UFC Vegas 43: Vieira vs. Tate is an exciting event because we get to see UFC Veteran and former UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion, Miesha Tate, headline against the powerful Ketlen Vieira. Read below for my UFC Prediction on the main event, Ketlen Vieira vs. Miesha Tate.
Ketlen Vieira vs. Miesha Tate
Women’s UFC Bantamweight
Saturday, November 20, 2021 – 07:50 PM EDT at the UFC Apex
Ketlen “Fenomeno” Vieira is a Brazilian mixed martial artist currently ranked #7 in the UFC women’s bantamweight division.
Vieira began her early MMA career fighting in Brazil. She made her professional debut in 2014 at Circuito de Lutas in Sao Paulo against Juliana Leite and won via KO in the second round.
In 2016, Vieira made her UFC debut at UFC Fight Night: Lineker vs. Dodson against Kelly Faszholz, and won via split decision.
Of all her professional accomplishments, Vieira has achieved: Mr. Cage Women’s Bantamweight Champion.
Miesha “Cupcake” Tate is an American mixed martial artist currently ranked #8 in the UFC women’s bantamweight division and is the former UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion.
In 2007, Tate made her professional debut at HOOKnSHOOT Women’s Grand Prix. She fought against Jan Finney and won by decision. Up until 2009, Tate fought under numerous organizations including CageSport MMA and Freestyle Cage Fighting.
Tate won her first Bantamweight Championship at the Freestyle Cage Fighting Championships against Liz Carreiro by submission in the third round. In 2008, Tate debuted with Strikeforce against Elaina Maxwell and defeated her via unanimous decision.
In 2010, Tate then competed in Strikeforce women’s tournament; she made her way to the final and defeated Hitomi Akano by unanimous decision, becoming the Strikeforce Women’s Bantamweight Tournament Champion.
Fast forward to 2013, Tate signed with the UFC and debuted against Cat Zingano, but lost via T/KO in the third round. Tate then fought against Ronda Rousey in her second UFC appearance, but lost via submission in the third round.
In 2016, Tate announced her retirement after losing to Raquel Pennington via unanimous decision. She announced “I love this sport forever but it’s not my time anymore”. Well, fast forward to 2021, and Tate announced her return to compete in MMA.
Of all her professional MMA Accomplishments, Tate has achieved: FCF Women’s Bantamweight Champion, Strikeforce Women’s Bantamweight Champion, Strikeforce 2010 Women’s Bantamweight Tournament Winner, UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion (one time), UFC Fight of the Night (two times), UFC Performance of the Night (two times), and many more.
I think these odds speak for itself, and the fact that we can get Miesha Tate at plus money holds a great amount of value.
Tate is the UFC Vet in this matchup and finally got back in the win column in her previous bout against Marion Reneau; she defeated her via TKO in the third round. Her two losses prior were against Amanda Nunes and Raquel Pennington in 2016.
Cupcake’s wrestling skills have always been her forte, just like Vieira. However, in her last bout against Reneau, she definitely showed growth in her striking and handed Reneau her first T/KO loss in her career. Her jab does some damage and she is capable of reading her opponents in a calm manner.
Ketlen Vieira, on the other hand, was undefeated before joining the UFC. Her two losses were against Irene Aldana by KO and Yana Kunitskaya by unanimous decision.
Vieira is strongest on the ground as she has been outstruck in all but one of her seven UFC bouts. Her takedown defense is like a brick wall; it’s very hard to bring her down as she stuffs 92% of takedown attempts against her. She also has very powerful hands.
I can see why Vieira is favored in this; she has been the fresher and more consistent fighter as of lately. Tate just came back to the Octagon in July 2021 after a 5 year layoff; but she did prove her worth in her return.
With that being said, the value behind the veteran is perfect, and even some of your Top Sportsbooks have these women priced at almost a PK. I’m backing Miesha Tate in this one.