Pannie Kianzad, Photo Credit: Invicta FC 29 Portrait by Dave Mandel
Ketlen Vieira and Pannie Kianzad are set to deliver an exciting match-up at UFC on ESPN 49 in London in July. With both fighters looking to move up the 135-pound rankings, the stakes have never been higher for this battle.
Vieira is a Brazilian mixed martial artist who competes in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) bantamweight division. Kianzad brings her own skillset to the Octagon. An Iranian-born Swedish mixed martial artist, she was crowned the first Cage Warriors Women’s Bantamweight Champion after winning a tournament and subsequently signed with Invicta FC.
Though both fighters pose serious threats to one another, each will approach that Octagon with a unique style: Vieira’s ground game versus Kianzad’s stand-up striking skills. It's sure to be an epic clash that could determine their future rankings within UFC's 135-pound division. The fight we've all been waiting for is finally here.
Vieira (13-3, 7-3 UFC) is aiming to get back on track after being defeated by Raquel Pennington in a split decision at UFC Fight Night 217. Previously, at UFC Fight Night 198 and UFC Fight Night 206, "Fenomeno" defeated previous divisional queens Miesha Tate and Holly Holm. The Nova Uniao fighter hopes for her first UFC championship chance, and a win against Kianzad would put her in a good position.
Kianzad (16-6, 5-3 UFC) is riding high after defeating Lina Lansberg at UFC on ESPN 34 in April. "Banzai" is 5-1 in her previous six fights, with her only defeat coming at UFC Fight Night 192 against Pennington. Among others, she has defeated past championship contenders Bethe Correia and Alexis Davis.
Where to Watch the Match Live
The bantamweight matchup between Vieira and Kianzad will be broadcast live on ESPN+, so fans worldwide can tune in to witness this epic showdown. The UFC on ESPN 49 event will be held at the O2 Arena in London, England. This arena is one of Europe's most respected venues for fighting sports and has hosted some of the biggest names in mixed martial arts.
Predictions for the Fight Outcome
The upcoming bout between Viviane Vieira and Pannie Kianzad will surely be an explosive affair, with both fighters bringing intense skill and tenacity to the octagon. Vieira, coming off a hard-fought split decision loss to Raquel Pennington, will look to rebound by taking out the more experienced Kianzad.
On the other side of the cage, Kianzad is riding high off her recent victory over Lina Lansberg and will bring a wealth of experience into the fight, having defeated former championship contenders Bethe Correia and Alexis Davis in addition to her win over Pennington.
All things considered, both fighters pose a real threat to one another, and the outcome of this bout is up in the air, with the edge going towards the favorite Vieira, her MMA betting odds listed at -215.
The upcoming matchup between Viviane Vieira and Pannie Kianzad promises to be a highly intense affair that will determine the future rankings of both fighters within the UFC's 135-pound division. With each fighter's unique style, it will surely be an epic clash that could go either way. Fans from all around the world can watch the fight live on ESPN+ on July 22.