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It’s been a quiet week in MMA, so it perhaps makes sense that one of the quiet contenders in the UFC’s women’s bantamweight division came to the fore with one of the most important wins of her career.

Brazil’s Ketlen Vieira battled Miesha Tate – and, perhaps, her own confidence issues – to claim a huge decision win and cement her credentials as an elite contender at 135 pounds. But, even though she got the W against the former bantamweight champ, her performance still suggested there was more to come from her in the future.

It was also a big night for former CFFC welterweight champ Sean Brady, who extended his undefeated record with a decision victory over seasoned welterweight contender Michael Chiesa in the night’s co-main event.

It was a disappointing night for the two Brits on the card, though, as Joanne Wood and Davey Grant both lost out in their respective bouts against Taila Santos and Adrian Yanez, both of whom look set for contender status sooner rather than later.

Away from the cage, the news cycle was sparked into life by a tweet from Conor McGregor, who stated his aim to return to the octagon in a lightweight title fight in 2022.

With Sandhu away on assignment in New York, Simon flies solo this week to bring you bang up to date and offer his take on the past week’s events in a shorter-than-usual episode.

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