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Miesha Tate is rumored to return in June against a ranked bantamweight.

The former UFC bantamweight champion will face Mayra Bueno Silva at a UFC event on June 3, proceeding with the Miesha Tate comeback tour. Tate (19-9) will return to the weight class where she first established herself as the champion following competing in one bout at 125 pounds.

The information was first announced by Dama de Ferro MMA. Silva also announced the matchup Wednesday on social media.

Tate will return to bantamweight after losing to Lauren Murphy in her flyweight debut. After an almost five-year absence, Miesha Tate made her comeback and defeated Marion Reneau via technical knockout. Her last two fights saw her suffer defeats to Murphy and Ketlen Vieira. Since defeating Holly Holm to claim the bantamweight title at UFC 196, she has a record of 1-4.

Bueno Silva (10-2) recently defeated Lina Lansberg by submission at the UFC APEX in February. After the match, she screamed on the platform for a match against a strong candidate or a chance at the championship. With three consecutive victories, including two by submission, the Brazilian joined the UFC bantamweight rankings.

Tate is ranked #11, and Silva is now ranked #10, barely above him. The fight is an opportunity for Silva to prove herself against a top-tier opponent. A win over Tate would be a massive feather in Silva's cap and could potentially propel her into the top echelon of the bantamweight division.

Lastly, the matchup is a testament to the depth and talent of the women's bantamweight division. With former champions like Tate and current champions like Amanda Nunes, the division is stacked with talented fighters and exciting matchups.

The UFC has not yet revealed a location or venue, as of the time of this article.


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