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Miesha Tate pulled from UFC Vegas 40 main event

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UFC 196: Holm v Tate Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images

Former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Miesha Tate recently tested positive for COVID-19 and was forced to withdraw from her upcoming showdown against Ketlen Vieira, previously booked for the UFC Vegas 40 main event on Sat., Oct. 16, 2021 inside the promotion’s APEX facility in Las Vegas, Nevada.

That’s according to a report from Sherdog.com, which indicates the Tate-Vieira bout could be rescheduled for as early as November, though nothing is official at this time.

Tate (19-7), who turned 35 back in August, ended her five-year hiatus with a successful return to action against the since-retired Marion Reneau, stopping “The Belizean Bruiser” by way of third-round technical knockout in the UFC Vegas 31 co-main event back in July.

As for the 30 year-old Vieira (11-2), she’s looking to bounce back from a unanimous decision loss to Yana Kunitskaya at UFC Vegas 19 last February. “Fenomeno” is no stranger to putting away bantamweight veterans, having previously disposed of Cat Zingano and Sara McMann.

A new main event for UFC Vegas 40 has yet to be determined.