After a defeat in her last outing and a long layoff, Ketlen Vieira (11-1) was “very happy” to take a win over Sijara Eubanks at UFC 253.
The bantamweight bout, which took place on Saturday on “Fight Island” in Abu Dhabi, saw Vieira return to the winning streak for the first time since 2018. He went the distance, resulting in a unanimous decision for the Brazilian. However, he had to go through Fight Week and the match without his coach.
This is because Andre Pederneiras tested positive for COVID-19, preventing him from being on the corner of Vieira on Saturday night.
“I missed having him there,” Vieira admitted after the match. “He is very knowledgeable, very knowledgeable. Especially with a change of opponent, I felt like I needed to have him there to give him the tips I needed. “
Fortunately, the rest of his team stepped forward and the result against the Eubanks was what he was looking for. Now, he hopes to build some momentum in a division that has been stagnant for most of 2020.
“I think this win puts me back in the top five,” Vieira said. “I hope to face another difficult opponent by the end of the year and we will see what happens next year.”
Bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes will fight this December, but will defend the other belt, against Megan Anderson at the featherweight. Top contenders Holly Holm and Irene Alanda, who represents the only defeat on Vieira’s record, will face off next week.
Watch the entire UFC 253 virtual post-fight press scrum with Ketlen Vieira on top.