Ketlen Vieira

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Ketlen Vieira
BornKetlen Vieira da Silva[1]
(1991-08-26) August 26, 1991 (age 29)
Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil[2]
Other namesFenômeno
Height5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Weight61 kg (134 lb; 9 st 8 lb)
StyleJudo, Kickboxing, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Wrestling
Fighting out ofManaus, Amazonas, Brazil
TeamTeam Feitosa[3]
Nova Uniao Manaus[4]
RankBlack belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu[5]
Black belt in Judo[5]
Years active2014–present
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout2
By submission4
By decision5
By knockout1
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Ketlen Vieira da Silva (born August 26, 1991) is a Brazilian mixed martial artist and currently competes in the Bantamweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).[2] As December 16, 2019, she is #7 in the UFC women's bantamweight rankings.[6]


Vieira was born in Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil. She started training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and when she was twelve she started training in Judo. She holds black belts in both disciplines.[5][7] She is also a decorated wrestler with multiple prestigious titles, including Brazilian national wrestling championship. She transitioned to MMA and trained under Marcinho Pontes, who was José Aldo's early coach at Nova Uniao Manaus gym.

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Vieira fought all of her fights in Brazil where she made her professional debut on October 2, 2014 at Circuito de Lutas: Fight Night 4 in São Paulo. She faced Juliana Leite and knocked out Leite in round two.[8] She continued to win the next 5 fights under Mr. Cage and Big Way Fight Night banners where she won the Mr. Cage bantamweight title.[3] Vieira amassed a record of 6-0 in 17 months prior to being signed by the UFC.[4][7][9]

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

Vieira made her promotional debut on October 1, 2016 at UFC Fight Night: Lineker vs. Dodson in Portland, Oregon, United States. She faced Kelly Faszholz[10] and ultimately edged out her opponent to win by split decision.[11] In the post fight interview, Vieira explained her difficulty with weight cutting for this fight. Two days prior to the scheduled fight, she needed to drink one liter of water to provide a urine sample to USADA, which interfered with the process of her weight cut prior to the USADA visit.[12]

She took on Ashlee Evans-Smith at UFC on Fox: Johnson vs. Reis on April 15, 2017.[13] After three rounds, the judges handed the victory to Vieira via unanimous decision with the score board of (29-28, 30-27, 29-28).[14][15][16]

Vieira was originally expected to face Sara McMann at UFC 214 on July 29, 2017.[17] However, the fight was moved to UFC 215 on September 9, 2017.[18] Vieira won the bout via arm-triangle choke submission in the second round.[19]

A bout against Germaine de Randamie was announced for UFC Fight Night: Machida vs. Anders on February 3, 2018. However, the bout was soon cancelled due to a hand injury sustained by de Randamie.[20]

Vieira faced Cat Zingano on March 3, 2018 at UFC 222.[21] She won the fight via split decision.[22]

Vieira was scheduled to face Tonya Evinger on September 22, 2018 at UFC Fight Night: Santos vs. Anders.[23] However, on August 7, 2018 she pulled out due to a knee injury.[24]

Vieira fought Irene Aldana on December 14, 2019 at UFC 245.[25] She lost the fight by knockout in the first round.[26]

Vieira was scheduled to face Marion Reneau on May 9, 2020 at UFC 250.[27] Due to the event being relocated to the United States, Vieira being unable to compete due to visa issues:[28] However, on April 9, Dana White, the president of UFC announced that this event was postponed to a future date[29] Instead, Vieira was scheduled to face Yana Kunitskaya on August 1, 2020 at UFC Fight Night: Holm vs. Aldana,[30] and on July 15, 2020, it was announced that the bout was moved to UFC Fight Night 174 on August 8, 2020.[31] Subsequently, Vieira was removed from the card on July 30 for undisclosed reasons and replaced by Julija Stoliarenko.[32]

The bout with Reneau bout was rescheduled and was expected to take place on September 27, 2020 at UFC 253.[33] However, Reneau was pull from the bout citing an undisclosed injury and she was replaced by Sijara Eubanks.[34] Vieira won the fight via unanimous decision.[35]

A bout with Yana Kunitskaya has been rescheduled and is expected to take place on February 20, 2021 at UFC Fight Night 187.[36]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts[edit]

  • Mr. Cage
    • Mr. Cage Women's Bantamweight Champion

Personal life[edit]

Vieira briefly attended university where she majored in law.[2]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Professional record breakdown
12 matches 11 wins 1 loss
By knockout 2 1
By submission 4 0
By decision 5 0
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 11–1 Sijara Eubanks Decision (unanimous) UFC 253 September 27, 2020 3 5:00 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Loss 10–1 Irene Aldana KO (punches) UFC 245 December 14, 2019 1 4:51 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 10–0 Cat Zingano Decision (split) UFC 222 March 3, 2018 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 9–0 Sara McMann Submission (arm-triangle choke) UFC 215 September 9, 2017 2 4:16 Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Win 8–0 Ashlee Evans-Smith Decision (unanimous) UFC on Fox: Johnson vs. Reis April 15, 2017 3 5:00 Kansas City, Missouri, United States
Win 7–0 Kelly Faszholz Decision (split) UFC Fight Night: Lineker vs. Dodson October 1, 2016 3 5:00 Portland, Oregon, United States
Win 6–0 Estefani Almeida Decision (unanimous) Big Way Fight Night 9 February 20, 2016 3 5:00 Manaus, Brazil Won the Big Way Bantamweight Championship.
Win 5–0 Jessica Maciel TKO (punches) Mr. Cage 20 December 17, 2015 1 3:20 Manaus, Brazil Defended the Mr. Cage Bantamweight Championship.
Win 4–0 Laet Ferreira Submission (rear-naked choke) Big Way Fight Night 1 September 12, 2015 1 2:22 Manaus, Brazil
Win 3–0 Monique Bastos Submission (rear-naked choke) Mr. Cage 16 March 12, 2015 1 4:07 Manaus, Brazil Defended the Mr. Cage Bantamweight Championship.
Win 2–0 Kenya Miranda da Silva Submission (kimura) Mr. Cage 14 November 13, 2014 2 N/A Manaus, Brazil Won the vacant Mr. Cage Bantamweight Championship.
Win 1–0 Juliana Leite TKO (punches) Circuito de Lutas: Fight Night 4 October 2, 2014 2 1:36 São Paulo, Brazil


See also[edit]


  1. ^ UFC 245 results
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  4. ^ a b "Ketlen Vieira ("Fenômeno") | MMA Fighter Page | Tapology". Tapology. Retrieved 2017-07-05.
  5. ^ a b c Andrew Richardson. "UFC 222 card: Cat Zingano vs Ketlen Vieira full fight preview". Retrieved February 26, 2018.
  6. ^ "Rankings | UFC". Retrieved 2019-12-18.
  7. ^ a b "UFC signs 6-0 bantamweight Ketlen Vieira". MMA Fighting. Retrieved 2017-07-05.
  8. ^ "Ketlen Vieira vs Juliana Leite Fight Result Circuito de Lutas - Fig..." Retrieved 2017-07-05.
  9. ^ "UFC adds new face to women's bantamweight". Bloody Elbow. Retrieved 2017-07-05.
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  11. ^ "UFC Fight Night 96 results: Ketlen Vieira's strong takedown game tops Kelly Faszholz in UFC debut". MMAjunkie. 2016-10-01. Retrieved 2017-07-05.
  12. ^ MMAjunkie (2016-10-01), Ketlen Vieira says USADA wreaked havoc on her weight cut, retrieved 2017-07-05
  13. ^ "Ashlee Evans-Smith vs. Ketlen Vieira added to UFC on FOX 24". My MMA 2017-02-07. Retrieved 2017-07-05.
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  20. ^ Staff (2017-11-15). "UKetlen Vieira says planned fight with Germaine de Randamie off due to 'GDR' injury". Retrieved 2018-02-03.
  21. ^ "Cat Zingano returns against Ketlen Vieira at UFC 222". MMA Fighting. Retrieved 2017-11-18.
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  28. ^ Staff (2020-04-09). "Jose Aldo among Brazilians out of UFC 250 and beyond because of visa issues during pandemic". Retrieved 2020-04-09.
  29. ^ Brett Okamoto (2020-04-09). "Dana White says UFC 249 will not happen April 18". Retrieved 2020-04-09.
  30. ^ "UFC adds Ketlen Vieira vs. Yana Kunitskaya to Aug. 1 event". MMA Junkie. 2020-06-16. Retrieved 2020-06-17.
  31. ^ "UFC shifts Ketlen Vieira vs. Yana Kunitskaya to Aug. 8 event". MMA Junkie. 2020-07-15. Retrieved 2020-07-15.
  32. ^ Lenny March (2020-07-30). "Ketlen Viera OUT, Yana Kunitskaya will now face Julija Stoliarenko at UFC's August 8th event." Retrieved 2020-07-31.
  33. ^ DNA, MMA (2020-08-01). "Poging 2: Ketlen Vieira vs. Marion Reneau op 26 september". MMA DNA. Retrieved 2020-08-02.
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