UFC 249 without fans “might be a little weird”

It is not the grappling that drives her nuts. It is the geometry.

Like a large amount of performing mothers, UFC strawweight and Aurora Central alum Michelle Waterson the previous 8 weeks tacked on the portion-time work of remaining an at-dwelling tutor, much too, in the course of the coronavirus pandemic. Daughter Araya, nine, is wrapping up the third grade.

“The only point is, she likes to take a large amount of potty breaks. And she likes to take in far more snacks than I feel she would at school,” laughed Waterson, who’ll take on Carla Esparza on Saturday as portion of the undercard for UFC 249 in Jacksonville, Fla. “My partner (Josh) is the one particular who has to do the math with her, mainly because I’m genuinely impatient.”

Which clarifies portion of why Waterson (17-7), No. 8 in the strawweight rankings, has been so jacked to get again into the octagon. Her tussle with Esparza had initially been slated for Portland on April 11 prior to COVID-19 problems pressured UFC president Dana White to shut items down indefinitely.

“That’s type of the story for any fighter, genuinely, is getting to understand that every single struggle is unique,” said Waterson, whose previous struggle was a loss by unanimous conclusion to Joanna Jedrzejczyk previous October. “And that you’re always going to come upon some obstructions.”

And Saturday figures to be a unique beast, as UFC cards go. Though fighters will be allowed their whole corners, no supporters can go to.