The UFC Vegas 43 main card went four of five games, but ended with the Bantamweight of promotion # 7, Katelyn Vieira, who won a scrappy decision over former 135-pound champion Misha Tate. Vieira used her heavy hands to deal with the stressful Tate and was able to fight off the removal efforts to get a decision. Kaitlyn is now back on the winning column and is setting herself up for another big fight.
Prior to that, the co-main event witnessed UFC’s # 14 welterweight, Sean Brady, and # 6 seed Michael Chisa make a unanimous decision. The fight was quite competitive, with Brady having most of his success on the ground, but Chesa oddly enough did his best on his feet. Brady remains unbeaten and moves into a 15-0 inch career. Which top-ranked fighter do you want to face next?
The first finish of the night occurred in the women’s flyweight division, with the # 10 rating, Tyla Santos, dropping the # 5 rated Joanne Wood twice with Heavy Hands before securing the first round RNC. Santos looked good out there, and after his UFC debut in the low, he has now posted four consecutive victories. This win should increase her strength to the top of the division where there is no real challenge to the champion.
Longtime UFC bantamweight queen Yahya was injured on a couple of occasions to win a unanimous decision over Kyung Ho Kang. Yahya was in hot water on his feet, but was able to neutralize Kong on the ground. The Queen is now unbeaten in three games.
Kicking off the UFC Vegas 43 main card, Adrian Yanez won a scrappy split decision over a Davey Grant game. They both gave everything they had, and plenty of strikes were shared between the two. When the decision was made, the two judges scored Yanez 29-28, and one official saw it from Grant 30-27. How did you achieve this? Despite the odd scorecard, Yanez is off to a fantastic 4-0 start in the UFC.
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Ketlen Vieira def. Meisha Tate (49-46, 48-47 x2) by unanimous decision: (W) Bantamweight
Vieira came out and instantly established himself as the more powerful puncher. From there, both fighters took a slightly cautious approach. Tate Vieira was on the outside trying to stay out of range. Tate decided to blow behind her shots, but Vieira quickly freed herself. Vieira fired for a takedown, but Tate spread her over as the round ended.
Vieira started the second frame with some big punches in the advanced Tate. Things got heated as Misha was returning fire, making contact with her own right hand. She was connected with a front kick that surprised Vieira. Tate was working on moving her head, but when Vieira approached, she reminded everyone of her power advantage. Vieira successfully halted this round of takedown attempts.
Tate accidentally caught his eye in the third round and paused briefly. Tate was really trying to get her jab working, but she seemed concerned about getting back to her way. Vieira sat down looking forward, which allowed Meesha to direct the pace. Just as Vieira began to connect with her hands, Tate tried to remove. Vieira was still on her feet, but Tate bounced back and blasted a series of mean knees to the body.
With pressure and a big right hand, Tate opened the fourth frame. She was able to snag a takedown, but Vieira quickly got back to her feet. The former champion was still pushing Vieira against the fence and grinding with small blows. In the open space, they traded leather, and then in the clinch they exchanged more strikes. It ended in a very close round, punching the body in the Vieira clinch and Tate throwing her knees into the body.
Tate was still trying to get in, but he had to eat some big shots to get there. Sometimes she succeeds, but sometimes she does not succeed. One such instance opened Tate’s nose. Tate was unable to get a takedown and struggled to hurt Vieira in a meaningful way. She kept trying, leaking from her face and pressing Vieira to stretch. When all was said and done, Tate’s eyes were badly swollen, though Vieira didn’t look bad.
Sean Brady def. Michael Chisa (29-28 x3) by unanimous decision: welterweight
The match started with Chisa’s accidental eye piercing, prompting a quick pause. After the restart, Chisa accidentally spun again to bring Brady another time. The fight finally started and when they took hold, Brady earned himself a takedown. Chisa stood at his feet, but after a while he was taken back. It took some effort, but Chisa eventually returned to the open space.
The second stanza spent a lot of time in the open space. Chisa was hitting some sneaky left crosses with Mark. Brady finally had enough of it and closed the distance for the clinch. From there, he worked hard for a takedown, and even though Chisa was hip, he still put Brady down. Chisa gave up his back for a while, but was able to stay safe until the hour.
Brady closed the distance again in the last round, but the fighters picked each other to return to the open space. That’s where Chisa started to drop his hands. He was throwing his punches in combination and he was landing. Brady leaned back to her grip and took Chisa to the mat. He returned to the backpack position, and there the fight slowed down. It took him a while, but Chisa got back to his feet. He did a couple of strikes before hitting his own takedown. He went to full mount and pounded until the end of time.
Tyla Santos def. Round 1: (W) Flyweight by Joanne Wood Submission (RNC) 4:49
Wood faced an early storm from Santos and began to attack with jabs and leg kicks. Santos was more boxing focused, looking to punch properly through Wood’s kicks. A huge right hand from Santos gathered her opponent, and when Wood quickly stood up, she was dropped again. Santos took the back and sank the rear naked choke to get the tap!
Queen Yahya def. By Kyung Ho Kong Unanimous Decision (29-28 x3): Bantamweight
It didn’t take long for Yahya to dive in one leg and defend the Kong. Kang finally worked to free himself and started putting jabs in the open space for Yahya. Then, the big right hand Yahya sat down, but Kang wisely chose not to follow his foe to the ground. The round ended with Yahya pulling a deep half guard. Yahya drove from Kong with an early leg kick to take the top spot. He then withdrew and took the position as he descended into strikes. Kong didn’t get back to his feet until the round was over. Kang followed Yahya in the final round, rocking them and forcing a blow of despair. Kang took the top spot, but it wasn’t long before the Yahya sweep hit. Yahya got a ton of small punches before the bell broke.
Adrian Yanez def. Davey Grant by split decision (29-28 x2, 27-30): Bantamweight
Yanez took center stage right away with slow pressure, looking to unload basic boxing combinations. Grant was comfortable outside, setting up unconventional spinning attacks. As the fight went on, Yanez came to life more. He began to face Grant with crisp punches, causing a little redness around his nose.
The second round started hot, with Yanez pressing forward. Grant let his kicks go to the body and legs of the head, but Yanez stays true to his punching attacks. The accidental eye piercing from Grant caused a slight pause in the action, but quickly resumed. Grant struggled to remove on the restart, but Yanez didn’t have it. Back and forth fighters went on their feet, the two approached. As the brawl continued, more grants were dropped.
These warriors stood directly in front of each other and traded the leather back and forth to start the final round. One man puts down something pure, and then another revenge with the same flush. Grant is a bloody mess and Yanez is relatively unscathed. Yanez was pumping his jab to address Grant in progress and was coming back with a big right hand.