Watson’s debut in the strawweight (115-pound) division proved to be the most dominating performance to date during her rapid rise within the region’s amateur MMA ranks. She required just 83 seconds to score a first-round technical knockout victory over Canadian Lin MacMillan.
The win was the sixth in a row for the Brewer High School graduate at the outset of a busy amateur career that began 15 months ago with an opening-round stoppage of Chelsea Tucker on June 16, 2018.
So why is lighter better for the 25-year-old Watson, the sixth-ranked women’s fighter, pound for pound, in New England, according to tapology.com?
“Because I’m a very small human,” said the 5-foot-2 Watson, who previously had fought at 125, 130 and 140 pounds. “I’m very short, and it’s hard to fight someone that’s so much taller, especially at the higher [weights]. Ten pounds makes a big difference, so if I can cut to 115, I might as well do it.
“I did it for this fight and felt great all camp. My strength was all there, and my movement was a lot better. I think 115 is going to be my home from now on.”
Ernie Clark is a veteran sportswriter who has worked with the Bangor Daily News for more than a decade. A four-time Maine Sportswriter of the Year as selected by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters...
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