Michelle Waterson

Michelle Waterson

Personal Information

Full Name Michelle E. Waterson
Date of Birth January 6, 1986
Nationality American
Height 5 ft 3 in
Role Karate, Muay Thai, BJJ

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Michelle Waterson: A Brief Biography

Michelle "Karate Hottie" Waterson is the current #9 ranked UFC Women's Strawweight fighter with a professional MMA record of 18-wins and 9-losses. Waterson is a former Invicta Atomweight Champion and holds a black belt in American Freestyle Karate and a Brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

  1. Early life and Career
  2. Michelle Waterson Invicta
  3. Michelle Waterson UFC
  4. Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs. Michelle Waterson
  5. Michelle Waterson Career Stats
  6. Michelle Waterson Record

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Early life and Career

Waterson started her combat sports journey at age 10 when she started training in Karate. She earned a black belt in Karate and subsequently started immersing herself in other martial arts like Wushu, Muay Thai, BJJ, and wrestling.

Michelle Waterson started competing in professional MMA in 2007 and made her debut at Ring of Fire 28 against Andrea Miller. She secured a unanimous decision victory but failed to build on this victory as she went 1-2 in her next 3-fights. Waterson found momentum after she defeated Thricia Poovey at KOTC: Badlands via TKO. Waterson fought won her next 3-fights before getting TKO'ed by Elena Reid at Apache Gold: Extreme Breakdown.

Michelle rallied back from the loss and won her next 3-fights, finishing her opponents inside the first round. Due to her record, she signed with Invicta FC in 2012.

Michelle Waterson Invicta

Michelle made her Invicta debut at Invicta FC 3 against Lacy Schuckman in a back-and-forth 3-round battle that ended with Waterson winning via split decision and earning the fight of the night bonus.

Waterson challenged Jessica Penne for the Invicta FC Atomweight Championship in her next fight at Invicta 5. Waterson won the fight in the fourth round via a submission armbar to capture the title. Michelle successfully defended her title against Yasuko Tamada at Invicta 8 via third-round TKO. She lost the title in her next bout as Herica Tiburico submitted her in the third round.

Waterson left the promotion in 2015 to sign with the UFC.

Michelle Waterson UFC

Michelle transitioned to strawweight in the UFC and debuted at the Ultimate Fighter 21 Finale against Angela Magana. Michelle won the fight via third-round rear-naked choke submission. She followed this up by finishing Paige VanZant in the first via technical submission at UFC on Fox: VanZant vs. Waterson to earn a Performance of the Night bonus.

Waterson lost her next 2-fights against Rose Namajunas and Tecia and Torres before gaining her momentum back and amassing a 3-fight win streak defeating Cortney Casey, Felice Herrig, and Karolina Kowalkiewicz via decision.

Waterson fought Joanna Jedrzejczyk at UFC Fight Night: Joanna vs. Waterson and lost via unanimous decision and proceeded to lose a close split decision to Carla Esparza at UFC 249.

Michelle got her momentum back by defeating Angela in a fight of the night bout via split decision. Waterson failed to maintain the momentum as she lost a one-sided fight against Marina Rodriguez via unanimous decision.

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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 grueling rounds, Joanna picked up the victory via unanimous decision.

Michelle Waterson Career Stats

Current Status:

Michelle Waterson's current record stands at 18-9. She is on a 1-fight losing streak in the UFC.



Wins by KO/TKO:

  1. 3

Wins by Decision:

  1. 6

Wins by Submission:

  1. 9

Current Titles:

  1. None


  1. 115 lb / 52 kg


  1. 62 in (157 cm)

Weight Class:

  1. Strawweight
  2. Atomweight
  3. Flyweight

Michelle Waterson Record

Below is the professional MMA record of Michelle Waterson:

Loss18-9Marina RodriguezDecision (unanimous)UFC on ESPN: Rodriguez vs. Waterson08/05/2021
Win18-8Angela HillDecision (split)UFC Fight Night: Waterson vs. Hill12/09/2020
Loss17-8Carla EsparzaDecision (split)UFC 24909/05/2020
Loss17-7Joanna JędrzejczykDecision (unanimous)UFC Fight Night: Joanna vs. Waterson12/10/2019
Win17–6Karolina KowalkiewiczDecision (unanimous)UFC on ESPN: Barboza vs. Gaethje30/03/2019
Win16–6Felice HerrigDecision (unanimous)UFC 22906/10/2018
Win15–6Cortney CaseyDecision (split)UFC on Fox: Poirier vs. Gaethje14/04/2018
Loss14–6Tecia TorresDecision (unanimous)UFC 21802/12/2017
Loss14–5Rose NamajunasSubmission (rear-naked choke)UFC on Fox: Johnson vs. Reis15/04/2017
Win14–4Paige VanZantTechnical Submission (rear-naked choke)UFC on Fox: VanZant vs. Waterson17/12/2016
Win13–4Angela MagañaSubmission (rear-naked choke)The Ultimate Fighter: American Top Team vs. Blackzilians Finale12/07/2015
Loss12–4Herica TiburcioSubmission (guillotine choke)Invicta FC 10: Waterson vs. Tiburcio05/12/014
Win12–3Yasuko TamadaTKO (knee and punches)Invicta FC 8: Waterson vs. Tamada06/09/2014
Win11–3Jessica PenneSubmission (armbar)Invicta FC 5: Penne vs. Waterson05/04/2013
Win10–3Lacey SchuckmanDecision (split)Invicta FC 3: Penne vs. Sugiyama06/10/2012
Win9–3Diana RaelSubmission (rear-naked choke)Jackson's MMA Series 721/01/2012
Win8–3Masako YoshidaTKO (punches)Crowbar MMA: Spring Brawl24/04/2010
Win7–3Rosary CalifanoSubmission (flying armbar)EB - Beatdown at 4 Bears 613/02/2010
Loss6–3Elena ReidTKO (punches)Apache Gold: Extreme Beatdown11/04/2009
Win6–2Karina TaylorTechnical Submission (armbar)Duke City MMA Series 114/03/2009
Win5–2Tyra ParkerSubmission (rear-naked choke)Strikeforce: Payback03/10/2008
Win3–2Thricia PooveyTKO (corner stoppage)KOTC: Badlands12/07/2008
Loss2–2Lynn AlvarezSubmission (guillotine choke)Ring of Fire 31: Undisputed01/12/2007
Win2–1Jaime CookSubmission (armbar)Ring of Fire 30: Domination15/09/2007
Loss1–1Alicia GummDecision (unanimous)RMBB: Battle of the Arts30/06/2007
Win1–0Andrea MillerDecision (unanimous)Ring of Fire 28: Evolution16/02/2007

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