“And People Say Boxing Judges Are Always Bad”- UFC World Calls Robbery After Holly Holm’s Split Decision Loss to Ketlen Vieira at UFC Vegas 55

Published 05/21/2022, 10:13 PM EDT

UFC Vegas 55 saw former women’s bantamweight champion Holly Holm and bantamweight #5 Ketlen Vieira battle for a shot at the title currently held by UFC standout Julianna Peña. However, the fight did not go as per fans’ expectations and the result certainly did not.

The bout was a clinch-heavy showdown and Holm looked a little slow from the get-go, as expected of an athlete who has entered the 40-year-age space.


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‘The Preacher’s Daughter’ showed heart in the fight and was able to get momentum on her side from round 1. She even escaped a near-decisive rear-naked choke in round 2. Although Holm was able to knock down ‘Fenomeno’ in round 4, the judges awarded Vieira a split decision win after five rounds.

Fans were particularly unhappy with the decision from the judges at UFC Vegas 55 and made it known via Twitter.

A reporter didn’t welcome Holm’s split decision loss after scoring it in her favor himself.

Longtime MMA reporter Aaron Bronsteter shared some amazing insights into the matter which shows what kind of fighter Holm is and the legacy she has built for herself in the MMA space.

On the other end, Vieira has opened up the gates for a lot more opportunities.

Can Ketlen Vieira get a title shot after her UFC Vegas 55 win against Holly Holm?

The Brazilian bantamweight contender has now won two back-to-back fights against former UFC women’s bantamweight champions. The first win was against Miesha Tate at UFC Fight Night 198 and the second was against Holm tonight at UFC Vegas 55.


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These two high-profile wins have no doubt cemented her name as a top contender in the bantamweight division. When the updated rankings come out, ‘Fenomeno’ can expect a significant jump and could potentially enter title fight conversations.

However, she might have to wait to get her hands on Julianna Peña or even Amanda Nunes, as the duo will rematch only after the conclusion of The Ultimate Fighter, where they are serving as coaches.


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Aashish Kumar

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Aashish Kumar is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Journalism & Mass Communication, this Israel Adesanya fan has interned at reputed media houses and gained valuable reporting experience. Building on that experience, Aashish will look to tap into his love for combat sports and let fans benefit from his passion and journalistic expertise.

Edited By: Reubyn Coutinho