Michelle Waterson - Official UFC® Fighter Profile
Michelle
Waterson
14-5-0( W-L-D )
Current Rank: #6 Women Strawweight
Fight Night Bonuses: 1 Performance of the Night

Fight History

Skill Breakdown

Charts are compiled based on results from 5 fights.
Record: 14-5-0
Summary: Well-rounded, flexibility, speed

Fighter Info

Nickname: The Karate Hottie
From: Aurora, CO USA
Fights Out Of: Albuquerque, NM USA
Age: 31
Height: 5' 3" ( 160 cm )
Weight: 115 lb ( 52 kg )
Reach 62"
Leg Reach 35"

Striking

Total Attempted Strikes
0
110
74% Successful
81
Types of Successful Strikes
0
81
67% Standing
16%
17%
54
13
14
Striking Defense
54
%
The percentage of total strikes avoided

Grappling

Total Takedowns
0
5
100% Successful
5
Grappling Totals by Type
 
 
Subm.
Passes
Sweeps
6
10
0
Takedown Defense
56
%
The percentage of total takedowns avoided
Result Fighters Event Str TD Sub Pass Method Replay Awards
Loss
Michelle Waterson
Apr 15, 2017
47
22
1
1
1
0
3
0
R2 Submission
Win
Michelle Waterson
Dec 17, 2016
5
12
0
1
0
2
0
1
R1 Submission
Performance of the Night
Win
Michelle Waterson
Jul 12, 2015
8
47
1
3
1
4
0
9
R3 Submission
Win
Michelle Waterson
Invicta FC 5: Penne vs. Waterson
Apr 5, 2013
20
14
2
2
1
1
4
3
R4 Submission
Win
Michelle Waterson
Tyra Parker
Strikeforce - Payback
Oct 3, 2008
12
2
1
0
1
0
1
0
R1 Submission

Biography

TRAINING: Morning pro class and MMA sparring for 1:30 hours, strength and conditioning for 1 hour, then at night jump rope, shadow boxing and bag work. Then maybe some mental training.
 
When and why did you start training for fighting? At the age of 19 I began my amateur career because martial arts was and is my life and I want to be well-rounded in every aspect, including the combative part. The thrill and challenge it presented got me hooked and I haven’t looked back since.
 
What ranks and titles have you held? Invicta FC atomweight champion
 
Do you have any heroes? My husband. He believes in me and supports my dream of becoming the best in the world. He sacrifices a lot for our family to be happy.
 
What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? A dream come true. Being in the UFC I will be able to display my heart, soul, and determination for the world to see.  It is a platform that will allow me to inspire others to go after their dreams and to be a good role model for my daughter.
 
Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? I went to college for a year at Denver University, then dropped out to pursue my fighting career
 
What was your job before you started fighting? I was a waitress at Hooters
Specific accomplishments in pro competition? Win over Jessica Penne to gain the atomweight title for Invicta FC
 
Ranks in any martial arts styles: Black belt in American freestyle karate, blue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Favorite grappling technique: Armbar

Favorite striking technique: Leg kick 
 
• Pro since 2007
 
• Nine wins by submission (5 armbar, 3 RNC), three by knockout
 
• Eight first round finishes
  
• Submitted Jessica Penne in 2013 bout to win Invicta FC 105-pound title
 
• Featured on reality shows Fight Girls and Bully Beatdown
 
• Origin of nickname – “Before I began fighting I was a spokesmodel for bikini.com and they gave me that nickname because I did karate growing up.”

Career

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