UFC Vegas 43 recap: Vieira blanks Tate, undefeated Brady extends run

UFC Vegas 43: Here's a recap of Saturday's UFC Fight Night events that included Brazilian star Ketlen Vieira's triumph over veteran Miesha Tate.

Ketlen Vieira stunned veteran Miesha Tate in Saturday's main event.   -  GETTY IMAGES

Ketlen Viera shocks veteran Tate

In a thrilling women's bantamweight main event contest, seventh-ranked star Ketlen Vieira thumped veteran Miesha Tate who is on a comeback trail after her return from retirement earlier this year. In a stiff ground-dominated contest that stretched all the way to five rounds, the Brazilian came up on top with a clinical performance, eventually winning by unanimous decision.

The 30 year-old Viera said: "I'm here to fight the best, and Miesha Tate is one of the best of all time. She was setting up the takedown and I did not want to be taken down... I felt confident in the last two rounds and let my game go. I'm going to be the champion one day."

Undefeated Brady blanks Chiesa

In the welterweight co-main event, grappling came to the fore as undefeated prospect Sean Brady kept his extended his record to 15-0 against sixth-ranked Michael Chiesa. Brady's supreme take-downs got the better off Chiesa who presented sharp jabs.

Brady won the bout by unanimous decision and said: "All week I was saying how much the pressure was getting to me... but I think I proved I belong to be here. I grapple with the highest level grapplers and they always ask my coach, 'What school did that kid wrestle at?' I never wrestled a day in my life. This is just what I do and I'm the best at it. I want one of these main events!"

China's Shayilan shines

In the prelims card, China's UFC Academy graduate Shayilan put up a dominating performance in his second appearance against veteran Sean Soriano. Shayilan's adept wrestling techniques helped him to put up a noteworthy display at the Octagon. 

China's UFC Academy graduate shone in his second UFC appearance.   -  GETTY IMAGES

 

The 27-year-old said:"Fighters in the UFC are from different countries and they are the best in the world. For me to get here, it took a lot of effort, and this win means so much to me. I wanted to get the fight won inside the distance, but I'm still glad I got the win. 2022 is going to be a different year for me, I'm going to improve, and you'll see a different Shayilan."

Results overview

MAIN EVENT

  • Ketlen Vieira def. Miesha Tate via unanimous decision (48-47, 48-47, 49-46)

CO-MAIN EVENT

  • Sean Brady def. Michael Chiesa via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

MAIN CARD

  • Taila Santos def. Joanne Wood via submission (rear naked choke) at 4:49 of the first round
  • Rani Yahya def. Kyung Ho Kang via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Adrian Yanez def. Davey Grant via split decision (29-28, 29-28, 27-30)

PRELIMS

  • Pat Sabatini def. Tucker Lutz via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Rafa Garcia def. Natan Levy via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Loopy Godinez def. Loma Lookboonmee via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Cody Durden def. Aoriqileng via unanimous decision (29-28,29-28,29-28)
  • Shayilan Nuerdanbieke def. Sean Soriano via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
  • Luana Pinheiro def. Sam Hughes via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

Fight of the Night: Davey Grant vs Adrian Yanez

Performance of the Night: Taila Santos

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