Waterson Makes Successful Return, Stops Rael at Jackson’s MMA Series 7


  • Share on Tumblr
  • submit to reddit

Michelle Waterson (top) stopped Diana Rael at Jackson’s MMA Series 7. | Photo: Wilson Fox


ISLETA PUEBLO, N.M. -- Michelle Waterson waited approximately 21 months to make her return to the cage.

In just 132 seconds, her moment was over. The payoff was worth it, however, as “The Karate Hottie” forced Diana Rael to tap to a rear-naked choke in the first round of their Jackson’s MMA Series 7 main event bout Saturday night at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Albuquerque.

Waterson hadn’t competed since a first-round technical knockout of Masako Yoshida on a regional North Dakota card in April 2010. Her most extensive fighting action since then consisted of an appearance on Season 3 of the MTV reality show “Bully Beatdown.” The birth of Waterson’s first daughter, Araya, had kept her plenty busy in the meantime. It didn’t take long for the Greg Jackson protégé to realize how much she missed the sport.

“I freaking love it in this cage,” Waterson said, addressing the crowd at the Hard Rock following her victory. “Before I got here I was like, ‘Why do I do this?’ It’s because of all you guys.”

Rael (3-2) was aggressive in the early going, attacking Waterson (9-3) against the cage and landing knees in the clinch. After the two combatants broke away from the fence, Waterson offered a glimpse of her martial arts background by rocking the Colorado native with a front kick.

Waterson followed up with a kick to the body, but Rael caught it and took her opponent to the mat, landing a series of short punches while in guard. The advantage proved to be fleeting, as Waterson swiftly reversed position and locked in the decisive choke. She punctuated the victory with a celebratory cartwheel in the center of the cage.

“It’s been a long time,” Waterson said. “To prepare all this time … when you get in the ring everything goes out the window. You don’t know what’s gonna happen.”

W. Fox


Martinez took out Hanjani.

Ali Hanjani had fond memories of his first fight in New Mexico, a visit which resulted in a first-round triangle-choke submission of the previously unbeaten Sean Spencer at MMA Fight Pit “Genesis” in August.

Henry Martinez made sure his return trip wasn’t nearly as enjoyable, submitting the Serial Boxe representative with a reverse triangle choke at the 3:44 mark of the second round in their light heavyweight, co-main event scrap.

Hanjani (2-2) started strong, defending Martinez’s takedowns while starching the Jackson’s MMA product with inside low kicks in the opening stanza. Martinez said that the strikes weren’t significant enough to slow
him down, however.

“You’ve just got to shake it out and go (back) to the game plan,” he said.

In round two, he did exactly that, closing the distance against Hanjani and driving his foe to the canvas. With the 26-year-old Denver native stacked against the cage, Martinez went to work with a flurry of left hands. Hanjani’s attempts to push Martinez away were unsuccessful, and the New Mexican remained diligent in working his ground-and-pound assault.

Given a slight opening, an opportunistic Martinez took Hanjani’s back and locked in the reverse triangle, giving his opponent no option but to ask out of the contest.

“I’ll fight whenever, whoever, wherever,” said Martinez (7-1), who won his third straight fight under the Jackson’s MMA Series banner. “Let’s do it. “

W. Fox


Esquibel outpointed Riehle.

Earlier, superior speed and movement carried the day for professional boxer Jodie Esquibel against Amy Riehle in a women’s 109-pound catch-weight bout. Esquibel outclassed Riehle on the feet throughout, working the body and head with punches while mixing in kicks.

The taller Riehle had some success keeping the Jackson’s MMA representative away with front kicks, but the speedy Esquibel was able to close distance and land multiple combinations in each round. All three judges saw the bout 30-27 in favor of Esquibel, who won her professional MMA debut against Brittany Horton at the Jackson’s MMA Series 4 last April.

“She was super tough and I got frustrated,” Esquibel said. “I knew that I could get inside, but she kept me at bay with that front kick.”

Overwhelmed by the wrestling and top game of Adam Gonzales for two rounds, Armando Montoya Jr. showed great resolve, stuffing his first takedown of the fight and submitting the Jackson’s MMA product with an anaconda choke 53 seconds into the final round of their welterweight encounter.

For 10 minutes, Gonzales imposed his will, taking the Las Cruces, N.M., native down four times while peppering his foe with short punches inside his guard. When Gonzales shot for his fifth takedown of the night early in round three, Montoya was ready, stopping the takedown and securing the choke.

Three amateur bouts began the evening, as Jackson MMA’s Emily Kagen took a hard-fought split decision win against Tempe, Ariz., native Courtney Casey in a women’s flyweight contest. Judges J.J. Jaramillo and Chris Avila saw the bout 29-28 in favor of Kagen, while Andres Anaya scored it 29-28 for Casey.

Jackson’s MMA representative Riki Nobuta made his amateur debut a memorable one, submitting Team Pueblo export Adam Soto with an armbar at 1:42 of the second round in a 160-pound catch-weight affair.

Pueblo, Colo.,’s Jose Caro forced Tempe, Ariz., native Pete Quezade to tap to a guillotine choke at 2:59 of round one in a middleweight bout in the first bout of the evening.

view original article >>

Related News

  • 24 days ago
  • 38 views

On the latest episode of The MMA Beat, the panel discusses a variety of topics including the half-year review, Vitor Belfort's ongoing pursuit for a title shot, BJ Penn's featherweight debut, and much more. more

  • 23 days ago
  • 50 views

Howard Davis' Fight Time Promotions in Florida has picked up former UFC light heavyweight Thiago Silva. The next chapter in Thiago Silva's MMA career is set to be in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Yesterday, Fight Time Promotions announced that they've signed the ex-UFC fighter for a late August card. In the below photo, you can see Silva signing his contract alongside CEO and co-founder Howard Davis Jr. Fight Time Promotions also put out this official press release regarding their latest acquisition: more

  • 17 days ago
  • 22 views

World Series of Fighting (WSOF) makes its NBC Network debut with a few afternoon beatdowns, including a lightweight title fight at WSOF 11: "Gaethje vs. Newell," which goes down TODAY (Sat., July 5, 2014) live from inside Ocean Center in Daytona Beach, Florida. Get complete, official results, LIVE updates and real-time coverage RIGHT HERE. World Series of Fighting (WSOF) returns with its most important show yet, including the promotion's biggest title fight to date at WSOF 11: "Gaethje vs. Newel more

  • 5 days ago
  • 70 views

Note to prospective challengers: Do not fight Takuya Eizumi unless you're prepared to face this face.Yusei Shimokawa found this out the hard way after losing a unanimous decision to Eizumi on June 29. The GIF surfaced more recently and is simultaneously hilarious and more than a little creepy.[Metro]Read more MMA news on BleacherReport.com more

  • a day ago
  • 5 views

In Round #408 KNUCKLE UP host and the fighter of giants EUGENE S. ROBINSON [with the "S" standing for "SOPHISTICATEDLIKEHERBDEAN"] throws his hat in the air to celebrate the return of MMA to be Happy About, courtesy of aggrieved nation nonpareil IRELAND and the bandy-legged, shillelagh-toting Lucky Charms leprechauns that dwell therein. AND his love for them with or without their pots of gold and crescent moons. For? Singlehandedly showing an MMA-weary world what MMA at its most gutsy looks like more

  • 13 hours ago
  • 11 views

Paul Daley stops by to talk about what's next for him. more

  • 13 hours ago
  • 15 views

Dominick Cruz discusses his long-awaited return to the Octagon at UFC 178 against Takeya Mizugaki. more

  • 28 days ago
  • 38 views

Dan Henderson will return to the middleweight division. Following a one-sided loss to Dan Cormier at UFC 173, "Hendo" has decided to cut down to 185 pounds for his next UFC bout, Henderson’s muay thai coach Daniel Woirin told MMAFighting.com on Tuesday. Henderson, who weighed in at 199 pounds for his light heavyweight bout with Cormier in May, won only two of his six fights since returning to the UFC as a light heavyweight in 2011. Both wins came against former champion Mauricio "Shogun" Rua. He more

  • 28 days ago
  • 40 views

From Yahoo Sports: Newell meets Justin Gaethje on July 5 for the World Series of Fighting lightweight title in Daytona Beach, Fla. more