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UFC Vegas 43: Ketlen Vieira takes unanimous decision over Miesha Tate

Ketlen Vieira made a statement with a big win over former bantamweight champion Miesha Tate at UFC Vegas 43 Saturday night.

Vieira had lost two of her last three contests coming into tonight’s fight, but it was clear from the onset that Vieira was prepared for Tate, using her striking to keep Tate at range.

Vieira protected her No. 7 ranking with the win and ended the hopes of Tate’s championship run for now.

Talia Santos earned performance of the night with her lone submission finish of Joanne Wood, while Adrian Yanez and Davey Grant earned Fight of the Night. Each fighters earned a $50,000 USD bonus.

Kenai Andrews checks in with his thoughts on the main card.

In case you missed the prelims:

LUANA PINHEIRO DEF. SAM HUGHES VIA UD (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

SHAYILAN NUERDANBIEKE DEF. SEAN SORIANO VIA UD (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

CODY DURDEN DEF. QILENG AORI VIA UD (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

LUPITA GODINEZ DEF. LOMA LOOKBOONMEE VIA UD (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

RAFA GARCIA DEF. NATAN LEVY VIA UD (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

PAT SABATINI DEF. TUCKER LUTZ VIA UD (30-26, 30-27, 30-27)

Kenai Andrews checks in with his thoughts on the main card.

MAIN CARD 

DAVEY GRANT VS. ADRIAN YANEZ 

WINNER ADRIAN YANEZ VIA SD (27-30, 29-28, 29-28)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: ADRIAN YANEZ VIA TKO

Andrews: How did one judge score this 30-27?

RANI YAHYA VS. KYUNG-HO KANG 

WINNER: RANI YAHYA VIA UD (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: RANI YAHYA VIA SUBMISSION

Andrews: Good win for Yahya to use his standup as well as the ground game to get the win.

#5 JOANNE WOOD VS. #10 TALiA SANTOS

WINNER: TALIA SANTOS VIA SUBMISSION (RNC) R1 4:49

ANDREWS PREDICTION: TALIA SANTOS VIA UD

Andrews: Great win for Santos. Jojo is older now and cannot keep up with the contending fighters anymore.

#6 MICHAEL CHIESA VS. #14 SEAN BRADY 

WINNER: SEAN BRADY VIA UD (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: SEAN BRADY VIA TKO

Andrews: Brady outworked Chiesa for a good win.

MAIN EVENT

#7 KETLEN VIEIRA VS. #8 MIESHA TATE 

WINNER: KETLEN VIEIRA VIA UD (48-47 48-47, 49-46)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: MIESHA TATE VIA UD

Andrews: Vieira came prepared and kept the fight standing and was not star-struck. Good win.

The next UFC event is UFC Vegas 44, which is set for Dec. 4 at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. Rob Font takes on former champion Jose Aldo in a bantamweight main event.

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Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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