UFC on FOX 22 will be headlined by a straw-weight bout between Paige VanZant and Michelle Waterson.
The event is set to take place in VanZant’s adopted hometown of Sacramento, California at the Golden 1 Center on December 17. Also announced on the card is a bout between rising prospects Mickey Gall and Sage Northcutt.
VanZant (7-2) is coming off of her flashy switch-kick knockout over Bec Rawlings at UFC on FOX 21 where she earned a Performance of the Night bonus. Prior to that, the Team Alpha Male product suffered a brutal loss to Rose Namajunas who submitted her in the fifth round of their main event bout last year in December. The loss snapped her four-fight win streak which consisted of finishes over Kailin Curran and Alex Chambers.
After winning her first UFC bout against Angela Magana in July 2015, Waterson (13-4) was scheduled to face Tecia Torres at UFC 194 but was forced out of the bout after tearing her ACL. The former Invicta atomweight champion went on a 6-1 run prior to signing with the UFC.