Date: Saturday 2nd December
Location: Detroit, Michigan
Venue: Little Caesars Arena
The UFC 218 main card kicks off with two petit yet violent ladies in the strawweight division with hopes of marching towards the number one contender spot.
The decision queen (AKA ‘The Tiny Tornado’) Tecia Torres earned her first finish in her last outing against Juliana Lima with a superb rear-naked choke. All of Torres’ previous nine fights have ended via unanimous decisions, including her sole loss to the current champion, Rose Namajunas. Namajunas’ recent win over the dominant former champion, Jedrzejczyk, will have given Torres motivation as they were both contestants on The Ultimate Fighter back in 2014 and knows she has also improved drastically since.
‘The Karate Hottie’ will be a stern test and although she lost her last fight in brutal fashion – also at the hands of Namajunas - she also has hopes of earning a title shot. The popular Waterson was brought up as a striker learning Karate since she was just 10 years old and has evolved into a terrific grappler with dangerous ground skills.
Waterson has submitted 10 of her opponents from her 15 wins and has never been taken down in the UFC, highlighted in the statistical breakdown, so Torres will have to call upon all of her well-rounded skills in preparation for this fight as she knows Waterson is just as effective on the feet as she is on the mat.
Striking and grappling stats sourced via FightMetric.