Waterson Makes Triumphant Return With First Round Submission Over Rael at Jackson’s Series VII
Just nine months after delivering her first child, Michelle “The Karate Hottie” Waterson resumed her cage career with a dominate win over Diana Rael at Jackson’s MMA Series VII Saturday night at the Hard Rock.
Rael came out in her usual aggressive fashion backing Waterson against the fence with flailing combinations. Waterson remained composed and clinched with Rael against the cage.
Rael managed a takedown but Waterson reversed her leading to a scramble in which she quickly took Rael’s back.Almost instantly Waterson sunk in a Rear Naked Choke forcing Rael to tap at just 2:12 of the first round.
In the co-main Henry Martinez, 8-1, took on confident Denver native Ali Hanjani. Despite Hanjani’s confidence he was unable to mount any kind of offense. The two exchanged some kicks before Martinez took Hanjani down and punched him steadily for the rest of the first round while keeping him pinned against the fence.
In the second round Martinez displayed his crafty ground game taking Hanjani’s back. Riding a bit high, he opted for a difficult reverse triangle which he executed to perfection forcing the tap.
Pro boxer Jodie Esquibel entered the cage for only the second time to take on Amy Riehle of Arizona. Despite a huge reach advantage Riehle kept it in reverse the entire time. Esquibel chased; Riehle ran. Esquibel landed several hard punches on route to a unanimous decision.
The first pro fight of the night had Adam Gonzales using his superior wrestling to take down the taller Armando Montoya. Gonzales ground and pounded his way to winning the first two rounds. In the third the wily Montoya found himself being taken down again but this time he fastened a Darce choke forcing Gonzales to tap :52 seconds in.
The evening’s amateur bouts saw a spirited battle between Emily Kagan and Courtney Casey, Kagan won by Split Decision. Riki Nobuta from Japan, fighting out of Jackson’s, looked like a veteran despite fighting for the first time at only nineteen years old. He beat Adam Soto at 1:42 of round two by armbar. Jose Caro led off the night with a submission victory, guillotine choke, over Pete Quezada at 2:59 of the first round. Check out the Photo Gallery for action shots of all the bouts.