Mike Winkeljohn, head coach of Michelle Waterson at Jackson-Wink MMA Academy, has called for the UFC to create a 105-pound women’s atomweight division.
Waterson (17-7) recently headlined the UFC on ESPN+ 19 event against Joanna Jedrzejczyk. With a win, Waterson was all set to challenge for the strawweight title. Ultimately, Waterson fell short via unanimous decision.
During a recent chat with BJPenn.com, Winkeljohn says that he believes Waterson has been undersized at 115-pounds. He’d love for the UFC to create a 105-pound division, but in the meantime is working on building muscle for his fighter.
“I would love for there to be a 105-pound division for Michelle. She is small for the division, but with that being said, she is right there. It is only the top two or three girls that are doing it to her at the moment that using the size,” Winkeljohn said. “She is back in the gym and knows she made some mistakes. I’m thinking Joanna is going to win the world title, but we are trying to get Michelle to get some muscle and try to get that back.”
With regards to what Waterson’s next move will officially be.
“There are no talks right now as everyone is sitting waiting to see what they will do. The UFC is trying to figure out what they want to do. But, Michelle is a highly marketable and a great fighter and can go against any fighter in the division,” he explained. “She is going to work on some skills and work on muscle.”
Winkeljohn went on to reveal that he would love for Waterson to avenge her loss to Rose Namajunas, but are also eyeing up a potential Jessica Andrade match.
“They both have different skillsets. Andrade is so strong but Michelle’s movement is way better. Rose is incredible with her boxing but Michelle would love to get that fight back,” he concluded.
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