‘The Karate Hottie’ shows off her karate and Muay Thai techniques
Michelle ‘The Karate Hottie’ Waterson is a UFC strawweight fighter who is obviously well known for her karate background and in this video we get to see some of those karate skills on display as she demonstrates some pretty slick kicking techniques.
Karate as a striking style/background is not as common in MMA as boxing or Muay Thai, but that may actually be one of its greatest strengths as opponents will not be used to fighting or training against someone with that style/distance and may get flustered by it.
As Michelle points out in this video, there are some drawbacks associated with more traditional styles like karate and Taekwondo, however. For instance, many of those techniques involve mid-kicks (kicks to the body) which are pretty easy for your opponent to catch and subsequently take you down.
Your opponent can catch a leg kick as well from a more Muay Thai based fighter, but reaching down that low leaves their head open for the head kick so there is more danger there for your opponent.
Where traditional styles really start to become effective, though, is when you develop a well-rounded game in all areas – most importantly in the grappling department but also in other striking styles too like standard boxing and Muay Thai.
Check out the video below to find out how to throw karate kicks like ‘The Karate Hottie’ herself.
ABOUT MICHELLE WATERSON:
Michelle E. Waterson (born January 6, 1986) is an American mixed martial artist who competes in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). She is the former Invicta FC Atomweight Champion. As of December 10, 2017; Waterson is ranked #7 contender in the UFC women’s strawweight division. Fight Matrix ranks her #23 women’s strawweight fighter in the world. Between 2013-2014 she was ranked #1 women’s atomweight fighter in the world. A karate student since the age of 10, Waterson holds a black belt in American Free Style Karate and has also trained in WuShu, Muay Thai, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, boxing and wrestling. [Source: Wiki]