Invicta FC atomweight (105 lbs.) champion Michelle "Karate Hottie" Waterson has not fought in over a year but now faces Yasuko Tamada at Invicta FC 8 on Sept 6, live on UFC Fight Pass. Further, she now finds herself the face of the company's debut as the first outside promotion to air a show live on UFC Fight Pass.
The UFC signed almost all of the fighters in Invicta's 115 division; most of the leagues bantamweights have moved to the UFC as well. And Waterson is coming off the best women's fight of last year, vs. Jessica Penne. And Waterson is staying where she is, at least for for now.
"I started out fighting at 115 actually," said Waterson to Dave Meltzer for MMAFighting. "I feel really comfortable fighting at 105. I feel I have a lot to prove in the 105 division. I want to continue until I'm satisfied, until I conquer all I can and then I'll think about what I'll do then."
Waterson spent the year raising her daughter, training, appearing on American Ninja Warrior, and even competing in bikini contests.
"Shannon was always reassuring me that something would happen, and not to worry, and when it did happen, it would be good," said Waterson. "So I took her word for it and trusted her."
"There's always going to be rumors here and there. It was a good surprise. I'm excited that it wasn't a rumor."
"I've seen whatever I could find (on Tamada) on the Internet, but there's not much on her I could find, which is fine," she said. "She wants to come forward. She's an awkward southpaw.
"I really want to be able to finish her. Tamada has never been finished. But it'll be great if I end up with a win. That's fine as well."