Michelle Waterson got a split decision win Angela Hill in the main event of UFC Fight Night on September 12 at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. It was an incredible fight that could have gone either way.
“I was confident (in getting the decision), but we talk about this the whole time leading up to the fight, you never want to leave it in the hands of the judges,” Waterson said in her post-fight interview. “Another split decision, it doesn’t leave a good feeling in your stomach.”
Waterson, a former Invicta FC atomweight champion, has been competing in the UFC’s strawweight division (115 pounds) for a while.
Known as “The Karate Hottie” because she blends fight skills and beauty perfectly, Waterson is of Thai descent and hails from Aurora, Colorado. Her older brother got her into martial arts and she got her black belt in American Free Style Karate when she was 10 years old.
She took up modeling in 2004 in bikini contests, as a spokesmodel of International Allstars and in various reality TV shows.
“The Karate Hottie” has trained in Wushu, Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, boxing and wrestling and competed in MMA promotions like Ring of Fire and Strikeforce and she has wins against stars like Paige VanZant, Cortney Casey, Felice Herrig, Karolina Kowalkiewicz and Angela Hill since joining the UFC.
Born: January 6, 1986
Country: United States
Weight: 115 lbs
Association: Jackson Wink MMA
Former Invicta FC atomweight champion
Fight of the Night (Two times) vs. Lacey Schuckman and Hérica Tibúrcio
Two-time winner of the Fight of the Year award at the Women’s MMA awards
2013 Atomweight of the Year at the Women’s MMA awards
AwakeningFighters.com WMMA Awards
2013 Atomweight of the Year
2014 Atomweight of the Year
2014 Most Vulgar Display of Power Award (Beatdown of the Year) vs. Yasuko Tamada
Performance of the Night (One time)
Fight of the Night (One time) vs. Angela Hill
Daughter, Araya, born 2011