Michelle Waterson-Marina Rodriguez Flyweight Headliner Official for UFC on ESPN 24

A previously rumored flyweight clash between Michelle
and Marina
is now official as the main event for
UFC on ESPN 24

The Las Vegas-based promotion formally announced the bout on
Tuesday. The fight will be five rounds like a normal UFC main
event, but both Waterson and Rodriguez will be competing a division
above their normal weight class. The card lost its originally
scheduled headliner between T.J.
and Cory
when Dillashaw was forced to pull out of the contest
after suffering a cut in training.

UFC on ESPN 24 takes place on Saturday at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas
and will see Donald
square off against Alex Morono
in the evening’s co-headliner. The main card airs on ESPN and ESPN+
at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT following prelims on ESPN+ at 5 p.m. ET/2
p.m. PT.

Waterson is coming off a previous appearance in which her fight was
elevated to main-event status on short notice. In that bout, “The
Karate Hottie” halted a two-bout skid with a five-round verdict
over Angela Hill
at UFC Fight Night 177 this past September.

Rodriguez earned a significant triumph at UFC 257, where she
stopped highly-touted prospect Amanda
via TKO 54 seconds into Round 2 of their Jan. 23 matchup.
The Brazilian striker also owns notable wins over Tecia
and former World Series of Fighting champ Jessica
during her Octagon tenure.

This article first appeared at Recent News on

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