Miesha Tate is forced out of her UFC Fight Night 195 main event
Former UFC bantamweight champ Miesha Tate was supposed to fight Ketlen Vieira in the Fight Night 195 main event. Tate has to pull after testing positive for COVID-19. Tate had good momentum heading into the fight after winning her comeback fight against Marion Reneau.
The TKO win over Reneau back in July was one of the finest displays in Tate’s career. This fight against Vieira was meant to be a stepping stone in another shot at the bantamweight belt, unfortunately, Tate has to wait a little bit more to get a shot at Amanda Nunes’ title.
On the other hand, Vieira wanted to break into the title picture with a convincing win against Tate. The 30-year-old has a 5-2 UFC record and has notable wins over the likes of Cat Zingano, Sijara Eubanks, and Sara McCann. The match against Tate was set to be her first fight since February 2021 which was a loss to Yana Kunitskaya.
The fight is not postponed which means it will take place on another date. This will be better for both fighters because Vieira fighting another woman on short notice would be a disservice to her training over the past few months. This matchup means too much to postpone because the winner will enter the title picture. Tate is the bigger name but Vieira should never be underestimated.
Tate is 6-4 in her 10-fight UFC career but her win against Reneau convinced a lot of people to believe in her again. She stepped out of the MMA world for five years but she hasn’t lost a step. She is still powerful and her speed is still elite. While Nunes is still the number one fighter in women’s MMA, it will be fun to renew her rivalry with Tate.
The event will be held on 16th of October but the new main event has not been announced just yet. The promotion will likely announce it soon with some good candidates for the top spot in the card.
Words: Cholo Martin