What’s next for Miesha Tate after UFC Vegas 43?

This past Saturday in the main event of UFC Vegas 43, Miesha Tate (19-8) fought for the second time since making her return. Standing in her way was top ten contender Ketlen Vieira (12-2).

Tate made headlines the week of the fight with her comments about UFC champion Amanda Nunes. Nunes of course defeated Tate to win her first title back at UFC 200 when she brutalized ‘Cupcake’.

Tate has pointed to the fact that she wasn’t in the right headspace at that time in her career. However, she believed she was the best version of herself entering Saturday night and she said she was going to be the one to take Nunes out. 

However, before she could do that, she had to take out Vieira. Tate fought extremely aggressively on Saturday which is normally how she fights. However, she didn’t find the same success as she did when she returned earlier this year.

Vieira was very crisp with catching Tate as she came in. The former UFC champion looked bloodied and battered after the five-round fight. In the end, the judges gave the decision win to Vieira.

What’s next after UFC Vegas 43?

Now that Tate has suffered a setback, it’s time for her to reset. Had she won on Saturday, she might’ve been looking at a UFC title shot given her popularity in the sport and the lack of appealing challengers to Nunes.

However, Tate has to go back to the drawing board after this loss. She could be out for a while with a medical suspension potentially keeping her out up to six months with facial fractures from the fight.

When Tate does return, who should the UFC pair her against? Well, some have suggested that the promotion should pair her against Holly Holm (14-5) for a rematch. These two first fought back at UFC 196 when Holm was champion.

Tate rallied and choked out Holm in the final round to become champion. While this might be appealing, I’m not sure it makes a ton of sense given the fight that Tate just had. However, I wouldn’t put it past the UFC.

Another potential fight could be the loser of the Raquel Pennington – Julia Avila fight. The loser of that fight would be in a similar position as Tate and it would be a good fight for her either way.

After big win at UFC Vegas 43, what’s next for Ketlen Vieira?

This past Saturday in the main event of UFC Vegas 43, Ketlen Vieira (12-2) was taking on Miesha Tate (19-8). Of course, all eyes before the event were on the former bantamweight champion Miesha Tate who had said that she believed she could take out Amanda Nunes.

However, before she could dream of a rematch with the UFC‘s champ-champ, she needed to get by Ketlen Vieira. Vieira was out to prove that she wasn’t a stepping stone and wanted to prove to everyone that she was still a top contender.

Vieira entered the UFC with a perfect 6-0 record. She started her career with the promotion at a perfect 4-0 which included wins over former title challengers Sara McMann and Cat Zingano. However, injuries kept her inactive after her win against Zingano.

When she returned, Vieira was knocked out by Irene Aldana. Overall, Vieira entered UFC Vegas 43 at just 1-2 in three fights since returning. With that, many thought that she was going to lose to Miesha Tate.

However, Vieira was not having any of it. Throughout the first rounds, Vieira evaded Tate and caught her flush with counter after counter. The former champion was badly bloodied by the end of the fight and Ketlen Vieira picked up the decision victory.

What’s next after UFC Vegas 43?

This was a really big win for Vieira who entered the contest ranked seventh in the bantamweight division. With this win, it’s time to take a look at who the UFC should pair her with next. There are a couple of options out there.

One potential fight to watch would be taking on the winner of the Raquel Pennington – Julia Avila fight especially if Pennington wins. Pennington has won two in a row and she ranks just behind Vieira in the UFC’s rankings. Three straight wins could earn her that fight.

Another potential opponent to watch out for is Aspen Ladd. Ladd ranks ahead of Vieira but is coming off of a loss at featherweight. The former top bantamweight contender really struggled attempting to make the 135 pound limit recently and had a fight cancelled as a result.

If she returns to the UFC’s bantamweight division, Vieira could be the opponent that’s waiting for her. Either way, I’m expecting a top ten opponent for Ketlen Vieira next.

After falling short at UFC Vegas 43, what’s next for Michael Chiesa?

Entering the second half of 2021, Michael Chiesa (17-6) was in an excellent spot in the UFC’s welterweight division. The former top lightweight contender had been unbeaten since he made the jump to 170 pounds.

A perfect 4-0 start that included wins over former UFC champion Rafael Dos Anjos and a dominant win over the durable Neil Magny. This start earned him a shot against Vicente Luque back at UFC 265 in what some people considered to be a title eliminator.

Chiesa had some really good moments in the first round of that fight. However, he left his neck exposed and was submitted. He wanted a quick turnaround after that loss and the UFC booked him against the undefeated Sean Brady (15-0) this past weekend.

Throughout the fight, Brady was getting the better of Chiesa. It was a little surprising to see their grappling exchanges and I think even Chiesa was caught off guard. However, Chiesa did come on really strong in the final round.

That said, it wasn’t enough and Chiesa lost by unanimous decision at UFC Vegas 43. Now, after that perfect start at welterweight which had him in title contention, Chiesa is looking at a two-fight losing streak.

What’s next after UFC Vegas 43?

After losing to Sean Brady at UFC Vegas 43, it’s time for Chiesa to take a slight step back in terms of the competition. He needs a good reset that could see him take on a ranked opponent that sits outside of the top ten.

In looking at the welterweight division, there are a couple of names that jump out to me. However, there’s one name on the list that seems to be the perfect fit. That perfect fit would be “The Leech” Li Jingliang (18-7).

We just saw Li compete back at UFC 267 where he took on phenom Khamzat Chimaev. Li was completely steamrolled and choked out in the first round. However, that shouldn’t take away from how good and tough Li is. That should ultimately speak to how special Chimaev is.

Li and Chiesa would be a fantastic matchup for the UFC to make. Both men need a win to get back to fighting guys inside the top ten. This is the direction I would go if I was the match maker.

UFC: Miesha Tate believes she can take out Amanda Nunes

This weekend at UFC Vegas 43, Miesha Tate (19-7) will be making her second appearance since she came out of retirement. Tate returned back in July where she scored a third round TKO victory over Marion Reneau.

Tate looked really good in her return, however, it’s important to remember the competition level. At UFC Vegas 43, she’s going to get that step up in competition when she takes on Ketlen Vieira (11-2) in the main event.

If Tate can win big at UFC Vegas 43, it’s going to put her in a great position given her status in the sport. Amanda Nunes (21-4) has ran through everyone outside of Valentina Shevchenko since 2014. Nunes has gone on a run that has earned her the title of the greatest female fighter of all time.

One of the names on her hit list is Miesha Tate. The two squared off the main event of UFC 200 when Tate was the bantamweight champion. Nunes completely dominated Tate on her way to becoming bantamweight champion.

Tate wants her UFC title back

Miesha Tate seems more motivated than ever at the moment and her confidence is through the roof. She believes that she’s a better fighter physically and mentally than she was when she first fought Nunes back at UFC 200.

Tate is looking to make a statement Saturday night that puts the division and Amanda Nunes on notice. Make no mistake about it, Tate wants another shot at the champion and if she gets it, Tate believes that she can take her out.

Tate told ESPN this week, Sometimes you only get one shot and when I take that shot at Amanda, it will be the perfect timing, I’ll have the perfect aim. I will be the sniper to taker her out, but I’m not going to jump the gun.”

Worth noting that if Tate wins at UFC Vegas 43, I think she’s only going to be a win away from earning a title shot. Given the status of the rest of the division, it would be an appealing fight for fans to see.