Who wins the Tecia Torres vs. Michelle Waterson fight and why?
SEAN COVINGTON, MMATorch Contributor
Michelle Waterson wins this one easily I think. She is pretty strong willed and determined and ready to move up into the title picture and main event status after that.
FRANK HYDEN, MMATorch Columnist
I’m going with Michelle Waterson here by decision. This should be an extremely close fight but I think Waterson has the skills to make this a tough fight for Torres. I think we get some really exciting and tense rounds, but that Waterson does just enough to edge out the victory. Both fighters are really tough so a finish seems unlikely. This is almost a coin-flip to me, but I lean Waterson just a bit more.
DAVE KOULA, MMATorch Contributor
Tecia is a heavy favorite here with a very impressive list of victories, but Waterson is a live underdog having won 8 of her last 10 fights, with her most recent loss being to the current champ (ditto for Tecia). I think Waterson has all the tools to be a champion, but she’s got a lot of interests outside the cage that keep her busy and potentially distracted. My heart says Waterson but my brain says Torres. Torres by decision, but I’d love to be wrong.
ZACK HEYDORN, MMATorch Contributor
This one is a very tough one to call, but I’m sticking with the pick I made earlier in the week, Tecia Torres. In the end, she will be able to avoid Waterson’s takedown attempts while connecting with enough strikes to do damage and earn points. I see this one going the distance with Torres having more of an impactful fight than Waterson and earning a unanimous decision.
JOSHUA GARCIA, MMATorch Contributor
Tecia Torres wins this fight by decision. She will use her striking and possibly land a few takedowns and utilize top control. She should be able to control where the fight goes and win a close decision.
JOHN HARRIS, MMATorch Contributor
I like Tecia Torres in this fight by decision. Both fighters are two of the more balanced fighters in the women’s strawweight division. Both are very good strikers and are not afraid to take the fight to the ground. Waterson will want to take this fight to the ground. She is a good striker but I think if she elects to keep this fight standing up then Torres will out point. That is exactly what I see happening and why I picked Torres. She has vastly improved her takedown defense and should be able to keep Waterson from getting her to the ground.
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