Miesha Tate believes she has what it takes to cancel out Vieira’s grappling


Miesha Tate sat down to speak with the media to discuss her upcoming UFC Vegas 43 headlining bout with Ketlen Vieira.

The UFC Vegas 43 event is quickly approaching and in the leadup to Saturday night, the athletes participating in the event sat down with the media to talk. Among the athletes involved in the UFC Vegas 43 media day was headliner Miesha Tate. Tate spoke a bit about how it has been coming back to the UFC from retirement and how she feels about her opponent for the weekend Ketlen Vieira.

“I think Ketlen is an elite level fighter, she is ranked in the top ten of the division,” Tate said during her UFC Vegas 43 media day interview. “Lately we saw her lose to Irene, right, she was upset then, almost a contender. I think at that point if she had won that she would be fighting for the belt next. Then she got a win over Sijara Eubanks, it was a good win but Sijara is a 125-er in my opinion, so I don’t consider it the most credible win. And then she had a loss to  Yana Kunitskaya. That’s what I’m looking at her last three fights. She is well-rounded, she can do it all, she spends a good amount of time every fight on the feet. I know she is comfortable there but she does look to get this to the ground, let’s be honest, she is primarily a grappler.”

Tate is confident in her skill against the number seven ranked Viera. She explained how she has improved her skills from her first stint in the UFC. She is looking to prove that she can still compete with the best at 135 pounds and possibly work her way back to regaining her lost bantamweight title.

“When I look at her grappling anyway I can’t say that I’ve really seen anything that is like, ‘Oh wow.’ She’s a good fighter but I honestly think I’m better on the ground and I think that my wrestling is going to be plenty sharp enough to deal with any of her judo.” Tate said. “Fights don’t have to be perfect, they just have to be won and that’s what I’m gonna do.”

Tate’s first fight back from retirement went well, she beat Marion Reneau by third-round TKO. She is looking to secure another finish at UFC Vegas 43.

UFC Vegas 43 takes place on Saturday, Nov. 20, live from the UFC APEX in Las Vegas, NV. Follow along with FanSided MMA, who is on-site, for all your news and highlights.