Manjit Kolekar Ready to Alter her Career in Invicta

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A pioneer in Indian MMA, Manjit Kolekar has her toughest test to date at InvictaFC’s Phoenix Rising tournament May 3rd in Kansas City.

It was announced this week that Kolekar will face Amber Brown in an alternate bout in the strawweight tournament, which will crown a new champion.

Kolekar is a pioneer of the sport in her native India, where her journey in fighting began. Taking up boxing, she looked up to World Amateur Champion and Olympic Bronze medalist Mary Kom.

“She is my role model” Kolekar expressed to us.

The opportunity came up to take part in the Super Fight League, one of the first major MMA promotions in the country. She would end up winning the initial season, going undefeated. She would expand her undefeated streak to 8-0 before coming to Invicta.

Kolekar’s first loss was in Invicta, but things have changed since she made her promotional debut. She decided to relocate to Las Vegas and is now training at Syndicate MMA. The decision to come the gym was an easy decision for her.

“The gyms in India have yet to catch up with the rest of the world, so I came to Syndicate because Roxanne Modafferi was here,” Kolekar explained. “She is a great fighter. I know Coach John Wood is a good coach as well. A lot of great training partners are here.”

“It is very difficult, but I am so happy. The first time I came in I was very nervous.  It was Serena DeJesus and her family; Roxy; and my teammates that have helped me a lot and gave me a warm welcome. I am very happy I am here.”

Kolekar isn’t worried about possibly getting a shot at the title yet, but is looking at getting her first win at Invicta. She stated she is in the best camp she has had as a fighter and is ready for the veteran Amber Brown.

Although she is the most successful fighter in Indian MMA history, she has seen little support from the country itself. Being on a global stage, she hopes she can turn that around and encourage her native country to expand the sport.

 

Carmouche and McMann Among Quintet Participants; All Female Card Announced for April

Grappling promotion Quintet is pulling out all the stops for its first all female card.

Teams were announced for the historic event, which will take place in Tokyo, Japan April 7th. Four teams will battle for the first women’s championship. The matches will stream on UFC Fight Pass. Continue reading Carmouche and McMann Among Quintet Participants; All Female Card Announced for April

“Girls, Grappling, and Grit” Accepted to Artemis Film Festival; Premiere Set for April

Wombat Sports, in conjunction with Flairdog Productions, is proud to announce “Girls, Grappling, and Grit” will have its world premiere at the Artemis Film Festival April 28th at 12:40 p.m. at the Monica Film Center, 1332 2nd Street in Santa Monica, California. Continue reading “Girls, Grappling, and Grit” Accepted to Artemis Film Festival; Premiere Set for April

WMMath Podcast – Familiar Faces in New Gyms, February Results, Strongest Division, & More

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It was a loaded last week of February as we discussed results from Invicta, Bellator, UFC, and Combate. Plus some familiar faces go to new gyms, an active spring in the UFC, Combate signing three new athletes, and we answer the question “ What female division is the strongest long-term?”

Listen to the podcast here

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InvictaFC 34 Preview Show Plus Weigh In Results

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A busy fight weekend starts with InvictaFC Friday night on UFC Fight Pass.

The main event will fill the vacant flyweight title as Pearl Gonzalez (9-3) faces perennial contender Vanessa Porto (20-8).

The co-main and featured bouts are tournament semi-finals to find a contender for the main event winner. Milana Dudieva (12-7) and Karina Rodriguez (6-3) will take the co-main spot with DeAnna Bennett (9-4-1) vs. Miranda Maverick (4-1) as the featured fight. Continue reading InvictaFC 34 Preview Show Plus Weigh In Results

Juliana Velasquez Feels “Strong” About Title Chances; Defeating Lara

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It maybe the holiday season, but Juliana Velasquez isn’t focused on anything but the fight.

The undefeated Brazilian has taken the long trip to Hawaii to face former title challenger Alejandra Lara Friday night at Bellator 212 “Salute the Troops” event which will stream on DAZN. Both made weight for their bout.

We talked to Velasquez through a translator about her fight and the flyweight division.

In her match with Lara, Velasquez hopes to show how much the women’s divisions in Brazil has grown. Velasquez expressed she will have a strength advantage against Lara due to her training with men. 

A win over the former title challenger will most likely gain her the winner of Saturday’s match between Ilima-Lei Macfarlane and Valerie Letourneau. Velasquez tells us she is predicting the champ will retain her title.

Where does she think she stands in Bellator? Velasquez stated she feels she has a lot of experience in terms of training as a child in martial arts, which plays a part in her being one of the top fighters in the division.

When asked about what she will be doing after the fight to celebrate, she says she will concentrate on that after she gets the win.

 

2018 IMMAF World Championships (Results Updated Daily)

The best amateur talent are once again in Bahrain to see who are the best in the world.

The International MMA Federation is currently holding its World Championships with over 50 females from over a dozen countries vying for titles in six weight classes. Champions have went on to the pros to some of the top organizations on the planet.

We will be updating results throughout the week. Continue reading 2018 IMMAF World Championships (Results Updated Daily)

PFL and Kayla Harrison Call for Lightweights; Here are Our Picks

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The Professional Fight League is in a unique position.

Having only one signed female fighter, Olympic Gold medalist in judo Kayla Harrison,  they also have only one female division – lightweight. There are a few promotions who have dabbled in the weight class, but no one has pulled the trigger on crowning a pro world champion.

Continue reading PFL and Kayla Harrison Call for Lightweights; Here are Our Picks

Shannon Knapp on InvictaFC 33: Frey vs. Grusander II Had to Be Booked

Photo Courtesy Dave Mandel, Invicta FC

Invicta was ahead of the game as they announced their 33rd card for December 15th in Kansas City. We talked to InvictaFC president Shannon Knapp about the lead up to the event.

Being towards the end of the year, Invicta wanted to get ahead in terms of planning, and wanted its fans to have some leeway before the holiday travel rush. This also gave them an opportunity to start planning InvictaFC 34, which is slated for January in Kansas City.  Knapp told us to expect the vacant flyweight title to be filled on the card. Continue reading Shannon Knapp on InvictaFC 33: Frey vs. Grusander II Had to Be Booked

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