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Ultimate Fighting Championship bantamweight Sara McMann will be looking to exact revenge in August.
Per MMA Fighting on Friday, Ketlen Vieira (11-2) will once again be facing McMann (12-6) at bantamweight, with the two aiming to square off at the previously unannounced Aug. 28 UFC Fight Night card. The pairing has since been confirmed by other outlets. There has been no location announced for this event, nor are there any other matches slated for the card at the moment. The two first met in 2017, and Vieira landed an arm-triangle choke on the former Olympian to advance her record to 9-0.
Since posting a 10-0 record including four wins inside the Octagon, Vieira has run into some relatively hard times. Her first loss came at the quick hands of Irene Aldana, who punched her into unconsciousness at UFC 245 in 2019. Although she rebounded in late 2020 with a decision win over Sijara Eubanks, her last time out saw “Fenomeno” drop a decision to Yana Kunitskaya in February.
McMann too will be looking to return to the win column after a loss suffered earlier this year, as Julianna Pena tapped her out late into the third round with a rear-naked choke at UFC 257. The former title challenger had a three-fight win streak snapped by Vieira back in 2017, and she lost her subsequent effort after the Vieira fight to Marion Reneau also by submission. A win over Lina Lansberg at the beginning of 2020 led to McMann being on the shelf for just about one year, as a June 2020 matchup with Aspen Ladd was scuttled when Ladd tore both her ACL and MCL.