Recently-Sacked UFC Fighter Kay Hansen Among Those to Clap Back at Ketlen Vieira-Holly Holm “Robbery” Claims

Published 05/22/2022, 7:01 AM EDT

The UFC bantamweight division got a breath of fresh air when Julianna Pena dethroned the longtime queen, ‘The Lioness’ Amanda Nunes. UFC Vegas 55 headliner had a pivotal matchup in the context of the title picture in the division, and Ketlen Vieira won a close split decision in the main event against Holly Holm.

Thus, booking a future showdown with the winner of the rematch between Pena and Nunes.


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Though even the judges were uncertain of the decision, the ever-active MMA Twitter floated the old-fashioned robbery chants after the close bout that could’ve gone either way. However, the Brazilian also found some support from certain MMA fighters.

Ex UFC women’s fighter Kay Hansen showed her support for the 30-year-old, Vieira and posted, “Unpopular opinion apparently: I thought Viera won haha”


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Even prominent MMA journalist, Aaron Bronsteter, gave an in-depth analysis of the close bout. Subsequently, he slammed people who called the decision a ‘robbery.’ Also a few more names, including former bantamweight champion, Miesha Tate reacted to the fight.

‘Fenômeno’ showed how well-rounded she was. Subsequently, she landed the crisper shots against a decorated boxer and a kickboxer in Holm. Besides, she also cinched in a devastating standing rear-naked choke that almost put ‘The Preacher’s Daughter‘ to sleep. However, Holm used the clinch work to great effect to hold off Vieira’s attacks.

Why did Vieira get the nod at UFC Vegas 55?

The bout was as close as it could get. Both fighters found success in the fight, and almost all the rounds except the second were competitive. The humongous grappling exchange in the second round covers the effective grappling criteria for judging and banks the second round to Vieira.


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All the judges had the first and the final round for the former women’s bantamweight champion. And with the flush spinning elbow and other head-snapping shots, Vieira won round 4. Thus, the bout came down to who won the third round.

After monitoring round 3 closely blow-for-blow, it appears Vieira had landed more damaging shots. Besides, a very respected name in the MMA space, the Weasel, did a video breakdown of the same. Since the rule books clearly suggest damage as the most significant criteria, Vieira got the split decision win at UFC Vegas 55.


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What do you think of the main event decision? Whom did you give the nod to between Holly Holm and Ketlen Vieira?



Deepak Kumar

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Deepak Kumar is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. His love for MMA comes from the chaos and violence the fight game brings to the table. A BJJ aspirant, Deepak began following the sport as a casual fan when Ronda Rousey was finishing her opponents in seconds.

Edited By: Paras Pande