- Michelle Waterson has opened as the betting underdog in her upcoming bout against Amanda Lemos.
- The Karate Hottie has opened at +300 odds while Lemos hit the opening betting boards as the -400 favorite.
- Waterson and Lemos are scheduled to fight at UFC on ABC 3 on July 16th in Elmont, New York.
Michelle Waterson will be the betting underdog when she tries to get back to the winner’s circle.
The Karate Hottie has struggled with losses in three out of her last four bouts and has opened as the +300 bottom dog in her upcoming bout against Amanda Lemos. Lemos meanwhile, is heavily favored to win by the top UFC betting sites at -400 odds:
— BestFightOdds (@BestFightOdds) June 27, 2022
Waterson and Lemos are booked to fight in the UFC’s July 16th event dubbed UFC on ABC 3 which will be held at the UBS Arena in Elmont, New York.
Marina Rodriguez Punishes Michelle Waterson
— MMAFighting.com (@MMAFighting) May 9, 2021
Waterson is coming off a unanimous decision loss to Marina Rodriguez in the make-shift main event at UFC Vegas 26 last May 8th at the APEX. That defeat was the third in the last four bouts for the Karate Hottie who lost back-to-back fights to Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Carla Esparza before beating Angela Hill one fight ago.
The 34-year-old from Aurora, Colorado is a former Invicta FC atomweight champion and the current no. 10 ranked women’s strawweight fighter in the UFC. Waterson joined the UFC in 2015 and opened her promotional campaign with five wins in her first seven Octagon appearances. Waterson has a record of 18-9 with three knockouts and nine submission victories.
This will mark the 8th consecutive bout where Waterson has opened as the betting underdog in a UFC fight and her longest opening odds during that period. The Karate Hottie also closed as the bottom dog in her previous seven fights, including as a +200 against Rodriguez the last time out.
Jessica Andrade Taps Amanda Lemos at UFC Vegas 52
— MMA Junkie (@MMAJunkie) April 24, 2022
Meanwhile, Amanda Lemos is coming off a bout where she made the wrong kind of history. Lemos was forced to tap against Jessica Andrade in the first-ever standing arm triangle in UFC history That loss ended a career-tying five-bout winning streak for Lemos who entered that fight without a loss since 2017.
The 35-year-old from Belem, Brazil is a former Jungle Fight women’s bantamweight champion. Lemos joined the UFC in 2017 and after losing her promotional debut against Leslie Smith, she racked up five consecutive wins, including three via stoppage. Overall, Amanda Lemos has a record of 11-2 with seven knockouts and two submission wins.
Lemos will be the betting favorite for only the fourth time in eight UFC bouts. The Brazilian won all previous three bouts where she had the minus money sign written next to her name. In her last bout, Lemos opened at +170 and closed at +230 against Andrade and suffered the first submission loss of her career.