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Michelle Waterson should get first title shot against Jessica Penne

Esther Lin-Invicta FC

At Invicta FC 3, MMA fans watched as Jessica Penne submitted Naho Sugiyama with a triangle choke in the second-round to become Invicta’s first Atomweight champion.

Before the Penne-Sugiyama title fight, fans also watched Michelle “The Karate Hottie” Waterson earn a split-decision victory over Lacey Schuckman in a contest that earned “Fight of the Night” honors and both fighters an extra $1,500.

If Invicta is looking for someone to face Penne for the atomweight title at a future event, then Waterson should be considered a contender for Penne’s belt.

With her victory over Schuckman, Waterson is currently on a four-fight winning streak and improved her record to 10-3.

Waterson’s background in karate, muay thai and wushu gives her an advantage over Penne in the stand-up while Penne could have a slight advantage on the ground.

Both fighters come from good camps; Waterson training with Greg Jackson while Penne has worked with the likes of Mark Munoz and Jake Ellenberger.

The Karate Hottie is also no stranger to big-fight environments. Prior to her fight with Schuckman at Invicta FC 3, Waterson has fought for promotions like King of the Cage and Strikeforce.

In addition to her skill set, Waterson’s presence in a main event could help draw in who remember her from her days on Oxygen’s “Fight Girls” reality show and her appearance on MTV’s “Bully Beatdown.”

A title fight between Penne and Waterson could add to the growing list of great fights in women’s MMA.

Is Waterson a worthy opponent for Penne’s atomweight title? Who else should get the title shot? Answer with a comment below or send a tweet to @alstover with the hashtag #RantMMA