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Report: Former Invicta atomweight queen Michelle Waterson UFC bound

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Sources close to the fighter have revealed that a deal may be in the works to see the former Invicta champion fighting in the UFC.

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It looks like another name fighter could be on their way out of Invicta, as Ariel Helwani reported on UFC Tonight that the UFC is apparently in talks with Michelle Waterson's camp for a deal that would bring the former atomweight champion into their strawweight division. Waterson recently lost the 105 lb title to Herica Tiburcio back at Invicta FC 10, on December 5th. She'd defended the championship once successfully, after besting Jessica Penne for the belt, in a stunning upset win in 2013. While champion, Waterson quickly became one of the most notable and high profile fighters for Invicta, it's not surprising that the UFC would come calling for her, even off a loss.

Apparently, Waterson is still under contract to Invicta, so the UFC would have to buy her out of the organization. But, considering that similar buyouts account for the bulk of their strawweight roster, it doesn't seem unlikely that they'd be able to get a deal going for her. While she would move up in weight for the UFC, there's no guarantee that the move would be an especially bad one for her. Jessica Penne and Seo Hee Ham are both former atomweights currently in the division and Waterson's listed height of 5' 4" would put her pretty squarely in the average range for the current UFC 115lb roster.

Most of the division is pretty booked up at the moment, but Randa Markos, Angela Magana, Tina Lahdemaki, and Juliana Lima are all still without a fight (as well as several others). Who would you like to see the "Karate Hottie" face out of the gate?