Photo Courtesy Scott Hirano, Invicta FC
It’s been our bi-yearly tradition to compile data from the women’s divisions to show where we are at in terms of expansion, plus current trends and changes.
The past 6 months has seen a shift in some major categories and expansion to other countries continues.
Here are some of the women’s division’s stats for the first half of 2017, ending on June 30. Continue reading First Half 2017 Pro WMMA Stats by the Numbers
New stars were born Saturday night as InvictaFc 24 in Kansas City.
The promotion added to its flyweight and featherweight rosters and solidified itself with the most international roster of female athletes.
So what is next in the wake of the event? Continue reading InvictaFC 24 Aftermath: What’s Next for the Athletes?
Never say that Invicta doesn’t have back-up plans.
After several lineup changes, InvictaFC’s 24th edition will have a solid set of eight fights, with an international main event and a co-main which will serve as the people’s main event.
UFC vet Milana Dudieva will make her flyweight debut against Italy’s Mara Romero Borella in the main event, while fan favorite Jinh Yu Frey battle decorated police officer Ashley Cummins.
The anticipated bout between Mallory Martin and Tiffany Masters has been scrapped as Martin was taken to the hospital with an undisclosed illness.
Two of the 4 featherweight fighters missed weight as Pam Sorenson (149.6) and Amy Coleman (149.5) will be fined 25% of their purse fr missing the mark.
The complete card will stream on UFC Fight Pass Saturday.
Here is a breakdown plus the weigh-in results.
(Photos Courtesy Scott Hirano/InvictaFC) Continue reading InvictaFC 24 Primer
With the influx of Bellator flyweights, no one has had a bigger jump in popularity than Emily Ducote.
The 5-2 fighter is coming off a win over Katy Collins back in March and will look to continue her run at Bellator 181 in Oklahoma this Friday on Spike TV.
It was suspected Ducote would be face Valerie Letourneau, but Letourneau has an undisclosed injury and is out. Jessica Middleton (2-1) will be stepping in. Continue reading Bellator’s Emily Ducote – Home Field Advantage and Perennial Underdog
Many fighters dream of taking some time off to travel and train at different places. Joanne Doyle and her husband James just took their third annual trip to the United States to do just that.
We caught up with the Doyles in Las Vegas to talk about their travels.
Joanne, the IMMAF European featherweight champion, has been active this year with two wins in 2017 and hoping to keep her undefeated 6-0 record in tact as she faces Louise Hiller September 9th at Almighty FC in Leeds, England. Continue reading IMMAF champ Joanne Doyle’s US Trip Proves Fruitful
This part 3 of a series of interviews with Miesha Tate. You can read “Part 1 – Coaching, Commentary, and Charity” here & “Part 2 – Retirement and Rivals” here.
Even in retirement, Miesha Tate has stayed busy.
As we discusses in part 1 of our interview, Tate has one foot still in MMA, hoping to start commentating more often. That isn’t her only focus nowadays, as she wants to expend her growing media empire.
In our last in our series of interviews, we discuss Tate’s life outside of MMA and her message to her fans as she starts a new chapter in her life. Continue reading Miesha Tate on the Record Part 3 – Future Outside of MMA and Her Message to Fans
The global phenomena has made it to the United States.
Wimp2Warrior brings ordinary people and trains them to be mixed martial artists. The original series started in 2013 with MMA fighter and coach Richie Cranny in his native Australia and has expanded to nearly a dozen countries, with the US jumping on board this year. Continue reading Video: Jessy Jess Rose Clark & Wimp2Warrior USA Season 1 Cast
This part 2 of a series of three interviews with Miesha Tate. You can read “Part 1 – Coaching, Commentary, and Charity” here. “Part 3 – Her Future Outside of MMA and Her Message to the Fans” will be posted on Tuesday July 4th.
It was a shock when Miesha Tate immediately announced her retirement last year after her loss to Raquel Pennington. The former champ had no warning going into the fight she was going to hang up the gloves.
In part two, we ask the question why she retired and cover her Hall of Fame worthy careers, including candid comments about her fieriest rivals. Continue reading Miesha Tate On the Record Part 2 – Retirement and Rivals
With most of the InvictaFC titles in a state if flux, InvictaFC president Shannon Knapp took some time Monday to update us.
- With Megan Anderson now signed to the UFC, Knapp confirms that the InvictaFC featherweight title has not been vacated. They are still waiting for the dust to settle after the Anderson versus Cyborg match in July.
- When asked about the Tonya Evinger and Helen Kolesnyk possibly being an interim title match, Knapp state “it’s on the table”.
- The strawweight title will finally have an owner coming at InvictaFC 25. A date, location, and participants has yet to be announced.
- The reason the Jinh Yu Frey verse Ashley Cummins fight was booked was because Ayaka Hamasaki has yet to contact Invicta on when she is ready to come back. Even after losing to Livia Souza, Hamasaki has still shown her insistence to stay at 115. Until Hamasaki gives Invicta a definitive thumbs up for the move, the atomweight title will stay around her waste. The Frey versus Cummins match is a title eliminator.
Some other things of note we discussed:
- The UFC is definitely interested in getting some Invicta talent on their upcoming “Contenders Series”, but have yet to book any.
- Fans were asking about when and if we would see Daria Ibragimova again in Invicta. Knapp tells us she will be available come the fall. It is not known if she will drop to 135 and stay at 145.
- Invicta Boxing is taking a little longer than expected, but things are still going smoothly.
After popular demand, the Eddie Bravo Invitational is giving the females an event of their own.
EBI 12 had been announced months ago with a date of July 30th. They finally released the card with a sixteen woman grappling and a four woman combat jiu-jitsu tournament. The show will take place at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles (get tickets here) or if you can’t make it to L.A., it will be live on UFC Fight Pass. Continue reading July’s EBI 12 Grappling Full Card with Bios
It was this past November when Miesha Tate suddenly hung up her gloves after losing to Raquel Pennington. One of only two women to hold both the UFC and Strikeforce titles, Tate had a hall of fame worthy 9 year run in MMA.
Seven months after the announcement, I sat down with Tate at one of her favorite restaurants Pot Liquor in Las Vegas for a three part interview.
In the first part of our interview, we discuss what she is doing now in the sport, her receiving the “Inspirational Fighter of the Year” Award from the WMMA Press Association earlier this year and the possibility of a comeback. Continue reading Miesha Tate On the Record Part 1: Coaching, Commentary, and Charity
The InvictaFC 24 gets a new main event as Megan Anderson has signed with the UFC to face Cris “Cyborg” Justino at UFC 214 in Anaheim, California July 29th. The match will be for the vacant UFC featherweight title, as the UFC stripped Germaine de Randamie of the belt for refusing to defend it against Justino.
The deal has been rumored for weeks since no contenders could be found inside the UFC for the belt. InvictaFC champ Anderson stepped up wanting the fight and with no other options, the UFC signed her. The fight will serve as the co-main event on pay-per-view and will be the third time in the modern UFC era a debuting fighter(s) will get vie for title. (Ronda Rousey vs. Liz Carmouche and Carla Espaeza vs. Rose Namajunas are the others.)
With Anderson out, bantamweight champ Tonya Evinger has stepped up to take her place against Helena Kolesnyk at featherweight in a three round non-title affair in the main event of InvictaFC 24 in Kansas City July 15th, which will stream on UFC Fight Pass. Continue reading InvictaFC 24 Card Announced; Anderson vs. Cyborg Set for UFC