Michelle Waterson reached the pinnacle of women’s MMA at that time when he became Invicta FC champion.
Now, a member of the UFC’s strawweight division, the “Karate Hottie” has her sights set on more gold.
Waterson (13-4) returns to the Octagon at UFC 194 when she faces Tecia Torres in a key battle in the division pecking order. She made her UFC debut earlier this year, submitting Angela Magana.
During a recent interview with Submission Radio, Waterson talked about Torres as an opponent.
“Tecia is ranked No. 5 for a reason,” Waterson said. “She’s young and she’s eager and she’s hungry, and she comes from a great camp. But for me, I feel like I perform better when I’m under pressure, and like I said, rise to the occasion when I’m faced with an opponent with such a skill level. I think that it makes me elevate my skill level.
“Both of us have that stand up background. But as far as the ground goes, I do have the upper hand. And so I feel like when they matched Tecia with Angela Hill they thought it would be a great match up because they both have a stand up background, and Tecia took advantage of the fact that it was MMA and took it to the ground. I just I don’t feel like Tecia’s gonna do that. So I feel like I’ll be able to dictate where I want the fight to go, whether it’s standing or on the ground, and I think that’s just something we’re going to play with a little bit in the fight camp.”
Torres (6-0) was a contestant on The Ultimate Fighter and has won both of her UFC fights since, scoring decisions over Magana and Angela Hill.