Michelle Waterson

Michelle Waterson

Full NameMichelle E. Waterson

BornJanuary 6, 1986

Height5 ft 3 in


RoleKarate, Muay Thai, BJJ

Relation(s)Joshua Gomez (Husband)


Born on January 6, 1986 Michelle Waterson is an American mixed martial artist currently competing in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). She is a former Invicta FC champion and was ranked number 1 women's atomweight fighter in the world between 2013-14. Michelle is currently ranked number 7 in the UFC women's strawweight rankings.

  1. Early life and career
  2. Michelle Waterson MMA
  3. Michelle Waterson UFC
  4. Rose Namajunas vs Michelle Waterson
  5. Michelle Waterson Stats
  6. Michelle Waterson Record
  7. Michelle Waterson Husband
  8. Michelle Waterson Net Worth 2019

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Early life and Career

Although Waterson is of Thai/Caucasian descent, she was born in Colorado Springs and raised in Aurora. She initially wanted to take up modelling as a profession but it was while attending the University of Denver when she realized she wanted to fight for a career.

She started learning Karate at the age of ten and went on to earn a black belt in American freestyle Karate. Michelle is also trained in various other forms of martial arts such as WuShu, Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Boxing and Wrestling.

Waterson rose to fame as a contestant on the Muay Thai-themed reality show named Fight Girls.

Michelle Waterson MMA

She is one of the very few women to have made the transition from being a ring girl to fighter, making her professional MMA debut on February 16, 2007, at Ring of Fire 28: Evolution against Andrea Miller thanks to a helping hand from Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone. She went on to beat Miller via unanimous decision.

Michelle Waterson UFC

Waterson was signed by the UFC on April 28, 2015 and she 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 a year-long lay-off due to injuries, Waterson returned to face Paige VanZant in the main event at UFC on Fox 22. She won the fight via a rear naked choke in the first round. She earned her first Performance of the Night bonus award for the fight.

Rose Namajunas vs Michelle Waterson

Waterson met Rose Namajunas on April 15, 2017, at UFC on Fox 24 where unfortunately, she succumbed to defeat via rear naked choke.

Waterson faced Tecia Torres next on December 2, 2017, at UFC 218 and lost the fight by unanimous decision.She got back to winning ways by beating Cortney Casey at UFC on Fox 29 on April 14, 2018, clinching the fight via split decision. 

Waterson faced Felice Herrig and Karolina Kowalkiewicz at UFC 229 and UFC on ESPN 2 respectively, winning both the bouts via unanimous decision.

UFC Fight Night: Johnson v Reis

Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs. Michelle Waterson

Former UFC women's strawweight champion, Joanna Jedrzejczyk bloodied and battered Waterson in a swashbuckling main event encounter at UFC Fight Night 161 inside Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida. After five gruelling rounds, Joanna picked up the victory via unanimous decision.

Michelle Waterson Stats

Michelle Waterson’s stats in MMA is as follows:



Wins by KO/TKO:

  1. 3

Wins by Decision:

  1. 5

Wins by Submission:

  1. 9

Current Titles:

  1. None


  1. 115 lb / 52 kg


  1. 62 in (157 cm) 

Weight Class:

  1. Strawweight

Michelle Waterson Record

Below is the MMA and UFC professional record of Michelle Waterson:

Win17–6Karolina KowalkiewiczDecision (unanimous)UFC on ESPN: Barboza vs. GaethjeMarch 30, 2019
Win16–6Felice HerrigDecision (unanimous)UFC 229October 6, 2018
Win15–6Cortney CaseyDecision (split)UFC on Fox: Poirier vs. GaethjeApril 14, 2018
Loss14–6Tecia TorresDecision (unanimous)UFC 218December 2, 2017
Loss14–5Rose NamajunasSubmission (rear-naked choke)UFC on Fox: Johnson vs. ReisApril 15, 2017
Win14–4Paige VanZantTechnical Submission (rear-naked choke)UFC on Fox: VanZant vs. WatersonDecember 17, 2016
Win13–4Angela MagañaSubmission (rear-naked choke)The Ultimate Fighter: American Top Team vs. Blackzilians FinaleJuly 12, 2015
Loss12–4Herica TiburcioSubmission (guillotine choke)Invicta FC 10: Waterson vs. TiburcioDecember 5, 2014
Win12–3Yasuko TamadaTKO (knee and punches)Invicta FC 8: Waterson vs. TamadaSeptember 6, 2014
Win11–3Jessica PenneSubmission (armbar)Invicta FC 5: Penne vs. WatersonApril 5, 2013
Win10–3Lacey SchuckmanDecision (split)Invicta FC 3: Penne vs. SugiyamaOctober 6, 2012
Win9–3Diana RaelSubmission (rear-naked choke)Jackson's MMA Series 7January 21, 2012
Win8–3Masako YoshidaTKO (punches)Crowbar MMA: Spring BrawlApril 24, 2010
Win7–3Rosary CalifanoSubmission (flying armbar)EB - Beatdown at 4 Bears 6February 13, 2010
Loss6–3Elena ReidTKO (punches)Apache Gold: Extreme BeatdownApril 11, 2009
Win6–2Karina TaylorTechnical Submission (armbar)Duke City MMA Series 1March 14, 2009
Win5–2Tyra ParkerSubmission (rear-naked choke)Strikeforce: PaybackOctober 3, 2008
Win3–2Thricia PooveyTKO (corner stoppage)KOTC: BadlandsJuly 12, 2008
Loss2–2Lynn AlvarezSubmission (guillotine choke)Ring of Fire 31: UndisputedDecember 1, 2007
Win2–1Jaime CookSubmission (armbar)Ring of Fire 30: DominationSeptember 15, 2007
Loss1–1Alicia GummDecision (unanimous)RMBB: Battle of the ArtsJune 30, 2007
Win1–0Andrea MillerDecision (unanimous)Ring of Fire 28: EvolutionFebruary 16, 2007

Michelle Waterson Husband

Michelle Waterson is married to Joshua Gomez, former U.S. Armed Forces amateur boxing champion. The couple got married in 2012. She gave birth to a daughter named Araya on March 18, 2011.

Michelle Waterson Net Worth 2019

As of 2019, the net worth of Michelle Waterson is estimated to be $700,000. Apart from being a mixed martial artist, she is also a model. Her salary is $31,500 per match.

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