Ketlen Vieira is far from happy with the UFC for keeping Holly Holm above her in their official rankings list.
The UFC currently has Holm listed as the number-one contender for Amanda Nunes’ bantamweight title, whilst Vieira sits at number-two. It has recently been rumored that Holm and Vieira could be set to fight for an interim bantamweight title if Nunes moves up to featherweight to challenge Cris Cyborg for the belt.
Vieira (10-0) believes Holm hasn’t earnt her ranking and has simply been gifted it by the UFC.
“If I’m the No. 2 in the ranking that’s because of my work, not because the UFC kept me there like they did with Holly Holm. I have a lot of respect for Holly Holm, she was the champion. I respect every fighter, but you can’t simply move up and down in weight and leapfrog me. The only girl she’s beaten recently at bantamweight is Bethe Correia, who I have a lot of respect for as well, but she’s the No. 10 in the ranking. (Holm) had two losses, beats Bethe and stays at No. 1? That’s illogical. (Nunes’ team) say she’s (next because she’s) the No. 1, but it’s easy to stay at No. 1 beating the No. 10 and the UFC keeping you there.” she said.
Ultimately, Vieira believes it is ‘disrespectful’ that Holm is now choosing to move back to 135-pounds to challenge for the belt after competing at featherweight for three of her last four fights.
“It looks like Holly Holm’s record has chickenpox with all those red spots. The UFC is really trying to benefit her. She goes up and down in weight, does whatever she wants, and every time she fights is a title fight now? She fought (Germaine) de Randamie, she fought Cyborg, and now she wants to come back to 135? That’s not fair to me and other bantamweights. It’s disrespectful.” Vieira said.
”If you talk to someone who really understands about MMA, no doubt that I should be the No. 1 in the ranking. It’s funny that everyone goes down in the ranking, drops off, and they keep Holly there. She’s coming off a win over the No. 10 and stays at No. 1. Who has a longer winning streak at bantamweight than me? That’s unfair. The UFC ranking is unfair. I don’t know why they have a ranking if they don’t follow it.” she continued.
Fight fans, do you agree with Vieira’s comments? Is Holm undeserving of her number-one ranking and potential shot at the bantamweight belt? Let us know in the comments section below.