Date: Sunday 14th January, 3am (UK)
Location: St. Louis, Missouri
Venue: Scottrade Center
These two women are helping to build the foundations of the new flyweight division but are more interested in fighting for gold which is proudly owned by Nico Montaño after winning The Ultimate Fighter tournament.
Paige VanZant, who has become very familiar with the spotlight after appearances on ‘Dancing with the Stars’, is also familiar with winning at the highest level of MMA. Only 23 years old, she has had six UFC fights already - winning four of them (Kailin Curran, Felice Herrig, Alex Chambers and Bec Rawlings). However, due to TV commitments and a string of injuries and illnesses, her last fight was over a year ago which was a loss to Michelle Waterson.
Hoping to regain some form, she takes on another young prospect in the shape of Jessica Rose-Clark who only made her debut in the UFC two months ago and marked the occasion with a narrow decision win over fellow Aussie, Bec Rawlings.
Rose-Clark knows a name like VanZant on her record is exactly what she needs to start her journey towards the title but VanZant knows a loss to a newcomer will severely derail her MMA journey. There is a lot to play for in what should be an exciting contest between two aggressive and talented strikers but if the fight edges towards another decision, the grappling could be the deciding factor.
Striking and grappling stats sourced via FightMetric.