Ketlen Vieira picked up a unanimous decision win over top ten ranked Cat Zingano on the main card of UFC 222.
The fighter not only picked up a big win on Saturday Night, but did so while dealing with a pretty serious rib injury.
“I think it was 10 days ago,” Vieira said to Combate. “It was the Wednesday before I came here. I started feeling my rib in my last training session and even my coach asked me about it. I said I was okay and went to the bathroom to cry. It was my last session and I hurt myself. He (Pederneiras) talked to me and said it would be fine, but I was very worried about it. I knew I was physically ready, but my biggest fear was to get hit there and just not be able to take it.”
Vieira has since moved up to #4 in the rankings, which puts her in prime position for a shot at the UFC Women’s Bantamweight Title.
Speaking of a title shot, it is something that the Brazilian would like to have for her next Octagon appearance.
“I do want to fight for a title in my next UFC fight. I just want some time for my rib to heal. I can wait for the winner of Amanda Nunes vs. Raquel Pennington. The media talked about whoever won my fight would fight for the title, but the UFC never spoke to me. I’m on a four-fight win streak, over tough opponents who fought for titles before and one of them defeated two champions, Miesha Tate and Amanda Nunes. I think I earned it, don’t you?,” says Vieira.
Amanda Nunes is the UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion and she doesn’t have any fight made official at this time.