Report – Ex-UFC Champion Miesha Tate Set To Headline October 16. Event Against Ketlen Vieira

Slated for her second Octagon walk of the year, former undisputed UFC bantamweight champion, Miesha Tate is booked to take main event status at a UFC Fight Night event on October 16. — tackling the #7 ranked contender, Kelten Vieira. As of publication, a location, or venue for the event has yet to be confirmed by the organization.

Returning from a November 2016 retirement at UFC Vegas 31 last month, former undisputed division champion, Tate bested the retiring, Marion Reneau with a unanimous decision victory. The win snapped a two-fight losing skid for Tate.

For Vieira, the Brazilian suffered her second career loss back in February at UFC Vegas 19 — suffering a unanimous decision loss to Yana Kunitskaya having previously rebounded at UFC 253 last September on ‘Fight Island’ with a unanimous judging success opposite Sijara Eubanks. Evys Rodrigues from Combate was first to report the pairing.

Off the back of her victory against Reneau, Tate returned to the bantamweight rankings pool — landing at #8 in the official pile.

Before her return, Tate suffered a unanimous decision loss to Raquel Pennington, after dropping her bantamweight title at UFC 200 in a first round rear-naked choke defeat against two-weight gold holder, Amanda Nunes.

A former bantamweight champion, Tate eventually scooped the title at the second time of trying with a rallying rear-naked choke win of her own over Holly Holm at UFC 196. Scoring the Strikeforce bantamweight crown as well, the Washington native submitted Marloes Coenen with a fourth round arm-triangle.

The 35-year-old Xtreme Couture mainstay has also notched other career victories against the likes of Hitomi Akano, Julie Kedzie, Liz Carmouche, Rin Nakai, Sara McMann, and Jessica Eye.

Vieira, who holds an 11-2 professional record, has managed two knockout victories in her career as well as four other submission stoppages. Before her aforenoted win over Eubanks, the Brazilian suffered a huge opening round knockout defeat against Irene Aldana back at UFC 244 in November 2019.

A former Mr. Big and Big Way champion in her native Brazil, during her run in the UFC, Vieira has bested the likes of Ashlee-Evans Smith, common-foe, McMann, as well as another common-opponent, Cat Zingano.


Ross Markey

An MMA fan since 2011 and covering the sport since 2016, Ross Markey has built himself into a top journalist in combat sports.

First catching on to MMA and the UFC in particular back when Brock Lesnar fought Shane Carwin, and even more so when he fought Alistair Overeem back in 2011, Ross really became enchanted with the sport from late-2013-2014 onwards.

He initially began covering MMA in tandem with football back in June 2016 just as he was finishing school. The first real event he covered on his own personal blog was UFC 200 in July of that year during international fight week. His content consisted of previews and event and results recaps. In between jobs, Ross produced content on the side before transitioning to a full-time position back in early 2019.

He initially started creating content on his own blog back in June of 2016, before becoming a staff writer, lead writer, and editor for websites such as MMA Motion, Combat Insiders, Fight Bananas, FightPost, Severe MMA, MMA Power Hour, FightBook MMA, LowKick MMA, and of course, Current MMA.

Back in 2019, Ross received the award Top Journalist of 2019 for FightBook MMA, before he was then promoted to the website's lead writer. Following a six-month period at MMA Power Hour, he was also employed as a junior editor for the company. Throughout his time in the industry, he has interviewed the likes of Colby Covington, Rhys McKee, Pedro Carvalho, Felicia Spencer, Eryk Anders, Jussier Formiga, Danni Neilan, Frans Mlambo, Alex Lohore, Blaine O'Driscoll, Modestas Bukauskas, Ross Houston, Jon Fitch, and Richie Smullen.

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