Former Invicta FC Atomweight Champion Michelle Waterson will be fighting Rose Namajunas in the co-main event of UFC On Fox 24.
One of the more interested spectators in the fight will be Waterson’s 6 year old daughter, who has attended many of her mother’s bouts.
“If you tell somebody that fighting is violent, then they’re going to think that fighting is violent,” Waterson said at a UFC On Fox 24 media luncheon. “It’s all in the perception. It’s how you raise them.”
It is a family affair whenever Waterson fights, as her husband is one of her trainers and has also assisted with managing her career.
Araya Waterson doesn’t think MMA is a violent sport and Michelle believes her daughter has learned a lot from watching her fight.
“She doesn’t think fighting is violent,” Waterson said. “Fighting is martial arts, fighting is something I do for my career, fighting is something that I do to stay physically fit. She’s only 6 years old. She’s learned so many life lessons just being able to watch me come up the ranks, win, lose, get injured. She knows the difference between a good guy and a bad guy when it comes to food. These are all good things. So I think it’s all in the perspective. I just think having her around is giving her a whole different outlook on life than a lot of children get to experience.”
UFC On Fox 24 takes place on Saturday, April 15 from the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri with Demetrious Johnson and Wilson Reis headlining. Fightful is providing live coverage of the event.