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UFC Fight Night: Vieira vs Tate Results

Live Results, Winner Interviews And More From UFC Fight Night: Vieira vs Tate, Live From The UFC APEX In Las Vegas

UFC returned to UFC APEX with a showcase matchup in the women’s bantamweight division as No. 7 ranked contender Ketlen Vieira took on No. 8 Miesha Tate. In the co-main event, welterweight grappling specialists lock horns as No. 6 ranked contender Michael Chiesa looked to derail No. 13 Sean Brady.

UFC FIGHT NIGHT: VIEIRA vs TATE took place Saturday, November 20 from UFC APEX in Las Vegas. All bouts streamed on ESPN+, with the prelims beginning at 3 p.m. ET/ 12 p.m. PT and the main card at 6 p.m. ET/ 3 p.m. PT.

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*The main event is scheduled for five rounds. The remaining fights are all scheduled for three rounds. | Official Scorecards

 

UFC Fight Night: Vieira vs Tate Results

UFC Fight Night: Vieira vs Tate Main Card

Main Event: Ketlen Vieira vs Miesha Tate

Brazil’s Ketlen Vieira put a dent in the comeback plans of Miesha Tate, as she defeated the former world bantamweight champion via five-round unanimous decision in the UFC Fight Night main event.

Scores were 48-47, 48-47 and 49-46 for the No.7-ranked Vieira, now 12-2. The No.8-ranked Tate falls to 19-8.

The first round was largely tactical, the two getting acclimated to the Octagon and each other. With a little over a minute left, Tate used a hard right hand to get into the clinch, and that sequence might have been the deciding factor in scoring the opening frame.

Tate’s right hand scored effectively in the second, prompting Vieira to throw her own in response, and this seemed to be the launching point for some more activity on the feet for both fighters, with Tate holding the edge thanks to a hard kick up the middle and a follow-up 1-2. But Vieira did surge down the stretch with right hands that hit the mark.

Ketlen Vieira Post-Fight Interview | UFC Fight Night: Vieira vs Tate
Ketlen Vieira Post-Fight Interview | UFC Fight Night: Vieira vs Tate
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An inadvertent eye poke by Tate brought a halt to the proceedings early in round three, but after getting cleared by the Octagonside physician, the bout continued, Tate trying to close the distance while Vieira kept her at bay with straight punches from long range and defended a Tate takedown.

Tate went back to her grappling attack in round four, and while she didn’t get the fight to the mat, she stayed busy in the clinch and added some points at close range before the two broke and traded hard shots before another clinch, this one punctuated by body punches by Vieira.

With the fight close and possibly up for grabs, it was Tate pushing the pace early in the fifth while Vieira stuck to her guns with a patient attack that was still scoring points and that bloodied Tate’s nose and closed her left eye down the stretch.

Official result – Ketlen Vieira def. Miesha Tate via unanimous decision (48-47, 48-47, 49-46) | Official Scorecards

Co-Main Event: Michael Chiesa vs Sean Brady

Unbeaten Sean Brady scored the biggest win of his career in the UFC Fight Night co-main event, as he defeated Michael Chiesa via unanimous decision in a meeting of welterweight contenders.

Scores were 29-28 across the board for the No.14-ranked Brady, now 15-0. The No.6-ranked Chiesa falls to 18-6.

Brady caught a couple inadvertent eye pokes in the first two minutes of the opening round, drawing a brief break both times, but it was the Philadelphian who had the first major score of the fight thanks to a takedown that Chiesa rose quickly from. Brady kept at it and got another takedown, but as they rose again, Brady emerged with a bloody nose courtesy of a left cross from the former Ultimate Fighter winner.

Sean Brady Post-Fight Interview | UFC Fight Night: Vieira vs Tate
Sean Brady Post-Fight Interview | UFC Fight Night: Vieira vs Tate
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Chiesa’s striking looked sharp in the first half of round two, and quick left hands kept Brady at bay until the Philly fighter got the action to the mat and then took his foe’s back, keeping the bout there until the horn.

Seemingly down on the cards, Chiesa went after the finish to start the third and final round, but Brady weathered the storm and once again put the fight on the mat while taking the back of “Maverick.” With less than a minute to go, Chiesa found his way to his feet and did his best to turn things around, but even with a late takedown and a furious ground-and-pound assault, he ran out of time.

Official result – Sean Brady def. Michael Chiesa via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) | Official Scorecards

Joanne Wood vs Taila Santos

Taila Santos made a statement in her bout with Joanne Wood, submitting her fellow flyweight contender in the first round.

Highlight: Taila Santos Submits Joanne Wood | UFC Fight Night: Vieira vs Tate
Highlight: Taila Santos Submits Joanne Wood | UFC Fight Night: Vieira vs Tate
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Both fought on fairly even terms in the early going until Santos dropped Wood with a right hand with 90 seconds left. The Scotland native got back to her feet, only to get sent to the canvas once more. Santos looked for the finish, but Wood kept fighting, leading the Brazilian to adjust and go for the submission, and this time, she ended the bout, with a rear naked choke forcing the tap at 4:49 of the first round.

The No.10-ranked Santos moves to 19-1 with the win. The No.5-ranked Wood falls to 15-7.

Official result – Taila Santos def. Joanne Wood via submission (rear naked choke) at 4:49 of the first roundOfficial Scorecards

Rani Yahya vs Kyung Ho Kang

Brazilian bantamweight veteran Rani Yahya won his second straight, defeating Kyung Ho Kang via unanimous decision.

Scores were 29-28 across the board for Yahya, now 28-10-1, 1 NC. Kang falls to 17-9, 1 NC.

Rani Yahya Post-Fight Interview | UFC Fight Night: Vieira vs Tate
Rani Yahya Post-Fight Interview | UFC Fight Night: Vieira vs Tate
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Yahya got the fight to the mat in the second minute and he wasn’t able to let his grip of Kang go, even as the Busan product worked his way back to his feet. With three minutes to go, Kang got free and worked a steady jab, mixing in right hands, with one of them dropping the Brazilian with under two minutes to go. Yahya rose and it was back to work for Kang, whose striking looked sharp.

A tactical error by Kang allowed Yahya to get the fight to the mat early in round two, and the Brazilian grappling master kept it there for the rest of the frame, evening the score with his foe. In the third, it was more of the same, as Yahya controlled matters on the canvas en route to the decision victory.

Official result – Rani Yahya def. Kyung Ho Kang via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)Official Scorecards

Davey Grant vs Adrian Yanez

Rising bantamweight star Adrian Yanez continued to impress as he pounded out a three-round split decision over Davey Grant.

Scores were 29-28, 29-28 and 27-30 for Yanez, now 15-3. Grant falls to 13-6.

Grant opened with a spinning kick that Yanez eluded, but he kept the kicks coming as he attempted to keep Yanez from getting into a rhythm. In the second minute, though, Yanez began finding that rhythm with his hands, calmly catching Grant with combinations to the head and body. Grant stayed busy, but got caught with a left and a right upstairs, each of which made the Brit stumble briefly.

Adrian Yanez Post-Fight Interview | UFC Fight Night: Vieira vs Tate
Adrian Yanez Post-Fight Interview | UFC Fight Night: Vieira vs Tate
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After a brief stop for Yanez to recover from an inadvertent eye poke early in round two, Grant looked for a takedown for the first time but came up empty. That didn’t deter the bloodied Grant, who was throwing hard with his punches, kicks and the occasional spinning technique. Through it all, Yanez wasn’t bothered, and he continued to calmly pick his shots against an opponent who was anything but calm in his attack.

The exchanges got more heated in the third, both bantamweights intent on making an impression in the final frame, and early on, it was Grant making that impression. Midway through the round, Yanez got back on track behind a stiff jab and follow-up right hands, keeping it simple and effective as the bout went through its final stages.

Official result – Adrian Yanez def. Davey Grant via split decision (29-28, 29-28, 27-30)Official Scorecards

UFC Fight Night: Vieira vs Tate Prelims

Pat Sabatini vs Tucker Lutz

In a clash of featherweight up and comers, Pat Sabatini defeated Tucker Lutz via unanimous decision.

Scores were 30-26, 30-27, 30-27 were Sabatini, now 16-3. Lutz falls to 12-2.

Sabatini was clearly after the takedown as the fight began, and he got his wish granted just before the midway point of round one. Working hard for the finish, Sabatini looked for a rear naked choke, and while he didn’t get it, it was a clear round for the Philadelphian.

Pat Sabatini Post-Fight Interview | UFC Fight Night: Vieira vs Tate
Pat Sabatini Post-Fight Interview | UFC Fight Night: Vieira vs Tate
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Lutz came out fast for round two, only to get grounded once more. On the mat, Sabatini continued to dominate, nearly catching his opponent in a guillotine choke before taking his back and working for a rear naked choke again. Again, Lutz hung tough, but now he needed a finish in the third round to get the win, and Sabatini wasn’t about to let that happen as he made it three straight in the Octagon.

Official result – Pat Sabatini def. Tucker Lutz via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27) Official Scorecards

Rafa Garcia vs Natan Levy

The third time was the charm for Rafa Garcia, who secured his first UFC victory with a hard-fought unanimous decision over previously unbeaten Natan Levy.

All three judges saw it 29-28 for Garcia, now 13-2. Levy falls to 6-1.

After a solid start on the feet by Levy, Garcia got a brief takedown with three minutes to go before the two resumed their standup battle. Soon the pattern was set, with Levy doing better on the feet while Garcia was in control in the grappling exchanges.

Rafa Garcia Post-Fight Interview | UFC Fight Night: Vieira vs Tate
Rafa Garcia Post-Fight Interview | UFC Fight Night: Vieira vs Tate
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Garcia put the fight on the mat to begin the second stanza, but Levy rose quickly and took control with his own takedowns in the final two minutes before Garcia ended the round on top as they hit the canvas again.

In the third, Garcia continued to press behind his grappling attack, and more takedowns from the Mexican prospect were what he needed to secure the win.

Official result – Rafa Garcia def. Natan Levy via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)Official Scorecards

Loma Lookboonmee vs Loopy Godinez

Fighting for a modern-day UFC record third time in 43 days, strawweight prospect Loopy Godinez added another win to her Octagon slate as she defeated Thailand’s Loma Lookboonmee

Scores were 30-27 across the board for Godinez, now 7-2. Lookboonmee falls to 6-3.

Godinez took the opening round behind some solid striking as she shot in and out on her foe, and she also did well in the clinch before scoring a late takedown.

Loopy Godinez Post-Fight Interview | UFC Fight Night: Vieira vs Tate
Loopy Godinez Post-Fight Interview | UFC Fight Night: Vieira vs Tate
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The Mexico native wasted no time getting Lookboonmee to the mat to open round two, and while Lookboonmee didn’t stay grounded long, Godinez stayed locked on as they stood until the pair broke apart midway through the round. Lookboonmee did score with a subsequent knee, but that led to another takedown by Godinez, wrapping up a solid effort.

After an early leg lock attempt by Godinez early in round three, Lookboonmee came back as she outworked her foe with her strikes, but it was another takedown by Godinez that put her back ahead as the seconds ticked away.

Official result – Loopy Godinez def. Loma Lookboonmee via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)Official Scorecards

Cody Durden vs Aoriqileng

In a back-and-forth flyweight bout, Cody Durden outlasted Aoriqileng via unanimous decision.

All three judges saw it 29-28 for Durden, now 12-3-1. Aoriqileng falls to 18-9.

Durden won the takedown war in the first frame, getting his foe to the mat three times while controlling enough of the action to grab an early lead, but Aoriqileng’s standup work against his tiring foe tightened up the race.

Cody Durden Post-Fight Interview | UFC Fight Night: Vieira vs Tate
Cody Durden Post-Fight Interview | UFC Fight Night: Vieira vs Tate
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A brawl broke out in the second, each flyweight having their moments as they sought the finish but were unable to break the other.  

Durden got the fight to the mat in the second minute of round three, avoiding several fence grabs by Aoriqileng to do it. With under two to go, the fighters stood, Aoriqileng pressing Durden and landing punches until a late clinch by the Georgia native.

Official result – Cody Durden def. Aoriqileng via unanimous decision (29-28,29-28,29-28)Official Scorecards

Shayilan Nuerdanbieke vs Sean Soriano

In featherweight action, China’s Shayilan Nuerdanbieke earned his first UFC victory, taking a three-round unanimous decision over Sean Soriano.

Scores were 29-28 across the board for Nuerdanbieke, now 20-7. Soriano falls to 14-8.

Soriano had a solid first round offensively, but it was his defense that stole the show as he consistently avoided Nuerdanbieke’s attempts to get the fight to the mat while getting his own takedown late.

Shayilan Nuerdanbieke Post-Fight Interview | UFC Fight Night: Vieira vs Tate
Shayilan Nuerdanbieke Post-Fight Interview | UFC Fight Night: Vieira vs Tate
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Two minutes into round two, it was Nuerdanbieke’s turn to reverse the action on the mat, and he took control from top position. The two scrambled back and forth, trading control, but it was Nuerdanbieke taking the dominant position until the end of the frame.

There would be no back and forth action in the last round, as Nuerdanbieke got the fight to the mat and kept it there, wrapping up the fight in dominant fashion.

Official result – Shayilan Nuerdanbieke def. Sean Soriano via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28) | Official Scorecards

Luana Pinheiro vs Sam Hughes

Brazilian strawweight prospect Luana Pinheiro defeated Sam Hughes via unanimous decision in the UFC Fight Night opener.

Scores were 30-27, 30-27, 29-28 for Pinheiro, now 10-1. Hughes, who replaced Jessica Penne, falls to 5-4.

Luana Pinheiro Post-Fight Interview | UFC Fight Night: Vieira vs Tate
Luana Pinheiro Post-Fight Interview | UFC Fight Night: Vieira vs Tate
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Pinheiro used her strikes to set up a throw to the mat just before the midway point of the opening frame, and after getting free from a couple choke attempts, Hughes got back to her feet but was unable to get the points back from her foe.

Hughes had a better second round, but late in the stanza, the Brazilian scored a knockdown and flurried on the mat, perhaps stealing the middle five minutes. And while Hughes performed well in the third as well, it wasn’t enough to turn the fight in her favor, as Pinheiro scored her second UFC win.

Official result – Luana Pinheiro def. Sam Hughes via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)Official Scorecards