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.
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.
Lots of fighters helping out, all year round …
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.
Just spoke with @shanknapp and she told me she's launching a female boxing league the 1st quarter of 2017: the Invicta Boxing Championships.
— Josh Gross (@yay_yee) December 15, 2016
if we get six more pro #wmma fights announced for December, we will reach 700 fights for the year.
— MarQ P (@WMMANews) December 8, 2016
The debut of Olympic judo gold medalist Kayla Harrison is almost at hand.
— Randy Couture (@Randy_Couture) December 15, 2016
— espnW (@espnW) December 15, 2016
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.
Today I became a Brazilian American, a symbol of all the hard work and opportunities I've received since moving to the USA 8 years ago. pic.twitter.com/pLa82P4eTE
— @CrisCyborg.Com (@criscyborg) December 13, 2016
See you next week!