MMA fans are in for a treat this summer as UFC have announced the bantamweight bout between top-ranked fighters Ketlen Vieira and Pannie Kianzad. The showdown will take place at the O2 Arena in London on July 22, with no headliner revealed yet.
Vieira (13-3) is looking to get back on track after losing her last fight against Raquel Pennington – a decision which stalled her previous rise to prominence following victories over former champions Holly Holm and Miesha Tate. After those impressive wins, Vieira became one of the most exciting prospects in her division, so all eyes will be on how she fares against Kianzad.
Kianzad (16-6) has established herself as an up and coming star since joining the UFC ranks in 2015. The Iranian born fighter now fighting out of Sweden, has won five of her past six fights including defeats of former title contenders Bethe Correia and Alexis Davis – so it’s clear to see why this battle is set to be an intriguing contest between two determined competitors.
Both athletes bring different styles of attack into the octagon; Vieira typically uses her long reach combined with powerful boxing combinations while Kianzad often seeks out submission opportunities when given any space or opportunity. This could make for a fascinating matchup between two incredibly strong female fighters who like to finish contests inside the distance rather than via judges’ decisions – something that MMA fans look forward too!
The added attention from UFC gives these talented competitors the platform they need to showcase their skills and prove themselves worthy challengers for potential future gold within their division; both women hold enough momentum going into this fight that we can expect fireworks come July 22!