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Michelle Waterson is back

Henry Martinez submits Ali Hanjani by

By Ari LeVaux [ Sun Jan 22 2012 3:48 PM ]

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Fight hightlights: Waterson vs Rael

Nine months before giving birth to her daughter, Michelle Waterson earned her living as a fighter. Nine months after Araya was born, Waterson returned to the cage, at Jackson's Series VII Saturday night. She returned in style, avenging Albuquerque's honor against Diana Rael, who last year upset local favorite Angelica Chavez.

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Michelle Waterson post-fight interview

Midway through an exciting, back and forth first round, Waterson found herself in the same position that Chavez spent most of her fight with Rael - getting smothered by Rael's top control. In the blink of an eye she dug out a sweep and slipped around to Rael's back, sinking in a rear naked choke before, as my video replay unfortunately reveals, the referee rear-ended my view of Rael tapping.

Still, it was Waterson's brilliant reversal to the back that mattered. So go ahead and enjoy it.

It's worth noting that of Waterson's 10 pro wins, all but her first came via first round stoppage: four by armbar, four by rear naked choke, and one by TKO. Too bad the nickname "Natural Born Killer" is already taken by her teammate Carlos Condit. But we can live with "Karate Hottie."

In another high level submission, Team Jackson's Henry Martinez submitted Ali Hanjani by an unusual triangle choke, after Hanjani almost shook him off his back. The announcer called it an inverted triangle. If you were at the event, feel free to comment as to what you would call it. I'm sorry I don't have the video. When I should have been videoing I was too busy saying "What the BLEEP?" It was like Martinez was sitting on Hanjani's shoulders, and then decided to switch to cross legged and strangle him. It was so beautiful I all but cried.