UFC books headliner between Miesha Tate and Ketlen Vieira

The UFC has finalized a big time headliner in the women’s bantamweight division. Combate was the first to report today that the promotion was finalizing a headliner between Miesha Tate (19-7) and Ketlen Vieira (11-2).

The fight between these two top ten bantamweights will headline a UFC Fight Night on October 16th. Vieira will be looking to bounce back in this headliner against Tate. The last time we saw Vieira was back in February when she took on Yana Kunitskaya.

While Vieira looked good in spots, she ultimately lost a unanimous decision to Kunitskaya. That loss dropped Vieira to 5-2 in the UFC. A couple of years ago, it appeared that Vieira was looking like a title contender at 135 pounds. However, her progression has slowed down a bit.

Vieira started off extremely strong in the UFC. She started out 4-0 with wins over former title challengers Cat Zingano and Sara McMann. However, she was then out of action for an extended period of time with a few injuries. Since she’s returned, she’s just 1-2 and hasn’t really looked the same.

UFC Comeback for Tate

This is the second UFC fight for Miesha Tate since she decided to return to action. The former Strikeforce and UFC bantamweight champion returned to the cage last month after she retired nearly five years ago at the age of 30.

The highlight of Tate’s career came in 2016. She capped off a 5-0 run by beating Holly Holm at UFC 196 to claim the bantamweight championship. It was the absolute peak for Tate and it was also a high point that she quickly fell off of.

Tate lost her title to Amanda Nunes at UFC 200 then lost a decision to Raquel Pennington at UFC 205. After the loss to Pennington, Tate announced that she was retiring. It was a steep fall for Tate who addmitedly said that she was mentally worn out from fighting.

However, after nearly five years away, she decided to return to the UFC. She looked sensational last month when she defeated Marion Reneau. That win put her right back in the mix at 135 pounds. If she can defeat Vieira in October, she might only be a win or two away from a UFC title shot.

After successful return at UFC Vegas 31, what’s next for Miesha Tate?

This past Saturday in the co-main event of UFC Vegas 31, we saw the return of Miesha Tate (19-7). After nearly five years away from the octagon, Tate made her return as she took on top fifteen contender Marion Reneau (9-8-1).

Reneau was making her final UFC appearance while Tate was making her return. Both of these ladies had a lot on the line and both wanted to win more than anything else. For the former UFC and Strikeforce champion Miesha Tate, Saturday was about proving she still belonged.

Tate retired at UFC 205 just one fight removed from losing the bantamweight title. She cited a lack of passion and mental fatigue for her reasoning. Tate walked away at just 29 years old and she started her family.

Now, that competitive fire is back and Tate wants to make another run at UFC gold. Saturday night, Miesha Tate proved that she can still hang in the top fifteen. Tate used her wrestling and her pressure to have a lot of success against Reneau.

Reneau put up a very tough fight, but ultimately, it was the night of Cupcake. Tate used her signature wrestling and in the third round, she secured a takedown along the fence. After securing a dominant position, Tate rained down punches and ultimately got the TKO win at UFC Vegas 31.

What’s next after UFC Vegas 31

UFC Vegas 31 was a big first step for the former champion. It was very important for Tate to get back in the cage and get in the swing of things after so much time off. People are already pondering what will be next for the former bantamweight champion.

I’ve seen some say that the UFC should move her right up to the top to take on the likes of Irene Aldana (13-6) or even a rematch with Holly Holm (14-5). If the promotion moves her up the latter quickly, I think both of those ladies would be great matchups for Tate.

Personally, I would like to see her fight one more mid-tier ranked contender first. I’m looking at the matchup between Ketlen Viera (11-2) and Sara McMann (12-6) that is scheduled for the UFC Fight Night on August 28th.

Whoever wins that matchup would be a great fight for Tate. They’d be ranked around six or so and it would be a nice progression for Tate. If she were to win that fight, then you could put her in a potential title eliminator against the likes of Holm, Aldana, or even a Aspen Ladd.

Miesha Tate stops Marion Reneau at UFC Vegas 31

In the co-main event of UFC Vegas 31, we saw the return of one of the pioneer’s of women’s MMA. Former bantamweight champion Miesha Tate (18-7) made her highly anticipated return as she took on Marion Reneau (9-7-1).

Marion Reneau was making the walk for the final time at UFC Vegas 31. Reneau had her husband and her son in her corner tonight for her retirement fight against the legend Miesha Tate.

The 44 year old had four fights in a row coming into tonight, but she has still remained competitive for the most part. Reneau made her UFC debut all the way back in 2015. She’s been in there with the likes of Holly Holm, Sara McMann, Raquel Pennington, and Cat Zingano.

Miesha Tate was making her highly anticipated return after spending a few years away from competition. The former Strikeforce and UFC bantamweight champion is back after retiring in 2016.

Tate walked away after losing her second straight at UFC 205. However, Tate was only 29 years old and her walking away was more about mental fatigue. Since then, she’s become a mother of her own and she’s found that competitive fire again.

UFC Vegas 31 Recap

Round 1

The UFC Vegas 31 co-main event kicked off with a touch of the gloves. Reneau immediately looked to work the jab as Tate took the center. Tate pushes forward behind her jab as she tries to close the distance.

Low kick lands for Tate. Sharp 1-2 lands for Miesha Tate. Reneau lands a kick, but Tate counters nicely with a jab. Another good 1-2 lands for Tate down the middle. Reneau steps forward with big shots, but Tate wobbles her with a counter.

Marion Reneau shakes out the cobwebs and lands a jab. Big calf kick lands for Reneau. Halfway through the round and Tate goes for her first takedown. However, Reneau defended well as they went into a clinch against the fence.

Reneau landed nice shots in the clinch, but Tate was able to maintain control. The two separate and Reneau lands a nice shot on the break. Jab for Tate lands and she follows it with a 1-2.

Furious pace as both ladies exchange big shots and Tate lands a takedown. Tate settles into halfguard with just seconds left in the round. Very competitive opening round, but the first one at UFC Vegas 31 goes to Miesha Tate.

Round 2

The former UFC champion looked good in the opening round, but Reneau was holding her own. Reneau starts the striking in the second with a nice front kick. Tate steps forward with a nice 1-2 to start her striking.

Front kick lands for Miesha Tate. Beautiful left hook lands for Marion Reneau. Nice right hand lands for Reneau. Tate bounces on the outside as she looks to reset. Reneau lands a nice counter right hand as Tate looks to press forward.

More pressure from Tate, but Reneau is doing much better with counters here in the second. Tate gets deep in on a double leg and slams Reneau down to the ground. The former champion settles into halfguard. Reneau looks for a kimura as Tate works elbows the body.

Tate steps up and almost gets clipped by an upkick. The former champion settles back into halfguard and starts working her ground and pound. A few good shots from Tate and the blood is flowing on Reneau. The round comes to a close and it’s 2-0 Miesha Tate at UFC Vegas 31.

Round 3

Heading into the final round here at UFC Vegas 31 and Marion Reneau is going to need a finish here. Reneau looks aggressive to start the final round as she looks for a headkick. Tate immediately moves forward with pressure.

Nice combinations land for Miesha Tate and Reneau seems a bit wobbled. Tate chains her combinations into a takedown attempt along the fence. Reneau stays up for a a second, but Tate drags her to the ground.

Reneau gives her back and Tate starts working the ground and pound. Tate is landing big shots and the referee calls a stop to the action. Massive TKO win for Tate in her UFC return.

Miesha Tate def. Marion Reneau by TKO – Round 3

UFC Vegas 31 Preview: Miesha Tate – Marion Reneau

Tomorrow night in the co-main event of UFC Vegas 31, we will see the return of one of the pioneer’s of women’s MMA. Former bantamweight champion Miesha Tate (18-7) makes her highly anticipated return as she takes on Marion Reneau (9-7-1).

Before talking about Tate, let’s take a look at her opponent tomorrow night. “The Belizean Bruiser” will be making the walk for the final time at UFC Vegas 31. Reneau will have her son in her corner for her retirement fight.

The 44 year old has lost four fights in a row, but she has still remained competitive for the most part. Reneau made her UFC debut all the way back in 2015. She’s been in there with the likes of Holly Holm, Sara McMann, Raquel Pennington, and Cat Zingano.

It’s been quite the ride for Reneau as she’s gone 5-7-1 in her thirteen octagon appearances. While she’s exiting tomorrow night, Miesha Tate is returning. The former Strikeforce and UFC bantamweight champion is back after retiring in 2016.

Tate walked away after losing her second straight at UFC 205. However, Tate was only 29 years old and her walking away was more about mental fatigue. Since then, she’s become a mother of her own and she’s found that competitive fire again. Physically, she looks better than ever and she’s ready to make a statement.

UFC Vegas 31 Prediction

I’m incredibly interested to see how both of these ladies look tomorrow night at UFC Vegas 31. Marion Reneau has lost four in a row, but she’s been incredibly active. In addition to her activity, Reneau can straight up crack on the feet.

When Miesha Tate was at the top of her game, she was one of the best in the world. Tate became the UFC champion with a sensational submission win over Holly Holm and when she exited the sport, she was only two fights removed from that one.

I expect a bit of a slower pace to start as this is a huge fight for both women. I do believe Tate will be able to use her wrestling a lot in this fight. I’ll be watching the cardio of both women. This fight will go the distance and I do expect Reneau to have her moments. However, Tate’s wrestling should get her the win in her return.

Prediction: Miesha Tate by Unanimous Decision

UFC: Miesha Tate wants to be active upon her return; Eyeing a rematch with Amanda Nunes

One week ago today we learned that Miesha Tate (18-7) was returning to the UFC. The former bantamweight champion retired back in 2016 after she had lost her second consecutive fight.

That fight was to Raquel Pennington and prior to that, she lost at UFC 200 to Amanda Nunes. Tate had just turned 30 years old when she retired and having only lost two fights in a row, many were perplexed by her decision to retire.

However, Tate told ESPN’s Ariel Helwani this week that she was just ready to get away from being Miesha Tate the fighter. In her time away from the octagon, she became a VP with One Championship.

However, as a fighter, Tate was still under contract with the UFC. Tate told Helwani that she really started to get the itch to fight last year. She had a baby last June and then reached out to Dana White in September.

After meeting with White, Tate’s UFC return was inevitable. However, at first, Tate was going to compete at featherweight. The former bantamweight champion wanted to compete where she didn’t have to cut weight.

Returning to the UFC’s bantamweight division

Of course, it’s known how shallow the talent pool is at featherweight in the UFC. In fact, there was rumors going around that the division was being shut down after Nunes defeated Megan Anderson earlier this month.

As of now, featherweight is still a division, but it won’t be the division Tate competes in. After thinking about it, Tate wanted to compete at bantamweight because she’s wanting to be an active fighter upon her return.

Ultimately, the goal for Tate is to get a rematch with the UFC’s two-division champion, Amanda Nunes. Tate told Helwani that she believes she could get another crack at Nunes with a couple of quality wins.

Given her name recognition, I believe that’s about right in terms of her timeline. Tate takes on Marion Reneau (9-7-1) on July 17th. This is the perfect opponent for her in her UFC return.

Reneau is not the best fighter, but she’s dangerous. This is a good way for Tate to get back into the swing of things before she starts taking on some of the best at 135 pounds. Maybe another showdown with Holly Holm could occur later in 2021.

BREAKING: Former UFC champ Miesha Tate is coming out of retirement

Former UFC bantamweight champion Miesha Tate (18-7) is coming out of retirement. The former bantamweight champion told ESPN’s Brett Okamoto today that her fire is back and she’s ready to return to the octagon.

Tate will make her return to the UFC on July 17th. Standing across from Tate will be Marion Reneau (9-7-1). Reneau will be competing in her retirement fight per ESPN. Reneau has lost four fights in a row and just dropped a decision at UFC Vegas 22.

However, she couldn’t pass up the opportunity to take on the former UFC champion. Reneau told Okamoto, “I can’t think of a better situation, just because I like to say I grew up watching Miesha. I used to dream about fighting her, and now it’s coming to pass in what happens to be my last hoorah.”

Of course, the main story here is around Miesha Tate. Tate is still just 34 years old so she has plenty of fight left in her. She retired back in 2016 after she lost a decision to Raquel Pennington at UFC 205.

UFC return for Miesha Tate

That loss was the second in a row for Tate. Prior to that loss, Tate lost the UFC bantamweight title to Amanda Nunes at UFC 200. That loss to Nunes snapped a five-fight win streak that saw Tate become the bantamweight champion.

The decision for her to retire surprised many at the time. Tate had just turned 30 years old when she decided to walk away from competing. It’s also not like she was on a massive losing streak when she made the announcement.

It appeared that the former UFC champion just wanted to focus on things outside the octagon. Tate became a mother during her retirement and got to pursue other avenues. Now, she’s ready to get back into the octagon.

Tate told ESPN, “My heart is full of passion, the fire has been lit! The sport has been calling for me, it’s time I answer.”