Michelle Waterson made some small but effective adjustments late to take a split-decision victory over Angela Hill in the main event of UFC on ESPN+ 35 Saturday night at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas.

Hill stuffed Waterson’s takedowns in the early rounds while scoring and putting pressure with a big right that dazed Waterson in the second round. But Waterson, wearing a bloody nose, adjusted in the third round, finally scoring a takedown.

Waterson tried to pick the pace back up in the final round as both fighters tried to land strikes right up to the final bell.

The judges scored it 47-48, 49-46, and 48-47 for Waterson.

Waterson and Hill earned Fight of the Night, while Ottman Azaitar and Kevin Croom earned performances of the night. Each fighter earned a $50,000 USD bonus.

Kenai Andrews checks in with his thoughts on the main card.

in case you missed the prelims:

SABINA MAZO DEF. JUSTINE KISH VIA SUBMISSION (RNC) R3 3:57

BRYAN BARBERENA DEF. ANTHONY IVY VIA UD (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

JALIN TURNER DEF. BROK WEAVER VIA SUBMISSION (RNC) R2 4:20

ALEXANDER ROMANOV DEF. ROQUE MARTINEZ VIA SUBMISSION (ARM-TRIANGLE CHOKE) R2 4:22

KEVIN CROOM DEF. ROOSEVELT ROBERTS VIA SUBMISSION (GUILLOTINE CHOKE) R1 0:31

SIJARA EUBANKS DEF. JULIA AVILA VIA UD (29-27, 29-27, 29-27)

MAIN CARD 

BILLY QUARANTILLO VS. KYLE NELSON 

WINNER: BILLY QUARANTILLO VIA TKO (PUNCHES) R3 0:07

ANDREWS PREDICTION: BILLY QUARANTILLO VIA TKO

Andrews: Good scrap, but Billy emerged late in the second round on to the end.

BOBBY GREEN VS. ALAN PATRICK

WINNER: BOBBY GREEN VIA UD (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: BOBBY GREEN VIA UD

Andrews: Bobby went in there and did his thing.

ED HERMAN VS. MIKE RODRIGUEZ

WINNER: ED HERMAN VIA SUBMISSION (KIMURA) R3 4:01

ANDREWS PREDICTION: ED HERMAN VIA UD

Andrews: Wow! Controvery galore. Let them run it back.

#9 ANDREA LEE VS. #11 ROXANNE MODAFFERI 

WINNER: ROXANNE MODAFFERI VIA UD (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: ANDREA LEE VIA UD

Andrews: Roxanne still has enough to stifle the up and comers. Good win.

OTTMAN AZAITAR VS. KHAMA WORTHY 

WINNER: OTTMAN AZAITAR VIA TKO R1 1:33

ANDREWS PREDICTION: KHAMA WORTHY VIA UD 

Andrews: Wow! Ottman is for real. Good win.

MAIN EVENT

#8 MICHELLE WATERSON VS. #13 ANGELA HILL 

WINNER: MICHELLE WATERSON VIA SD (47-48, 49-46,48-47)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: ANGELA HILL VIA UD

Andrews: Good fight. If Hill had done more in the fourth, she might have won.

@kenaiandrews UFC on ESPN+ 35: Michelle Waterson takes a narrow split-decision over Angela Hill