UFC Vegas 43 results: Ketlen Vieira bloodies Miesha Tate with brutal punches, wins decision
At the end of five rounds, Misha Tate’s left eye was nearly swollen, and Ketlen Vieira’s hopes for the UFC title were still alive with a unanimous decision over former bantamweight champion, headliner UFC Vegas 43.
Vieira earned 48-47 points twice and 49-46, leaving an impression on the judges and a bloody reminder on Tate’s face as she experienced her repeated chips Saturday night at UFC APEX in Las Vegas.
What Brazilian Vieira lacked in aggression, she made up for with precision, using her remarkable height and reach advantage to mark Tate with a right uppercut and left hook. Combined with good grappling skills, she robbed Tate of the ability to use the weapon that allowed her to win the title five years ago.
“I’m here to fight the best,” Vieira said through an interpreter after the victory. “Respect my skills. One day I will be a champion. “
Vieira, ranked 8th in bantamweight in the world MMA martial arts rankings, did not manage to win a bantamweight title fight with a four-fight streak. previous walk. She needed a win over Tate to stay in the title shot, and did so despite being nervous about facing the former champion.
“I was very hesitant,” she said. “It’s true. I didn’t want to be knocked down, so I felt comfortable in the last two rounds. I wish I could feel the last two rounds the first two rounds.”
As for the 10th-ranked Tate’s hope of a movie-worthy Sunday, Saturday’s result is adjusting expectations. After wowing fans with a solid win over Marion Reno on her comeback after a five-year layoff, she was more like a fighter still adjusting to the demands of the current climate of the UFC women’s bantamweight title.
“I had fun,” Tate said, grabbing her swollen left eye in an octagon after the 25-minute meeting. “This is priority # 1. I thought it was really close. I was not sure [I had won]to be honest. I knew there was a chance that she would win. I take off my hat to her. She is gorgeous.”
When asked about her future, Tate didn’t seem to be embarrassed by the outcome, and she told UFC commentator and former champion Daniel Cormier, “I had a great time tonight. What else can I say. I will go home and kiss my two children. Life is great. “
Tate was the more aggressive fighter throughout the fight, which caused controversy from MMA experts on the Internet. And at times the ex-champion delivered quality shots, most often the right overhand, which repeatedly broke Vieira. But she also telegraphed her approach early and often using the same entrances and exits, giving the Brazilian ample time to return fire with combinations. Vieira’s power advantage could be seen in the attack on Tate.
As the fight progressed into the championship rounds, Tate relied more and more on clinching and tried to steer the fight south, only to deliver powerful punches to the mid-belly that prevented the trip.
Towards the final round, Vieira’s right hand mutilated Tate’s nose as she desperately tried to chase her opponent and try to convince the judges one last time that she had won the fight. Instead, she found air as Vieira approached the final bell, confident of winning, which she ultimately secured with a comfortable lead. Despite all the uncertainty online, there was no one inside UFC APEX.