As much as the UFC have continued to roll with the punches amid the ongoing Coronavirus global health crisis, the virus continues to have its presence felt.
It was announced this week that next weekend’s scheduled main event between Thiago Santos and Glover Teixeira was postponed due to Teixeira testing positive for COVID-19, forcing the UFC into a late switch ahead of next weekend’s event in Las Vegas — and it was confirmed on Friday that a matchup between Michelle Waterson and Angela Hill has been promoted to the top slot. The news was first confirmed by ESPN.
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Former Invicta champion Waterson will come into the fight on the back of two straight losses to former champions Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Carla Esparza. Prior to that, the 34-year-old Waterson was on the brink of a title shot of her own after piecing together successive wins against Karolina Kowalkiewicz, Felice Herrig and Cortney Casey.
Angela Hill, meanwhile, was on a three-fight win streak of her own before dropping a close split decision to Claudia Gadelha in May, and will compete next week for the fourth time in 2020 — not an insignificant achievement given the impact of the global pandemic.