Michelle Waterson-Gomez releases statement following brutal loss to Marina Rodriguez at UFC Vegas 79

By Harry Kettle - September 26, 2023

Michelle Waterson-Gomez has issued a short statement following her resounding defeat at the hands of Marina Rodriguez.

Michelle Waterson-Gomez vs. Marina Rodriguez

For so many years now, Michelle Waterson-Gomez has been a big fan favorite in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. She may never have won a title, but she’s been involved in some great wars – and she has a great personality to go alongside it. Now, even in the twilight of her career, she’s still competing in high profile contests, as evidenced by her bout against Marina Rodriguez last weekend.

The expectation from many was that Rodriguez would come out as the winner, and that’s exactly what happened. However, the manner in which she did so was far more brutal than most of us could’ve anticipated.


Rodriguez battered Waterson-Gomez in the first round and kept that theme going before finishing her in the second. Now, in a recent Instagram post, Michelle has put out a message to her followers after the humbling loss.

Waterson-Gomez remains defiant

“Every adversity, every failure, and every heartache, carries with it the Seed of an equivalent or greater benefit.”

Michelle Waterson-Gomez isn’t the kind of fighter who will walk away after a tough defeat. With that being said, she’s been on quite the skid recently, with some wondering whether or not we’ve seen her last win inside the Octagon.

She’s set to turn 38 in January and has competed professionally for over 16 years, making her debut in early 2007. Regardless of what she chooses to do next, it’s safe to say she will be remembered fondly.

What do you believe Michelle Waterson-Gomez will do next in her MMA career? Let us know your thoughts, BJPENN Nation!


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