UFC Vegas 43: Vieira v Tate Results And Review

Main Card Results

Ketlen Vieira def. Miesha Tate via unanimous decision (49-46, 48-47, 48-47)

Sean Brady def. Michael Chiesa via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

*Taila Santos def. Joanne Wood via submission (rear-naked choke) – Rd 1, 4:49

Rani Yahya def. Kyung Ho Kang via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

**Adrian Yanez def. Davey Grant via split decision (27-30, 29-28, 29-28)

Prelim Results

Pat Sabatini def. Tucker Lutz via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27)

Rafa Garcia def. Natan Levy via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Loopy Godinez def. Loma Lookboonmee via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Cody Durden def. Aori Qileng via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Shayilan Nuerdanbieke def. Sean Soriano via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Luana Pinheiro def. Sam Hughes via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

*Performance of the night

**Fight of the Night 

This weekend’s fights at the UFC Apex centre was the last one before next weekend’s break. And after witnessing consecutive fight of the year contenders, UFC Vegas 43 had plenty to live up to.

Ketlen Vieira vs Miesha Tate

The main event for the evening was a women’s bantamweight clash between relative up-and-comer Ketlen Vieira against ex-135 champion Miesha Tate.

With it being largely one of the better fights of the night, it was very much the story of wrestling vs striking, with the Brazilian fighter landing the more powerful shots. Struggling to handle the reach of her opponent, Miesha conceded plenty of shots in the process, in which the blood and bumps were very visible from the second round forward.

But despite the blood and swelling, ‘Cupcake’ managed to deliver several shots of her own, let alone takedowns that landed Ketlen in unfamiliar territories. Unfortunately, the experience that Tate had over her opponent wasn’t enough to stop the momentum from kicking in and eventually allowed Vieira to sail through to a unanimous decision win over the veteran. 

Regardless of the scores on the cards, many people, including Daniel Cormier agreed that the fight was much closer than it seems. 

Ketlen Vieira, who was at the time, ninth in the women’s bantamweight division, will presumably bunny hop over Tate’s ranking of seven, and look to get another win or two before reaching for a title fight. 

Sean Brady vs Michael Chiesa

In a highly anticipated fight, the co-main was made up with undefeated Sean Brady setting off against ‘08 TUF winner Michael Chiesa. 

Looking at it as a complete casual’s perspective, you’d expect this bout to be set up similar to the main – with one fighting aiming for a takedown and the other, wanting to stand. However, this wasn’t the case as we saw a completely different fight than what we were expecting.

Although Chiesa is more known for his ground game, Brady looked very impressive as he tackled and initiated wrestling of his own against the former lightweight, causing him all kinds of problems from a grappling perspective. 

While not a complete shutout, Chiesa managed to dodge in and out of awkward positions, but it wasn’t until the third round we could’ve seen something new for Chiesa – a standing TKO/KO. While the fight was drawing towards the close, Chiesa noticed Brady’s cardio problems with the 14-0 fighter sluggishly wadding towards him. Knowing now would be his chance, Michael, on the command of his corner, used all limbs available to damage his opponent in a Hail Mary attempt to win the fight. Fortunately for Brady, he managed to weather the very late storm and capture the win. 

Standing alongside DC in his post-fight interview, the Philly’ fighter refused to call out anyone despite a nagging invitation from the legendary heavyweight. As Brady was able to collect his thoughts, it was believed he would like to face the winner of Belal Muhammad and Stephen ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson. 

Joanne Wood vs Taila Santos

With Santos taking this bout on short notice, the Brazilian fighter looked to show everyone why she was walking with an impressive record of 18-1.

Both fighters ignored the flow of the previous eight (Yes, Eight!) consecutive decision fights and started straight from the off. Joanne Wood (previously known as Calderwood) hoped to use her Muay Thai background to stun her opponent in order to win, but Santos knew all too much of her opponents’ style, as she looked to operate awkwardly against the Scottish fighter. 

Regardless of who had the advantage over who, Santos delivered some reckoning hands, dropping Wood before securing a constricting rear-naked choke in the first round. 

Now holding 19 wins, the Brazilian fighter was rightly awarded the performance of the night as she held the only finish of the event.

Davey Grant vs Adrian Yanez

Opening the main card was a fight most thought would be a classic – the nifty boxer Adrian Yanez against the wild entertainer Davey Grant. 

Straight from the off, Grant welcomed the entertainment, starting the bout with a wild spinning kick to capture his opponent off guard. 

Fortunately for Yanez, he managed to swiftly move out of the way before throwing his typical smart shots of his own. The bout offered plenty of different dimensions such as wrestling, power and technique. Grant, who looked visually bigger than his opponent, looked unsure in matching Yanez shot-for-shot as he looked to concede two punches in exchange for one of his. 

Happy to roll the dice on this gameplan, Grant’s heavy hands weren’t enough to stop the nimble Yanez, as the English fighter’s face became increasingly more painted with blood. While Yanez was the one to win the decision between the banging bantamweights, both fighters walked away with an extra $50,000 for their troubles after being awarded the fight of the night.

It was more than a night to forget for the UFC, as the Apex failed to continue the excitement that the company presented in the previous 3 weeks. However, looking to rest next week, we will see you back on 4th December, where Jose Aldo faces off against Rob Font.


Elliott Nash

Stumbling across Anderson Silva highlights in 2016, Elliott was instantly hooked to the sport of MMA.

With his degree in Media at the University of Portsmouth, his transition to covering the sport was a smooth one. Within the MMA sector, he is our content executive, mostly covering fight card preview and reviews, while also working with EverydayMMA with both written and oral content.

Elliott is aiming to build on his career in journalism, specifically in entertainment, utilizing his existing experience interviewing artists, reviewing albums and films too.

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