Miesha Tate’s second fight on her return with the UFC will have to wait. The popular former women’s bantamweight champion tested positive for COVID-19, and her main event fight against Ketlen Vieira was off the UFC Fight Night card on Oct. 16 in Las Vegas, Tate manager Josh Jones said. to ESPN.
Jones said Tate is “fine” and the current plan is to reschedule the fight for a later date.
It is unclear which fight will headline UFC Fight Night, although former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Holly Holm – like Tate, one of the most popular MMA fighters in history – will face Norma Dumont in a featherweight bout at Bliss. billboard.
Tate (19-7) came out of retirement and returned to the Octagon after five years with an impressive third-round TKO of Marion Reneau in July. Tate, 35, beat Holm to win the UFC women’s bantamweight title in March 2016 before losing it four months later to Amanda Nunes, who remains the champion. Tate has said that he wants to regain his title during this second stretch in the UFC.
Vieira (11-2) is ESPN’s No. 8 women’s bantamweight fighter. The 30-year-old Brazilian has lost two of her last three bouts.