Video – Pearl Gonzalez Talks Recover; Future in the Strawweight Division

The demand for strawweights have been growing, and with several names not a part of the UFC and Invicta, several names stands out.

One of the top athletes on that list is former XFC champion Pearl Gonzalez.  The 6-1 fighter has been recovering from injury and is about ready to return to action in the next few months. Teammates with UFC fighter Liz Carmouche and Bellator’s Ilima Lei MacFarlane, she is looking to join her teammates in the more prominent promotions.  Continue reading Video – Pearl Gonzalez Talks Recover; Future in the Strawweight Division

InvictaFC 20 Card Announced; 135 and 115 Straps on the Line

Invicta will be hitting another milestone.

Their 20th offering has been announced for November 18th in Kansas City, Missouri, and will air on UFC Fight Pass.

The main event features Tonya Evinger defending her bantamweight title against Russia’s Yana Kunitskaya. The dominate Evinger (17-6) has defend her title twice so far with wins over Pannie Kianzad and Colleen Schneider. Continue reading InvictaFC 20 Card Announced; 135 and 115 Straps on the Line

Video – Natasha Creger Talks Recovering from Injury; Marketing of Female Fighters

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Natasha Creger is a name that newer MMA fans might not be aware of.

Starting her MMA career in 2008, she was one of the first true atomweight fighters. For the past few tyears, a neck injury sidelined her from fighting or even training. This didn’t stop her from building and growing Chute Boxe USA with Gerson Schilipacke, which she discussed in part 1 of our interview.

Creger also kept her eye on what was going on in the sport she loved and also passing advice to male and female fighters alike. Continue reading Video – Natasha Creger Talks Recovering from Injury; Marketing of Female Fighters

Video: Danielle Mack Talks Taking on Bigger Opponents; Training in California

Don’t let her amateur record fool you.

Danielle Mack is just someone who has never backed down from a challenge. Looking to drop to flyweight soon, Mack has fought has high as featherweight taking on women stronger and taller.

Mack is coming back from injury to take on Brittney Victoria Grizzelle at Spar Star’s October 21st event in Studio City, California.

We talked to Mack at her gym to discuss training locally, her hopes of fighting at 125, and what drove her to take up MMA.

Interview: Julia Budd Talks Bellator Title; Weight Cutting

Since her loss to Ronda Rousey, Julia Budd has been on a tear winning her past six fights. Since her signing to Bellator, the #3 ranked featherweight has lined herself up for a possible title fight.

Budd’s next test is against Australian Arlene Belncowe, a world champion boxer at Bellator 162 in Memphis, Tennessee Octber 21 which will stream on

Serena “Southpaw” DeJesus joins us as a co-host as we discuss Budd’s weight cutting methods, the state of the featherweight division, and her quest to become a Bellator champion.

You can listen to the interview here

Watercoler: UFC 205 Adds Jędrzejczyk vs. Kowalkiewicz; Tate vs. Pennington


Cris Cyborg Justino made weight at 141 pounds on Friday ahead of her match with Saturday against Lina Lansberg in Brasilia, Brazil for UFC Fight Night. Lansberg tipped the scales at 140 pounds. The match will air on Fox Sports 1 as the main event. Continue reading Watercoler: UFC 205 Adds Jędrzejczyk vs. Kowalkiewicz; Tate vs. Pennington

Watercooler: Rousey’s Return Date? Cooper vs. Elmose Announced & More

UFC is reporting Ronda Rousey may return for UFC 207 December 30th in Las Vegas in a title match with champion Amanda Nunes.

UFC President Dana White told the press this week he is very interested now in a fight between Cris “Cyborg” Justino and Ronda Rousey. This is a vast change from hos stance on only holding the fight at 135 for the title. Continue reading Watercooler: Rousey’s Return Date? Cooper vs. Elmose Announced & More

Katlyn Chookagian vs. Liz Carmouche Added to UFC 205

Katlyn Chookagian  got her wish to fight in Madison Square Garden and Liz Carmouche will make history again.

The two were announced Thursday for UFC 205 in New York City on November 12th and will be the first ever pro female MMA bout in the historic arena. Carmouche made history in 2013 be one of the first female fighters to fight in the UFC alongside then champ Ronda Rousey.

Chookagian (8-0) won her first fight inside the octagon in July with an unanimous decision win over former InvictaFc champ Lauren Murphy. The two division CFFC champ is a New Jersey native will fight fight in front of her hometown fans.

Carmouche (10-5) is also coming off a win over Lauren Murphy. She is returning after a nearly a year and a half absence. She has been grappling in her time away from the octagon, recently submitting Maria Henderson in a match at EBI 8 this past weekend.

The match will most likely air on the Fox Sports 1 prelims November 12.

Kalyn Schwartz Signs to Invicta; Faces Tiffany Van Soest in Debut

13001178_1606031132993254_5594681182817991372_nInvictaFC announced Tuesday who will face Muay Thai champion Tiffany Van Soest in her promotional debut.

Undefeated amateur fighter Kalyn Schwartz (6-0) will be making her pro debut at InvictaFC 19 in Kansas City September 23rd against the Muay Thai superstar. A dedicated Marine, Schwartz started training in the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program.

After the Corp, she took up some bad habits but her soon-to-be fiance Chris Holliday sparked her passion back into training, and she found great success as an amateur fighter. She has won multiple title in several weight classes including King of the Cage.

She currently co-owns Rogue Combat Academy with Holliday while going to college at Southern Oregon University pursuing a Fitness Technician degree. She is also a part of their women’s wrestling team.

The match against Van Soest will stream on UFC Fight Pass September 23rd.

You can read more about Kalyn Schwartz at

InvictaFC 19 Adds Van Soest; Aldana vs. Van Duin; Plus 4 More Bouts

InvictaFC announced Friday six more bouts will be added to the two title matches for its upcoming 19th outing in Kansas City, Missouri September 23rd.

The featured contest will see former featherweight title challenger Faith Van Duin against former bantamweight title challenger Irene Aldana. Van Duin (6-2) is coming off a title loss to featherweight champion Cris “Cyborg” Justino in her last Invicta outing, but has since dropped to bantamweight, defeating Charlene Watt this past June in her home country of New Zealand.

Aldana was supposed to fight on the previous Invicta card, but her opponent Taila Santos was unable to get into the country. The Mexican stand out recovered from her loss to champion Tonya Evinger by defeating Jessamyn Duke  at InvictaFC 16.

Muay Thai world champion Tiffany VanSoest will make her promotional debut on the card against a yet to be named opponent at strawweight. Splitting her time between Bali MMA and Steel MMA, VanSoest won her opening round Glory Kickboxing match in May. The “Timebomb” is 0-1 in MMA with one amateur win with both being in China in 2011.

Two new countries will debut representatives on the InvictaFC 19 card.

Top India prospect Manjit Kolekar (8-0) looks to prove herself as she takes on Brazil’s Kaline Medeiros (7-4). Kolecar is the first ever winner of the Super Fight League women’s tournament and has had half of her wins by stoppage. She will be making her US debut.

Medeiros is on a four fight win streak and looked impressive in her InvictaFC debut this past May, defeating Alline Serio on short notice.

The other country making its InvictaFC debut is Iceland with Sunna Davidsdottir. The winner of the IMMAF European Open last year, she finished in two of the three matches in the tournament. This will be her professional debut.

Standing in her way is Ashley Greenway, who won her debut with promotion this past March. Greenway was a multi-time amateur champion.

Undefeated atomweight contender Julia Jones (4-0) will make her promotional debut against Stephanie Skinner (4-5). Jones has faced some of the top prospects at 105 and has came victorious including a win over Paulina Granados.

Skinner has won back to back fights since her loss to current InvictaFC champion Angela Hill in 2014.

In a battle of emerging featherweights, Amber Leibrock looks to recover from her loss to Megan Anderson against undefeated Amy Coleman. Leibrick won the Tuff-n-uff featherweight tournament to win a spot in Invicta, and defeated Marina Shafir last year in 37 seconds in her promotional debut.

Cole is making her InvictaFC debut having won back to back fights as a pro. Her most recent fight was a win over Annie DeCrescente this past May.

This brings a total of 8 fights, which includes the Interim Flyweight Title bout between champion Jennifer Maia and Roxanne Modafferi, and the Atomweight Title bout between champion Ayaka Hamasaki and Jinh Yu Frey.

The complete card will stream 0n UFC Fight Pass September 23rd.

Main Event

  • Jennifer Maia (c) vs. Roxanne Modafferi –  Interim Flyweight Title

Co-Main Event

  • Ayaka Hamasaki (c) vs. Jinh Yu Frey – Atomweight Title

Main Card

  • Bantamweight: Irene Aldana  vs. Faith Van Duin
  • Strawweight: Manjit Kolekar vs. Kaline Medeiros
  • Strawweight: Tiffany Van Soest vs. TBA
  • Atomweight: Julia Jones vs. Stephanie Skinner
  • Featherweight: Amber Leibrock vs. Amy Coleman
  • Strawweight: Ashley Greenway vs. Sunna Rannveig Davidsdottir

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