Ketlen Vieira splits Holly Holm
Ketlen Vieira (13-2), of Manaus, Brazil, improved to 3-1 in her past four fought contests on Saturday, as she outpointed former champion Holly Holm (14-6) in a five-round main event.
The 135-pound fight was very close. Two judges scored it 48-47 for Vieira, while a third had it 48-47 for Holm.
The victory could very well place Vieira next in line for a title shot. Current champion Julianna Peña is set to defend her belt against Amanda Nunes at UFC 277 on July 30.
That bout is a rematch of their shocking title fight in December, which Peña won via submission in the second round.
Vieira, 30, has built her title résumé off two former champions. Prior to Saturday's win over Holm, she took out another former champ in Miesha Tate in November.
Holm is a Hall of Fame professional boxer, but it was Vieira's hands that appeared to be more dangerous on Saturday.