UFC’s Michelle Waterson Cast on MTV’s ‘The Challenge: Champs vs. Stars’

By Brian Knapp Oct 12, 2017

Ultimate Fighting Championship women’s strawweight contender and former Invicta Fighting Championships titleholder Michelle Waterson will compete on the MTV reality show “The Challenge: Champs vs. Stars,” which premieres on Nov. 21.

The full cast was revealed on Wednesday and includes two Olympic medalists -- gymnast Shawn Johnson and volleyball player Kim Glass -- and former NFL wide receiver Terrell Owens. Reigning World Wrestling Entertainment intercontinental champion Mike “The Miz” Mizanin has been tapped to host the eight-episode series. It will pit 10 “Challenge” alumni against 10 athletes and entertainers in various competitions. Winners will compete for a share of a $150,000 cash prize to donate to their charity of choice.

Waterson has compiled a 14-5 record since she debuted as a professional mixed martial artist in 2007. The 31-year-old trains out of the powerhouse Jackson-Wink MMA camp in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and holds wins over Paige VanZant, Jessica Penne and Angela Magana. She last competed at UFC on Fox 24 in April, when she submitted to a second-round rear-naked choke from Rose Namajunas.

“The Karate Hottie” will be competing on behalf of the Merging Vets & Players charity. According to the MVP website, its mission is to “match up former combat vets and former professional athletes together -- after the uniform comes off -- to give them a new team to tackle the transition together. MVP shows them they are not alone.” The organization was founded by Jay Glazer in 2015.


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