Michelle Waterson Stops Paige VanZant in the Opening Round (UFC on FOX 22 Results)

December 17, 2016

Michelle Waterson picked up a big win on Saturday night, finishing Paige VanZant in the opening round in the main event at UFC on FOX 22 in Sacramento, Calif.

Waterson brought the fight to the ground and locked on a rear-naked choke to finish the bout at 3:21 of Round 1.

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michelle waterson tuf21finale 750Waterson controlled the distance early on, using side kicks to keep VanZant at bay. Eventually, however, VanZant closed in and the two clinched against the cage.

With VanZant in her grasp, Waterson executed a beautiful head & arm throw and brought the fight to the ground. From there, Waterson transitioned to the back and worked for the rear-naked choke. VanZant fought off her opponent’s submission attempts valiently, going for her hands in the choke in an effort to release the pressure.

Ultimately, Waterson was too much for VanZant and she firmly secured the choke to the point where the defending fighter’s hands fell limp, bringing a stop to the fight.

With the win, Waterson improves her record to 14-4. In defeat, Van Zan’t drops to 7-3.

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