She’s fearless in the ring, a protective momma bear who fights for her kids, and her body is all kinds of goals. Michelle Waterson is used to dominating the octagon – yeah, so Carla Esparza got handed a controversial split decision at UFC 249 in her clash with Waterson – but away from the ring, she gives fans daily doses of inspiration. From that infamous nude shoot to not focusing on her looks and her mum life, this mixed martial artist is the epitome of diverse. Here’s just five ways she is the full package … How 5 of MMA’s best female fighters reached the top Nude and proud as hell View this post on Instagram I'M ON THE COVER OF #espnbodyissue2017 Words can't begin to describe how I'm feeling right now. I'm so honored, and blessed to have the opportunity to be placed among these to level athletes. I want to thank @espn for capturing the true essence of me showing that I can be strong, confident, vulnerable and free all at once! I was scared to bare it all and allow myself to be vulnerable, but I realized that stepping outside of your comfort zone is what makes you stronger! I couldn't have done any of this without the support of my husband @joshuagomez12 he taught me how to love all aspects of my body, at all the different stages. Pre baby, pregnancy, post baby, off season, in season, win or lose I was always beautiful, and I will forever be thankful. I embrace my body because it is a reflection of my life story! Thank you all for all the love and support!!! You guys are the best . . . . #teamhottie #mma #wmma #karate #karatehottie #hottie #wideawake #kicks #body #flex #confidence #ufc #espn #espnbodyissue #espnw #nm #michellewaterson A post shared by Michelle Waterson (@karatehottiemma) on Jun 28, 2017 at 1:16pm PDT The MMA star joined the ranks of Ronda Rousey , Miesha Tate and Conor McGregor when she posed nude for ESPN’s annual body issue back in 2017. The snaps showed-off her perfectly toned physique, leaving very little to the imagination. About that ‘ karate hottie’ nickname … View this post on Instagram Feeling strong! Let's get it!!! #ufcportland A post shared by Michelle Waterson (@karatehottiemma) on Mar 4, 2020 at 8:58am PST Just because she’s a fighting machine in the ring, doesn’t mean she doesn’t like being appreciated for her looks. In fact, Waterson said she thinks the nickname is “catchy”. Don’t think her banging body and all the attention makes her soft in the ring. In fact, this king kicker welcomes opponents underestimating her because of her nickname. Yup, bring it on. 5 things to know about MMA star Jessica Andrade She thinks she does lose her hotness though View this post on Instagram A post shared by Michelle Waterson (@karatehottiemma) on May 21, 2020 at 3:01pm PDT Obviously being a hottie isn’t her first priority. The UFC star totally realises that her body is bound to go through changes when she’s in fight mode. “You lose body fat, and that means you lose breast tissue. Your shoulders get broad, and you get scraped from the gloves,” she told ESPN. Hot or not, the focus is on a power body View this post on Instagram A post shared by Michelle Waterson (@karatehottiemma) on Dec 13, 2019 at 4:17pm PST Ahead of UFC 249 and faced with training during lockdown, Waterson said her house was fight camp ready, with cardio equipment, weights mats and bags. How Bruce Lee inspired China’s UFC champ Zhang Weili Being a mum is also a priority View this post on Instagram A post shared by Michelle Waterson (@karatehottiemma) on Jan 2, 2020 at 10:25am PST If you think watching a UFC fight is painful, Waterson says she’d take the ring over childbirth any day. Oh, and once she had her kid, she had even more reason to fight, explaining that she became a “mama bear and someone was trying to take my cub”. Want more stories like this? Sign up here . Follow STYLE on Facebook , Instagram , YouTube and Twitter .