BREAKING: Miesha Tate Returns to UFC Action in a Quick Turnaround- Will Headline October Main Event

Published 08/21/2021, 10:07 PM EDT
NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 11: Miesha Tate reacts during UFC 205 Weigh-ins at Madison Square Garden on November 11, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)


Former UFC bantamweight champion Miesha Tate is reportedly scheduled to make a return to UFC action in October. The number 8 ranked former champ is set to come back on the October 16 card against number 7 ranked Ketlen Vieira. The bout will be quintessential in Miesha Tate’s journey up the ranks back to title contention.

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Given her status as a marquee former champ, all signs point to her entering the bout within the capacity of a headliner.

‘Cupcake’ Tate made her comeback against the oldest female fighter on the roster in her last fight. She returned after a near 5-year lay-off and soundly defeated Marion Reneau via TKO to reassert her dominance in the division. The fight was a major contrast as Tate was making her comeback just as Reneau was getting ready to retire from the sport.

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UFC bantamweight’s clash: Ketlen Vieira vs Miesha Tate

Vieira is coming off a loss in her last fight to Yana Kunitskaya that came via unanimous decision back in February. She’s 1-2 in her last three fights and it’s important that she secures a win in her bout against Tate in October. Another loss at this point in her career could be disastrous as she aims to claw her way to a title shot.

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – SEPTEMBER 27: (R-L) Ketlen Vieira of Brazil punches Sijara Eubanks in their women’s bantamweight bout during UFC 253 inside Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on September 27, 2020 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC)

The women’s featherweight division is ruled with an iron-clad fist by the ever-dominant Amanda Nunes. ‘The Lioness’ has been a formidable force to deal with and Vieira believes she has the tools to beat her. However, the re-surging Tate has her own path mapped out, and it includes avenging her title loss to Nunes from UFC 200.

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Tate showed that she is still a competitive force and that the lay-off hasn’t had much of an effect on her. Moreover, she became a mother as well as ventured into a corporate role with ONE Championship since her UFC retirement. However, she’s decided to return with a renewed focus and has nothing but greatness on her mind.

LAS VEGAS, NV – MARCH 5: Miesha Tate prior to her bout against UFC bantamweight champion Holly Holm during UFC 196 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on March 5, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images)

A title fight against Nunes is not in her immediate future, but given her marquee name, it can happen sooner than expected. She will probably have to fight once more after facing Vieira and she will then be within skipping distance of a title shot.

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Darryl Pinto

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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