Miesha Tate is back in the main event.
The former UFC women’s bantamweight champion, and one of the most popular MMA fighters in history, will headline UFC Fight Night against Ketlen Vieira on Oct. 16 in Las Vegas, the UFC announced Thursday.
ESPN has Vieira ranked No. 8 in the world at 135 pounds and this is Tate’s chance to climb the divisional ladder again. “Cupcake” made his return from retirement after five years out with an impressive third round TKO over Marion Reneau in July.
Tate vs. Vieira had been planned by the UFC for several weeks, but the announcement was pending for Vieira to sign the fight agreement, which happened on Thursday, according to Vieira’s Instagram.
Tate (19-7) topped UFC 200 in July 2016 against reigning women’s bantamweight and featherweight champion Amanda Nunes. The Washington native, who fights out of Las Vegas, walked away from the competition after a loss to Raquel Pennington four months after that, assuming an executive role with ONE Championship in Singapore. Tate, 35, announced that he would return to the UFC last March and was looking for a future opportunity to challenge the title he lost to Nunes five years ago.
Vieira (11-2) has lost two of his last three fights after starting his career 10-0. The Brazilian native recently lost to Yana Kunitskaya by unanimous decision in February. Vieira, 30, owns UFC wins over Cat Zingano, Sara McMann and Sijara Eubanks.