Namajunas Heads Into Fight as 7/10 FavouritePublished on April 9th, 2017 2:41 pm EST
Written By: Dave Manuel
A Women's Strawweight fight with title implications will serve as the co-main event for the UFC's upcoming UFC on Fox: Johnson vs Reis card.
The winner of Rose Namajunas vs Michelle Waterson will likely be next to line for the Strawweight title. Joanna Jedrzejczyk, who is the current champion, will be looking to defend her title against Jessica Andrade at UFC 211 in Dallas, Texas.
Namajunas, who is just 24 years of age, is looking to rebound after a loss to Karolina Kowalkiewicz at UFC 201. Prior to that, Namajunas had accumulated three straight victories against Tecia Torres, Paige VanZant and Angela Hill.
Michelle Waterson, on the other hand, is looking to build on a two-fight winning streak that includes wins over Paige VanZant and Angela Magana. Waterson completely took apart VanZant at UFC on Fox: VanZant vs Waterson and would propel herself up the Strawweight ladder with a win over Namajunas.
There is a chance that a Waterson victory wouldn't earn her a title shot against the winner of Jedrzejczyk vs Andrade, though I believe that the UFC will go in this direction if the "Karate Hottie" is able to defeat Namajunas, as she is a very likeable and marketable fighter.
Namajunas is the favourite to win against Waterson, though the odds are close:
Rose Namajunas, 7/10
Michelle Waterson, 6/5
The over/under Rounds line is set at 2.5 rounds:
Over 2.5 Rounds, 10/17
Under 2.5 Rounds, 7/5
*this is a three round fight as it is a co-main event tilt without a title on the line
Namajunas will likely use the same strategy against Waterson that she used against Paige VanZant in this fight - I expect her to try to negate Waterson's striking by taking Michelle to the ground and trying to tire her out.
Waterson, on the other hand, will try to keep the fight standing, as she likely enjoys the striking edge.
According to the bookmakers, the likeliest outcome of this fight is a Namajunas victory by decision, which is currently trading at 7/4.