Michelle Waterson might know a thing or two about selling a fight, but her daughter has her beat in the cookie game.
A fixture on her mother’s social media, eight-year-old Araya recently went viral when she made a sales pitch to none other than UFC president Dana White, imploring him to help her achieve her goal of selling 2,000 boxes of Girl Scout cookies:
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@karatecutie wanted to give her cookie sale one last push so she thought it would be a good idea to reach out to my boss @danawhite I would say she is quite the cookie boss! This is the last week to buy cookies from the website. Just click on the link in her bio @karatecutie if you would like to have some cookies delivered you!
In the clip (which has almost 100,000 views), Araya declares herself the “boss of girl scouts” and asks White “from one boss to another” to help her out. She also told White that her door is always open if he needs help dealing with his fighters or his business.
White shared the clip on his Twitter, while also agreeing to purchase 1,000 boxes, a transaction that put Araya halfway to her goal.
According to Waterson, it didn’t take long to shatter it.
“Oh geez, she definitely broke her goal,” Waterson told MMA Fighting. “This is her first year as a girl scout and she brought the paperwork home and she saw the prizes and she said she wanted to sell 2,000 boxes of cookies. I’m not gonna shoot her dreams down, so I was like, ‘Alright, baby girl, that’s a big goal, but go for it if that’s your goal.’
“So she ended up selling Dana White a thousand. And then when he shared it on his social media, she got probably another close to a thousand cookie sales, and then Tony Robbins gave us a call and decided to buy another thousand. So she sold over 3,000 boxes of cookies.”
Of course, mom deserves more than a little credit for the assist. Not only for putting Araya’s pitch on her Instagram account, but for her and her husband Joshua doing what they can to instill proper values in their daughter. Waterson is actually working on writing children’s books revolving around the themes of integrity and good intentions that she hopes to be able to publish in the future when her fight schedule clears up.
For now, Waterson is just happy that there’s one kid who she knows listens to her.
“I think so, I think she thinks that I’m cool,” Waterson said, when asked if her daughter is still impressed by her fighting for a living. “But she’s grown up in the gym, so people that are larger than life like Holly Holm and Jon Jones and Dana White, these are people that she sees on a regular basis. I always imagine what the world is like through her little eyes.
“I do think she thinks I’m cool and she probably thinks I’m a nerd sometimes too because I’m just mommy and then we have a great relationship and I hope it just grows as she gets older.”
Check out the clip below to see Araya and her family celebrating the cookie conquest:
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My little #cookieboss @karatecutie smashed her goal of selling 2,000 boxes of cookies thanks to all of you! We really appreciate all the support you have given her! She has learned so much from this experience! She says she learned that it was harder then she thought, but she got satisfaction out of each sale whether it was just one or 1,000 because it all got it closer to her goal! She wanted to give a huge thank you to @danawhite for sharing her sales pitch. It brought positive attention to her goal and caught the eye of @tonyrobbins who has also decided to buy 1,000 boxes of cookies from her! NOW they are apart of her cookie circle, which means they are like BFF'S! He will be donating them to our local food bank! I'm very happy for her and know that this experience will change the way she tackles everything in life! You guys are the best! Thank you again