Don’t adjust your sets. Certain, Miesha Tate is combating. For the second time this twelve months, genuinely. And yes, she is knocking on the door of a title fight five years after retiring.
It modified into at UFC 205 in November 2016 that Tate lost a unanimous possibility to Raquel Pennington, an raze consequence that led to her taking a hiatus from competitors to point of interest on completely different industry ventures and turning sincere into a mother. On Saturday, Tate continues her quest to wear UFC gold but again when she fights top-10 contender Ketlen Vieira.
Vieira is seeking her bear path of redemption as she overlooked weight for the well-known time in her UFC career this past February then dropped a unanimous possibility in a disappointing performance against Yana Kunitskaya. “Fenomeno” has now lost two of her past three fights, and what as soon as seemed devour an inevitable championship clash with Amanda Nunes is without note getting faraway from her.
Saturday’s event additionally marks the final of 10 straight weeks of UFC occasions, a dizzying stretch that has included a number of the twelve months’s most attention-grabbing fights and finishes. UFC Vegas 43 is for sure flying beneath the radar, but there’s more than ample doable for it to pause this shuffle with a bang.
In completely different well-known card action, undefeated welterweight Sean Brady faces his stiffest grief but in Michael Chiesa, bantamweight veterans Rani Yahya and Kyung Ho Kang face off, the newly christened Joanne Wooden appears to be like to pause the anxious-charging Taila Santos, and a bantamweight banger between Davey Grant and Adrian Yanez opens the provide an explanation for.
What: UFC Vegas 43
The set aside: UFC APEX in Las Vegas
(Numbers in parentheses existing standing in MMA Preventing Global Rankings)
Ketlen Vieira (8) vs. Miesha Tate (10)
Ketlen Vieira’s most attention-grabbing probability to beat Miesha Tate here may per chance very successfully be to snag a submission basically basically based mostly on Tate’s wrestling. The sincere plight is that Tate has ideal been submitted by Amanda Nunes (who rocked her on the toes first) and Ronda Rousey, and Vieira ain’t Nunes or Rousey.
Vieira is poor on the ground, then but again it’s starting up to surely feel devour warring parties accept as true with discovered her game notion, and unless she’s discovered to land more strikes there whereas additionally seeking a submission, this is also advanced for her to accept over the judges. This fact reared its grotesque head for Vieira within the Yana Kunitskaya loss.
On completely different aspect of the equation, Tate has abundant top reduction watch over and ground-and-pound. As attention-grabbing as Vieira can fabricate things on the mat, it’s more doubtless she eats photos whereas working off of her help. And on the toes, Tate is ahead within the inserting division. All she has to receive is steer clear of that raw energy of Vieira and she can accept her aside for three rounds. Throw in a staunch weight-reduction blueprint of takedowns and Tate will deserve to accept as true with one other anxious-fought possibility accept on her resume soon.
Michael Chiesa (T8) vs. Sean Brady
Sean Brady is an elite talent that’s about so that you simply may per chance add an elite title to his resume.
For all of his flaws, Michael Chiesa has had abundant success in two weight classes and there’s a reason he’s been picked because the subsequent man to take a look at Brady. Chiesa is amazingly strong, rangy, and knows his manner across the mat. Brady has by no way lost, but when he’s overly aggressive, he may per chance per chance without problems compile caught by a Chiesa submission. Heck, if he’s too hesitant, he may per chance per chance compile caught by a Chiesa submission.
That way Brady has to be smooth and diploma, which is exactly how he’s seemed in his first four UFC fights. Name consistency dreary have to you will, then but again it’s a crucial attribute for Brady and a mammoth instruct as to why he’s considered this kind of incandescent prospect. At 28, Brady is entering his bodily top in addition to to being earlier than his time mentally. He’s now no longer going to sweat a fast initiate from Chiesa.
Brady’s wrestling and jiu-jitsu are lawful ample to counteract no matter Chiesa plans to lift within the grappling division, and I give him the threshold in inserting too. He’s compact and patient, which is able to let him dictate how the fight goes. I survey Brady a success on the toes then getting the greater of a scrambling Chiesa earlier than finishing with a submission.
Rani Yahya vs. Kyung Ho Kang
No person has viewed Kyung Ho Kang fight in 700 days and I’m supposed to relate you how he’s going to fight tonight?
In what must be a tactical ground struggle, I settle on the submission-minded Rani Yahya here. It’s surely conceivable that Kang’s aggressive wrestling proves to be too grand for the Brazilian vet, who competes for the 40th time as an expert, but Yahya’s jiu-jitsu is correct too interesting to accept against. There are additionally too many request marks about how Kang will raze after one other prolonged layoff. His ground game will have to be on point, lest he spend the majority of the fight working now to no longer compile armbarred or swept.
Kang is one amongst the physically strongest warring parties at 135 kilos, so Yahya surely can’t compile pleased on his help. A sluggish initiate may per chance per chance provide an explanation for costly and Kang may per chance per chance locate to simply outpace Yahya. Alternatively, Yahya is basically the most attention-grabbing submission fighter that Kang has ever confronted all over the octagon and I inquire Yahya to manufacture Kang tap-out sufferer No. 22.
Joanne Wooden (9) vs. Taila Santos (T12)
I’m spinning a broken myth at this point, but man, it’s great to discuss about any Joanne Wooden fight and now no longer take into epic your entire nasty breaks she’s had.
Seventeen months ago she modified into supposed to fight Valentina Shevchenko for a UFC title, but that bout modified into cancelled attributable to a Shevchenko trouble. Wooden couldn’t accept as true with ample money to devour on the sidelines so she booked a fight with Jennifer Maia, a dreadful stylistic matchup who ended up submitting Wooden inner of a spherical. Maia went on to grief Shevchenko as a substitute.
Wooden rebounded with a accept over Jessica Imagine, then lost a shut split possibility to Lauren Murphy that — you guessed it — led to Murphy getting her bear successfully-deserved crack at Shevchenko. Now, Wooden modified into supposed to fight Alexa Grasso on Saturday, a favorable matchup given that Grasso is light discovering her legs at flyweight, but as a substitute she faces the fast-rising Taila Santos after Grasso modified into forced to withdraw.
On paper, this matchup isn’t all that nasty for Wooden, as she’s consistently had lawful takedown protection and that ought to help her model out the now no longer too prolonged ago wrestling-inclined Santos. But Santos adding that weapon to her arsenal has been a key to her success, so sincere being ready to mix it up will give Wooden considerations. This has to devour on the toes and at Wooden’s differ for her to be up to the model. If she can blueprint Santos sincere into a shadowy Muay Thai fight, then we may per chance per chance survey some traditional “Dr. Kneevil.”
Screw it, I’m going with the upset here and picking Wooden to accept a standup scrap on factors.
Davey Grant vs. Adrian Yanez
Unlike that old accept, I’m sticking with the obvious series of Adrian Yanez persevering with his KO streak.
Yanez is on the cusp of a step forward within the loaded bantamweight division and also you accept as true with got got to provide props to the matchmakers for striking him within the moral matchups to raise his stock. His fight with Randy Costa modified into one amongst basically the most delightful beneath-three-rounds bouts of the twelve months and now he has one other strong, but beatable grief in Davey Grant.
The mammoth request model around Grant for the time being is whether or now no longer he’ll ever return to utilizing the grappling that brought him to the UFC within the well-known plight or persist with the bomb-heavy blueprint that has made him a just knockout artist. Those bonus assessments are anxious to resist and Grant has to know that the Yanez reserving modified into made with the expectation that now no longer lower than one amongst them will snag one.
With that in tips, Grant willingly goes to struggle but again — and falls to Yanez in a brave and grand effort that confidently earns both warring parties an further 50 Gs.