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Gillian Robertson doesn’t expect any dumb decisions from “Karate Hottie” at UFC 303

Canadian strawweight Gillian Robertson heads to UFC 303 this Saturday against the biggest name of her career: Michelle Waterson-Gomez.

A former Invicta FC atomweight champion, “The Karate Hottie” has had her ups and downs in the UFC, but Robertson (13-8) knows what to expect this weekend at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

“She’s a vet in the game. You have to respect her, you have to know that she is coming in with her best fight,” Robertson told media including Cageside Press during the UFC 303 media day. ‘She’s not going to make stupid decisions, she’s going to give the best of herself. So I have to be ready on Saturday night.”

Robertson holds a small trove of UFC records: most submissions by a female fighter, most wins by a female flyweight, highest top ranking percentage in women’s flyweight history, most submissions as a women’s flyweight. And in three fights since moving up to strawweight, “The Savage,” originally from Niagara Falls, Ontario, has two post-fight bonuses, both of the Performance of the Night variety.

You’d expect her path to victory against Waterson-Gomez would be on the ground, given her ability to submit. Still, Robertson, as always, will look to do damage wherever the fight goes.

“I guess you can look at it a little bit like that (striker versus grappler), but especially for me, I don’t care if the fight goes to the ground. I just want to cause damage. I try to step in there and force her into situations where she doesn’t feel comfortable, force her to make bad decisions. It doesn’t matter to me if it goes into the ground. If we’re on the ground, as long as I’m doing damage, I’ll be happy.”

A win over a name like Michelle Waterson-Gomez should set her up pretty well after UFC 303. However, Robertson is more concerned about the numbers.

“Names have never been important to me. It’s the numbers next to the names,” she said. “If I want to become champion, I have to beat everyone to get there. So no matter who you put in front of me, I’m going to fight that battle.”

Robertson also spoke to Cageside Press about her old coach, Din Thomas. Not surprisingly, she gave the veteran and UFC analyst a glowing review.

“Din Thomas is probably one of the smartest people I know, honestly. Just the way he approaches the game. I’ve been all over the country, I’ve been to every major gym, I’ve talked to every major coach, and there’s nobody who treats the sport like MMA the way Dean does. A lot of people approach it like boxing, jiu-jitsu, wrestling. He’s the first MMA coach I’ve ever known. I really feel like it was fate that I walked into his gym at 16 years old. I was so blessed that we ended up working together.”

Watch Gillian Robertson’s full UFC 303 media day appearance above.