Kids in MMA: How the Youth in the Sport is Becoming More Commonplace

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History will be made this weekend as this will be the first time a mother and daughter will fight MMA on the same card.

Cindy Dandois and her daughter Lola will be taking part of the Conquest of the Cage event near Spokane, Washington Saturday. Mom will be competing in pro MMA against Bethany Christensen; while her daughter will be making her amateur MMA debut against the Juliana Pena trained Darina Glassburn.

What has surpassed this headline is the ages of Lola and Darina: 12 years old. Continue reading Kids in MMA: How the Youth in the Sport is Becoming More Commonplace

WMMath Podcast – Leslie Smith Plus Your Questions

Busy few weeks in the women’s divisions.

We get an interview with Leslie Smith who is facing Arlene Blenclowe at Bellator next week. We talk about the new additions to the Bellator featherweight division, her training partners, and her continued learning about her fight for labor equality.

Invicta weigh-ins shake up the card, plus I answer questions about the featherweight division and Invicta’s Phoenix Series tournaments.

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Sumie Sakai: Transcending the Combat Arts

Before Cain. Before Ronda. Before Shayna. Before Brock. There was Sumie Sakai.

It was not unheard of early on in the history of the women’s divisions that wrestling and MMA would crossover.

It was friend and fellow training partner Megumi Yabushita who turned her on pro wrestling. Initially, Sakai had no interest but soon fell in love with the sport. Continue reading Sumie Sakai: Transcending the Combat Arts

WMMAth Podcast – Serena DeJesus

Invicta is ready to wrap up its year next week and we went to Syndicate MMA to catch up with Serena DeJesus as she prepares for her promotional debut. We talked about finally being signed, getting ready for a bigger stage, and the support she is giving to the Autism community.

We also dig into some news with the UFC, Bellator, ONE, and DEEP-JEWELS.

WMMath Podcast: Amateur Standout Natalya Speece Plus PFL and Tuff-n-uff Recap

After an eventful weekend in Vegas, the PFL finals are set and Tuff-n-uff showcased some new stars. We will go over what happen when we were live for the events and who will be a part of the 2020 PFL tournament.

An all female amateur card is set for Sunday in San Diego and we get an opportunity to talk to Jackson Winkeljohn product Natalya Speece about her background and her sacrifices to pursue her career.

Plus a quick UFC and ONE recap.

WMMA Podcast:Chelsea Rae Plus InvictaFC 38 Card Released; PFL and Tuff-n-uff coverage and UFC News

In what will be a busy week between PFL, Tuff-n-uff, UFC, One Championship, Rizin, and Combates; we give you the fights to watch. We will be live at the PFL playoffs and Tuff-n-uff and our guest Chelsea Rae helps us break them down as she prepares for her own fight at Tuff-n-uff Saturday. She will also be coaching some of the Wimp 2 Warrior participants in their first MMA bouts.

Invicta was this past weekend and we go through the results and give you the line-up for the next card.

Plus a lot of news.

Bellator and LFA Vet Katy Collins Has Passed Away

It is a sad week as a true athlete has passed on.

After battling to recover from a brain aneurysm suffered this past Friday, Katy Collins passed away Wednesday. She was only 32 years old.

“The fight is over. You never stopped fighting and we never gave up on you. Just wasn’t in the cards,” her manager and long time friend JT Tilly posted on Facebook.

“I’ve always been so proud of you Kate. We did it. I was honored to be able to live your dream with you. I wouldn’t trade it for anything. I will miss you more than the world will ever know.”

Continue reading Bellator and LFA Vet Katy Collins Has Passed Away

WMMath Podcast – Shino VanHoose and Linda Mihalec

This week on the WMMath podcast talk InvictaFC 37 with two atomweights working their way up the ranks.

Linda “F109” Mihalec is a Kentucky based fighter with several teammates who are Invicta vets. We talk to Mihalec about her preps and how she got into fighting.

Shino VanHoose is coming off a year layoff and is looking forward to returning to action. Recently moved to las Vegas, we talk to VanHoose in studio about her fruitful career, and her thoughts on the future of the 105 division. Continue reading WMMath Podcast – Shino VanHoose and Linda Mihalec

WMMath Podcast – Justine Kish in Studio and Jessica Eye

We are back in the podcasting game.

The WMMath podcast will be a semi-weekly source for fighting news out of the women’s divisions, discussion on current topics, fan questions, and of course great guests.

We had two great guests for the launch, which was recorded in the High Mountain Studios in Henderson, Nevada.

Making headlines as of late, Justin Kish was in studio to talk about her challenge to Paige VanZandt, training at the UFC’s Performance Institute, and improvements to her game. Continue reading WMMath Podcast – Justine Kish in Studio and Jessica Eye

InvictaFC Phoenix Series 2 Primer

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The flyweights are featured this time as InvictaFC hosts their second Phoenix Series Friday night. Set with a field of international talent, the winner has a shot of facing the winner of the Vanessa Porto and Karina Rodriguez for the flyweight title.

A group of young guns are also in line in reserve and non-tournament bouts.

For those new to the series, the tournament consists of one 5 minute round for the quarter and semi-finals, with the finals a full three round fight. Fastest finish time in the quarterfinals receives opponent choice for the semi-finals, plus any finish gets a bonus.

Weigh-ins and draws were held Thursday in Kansas City. All tournament participants made weight. Only Chantel Coates missed the mark on the whole card, and will forfeit 25% of her purse plus is now ineligible to be a injury replacement.

The card starts at 7 p.m. central time and will stream on UFC Fight Pass.

Here are the weigh-in results and bout draws for the tournament, plus some background about the participants. Continue reading InvictaFC Phoenix Series 2 Primer

Invicta Strawweight Title Match Announced; Gonzalez vs Walker Added to October Card

InvictaFC President Shannon Knapp is starting the stack the last two cards of the year, and one will crown a new strawweight champion.

Knapp announced on the “Beatdown After the Bell” podcast that Bellator vet and former flyweight title challenger Enily Ducote will face Rizin star Kanato Murata for the vacant 115 title. The belt was held by Phoenix Rizin 1 winner Brianna Van Buren before she signed to the UFC shortly after winning it. Continue reading Invicta Strawweight Title Match Announced; Gonzalez vs Walker Added to October Card

After an hiatus we are back!

It has been a few months since we had any articles up or the results updated.

The simple reason is I have moved – to Vegas! The past few months involved me prepping so the site was lower on the priorities. Now that I am here and settled, we are back up and running and ready to expand.

The podcast will start in the coming week, with our first live guest already lined up. Being in fighter central, we will be able to have guests on a weekly basis to keep you.

Starting Friday, we will start having live fight coverage from Tuff-n-uff MMA. The organization has seen the best amateur talent go though its doors and we look forward to see more of the rising stars shine under their lights.

We will continue to keep up fight results and give you information about upcoming events and new fighters making the scene from around the world.

Coverage starts Thursday with your primer for the Phoenix Series 2.

Thanks for your continued support.

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