Here we are with the main event of UFC on FOX 22, and in keeping with theme of the night, we have a pair of beauties in the form of Paige VanZant and Michelle Waterson. “PVZ” is a hell of a grinder, but her accomplishments in the cage thus far are kind of overshadowed by her stellar second-place performance on “Dancing With the Stars”. Waterson was a top fighter in Invicta, and has long been expected to be one of the faces of the UFC’s strawweight division.
Holding true to her karate roots (she is the “Karate Hottie” after all), Waterson begins the fight be sidekicking VanZant whenever she comes in range. But PVZ gets closer and closer to clinching each time, and eventually they’re tied up against the cage – the place where VanZant usually goes to work on wearing opponents down. However, Waterson flips the script and flips VanZant, tossing her to the canvas with a head-and-arm throw, and in the ensuing scramble, she takes PVZ’s and starts working the choke.
VanZant defends for a while, but it’s too tight, and eventually the referee has to pull them apart because VanZant is asleep.
Results: Michelle Waterson def. Paige VanZant via Technical Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 3:21, R1