Please make this happen.
Michelle Waterson won the biggest fight of her career last saturday. After defeating the much hyped Paige Vanzant in a shocking first round submission, the “karate hottie” was on top of the world. She had a big win, a big bonus, and her family there to boot. But as in true MMA fashion, the question on everyone’s lips was who she would fight next? Well there was one name we just found undeniable, and that name was Rose Namajunas.
What’s great about this fight is that these ladies are both vastly improved strikers with a wicked ground game. Although Rose Namajunas was momentarily derailed by Karolina Kowalkiewicz at UFC 202 she’s very much still in the hunt; and with Waterson’s high profile victory against Paige last weekend you’ve got to think she’s now in the straw weight conversation. Rose delivered a polite but no nonsense call out to the former atom weight after the fight.
First off I want to congratulate @karatehottiemma on a SPECTACULAR performance! You showed tremendous growth and hunger as a fighter/mother/wife/cool person since knowing you so hats off to you! Secondly I want to acknowledge the messages I’ve been getting from my fans that this is the next matchup y’all want to see! Me too! Make it happen @danawhite@ufc
She’s right Dana, we all want to see it, make it happen! Coming from a 105lb weight class, Waterson is the smaller fighter, and although her jiu jitsu seems to be firing on all cylinders, Rose is a beast to get to the ground. Even if you get her there, she’s not exactly a Sage Northcutt, with 5 wins by submission (3 RNC, flying armbar, Kimura) the fights not exactly over. And with a nickname like “Thug Rose” Namajunas, what’s not to love?
By hook or by crook, this fight needs to happen, and hopefully fairly soon. Let us know what you think of this potential matchup, are you guys interested or is it a pass?