Michelle Waterson will step back into the cage this April and attempt to become a world champion, meeting Jessica Penne at Invicta FC 5 for the atomweight title.

Waterson, who goes by the nickname “The Karate Hottie,” recently talked with Rebellion Media about the first-ever UFC fight in the Octagon. The bout took place at UFC 157, with Ronda Rousey defeating Liz Carmouche.

“I thought it was awesome,” Waterson said. “I was so excited, I just was hoping it would go to the second round. I think it really showed you how much of an athlete Ronda is because she had to deal with adversary. She almost got rear-naked choked, but fought thought it. She showed a lot of heart and spirit as a fighter.

“And her opponent (Carmouche), showed a lot of heart, too. She was down to fight and wasn’t going to back down. It was a great first fight for the UFC.”

Waterson, who is currently in the process of moving her family into a new home, was unable to attend the event, though a teammate – Julie Kedzie – did offer her a ticket.

“Julie invited me out, but with a baby and a new home, it just wasn’t in the budget,” she said. “I wish I could have.”

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