Karate Hottie responds to Cowboy vs. Jackson-WInk feud

Wednesday, October 03, 2018

Donald 'Cowboy' Cerrone appeared recently on the JRE MMA Show, and leveled harsh accusations against two of the most respected coaches in the sport's history, Jackson-Wink MMA Academy owners Greg Jackson and Mike Winkeljohn. Cerrone is by some estimations the longest standing member of the team. However, Cerrone was trained by Jackson, not by Winkeljohn.

Although there are differences of long standing between the fighter and the camp, the immediate cause of the rift was a decision by Winkeljohn to train Mike Perry, a far more recent member of Jackson-Wink, to fight Cerrone at UFC Fight Night 139 on November 10, at Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado. And with that, Cerrone could no longer train at the facility in Albuquerque.

Another member of the team, Michelle 'Karate Hottie' Waterson, spoke about the rift recently, ahead of her fight vs. Felice Herrig on the main card of UFC 229.

“All I can say is that’s family, you know?” said Waterson, as transcribed by Dave Doyle for MMA Fighting. “Families get into fights sometimes and unfortunately this fight got aired out a little bit to the public.”

“I love and respect both Donald and Coach Wink immensely. I wouldn’t have been at Jackson’s without Donald, he’s the one who introduced me to Coach Jackson and Coach Wink and I wouldn’t be here if not for Coach Wink. I’ve been with him for almost over a decade, he’s a father figure to me. Both of them are very headstrong, and they are very like-minded, and I’m sure that they will figure out their issues.”

“Evolution is inevitable, change is inevitable, if there is no change, you don’t grow. So yes, I do think it has changed. But I don’t think it has changed for the worse, I think it has changed for the good. We have new blood and we have great camaraderie and it’s still a family to me. I go there when I’m feeling down and when I need to get away from all the outside noise, the gym is my home. It’s my sanctuary.”

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