One strawweight bout added to UFC on ESPN 2, second confirmed for same card

A pair of strawweight contests are the first bouts official for the UFC’s second event on ESPN.

UFC officials today informed MMAjunkie that Alexa Grasso (10-2 MMA, 2-2 UFC) will meet Marina Rodriguez (10-0-1 MMA, 0-0-1 UFC) at the March 30 event, which takes place at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.

Grasso and Rodriguez were originally expected to face off at UFC on ESPN+ 2 on Feb. 2 in Brazil, but a Rodriguez injury forced a rescheduling of the contest.

Additionally, officials also confirmed a previously reported bout of Karolina Kowalkiewicz (12-3 MMA, 5-3 UFC) vs. Michelle Waterson (16-6 MMA, 4-2 UFC) will indeed take place at the event.

A long-touted Mexican prospect, Grasso finds herself in need of a solid performance. She saw action most recently in May, suffering a first-round submission loss to fast-rising contender Tatiana Suarez. Previously, Grasso picked up a split-decision win over Randa Markos. However, that performance was marred in the day prior, with Grasso missing weight.

Meanwhile, Brazil’s Rodriguez earned her way into the UFC with an impressive victory on Dana White’s Contender Series Brazil this past August and then made her official octagon debut just one month later. There, Rodriguez suffered some early adversity against Markos but then scratched her way back to a majority draw after earning the momentum over the final two rounds.

For more on UFC on ESPN 2, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie

Read the full article here: One strawweight bout added to UFC on ESPN 2, second confirmed for same card