Tonight UFC on Fox 22 takes place from the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, California. The event will be headlined by a strawweight fight between rising prospects “12 Gauge” Paige VanZant and “The Karate Hottie” Michelle Waterson. However, also on the card will be a bantamweight match-up when Leslie Smith (8-7-1) and Mexico’s Irene Aldana (7-2-0) will open the Fox Sports 1 Preliminary Card. Aldana will be making her UFC debut, she has finished all her wins in the first round. She spoke to us earlier in the week, revealing her plans to become champion very soon and tells us more about her life and why she begun fighting.
Female MMA stars have made predictions on who they believe will win the fight.
(Click HERE to view top UFC and MMA stars predictions for the main event between Paige VanZant and Michelle Waterson).
Number 1 lightweight fighter in the world
I predict Leslie Smith, although both girls are great I think Leslie brings more to the table. She has been under a lot of pressure in some of her fights and she shows tremendous heart.
Number 3 lightweight fighter in the world, upcoming world title challenger
I like both so it’s tough. Both are gritty and good strikers. I think maybe Leslie Smith could have superior grappling. If she can secure a takedown maybe she’ll pull off a submission over Aldana. Glad to see Irene in the UFC though, and hope she continues to excel.
Bellator star, number 5 lightweight in the world
I like Leslie but I’m going to go with Irene Aldana by unanimous decision.
Irene Aldana I think will win because she has excellent fists.
2 for Leslie Smith, 2 for Irene Aldana. The panel is 50/50 for this match-up, who do you think will win? Let us know in the comments below. The Fox Sports 1 prelims begin tonight from 5pm/2pm ETPT.
Click HERE to view top UFC and MMA stars predictions for the main event between Paige VanZant and Michelle Waterson.