UFC bantamweight contender Ketlen Vieira would like to see former UFC champion Amanda Nunes go out on top. Vieira is set to face another former UFC champion, Holly Holm, tonight in the UFC Vegas 55 headliner. She’s coming off of a unanimous decision win over Miesha Tate last November. Nunes lost her bantamweight title to…
Nunes lost her bantamweight title to Julianna Peña at UFC 269 last December. She will face Peña in an immediate title rematch later this year following their time coaching opposite one another on the current season of The Ultimate Fighter.
“I’m cheering for Amanda,” Vieira said. “There are some saying that she might retire soon, she doesn’t know her plans. But (I) would love to see her retire as a champion. She deserves that because of her history in the sport and everything she’s done. (I’m) going to cheer for Amanda.”
Vieira could be on the verge of entering the bantamweight title picture with another win. She has picked up wins over Cat Zingano, Ashlee Evans-Smith, and Sara McMann during her UFC tenure.
Nunes remains the UFC featherweight champion but it’s unclear if and when she’ll defend that belt. Regardless, Vieira believes it’s important for the greatest female UFC fighter to end her career on her terms.
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Ketlen Vieira is set to face Holly Holm at UFC Vegas 55. | Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC
Ketlen Vieira feels ready to take on former champion Holly Holm at UFC Vegas 55’s main event. It will be a battle of styles at UFC…
Ketlen Vieira feels ready to take on former champion Holly Holm at UFC Vegas 55’s main event.
It will be a battle of styles at UFC Vegas 55’s main event. On one side, rising contender and jiu-jitsu black belt Ketlen Vieira wants to establish herself as a viable challenger to the women’s bantamweight title, but first she needs to defeat former champion and dangerous striker Holly Holm.
In an interview with Ag Fight, Vieira was not afraid to reveal her gameplan, which should not come as a surprise to her opponent or any MMA fan. Predictably, Ketlen intends to neutralize Holm’s dangerous striking by taking Holly down and making use of her strongest asset, her Brazilian jiu-jitsu.
“I’m more relaxed now,” Vieira said. “To face an athlete like Holm, it makes me a little nervous, but I’m focused and really prepared for this fight. This fight is a classic clash of styles. She’s a really good striker, both at boxing and kickboxing. Just like I’m really good at what I do. I’ll try to implement my strategy in the best way possible. I always say that getting where she has gotten is what motivates me. She’s a former champion, but if I do what we practiced, if I listen to Andre (Pederneiras, Nova Uniao’s head coach), we’ll have a great chance of getting this win.
“I’m more matured now,” Vieira said. “I’m taking it one step at a time. I’m focused on her (Holm) and I don’t want to think about what comes next. There will be no belt if I don’t beat her first. I’m focused on her and then we’ll think about what’s next. You can expect an aggressive Ketlen, very driven, who wants to make her fans proud.”
In her last outing, Vieira (12-2) defeated another former champion in Miesha Tate, back in November 2021, by unanimous decision. The victory made the 30-year-old recover from a unanimous decision defeat to Yana Kunitskaya, in February of the same year.
Now, Vieira is expected to take on Holm at UFC Vegas 55’s main event, on May 21. The card is scheduled to take place at the UFC Apex, in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Holly Holm and Ketlen Vieira face off during the UFC weigh-in at UFC APEX on May 20, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada. | Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC
Join us here at Bloody Elbow for live results and discussion as UFC Vegas 5…
Join us here at Bloody Elbow for live results and discussion as UFC Vegas 55: Font vs. Vera goes down from the promotion’s APEX facility in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The main event for this final event of May is a women’s bantamweight bout between former champion Holly Holm and Brazilian contender Ketlen Vieira. In the co-main event, it’s an Argentina vs. Brazil matchup at welterweight between strikers Santiago Ponzinibbio and Michel Pereira.
This will be an ESPN+ show. The six-fight preliminary card is scheduled to start at 4 PM ET/1 PM PT on ESPN and ESPN+. The six-fight main card then kicks off at 7 PM ET/4 PM PT on ESPN+. Odds available at DraftKings Sportsbook.
Julia Dorny is looking to inspire other female fighters in the world by showing her strengths. The International Mixed Martial Arts Federation has created a short film to inspire strong women around the world. The IMMAF and World Champion Julia Dorny came together to put out a short 90-second film called “You Are Strong.” This…
Julia Dorny is looking to inspire other female fighters in the world by showing her strengths.
The International Mixed Martial Arts Federation has created a short film to inspire strong women around the world. The IMMAF and World Champion Julia Dorny came together to put out a short 90-second film called “You Are Strong.” This film shows Dorny speaking right to the people with a motivational, and inspiring message that people should be themselves and not listen to the hate or comments of others.
In this short film, directed by Berlin-based director Lasse Buchhop Dorny is speaking directly to the audience. She explains different scenarios where outside opinions of her might have steered her life in a different direction other than fighting but encouraged people to follow their own dream, as she did in fighting.
Dorny had a long history of fighting in the IMMAF World Championships as an amateur and her most recent fight was a loss to Jeslen Mishelle in the PFL Challenger Series. She is currently the number one ranked fighter in her division out of her home country of Germany and has a background in judo, MMA, and sumo wrestling.
“I like to think of myself as a catalyst. It fulfills me to devote every aspect of my life to inspire and strengthen people, especially women.” Dorny said via the IMMAF.
“IMMAF is proud to present this unique film driven by IMMAF veteran Julia Dorny, as an organization committed to the advancement of women’s sport. Our dynamic Women’s Commission has been at the forefront of enabling the establishment of women’s MMA commissions around the world, while we have seen year-on-year growth in women’s participation.” Brown said.
“We are also proud to have been the driving force for first-time participation of women in MMA and combat sports in a number of our member counties, including Russia, Tajikistan, and in the Middle East. While amateur MMA is an inclusive sport, we do not underestimate the ongoing challenges presented by prejudice and discrimination, and the personal strength required to overcome it. We are pleased to give voice to Julia’s experience and message on the IMMAF platform, which will reflect the experiences of and hopefully inspire many others”
This short film can be seen on any of the IMMAF social media platforms and on YouTube.
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An MMA fighter from Wisconsin is currently under investigation amidst reports of violent conduct involving women. 29-year-old Frank Schuman was identified in a Facebook post by the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office as having committed acts of violence directed against women. No details regarding the number of violent acts or the number of women involved has…
An MMA fighter from Wisconsin is currently under investigation amidst reports of violent conduct involving women.
29-year-old Frank Schuman was identified in a Facebook post by the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office as having committed acts of violence directed against women.
No details regarding the number of violent acts or the number of women involved has been shared at this time. Law enforcement in northern Wisconsin, including the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office and Wisconsin Department of Justice, is actively involved in acquiring information related to Schuman’s involvement in the alleged incident(s).
Authorities in Wisconsin have requested that anyone with information pertaining to Schuman or any of these violent acts contact them as soon as possible.
Active in MMA competition since 2010, Frank “The Nightmare” Schuman went 6-3 as an amateur fighter before making his pro debut in 2014. He’s gone 11-6 as a professional with the majority of his bouts contested for the California-based MMA promotion King of the Cage. That record includes a 2016 submission lost to UFC veteran Zak Ottow, shortly before the latter fighter joined the UFC.
Schuman most recently fought Eric Wisely at Caged Aggression 27 in 2020 and was stopped by strikes in the second round.
Dustin Poirier at UFC 271. | Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images
The former UFC champ isn’t sure about a rumoured match-up between former teammates. It seems as if we are heading towards another high-profile match-up of…
The former UFC champ isn’t sure about a rumoured match-up between former teammates.
It seems as if we are heading towards another high-profile match-up of former American Top Team teammates, with Dustin Poirier apparently ccepting a fight with Colby Covington in the UFC’s welterweight division.
If this goes through, it would be Poirier’s first pro fight at 170 lbs. ‘The Diamond’ is 7-2 (1 NC) in his last ten fights, all of which happened at lightweight. His only losses during that span were in UFC title fights, first to Khabib Nurmagomedov and then—in his most recent fight—to Charles Oliveira.
Poirier’s wins over the last few years include a pair of TKOs over bitter rival Conor McGregor and impressive wins over Max Holloway, Eddie Alvarez and Justin Gaethje.
Despite his success as of late, not everyone thinks it’s a good idea for him to jump up in weight and take on a two-time title challenger. And you can count Michael Bisping as one of those doubters.
“Going up a weight division, going up against Colby Covington, if he loses that, that could have real implications on him getting a title fight again,” Bisping said on his YouTube channel (ht MMA Junkie).
“He wants to be active. He wants to keep earning. He wants to keep fighting, wants to keep making money and setting himself up for the future, which I get, but going up to 170, putting on 15 pounds – well, I say putting on 15 pounds. Not cutting that 15 pounds, but sure enough, fighting at a weight class 15 pounds heavier against one of the top contenders. Whilst me as a fan, I would love to see that, but I don’t know if it’s the smartest move.”
Even though Bisping thinks this would be a risky move for Poirier, he said the reward would be significant if the Louisianan could get a win over ‘Chaos’. However, Bisping added that such a win might be a double-edged sword.
“If he goes out there and he does beat Colby Covington, that makes him one of the top contenders at welterweight, and is that what he wants? Does he want to be fighting (Jorge) Masvidal? Does he want to be fighting Kamaru Usman or even Khamzat Chimaev? I’m not sure that he is. He’s not a small lightweight, he wouldn’t be a small welterweight, but he’d certainly be smaller than those guys.
“And God forbid if he was to lose, I think it would affect his standing in the lightweight division. He was saying that the UFC were offering him a No. 1 contender at lightweight at the end of the year. If he was to lose to Colby … there’s a possibility you lose and there’s a possibility you won’t be in a No. 1 contender fight.”
All things considered, Bisping said he thinks Covington would win in this proposed match-up. ‘The Count’ cited Covington’s size advantage and experience at welterweight.
“He’s by far the better wrestler, gas tank is incredible,” added Bisping. “Dustin is probably a better striker, he’s the more technical boxer and he’s nasty. He’s nasty with the hands. However, Colby Covington is no slouch and he is getting better all the time.”
Covington is coming off a comfortable decision win over Jorge Masvidal in the main event of UFC 272. Prior to that he dropped a decision to UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman.