Ketlen Vieira proved that she is coming to be a champion. Because Vieira doubled the victory over the former UFC Champions by defeating Holly Holm in a split decision in the UFC Fight Night on Saturday.
Ketlen Vieira won a landslide victory over Holly Holm in the main event of UFC Fight Night 206 from UFC's Apex Facility in Las Vegas.
In the main event, former UFC women's bantamweight champion Holly Holm competed against Ketlen Vieira in the fight for the top 135-pound contenders. Holm has a two-fight winning streak but has been sidelined since October 2020 due to injury. Vieira defeated former UFC champion Mesha Tate by a unanimous decision in his recent bout.
From the beginning, the main event was the battle of positioning. There were Vieiral unsuccessful attempts to remove Vieira, while Holm controlled Brazil with his clinch game against the fence. Holm and Vieira hit accurately and frequently. Vieira hit 40 out of 45 in Round 1, while Holm hit 33 out of 41. The headliners of the week were not afraid of each other's strength.
Vieira managed to turn around a bit in the second round. she gained enough momentum in a hip-through take-down to bring Holm to the ground and caught Holm in his own clutch against the cage until he caught suffocation that was deep enough for the former champion. Endangered
Vieira attempted a head kick early in Round 3, but Holm allowed her opponent to push to the clinch. Holm spent most of her rounds sliding Vieira down against the fence. It was definitely Holm's most decisive round until Vieira touched her chin with her right hand in the final 30 seconds of the round. More clinching work really stopped Vieira from making her own tough punch.
It would not be wrong to give Holm the fourth round as Vieira seemed to slow down the 40-year-old, Holm got stuck with his game plan and even hit a front kick in the face which shook her opponent. ۔
Holm tried her best to control Rwanda with her clinch game in the final round of this important contest, but it was not enough to convince the judges.
The judges scored 47-48, 48-47, and 48-47 for Vieira.
With the win, Vieira (13-2-0) now has three consecutive victories, including two former champions. The fight went into the record books as a victory for her, but with so few wins, it's hard to say whether she'll make it into the top 5 of the rankings. But that didn't stop him from asking for a title shot against champion Juliana Pena.
Holm, meanwhile, returned to the octagon tonight after a 19-month hiatus (14-6-0) and despite her face bleeding from his nose, did not agree with the results.
Holm, who will soon be inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame, had no doubt in her mind that she was the real winner of the fight.
"I thought I won the fight. I gave him two rounds and I think I won the rest," Holm told Cormier. "I don't think that was a question."
"I'm the next champion of the women's bantamweight champion," Vieira told Daniel Cormier in her post-fight interview. "I'm ahead, I'm ready, I'm here."
See the results of UFC Vegas 55 below.
UFC Vegas 55 Main Card
Ketlen Vieira def. Holly Holm by split decision (48-47 x2, 47-48)
Michel Pereira def. Santiago Ponzinibbio by split decision (28-29, 30-27, 29-28)
Chidi Njokuani def. Dusko Todorovic by knockout (elbow) at 4:48 of Round 1
Tabatha Ricci def. Polyana Viana by unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
Junyong Park def. Eryk Anders by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Joseph Holmes def. Alen Amedovski by submission (rear-naked choke) at 1:04 of Round 1
Jailton Almeida def. Parker Porter by submission (rear-naked choke) at 4:35 of Round 1
Uros Medic def. Omar Morales by TKO (punch) at 3:05 of Round 2
Jonathan Martinez def. Vince Morales by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Chase Hooper def. Felipe Colares by TKO (punches) at 3:00 of Round 3
Sam Hughes def. Elise Reed by TKO at 3:52 (elbows) of Round 3