Knockdown Daily 11/21/21: Ketlen Vieira Takes Close Decision Win Over Miesha Tate
Ketlen Vieira's win over former champion Miesha Tate leads the MMA headlines for Sunday
Welcome to the Sunday edition of the Knockdown Daily. Today’s issue will focus on recapping yesterday’s UFC and RIZIN events.
Ketlen Vieira picked up a big win in Saturday night’s UFC main event, prevailing in a striking battle over former champ Miesha Tate for a unanimous decision victory.
The fight headlined a UFC “Fight Night” card that took place at the UFC APEX in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
Tate had a higher output of strikes than Vieira at times in their five-round bout, although it was Vieira that landed with more accuracy and did a higher level of damage. Vieira heated up late in the fight, engaging in fire-fights with Tate on the feet.
Vieira was successful with her right hand during the fight, connecting often with crosses, hooks and uppercuts using the hand.
Damage started to show on the face of Tate in the fourth and fifth rounds, as she started to bleed heavily and show swelling on her face.
The fight on Saturday was Vieira’s first UFC main event bout. She was coming off a loss against Yana Kunitskaya from earlier in the year.
Tate, a former UFC Bantamweight Champion, came out of retirement in the summer. Competing for the first time in nearly five years, Tate defeated Marion Reneau with a third-round stoppage outcome in July.
Tates fight on Saturday night was billed as part of her quest towards another reign as 135-pound champion.
Adrian Yanez vs. Davey Grant Earns ‘Fight of the Night,’ Taila Santos Takes Home Performance Bonus
UFC were less generous than usual with performance bonuses on Saturday night, only giving away three awards following a scorecard-heavy “Fight Night” card from Las Vegas.
Adrian Yanez’s win over Davey Grant earned both competitors a “Fight of the Night” award, and a submission victory for Taila Santos made her the sole “Performance of the Night” winner for Saturday.
All award winners were given an extra $50,000 on top of their previously negotiated fight purses.
Yanez prevailed over Grant in a tough three-round striking battle to open the main card. The fight was Yanez’s fourth UFC win and first time going the distance since joining the promotion last year.
Santos scored the first finish win of her UFC career on the main card, hurting Joanne Wood with strikes before securing a rear naked choke submission late in the first round.
Here are the quick results:
Preliminary Card (3:00PM EST / 12:00PM PST) (ESPN+ / TSN 2)
Bout 1: Luana Pinheiro def. Sam Hughes via Decision, Unanimous
Bout 2: Shayilan Nuerdanbieke def. Sean Soriano via Decision, Unanimous
Bout 3: Cody Durden def. Aoriqileng via Decision, Unanimous
Bout 4: Loopy Godinez def. Loma Lookboonmee via Decision, Unanimous
Bout 5: Rafa Garcia def. Natan Levy via Decision, Unanimous
Bout 6: Pat Sabatini def. Tucker Lutz via Decision, Unanimous
Main Card (6:00PM EST / 3:00PM PST) (ESPN+ / TSN 2)
Bout 7: Adrian Yanez def. Davey Grant via Decision, Split
Bout 8: Rani Yahya def. Kang Kyung-ho via Decision, Unanimous
Bout 9: Taila Santos def. Joanne Wood via Submission, Rear Naked Choke (RD 1, 4:49)
Bout 10: Sean Brady def. Michael Chiesa via Decision, Unanimous
Bout 11: Ketlen Vieira def. Miesha Tate via Decision, Unanimous
RENA scored a sudden stoppage win against Miyuu Yamamoto in the main event of Saturday’s card, scoring a second round stoppage win with a hard knee.
The fight headlined RIZIN 32, which took place at the Okinawa Arena in Okinawa, Japan on Saturday.
RENA caught Yamamoto in the second round with a perfectly timed knee to the head, connecting with the shot as a counter to a takedown attempt. RENA then landed punches to a shelled-up Yamamoto on the ground until the referee stopped the fight.
The finish victory for RENA came after a close battle earlier in the fight.
RENA landed the better shots early on the feet. Yamamoto got the fight to the ground in the fourth minute of the opening round, although she had to fend off submissions later on.
RENA attempted an armbar in the final seconds of the round, taking a side control position at one moment while searching for the submission.
Yamamoto earned another takedown quite early into the second round. She was also more active from full guard this time, landing hammerfist punches to RENA. The damage from these blows became visible on RENA, including a cut above her right eye.
Saturday’s main event was a rematch from five years ago. They first met in 2016, where RENA secured a first-round ninja choke submission in the fifth minute. The meeting many years ago was Yamamoto’s MMA debut and only RENA’s second pro fight.
The fight on Saturday was RENA’s return after over a year outside of competition. She is now on a four-fight winning streak.
Yamamoto’s previous fight was in late 2020, where she lost a title fight against Ayaka Hamasaki.
Here are the quick results:
Main Card (12:00AM EST / 2:00PM JST) (Live-Now / RIZIN Live)
Bout 1: Ryoga Terayama def. HIROKI via Decision, Unanimous (Kickboxing Bout)
Bout 2: Sho Sekihara def. TARKER via Decision, Unanimous (MMA Bout)
Bout 3: Hirokatsu Miyagi def. Lopez Satsuma via TKO, Strikes (RD 1) (Kickboxing Bout)
Bout 4: Tanner Lourenco def. Shinya Kumazawa via Submission, Bow and Arrow Choke (RD 2) (MMA Bout)
Bout 5: NISSE def. Aira Koga via Decision, Split (MMA Bout)
Bout 6: Yuichi Miyagi def. Tomohiro Adaniya via TKO, Strikes (RD 1) (MMA Bout)
Bout 7: Haruo Ochi def. Tatsuya So via Decision, Unanimous (MMA Bout)
Bout 8: Juri Ohara def. Kohei Tokeshi via TKO, Strikes (RD 1) (MMA Bout)
Bout 9: BeyNoah def. Daryl Lokoku via TKO, Strikes (RD 3) (MMA Bout)
Bout 10: Bobby Ologun def. Katsuya Kitamura via Submission, Rear Naked Choke (RD 2) (MMA Bout)
Bout 11: Yoshiro Maeda def. Mitsuhisa Sunabe via Decision, Unanimous (MMA Bout)
Bout 12: Kouzi def. Kazuma Sone via Decision, Unanimous (Kickboxing Bout)
Bout 13: RENA def. Miyuu Yamamoto via TKO, Strikes (RD 2) (MMA Bout)
This week’s issue of “On The Prelims” focuses on UFC strawweight Loopy Godinez. She secured a win on Saturday’s UFC undercard, using wrestling to earn a decision win over Loma Lookboonmee.
The victory continued an impressive run from Godinez currently that includes three fights over the past two months. The opinion article reflects on this stretch, showing how it has been a unique, yet successful venture for the former LFA Champion.
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