Michelle Waterson continued to scale that the women’s strawweight rankings on Saturday by beating No. 6 ranked former title challenger Karolina Kowalkiewicz in UFC on ESPN 2. ”

Waterson commanded the battle from start to

finish. She used a wide range of kicks to keep Kowalkiewicz to the outside from the opening around. She landed leg kisses, her jab and hands while Kowalkiewicz fought to locate her range.

Kowalkiewicz made alterations and started to land shots heading into the next framework. She arrived in the circular aggressively and landed right hands early in the circular. She engaged Waterson in the clinch and discovered herself pitched to the picture. At the closing moments of the circular, Waterson implemented an armbar that looked to be more stable. Kowalkiewicz rolled and escaped in the final seconds.

Heading into the struggle, Kowalkiewicz had the best take down defense in the branch. She’d find herself her back a second time in the third stage.  Waterson let back to her toes and proceeded to outwork the Polish fighter. After three rounds, all three judges scored the struggle for Waterson by unanimous decision.

“First, I wished to give you thanks to Karolina. I don’t understand her but that I feel as a sister. That’so the vibe that I get from her. Getting myself in the spot emotionally to conquer her was a enormous challenge. I really feel just like I’m to another level,” stated Waterson following the win.

After dedicated the victory to “all of those out there fighting to get their families,” Waterson praised Kowalkiewicz and needed a title shot.

I truly did want to bring it to the bottom. I needed to get a finish but she’s this kind of match player and precisely what I needed to ask for the gold next,” she explained. “I would like to go get that golden, the ones it is. Mom champion. ”

Waterson has an reduction to title holder Rose Namajunas, but is now riding a three-fight winning series. 

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