Born in Colorado Springs and raised in Aurora, Waterson began her modeling career in 2004 after she graduated high school.
Waterson rose to fame as a contestant on the Muay Thai-themed Fight Girls reality show on the Oxygen television network.
She is featured in the music video for Head Crusher, the first single from the Endgame album by the American Metal band Megadeth.
She faced current Freestyle Cage Fighting Champion Lynn Alvarez at Ring of Fire 31: Undisputed on December 1, 2007, but lost by submission in the first round.
Waterson faced Karina Taylor at Duke City MMA Series 1 on March 1, 2009. She won the fight by armbar submission in the first round. There was some controversy with this fight due to the fact that Taylor did not tap out to the armbar.
Waterson most recently faced the debuting Rosary Califano at EB - Beatdown at 4 Bears 6 and won by submission due to a flying armbar in just 15 seconds.
She will next face Masako Yoshida at "Spring Brawl" on April 24, 2010.
|Professional record breakdown|
|15||7 wins||3 losses|
|Masako Yoshida||Spring Brawl||April 24, 2010||Fargo, North Dakota|
|Win||7-3||Rosary Califano||Submission (Flying Armbar)||EB - Beatdown at 4 Bears 6||February 13, 2010||1||0:15||New Town, North Dakota|
|Loss||6-3||Elena Reid||TKO (Punches)||Apache Gold: Extreme Beatdown||April 11, 2009||2||1:50||Phoenix, Arizona|
|Win||6-2||Karina Taylor||Technical Submission (Armbar)||Duke City MMA Series 1||March 14, 2009||1||2:36||Albuquerque, New Mexico|
(Rear Naked Choke)
|Strikeforce: Payback||October 3, 2008||1||1:20||Denver, Colorado|
|Win||4-2||Cristal Macatol||Submission (Armbar)||SCA - Bike n Brawl 2||August 23, 2008||1||0:22||Albuquerque, New Mexico|
|Win||3-2||Thricia Poovey||TKO (Corner Stoppage)||King of the Cage: Badlands||July 12, 2008||2||N/A||Albuquerque, New Mexico|
|Ring of Fire 31: Undisputed||December 1, 2007||1||1:19||Broomfield, Colorado|
|Win||2-1||Jaime Cook||Submission (Armbar)||Ring of Fire 30: Domination||September 15, 2007||1||1:33||Broomfield, Colorado|
|Loss||1-1||Alicia Gumm||Decision (Unanimous)||RMBB - Battle of the Arts||June 30, 2007||2||5:00||Denver, Colorado|
|Win||1-0||Andrea Miller||Decision (Unanimous)||Ring of Fire 28: Evolution||February 16, 2007||3||3:00||Broomfield, Colorado|
- List of female mixed martial artists
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