Ketlen Vieira Outlasts Holly Holm In Five Round Back-And-Forth – UFC Vegas 55 Highlights

Ketlen Vieira
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Brazilian contender, Ketlen Vieira may have very well leapfrogged former undisputed bantamweight champion into the #2 position in the official rankings come next week — managing to defeat the former gold holder in a close, back-and-forth split decision (48-47, 47-48, 48-47) to round out tonight’s UFC Vegas 55 card.

Vieira, who headlined for the second consecutive outing tonight, most recently defeated former bantamweight champion, common-opponent, Miesha Tate with a unanimous decision win back in November of last year.

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Utilizing her cinch work when prompted, Vieira was forced to work defensively from that position at the Octagon fence on occasion, however managed to land a couple of takedowns to force Holm to defend from her back, as well as almost wrapping up a rear-naked choke from a standing position.

Despite concern from her coach and head cornerman, Andre Pederneiras before the fifth and final round, Vieira, who entered tonight’s headlining clash as the #6 ranked bantamweight challenger — managed to land her seventh UFC victory — and second straight win over a former division titleholder.

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Below, catch the highlights from Ketlen Vieira’s main event win against Holly Holm