UFC strawweight Michelle Waterson is all set to fight Marine Rodriguez in the main event of UFC Vegas 26.
This fight card was initially supposed to be headlined by former UFC bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw and Cory Sandhagen, but the former champion sustained an injury and had to pull out of the fight.
The new main event fight between Michelle Waterson and Marina Rodriguez will be fought a weight class higher at flyweight and will still be subjected to a five-round fight. Michelle Waterson is coming off of a split decision win over Angela Hill at UFC Fight Night 177 back in September of 2020.
Prior to that, she was on a two-fight losing streak. She lost to Carla Esparza at UFC 249 on May 9, 2020, via a split decision. Before that, she lost to Joanna Jedrzejczyk.
Exclusive with Michelle Waterson
The MMA India Show had the opportunity to talk with Michelle Waterson ahead of her big main event bout.
1.)How does it feel to be headlining a UFC event again?
I think that this is just another example of me being able to seize the opportunity when it presents itself and shine bright.
2.) Are you feeling the pressure heading into the fight against Marina Rodriguez as you are 1-2 in you last three fight?
There is pressure if you allow there to be pressure. Not all pressure is bad, I think that I do well when I’m forced to rise to the occasion. I think that this is just another example of me being able to seize the opportunity when it presents itself and shine bright.
3.) On Process for learning, training, setting up improvements
I have a mental coach that I work with very regularly. His name is Dr Shannon and after every fight, we break down what worked, what didn’t work, and what is going to take us to the next level. Then once we break that down and have it all typed up, then we take it to the drawing board with the coaches. With each coach, they all have the same type of process: what worked, what didn’t work and what can we improve and from there. That’s why I truly do believe that being in this sport as long as I have, I still have been able to evolve.
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