Vieira Bloodies and Beats Tate at UFC Fight Night 198

Vieira vs Tate UFC
Former UFC women's bantamweight champion Miesha Tate got most of the attention all week but in the end Ketlen Vieira got the victory turning in a solid, workman-like performance to decision Tate in Saturday's UFC Fight Night main event from Las Vegas. Known primarily as a grappler, since returning to the octagon from a near five-year layoff Tate's supposedly reinvented herself adding improved striking skills. But she still appeared awkward in the stand-up often fighting with her hands wide apart which left her vulnerable to Vieira's stiff jabs.

Tate had trouble with Vieira's superior height and reach all fight, frequently having to leap forward to throw her strikes. Though she landed some, Vieira punished her with hard counter shots. Ignoring her corner's advice to bring the fight to Tate, Vieira allowed the former title holder to come forward throughout. But it was Vieira who consistently landed the more damaging blows. She hit Tate with a big knee to the body in the final round and followed up with a right hand that had blood gushing from Tate's nose. By the end of the fight Tate's face was a crimson mask as Vieira took the unanimous decision.

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