Last week’s UFC event -- as well the few cards preceding it -- reaffirmed to me that one shouldn’t get too confident in this business when on a run. The pick of Cynthia Calvillo as a slight favorite may be one of the most egregious errors that I have made since these columns began. The good news is like our athletes, we’ll get up on the mat, especially since we’re still very profitable to the 2021 year.
There is no time to pout nor gloat, as there is investment potential lying directly ahead. Here is my breakdown for UFC Fight Night: Viera vs. Tate.
Miesha Tate (+ 100) vs. Ketlen Vieira (-120)
Women's Bantamweight (135lbs.) main event
The seventh-ranked Brazilian Vieira is a black belt in BJJ and Judo. She’s 1-2 her last three against competition in the division that is just above average within the ladies’ bantamweights.
Tate took four years off and normally I would question the motivations of this form of comeback. However, upon further scrutiny, one must understand the clarity, focus and drive that this last run for a title will give Tate. Tate’s return puts a little spark into a division in fighting that has been dominated by Amanda Nunes.