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.
- Early life and career
- Michelle Waterson MMA
- Michelle Waterson UFC
- Rose Namajunas vs Michelle Waterson
- Michelle Waterson Stats
- Michelle Waterson Record
- Michelle Waterson Husband
- Michelle Waterson Net Worth 2019
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.
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:
Wins by Decision:
Wins by Submission:
- 115 lb / 52 kg
- 62 in (157 cm)
Michelle Waterson Record
Below is the MMA and UFC professional record of Michelle Waterson:
|Win||17–6||Karolina Kowalkiewicz||Decision (unanimous)||UFC on ESPN: Barboza vs. Gaethje||March 30, 2019|
|Win||16–6||Felice Herrig||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 229||October 6, 2018|
|Win||15–6||Cortney Casey||Decision (split)||UFC on Fox: Poirier vs. Gaethje||April 14, 2018|
|Loss||14–6||Tecia Torres||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 218||December 2, 2017|
|Loss||14–5||Rose Namajunas||Submission (rear-naked choke)||UFC on Fox: Johnson vs. Reis||April 15, 2017|
|Win||14–4||Paige VanZant||Technical Submission (rear-naked choke)||UFC on Fox: VanZant vs. Waterson||December 17, 2016|
|Win||13–4||Angela Magaña||Submission (rear-naked choke)||The Ultimate Fighter: American Top Team vs. Blackzilians Finale||July 12, 2015|
|Loss||12–4||Herica Tiburcio||Submission (guillotine choke)||Invicta FC 10: Waterson vs. Tiburcio||December 5, 2014|
|Win||12–3||Yasuko Tamada||TKO (knee and punches)||Invicta FC 8: Waterson vs. Tamada||September 6, 2014|
|Win||11–3||Jessica Penne||Submission (armbar)||Invicta FC 5: Penne vs. Waterson||April 5, 2013|
|Win||10–3||Lacey Schuckman||Decision (split)||Invicta FC 3: Penne vs. Sugiyama||October 6, 2012|
|Win||9–3||Diana Rael||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Jackson's MMA Series 7||January 21, 2012|
|Win||8–3||Masako Yoshida||TKO (punches)||Crowbar MMA: Spring Brawl||April 24, 2010|
|Win||7–3||Rosary Califano||Submission (flying armbar)||EB - Beatdown at 4 Bears 6||February 13, 2010|
|Loss||6–3||Elena Reid||TKO (punches)||Apache Gold: Extreme Beatdown||April 11, 2009|
|Win||6–2||Karina Taylor||Technical Submission (armbar)||Duke City MMA Series 1||March 14, 2009|
|Win||5–2||Tyra Parker||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Strikeforce: Payback||October 3, 2008|
|Win||3–2||Thricia Poovey||TKO (corner stoppage)||KOTC: Badlands||July 12, 2008|
|Loss||2–2||Lynn Alvarez||Submission (guillotine choke)||Ring of Fire 31: Undisputed||December 1, 2007|
|Win||2–1||Jaime Cook||Submission (armbar)||Ring of Fire 30: Domination||September 15, 2007|
|Loss||1–1||Alicia Gumm||Decision (unanimous)||RMBB: Battle of the Arts||June 30, 2007|
|Win||1–0||Andrea Miller||Decision (unanimous)||Ring of Fire 28: Evolution||February 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.