The new main event will see the top strawweight contenders step up on short notice to compete in flyweight as No.6-ranked Marina Rodriguez takes on No.9 Michelle Waterson. Contender Series by Dana White: Brazil signatory Rodriguez intends to continue his impressive TKO victory over top prospect Amanda Ribas from the start of the year with another spectacular performance to move into the top five of the table. Eternal contender Waterson looks to kick off her 2021 campaign building on the momentum of her thrilling victory in the night fight against Angela Hill last year and proves she is still one of the best in the world.
Additionally, Diego Sanchez was taken out of his welterweight fight with Donald Cerrone. The replacement will be Alex Morono, Brazilian black belt in Jiu-Jitsu and Taekwondo, who seeks another dynamic finish in his 13th appearance in the Octagon.
UFC FIGHT NIGHT: RODRIGUEZ vs. WATERSON takes place on Saturday May 8 at UFC APEX in Las Vegas. The main card will be available on ESPN and ESPN Deportes, as well as simulcast on ESPN + in English and Spanish from 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT. The preliminaries will begin exclusively on ESPN + (English and Spanish) at 5 p.m. ET / 2 p.m. PT.