Tape rankings @ Women’s Flyweight
Who won Rodriguez vs Waterson?
Marina Rodriguez beat Michelle Waterson by unanimous decision in their 5 round contest, during the main event of UFC Vegas 26, on Saturday 8th May 2021 at UFC APEX in Las Vegas.
The scorecards were announced as in favor of winner Marina Rodriguez.
The fight was scheduled to take place over 5 rounds in the Women’s Flyweight division, which meant the weight limit was 125 pounds (8.9 stone or 56.7 KG).
Rodriguez vs Waterson stats
Marina Rodriguez stepped into the ring with an undefeated record of 0 wins, zero loses and 0 draws.
Michelle Waterson made her way to the ring with an unblemished record of 0 wins and 0 draws.
The stats suggested that Rodriguez and Waterson have similar power, both with a 0% knock out percentage.
Marina Rodriguez was the younger woman by 1 year, at 34 years old.
Rodriguez had a height advantage of 3 inches over Waterson. That also extended to a 3-inch reach advantage.
Rodriguez was the less experienced professional fighter, having had the same amount of fights, and made her debut in 2015, 8 year and 1 month later than Waterson, whose first professional fight was in 2007. She had fought 24 less professional rounds, 42 to Waterson's 66.
Rodriguez vs Waterson form
Michelle Waterson had beaten 3 of her last 5 opponents.
In her last fight leading up to this contest, she had defeated Karolina Kowalkiewicz at UFC on ESPN 2 on 30th March 2019 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, United States.
Previous to that, she had defeated Felice Herrig at UFC 229 on 6th October 2018 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas.
Going into that contest, she had beat Cortney Casey at UFC on FOX 29 on 14th April 2018 by split decision in their 3 round contest at Gila River Arena, Glendale.
Before that, she had been beaten by Tecia Torres at UFC 218 on 2nd December 2017 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at Little Caesars Arena, Detroit.
She had lost to Rose Namajunas at UFC on FOX 24 on 15th April 2017 by submission in the 2nd round at Sprint Center, Kansas City.
Rodriguez's last 4 fights had come over a period of 2 years, 11 months and 26 days, meaning she had been fighting on average every 8 months and 29 days. In those fights, she fought a total of 11 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 2.8 rounds on average.
Waterson's last 5 fights had come over a period of 4 years, 5 months and 2 days, meaning she had been fighting on average every 10 months and 19 days. In those fights, she fought a total of 14 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 2.8 rounds on average.