UFC Fight Night: Rodriguez vs Waterson Updates
The new main event will see the top strawweight contenders step up on short notice to compete in flyweight as No.6-ranked Marina Rodriguez takes on No.9 Michelle Waterson. Contender Series by Dana White: Brazil signatory Rodriguez intends to continue his impressive TKO victory over top prospect Amanda Ribas from the start of the year with another spectacular performance to move into the top five of the standings. Perennial contender Waterson looks to kick off her 2021 campaign building on the momentum of her thrilling victory in the night fight against Angela Hill last year and proves she is still one of the best in the world.
Additionally, Diego Sanchez was taken out of his welterweight fight with Donald Cerrone. The replacement will be Alex Morono, Brazilian black belt in Jiu-Jitsu and Taekwondo, who seeks another dynamic finish in his 13th appearance in the Octagon.
Due to weight management issues, the flyweight bout between Ryan Benoit and Zarrukh Adashev has been called off.
Due to a positive COVID-19 test, the women’s strawweight fight between Amanda Ribas and Angela Hill has been canceled from the card.
In addition, heavyweight Philipe Lins was not medically cleared to compete. His fight with Ben Rothwell was subsequently called off.
UFC FIGHT NIGHT: RODRIGUEZ vs. WATERSON takes place on Saturday May 8 at UFC APEX in Las Vegas