Former Invicta FC champs Hill (12-8 MMA, 6-8 UFC) and Waterson (17-8 MMA, 5-4 UFC) will now meet on the UFC’s upcoming Sept. 12 event. MMA Junkie verified with multiple people close to the situation following an initial report from BJPenn.com. The people requested anonymity because UFC has yet to make an official announcement.
A reason for the delay was not revealed. The Sept. 12 card is expected to take place at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas and air on ESPN/stream on ESPN+.
Hill, No. 15 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMA Junkie MMA strawweight rankings, had her three-fight winning streak snapped at UFC on ESPN 8 in May when she lost a controversial split decision to Claudia Gadelha. “Overkill” felt strongly that she won the fight, but the judges saw it different. She will now become the first UFC fighter to compete four times in 2020.
No. 13-ranked Waterson, meanwhile, will attempt to snap the first losing skid of her career. After putting together a three-fight run of her own, “The Karate Hottie” has dropped consecutive bouts to former UFC champs Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Carla Esparza. The latter, which came at UFC 249 in May, was a split decision that Waterson felt she’d won.
The latest lineup for UFC’s Sept. 12 event includes: