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Michelle Waterson believes Paige VanZant is ‘very green’ as a fighter

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You’re not going to get Michelle Waterson to express any contempt for the success Paige VanZant has managed to achieve at a young age.

The 22-year-old VanZant has become a bigger star than all but a handful of fighters on the UFC roster despite the fact she’s not quite yet a championship contender, with her recent strong showing on the hit prime-time network television show “Dancing with the Stars” only serving to make her ever more famous.

“I think it’s great,” Waterson said on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour. “I think, I sent her out a tweet when she was on ‘Dancing with the Stars,’ they say ‘don’t hate the player, hate the game.’ I can’t hate on that, she’s a beautiful person, she’s a great dancer,”

But if you ask “The Karate Hottie” her assessment of her fellow strawweight’s fighting skills, well, that’s a different story. Waterson, the former Invicta atomweight champion, will meet VanZant in the main event of UFC on FOX 22 in Sacramento.

And on that count, Waterson doesn’t believe VanZant can fight like she can dance.

“As far as her fighting skill, I wouldn’t go so far as to say she’s amazing,” Waterson said. “She is where she is because of her hunger.”

“I feel like she’s very green in whole aspect of fighting,” Waterson added. “And that’s not necessarily a bad thing. … In all of her fights, it’s just like dancing. If you are dancing with someone who doesn’t know what they’re doing, they throw you off. They throw your rhythm off and that’s what Paige is doing in her fights. Her style is very erratic and unpredictable, and it’s been throwing people off, people who have a fight with her.”

Of course, Waterson can only spend so much time worrying about her opponent. By the ….View full article

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