Torres vs. Waterson Booked for UFC 218

Tecia Torres will take on Michelle Waterson at UFC 218 on Dec. 2 in Detroit, the big strawweight fight first reported by ESPN.

Torres called out Waterson following a second-round submission victory over Juliana Lima at the TUF 25 Finale in July. Torres and Waterson and she share a martial arts base in karate, and Torres has wanted a fellow karate expert inside the Octagon for quite some time. Torres, 28, has won two in a row overall and only has one official career loss, to Rose Namajunas last year.

Waterson, who is becoming of the most popular fighters in the UFC, was angling for a title shot when Namajunas knocked her off at UFC on FOX 24 in April. “The Karate Hottie” was on a two-fight winning streak at the time. Waterson, 31, is a veteran of MMA with 10 years in the sport under her belt and is the the former Invicta FC atomweight champion.

The JacksonWink MMA product appeared this year on ESPN’s “Body Issue” and it was announced last week that she’d be competing on MTV’s “The Challenge.”

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