|Born||Michelle E. Waterson|
January 6, 1986
Aurora, Colorado, U.S.
|Other names||The Karate Hottie|
|Height||5 ft 3 in (1.60 m)|
|Weight||115 lb (52 kg; 8.2 st)|
Strawweight (2007-2012, 2015-)
|Style||Karate, Muay Thai, BJJ|
|Fighting out of||Albuquerque, New Mexico|
|Team||Jackson Wink MMA Academy|
|Rank||Black belt in American Freestyle Karate |
Purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Rafael Freitas
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Michelle "The Karate Hottie" 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.
- 1 Early life
- 2 Early martial arts career
- 3 Professional mixed martial arts career
- 4 Championships and accomplishments
- 5 Personal life
- 6 Media appearances
- 7 Kickboxing record
- 8 Selected filmography
- 9 Mixed martial arts record
- 10 See also
- 11 References
- 12 External links
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. She then attended the University of Denver until she realized she wanted to fight for a career.
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
Having made the transition from ring girl to fighter with the help of Donald Cerrone, Waterson made her MMA debut on February 16, 2007, at Ring of Fire 28: Evolution against Andrea Miller, winning the fight by unanimous decision. She made her debut without having any amateur fights.
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. 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.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
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 made her promotional debut against Angela Magaña on July 12, 2015, at The Ultimate Fighter 21 Finale. She won the fight via submission in the third round.
After over a year-and-a-half away from the sport due to injuries, Waterson returned in December 2016 to face Paige VanZant in the main event at UFC on Fox 22. She won the fight via technical submission due to a rear naked choke in the first round. The win also earned Waterson her first Performance of the Night bonus award.
Waterson fought Rose Namajunas on April 15, 2017, at UFC on Fox 24. She lost via rear naked choke. Waterson faced Tecia Torres on December 2, 2017, at UFC 218. She lost the fight by unanimous decision.
Waterson faced Cortney Casey at UFC on Fox 29 on April 14, 2018. She won the fight via split decision. Waterson next faced Felice Herrig on October 6, 2018, at UFC 229. She won the fight via unanimous decision.
Championships and accomplishments
Mixed martial arts
- Invicta FC
- Women's MMA Awards
- AwakeningFighters.com WMMA Awards
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
- Performance of the Night (One time)
Waterson is married to former U.S. Armed Forces amateur boxing champion Joshua Gomez. On September 16, 2010, Waterson announced that she was pregnant with her first child and recently engaged. She gave birth to a daughter named Araya on March 18, 2011.
On June 24, 2014, she appeared on American Ninja Warrior but failed to qualify when she fell on the first obstacle.
? wins (? KOs), ? losses, ? draws
Legend: Win Loss Draw/No contest Notes
|2010||MacGruber||Club Babe #1|
|2011||Fright Night||Vamp #2|
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|22 matches||16 wins||6 losses|
|Win||16–6||Felice Herrig||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 229||October 6, 2018||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||15–6||Cortney Casey||Decision (split)||UFC on Fox: Poirier vs. Gaethje||April 14, 2018||3||5:00||Glendale, Arizona, United States|
|Loss||14–6||Tecia Torres||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 218||December 2, 2017||3||5:00||Detroit, Michigan, United States|
|Loss||14–5||Rose Namajunas||Submission (rear-naked choke)||UFC on Fox: Johnson vs. Reis||April 15, 2017||2||2:47||Kansas City, Missouri, United States|
|Win||14–4||Paige VanZant||Technical Submission (rear-naked choke)||UFC on Fox: VanZant vs. Waterson||December 17, 2016||1||3:21||Sacramento, California, United States||Performance of the Night.|
|Win||13–4||Angela Magaña||Submission (rear-naked choke)||The Ultimate Fighter: American Top Team vs. Blackzilians Finale||July 12, 2015||3||2:38||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Return to Strawweight.|
|Loss||12–4||Hérica Tibúrcio||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 the 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||Atomweight debut. 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)||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|
- "Fight Card - The Ultimate Fighter Finale American Top Team vs. Blackzilians". UFC.com. Retrieved July 17, 2015.
- "Michelle Waterson - Official UFC Fighter Profile". UFC.com. Retrieved July 17, 2015.
- Iva Djokovic (November 29, 2017). "Karate Hottie Michelle Waterson Awarded Purple Belt in BJJ". BJJ Eastern Europe.
- "Fighter Profile : Michelle Waterson". www.fightmatrix.com. Retrieved 30 June 2017.
- "Fighter Rankings | UFC ®". UFC. Retrieved 2019-03-05.
- "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.
- "'Karate Hottie' Michelle Waterson readies for Strikeforce debut". MMAMania.com. 2008-10-02. Retrieved 2010-02-10.
- "Michelle "The Karate Hottie" Waterson". MTV.com.
- ""KARATE HOTTIE" RETURNS TO RING OF FIRE". ROFMMA.com. 2007-11-28. Retrieved 2010-02-10.
- UFC ON FOX (2017-04-11), Michelle "The Karate Hottie" Waterson explains how she went from ring girl to fighter | UFC ON FOX, retrieved 2017-04-12
- ""Strikeforce: Payback" live updates and official results". MMAjunkie.com. 2008-10-03. Archived from the original on 2009-02-21. Retrieved 2010-02-10.
- "Duke City MMA Series 1". Sherdog.com. 2009-03-04. Archived from the original on 2011-06-06. 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. Archived from the original on July 22, 2009. Retrieved 2010-02-10.
- "Elena "Baby Doll" Reid takes on Michelle Waterson at 'Extreme Beatdown' on April 11". ProMMANow.com. 2009-04-09. Archived from the original on 2010-10-27. Retrieved 2010-02-10.
- "Tuchscherer, "Baby Doll" Reid and Forbes win at Extreme Beatdown". MMAjunkie.com. 2009-04-12. Archived from the original on 2010-01-02. 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. Archived from the original on 2013-04-15. 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. Archived from the original on 2013-02-26. 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.
- "Invicta FC 8 Results: Waterson Batters Tamada, Kankaanpaa Submits Eggink". CombatPress.com. 2014-09-06. Retrieved 2014-09-09.
- "Cristiane 'Cyborg' Justino Injured, Michelle Waterson vs. Herica Tiburcio Now Headlines Invicta FC 10". CombatPress.com. November 1, 2014. Retrieved November 1, 2014.
- "Invicta FC 10 Results: Herica Tiburcio Stuns Michelle Waterson; Wins Title". fansided.com. 2014-12-05.
- Shaun Al-Shatti. "Ex-Invicta champ Michelle Waterson signs with UFC". MMA Fighting.
- Steven Marrocco (2015-07-12). "TUF 21 Finale results: Michelle Waterson submits Angela Magana in UFC debut". mmajunkie.com.
- Okamoto, Brett (2015-08-31). "Fight between Tecia Torres and Michelle Waterson added to UFC 194". ESPN. Retrieved 2015-09-22.
- Dann Stupp and John Morgan (2015-11-24). "Super card takes a hit: Michelle Waterson out of UFC 194". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2015-11-24.
- "UFC on Fox: VanZant vs. Waterson". Ultimate Fighting Championship. Retrieved 2016-10-06.
- Staff (2016-12-17). "UFC on FOX 22 bonuses: Leslie Smith vs. Irene Aldana nabs 'Fight of the Night' honors". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-12-17.
- Staff (2017-02-11). "UFC heads to Kansas City for first time for UFC on FOX 24". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2017-02-11.
- "Tecia Torres vs. Michelle Waterson Joins Stacked UFC 218 Lineup | MMAWeekly.com". www.mmaweekly.com. Retrieved 2017-12-01.
- "UFC 218 results: Cardio pays dividends for Tecia Torres in decision win over Michelle Waterson". MMAjunkie. 2017-12-03. Retrieved 2017-12-03.
- "Michelle Waterson vs. Cortney Casey at UFC Glendale, Aljamain Sterling vs. Brett Johns at UFC Atlantic City Official | Cagesidepress.com". www.cagesidepress.com. Retrieved 2018-02-08.
- "UFC on FOX 29 results: Resilient Michelle Waterson survives, outpoints Cortney Casey in nail-biter". MMAjunkie. 2018-04-15. Retrieved 2018-04-15.
- Adam Hill (2018-08-09). "5 bouts added to McGregor-headlined UFC 229 card in Las Vegas". reviewjournal.com. Retrieved 2018-08-09.
- "UFC 229 play-by-play and live results". MMAjunkie. 2018-10-06. Retrieved 2018-10-06.
- Jay Anderson (2019-01-08). "Michelle Waterson vs. Karolina Kowalkiewicz Added to UFC Philadelphia". cagesidepress.com. Retrieved 2019-01-08.
- Mitchell, Rew (2014-01-09). "WMMA 2013 Awards". Awakeningfighters.com. Retrieved 2015-06-12.
-  Archived January 6, 2015, at the Wayback Machine
- "2014 Fight Booth MMA Awards". fightbooth.
- Azharie, Farah (June 1, 2017). "UFC's Michelle Waterson wows Malaysian fans outside the octagon". New Straits Times. Retrieved September 27, 2018.
- Wright, Rick (January 21, 2012). "Waterson, Fiancé A Perfect Match". Albuquerque Journal. Retrieved 18 October 2018.
- "WATERSON TAKING A BREAK TO START HER FAMILY". MMAWeekly.com. 2010-09-16. Retrieved 2010-09-16.
- "To build her star power, Michelle Waterson needs to win". ESPN.com. 2017-04-11. Retrieved 2019-03-14.
- "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.
- "Fight Mom". IMDB.
- "Michelle Wateson: Fight Mom". Uninterrupted.
- Russian, Ale (2017-10-11). "Cast Revealed! Josh Murray, Shawn Johnson and More Stars to Compete in MTV's The Challenge: Champs vs. Stars". People. Retrieved 2017-10-11.
- "Ezekiel Elliott, Julian Edelman among 23 athletes featured in Body Issue". ESPN. June 25, 2017. Retrieved 25 June 2017.
- Michelle Waterson Awakening Profile
- Michelle Waterson Facebook Athlete Page
- "Michelle Waterson". UFC.com.
- Professional MMA record for Michelle Waterson from Sherdog
| 2nd Invicta FC Atomweight Champion
April 5, 2013 - December 5, 2014