The UFC heads back to Fight Island in Abu Dhabi in a few weeks, but until then, the promotion remains at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. Tonight’s fight card, UFC on ESPN+ 35, is headlined by a five-round contest between top-15 ranked strawweights, Michelle Waterson and Angela Hill.
Waterson has lost her past two outings to former strawweight champions, Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Carla Esparza. Waterson’s most recent win came in March 2019 when she scored a decision over Karolina Kowalkiewicz. Hill has been busy over the past 12 months. UFC on ESPN+ 35 marks her fifth fight in a year. She is 4-1 during that time. Her most recent loss was a split-decision defeat to former strawweight title challenger Claudia Gadelha.
Hill is the No. 13 ranked fighter in the official UFC strawweight rankings and Waterson comes in at No. 8.
Waterson won the Invicta FC atomweight title in 2013. She defended the 105-pound belt once before she lost the title in late 2014. After that setback, Waterson signed with the UFC and moved to the 115-pound weight division.
Waterson opened her UFC career on a 2-2 run. She won her next three fights before she ran into Jedrzejczyk. Jedrzejczyk fought for the UFC title after she defeated Waterson.
Hill, who won and defended the Invicta FC strawweight title before she signed with the UFC in 2017, had a rough start to her UFC career. She went 3-5 in her first eight outings. In September 2013 she put together three straight wins before she faced Gadelha.
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Main Card (ESPN+)
Michelle Waterson vs. Angela Hill
Ottman Azaitar vs. Khama Worthy
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Roxanne Modafferi vs. Andrea Lee
Ed Herman vs. Mike Rodríguez
Bobby Green vs. Alan Patrick
Billy Quarantillo vs. Kyle Nelson
Preliminary card (ESPN+)
Matt Schnell vs. Tyson Nam
Julia Avila vs. Sijara Eubanks
Matt Frevola vs. Roosevelt Roberts
Roque Martinez vs. Alexander Romanov
Jalin Turner vs. Brok Weaver
Bryan Barberena vs. Anthony Ivy
Sabina Mazo vs. Justine Kish
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