Ketlen Vieira feeling ‘fooled’ by Amanda Nunes, confident she’s next in line for UFC belt

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  1. KazDibiase

    KazDibiase "My style is kneeing people in the face."

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    Holm bounced back to the winning column with a win over Megan Anderson in a featherweight bout at UFC 225, opening two possible paths for her: a rematch with Cris Cyborg for the 145-pound championship, or try to reclaim the bantamweight belt.

    Moments after Holm’s recent win, Nunes tweeted the following message.



    Upset with the possibility of losing a shot at the belt after going 4-0 under the UFC banner, including a win over Cat Zingano in March, a fired up Vieira opened up in an interview with MMA Fighting.

    ”My team and I worked really hard for this opportunity,” Vieira told MMA Fighting. “They want to put her and Holly, but we’ve worked hard to get there. If I’m the No. 2 in the ranking that’s because of my work, not because the UFC kept me there like they did with Holly Holm. I have a lot of respect for Holly Holm, she was the champion. I respect every fighter, but you can’t simply move up and down in weight and leapfrog me. The only girl she’s beaten recently at bantamweight is Bethe Correia, who I have a lot of respect for as well, but she’s the No. 10 in the ranking. (Holm) had two losses, beats Bethe and stays at No. 1? That’s illogical. (Nunes’ team) say she’s (next because she’s) the No. 1, but it’s easy to stay at No. 1 beating the No. 10 and the UFC keeping you there.

    ”Amanda Nunes said I would be next. I honor my word, I have character, my family taught me to honor my word. As a champion and an example for thousands and thousands of Brazilians, she should honor her word. If she had no interest in fighting me, she shouldn’t have said many, many times that I was next. I’m coming off a win over Cat Zingano, the only woman to beat her in the UFC. I wasn’t out there saying I was next, she said it, she said I deserved it because I was coming off a win over Cat Zingano.

    ”I’m coming off four wins in the UFC. Four. Four! It looks like Holly Holm’s record has chickenpox with all those red spots. The UFC is really trying to benefit her. She goes up and down in weight, does whatever she wants, and every time she fights is a title fight now? She fought (Germaine) de Randamie, she fought Cyborg, and now she wants to come back to 135? That’s not fair to me and other bantamweights. It’s disrespectful. Amanda has only defended her belt three times. There are good athletes in the division. That’s not cool. My team is with me, they believe I’m ready for a title fight. I’ve been evolving a lot in the grappling and striking area. I’m only 26. The longer it takes, I’m only getting better. I’m saying I deserve it because she said I would be next, and now Holly wins a fight and they want her because it will sell more pay-per-views? It’s not how it should be. We have to have honor and not think only about money.”

    Vieira has beaten a pair of former title contenders in the Octagon, submitting Sara McMann and edging Zingano via decision, and thinks Nunes is only looking at Holm as a chance to make more money.


    ”Everybody sees that’s the reason,” Vieira said. “The last event they did in Brazil was the worst pay-per-view, so it’s clear that they want that. She wants that, or a superfight with Cris Cyborg, because that will sell pay-per-views. She doesn’t think about when she was the No. 2 and wanted to become champion. She’s killing everyone’s dreams, holding the division, fighting once a year. That’s not fair.”

    ”If you talk to someone who really understands about MMA, no doubt that I should be the No. 1 in the ranking,” she continued. “It’s funny that everyone goes down in the ranking, drops off, and they keep Holly there. She’s coming off a win over the No. 10 and stays at No. 1. Who has a longer winning streak at bantamweight than me? That’s unfair. The UFC ranking is unfair. I don’t know why they have a ranking if they don’t follow it.”


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  2. Dingaling

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    I am not ashamed to admit that I had to look up who Ketlen Vieira is
     
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    Give Holly the title shot. Only interesting fight for nunes at the moment if she doesn't want cyborg.
     
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    Honestly, I will watch either scrap, but I don't disagree with her position.
     
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    Give Viera the shot, and have Holly fight the winner of Zingano/Reneau.

    EDIT: Damn. Holm/Reneau 2 does not sound appealing.
     
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    I hope Ketlen gets Nunes next. Holly can fight someone else to earn another win at bantamweight.
     
  7. Limit Smasher

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    Holly doesn't deserve another title shot but she'll probably get it.
     
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    dont really care i just want amanda to go away as soon as possible
     
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    This again....

    Fighters blaming each other.

    The UFC makes the fights. The UFC is the one who will not offer Veira a fight for the title. Nunes has very little say.
     
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    Vieira should be next and whoever disagrees doesn't respect the sport. She's 4-0 in UFC, 10-0 in MMA.
     
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    Yeah I don't like the Holly treatment, but she seems to be universally liked. Likability plus ppv sales pretty much garunteed special treatment. Sucks for Keitlen, from a pure fighter stand point I think she's the most legit martial artists at 135.
     
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  12. executionermma

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    Nunes can push for that and using social media can create buzz to motivate UFC to book Nunes-Holm instead. It's what Tyron tried with Diaz, but didn't worked out. Of course Nunes doesn't decide it, but she can affect the general public opinion.
     
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    Just make Cyborg/Nunes already please. And Holm/Vieira can fight. Makes sense for everyone.
     
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    Nunes has very little say in who she fights. She can do whatever, she will fight who the UFC offers.

    Also, the UFC was pushing the Diaz fight against Woodley. Woodley wasn't trying to convince the UFC or "fans". They were trying to convince Diaz.

    And again, my point was that fighter's are blaming each other. Veira has as much power in making fights as Nunes. She is pleading her case to the wrong party.

    If the UFC can make the fight that makes the most since financially, then why shouldn't Nunes?
     
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    That's not what a true champion should support in my opinion. I'm pretty sure Stipe would prefer to fight Blaydes or Volkov over Lesnar (we shall see next). Legitimacy of the sport matters to guys like DJ, for example.

    And no, Nunes definitely has more leverage and power over who she fights next than Vieira does. Like i said she can persuade fans and UFC will likely book the fight fans want to see.
     
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  17. Diunx

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    Holms is better for Nunes legacy and wallet, of course she is picking that fight.
     
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    What the Frank Mir is a "true champion". These people are here to make money. The UFC is here to make money.

    And yes, Nunes has very little say. If she had "leverage" then the UFC wouldn't have essentially called her a coward when she pulled out of the Schevchenko fight. Miocic would prefer to fight whomever the UFC tells him to.
     
  20. snackgod

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    it the other way around cyborg doesn't want nunes.
     
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