Michelle Waterson, nicknamed “The Karate Hottie,” is set to enter the Octagon for the first time in 2016 on Saturday night. Waterson will be one half of the UFC on FOX 22 main event in Sacramento.
On the opposite side of the cage will be fellow UFC strawweight contender Paige VanZant.
Waterson (13-4) made her debut in the Ultimate Fighting Championship back in July of 2015 with a submission victory over TUF veteran Angela Magana. Waterson entered that bout one fight removed from losing the Invicta FC atomweight championship.
After winning her UFC debut, Waterson dealt with multiple injuries — a knee injury and broken hand — which forced her to withdraw from two bouts.
Finally healthy, Waterson, who is the No. 11-ranked 115-pounder in the promotion, is finally ready to make her sophomore appearance on the sport’s biggest stage.
The UFC on FOX 22 main card kicks off Saturday night at 8 p.m. ET, with prelims beforehand on FOX Sports 1.
Check out 22 of The Karate Hottie’s hottest photos below: