Less than a year ago, Tate (19-8 MMA, 6-5 UFC) became a mom for the second time and she decided to come out of retirement shortly after. A “Performance of the Night” finish of Marion Reneau in July set her up with a pivotal clash with Ketlen Vieira this past Saturday at UFC Fight Night 198, but Tate was ultimately outlasted.
Tate wasn’t instilling her usual heavy-grapple approach, standing and trading with Vieira for the most part. A bloody Tate never stopped pushing forward and although she wasn’t able to outpoint Vieira, she was happy with the improvements shown in her striking game. The former UFC bantamweight champion took to Instagram to further reflect on her loss.
“PERSPECTIVE IS KEY! 16 months ago this was me, birthing my 2nd child at home. Slide to the right and this was me on Saturday night fighting in the UFC main event for 5 rounds against a top 10 bantamweight & amazing woman @ketlenvieiraufc!
I am not sad. For the first time in my career I went toe to toe for nearly all 25 minutes.
I wasn’t desperate for takedowns like before. I lost the decision but I did things I’ve never done & I believe I showed a big improvement in my striking game.
I think it was a close fight, I tried to push the action and I took damage for it in the later rounds but I don’t regret any of it!
We simply cannot evolve unless we work to strengthen our weaknesses! #RememberThat
I also couldn’t have lost to a sweeter more deserving woman so cheers to @ketlenvieiraufc please give this woman some love ❤️”
UFC Fight Night 198 took place Saturday at the UFC Apex and streamed on ESPN+.