Taking main event status at the UFC Apex facility; a high-stakes bantamweight bout between the #7 ranked division contender, Ketlen Vieira and the #8 rated former undisputed division champion, Miesha Tate.
Making her eighth Octagon appearance, Vieira headlines for the first time in the promotion, hoping to return to the winner’s enclosure off the back of a unanimous decision defeat against one-time featherweight title challenger, Yana Kunitskaya.
11-2 as a professional, Amazonas native, Vieira’s sole other professional loss came in the form a massive first round knockout loss to boxing standout, Irene Aldana at UFC 245 in December 2019.
The 30-year-old Brazilian holds professional victories against the likes of Sijara Eubanks, Ashlee Evans-Smith, as well as former bantamweight title challengers, Sara McMann, and Cat Zingano.
Making her second Octagon walk of the year, former undisputed UFC and Strikeforce bantamweight best, Tate snapped a five year retirement back in July with a third round knockout win over the retiring, Marion Reneau.
Tonight’s outing against Vieira will come as Tate’s first main event slot since UFC 200, and the Washington native has taken notable professional wins against the likes of Hitomi Akano, Marloes Coenen, Julie Kedzie, Liz Carmouche, Sara McMann, Jessica Eye, and a bantamweight title clinching effort against Holly Holm.
UFC Vegas 43 Results: Vieira vs. Tate
Main Card: (ESPN+ 6 p.m. ET)
Bantamweight: Ketlen Vieira def. Miesha Tate via unanimous decision (48-47, 48-47, 49-46)
Welterweight: Sean Brady def. Michael Chiesa via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Flyweight: Taila Santos def. Joanne Wood via first round (4:49) submission (rear-naked choke)
Bantamweight: Rani Yahya def. Kyung Ho Kang via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Bantamweight: Adrian Yanez def. Davey Grant via split decision (29-28, 29-28, 27-30)
Preliminary Card: (ESPN+ 3 p.m. ET)
Featherweight: Pat Sabatini def. Tucker Lutz via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27)
Lightweight: Rafa Garcia Jr. def. Natan Levy via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Strawweight: Lupita Godinez def. Looma Lookboonmee via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Flyweight: Cody Durden def. Aoriqileng via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Featherweight: Shayilan Nuerdanbieke def. Sean Soriano via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Strawweight: Luana Pinheiro def. Sam Hughes via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)