Michelle Waterson put on a show, Saturday in the main-event of UFC on FOX 22, in her first fight since July of 2015. "The Karate Hottie" wasted little time in choking Paige VanZant out-cold, and said afterwards that she was just eager to mix it up again.
"It's been a year and a half, so I think I was a little eager to get out in that cage," she told the UFC on FOX crew, with a smile.
Before scoring a head and arm hip-toss on VanZant to drag things to the mat, Waterson scored with some hard side-kicks to the body. She explained to Dominick Cruz that she wanted to use her leg as a jab to control the space between her and #PaigeVanZant.
"She's a little bit taller than me and I know she likes to rush-in so I wanted to be able to dictate the distance with my leg and try to use it as a jab," Waterson detailed.
Once on the ground, #MichelleWaterson didn't necessarily expect to be able to put PVZ away so soon, though she says she'd been working hard on her Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. "She's such a scrambler and I knew that if she did pull-out I knew I'd have to move to a better position or scramble to a different submission," she revealed.
"We'd been working a lot with my jiu-jitsu coach...so I'm glad it all panned-out the way it did."
Daniel Cormier then tried ever so hard to get Waterson to call out a specific name as a next opponent, but she refused, saying that she wanted someone in the top-five. After Cormier highlighted former strawweight world champ #CarlaEsparza as a possible opponent, Waterson allowed that the fight would be "fun."
"I think that would be a really fun fight," she said, humbly.
"My wrestling has gotten a lot better."