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Ketlen Vieira vs. Miesha Tate
UFC Women’s Bantamweight Main Event Bout
Saturday, November 20, 2021 – 07:05 PM EST at UFC Apex Center
- Professional MMA Record: 19-7-0
- Knockout Record: 4-2
- Submission Record: 7-3
- SIG Strikes Landed Per Minute: 2.13
- SIG Strike Accuracy: 56.37%
- Takedown Average: 2.16
- Takedown Accuracy: 32.63%
- Submission Average: 1.53
Former women’s bantamweight champion of the world, Miesha Tate, returned to the UFC octagon from her 2015 retirement earlier this year. Tate isn’t back for money; she hasn’t returned for fame, “Cupcake” has one goal in mind, and that’s to become the 135lb champion for a second time.
Tate’s initial success in the UFC propelled the U.S. native into the spotlight; as a fan favorite and former champion of the Strikeforce promotion, most critics realized her success would transition to the UFC in no time.
However, a legendary and highly anticipated clash with Ronda Rousey put Tate on the wrong end of a submission loss. Her build back into title contention was intense; a 4-fight win streak placed Tate in front of the women who managed to deliver Rousey her first professional loss and knockout.
Entering the bantamweight match with Holly Holm placed Tate as a considerable +260 underdog. Still, it was the well-versed grappling skillset and submission offense that assisted Tate in shocking the world. A round five rear-naked choke victory crowned Tate with her first-ever UFC crown.
Stemming from a background in wrestling has been the perfect ingredient for “Cupcakes” professional MMA career. Most opponents cannot handle the cage control and double or single leg takedowns that Tate enjoys dishing out.
Losing the title to Amanda Nunes, followed by a unanimous decision loss to Raquel Pennington, was the end of an era in 2016, when Miesha Tate hung up the gloves. The good news, in July of 2021, she couldn’t ignore another run for success and made quick work of Marion Reneau via ground and pound.
- Professional MMA Record: 11-2-0
- Knockout Record: 2-1
- Submission Record: 4-0
- SIG Strikes Landed Per Minute: 2.66
- SIG Strike Accuracy: 48.88%
- Takedown Average: 2.19
- Takedown Accuracy: 48.15%
- Submission Average: 0.51
The media can focus on Miesha Tate’s rise back into title contention, but they forget that she has a deep talent pool of up-and-coming bantamweights to deal with first.
30-year-old Ketlen Vieira is a product of the Nova Uniao gym in Brazil, most notable for coaching the UFC legend Jose Aldo.
Vieira’s transition into MMA came from a deep-rooted background in multiple grappling disciplines, with her jiu-jitsu and judo at the forefront.
In addition to her black belts in both judo and BJJ, Vieira is a former National Wrestling Champion in her home country of Brazil.
Her arrival to the UFC hasn’t been perfect, but the skills mentioned above have certainly been showcased in the 5-2 UFC record she currently holds. Next in line for Vieira is an equally strong grappler in Tate. Can she overcome the former champ?
Analysis and UFC in Vegas 43 Betting Pick
A clash of styles will take the spotlight in this Saturday’s UFC in Vegas 43 main event. The potent wrestling offense of Tate will meet with Vieira’s long-life judo and jiu-jitsu experience.
It’s undoubtedly challenging to analyze and predict, as both women have proved to be strong in positions they both enjoy fighting in.
For Vieira, a striking game plan could benefit her path to victory.
In contrast, Tate hasn’t shown the most fantastic standup striking evolution during her MMA tenure.
When studying Vieira, it’s difficult to ignore the ground positions she’s previously given up to the likes of Yana Kunitskaya. I believe that Tate’s relentless pressure and cardio could favor the legend’s chance of victory.
Bookmakers disagreed, opening Tate’s betting line at +140. With that said, the betting public has soon adjusted the available betting line, as we’re now witnessing Tate as the favorite at most sportsbooks.
I predict this value will continue to lower; in an evenly matched contest, you cannot ignore the experience and a heavy top control of the former champion.
Unibet is one of the few bookmakers who’re still providing plus money on Tate; I’ll take the little added value in a coin flip matchup.
UFC Pick: Miesha Tate (+105) at Unibet