In the biggest women’s fight on the card at UFC 249, strawweights Carla Esparza and Michelle Waterson will do battle as a preliminary match in a battle of Top 10 contenders for Zhang Weili’s championship. This fight was originally scheduled for the Moda Center in Portland for April 11th, but has been moved to Jacksonville and the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena for May 9th due to the Covid-19 crisis.
Esparza is ranked No.7 in the division, with a career record of 16-6. She has a 6-4 record in UFC, and has won a pair of decisions in her last two fights against Virna Jandiroba and Alexa Grasso. She tends to win on points, as she’s without a knockout in her UFC career.
Waterson is seeking to become the first “Mom Champ” in UFC history, and enters with a 17-7 record. “The Karate Hottie” defeated Paige VanZant for her via rear naked choke for her biggest win in 2016, and has won three of her last four fights, all by decision. She fell to Joanna Jedrzejczyk in a five-round fight on points in October.
Here are the betting odds for Carla Esparza and Michelle Waterson at UFC 249 on May 9th.
Esparza vs. Waterson, UFC 249 odds
|To Go the Distance||Yes (-500)||No (+325)|
|Total Rounds||Over 2.5 (-590)||Under 2.5 (+365)|
|To Win by KO, TKO or DQ||+1000||+1100|
|To Win by Submission||+1200||+1200|
|To Win by Decision||-106||+165|
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