep her undefeated record intact, Vieira (11-2) has lost two of her last three. She suffered her first professional loss at UFC 245 when she was knocked unconscious by Irene Aldana. The Brazilian would bounce back in her only fight in 2020 with a dominant with over Sijara Eubanks on ‘Fight Island.’ Unfortunately, Vieira would come up short against Yana Kunitskaya in February, losing a unanimous decision.
Tate (19-7) returned from a five-year layoff last month as she defeated Marion Reneau in the latter’s retirement fight. “Cupcake” finished her via TKO. Tate has stated that she is coming back for the belt that she lost to Amanda Nunes in 2016 at UFC 200. So if she defeats Viera, she will be on her way.
No location, venue, or broadcast plan has been officially announced for the October 16 event, but UFC President Dana White said that all Fight Nights would be staying at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, NV.
The October 16 fight card now includes the following reported bouts:
- L’udovit Klein vs. Nate Landwehr
- Luana Carolina vs. Maryna Moroz
- Andrei Arlovski vs. Carlos Felipe
- Norma Dumont vs. Holly Holm
- Julian Marquez vs. Jordan Wright
- Ariane Carnelossi vs. Istela Nunes
- Miesha Tate vs. Ketlen Vieira