UFC on FOX 22: Bisping & Florian Outline Why They’re Picking Waterson Over VanZant
By FCF Staff
Paige VanZant is ranked higher than Michelle Waterson and is one of the biggest names in the UFC, but both Michael Bisping and Kenny Florian are predicting the latter will be victorious at UFC on FOX 22.
The strawweight contenders will battle in the headliner of today’s event, which will take place in Sacramento, California. On the latest “UFC Tonight“, Florian and Bisping were asked to weigh-in on the bout, and here is some of what they had to say (quote via FOX Sports press release):
“VanZant just goes forward all the time,” said Bisping, while discussing VanZant’s keys to victory. “And what she lacks in skill, she makes up in heart and killer instinct. Key number one is she needs to apply forward pressure. She needs to put Waterson on her back foot. Key two, she needs to land the takedown and take the karate out of the Karate Hottie. And finally, she needs to make the fight a brawl. That’s when she comes to life and does her best work.”
“She’s known as the Karate Hottie for a reason and he has excellent striking and lots of spinning attacks”, Florian noted, while outlining Waterson’s key ways to secure a in. “Key number one is she has to use her footwork and get Paige to chase her. Second, she needs to defend the takedowns. Three, she’s got to vary her attack. She’s at her best and can be very confusing when she does it.”
In terms of a prediction, Bisping had this to say:
“It’s her submissions that’ll get the job done. It will be an all-out brawl. Paige will take her down, but Waterson wins by submission in the third round.”
Florian, meanwhile, relayed this, in terms of why he’s also picking Waterson:
“Training at Jackson Wink’s, they’ll have her ready to fight a five-round fight. She’ll need to be patient. She needs to make the Octagon bigger.”
Waterson is currently ranked #11 in the 115 division, and VanZant is #7. The latter is coming off a KO win over Bec Rawlings in August, while Waterson hasn’t fought since last July, when she submitted Angela Magana.