Miesha Tate’s first main event bout in over five years has received a setback. The former UFC Bantamweight Champion has tested positive for COVID-19, forcing her October 16th headliner bout against Ketlen Vieira to be postponed.
The fight is now being targeted to take place in November. News of the change was first reported by Marcelo Alonso and Tristen Critchfield of Sherdog.
Tate made her return in July, stopping Marion Reneau in the third round of a co-main event fight. The bout was her first appearance since late 2016 when she lost to Raquel Pennington and declared retirement from the sport.
The now-postponed fight is expected to be Vieira’s first UFC main event appearance. Nearly her entire UFC career has taken place during Tate’s absence, attaining five wins and two losses since joining the promotion five years ago.
Vieira’s last fight was a unanimous decision loss to Yana Kunitskaya in February.