What a fun fight this was (finally available on UFC Fightpass). And not just because Waterson won. The fight started off generally even-footed, but there was a hint of what was to come as Magana tried to take down Waterson and Waterson was the one to throw her down on the octagon floor. @karatehottiemma @ufc debut was just phenomenal. 15 second clip isn't enough time or a highlight video. Can't wait to see her back […] Continue »
It was just last December 2014 when Herica Tiburcio from Brazil took the Invicta FC atom weight championship belt from America’s Michelle Waterson with a guillotine choke. On July 9th at Invicta FC 13, Japan’s Ayaka Hamasaki challenged Tiburcio for that atomweight belt and won it on a split decision. Hamasaki is now the first Japanese fighter to be a champion in a division of this all-women’s mixed martial arts fight promotion. Her coach and […] Continue »
Recently, the ESPYs (Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly Award) show aired, and as part of that show, there was a comedic bit in between presenting the awards where actor Ken Jeong apologies on behalf of Alex Rodriguez for all sort of things except the obvious: “Alex Rodriguez may not have been invited to the MLB All-Star Game on Tuesday, but he was front and center at the ESPYs on Wednesday. In one segment, the recently returned New York […] Continue »
Two time UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir had lost four matches in row, and his career clearly needed help. Inspiration for his resurgence would come from the unlikeliest of places, 125 pound boxing champion turned MMA fighter, Ana Julaton. How did a woman more than 100 pounds lighter than Mir help the heavyweight, a 262 pound man famous for breaking his opponents’ arms?
This isn’t breaking news, but as those of you who have followed Jeremy Lin’s career, you know that his past season with the LA Lakers had a so-so season and that he was a free agent at the end of this season. On July 8th, Lin announced on his official website: “Going into my first true free agency as an NBA player this off-season, the one thing that mattered to me the most was finding […] Continue »
Imagine an academically focused high school with plenty of Asians Americans and without a consistently usable track and limited athletic funding. What if any sport would it excel in? Why track of course! In this interview at milesplit.com, Lowell High School’s track coach Andy Leong talks about his successes at Lowell and his own career, both of which are much different than the stereotypical image of Asian Americans and athletics.
Three Asian American/Pacific Islander MMA fighters won at UFC Fight Night 66 in Manila (Pasay to be exact) Philippines. Jon “The Super Saiyan” Tuck, the first Chamorro signed to the UFC, submitted Tae Hyun Bang, by rear naked choke. Mark “the Filipino Wrecking Machine” Munoz won his last match before retiring via unanimous decision over Luke Barnatt. In his return to the UFC, Phillipe “The Filipino Assassin” Nover won a split decision victory over Yui […] Continue »
Great shot taken by @allelbows from my last fight. I am truly greatful for everything @invictafc has done for me! Such an amazing organization backing women who represent wmma with pride and passion! I have yet to see an invicta card that did not wow me and keep me on my toes! Can't wait to watch #invictafc12 A photo posted by *Michelle Waterson* (@karatehottiemma) on Apr 16, 2015 at 1:52pm PDT So the big news […] Continue »
Submitted by Ruel Gaviola: Check out the excellent biographical piece on Manny Pacquiao in Grantland by Rafe Bartholomew, author of the fantastic basketball book, Pacific Rims: Beermen Ballin’ in Flip-Flops and the Philippines’ Unlikely Love Affair with Basketball. Manny Pacquiao of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world is Filipino and the Filipino, Filipino American, and Asian American communities are excited about his fight against Floyd Mayweather this Saturday night. Excerpt: When most Americans first […] Continue »
One of the reasons I love watching mixed martial arts, especially the female fighters, is how inspiring they are in how hard they work and what they sacrifice to be the best they can be. Watching Invicta FC events always gets my blood going, and on top of that, I love following individual fighters on their Instagrams so I can see what they’re eating, how they’re working out, and the progress they make on their […] Continue »
Tonight’s Invicta FC 12 card will feature some APIA fighters. First, we’ve got Jenny Liou (3-1) from Idaho who will be squaring off with Lacey Schuckman (10-8). Posted by Jenny Liou on Monday, March 16, 2015 Next, there’s Hawaii’s Raquel Pa’aluhi (4-4) who will be taking on Ediane Gomes (10-3). Hey Invicta fans! Join us this Thursday for the #InvictaFC12 weigh-ins at the Hotel Aladdin at 4PM! Weigh-ins are free and open to the public! […] Continue »
MMA fighter, former Invicta FC Atomweight Champion, and mother Michelle “The Karate Hottie” Waterson is featured in one of these new Samsung “Into the Galaxy” series commercials. The theme of this series appears to be people who are trying to shatter the status quo, and Waterson definitely fits the bill. Being a woman and an American of Asian descent, she fights objectification with her fists on a daily basis.