UFC women’s bantamweight contender Miesha Tate hopes for a 135lbs title shot with an impressive win over Ketlen Vieira at UFC Vegas 43.
Tate returned from a five-year layoff this summer and defeated Marion Reneau via TKO in an incredible comeback performance. Following that win, the UFC has booked Tate against top contender Vieira in a matchup between two top-10 ranked fighters at 135lbs. It’s an important fight in a division that is controlled by UFC women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes, who has fought and defeated most of the women in the top-10 already, including Tate. But despite losing to Nunes five years ago in a one-sided fashion, Tate is still holding out hope for a rematch one day and believes that rematch could be coming soon.
Speaking to ESPN ahead of UFC Vegas 43, Tate explained why a big win over Vieira this Saturday should be enough to put her into the top five and potentially give her a title shot.
“I think a dominant win over her for sure puts me in the top five and I understand it could definitely put me in a No. 1 contender conversation. I think it depends on the performance. With a really dominant win, it could make me the next No. 1 contender, because the division has been run by Amanda for so long, since I left. She’s the one that took the belt from me and she’s fought everyone else that has a strong case right now. I’d be on a two-fight win streak. I’m not really sure who has a stronger case if I get a good solid win this coming weekend over Ketlen,” Tate said (via MMAFighting.com).
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