A battle of ranked strawweights headlines UFC on Fox as #7 Paige VanZant takes on #11 Michelle Waterson. UFC on Fox 22 takes place December 17th at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, CA with three fights webcast at UFC Fight Pass, six fights broadcast on Fox Sports 1, and four fights broadcast on Fox.
Paige VanZant holds a record of 7-2, 4-1 in the UFC. VanZant’s Octagon debut was a TKO of Kailin Curran which she followed up with wins over Felice Herrig and Alex Chambers, a rear-naked choke loss to Rose Namajunas, and most recently a KO of Bec Rawlings. Between the Namajunas loss and Rawlings win VanZant competed in Season 22 of Dancing with the Stars where she reached the finals, not a MMA note per se but a measure of her popularity. The Curran fight won VanZant “Fight of the Night” while the Rawlings fight earned “Performance of the Night”. Waterson enters this bout 13-4 with this being her second UFC fight. Waterson came to attention when she won the Invicta FC atomweight title with an armbar of Jessica Penne. Waterson went on to defend the belt against Yasuko Tamada before losing it to Herica Tiburcio while her UFC debut was a return to strawweight for a rear-naked choke of Angela Magana.
Neither Sage Northcutt or Mickey Gall are ranked at welterweight, this fight is more of hyped up-and-comers. Mickey Gall is only 3-0 in MMA, his claim to fame so far being his win over Mike Jackson in his UFC debut earned him a shot against pro wrestling star CM Punk, the Punk punking ending by rear-naked choke just over the two-minute mark at UFC 203. Sage Northcutt 8-1, 3-1 in the UFC since October 2015. In the Octagon Northcutt defeated Francisco Trevino, Cody Pfister, and most recently Enrique Marin while his only loss was to Bryan Barberena. Another way to look at Northcutt is at lightweight is 3-0 while the Barberena fight was at welterweight and his LFC bouts were at a catchweight of 165.
Prelims at UFC Fight Pass
- WW: Bojan Velickovic vs. Sultan Aliev
- Flyweight: Hector Sandoval vs. Fredy Serrano
- BW: Eddie Wineland vs. Takeya Mizugaki
Prelims on Fox Sports 1
- BW: Leslie Smith vs. Irene Aldana
- LW: Josh Emmett vs. Scott Holtzman
- WW: James Moontasri vs. Alex Morono
- WW: Bryan Barberena vs. Colby Covington
- FW: Cole Miller vs. Mizuto Hirota
- LHW: Luis Henrique da Silva vs. Paul Craig
Main card on Fox
- WW: Alan Jouban vs. Mike Perry
- BW: Urijah Faber vs. Brad Pickett
- WW: Sage Northcutt vs. Mickey Gall
- W Strawweight: Paige VanZant vs. Michelle Waterson