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UFC on FOX 22 live blog: Paige VanZant vs. Michelle Waterson

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Paige VanZant and Michelle Waterson will clash in the UFC on FOX 22 main event Saturday.
Paige VanZant and Michelle Waterson will clash in the UFC on FOX 22 main event Saturday.
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This is the UFC on FOX 22 live blog for Paige VanZant vs. Michelle Waterson, a women's strawweight bout at Saturday night's UFC event at Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, Calif.

VanZant, who has won four of her past five UFC fights, will face Waterson, who is 1-0 in the UFC, in the main event.

Check out the UFC on FOX 22 live blog below.

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Round 1: And the main event is finally here. This is an important bout for women's strawweight division. 'Big' John McCarthy is the referee for this one. Waterson takes the center of the cage VanZant flows on the outside and stays light on her feet. Nice jab by Waterson. Waterson pins VanZant against the cage. Waterson hits an head-and-arm thrown, takes down VanZant, and immediately takes her back. Waterson locks a body triangle. We're half way though the fight. Waterson locks a rear-naked choke on VanZant. It looks tight, but VanZant is fighting it. Waterson relentless on her tight squeeze, and BOOM! VanZant goes out and referee John McCarthy stops the bout.

Michelle Waterson def. Paige VanZant via submission (RNC) (R1, 3:21)