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"The Karate Hottie"

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Michelle Waterson

"The Karate Hottie" Michelle Waterson

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  • Name: Michelle Waterson
  • MMA Record: 15-6-0 (Win-Loss-Draw)
  • Nickname: The Karate Hottie
  • Current Streak: 1 Win
  • Age: 32 | Date of Birth: 1986.01.06
  • Last Fight: April 14, 2018 in UFC
  • Weight Class: Strawweight | Last Weigh-In: 115.0 lbs
  • Affiliation: Jackson Wink MMA
  • Height: 5'3" (161cm) | Reach: 62.0" (157cm)
  • Career Disclosed Earnings: $191,500 USD
  • Born: United States
  • Fighting out of: Albuquerque, New Mexico
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Michelle Waterson MMA Fight Record

Record by Year and By Promotion

Pro Results Opponent Event Date
Win | Decision | Split
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Us Cortney Casey
14-6-0 7-5-0

Us UFC on FOX 29: Poirier vs. Gaethje
Main Card | Strawweight | 115 lbs

2018.04.14
Odds: +155 (Slight Underdog) | Disclosed Pay: $80,000 ($40K Base, $40K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 115.0 lbs (52.2 kgs) | Referee: Chris Tognoni
#34 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2018
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Us Tecia Torres
14-5-0 9-1-0

Us UFC 218: Holloway vs. Aldo 2
Main Card | Strawweight | 115 lbs

2017.12.02
Odds: +175 (Slight Underdog) | Weigh-In: 115.0 lbs (52.2 kgs) | Referee: Keith Peterson
Loss | Submission | Choke
2:47 Round 2 of 3, 7:47 Total

Us Rose Namajunas
14-4-0 5-3-0

Us UFC on FOX 24: Johnson vs. Reis
Co-Main Event | Strawweight | 115 lbs

2017.04.15
Odds: -110 (Near Even) | Weigh-In: 114.5 lbs (51.9 kgs) | Referee: Keith Peterson
#19 Best MMA Submission of the Year 2017
Win | Submission | Choke
3:21 Round 1 of 5

Us Paige VanZant
13-4-0 7-2-0

Us UFC on FOX 22: VanZant vs. Waterson
Main Event | Strawweight | 115 lbs

2016.12.17
Odds: -125 (Slight Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $80,000 ($15K Base, $15K Bonus, $50K Perf/Night) | Weigh-In: 115.0 lbs (52.2 kgs) | Referee: John McCarthy
UFC on FOX 22 Performance of the Night
Cancelled Bout Aisling Daly UFC UFN 93 2016.09.03
Reason: Daly Injury
Cancelled Bout Tecia Torres UFC 194 2015.12.12
Reason: Waterson Injury
Win | Submission | Choke
2:38 Round 3 of 3, 12:38 Total

Us Angela Magana
12-4-0 11-7-0

Us The Ultimate Fighter 21 Finale
Main Card | Strawweight | 115 lbs

2015.07.12
Odds: -1000 (Huge Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $30,000 ($15K Base, $15K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 115.0 lbs (52.2 kgs) | Referee: Herb Dean
Loss | Submission | Choke
1:04 Round 3 of 5, 11:04 Total

Br Herica Tiburcio
12-3-0 8-2-0

Us Invicta FC 10: Waterson vs. Tiburcio
Main Event | Title Defense | Atomweight | 105 lbs

2014.12.05
Odds: -600 (Huge Favorite) Upset Defeat | Weigh-In: 105.0 lbs (47.6 kgs) | Referee: Chris Reed
#46 Best MMA Submission of the Year 2014
Win | KO/TKO | Strikes
4:58 Round 3 of 5, 14:58 Total

Jp Yasuko Tamada
11-3-0 15-8-3

Us Invicta FC 8: Waterson vs. Tamada
Main Event | Title Defense | Atomweight | 105 lbs

2014.09.06
Odds: -1100 (Huge Favorite) | Weigh-In: 104.8 lbs (47.5 kgs) | Referee: Greg Franklin | Walkout Music: American Authors - Best Day Of My Life
Win | Submission | Armlock
2:31 Round 4 of 5, 17:31 Total

Us Jessica Penne
10-3-0 10-1-0

Us Invicta FC 5: Penne vs. Waterson
Main Event | Title Challenge | Atomweight | 105

2013.04.05
Odds: +385 (Moderate Underdog) Upset Victory | Weigh-In: 104.7 lbs (47.5 kgs) | Referee: John McCarthy
#29 Best MMA Submission of the Year 2013
#30 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2013
Win | Decision | Split
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Us Lacey Schuckman
9-3-0 7-5-0

Us Invicta FC 3: Penne vs. Sugiyama
Main Card | Atomweight | 105 lbs

2012.10.06
Odds: -340 (Moderate Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $1,500 Fight/Night | Weigh-In: 106.0 lbs (48.1 kgs) | Referee: Michelle Drake Browning
Invicta FC 3 Fight of the Night
Win | Submission | Choke
2:12 Round 1 of 3

Us Diana Rael
8-3-0 3-1-0

Us Jackson's MMA Series 7
Main Event | Strawweight | 105 lbs

2012.01.21
Referee: Raul Barata
Win | KO/TKO | Punches

Jp Masako Yoshida

Us Crowbar MMA

2010.04.24
Win | Submission | Armlock

Rosary Califano

Us Extreme Beatdown

2010.02.13
Loss | KO/TKO | Punches

Us Elena Reid

Us Arizona Regional

2009.04.11
Win | Submission | Armlock

Us Karina Taylor

Us New Mexico Regional

2009.03.14
Win | Submission | Choke
1:20 Round 1 of 3

Us Tyra Parker
4-2-0 0-1-0

Us Strikeforce: Payback
Main Card | Strawweight | 115 lbs

2008.10.03
Weigh-In: 111.4 lbs (50.5 kgs) | Referee: Tim Mills
Win | Submission | Armlock

Us Krystal Macatol

Us New Mexico Regional

2008.08.23
Win | KO/TKO | Retired

Thricia Poovey

Us King of the Cage

2008.07.12
Loss | Submission | Choke

Us Lynn Alvarez

Us Ring of Fire

2007.12.01
Win | Submission | Armlock

Jaime Cook

Us Ring of Fire

2007.09.15
Loss | Decision | Unanimous

Us Alicia Gumm

Us Rocky Mountain Bad Boyz

2007.06.30
Win | Decision | Unanimous

Us Andrea Miller

Us Ring of Fire

2007.02.16

Michelle Waterson Wiki Update Wiki

Michelle Waterson began her training at 10 years old in Karate and she now holds a black belt in American Free Style Karate. Waterson was a contestant on the show Fight Girls on the Oxygen network as well as being a featured fighter on Bully Beatdown on MTV.  She was also featured in a music video for Megadeath, the song was Head Crusher.

The Karate Hottie would fight her way to an 8-3 record in 2010 before she took a break from MMA because she was pregnant and planning a wedding. She would make a triumphant return with a 1st round submission for Jackson's MMA Series. She made her Invicta FC debut at Invicta FC 3 facing off against Lacey Schuckman. She won via split decision.


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


The Karate Hottie” Michelle Waterson made her first title defense against Japanese star Yasuko “Ikuko” Tamada (15-8-3) in the main event of Invicta FC 8, Sept. 6 at the Municipal Auditorium, Kansas City, Mo. She battered her brave, but clearly overmatched opponent with barrages of punches and kicks for nearly 3 full rounds, until the Japanese fighter could not take anymore and the referee Greg Franklin was forced to stop the action. This was the first time Yasuko Tamada was ever stopped in her nearly 30 professional MMA fights. Approximately three months later, Waterson lost her title against Herica Tiburcio, who defeated her by submission in the main event of Invicta FC 10. In July 2015, Waterson came back to victory by submitting Angela Magana during the event The Ultimate Fighter 21 Finale.

Last updated 12.11.2015, 9:33 PM ET
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