Directed by: Sean Menard
Directed by independent producer and director Sean Menard, the 80-minute film follows Michelle “The Karate Hottie” Waterson as she balances life as a mother and professional MMA fighter. The documentary takes viewers inside her journey as she overcomes obstacles and breaks down barriers to reach the pinnacle of her sport, all while raising her young daughter. More than two years in the making, the documentary begins at a time when female MMA fighters struggled to survive on the sport alone, with Waterson’s uphill climb compounded by the equally difficult challenge of balancing fighting with motherhood. Training at the world-renowned Jackson/Winkeljohn gym in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Waterson set out to fulfill her personal dream and a legendary trainer’s prediction that she would become a world champion. Nearly ten years later, Waterson became the atomweight champion of Invicta FC, the first-ever MMA organization strictly for women.