Michelle Waterson is coming off the biggest win of her UFC career, as she submitted Paige VanZant in the first round of their main event at UFC On Fox 22. Waterson, who herself is a former Invicta FC Atomweight Champion, now has her sights set on another champion in UFC Women’s Strawweight Champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk and another fighter who recently called her out, Rose Namajunas.
“It feels good to be wanted. I think all those names sound pretty interesting,” Waterson said on The MMA Hour. “I really respect Rose, I think she’s a great person. I think it would be an awesome match-up. [Daniel Cormier] was wanting me to call out Carla (Esparza). Even Karolina (Kowalkiewicz), that’s what (Dominick) Cruz wanted. Those three. Even Joanna (Jedrzejczyk), I would love to fight Joanna. Any of those names really sound like interesting fights to me. We’ll just have to kinda see what we can do as far as negotiating those fights and where each one of those will take us.”
Waterson only earned a grand total of $30,000 for the fight at UFC On Fox 22 and now that she has proved to the UFC how valuable she is, she is hoping for an increased paycheck as we head into 2017.
“It is a little embarrassing,” Waterson admitted. “But we’re going to fix it. I hope so. I hope they know what they have in me, because I’m not going out there just to cruise. I’m here for the UFC, to represent the UFC in the best light that I can, and hopefully they see the value in that.”
Waterson is currently undefeated under the UFC banner, other than defeating Paige VanZant, she also holds a win over Angela Magana in the promotion.