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UFC 218 live blog: Tecia Torres vs. Michelle Waterson

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This is the UFC 218 live blog for Tecia Torres vs Michelle Waterson, a strawweight bout at Saturday night’s UFC event at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, Mich.

Torres, who is coming off of the first finish of her pro career, faces Waterson, who has won four of her past six fights by knockout or submission, to kick off the UFC 218 pay-per-view main card.

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Round 1: Torres coming out of the gates hot, she backs Waterson up briefly before they reset in the center of the Octagon. Waterson gets a takedown and then immediatly scrambles to back control. Looks like there’s some blood underneath Torres’s right eye. Waterson is hanging on, but Torres walks them over to the fence and eventually spins back into a clinch. They break. Torres with short right hands in close. Waterson using low kicks to score. Nice jab by Torres lands. A lot of volume from “The Tiny Tornado”, this is as aggressive as we’ve ever seen her. They’re clinched up against the fence and Torres is smothering Waterson while still throwing short shots. They reset and exchange back at center before Torres clinches up and pushes Waterson back again. Waterson trying to keep distance with kicks. High one misses and Torres gets inside again, round closes with Torres attempting a single leg takedown that is defended against.

MMA Fighting scores the round 10-9, Torres.

Round 2: Torres a little quicker to the punch again in Round 2. She’s catching Waterson with punches whenever the distance is closed. Waterson with a good knee up the middle. Head and shoulder throw by Waterson connects and she stays as heavy as possible to keep down a scrambling Torres. Waterson working to pass into half guard, she gets it. Torres extremely active from the bottom. Waterson attacks the arm. A bit of a stalemate here as Torres cannot power out of the position. Not much damage from Waterson though. Back to full guard. Torres throws her legs up to try and get a triangle, Waterson defending. Glancing elbows by Torres. Waterson briefly side control, but the round ends with both women standing.

MMA Fighting scores the round 10-9, Waterson. Overall 19-19.

Round 3: Waterson gets the first step in the final frame. She lands a straight right and Torres clinches up to bring the action back to the fence. Back to the middle, both fighters showing some signs of fatigue. Waterson coming forward with the right hand again. Head kick clips Torres’s chin, but she responds with two hard punches of her own sending Waterson retreating. Now it’s Torres who gets a right hand on Waterson coming in. They’re exchanging single shots now. Torres manages to push Waterson down. Torres gets on Waterson’s back and she flattens her out. Multiple unanswered punches from the top, nothing that puts Waterson out of it just yet. Torres closes in a dominant position before they briefly return to their feet at the buzzer.

MMA Fighting scores the round 10-9, Torres. Overall 29-28, Torres.

Official result: Tecia Torres def. Michelle Waterson via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)

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