UFC Long Island’s Amanda Lemos vows to show ‘evolution’ from former sparring partner Michelle Waterson

UFC strawweight contender Amanda Lemos will share the Octagon with a familiar face in her next outing. Paired with former sparring partner Michelle Waterson, the Brazilian intends to show the ‘Karate Hottie’ how far she’s come since they fought together.

In an interview with Combate, Lemos praised Waterson’s skills, while pointing out that the last time the pair trained together was five years ago. Since then, Amanda says her skills have become much sharper and she intends to show it off in the Octagon next Saturday.

“I remember very well the times when we trained together, but now it’s been five years,” Lemos said. “I only speak for myself now, but I have evolved a lot since then. I’m sure she does too. We are going to fight a big fight. I want to show my evolution, not only on the feet, but also on the ground. I haven’t been able to show it yet, but it could happen next Saturday. Michelle is seasoned. She’s fought a lot of tough fighters, no wonder she’s in the top 10. She’s a karate fighter, but I think she’s well-rounded. It works well up and down. I’m really ready for her. Both for his karate and his grappling.

In her last outing, Lemos was quickly submitted by former champion Jessica Andrade, in a loss that ended a five-fight streak for Amanda. As frustrating as the loss was, the Brazilian guarantees that the result only made her more motivated to bounce back and secure an important victory against Waterson.

“I was on a five-game winning streak, that was good,” Lemos said. “I had trained very hard for Jessica, I was really focused, but a fight is a fight. You can’t do anything, it was his party. She caught me. I didn’t expect her to do it so quickly, but it did. It only motivated me more, it made me want to train more, to concentrate more.

Prior to the loss to Andrade, Lemos (11-2-1) had victories over Angela Hill, Montserrat Ruiz, Livia Renata Souza, Mizuki Inoue and Miranda Granger. Three of those wins have come by knockout or submission.

Now, Lemos is set to face Waterson at UFC Long Island in Elmont, New York on July 16. The card is set to be headlined by a featherweight bout between contenders Brian Ortega and Yair Rodriguez.

Kristen T. Prall