Conclusions of UFC Vegas 43: Viera stops Tate, Godínez made history, Yañez and Santos are tested

Conclusions of UFC Vegas 43: Viera stops Tate, Godínez made history, Yañez and Santos are tested

A long evening at UFC Apex in Las Vegas with 10 decisions, but a lot of movement and at least a couple of qualifiers who took key victories this Saturday.

Ketlen Vieira returned to victory path after losing to Yana Kunitskaya and takes up the conversation for big things at bantamweight, where the dream of Miesha Tate, who longs for a rematch with Amanda Nunes after her return to the UFC, suffered a blow tough in the face of the reality that competition in the category is no game.

On the other hand, Mexican Lupita Godínez broke a new record by fighting for the third time in 43 days and consolidates at 115 pounds, while Rafa García, had Justin Gaethje and Cub Swanson in his corner to stay with a dramatic victory.

Sean Brady jumped into the top 10 at 170 pounds with a solid run against Michael Chiesa and champion Kamaru Usman front row to watch the fight.

Prospect Adrián Yañez managed his first big test against a veteran like Davey Grant and is now a solid option for the best of bantamweight. In addition, Taila Santos took the place of Alexa Grasso and made the most of it, with a solid victory against Joanne Wood, which also earned her a 50 thousand dollar bonus for her pocket.

These are the conclusions of UFC Vegas 43.

Miesha Tate will not have it easy

The former champion is hugely popular and her comeback has brought life to 135 pounds. But against Vieira he was noticed with a lot of weight disadvantage against an opponent who has already been classified in second place in the ranking. Tate continues to improve with her hands and combinations, but it doesn’t seem like enough to catapult her into the championship scene. In the future he will have to get takedowns and take advantage of the fight, which have always been his greatest tool.

Rivals at the top of the ranking such as Holly Holm, Germaine de Randamie or Irene Aldana have better striking than her and are excellent with takedown defense. If you want to get another chance to fight for the belt, the road seems long at 135.

Her physique very different from five years ago, after being a mother twice and changing camps, it seems that she could even make a try at 125 pounds, where the rivals will not exceed her in size.

Adrián Yañez will jump to the top 15

Four wins in four UFC fights for the Mexican-American and this one was very emotional. It was the first since the death of his coach Saul Soliz, a victim of Covid-19.

Davey Grant represented a real test, as he was against Marlon Vera in his last appearance in the Octagon. The Englishman came ready to defend himself against Yañez’s boxing with front and body kicks to keep his distance, but on the way he received a lot of punishment on the counter and especially with Adrián’s jab, who has come out with a bonus in his four fights in UFC.

Even if voters might not consider you to be in the top 15 in the rankings, your next opponent has to be of that caliber. He intends to rest until at least March, after five fights in the 15 months since winning last year’s Dana White’s Contender Series.

It was a really tough fight, the second in which an opponent put him in trouble, but in both he kept his composure and knew how to adjust to secure the victories.

Taila Santos raises his hand

Valentina Shevchenko must be happy. With just five fights in the UFC, the Brazilian has established herself within the top 10 at 125 pounds and looks fit to be a challenger in the short term.

Her first UFC finish came at the right time and against an opponent who can catapult her as a contender, as Joanne Wood had shown herself to be resilient and technical. In fact, she was ready to face Shevchenko before the pandemic readjusted the promotion schedule and now it seems a long way from that position.

Santos came in to replace Mexican Alexa Grasso and seized the greatest opportunity of her career. He showed power and once he sent Wood to the canvas with his hands and submitted her just before the first round was over to get the only completion of the entire card and the performance bonus. Have a great time.

Lupita Godínez is historical

It has been 43 days of madness since he submitted Silvana Gómez Juárez for her first victory in the UFC, and now everyone knows who the Aguascalientes born is. He broke the record by fighting three times in that span, where the balance was two wins, a bonus and a loss with five days notice in a division above his.

If you keep up, you can enter the rankings early; after all, she debuted in a close fight against a former challenger like Jessica Penne, who beat her by unanimous decision.

Although he doesn’t seem to intend to slow down, Godinez may seize the opportunity to make a more clinical selection of his next opponent, as one more win could put him on the qualifying map.

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