On Saturday, Dec. 17, the UFC hosted UFC on -, Fox 22: VanZant vs. Waterson from the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, Calif.
In the night’s main event, former Invicta atomweight champion Michelle Waterson took on fellow Invicta veteran Paige VanZant in a strawweight affair. Waterson competed for the first time in nearly 18 months after she submitted Angela Magana in her UFC debut in July of 2015. The 30-year-old had won seven of her last eight fights. VanZant, meanwhile, bounced back from an one-sided loss to Rose Namajunas by defeating Bec Rawlings in August with a flashy, jumping switch head kick knockout.
Also on the card, former WEC featherweight champion and multiple-time UFC title challenger Urijah Faber competed for the final time as he fought and defeated England’s Brad Pickett.
The 13-fight event kicked off Saturday with three preliminary card bouts streaming live on UFC Fight Pass at 3:30 p.m. ET. Six additional preliminary card bouts aired live on Fox Sports 1 at 5 p.m. ET, with the four-fight main card taking place at 8 p.m. ET on Fox.
Michelle Waterson def. Paige VanZant by technical submission (rear-naked choke). Round 1, 3:21
Mickey Gall def. Sage Northcutt by submission (rear-naked choke). Round 2, 1:40
Urijah Faber def. Brad Pickett by unanimous decision (30-26 x3)
Alan Jouban def. Mike Perry by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
Paul Craig def. Luis Henrique da Silva by submission (armbar). Round 2, 1:59
Mizuto Hirota def. Cole Miller by unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27)
Colby Covington def. Bryan Barberena by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Alex Morono def. James Moontasri by unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
Josh Emmett def. Scott Holtzman by unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
Leslie Smith def. Irene Aldana by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Eddie Wineland def. Takeya Mizugaki by TKO (punches). Round 1, 3:04
Hector Sandoval def. Fredy Serrano by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-27)
Sultan Aliev def. Bojan Velickovic by split decision (28-29, 30-27, 30-27)
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