Hayzia Bellem Talks About IMMAF Women’s Committee’s Goals and Activism

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With all the news this past weekend, one item may have been incidentally flew under the radar, but will be important for the future of the women’s divisions.

The International MMA Federation has formed a Women’s Committee, which held its first meeting on International Women’s Day. The committee of four women will help facilitate and oversee projects to expand women and girls in the sport internationally in the coming years not only in the amateur, but pro ranks as well.

The IMMAF itself has been a catalyst for the expansion of the women’s divisions internationally over the years, with stars like Minna Grusander and Sunna Davidsdottir making their way into the professional end of the sport.

We talked to the committee’s chair, Hayzia Bellem, about the goals of the committee and the steps they are taking moving forward. Continue reading Hayzia Bellem Talks About IMMAF Women’s Committee’s Goals and Activism

Bloody Hell: Top 10 Bloddiest Battles in InvictaFc History

Last Friday, InvictaFC’s Phoenix Series 3 main event saw the mat painted in red when the night was over.

The five round bantamweight title fight saw Julija Stoliarenko take home the crown in a war against Lisa Verzosa in one of the best fights in promotional history.

On the heels of what was a slugfest, let’s look back at the top 10 fights that made the “cut” of the bloodiest battles in InvictaFC history.

(Photos courtesy InvictaFC – be advised these photos are graphic) Continue reading Bloody Hell: Top 10 Bloddiest Battles in InvictaFc History

WMMath Podcast: Bellator Star Denise Kielholtz Plus Phoenix Series Changes, Minimumweight Tournament, and More News

Bellator has a busy weekend and we have Denise Kielholtz on the show talking about her MMA transition from kickboxing and the women’s divisions in central Europe.

Also results from this past weekend, what is going on this weekend, DEEP-Jewels adds a division, InvictaFC gets two new fighters, and more. Continue reading WMMath Podcast: Bellator Star Denise Kielholtz Plus Phoenix Series Changes, Minimumweight Tournament, and More News

WMMath Podcast:Amateur Standout Alannah Arnett plus InvictaFC 39 Recap

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We recap a busy weekend with InvictaFC 39 and the UFC in Houston. We preview with upcoming Phoenix series, and several international fights. Then Tuff-n-uff vet Alannah Arnett talks about her rising career and training in the midwest. Continue reading WMMath Podcast:Amateur Standout Alannah Arnett plus InvictaFC 39 Recap

Bellator 238 Post Fight Fallout: Cyborg and Budd Scrums; Who’s Next for Cyborg; and More Women’s Division News

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Saturday night Cris “Cyborg” Justino made history.

It took four rounds for the featherweight legend to defeat former champion Julia Budd and gain her fourth world title in her fourth organization at Bellator 238 in Los Angeles.  It was her 18th finish of her career.

We were there to cover all the action from the card and get post fight reaction.

Cyborg was somewhat humbled by her title win, stating she will be giving her title belt to a child named Ryan in South Africa battling cancer. She stated she learned to be patient and more controlled over the years and looks forward to her next challenge whomever it may be.

We asked Scott Coker about the possibility of former title challenger Arlene Blencowe being in line for a title shot.

“(Blencowe) is number one on my list,” Coker proclaimed to us. “She has been blowing up our matchmaker wanting the fight.”

You can see the Cyborg’s post fight scrum below.

Budd was disappointed in her loss, stated she waived from her game plan. She also wants to get back in the cage soon to get back in the hunt.

You can see Budd’s post fight scrum below.


In what was the opening match of the main card, Emilee King upset boxing champion Ava Knight by rear naked choke in round 1. The Tenneesee native strawweight is now 4-3 as a pro.

We asked Coker if Bellator was planning an opening a strawweight division, with the company already having King, Knight, and Keri Melendez fighting at that weight. He told us they are only concentrating on the two women’s divisions they already have and not expecting to open it anytime soon.

You can see King’s scrum below.


We did get some news about the flyweight division in Coker as well.

Although a featherweight grand prix is not in the mix this year, he did express that a women’s flyweight grand prix was a real possability. If it is going to happen, it would start in September.

Coker also told us Liz Carmouche is expected to make her Bellator debut before April.

 

The Silent Rise of Julia Budd

Coming up this Saturday is Julia Budd’s biggest fight of her career.

The Bellator champion will face one of the most dominate females in MMA history in Cris “Cyborg” Justino at Bellator 238 at the Forum in Los Angeles, which will stream live on DAZN.

“It’s great that people are finally really tuning in and really paying attention,” Budd told the media this week. “I’ve got an opportunity like this card to showcase it on and be the headliner. It’s just amazing. It’s great. I’m just grateful for where I’ve been and the road to get here.”

“(Cyborg) wasn’t just on my radar since she came to Bellator. She’s been on my radar my entire career.”

Continue reading The Silent Rise of Julia Budd

Video: Cyborg Media Day Ahead of Bellator 238

It has been almost 15 years ago since Cris “Cyborg” Justino first stepped into a MMA cage. The impressive run has been unmatched in a female division of combat sports; having gained Cyborg 3 world championships and twenty consecutive wins.

Cyborg is now looking to claim history again: winning her 4th world title against Bellator champion Julia Budd January 25th at the Forum in Los Angeles. Continue reading Video: Cyborg Media Day Ahead of Bellator 238

WMMath Podcast – Bellator’s Kate Jackson Plus an InvictaFC Update

We end the year with a lot of events and news.

With her title match approaching, we talked to Kate Jackson about her fight in Hawaii at Bellator, the growth of British women in MMA, weight cutting, and her preps.

Also some InvictaFC updates going into 2020.

Plus we go over cards heading the New Years.

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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

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