UFC strawweight Michelle Waterson will be featured as a cover athlete for ESPN The Magazine’s BODY Issue, hitting newsstands July 7.
Modeling is nothing new to Waterson, who edged into her fighting career by first being a ring girl, although she is a lifelong martial artist.
“I got the opportunity to be a ring girl, and it was something fun to do and make some extra cash. I remember watching these MMA fights and saying, ‘Hey, I think I’d rather be inside the Octagon than out’.”
A former Invicta FC atomweight champion, Waterson’s last trip to the Octagon was a loss to Rose Namajunas at UFC on FOX 24 in April. She doesn’t yet have another bout scheduled.
(Photo courtesy ESPN The Magazine, photo by Mark Seliger)