UFC Tampa To Feature Joanna Jedrzejczyk-Michelle Waterson Bout
The Octagon heads to Tampa this October with an ESPN+ card headlined by former champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk taking on Michelle Waterson.
The UFC has started to put cards together for later this year, announcing a pair of events and headline bouts.
On October 12 from the AMALIE Arena in Tampa, Florida, former champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk will take on Michelle Waterson in a five-round main event. That card will also feature Kron Gracie vs. Cub Swanson.
Competing in her adopted home state of Florida for the first time, Jedrzejczyk (15-3) returns to strawweight after recently attempting to become just the second woman to hold UFC championships in two divisions. Before moving up, Jedrzejczyk had established herself as the greatest strawweight champion in UFC history with dominant wins over Jessica Andrade, Claudia Gadelha (twice) and Karolina Kowalkiewicz. She now looks to get back to her winning ways and into the title conversation by taking out yet another top contender. Related: UFC Montevideo Primer: Valentina Shevchenko Vs. Joanna Jedrzejczyk
Currently on the longest win streak of her UFC career, Waterson (17-6) looks to add a UFC champion to her resume and insert herself into the title picture. A former Invicta FC champion, Waterson has been a contender from the moment she joined the UFC roster in 2015 and has already proven herself against some of the top competitors in the division, such as Paige VanZant, Felice Herrig and Karolina Kowalkiewicz. She now aims to secure the biggest win of her career and earn her first shot at UFC gold. Related: UFC On ESPN2 Results: Michelle Waterson With Key Win
Cub Swanson Looks To Stop Kron Gracie
With seven UFC post-fight bonuses to his name, Swanson (25-11) has established himself as one the most exciting athletes on the roster. During his career he has claimed impressive wins over the likes of Dooho Choi, Artem Lobov and Jeremy Stephens. Competing in his 18th UFC bout, Swanson hopes to prove he can still compete with the best in the world and break back into the rankings with another crowd-pleasing performance.
Looking to remain undefeated, Gracie (5-0) aims to secure the most important victory of his career with another signature submission. The latest member of the legendary Gracie family to join the UFC roster, Kron made his debut in impressive fashion by submitting the experienced Alex Caceres in the first round. Now, he looks to take out his second veteran in a row and announce himself as the next prospect to watch in the featherweight division.
Remaining Fights Include Mackenzie Dern’s Return
Other bouts announced for the Tampa card include Deiveson Figueiredo vs. Tim Elliott, Eryk Anders vs. Gerald Meerschaert, Mackenzie Dern vs. Amanda Ribas, Max Griffin vs. Alex Morono, JJ Aldrich vs. Lauren Mueller and Ryan Spann vs. Devin Clark.