UFC strawweight Michelle Waterson will join the broadcast team for this weekend’s UFC Fight Night 113 event.
“The Karate Hottie” joins UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping and former title challenger Kenny Florian as analysts on the FOX Sports desk in California alongside host Karyn Bryant.
Waterson debuted as an analyst in January, when she was at the desk for the “UFC on FOX 23: Shevchenko vs. Pena” event, She feels as though the opportunity to do it again will benefit her in-cage game, as well.
“I’m excited about it because as a martial artist, I think it’s always important to remember that you’re a student of the game, and the best way for me to do that is to force myself into situations where I have to study people that I don’t normally do,” Waterson told MMAjunkie. “I think that being behind the desk really does force you to step back as a fighter, yourself, and just analyze it from an outside perspective.”
A fight which Waterson is particularly keen to offer her expertise for is the co-main event which will see Scotland’s Joanne Calderwood take on undefeated Cynthia Calvillo.
“There’s a lot of hype behind Cynthia,” Waterson said. “She’s been able to pop off some really impressive wins, scrambling submissions. I think by her fighting ‘JoJo,’ it will be a great test for her because ‘JoJo’ is a great standup fighter who is more lengthy, more rangy and doesn’t necessarily like to go to the ground, so I’d like to see how Cynthia deals with her standup.”
UFC Fight Night 113 takes place this Saturday 16th July from the SSE Hydro Arena in Glasgow, Scotland. The main card will be aired live on Fox Sports 1.