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