Thursday, April 30, 2015

Michelle Waterson vs Angela Magana added to July 12 UFC show

Michelle Waterson
When Michelle Waterson lost the Invicta Atomweight Championship last fall, I expected her to make a beeline to the UFC. A couple of months ago, I heard she was about to sign and last night, the UFC announced that she will face Angela Magana on The Ultimate Fighter 22 Finale on July 12. A site hasn't been announced yet but it will be in Florida. Of course Michelle is known as The Karate Hottie and is very marketable. I suggest you check out her Samsung commercial that I posted on Twitter. But like a lot of female fighters who depend a lot on sex appeal, she's overrated. And unlike Paige VanZant, Michelle is a veteran fighter and I've seen enough of her fights to know that she's a good fighter but not an elite fighter. So how did she become a champ in Invicta? After winning a split decision over Lacey Schuckman that many, including myself, thought Lacey should have won, she was rushed into a title shot against Jessica Penne mainly because of her sex appeal. Invicta will deny this but they lie a lot. She was fortunate to win the match by submission as it went back and forth. Her one title defense was a ridiculous mismatch vs Yasuko Tamada. Then she lost to the much younger Herica Tiburcio. Invicta overrated Michelle because of her sex appeal and I expect that to happen in the UFC as well. She's moving up to 115lb a la Jessica Penne and Lisa Ellis. Michelle has fought at 115 before but she has fought at 105 since she returned from her pregnancy. Angela Magana was a big heel in the TUF 20 house. But she looked terrible losing to Tecia Torres on the TUF Finale last fall. She is also a veteran and she should be better than what we saw in that match. But who knows? Angela is on a three fight losing streak so maybe it's time for her to go. I'll say this much. If Michelle wins, I bet Jessica Penne will want to get her hands on her.

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