Bellator tends to keep rolling in free agents coming into 2017.
Several female free agents are now reaping the benefits as the options and leverage to get more moment and more exposure. One of them is Colleen Schneider, who faces Chrissie Daniels at Bellator 170 Saturday at the Forum is Los Angeles. Her fight streams on Spike.com.
Bellator president Scott Coker stated he will be looking to crown the first ever female flyweight champion by the end of the year, and Schneider wants her performance to make that happen sooner than later.
We talked to Schneider about her preparations for her return to flyweight and the one match that got away with Rin Nakai.
(Picture courtesy Ester Lin/InvictaFC)
It’s been a long road for Colleen Schneider.
Having fought all over the world and for many organizations, Schneider finds herself in Bellator in 2017 on one of the biggest cards in the company’s history.
After Rebecca Ruth fell out due to injury, Schneider will be face Chrissie Daniels at “Bellator: Ortiz vs. Sonnen” at the L.A. Forum in Los Angeles this Saturday. Schneider will be a part of the preliminary card which will stream on Bellator.com. Continue reading Colleen Schneider Talks Evolution; Bellator 125 Title
Invicta’s first event of 2017 kicks off with a new champion being crowned.
Charmaine Tweet and Megan Anderson will look for their first world title Saturday in Kasnas City which will stream live on UFC Fight Pass.
Also on the card Pannie Kianzad looks to get back into the bantamweight title hunt as she faces perennial contender Raquel Pa’aluhi in the co-main event.
Several changes to the card this past week saw Heather Hardy’s match get scrapped due to an injury to Brieta Carpenter; the addition of Elizabeth Phillips versus Leah Letson; and Kali Robbins and Jodie Esquibel taken off the card due to Robbins missing weight by 6.4 pounds. Robbins took the bout last minute.
The official weigh-ins happened Friday morning with no ceremonial weigh-ins due to in-climate weather.
Here is a breakdown of the now seven fight card with the weigh-in results.
(Photos courtesy Scott Hirano, Invicta FC) Continue reading InvictaFC 21 Primer
Wombat Sports has been nominated for the Awakening Fighter Awards for the fourth straight year.
We are up for three award: Best MMA Media Resource; Best MMA Jounralist (MarQ Piocos) & Best Muay Thai Media Resource.
You can vote for the Awakening Ladies MMA Awards here.
You can vote for the Awakening Ladies Muay Thai Awards here.
We are also up for the Promoting Real Women Awards for Best MMA Website.
You can vote here. Continue reading Wombat Watercooler January 16: Bellator Sets up 2017; Morgan Retires
We are on the verge of crowning three featherweight champions this year, and a lot of people have seen this as a problem.
The UFC’s announcement in December started it all as they announced they will crown their first 145 champion with Holly Holm versus Germaine de Randamie at UFC 208 February 11th in Brooklyn, New York. With Cyborg Justino possibly being under suspension by USADA and not having defended her title in the past year due to her UFC stint, Invicta will be crowning an interim champion this coming Saturday in Kansas City with Charmaine Tweet versus Megan Anderson. Continue reading Light as a Feather: The 145 Women’s Conundrum
When we posted the half years numbers in July, we had our doubts we would reach more than 700 pro female bouts in MMA. The last six months exceeded expectation.
The last half saw 385 bouts with three months out of the six topping the most fights per month list. On average there was 13.5 bouts per week this year.
Here is a look back at 2016 as a whole by the numbers. Continue reading 2016 in the Women’s MMA Division by the Numbers
After USADA and the UFC announced last week Cris “Cyborg” Justino failed an out-of-competition test, the internet went crazy.
A lot of speculation came about without a full set of the facts being laid out, which is sorry to say, becoming more prevalent in all media.
Let us breakdown the actual facts and situations that maybe occurring as we await where the Justin, the UFC, and USADA will go from here. Continue reading Cris Cyborg: The Facts and the Scenarios after USADA
Two fan favorite flyweights return plus two strawweight vets complete an exciting InvictaFC card January 14th in Kansas City.
Coming off suspension, Legacy champion Andrea Lee is ready to return to the cage taking on jiu-jitsu ace Jenny Liou Shriver. Continue reading Three Bouts Round Out InvictaFC 21
UFC President went through with his promise on creating a featherweight division, but the first champ won’t be Cyborg Justino.
Fox Sports reported Tuesday former bantamweight champion Holly Holm will face Germaine de Randamie for the initial UFC 145 title at UFC 208 February 11th in Brooklyn, New York.
Holm won the 135 title last year beating Ronda Rousey to become the second champion ever. Holm would lose the belt to Miesha Tate earlier this year, and is coming off a loss to Valentina Shevchenko.
Randamie (7-3) is coming off back to back finishes and has won four out of her past 5 fights.
The news comes as Cyborg Justino, the best fighter in the division, decided to take some time off to recover from a bad weight cut and sort out some personal issues. Justino says she will be able to come back in action in March.
With the new title and division, it is unlikely Justino will return to Invicta to defend her title. We expect an announcement in the coming weeks on the fate of that belt.
(Angela Hill – Photo courtesy Esther Lin/InvictaFC)
Invicta FC added four more bouts to their 21st card January 14th in Kansas City, Missouri.
Previous title challenger DeAnna Bennett returns to the cage and will face Jodie Esquibel in what could be a title eliminator match. Bennett (8-2) is coming off her first back to back losses of her career. Esquibel (5-2) is coming off a loss to Alexa Grasso. Continue reading Watercooler – Invicta & UFC Preps for 2017
“I cried every time I watched that fight.”
That was Ilima-Lei MacFarlane explaining how she felt when watching her last fight with Rebecca Ruth at Bellator MMA. For MacFarlane, it was a high point in her continuing journey in MMA.
“It was a combination of a lot of thing. Being on one of the biggest card in Bellator history, having my family there watching, and the biggest reason was my coach Manolo (Hernandez) was in the hospital.”
“The win helped legitimize me in a lot of eyes including my own.”
Continue reading Ilima-Lei MacFarlane; From Serving Food to Serving Beatings
China’s premiere fighting organization will open its door to more international women’s talent December 15th in Beijing, China.
The promotion announced it will hold a twelve bout card with nine of them featuring female combatants. Continue reading Kunlun Fights to Feature 9 Female MMA Bouts Including Cindy Dandois