Knockdown Daily 9/24/21: Miesha Tate's October Main Event Fight Postponed

Miesha Tate reportedly won't headline a UFC card against Ketlen Vieira next month.

Welcome to the Friday edition of the Knockdown Daily. As usual, there are a variety of stories to discuss this morning. Today: the latest on ONE Championship, Miesha Tate’s upcoming fight, and sanctions in the state of Nevada.


Miesha Tate Tests Positive For COVID-19, October UFC Main Event Postponed

Miesha Tate’s first main event bout in over five years has received a setback. The former UFC Bantamweight Champion has tested positive for COVID-19, forcing her October 16th headliner bout against Ketlen Vieira to be postponed.

The fight is now being targeted to take place in November. News of the change was first reported by Marcelo Alonso and Tristen Critchfield of Sherdog.

Tate made her return in July, stopping Marion Reneau in the third round of a co-main event fight. The bout was her first appearance since late 2016 when she lost to Raquel Pennington and declared retirement from the sport.

The now-postponed fight is expected to be Vieira’s first UFC main event appearance. Nearly her entire UFC career has taken place during Tate’s absence, attaining five wins and two losses since joining the promotion five years ago.

Vieira’s last fight was a unanimous decision loss to Yana Kunitskaya in February.

Nevada Commission Hands Out Three Suspensions, Overturns One Fight Result At Meeting

The Nevada Athletic Commission handed out three suspensions and overturned a UFC result at a meeting Wednesday.

The state athletic commission suspended three UFC fighters as part of their drug-testing program. Daniel Pineda, Rodrigo Nascimento and Chris Barnett were all slapped with sanctions at the meeting.

Pineda tested positive for amphetamine following his June 26th no contest fight against Andre Fili. This ruling will sideline him from competing within the state until March 26th, and gave him a fine of over $2,500.

Pineda has been suspended before in Nevada. The featherweight veteran was notably given a six-month suspension in 2019 for “an elevated testosterone-to-epitestosterone ratio” in his body. This ruling pulled him from PFL’s ongoing 145-pound tournament at the time.

A drug test to Nascimento following his July 17th win over Alan Baudot found ritalinic acid in his system. Along with a six-month suspension and a fine of just under $2,000, Nascimento had his win over Baudot overturned to a no contest.

Nascimento’s suspension will expire on January 17th.

Heavyweight veteran Barnett took a suspension due to a drug test that found marijuana in his system the fight week of May 22nd. The decision set him back with a fine of over $1,000 and will keep him out of competing in the state until October 26th.

While the athletic commission ruled to end sanctions on the drug back in early July, punishments regarding contests that took place before that date are still being carried out. Barnett just barely missed the window of avoiding suspension, having competed 16 days before the change in rules was made.


ONE Championship: Revolution

A trio of title fights is set to headline the stacked "Revolution" card from ONE Championship on Friday. The 11-bout card in total will take place live this morning from the Singapore Indoor Stadium in Singapore.

In the main event of the show, Christian Lee will attempt to defend his 170-pound MMA belt against rising contender Ok Rae Yoon. The card also includes a trilogy title fight at 125-pounds and a Muay Thai belt on the line in the co-main event.

Many of the fights lower on the card include intriguing matchups as well. 17-year-old prospect Victoria Lee will get her third test to open the main card, facing promotional newcomer Victoria Souza.

Looking to bounce back from losing his promotional debut, Amir Aliakbari will meet undefeated heavyweight Anatoly Malykhin.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu grappling ace Marcus Buchecha will make his MMA debut on the prelims, facing kickboxer Anderson Braddock Silva in a true style matchup.

A full preview of the card can be read here.

Lead Card (6:30AM EDT / 6:30PM SGT) (Bleacher Report App / Youtube)
Bout 1: James Yang (0-0) vs. Roel Rosauro (5-3) (155 lbs) (MMA Bout)
Bout 2: Petchtatong Banchamek vs. Zhang ChengLong (145 lbs) (Kickboxing Bout)
Bout 3: Marcus Buchecha (0-0) vs. Anderson Braddock Silva (3-1) (265 lbs) (MMA Bout)
Bout 4: Petchdam Gaiyanghadao vs. Taiki Naito (135 lbs) (Muay Thai Bout)
Bout 5: Lito Adiwang (12-3) vs. Hexigetu (9-4) (125 lbs) (MMA Bout)
Main Card (8:30AM EDT / 8:30PM SGT) (Bleacher Report App / Youtube)
Bout 6: Victoria Lee (2-0) vs. Victoria Souza (5-0) (115 lbs) (MMA Bout)
Bout 7: Amir Aliakbari (10-2) vs. Anatoly Malykhin (9-0) (265 lbs) (MMA Bout)
Bout 8: Martin Nguyen (13-4) vs. Kim Jae Woong (11-4) (155 lbs) (MMA Bout)
Bout 9: Joshua Pacio (19-3) vs. Yosuke Saruta (21-9-3) (ONE MMA Strawweight Championship) (125 lbs)
Bout 10: Capitan Petchyindee Academy vs. Mehdi Zatout (ONE Kickboxing Bantamweight Championship) (145 lbs)
Bout 11: Christian Lee (15-3) vs. Ok Rae Yoon (15-3) (ONE MMA Lightweight Championship) (170 lbs)

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