January 6, 1986 |
Colorado Springs, Colorado
|Other names||The Karate Hottie|
|Height||5 ft 4 in (1.63 m)|
|Weight||105 lb (48 kg; 7.5 st)|
|Style||Karate, Wushu, Muay Thai, Jiu-Jitsu|
|Fighting out of||Albuquerque, New Mexico|
|Team||Jackson's Mixed Martial Arts|
|Rank||Karateblack belt in|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Waterson is currently the #9-ranked pound-for-pound female MMA fighter in the world by MMARising.com and the #1-ranked atomweight (105 lbs) according to the Unified Women's MMA Rankings and Fight Matrix.
Early martial arts career
Waterson rose to fame as a contestant on the Muay Thai-themed Fight Girls reality show on the Oxygen television network. She was also featured as one of the fighters in the MTV/MTV2 reality show Bully Beatdown.
Professional mixed martial arts career
She faced Freestyle Cage Fighting champion Lynn Alvarez at Ring of Fire 31: Undisputed on December 1, 2007, but lost by submission in the first round.
Waterson faced Karina Taylor at Duke City MMA Series 1 on March 1, 2009. She won the fight by armbar submission in the first round. There was some controversy with this fight because Taylor did not tap out to the armbar.
Waterson faced the debuting Rosary Califano at EB - Beatdown at 4 Bears 6 and won by submission due to a flying armbar in just 15 seconds.
Invicta Fighting Championships
Waterson faced Lacey Schuckman at Invicta FC 3: Penne vs. Sugiyama on October 6, 2012. After three back and forth rounds, Waterson defeated Schuckman via split decision. The bout was named Fight of the Night.
Waterson challenged for the Invicta FC Atomweight Championship when she faced Jessica Penne in the main event of Invicta FC 5: Penne vs. Waterson on April 5, 2013. Waterson won the fight via armbar submission in the fourth round to become the Invicta FC Atomweight Champion.
Championships and accomplishments
Mixed martial arts
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|14 matches||11 wins||3 losses|
|Win||11–3||Jessica Penne||Submission (armbar)||Invicta FC 5: Penne vs. Waterson||April 5, 2013||4||2:31||Kansas City, Missouri, United States||Won Invicta FC Atomweight Championship.|
|Win||10–3||Lacey Schuckman||Decision (split)||Invicta FC 3: Penne vs. Sugiyama||October 6, 2012||3||5:00||Kansas City, Kansas, United States||Fight of the Night.|
|Win||9–3||Diana Rael||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Jackson's MMA Series 7||January 21, 2012||1||2:12||Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States|
|Win||8–3||Masako Yoshida||TKO (punches)||Crowbar MMA: Spring Brawl||April 24, 2010||1||4:17||Fargo, North Dakota, United States|
|Win||7–3||Rosary Califano||Submission (flying armbar)||EB - Beatdown at 4 Bears 6||February 13, 2010||1||0:15||New Town, North Dakota, United States|
|Loss||6–3||Elena Reid||TKO (punches)||Apache Gold: Extreme Beatdown||April 11, 2009||2||1:50||Phoenix, Arizona, United States|
|Win||6–2||Karina Taylor||Technical Submission (armbar)||Duke City MMA Series 1||March 14, 2009||1||2:36||Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States|
|Win||5–2||Tyra Parker||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Strikeforce: Payback||October 3, 2008||1||1:20||Denver, Colorado, United States|
|Win||4–2||Krystal Macatol||Submission (armbar)||SCA: Bike n Brawl 2||August 23, 2008||1||0:22||Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States|
|Win||3–2||Thricia Poovey||TKO (corner stoppage)||King of the Cage: Badlands||July 12, 2008||2||5:00||Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States|
|Loss||2–2||Lynn Alvarez||Submission (guillotine choke)||Ring of Fire 31: Undisputed||December 1, 2007||1||1:19||Broomfield, Colorado, United States|
|Win||2–1||Jaime Cook||Submission (armbar)||Ring of Fire 30: Domination||September 15, 2007||1||1:33||Broomfield, Colorado, United States|
|Loss||1–1||Alicia Gumm||Decision (unanimous)||RMBB: Battle of the Arts||June 30, 2007||2||5:00||Denver, Colorado, United States|
|Win||1–0||Andrea Miller||Decision (unanimous)||Ring of Fire 28: Evolution||February 16, 2007||3||3:00||Broomfield, Colorado, United States|
- "'Karate Hottie' Michelle Waterson readies for Strikeforce debut". MMAMania.com. 2008-10-02. Retrieved 2010-02-10.
- "Women's MMA Pound-For-Pound Rankings". MMARising.com. Retrieved 2013-11-01.
- "Unified Women's Mixed Martial Arts Rankings". MMARising.com. Retrieved 2013-11-01.
- "Current MMA Rankings - Women". FightMatrix.com. 2013-04-07. Retrieved 2013-04-12.
- "Michelle Waterson On The Cover of DSport Magazine". MMAFightGirls.com. Retrieved 2009-09-11.
- "Exclusive Interview With Michelle Waterson". MMARising.com. Retrieved 2009-10-04.
- "Michelle "The Karate Hottie" Waterson". MTV.com.
- ""KARATE HOTTIE" RETURNS TO RING OF FIRE". ROFMMA.com. 2007-11-28. Retrieved 2010-02-10.
- ""Strikeforce: Payback" live updates and official results". MMAjunkie.com. 2008-10-03. Retrieved 2010-02-10.
- "Duke City MMA Series 1". Sherdog.com. 2009-03-04. Retrieved 2010-02-10.
- ""Series 1" shows serious strengths First official Saenz-Jackson’s card a hit in the Duke City; Barreras beats down Barlow in main go". NewMexicoCage.com. 2009-03-15. Retrieved 2010-02-10.[dead link]
- "Elena "Baby Doll" Reid takes on Michelle Waterson at ‘Extreme Beatdown’ on April 11". ProMMANow.com. 2009-04-09. Retrieved 2010-02-10.
- "Tuchscherer, "Baby Doll" Reid and Forbes win at Extreme Beatdown". MMAjunkie.com. 2009-04-12. Retrieved 2010-02-10.
- "Michelle Waterson Wins At Extreme Beatdown 6". MMARising.com. Retrieved 2010-02-21.
- "Waterson Set To Face Yoshida At "Spring Brawl"". MMARising.com. Retrieved 2010-03-16.
- "Waterson Wins Impressively At "Spring Brawl"". MMARising.com. Retrieved 2010-04-25.
- "Michelle Waterson Returns To Face Diana Rael In January". MMARising.com. 2011-11-18. Retrieved 2011-11-18.
- "Michelle Waterson Submits Diana Rael In Jackson’s Headliner". MMARising.com. 2012-01-21. Retrieved 2012-01-21.
- "Michelle Waterson vs Lacey Schuckman Agreed For Invicta FC 3". MMARising.com. 2012-08-15. Retrieved 2012-08-15.
- "Invicta FC 3 Results: Jessica Penne Captures Atomweight Title". MMARising.com. 2012-10-06. Retrieved 2012-10-10.
- "Five Fighters Earn Bonuses At Invicta Fighting Championships 3". MMARising.com. 2012-10-07. Retrieved 2012-10-10.
- "Invicta FC 5 Targeted For April 13 In Cali, Champ Penne Meets Karate Hottie". MMAjunkie.com. 2013-01-10. Retrieved 2013-01-10.
- "Jessica Penne vs Michelle Waterson Announced For Invicta FC 5". MMARising.com. 2013-01-10. Retrieved 2013-01-13.
- "INVICTA FC BRINGS WOMEN’S WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP DOUBLEHEADER TO AMERISTAR CASINO HOTEL KANSAS CITY FRIDAY, APRIL 5". InvictaFC.com. 2013-02-11. Retrieved 2013-02-20.
- "'Cyborg' Savages Muxlow, 'Karate Hottie' Crowned Via Dramatic Submission at Invicta FC 5". Sherdog.com. 2013-04-05. Retrieved 2013-04-12.
- "Invicta FC 5 Results: Michelle Waterson, Barb Honchak Win Titles". MMARising.com. 2013-04-06. Retrieved 2013-04-12.
- "WATERSON TAKING A BREAK TO START HER FAMILY". MMAWeekly.com. 2010-09-16. Retrieved 2010-09-16.
- "Congratulations to Michelle Waterson". Fightergirls.com. 2011-04-01. Retrieved 2011-04-02.
- "Michelle Waterson Featured in Knockout Haircut’s 2008 Calendar". MMAFightGirls.com. Retrieved 2013-05-01.
- "Michelle Waterson Featured In Megadeth's "Head Crusher" Video". Noisecreep. Retrieved 2009-09-17.
|2nd Invicta FC Atomweight Champion
April 5, 2013 - present