UFC Fight Night: Joanna vs. Waterson

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UFC Fight Night: Joanna vs. Waterson
UFC on ESPN+ 19.jpg
The poster for UFC Fight Night: Joanna vs. Waterson.
PromotionUltimate Fighting Championship
DateOctober 12, 2019 (2019-10-12)
VenueAmalie Arena
CityTampa, Florida
Total gate$897,805[1]
Event chronology
UFC 243: Whittaker vs. Adesanya UFC Fight Night: Joanna vs. Waterson UFC on ESPN: Reyes vs. Weidman

UFC Fight Night: Joanna vs. Waterson (also known as UFC Fight Night 161 or UFC on ESPN+ 19) was a mixed martial arts event produced by the Ultimate Fighting Championship that took place on October 12, 2019 at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida.[2][3]


While not officially announced by the organization, the event was initially linked to the newly constructed Chase Center in San Francisco, California, which would have marked the promotion's first visit to the city. It would have also been the first trip to the Bay Area since UFC 117 in 2010.[4][5] However, the plans for a San Francisco debut fizzled and the promotion confirmed that the event would instead take place in Tampa, Florida.[6] The event marked the promotion's third visit to Tampa and its second visit to Amalie Arena, following UFC on Fox: Teixeira vs. Evans in April of 2016.[2]

A women's strawweight bout between former UFC Women's Strawweight Champion Joanna Jędrzejczyk and former Invicta FC Atomweight Champion Michelle Waterson served as the event headliner.[7]

A middleweight bout between The Ultimate Fighter: Team Joanna vs. Team Cláudia light heavyweight winner Andrew Sanchez and Marvin Vettori was originally scheduled for September 14 at UFC Fight Night: Cowboy vs. Gaethje. However, the bout was canceled after Sanchez was pulled during the week leading up to the event due to an eye infection.[8] In turn, the pairing was left intact and rescheduled for this event.[9]

Promotional newcomer Brok Weaver was scheduled to face Thomas Gifford in a lightweight out at the event. However, Weaver pulled out of the bout on October 6 for undisclosed reasons.[10] He was replaced by Mike Davis.[11]


Main Card (ESPN+)
Weight class Method Round Time Notes
Women's Strawweight Joanna Jędrzejczyk def. Michelle Waterson Decision (unanimous) (50–45, 50–45, 49–46) 5 5:00
Featherweight Cub Swanson def. Kron Gracie Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 30–27, 30–27) 3 5:00
Welterweight Niko Price def. James Vick KO (upkick) 1 1:44
Women's Strawweight Amanda Ribas def. Mackenzie Dern Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 30–27, 30–27) 3 5:00
Lightweight Matt Frevola def. Luis Peña Decision (split) (28–29, 29–28, 29–28) 3 5:00
Middleweight Eryk Anders def. Gerald Meerschaert Decision (split) (28–29, 29–28, 29–28) 3 5:00
Preliminary Card (ESPN+)
Light Heavyweight Ryan Spann def. Devin Clark Submission (guillotine choke) 2 2:01
Lightweight Mike Davis def. Thomas Gifford KO (punch) 3 4:45
Welterweight Alex Morono def. Max Griffin Decision (unanimous) (29–28, 29–27, 29–28) 3 5:00
Flyweight Deiveson Figueiredo def. Tim Elliott Submission (guillotine choke) 1 3:08
Bantamweight Marlon Vera def. Andre Ewell TKO (elbows and punches) 3 3:17
Welterweight Miguel Baeza def. Hector Aldana TKO (leg kicks and elbows) 2 2:32
Middleweight Marvin Vettori def. Andrew Sanchez Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 30–27, 30–27) 3 5:00
Women's Flyweight JJ Aldrich def. Lauren Mueller Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 29–28, 29–28) 3 5:00


Bonus awards[edit]

The following fighters received $50,000 bonuses.[1]

  • Fight of the Night: Cub Swanson vs. Kron Gracie
  • Performance of the Night: Niko Price and Marlon Vera

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Dave Doyle (2019-10-12). "UFC on ESPN+ 19 bonuses: Cub Swanson-Kron Gracie slugfest earns 'Fight of the Night'". mmajunkie.usatoday.com. Retrieved 2019-10-12.
  2. ^ a b Staff (2019-08-09). "UFC Fight Night: Joanna vs. Waterson". amaliearena.com. Retrieved 2019-08-09.
  3. ^ Mari Faiello (2019-08-09). "UFC Fight Night returns to Tampa in October". tampabay.com. Retrieved 2019-08-09.
  4. ^ David Tees (2019-07-03). "Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs. Michelle Waterson headlines UFC Fight Night San Francisco". fightful.com. Retrieved 2019-07-03.
  5. ^ Cole Shelton (2019-07-03). "Joanna Jedrzejczyk-Michelle Waterson booked for UFC Fight Night 161 main event". sherdog.com. Retrieved 2019-07-03.
  6. ^ Thomas Myers (2019-08-09). "UFC Tampa: Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs Michelle Waterson main event set". mmamania.com. Retrieved 2019-08-09.
  7. ^ Damon Martin (2019-08-09). "Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs. Michelle Waterson headlines UFC Fight Night in Tampa". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2019-08-09.
  8. ^ Dave Doyle (2019-09-11). "Andrew Sanchez vs. Marvin Vettori pulled from UFC on ESPN+ 16 due to illness". mmajunkie.usatoday.com. Retrieved 2019-09-12.
  9. ^ Farah Hannoun (2019-09-12). "Andrew Sanchez: Eye infection forced me off UFC Vancouver; Marvin Vettori fight rebooked". mmajunkie.usatoday.com. Retrieved 2019-09-12.
  10. ^ John Morgan (2019-10-07). "Brok Weaver out of Saturday's UFC on ESPN+ 19, Thomas Gifford needs new opponent". mmajunkie.usatoday.com. Retrieved 2019-10-07.
  11. ^ Redactie (2019-10-08). "Mike Davis tackles short notice fight against Thomas Gifford during UFC Tampa". mmadna.nl. Retrieved 2019-10-08. (in Dutch)
  12. ^ "UFC Fight Night: Joanna vs. Waterson". Ultimate Fighting Championship. Retrieved 2019-10-07.