Michelle WatersonFollowing her victory over Masako Yoshida in April 2010, Michelle “Karate Hottie” Waterson would be out of the sport for just under two years, before returning in January with a win over Diana Rael.

“It was something I felt like I needed to accomplish for myself,” said Waterson. “I was off my whole pregnancy and 10 months after that until I got in the ring. It’s crazy, you kind of get those nerves when you first start fighting and I’d totally forgotten what it was like to get punched in the face.”

Waterson didn’t appear to have much ring rust, thanks to preparations made leading up to the fight.

“I was able to stay composed and get in the zone and able to capitalize on the situations I was in,” said Waterson.

“I knew going in that she was going to try to hold me down like she did in her previous fights, so coach (Greg) Jackson worked with me over and over again on get-ups and as soon I was in that position it wasn’t an unfamiliar position for me.”

As she’s grown into becoming a more complete MMA fighter at Team Jackson-Winkeljohn, Waterson has been able to get back to her roots a bit and use it fuller advantage.

“A couple years ago when I first started, I came from a karate background that I had to put on the back burner because it wasn’t working; it was just too flashy and didn’t work for fighting. Now that I have a foundation as more of an MMA fighter, I’m able to incorporate that karate into it,” she said.

“Now that I have that foundation of fighting, it’s more a power karate rather than just for points or tags.”

Waterson will be able to further test out this integration when she returns on Oct. 6 at Invicta FC 3 in Kansas City, Kan., against Lacey Schuckman.

“It’s a good step up for me and I’m ready to get in there and show the world what I’ve been training for,” Waterson told MMAWeekly.com.

“My mindset right now is that I’m better at all things, because that’s the kind of mindset you need to be at this point in the game, and with my speed I will be able to capitalize on that.”

Looking ahead, Waterson was asked if she feels she can make a run at a full-time MMA career after becoming a mother, to which she said, “I hope so.

“My daughter is young right now and I have the luxury of my mom helping out and helping me raise her and giving me time to train. As long as we understand it’s a passion of mine and it doesn’t conflict with me being a mother, I’d like to fight for at least for another five or six years.”

Stay tuned to MMAWeekly.com for more Invicta FC and MMA news.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Leslie Smith vs. Irene Aldana targeted for UFC on FOX 22

  • 28 days ago
  • 13 views

Invicta FC women’s bantamweight Irene Aldana is octagon bound.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

Tonya Evinger: 'I'm the Invicta FC Champion for a Reason' | MMAWeekly.com

  • 21 days ago
  • 10 views

There’s not much over the course of her 10-year mixed martial arts career that current Invicta FC bantamweight champion Tonya Evinger hasn’t encountered. read news >>

Angela Hill on First Invicta FC Title Defense: 'I Know Her Game Plan' | MMAWeekly.com

  • 20 days ago
  • 14 views

For her first title defense, Angela Hill will take on Kaline Medeiros in a 115-pound championship co-main event at Invicta 20. read news >>

JJ Aldrich Expecting 'Super-Tough' Fight Against Lynn Alvarez at Invicta FC 20 | MMAWeekly.com

  • 18 days ago
  • 12 views

While her time on The Ultimate Fighter 23 was brief, strawweight prospect JJ Aldrich feels it had a big impact on her development. read news >>

Invicta FC 20's Kaline Medeiros expects to win strawweight title – but no call from UFC

  • 18 days ago
  • 9 views

Strawweight title challenger Kaline Medeiros thinks her experience will help her defeat champ Angela Hill at Invicta FC 20.Filed under: News read news >>

Ashley Yoder Carrying TUF Experience into Invicta FC Debut | MMAWeekly.com

  • 18 days ago
  • 9 views

Coming off her experience on The Ultimate Fighter 23, strawweight prospect Ashley Yoder feels like she was able to use her time on the show to her advantage. read news >>

Invicta FC 20: Evinger vs. Kunitskaya Weigh-in Video and Results | MMAWeekly.com

  • 18 days ago
  • 20 views

Check out the Invicta FC 20: Evinger vs. Kunitskaya weigh-in video and full results. read news >>

Ahead of Invicta FC debut, lauded judoka Stephanie Egger avoids Ronda Rousey comparisons

  • 17 days ago
  • 15 views

As she prepares to enter the Invicta FC cage tonight for the first time, Stephanie Egger may have only two years of MMA-specific training. But, after a lifetime of competing at the highest level in j read news >>

Invicta FC 20 Evinger vs. Kunitskaya: Live Results, Play-by-Play and Highlights

  • 17 days ago
  • 31 views

Invicta FC is back in Kansas City and back in our hearts for its 20th show. Bantamweight champion Tonya Evinger defends her crown against Yana Kunitskaya in the main event. Also in action, strawweigh read news >>

Invicta FC 20 results: Yana Kunitskaya shocks Tonya Evinger with armbar to capture bantamweight title

  • 17 days ago
  • 86 views

The main event of the twentieth Invicta FC show featured the biggest upset in the history of the promotion when Yana Kunitskaya submitted Tonya Evinger with an armbar in less than two minutes.Filed u read news >>