In a recent UFC Fight Night in Philadelphia, the American Mixed Martial Artist (MMA) Michelle Waterson defeated Karolina Kowalkiewicz of Poland in a women’s strawweight bout, taking two steps forward to rank No.7 in her division.
The beaming beauty gave birth to a girl eight years ago, but always maintained her competitiveness on the fighting stage. She won the all-women’s Invicta FC Atomweight Championship in 2013 and joined the UFC in 2015. Up to now, she has a record of five wins and two losses in the octagon, including the defeat to current women’s strawweight champion Rose Namajunas.
At the beginning of 2019, Waterson and her family were invited by Chinese MMA pioneer promoter “Joe” Qiao Bo to a trip to China. She visited the Shaolin Temple in Henan Province among numerous other scenic spots and spent her 33rd birthday with fans in Beijing.
The following is an exclusive interview with Waterson, in which she talks about her Asian martial arts background and her Chinese travel journey.
(L-R) Michelle Waterson kicks Karolina Kowalkiewicz. /VCG Photo
CGTN: What is your ethnic background? Was your family influential in your decision to become a fighter?
My Mother is half Thai and half Chinese. She grew up in Thailand. My father is an American, and I grew up in Colorado. My mom has a competitive spirit, and my father wrestled as a child.
My brother was the biggest influencer. I wanted to be just like him. He loved watching action movies, and we always dreamed that one day we could be action stars.
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