Strawweight veterans Marina Rodriguez and Michelle Waterson will face off in a special flyweight main event for the UFC Vegas 26 fight card later tonight (Sat., May 8, 2021) inside the UFC APEX facility in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Rodriguez (13-1-2) is coming off a technical knockout victory over Amanda Ribas at the UFC 257 pay-per-view (PPV) back in January. The 34 year-old Brazilian blasted her way into the Octagon with a first-round finish over Maria de Oliveira Neta on Dana White’s “Contender Series” in summer 2018.
As for Waterson (18-8), she’s also looking to win her second straight after capturing a split-decision victory over the rough-and-tumble Angela Hill last September. “The Karate Hottie” is ranked three spots below Rodriguez at No. 9 but could find herself back in the mix with a standout performance this weekend in “Sin City.”
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