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 a record of 13 wins, 1 loss and 2 draws, 6 of those wins coming by the way of knock out and 1 by submission.
Michelle Waterson made her way to the ring with a record of 18 wins, 8 loses and 0 draws, with 3 of those wins by knock out and 9 by submission.
The stats suggested Rodriguez had a large advantage in power over Waterson, boasting at 46% knock out percentage over Waterson's 17%.
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 10 less 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, 37 to Waterson's 61.
Rodriguez vs Waterson form
Michelle Waterson had beaten 4 of her last 5 opponents.
In her last fight leading up to this contest, she had defeated Angela Hill at UFC Vegas 10 on 12th September 2020 by split decision in their 5 round contest at UFC APEX, Las Vegas, United States.
Previous to that, she had been beaten by Joanna Jedrzejczyk at UFC on ESPN+ 19 on 12th October 2019 by unanimous decision in their 5 round contest at Amalie Arena, Tampa.
Going into that 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.
Before that, she had beat Felice Herrig at UFC 229 on 6th October 2018 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas.
She had won against Cortney Casey at UFC on FOX 29 on 14th April 2018 by split decision in their 3 round contest at Gila River Arena, Glendale.
Rodriguez's last 2 fights had come over a period of 2 years, 8 months and 22 days, meaning she had been fighting on average every 1 year, 4 months and 12 days. In those fights, she fought a total of 6 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 3 rounds on average.
Waterson's last 5 fights had come over a period of 3 years, 1 month and 30 days, meaning she had been fighting on average every 7 months and 19 days. In those fights, she fought a total of 19 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 3.8 rounds on average.