While it’s not official yet, a women’s bantamweight fight between Miesha Tate and Ketlen Vieira is now expected to headline UFC Fight Night 195 on October 16th.
The fight comes at a time when Tate has just made a successful comeback after a five-year retirement at the age of 32, picking up a third round TKO victory over Marion Reneau last month.
That had been her first win since winning the 135lb title back in 2016 with a last-gasp submission finish of Holly Holm, which had been followed by back-to-back losses against Amanda Nunes and Raquel Pennington, resulting in her decision to hang up her gloves.
Meanwhile, just a month after Tate’s retirement in 2016, Vieira was beginning her own UFC campaign, and in Tate’s absence has put together a 5-2 record in the promotion.
However, the 29-year-old has lost two of her last three fights and is coming off a decision defeat against Yana Kunitskaya, though she does still hold the No.7 spot on the bantamweight rankings, one place above Tate, who has re-entered at No.8.
Tate vs. Vieira will front a UFC Fight Night 195 card that will also feature the likes of Andrei Arlovski vs. Carlos Felipe and Holly Holm vs. Norma Dumont.