Michelle Waterson

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Michelle Waterson
Born Michelle E. Waterson
(1986-01-06) January 6, 1986 (age 29)
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Other names The Karate Hottie
Nationality American
Height 5 ft 4 in (1.63 m)
Weight 115 lb (52 kg; 8.2 st)
Division Atomweight (2007-2014)
Strawweight (2015)
Style Karate, Wushu, Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Boxing, Wrestling
Stance Southpaw
Fighting out of Albuquerque, New Mexico
Team Jackson's Mixed Martial Arts
Rank      Black Belt in Karate
Mixed martial arts record
Total 16
Wins 12
By knockout 3
By submission 7
By decision 2
Losses 4
By knockout 1
By submission 2
By decision 1
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Michelle E. Waterson (born January 6, 1986) is an American mixed martial artist who competes in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). She is the former Invicta FC Atomweight Champion.

Waterson was the #6-ranked pound-for-pound female MMA fighter in the world by MMARising.com[1] and the #1-ranked Atomweight (105 lbs) according to the Unified Women's[2] and Fight Matrix all by the end of 2013.[3]

Early life[edit]

Born in Colorado Springs and raised in Aurora, Waterson is of Thai descent. She began her modeling career in 2004 after she graduated from Aurora Central High School.[4]

Early martial arts career[edit]

A karate student since the age of 10, Waterson holds a Black Belt in American Free Style Karate and has also trained in WuShu, Muay Thai, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, Boxing and wrestling.[5]

Waterson rose to fame as a contestant on the Muay Thai-themed Fight Girls reality show on the Oxygen television network.[6] She was also featured as one of the fighters in the MTV/MTV2 reality show Bully Beatdown.[7]

Professional mixed martial arts career[edit]

Waterson made her MMA debut on February 16, 2007 at Ring of Fire 28: Evolution against Andrea Miller and won the fight by unanimous decision.[8]

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.[8]

Waterson made her Strikeforce debut against Tyra Parker at Strikeforce: Payback on October 3, 2008.[6] She won the fight by rear naked choke submission in the first round.[9]

Waterson faced Karina Taylor at Duke City MMA Series 1 on March 1, 2009.[10] 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.[11]

On April 11, 2009, Waterson fought former WIBA and IFBA Flyweight Boxing Champion Elena Reid at Apache Gold: Extreme Beatdown.[12] Reid won the fight by TKO in the second round.[13]

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.[14]

She faced Masako Yoshida at Crowbar MMA: Spring Brawl on April 24, 2010.[15] Waterson won the fight by TKO in the first round.[16]

Waterson returned to MMA on January 21, 2012. She faced Diana Rael at Jackson's MMA Series 7[17] and won the fight by rear-naked choke in the first round.[18]

Invicta Fighting Championships[edit]

Waterson faced Lacey Schuckman at Invicta FC 3: Penne vs. Sugiyama on October 6, 2012.[19] After three back and forth rounds, Waterson defeated Schuckman via split decision.[20] The bout was named Fight of the Night.[21]

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.[22][23][24] Waterson won the fight via armbar submission in the fourth round to become the Invicta FC Atomweight Champion.[25][26] On September 6, 2014, Waterson successfully defended her championship against Yasuko Tamada in the main event of Invicta FC 8 via TKO in the third round.[27]

Waterson next headlined Invicta FC 10 on Friday, Dec. 5 in Houston against Brazilian Herica Tiburcio.[28] She lost the fight via a guillotine choke submission in the third round.[29]

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

On April 28, 2015 it was reported that Waterson had officially signed with the UFC and is expected to compete in the Women's Strawweight division. Waterson will make her UFC debut on The Ultimate Fighter 21 Finale against Angela Magana on July 12th, 2015.[30]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts[edit]

  • Invicta FC
  • Women's MMA Awards
  • AwakeningFighters.com WMMA Awards
    • 2013 Atomweight of the Year[31]
    • 2014 Atomweight of the Year[32]
  • FightBooth.com
    • 2014 Most Vulgar Display of Power Award (Beatdown of the Year) vs. Yasuko Tamada[33]

Personal life[edit]

On September 16, 2010, Waterson announced that she was pregnant with her first child and recently engaged.[34] She gave birth to a daughter named Araya on March 18, 2011.[35]

Media appearances[edit]

In 2008, Knockouts released a calendar featuring her.[36]

She is featured in the music video for Head Crusher, the first single from the Endgame album by the American Metal band Megadeth.[37]

On June 24, 2014 she appeared on American Ninja Warrior but failed to qualify when she fell on the first obstacle.

She was also featured on "Bully Beatdown".

Kickboxing record[edit]

Kickboxing record

Legend:       Win       Loss       Draw/No contest       Notes

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 12–4 Herica Tiburcio Submission (guillotine choke) Invicta FC 10: Waterson vs. Tiburcio December 5, 2014 3 1:06 Houston, Texas, United States Lost the Invicta FC Atomweight Championship. Fight of the Night.
Win 12–3 Yasuko Tamada TKO (knee and punches) Invicta FC 8: Waterson vs. Tamada September 6, 2014 3 4:58 Kansas City, Missouri, United States Defended the Invicta FC Atomweight Championship.
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.[21]
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) KOTC: 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

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Unified Women's Mixed Martial Arts Rankings". MMARising.com. Retrieved 2013-11-01. 
  3. ^ "Current MMA Rankings - Women". FightMatrix.com. 2013-04-07. Retrieved 2013-04-12. 
  4. ^ "Michelle Waterson On The Cover of DSport Magazine". MMAFightGirls.com. Retrieved 2009-09-11. 
  5. ^ "Exclusive Interview With Michelle Waterson". MMARising.com. Retrieved 2009-10-04. 
  6. ^ a b "'Karate Hottie' Michelle Waterson readies for Strikeforce debut". MMAMania.com. 2008-10-02. Retrieved 2010-02-10. 
  7. ^ "Michelle "The Karate Hottie" Waterson". MTV.com. 
  8. ^ a b ""KARATE HOTTIE" RETURNS TO RING OF FIRE". ROFMMA.com. 2007-11-28. Retrieved 2010-02-10. 
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  13. ^ "Tuchscherer, "Baby Doll" Reid and Forbes win at Extreme Beatdown". MMAjunkie.com. 2009-04-12. Retrieved 2010-02-10. 
  14. ^ "Michelle Waterson Wins At Extreme Beatdown 6". MMARising.com. Retrieved 2010-02-21. 
  15. ^ "Waterson Set To Face Yoshida At "Spring Brawl"". MMARising.com. Retrieved 2010-03-16. 
  16. ^ "Waterson Wins Impressively At "Spring Brawl"". MMARising.com. Retrieved 2010-04-25. 
  17. ^ "Michelle Waterson Returns To Face Diana Rael In January". MMARising.com. 2011-11-18. Retrieved 2011-11-18. 
  18. ^ "Michelle Waterson Submits Diana Rael In Jackson’s Headliner". MMARising.com. 2012-01-21. Retrieved 2012-01-21. 
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  28. ^ "Cristiane ‘Cyborg’ Justino Injured, Michelle Waterson vs. Herica Tiburcio Now Headlines Invicta FC 10". CombatPress.com. November 1, 2014. Retrieved November 1, 2014. 
  29. ^ "Invicta FC 10 Results: Herica Tiburcio Stuns Michelle Waterson; Wins Title". fansided.com. 2014-12-05. 
  30. ^ Shaun Al-Shatti. "Ex-Invicta champ Michelle Waterson signs with UFC". MMA Fighting. 
  31. ^ Mitchell, Rew (2014-01-09). "WMMA 2013 Awards". Awakeningfighters.com. Retrieved 2015-06-12. 
  32. ^ [1][dead link]
  33. ^ "2014 Fight Booth MMA Awards". fightbooth. 
  34. ^ "WATERSON TAKING A BREAK TO START HER FAMILY". MMAWeekly.com. 2010-09-16. Retrieved 2010-09-16. 
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  37. ^ "Michelle Waterson Featured In Megadeth's "Head Crusher" Video". Noisecreep. Retrieved 2009-09-17. 

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Preceded by
Jessica Penne
2nd Invicta FC Atomweight Champion
April 5, 2013 - December 5, 2014
Succeeded by
Herica Tiburcio