#UFC Fight Night 118 #Darren Till #Donald Cerrone #Artem Lobov #Andre Fili #Bellator 185 #Karolina Kowalkiewicz #Gegard Mousasi #Alexander Shlemenko #Jan Blachowicz #Devin Clark #Kristina Williams #Ramazan Emeev #Sam Alvey #Oskar Piechota

Ketlen Vieira has only had two UFC bouts to date, but they looked impressive enough to earn her one high-profile matchup.

As she prepares to meet former title challenger Sara McMann (11-3 MMA, 5-3 UFC) at this Saturday’s UFC 215, the 26-year-old Vieira has every reason to be happy with her current status. She’s undefeated. She’s come a long way but still sees progress ahead. She’s had the proper time and conditions to prepare for the dangerous McMann.

“(McMann) is very experienced,” Vieira told MMAjunkie in her native Portuguese. “But I’m very confident. I’ve been training hard, and I’m very satisfied with my results thus far. I’ve been able to evolve with each fight, and I plan on keeping that going.”

There’s no doubt that Vieira carries some self-assurance into the women’s bantamweight bout at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. In fact, she’s had that attitude since even before the back-to-back octagon wins over Ashlee Evans-Smith and Kelly Faszholz.

But, at the same time, Vieira won’t let her confidence turn into bravado – at least not now, faced with her biggest challenge to date.

In addition to carrying an Olympic silver medal, McMann remains one of the biggest names on the UFC’s women’s 135-pound roster. In fact, her only career losses have come to people who’ve held UFC belts: Ronda Rousey, Miesha Tate and current champ Amanda Nunes.

Considering that she and her Nova Uniao team reviewed McMann’s fights multiple times, Vieira is well aware of all of that. She knows that McMann can strike, grapple and, of course, wrestle. Which is precisely why her training has been so focused and relentless.

“It’s going to be a very tough fight, but I see it as a golden opportunity for myself,” Vieira said. “I have to take this fight with Sara and give it my all, give it my best. I have all the will to win. I don’t know if I’m going to come out victorious – this, only God can tell. But everything I can do inside the octagon to come out victorious, I will.”

Currently ranked No. 9 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA women’s bantamweight rankings, McMann has been making her case for another stab at bantamweight gold since a first-round submission win over Gina Mazany this past February pushed her current winning streak to three fights.

If she beats No. 15 Vieira, that may very well be in the horizon for her. As for the Brazilian up-and-comer’s future should she be the one walking away victorious? Well, let’s just say her short UFC run has taught her to keep her requests modest.

“After – and if – I get past this fight, I’ll think about the next step,” Vieira said. “I have two UFC fights and, for these two fights, I asked for opponents. The UFC didn’t give me any of them. They always put people against whom they want.

“So I won’t call anyone out because it’s not effective. Whomever they choose, I just hope they give me enough time so I can get ready and be prepared.”

For more on UFC 215, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.


Show Comments

Related News

Video: Ex-champ Anderson Silva, Kelvin Gastelum face off for UFC Fight Night 122

  • 27 days ago

Anderson Silva and Kelvin Gastelum face off for the first time ahead of UFC Fight Night 122 on Nov. 25. Filed under: News, UFC, Videos read news >>

Johny Hendricks Training at Jackson-Winkeljohn Academy Ahead of UFC 217 |

  • 21 days ago

Former welterweight champion Johny Hendricks knows he might be in a do-or-die situation heading into his next fight at UFC 217. That's why Hendricks is pulling out all the stops to ensure he shows up read news >>

Dana White Comments on Las Vegas Shooting Ahead of UFC 216

  • 15 days ago

Prior to the start of Saturday's UFC 216 event at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, UFC President Dana White shared a video message about the mass shooting in the city on Oct. 1. Sports Illustrated's read news >>

Ahead of UFC 217 press conference with GSP, watch Michael Bisping's best trash-talk

  • 22 days ago

If you’re going to be in Las Vegas next week, you’ve got a chance to see UFC 217’s headliners – and budding rivals – in person.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

Tony Ferguson takes all business to another level ahead of UFC 216 title fight vs. Kevin Lee

  • 22 days ago

Tony Ferguson has very little chill in him as he prepares to fight Kevin Lee for the interim lightweight title.Filed under: Featured, News, UFC, Videos read news >>

UFC 216's Kevin Lee a man of few words ahead of interim title showdown

  • 18 days ago

Kevin Lee rarely has nothing to say. But today was a different story.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

Max Holloway Inks New Multi-Fight Deal with the UFC Ahead of First Title Defense |

  • 17 days ago

Max Holloway wanted a new contract and now he's got it read news >>

Champ Michael Bisping walks back retirement talk ahead of UFC 217 title defense

  • 9 days ago

Despite previously stating otherwise, UFC champion Michael Bisping now says he won’t retire after UFC 217.Filed under: News, UFC, Videos read news >>

UFC middleweight champ Michael Bisping to appear on Wednesday's episode of 'Conan'

  • 21 days ago

UFC middleweight champ Michael Bisping will sit opposite late-night host Conan O’Brien on Wednesday ahead of his UFC 217 main event.Filed under: Blue Corner, Featured Videos, News, UFC read news >>

Matthew Frincu, Curtis Millender talk kitchen sinks and potential UFC deals ahead of LFA 24 headliner

  • 9 days ago

A pair of high-level strikers meet in tonight’s LFA 24 main event, but their philosophies about how the matchup will go down are divergent.Filed under: AXS TV Fights, News, UFC read news >>