Vieira (12-2) won on the judge’s scorecards with scores of 48-47, 48-47, 49-46.
Ketlen Vieira beats Miesha Tate by decision in UFC Vegas 43 main event
“That’s what I’m here for — I’m here to fight the best,” the Brazilian Vieira said via an interpreter after the fight. “Respect my skills.”
Tate, a former bantamweight champion, was fighting in her second bout after returning from a five-year retirement. She returned victorious in July with a technical knockout win over Marion Reneau. But she ran into a problem in the fifth round as Vieira battered her en route to the win.
Tate (19-8) was taken to a local hospital for a CT scan on her head and face, the UFC said afterward.
“I’ve always dreamed about being in a main event against a legend,” Vieira said. “To be able to live that moment and get a victory, I don’t have words to express.”
In other main card action, Sean Brady outwrestled Michael Chiesa in the co-main event, Taila Santos defeated Joanne Wood by submission (rear-naked choke) in the first round, Rani Yahya scored a unanimous decision win over Kyung Ho Kang, and Adrian Yanez beat England’s Davey Grant by split-decision in the main card opener.
UFC Vegas 43 performance bonus winners
- Fight of the night: Adrian Yanez vs Davey Grant
- Performance of the night: Taila Santos
–Field Level Media