Michelle Waterson eyeing September or October return to UFC cage, reveals the two women she’s hoping to fight

Michelle Waterson is hoping to return to the UFC Octagon in September or October and already has two opponents in mind for her comeback.

Waterson planning September or October return to cage.

Waterson (15-6) spoke of her plans during a recent chat with MMAJunkie.

We are wanting to get a fight maybe September, October time frame,” Waterson said. “We don’t have anything scheduled yet. I would love to fight Karolina or Carla Esparza. Those two are the ones I have my eyes on the at the moment.”

When informed that Kowalkiewicz is currently booked to fight Andrade, Waterson said she’ll settle for Carla Esparza.

I guess (Kowalkiewicz) is out of the question,” Waterson said. “(Esparza) is (a good fight).

‘The Karate Hottie’ rebounded from a pair of losses to Rose Namajunas and Tecia Torres this past April by winning a decision over Cortney Casey. She now looks to build on that momentum upon her return in September/October. The 32-year-old owns victories over many notable names including Paige VanZant, Jessica Penne and Angela Magana.

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Fight fans, who would you like to see Michelle Waterson fight next? Let us know in the comments section below.



  1. I like the idea of Esparza and Waterson facing one another. It could give us a good look at how a title fight at 105 would look if the UFC ever brings on the division.

    1. not really. Michelle is not a 105er, she almost died last time she made 105 and she walks around 135lbs, average for SW. Esparza is the size of an atomweight so you;re half right on how a 105 would look like. but we see that every time Esparza fights, an atomweight vs someone bigger.

  2. imo Waterson should look for a fight with Felice Herrig. she would have a standup advantage and not have to worry about takedowns. she’d also be evenly matched in grappling. Esparza would beat Michelle easily, she has a skill she’s too good in for Michelle to counter.

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