After dominating efficiency at UFC Philadelphia, Michelle Waterson needs to ‘struggle for gold’

Michelle Waterson made probably the most of her UFC Philadelphia platform on Saturday by scoring a dominant unanimous choice victory over Karolina Kowalkiewicz.

And now with three wins in a row within the ladies’s strawweight division, “The Karate Hottie” has her sights despatched on one thing that glints within the solar. That’s, a title shot. And he or she believes that her expertise places her forward of different contenders within the weight class, comparable to Tatiana Suarez and Nina Ansaroff, who sq. off at UFC 238 in Chicago on June eight.

“I simply really feel like I’ve been within the high 10 quite a bit longer than the each of them have, and I need it,” she stated throughout the ESPN+ put up present. “I imply, why else would I be preventing until I’m going for the gold, you already know?”

Coming into the struggle ranked No. 9 within the UFC’s rankings, Waterson (17-6) was in a position to dictate a lot of the struggle towards the upper ranked Kowalkiewicz in Philadelphia. She constantly out-landed her foe, and was in a position to take the struggle to the canvas and management the motion from the highest for big parts of the competition.

After dropping back-to-back fights towards Rose Namajunas and Tecia Torres in 2017, the 33-year-old Waterson sees herself as the highest contender to face the winner of Namajunas’s title struggle with Jessica Andrade at UFC 237 on Might 11.

“I simply really feel just like the strawweight division is so stacked, and I wish to struggle for the gold as a result of I’m going to should struggle all these women in any case,” she stated. “So I’d as effectively struggle for the gold after which struggle all the remainder of the ladies.”

When requested who she although would win between Namajunas and Andrade in Might, Waterson stated she favored Namajunas to defend her title. She additionally stated that, given the historical past her and Namajunas share (Waterson was submitted by Namajunas again in April 2017), a rematch would have the correct of story line.

“I believe I made enormous strides [since then], particularly preventing Karolina as a result of I’ve all the time had an issue preventing folks that I like,” she stated. “It’s like, you may’t pull the set off, you don’t wish to be imply to any person that you just like, that you just respect. That’s an enormous leap I’ve made this time round, as a result of Karolina is such a real, candy particular person and I used to be in a position to nonetheless go on the market and be vicious. I’m a special fighter now.”

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