Canadian Film Maker sets up Kick Starter campaign for MMA rising Female ‘Karate Hottie’ Michelle Waterson

December 18, 2015


Canadian Film Maker sets up Kick Starter campaign for MMA rising Female ‘Karate Hottie’ Michelle Waterson

A little over two years ago, I began filming the life of professional mixed martial arts fighter Michelle Waterson. At the time, female fighters had their work cut out for them choosing the sport as their sole source of income, and Michelle had the equally difficult task of balancing fighting with motherhood.

Fighting out of the world-renowned Jackson/Winkeljohn gym in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Michelle is affectionately nicknamed “Peanut” for being the smallest in the gym. Her daughter, Araya, accompanies her to the long training sessions every day, as the role of playful babysitter is at times thrust upon some of the sport’s most iconic fighters in between their workouts.

The UFC, the premier organization for these high level athletes, announced the start of their very first division for women. This provided Michelle with a glimmer of hope, as she dreamed one day of performing on the sport’s largest stage. Faced with many obstacles, this underdog had a long road ahead of her. This film captures the incredible journey to the top of a sport not often explored from such an intimate perspective.

Click here to view the KickStarter Campaign and donate!


Sean Menard-

Over the past few years, I have independently produced and directed a number of sports-themed documentaries that have aired nationally in both the U.S. and in my home of Canada. My work has appeared on ESPN, Fox Sports, Major League Baseball Network, TSN, Rogers Sportsnet and The Hockey Network.



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