UFC strawweight Michelle “The Karate Hottie” Waterson has proven once again that her nickname couldn’t be more perfect.
Waterson is the latest UFC star to grace the pages of ESPN the Magazine’s “The Body Issue.” She joins Ronda Rousey, Evangelista and Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos (now Cristiane Justino), Miesha Tate, Jon Jones and most recently Conor McGregor to appear in the yearly special.
Early prints of Waterson’s shoot have not been leaked, but in the video released by ESPN Waterson is posing naked with swords on a mountaintop. It’s possible Waterson shot in other locations that might make the final cut in the magazine.
Posing in front of the camera isn’t anything new to Waterson. She started a modeling career in 2004 after graduating high school.
“The Body Issue” issue hits newsstands July 7.
Waterson got off to a fast start after joining the UFC in 2015 by posting consecutive submission victories in her first two fights. Quickly disposing of UFC golden girl Paige VanZant in her second outing really put her on the octagon map.
The 31-year-old most recently came up short against Rose Namajunas in April.
Please click the media player below to watch a quick clip of Waterson’s photo shoot (1:15 mark):