This weekend, UFC Fight Night travels to Tampa, and it brings along major showdown fights in the women's strawweight and men's featherweight divisions. UFC Fight Night Tampa won't be available on any traditional channels on cable. You can stream all the action live by watching Jedrzejczyk vs. Waterson and Swanson vs. Gracie in UFC Fight Night Tampa exclusively on ESPN+.
When is UFC Fight Night Jedrzejczyk vs. Waterson?
UFC Fight Night Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs. Michelle Waterson is broadcasting live on Oct. 12 from the Amalie Arena in Tampa. This Fight Night is available only on ESPN+, with the Prelims starting at 5 p.m. Eastern time and then the Main Card at 8 p.m. Eastern.
Jedrzejczyk vs. Waterson Main Event Preview
Joanna Jedrzejczyk (15-3) is currently the fifth ranked fighter in her division, and she is hoping to earn back the Women's Strawweight Championship. Joanna originally became the UFC Women's Strawweight title holder in March of 2015, and remained champ for over three years. She lost the title to "Thug" Rose Namajunas in November of 2017, but she got a rematch for the title the following April. Joanna lost to Namajunas again, and later tried for a title at a different weight class. After losing her big for the Flyweight championship to Valentina Shevchenko, Jedrzejczyk is back at strawweight and determined to climb the rankings by defeating another top contender.
Michelle "The Karate Hottie" Waterson (17-6) has been a champion as well, but she hopes to gain a new distinction by becoming a title holder again. Waterson held the Invicta FC Atomweight championship from April 2013 to December of 2014, but that was before she moved to the UFC and before she had children. Now Waterson has made it her goal to become "#MomChamp", as she would claim to be the first mother to hold any UFC title. Waterson is 5-2 since joining the UFC, and she is the seventh ranked fighter in the division. She needs to beat Joanna as much as Joanna needs to beat her for either of them to have a chance to face current champion Zhang Weili.
UFC Fight Night Jedrzejczyk vs. Waterson Schedule and Fight Card
Here's the schedule for this UFC Fight Night:
- Prelims 5 p.m. Eastern on ESPN+
- Main Card 8 p.m. Eastern on ESPN+
- Post Show 11 p.m. Eastern on ESPN+
UFC Fight Night Tampa also features an exciting featherweight fight as Kevin "Cub" Swanson faces Kron Gracie. Swanson is an eight year veteran of UFC, and he's been fighting professionally for over 15 years. However, his career has been going in the wrong direction, and he's carrying a four fight losing streak into this match. Meanwhile Gracie in undefeated as a pro fighter, and is a newcomer to UFC. This will be only his second fight since joining the promotion, but his first match won him a Performance of the Night award.
The full fight card, as always subject to change, is as follows:
- Joanna Jedrzejczyk (15-3) vs. Michelle Waterson (17-6)
- Cub Swanson (25-11) vs. Kron Gracie (5-0)
- Niko Price (13-3) vs. James Vick (13-4)
- Mackenzie Dern (7-0) vs. Amanda Ribas (7-1)
- Matt Frevola (7-1-1) vs. Luis Pena (7-1)
- Eryk Anders (12-4) vs. Gerald Meerschaert (29-11)
- Ryan Spann (16-5) vs. Devin Clark (10-3)
- Thomas Gifford (17-8) vs. Mike Davis (7-2)
- Max Griffin (15-6) vs. Alex Morono (16-5)
- Deiveson Figueiredo (16-1) vs. Tim Elliott (15-8-1)
- Marlon Vera (14-5-1) vs. Andre Ewell (15-5)
- Miguel Baeza (7-0) vs. Hector Aldana (4-3)
- Marvin Vettori (13-4-1) vs. Andrew Sanchez (12-4)
- JJ Aldrich (7-3) vs. Lauren Mueller (5-2)
How to watch UFC Fight Night Jedrzejczyk vs. Waterson
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