UFC Vegas 26:
The UFC will return to live action for the first of three successive May weekends, as this Saturday, the UFC Apex will play host to UFC Vegas 26.
Live coverage of this 12-fight MMA card will begin at 5 p.m. ET, 2 p.m. PT on ESPN+ with the undercard—followed at 8 p.m. ET, 5 p.m. PT on ESPN+ and ESPN TV with the main card.
Headlining the night at the UFC Apex is a five-round nontitle main attraction at Women’s Flyweight between sixth-ranked Marina Rodriguez (13-1-2) and ninth-ranked Michelle Waterson (18-8).
Heading into the main event of the evening on Saturday night at the UFC Apex facility in Las Vegas, Marina Rodriguez stands taller at 5-foot-6, with opponent Michelle Waterson standing 5-foot-3.
How they got here:
Marina Rodriguez has posted a record of 3-1-1 in her last five UFC appearances, most recently knocking out Amanda Ribas (punches) in the second round of their fight during UFC 257 on Fight Island in Abu Dhabi on Jan. 23.
In the other corner, Michelle Waterson has posted a mark of 3-2 in her last five UFC appearances, snapping a two-fight losing streak last time out against Angela Hill during the UFC Vegas 10 main event on Sept. 12 last year.
The Tale of the Tape:
UFC.com shows that Rodriguez owns a three-inch reach advantage (65 inches to 62 inches) and a three-inch leg reach advantage (38 ½ inches to 35 ½ inches over Waterson.
Prediction: Marina Rodriguez by unanimous decision.
Other fights on UFC Vegas 26’s main card include:
Co-Main Event: No. 15 contender Donald Cerrone (36-15, two no-contests) vs. Alex Morono (18-7, one no-contest) [Welterweight]
No. 9 contender Neil Magny (24-9) vs. No. 10 contender Geoff Neal (13-3) [Welterweight]
Maurice Greene (9-6) vs. Marcos Rogerio de Lima (17-8) [Heavyweight]
No. 12 contender Diego Ferreira (17-3) vs. No. 14 contender Gregor Gillespie (13-1) [Lightweight]
No. 11 contender Amanda Ribas (10-2) vs. No. 12 contender Angela Hill (13-9) [Strawweight]