Prior to her meeting with Andrade, Lemos finished three of her five UFC wins. With knockout wins against Montserrat Conejo and Livinha Souza, and a first-round submission against Miranda Granger, the Brazilian poses threats wherever the fight goes.
“[Lemos] does come to fight,” Waterson-Gomez said. “She bites down on her mouthpiece, she throws hard, with intention. I’m looking forward to stopping her. I’m looking forward to going in there and bringing all my tools with me, having fun, using the entire canvas, using all my tools…everything I have whenever I can.”
Waterson-Gomez’s unique footwork lets her to move in and out of range well, allowing her to hit without being hit. One thing she’s lacked, however, is finishes, her last coming back in 2016 against VanZant.
Lemos doesn’t want to be patient and allow Waterson-Gomez to dictate the pace of the bout, and she is more than willing to bring the pressure and danger to her opponent in search of an entertaining finish for the Long Island crowd.
“She likes to leave it to the judges most of the time,” Lemos said. “I don’t. I like to finish fights, so I trained a lot to stop her game; to keep her from scoring points throughout the rounds and finish her.”