UFC women’s strawweight Marina Rodriguez used a strong third round to take a decision victory over Michelle Waterson in the main event of UFC on ESPN 24.
While the bout was a competitive affair with both fighters winning several rounds, the power of the strikes of Rodriguez that swayed the judges to a 48-47, 49-46, 49-46 verdict.
Rodriguez dominated in the third round with strikes, while Waterson controlled most of the fourth round on the ground, but was unable to inflict the same kind of damage.
With the win, Rodriguez (15-1-0) earned her second consecutive victory and likely retains her current No. 6 ranking. The No. 9 Waterson (18-9-0) suffered her third loss in her last four contests.
Gregor Gillespie and Carlos Diego Ferreira earned Fight of the Night, while Alex Morono and Carlston Harris earned performance of the night. Each fighter earned a $50,000 USD bonus, except for Gillespie who doubled up to $100,000 US because of Ferreira’s weight miss.
In other bouts:
CARLSTON HARRIS DEF. CHRISTIAN AGUILERA VIA TECH SUBMISSION (ANACONDA CHOKE) R1 2:52
JUN YONG PARK DEF. TAFON NCHUKWI VIA MD (30-25, 29-26, 28-28)
MIKE TRIZANO DEF. LUDOVIT KLEIN VIA UD (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
PHIL HAWES DEF. KYLE DAUKAUS VIA UD (30-26, 30-26, 29-27)
GREGOR GILLESPIE DEF. CARLOS DIEGO FERREIRA VIA TKO (STRIKES) R2 4:51
MARCOS ROGERIO DE LIMA DEF. MAURICE GREENE VIA UD (30-26, 30-26, 30-27)
NEIL MAGNY DEF. GEOFF NEAL VIA UD (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
ALEX MORONO DEF. DONALD CERRONE VIA TKO (STRIKES) R1 4:40
MARINA RODRIGUEZ DEF. MICHELLE WATERSON VIA UD (48-47, 49-46, 49-46)