MMA Preview – Michelle Waterson vs Felice Herrig at UFC 229

AT A GLANCE

When is UFC 229? Sunday 7th October, 2018 – 01:00 (UK)

Where is UFC 229? T-Mobile Arena, Paradise, Nevada

What channel is UFC 229 on? BT Sport 2

Where can I stream UFC 229? BT Sport subscribers can stream the fight online via the BT website

Are tickets still available for UFC 229? http://uk.ufc.com/event-ticket...

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

The much-anticipated UFC 229 card kicks off with two experienced strawweights – Michelle Waterson and Felice Herrig. There is hardly anything between these ladies on paper and their skillsets should provide an intense battle in the cage.

Waterson is usually smaller than all her strawweight opponents but has the skill to make up for it which we saw with two submission wins in her first two fights and although she went on to lose against Rose Namajunas and Tecia Torres, she bounced back with a hard-fought decision win over Cortney Casey in her last fight.

Herrig’s four-fight winning streak was broken in her last outing against Karolina Kowalkiewicz which was another close call, but she is backing herself to recapture her form and add a big name to her record.

THE PREDICTION

This should be fascinating. They both have extremely strong striking backgrounds – Waterson from Karate and Herrig from Kickboxing – but they are also tremendous grapplers so this fight could go anywhere.

Their stats are interesting considering how similar they match up. As you would expect, they both have a high output of strikes but Waterson boasts almost double the accuracy yet absorbs less shots. They also like to utilise their wrestling to mix things up but Waterson has far more success, boasting an impressive 86.7% accuracy, whereas Herrig is successful with only 31.8% of her takedowns.

This promises to be a closely contested fight and considering the lack of knockout power and impressive endurance of both ladies, this is likely to end in a decision.

Winner: Waterson via Decision

Striking and grappling stats sourced via FightMetric