Ketlen Vieira


Loses close decision to Kunitskaya
February 20, 2021
Vieira lost to Yana Kunitskaya via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) at UFC Vegas 19 on Saturday.
Vieira had success with her control grappling, but Kunitskaya inflicted more damage throughout the fight (215 total strikes to 35). It came down to Round 3, where Vieira dominated with control, but Kunitskaya ended the round strong with hard ground-and-pound that opened up a cut on Vieira's head. Vieira started her UFC run with a four-fight winning streak, but with the competition rising, she's now 1-2 in her last three fights. To make matters worse, she was one of the bigger betting favorites on the card at (-270).
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Co-main event still on
February 19, 2021
Vieira's scheduled bantamweight matchup against Yana Kunitskaya will move forward as planned despite Vieira missing weight by two pounds Friday morning, John Morgan of reports.
Vieira will have to forfeit 20 percent of her fight purse to her opponent, but Saturday's co-main event will remain in tact as a result. With an expected advantage in the ground game against Kunitskaya, the 29-year-old Vieira enters as one of the larger betting favorites on the card at approximately (-270).
Trouble with scales
February 19, 2021
Vieira weighed in at 138 pounds Friday, two pounds over the limit for a non-title bantamweight fight.
Unlike the subsequent large misses Friday morning, Vieira was at least in the ballpark and will likely see this fight move forward after surrendering some of her fight purse, provided she's healthy. Vieira is one of the larger betting favorites on the card at roughly (-270) for her scheduled matchup against Yana Kunitskaya.
Rebooks matchup with Kunitskaya
November 16, 2020
Vieira (11-1-0) reached an agreement Monday to face Yana Kunitskaya (13-5-0, 1 NC) in a bantamweight matchup set for the UFC's Feb. 20 event, Farah Hannoun of USA Today reports.
The two were initially scheduled to fight one another Aug. 8, but visa issues forced Vieira to withdraw for the matchup, with Julija Stoliarenko stepping in as a replacement. Vieira went on to face Sijara Eubanks on Sept. 26, winning in a unanimous decision to improve her record to 5-1 since joining the UFC.
Rebounds with victory
September 26, 2020
Vieira defeated Sijara Eubanks via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) at UFC 253 on Saturday in Abu Dhabi.
It was a solid if unspectacular performance from the Brazilian. Coming off a shocking first-round knockout loss at the hands of Irene Aldana last December, Vieira did what was necessary to get by her late-notice opponent. That's the good news. The bad news is that Vieira clearly faded as the fight progressed, with Eubanks clearly winning Round 3. Vieira got a ton of publicity after winning her first four UFC bouts, but two of those came via split decision. She's just 29 years old, and there is room for immediate advancement in the UFC's women bantamweight division.
Set to face Sijara Eubanks
September 16, 2020
Vieira will now face Sijara Eubanks at UFC 253 on Sept. 26, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.
Vieira was originally scheduled to fight Marion Reneau but that matchup has since been called off. Reneau was forced to withdraw from the event due to an undisclosed injury. Vieira will be coming off a long period without a fight, appearing last at UFC 245 in Dec. 2019 when she lost to Irene Aldana via KO (punch).