Michelle Waterson, better known as “Karate Hottie”, looked like she was headed for a good streak in the UFC. She submitted both Angela Magana and Paige Van Zant before falling to latest UFC strawweight title challenger, Rose Namajunas. That was back in April, but it looks like we won’t see Waterson back in the Octagon soon. Fortunately, it’s for a good cause. Michelle Waterson will compete on MTV’s The Challenge in order to raise money for the Merging Vets & Players charity.
“MTV’s most iconic franchise “The Challenge” is back again with the debut of an eight-week special event “The Challenge: Champs vs. Stars.” Hosted by WWE superstar and former challenge competitor, Mike “The Miz” Mizanin, “Champs vs. Stars” will feature ten of the fiercest champions from past “Challenge” seasons. The alumni go head-to-head against ten celebrity athletes and entertainers in challenge-style competitions to determine who will reign supreme. Winners will compete for a chance to take a share of the $150,000 cash prize to donate to their beloved charities. “The Challenge: Champs vs. Stars” premieres November 21st at 10 p.m. ET/PT.”
“Don’t let her short stature and bubbly personality fool you, Michelle Waterson packs a punch. A life-long martial artist, Waterson lit up the MMA world with dazzling submission skills and lightning-quick strikes. Before joining the ultra-competitive UFC, Waterson was the #1 ranked fighter in the world and was crowned champion multiple times. Although she’s a newcomer to the franchise, Michelle is ready to earn a new title to her list as #1 on “The Challenge: Champs vs. Stars.” – Via MTV’s official press release.
This is a good move for Michelle Waterson, who already got a big bump in notoriety for gracing the cover of ESPN’s body issue. She had no current fight lined up, but Felice Herrig called her out back in July. It’d be great to see Waterson back in the Octagon, but if fighters can make money outside of the cage while supporting a charity, then that’s a great thing. You can check her out on November 21st on MTV.
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 10/12/2017.