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#13 Women's Strawweight Division

Active

"The Karate Hottie"

Michelle Waterson-Gomez

Women's Strawweight Division

18-12-0 (W-L-D)

3

Wins by Knockout

9

Wins by Submission

8

First Round Finishes

Michelle Waterson-Gomez

athlete record

Info

Learn more about Michelle Waterson-Gomez's UFC history, fighter facts, and Q&A below.

Status
Active
Place of Birth
Colorado Springs, United States
Trains at
Joel Diaz Boxing
Fighting style
Karate
Age
38
Height
63.00
Weight
115.50
Octagon Debut
Jul. 12, 2015
Reach
62.00
Leg reach
35.50
  • Pro since 2007
     
  • Nine wins by submission (5 armbar, 4 RNC), three by knockout
     
  • Eight first round finishes
     
  • Has won four of her last 10
     
  • Submitted Jessica Penne in 2013 bout to win Invicta FC 105-pound title
     
  • Featured on reality shows Fight Girls and Bully Beatdown
     
  • Origin of nickname – “Before I began fighting, I was a spokesmodel for a bikini website and they gave me that nickname because I did karate growing up.”

UFC Fight Night (9/23/23) Waterson-Gomez was stopped by Marina Rodriguez via strikes at 2:42 of the second round 

UFC 287 (4/8/23) Waterson lost a three round split decision to Luana Pinheiro 

UFC on ABC (7/16/22) Waterson was submitted by Amanda Lemos via guillotine choke at 1:48 of the second round

UFC on ESPN (5/8/21) Waterson lost a five-round unanimous decision to Marina Rodriguez

UFC Fight Night (9/12/20) Waterson won a five-round split decision over Angela Hill

UFC 249 (5/9/20) Waterson lost a three round split decision to Carla Esparza

UFC Fight Night (10/12/19) Waterson lost a five round unanimous decision to Joanna Jedrzejczyk

UFC on ESPN (3/30/19) Waterson won a three round unanimous decision over Karolina Kowalkiewicz

UFC 229 (10/6/18) Waterson won a three round unanimous decision over Felice Herrig

UFC on FOX (4/14/18) Waterson won a three round split decision over Cortney Casey

UFC 218 (12/2/17) Waterson lost a three round unanimous decision to Tecia Torres

UFC on FOX (4/15/17) Waterson was submitted by Rose Namajunas via rear naked choke at 2:47 of the second round

UFC on FOX (12/17/16) Waterson submitted Paige VanZant via rear naked choke at 3:21 of the first round

TUF 21 Finale (7/12/15) Waterson submitted Angela Magana via rear naked choke at 2:38 of the third round

When and why did you start training for fighting? At the age of 19 I began my amateur career because martial arts was and is my life and I want to be well-rounded in every aspect, including the combative part. The thrill and challenge it presented got me hooked and I haven’t looked back since.

What ranks and titles have you held? Invicta FC atomweight champion

Do you have any heroes? My husband. He believes in me and supports my dream of becoming the best in the world. He sacrifices a lot for our family to be happy.

What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? A dream come true. Being in the UFC I will be able to display my heart, soul, and determination for the world to see.  It is a platform that will allow me to inspire others to go after their dreams and to be a good role model for my daughter.

Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? I went to college for a year at Denver University, then dropped out to pursue my fighting career

What was your job before you started fighting? I was a waitress at Hooters

Specific accomplishments in pro competition? Win over Jessica Penne to gain the atomweight title for Invicta FC

Ranks in any martial arts styles: Black belt in American freestyle karate, brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Favorite grappling technique: Armbar

Favorite Striking technique: Leg kick