Michelle Water­son

Shape (Malaysia) - - Fit & Famous -

Known as ‘The Karate Hot­tie’, this 30-year-old was a model be­fore pur­su­ing her dreams in mar­tial arts. A for­mer In­victa FC cham­pion, Michelle holds a per­fect record since ar­riv­ing in UFC®’s straw weight di­vi­sion. We caught up with Michelle when she was here for the UFC Fight Night® in Sin­ga­pore in June, and this is what she says about be­ing a MMA fighter, mama to her daugh­ter, Araya, and what body con­fi­dence means to her.

“If I had not be­come a pro­fes­sional fighter, I’d still be do­ing some­thing in­volv­ing mar­tial arts - be it teach­ing or do­ing stunt work or movies, as a mar­tial artist.”

“I keep my daugh­ter in­volved in my train­ing and will make sure to let her know how much a part of it she is. Giv­ing her a sense of own­er­ship for my ca­reer al­lows her to be proud of me; she’s def­i­nitely a huge part of my jour­ney.”

“When I’m train­ing, I’m a hun­dred per­cent fo­cused on train­ing, and when I’m mummy, I’m a hun­dred per­cent fo­cused on my daugh­ter.”

“For a long time, I was em­bar­rassed about my stretch marks, but I’ve learned to em­brace them, be­cause for me that was what I had to go through to grow this lit­tle hu­man in my body, and I’m proud of that. They’re my bat­tle wounds.”

“Be­ing a MMA fighter is not easy for a woman. Your body changes, you’ll lose body fat, and your breast tis­sue, which will make them smaller. Your shoul­ders will get broader too, and you’ll pick up some bruises along the way. I do it be­cause I love do­ing it, not just to look hot.”

“It’s im­por­tant to send out a body­pos­i­tive im­age to the world, peo­ple need to look at the hu­man body and nu­dity in a dif­fer­ent way other than just sex­u­ally.”

“I’ve em­braced my body and the things that it does for me, and I’m re­ally at peace with who I am. That peace came af­ter I giv­ing birth to my daugh­ter. I feel that I’ve gained an ap­pre­ci­a­tion for the ef­fort that I put in to get my body to where it needed to be.”

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