Ketlen Vieira says Miesha Tate’s wrestling ‘definitely’ surprised her at UFC Vegas 43 (Video)

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Ketlen Vieira was pleased with her winning effort over Miesha Tate at UFC Vegas 43, but her opponent’s wrestling took her off guard.

Women’s bantamweight contender Kelten Vieira picked up the biggest victory of her career in her first headlining spot at UFC Vegas 43.

Heading into this matchup, the Brazilian had only won one of her previous three bouts — which includes the narrow decision defeat to Yana Kunitskaya in her last outing. Beating a former UFC champion and a fellow top-10 fighter in Tate was a major step in Vieira’s title chase.

Overall pleased with her performance, Vieira was shocked to find out how tough Tate’s grappling is to deal with.

“Definitely her wrestling (surprised me),” Vieira said via a translator in her post-fight interview. “Her wrestling and wrestling defense. After the first round when I tried my takedown, I realized her wrestling was just not something I’ve heard about that I had to watch out for. It’s definitely world-class.”

Ketlen Vieira wants to learn all the tricks of the trade from Tate

In her post-fight octagon interview, Vieira exuded her wish to train with her UFC Vegas 43 opponent in order to become a more well-rounded fighter. While it may not happen in the next 10 days, it’s certainly a possibility down the line.

“I want to be a well-rounded fighter and improve in all facets of fighting,” she asserted. “So if she would be up to it, yeah I’d love to learn from a former champion and a legend of this sport.”

The 30-year-old bantamweight really felt the agony of her last loss. So much so that she still felt some disdain over the matter heading into UFC Vegas 43.

“I’m still very bitter about my last fight, I really believe I won,” Vieira reaffirmed. “The judges didn’t. So I came here hesitant and cautious. I realize that, but I’m still very happy with my performance. The emotions weren’t to do with Miesha Tate, I was hesitant because I didn’t wanna lose again.”

Vieira is 6-2 since entering the UFC back in 2016. The BJJ and Judo black belt proved at UFC Vegas 43 that she has what it takes to compete with the division’s elite.

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