Ketlen Vieira Seeking Title Fight Following UFC Fight Night 198 Win
Ketlen Vieira has made a huge statement with a win over former bantamweight champion, Miesha Tate at UFC Fight Night 198 this past week. The Brazilian feels like she will be soon having the taste of her first championship bout in the promotion.
Vieira hasn’t enjoyed a smooth run in the octagon as she went into this fight on the back of a loss against emerging bantamweight Yana Kunitskaya. But the Brazilian knew that she had a point to prove and she did exactly that.
The 30-year-old grabbed the opportunity with both hands and came out victorious in a dominant fashion against the former champ.
It was indeed a huge moment for Vieira to share the octagon with her idol, with the win adding to the joy of the Brazilian. At the post-fight conference, Vieira paid tribute to the “Cupcake” and hinted that she sees herself competing for the title in the near future.
“I respect Miesha a lot, but I fought a great fight I believe,” Vieira said through an interpreter at the UFC Fight Night 198 post-fight news conference.
“I fought a great fight. I’m happy with my performance. Miesha was already a champion before I could even get my hands in MMA, so I look up to her. Fighting a legend like that makes me really believe in my skills.”
The reigning bantamweight champio, Amanda Nunes is set to defend her title against Julianna Pena at UFC 269 this December. Vieira is eyeing the winner of that fight and believes that she is a deserving candidate for the title bout.
“This victory puts me right where I want to be,” Vieira said. “Back at the top. Top five. There will be a championship fight coming up soon, so I’m right back to where I want to be again. I’m back active, I’m ready to go and I look forward to working my way back toward the belt.”