Michelle Waterson Reveals Two Names She Wants To Fight Next

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Michelle Waterson is ready to get back into the Octagon, and she has two names on her mind as possible opponents.

The 32-year-old hasn’t fought since April when she picked up a split decision win over Cortney Casey. Waterson’s victory snapped a two fight losing-streak after dropping a pair to Rose Namajunas and Tecia Torres.

“The Karate Hottie” recently spoke to MMA Junkie and revealed she’s eying a return date around September or October but nothing has been scheduled yet:

“We are wanting to get a fight maybe September, October time frame,” Waterson said. “We don’t have anything scheduled yet.”

Waterson said she’d like to fight either Karolina Kowalkiewicz or Carla Esparza. Kowalkiewicz is on a two fight win-streak after defeating Jodie Esquibel and Felice Herrig. Esparza just had a two fight win-streak snapped after a controversial loss to Claudia Gadelha at UFC 225 in June:

“I would love to fight Karolina or Carla Esparza,” Waterson said. “Those two are the ones I have my eyes on the at the moment.”

There’s just one problem with Waterson’s suggestion. Kowalkiewicz is reportedly closing in on a deal to fight No. 3-ranked Jessica Andrade at UFC 228 in September. Esparza, however, is still available although she has recently voiced her desire for a rematch with Gadelha:

“I guess (Kowalkiewicz) is out of the question,” Waterson said after being informed of the Andrade booking. “(Esparza) is (a good fight).”

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