12 October 2019 22:36
Joanna Jedrzejczyk has drawn her share of critics because of her recent struggles to make weight and a downward career stretch in which she has lost three of her last four fights. The former strawweight champion is determined to silence them, and she gets a chance on Saturday when she takes on the surging Michelle Waterson in the main event of UFC Fight Night 161. The 13-bout UFC stop from Amalie Arena features the main UFC Fight Night 161 card starting at 8 p.m. ET. In the co-main event, Kron Gracie (-175) meets Cub Swanson (+155) in a featherweight battle. Before making your UFC Fight Night 161 picks, make sure you listen to what SportsLine MMA expert Kyle Marley has to say.
Marley won the first-ever "ToutMaster" UFC betting contest sponsored by MMAOddsBreaker and is in contention to win this year's contest. Just last week at UFC 243, Marley told SportsLine members that Israel Adesanya (-115) would defeat Robert Whittaker (-105) in their middleweight unification bout. Now, with UFC Fight Night 161 fast approaching, Marley has carefully studied every matchup on the card, identified the best value in the UFC odds and released his MMA picks for every single fight. Waterson has responded with three consecutive victories and dominated the action in a unanimous-decision victory over former title challenger Karolina Kowalkiewicz in March. We'll share one of Marley's UFC Fight Night 161 predictions here: He is backing Max Griffin (-145) to get his hand raised Alex Morono (+125) in a welterweight bout on the preliminary card.
Jedrzejczyk comes in ranked as the No. 4 strawweight in the world by ESPN, while Waterson is No. 6. Jedrzejczyk, 32, dropped her last fight to Valentina Shevchenko in a bout for the flyweight title, but she's only lost to one person at strawweight in the UFC, twice to Rose Namajunas. Waterson (17-6) is on a three-fight winning streak and has won five of her last seven. Gracie (5-0) won his UFC debut over Alex Caceres in February and is a promising up-and-coming MMA fighter, but will be giving up a lot in the way of experience to Swanson, who is 10-7 in the UFC. Also at UFC Tampa, Niko Price and James Vick face off at welterweight in a battle of action fighters, top prospect Mackenzie Dern returns against fellow blue-chipper Amanda Ribas, and Deiveson Figueiredo meets Tim Elliott in a key flyweight matchup.
It's another UFC Fight Night and it's sure to be a UFC stream you're going to want to watch. Joanna Jedrzejczyk takes on Michelle Waterson in a women's strawweight headliner that's sure to be a banger. According to ESPN's Ariel Helwani, Jedrzejczyk had informed the UFC she would be unable to make weight and Waterson wouldn't accept a fight at a catchweight. Here's how you can watch the UFC fight tonight, exclusively on ESPN+, as well as the UFC odds and full Fight Night 161 fight card. How to watch UFC Fight Night 161 – Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs Michelle Waterson Who: Joanna Jedrzejczyk (15-3-0) vs Michelle Waterson (17-6-0) A strawweight bout between Joanna Jędrzejczyk and Michelle Waterson will headline UFC Fight Night 161 on Saturday at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida. You can sign up for a month or year of ESPN+ right here, and you can then watch a live stream of Joanna vs Waterson and all the UFC Tampa fights on your computer via ESPN.com, or on your phone (Android and iPhone compatible), tablet, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, or other streaming device via the ESPN app. UFC Fight Night Tampa 2019 Preview Jędrzejczyk (15-3 in MMA, 9-3 in the UFC) claimed the strawweight title in her third fight with the promotion, then successfully defended the belt five times before a pair of losses to Rose Namajunas. "After my victory over Michelle Waterson, I'm going for the belt," Jędrzejczyk told ESPN. On Wednesday, multiple outlets reported that Jędrzejczyk had informed the UFC that she wouldn't be able to make the strawweight limit for non-title fights, 116 pounds. The 33-year-old Waterson (17-6, 4-2) is riding a three-fight winning streak, having secured decision victories over Cortney Casey, Felice Herrig, and Karolina Kowalkiewicz. Luis Pena, lightweight The Sunshine State will be the setting for today's UFC Tampa card, and Bloody Elbow is front and center with the betting lines. The top of this Tampa card will involve top-tier strawweights when former champ Joanna Jedrzejczyk squares up with the #7 ranked Michelle Waterson. The over/under for the UFC Tampa main event has been set at 4.5 rounds. The betting lines peg Waterson as much less likely to win the bulk of the rounds. The betting lines say that Gracie and Swanson will not likely need all three rounds here.