RFA champion replaces Waterson at UFC 194

Pat Miletich & Jocelyn Jones-Lybarger
Pat Miletich & Jocelyn Jones-Lybarger
Pat Miletich & Jocelyn Jones-Lybarger

Following an injury to Michelle Waterson, the UFC has announced that RFA strawweight champion Jocelyn Jones-Lybarger will fight Tecia Torres on two weeks notice in Las Vegas.

Fighting out of the MMA Lab in Arizona, 30-year-old Lybarger (6-1) is coming off a dominant victory over Zoila Frausto at RFA 31 to become the new strawweight champion in what many people believed to be a huge upset, even though Frausto had lost three-straight before-hand. She is a perfect 4-0 in the RFA cage.

Check out highlights of RFA 31 and Lybarger’s huge win below:

Torres (6-0) trains out of American Top Team and had a perfect 4-0 run in Invicta before joining the UFC by way of TUF 20. Her last three fights in Invicta included decision wins over VanZant, Herrig and Namajunas in three fights that were all pretty serious Fight of the Year contenders in 2013. After going 1-2 in exhibition bouts on the Ultimate Fighter, Torres has defeated both Angela Hill and Angela Magana in relatively dominant decision wins.

UFC 194 is one of the most anticipated events of the year and will be headlined by a featherweight title bout between champion Jose Aldo and Conor McGregor. The co-main event sees Chris Weidman defend his middleweight title vs. Luke Rockhold.


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