UFC strawweight Paige VanZant will headline her first UFC event when she battles Michelle Waterson at UFC Fight Night in Sacramento on Dec. 17.
The exciting main event was announced during Wednesday's episode of "UFC Tonight".
VanZant, who trains out of Urijah Faber's gym in Sacramento, has won four of her last five fights and has seen the judges just one time in her UFC career. Her latest win was a second-round switch-kick knockout of Bec Rawlings at UFC Fight Night Vancouver. At just 22 years old, VanZant is a budding star who has managed to work her way to eighth in the strawweight rankings.
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Standing across the Octagon from VanZant on fight night will be former Invicta FC atomweight champion Michelle Waterson, who is eager to take the Octagon for just the second time after injuries forced her to the sidelines since her debut last July. Waterson earned a lopsided victory in her UFC debut against Angela Magana and hopes to prove she belongs in the strawweight top 10 with a win over VanZant.
UFC Fight Night in Sacramento is the last card of 2016 on FOX and is sandwiched between UFC 206 on Dec. 10 and UFC 207 on Dec. 30. The event will also feature a welterweight fight between Sage Northcutt and Mickey Gall.