Ms. Namita Nayyar: You have been a karate student since the age of 10, you hold a Black Belt in American Freestyle Karate and has also trained in WuShu, Muay Thai, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, Boxing and wrestling. You reached the pinnacle of success on becoming the 2013 Invicta FC Atomweight Champion. What factors you consider were responsible that made you achieve that?
Ms. Michelle Waterson: I believe it is a mixture of it all! Martial Arts is forever evolving, and the minute you think you have learned all there is to know, is when you lose sight of the true meaning of Martial Arts. All the different Martial Arts that I have studied have acted like building blocks for me to reach my ultimate goal. And there are always more goals to be made once you’ve conquered one.
Ms. Namita Nayyar: You had gone to Thailand to train for Muay Thai. Tell us about your experience and training there. How it has been of help in providing tactical knowledge in your fighting style that gave you the winning edge in your fights?
Ms. Michelle Waterson: Before training in Thailand, most of my martial arts knowledge was more artistic and not combative. Training in Thailand toughed me up and taught me to be patient with myself. The key to training is to be able to go hard, and do it all again the very next day!!!
Ms. Namita Nayyar: On April 5, 2013 you defeated Jessica Penne and became the Invicta FC World Atomweight Champion. Tell us about this winning fight and how did you feel on the winning the title 2013 Fight of the Year?
Ms. Michelle Waterson: Winning the Invicta Belt had been a dream of mine since I began fighting. I had to overcome many obstacles both mentally and physically, but it made the win that much sweeter.