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Top 15 women’s strawweights will collide in an impromptu Ultimate Fighting Championship headliner when Michelle Waterson faces Angela Hill atop UFC Fight Night 177 this Saturday at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. They replace the original Thiago Santos-Glover Teixeira main event, which was rescheduled due to a positive COVID-19 test.
As Waterson and Hill make final preparations ahead of their five-round affair, a look at some of the numbers that have accompanied them to this point:
34: Years of age for Waterson, who was born on Jan. 6, 1986 in Aurora, Illinois.
5: Atomweight titleholders in Invicta Fighting Championships history. Waterson captured the 105-pound crown at Invicta 5, where she executed a fourth-round armbar to dethrone Jessica Penne. Herica Tiburcio, Ayaka Hamasaki and Jinh Yu Frey are the other women have held the title.
9: Submission victories on Waterson’s resume, accounting for 53 percent of her career total (17). Her methods of choice: four rear-naked chokes, four armbars and one flying armbar.
1: Knockout loss on Waterson’s ledger. She succumbed to punches from Elena Reid less than two minutes into the second round of their April 2009 confrontation at a regional event in Phoenix.
8: First-round finishes to Waterson’s credit. The Jackson-Wink MMA mainstay submitted Jaime Cook with an armbar 93 seconds into their pairing at Ring of Fire 30 on Sept. 15, 2007; she disposed of Tyra Parker with a rear-naked choke 80 seconds into their Strikeforce “Payback” meeting on Oct. 3, 2008; she dispatched Karina Taylor with an armbar 2:36 into their Duke City MMA Series 1 battle on March 14, 2009; she tapped Krystal Macatol with an armbar 22 seconds into their confrontation at a Southwest Cage Association show on Aug. 23, 2008; she submitted Rosary Califano with a flying armbar 15 seconds into their match under the Extreme Beatdown banner on Feb. 13, 2010; she took care of Masako Yoshida with punches 4:17 into their clash at Crowbar MMA “Spring Brawl” on April 24, 2010; she submitted Diana Rael with a rear-naked choke 2:12 into their scrap at Jackson’s MMA Series 7 on Jan. 21, 2012; and she put Paige VanZant to sleep with a rear-naked choke 3:21 into the UFC on Fox 22 main event on Dec. 17, 2016.
35: Years of age for Hill, who was born on Jan. 12, 1985 in Clinton, Maryland.
15: Hill appearances as a UFC strawweight. She ranks first on the promotion’s all-time list in the category, ahead of Randa Markos (14), Joanna Jedrzejczyk (13), Carla Esparza (12) and Tecia Torres (12).
279: Days spent as Invicta strawweight champion by Hill, the third-shortest reign at 115 pounds in the organization’s history. She held the title from May 7, 2016 until she vacated it to return to the UFC on Feb. 4, 2017.
2: Submission defeats on Hill’s resume. She tapped to a rear-naked choke from Rose Namajunas at UFC 192 and surrendered to an armbar from the aforementioned Markos at UFC Fight Night 148.
99: Seconds needed for Hill to stop Alida Gray with a knee to the body at Invicta 15 on Jan. 16, 2016. Having occurred in her fifth professional assignment, it remains the fastest finish of her 20-fight career.
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