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Esparza vs Waterson 05/09/2020 UFC Picks, Betting Predictions and Previews

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Esparza vs Waterson 05-09-2020 UFC Picks Betting Predictions and Previews

Esparza vs Waterson 05/09/2020 – The Ultimate Fighting Championship returns after almost a two-month absence with UFC 249 on Saturday, May 9. This event will be a closed-door match facility in Jacksonville, Florida and for those who want to watch the fights, Pay Per View and UFC Fight Pass are the options. The main event will feature two title fights with Tony Ferguson and Justin Gaethje battling for the lightweight interim championship while Henry Cejudo will be defending the UFC bantamweight championship against two-time champion Dominick Cruz. The preliminary card is stacked as women’s strawweight action will happen between Carla Esparza and Michelle Waterson. UFC Online sees Esparza with the upper hand over Waterson in this matchup.

Esparza vs Waterson 05/09/2020

When: Saturday, May 9, 6:30 PM ET
Where: VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena, Jacksonville, Florida
TV: Pay Per View
Stream: UFC Fight Pass

Esparza vs Waterson 05/09/2020 Odds

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Fighter Odds Fighter Odds
Carla Esparza -150 Michelle Waterson +120

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Carla Esparza

Carla Esparza is a female strawweight fighter that hails from Redondo Beach, California. She stands at 5-foot-1, weighs in 115 lbs and fights out of Team Oyama. At 32-years-old, Esparza owns a professional MMA record of 15-6 with 8 of those victories came from decisions. Nicknamed the “Cookie Monster”, Esparza made her debut in UFC – The Ultimate Fighter 20 Finale where she won the inaugural UFC Strawweight Championship bout against Rose Namajunas via submission. She got defeated and lost the title after 92 days to Joanna Jedrzejczyk. After then, she won five of her eight next fights. She is now riding a two-fight winning streak and her two matches against Vima Jandiroba and Alexa Grasso resulted in a favorable decision from the judges.

Michelle Waterson

Michelle Waterson is a 34-year-old female strawweight fighter that came from Albuquerque, New Mexico. “The Karate Hottie” is 5-foot-3, 115lbs and fights out of Jackson-Wink MMA. She currently owns a 17-7 professional fighting record and 9 of those wins came from submissions. Waterson made her UFC debut in July 2014 at The Ultimate Fighter 21 Finale where she impressed by submitting Angela Magana via RNC in three rounds. In her next fight, she took down Paige VanZant in the first round through an RNC as well but lost her next two matches. “Karate Hottie” went on a three-fight winning streak after that and beat Cortney Casey, Felice Herrig and Karolina Kowalkiewicz. Her last match was against the former champion, Joanna Jedrzejczyk which she lost through a unanimous decision.

Esparza vs Waterson Betting Numbers

Record 16-6-0 17-7-0
Last Fight Win Loss
Country United States United States
Height 5′ 1″ 5′ 3″
Weight (lbs) 115 115
Reach (inches) 63 62
Win by KO/TKO 20% 18%
Win by Submission 27% 53%
Decisions 53% 29%
Strikes landed per minute 2.22 3.35
Striking accuracy 40% 53%
Striking absorbed per minute 2.86 3.88
Striking defense 53% 48%
Takedown average 3.53 1.88
Takedown accuracy 36% 50%
Takedown defense 48% 57%
Submission average 0.3 1.2

Esparza vs Waterson Betting Picks

Esparza and Waterson could have found their way to the main card in other fight nights but the stacked UFC 249 puts them in the preliminary card. With her past success in the division, Esparza is the much-favored fighter by Sports Betting to win this fight over Waterson through the judges’ decision.