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Michelle Waterson delivered an impressive performance at UFC on FOX 22 Saturday night in Sacramento, California. But put in it’s proper perspective, it was another day in her life as a Fight Mom to her daughter Araya, and husband Joshua Gomez.

Michelle Waterson

Fight Mom is the 30-year-old Waterson’s story of her journey through martial arts and MMA. It’s been a long and arduous journey, filled with the peaks and valleys one would expect over the course of 20-plus years of training.

It was funded with a $35,000 USD Kickstarter campaign.

Supported with interviews from Waterson’s family, friends, colleagues and coaches, Fight Mom helps paint a portrait of what fighters, particularly female fighters and their families – go through trying to hone their craft.

You can watch it here, on Well worth it.

Lots of fighters helping out, all year round …

Joining fellow strawweights Alexa Grasso (9-0-0) and Felice Herrig (11-6-0), Tecia Torres (7-1-0) will meet Bec Rawlings (7-5-0) at Houston’s UFC Fight Night 104 Feb. 4.

The Guardian’s Josh Gross recently broke the news that Invicta FC president Shannon Knapp will be launching Invicta Boxing Championships, a female-based boxing league in 2017.

Fascinating …

The debut of Olympic judo gold medalist Kayla Harrison is almost at hand.

Does Cris Cyborg deserve to be included in the UFC’s inaugural women’s 145-pound title bout at UFC 208, even after she turned down two opportunities to be included?

I don’t know. One one hand, while Holly Holm and Germaine de Randamie are good fighters, it’s still ridiculous that he best 145-pound fighter in the world is not in the fight.

But, if the best 145-pound fighter in the world despite all the “disrespect” and previous baggage with the UFC turns down two seemingly reasonable opportunities to compete in the title bout, that’s a problem too.

As Holm said herself at the UFC on FOX 22 post-fight press conference: how you do not accept the opportunity to fight for the title?

At the end of the day, I think the UFC needed to go above and beyond (they did see to go above, give them credit) and give Cyborg the benefit of the doubt and the time she needed to recover.

Cyborg needed to be there.

And by the way, congrats.


Denise Kielholtz – @DeniseKielholtz

Tecia Torres – @TeciaTorres

Michelle Waterson – @KarateHottieMMA

Bec Rawlings – @RowdyBec

Felice Herrig – @FeliceHerrig

Alexa Grasso – @AlexaGrasso

See you next week!


Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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