Video: Ana Julaton talks Signing to Bellator; State of Women’s Boxing

Ana Julaton is the latest flyweight to sign to Bellator.

Julaton is a former world champion in boxing, and has made the transition to MMA with her stint in One Championships. With a new focus, she is hoping to continue her success in Bellator, going back to her martial arts roots. Continue reading Video: Ana Julaton talks Signing to Bellator; State of Women’s Boxing


Video: Kyra Batara Talks Possible Title Shot; Combates 105 Division

With 4 wins in Combate Americas, Kyra Batara is no doubt the #1 contender for the currently vacant 105 title.

Batara was looking for win number 5 a few weeks ago, but an injury sidelined her. The injury isn’t sidelining her for long as she looks to be back in “la jaula” before year’s end in. Continue reading Video: Kyra Batara Talks Possible Title Shot; Combates 105 Division

Invicta FC 25 Primer

The 25th card in InvictaFC history will make an unusual Thursday night appearance at the Tachi Palace in Leemore, California. The event will stream on UFC Fight Pass starting at 6 p.m. pst/9 p.m. est.

The main event will fill the vacant 135 title as Raquel Pa’aluhi will take on former title challenger Yana Kunitskaya. The co-main event will see the Invicta debut of undefeated Janaisa Morandin taking on former 115 champion and fellow Brazilian Livia Renata Souza.

Two athletes missed weight as Kali Robbins (3.4 lbs over) and Katharina Lehner (5.5 lbs over) both hit the scales heavy. They will be fined 25% of their purses.

Here is the weigh-in results and a breakdown of the card. Continue reading Invicta FC 25 Primer

Colleen Schneider Looks for Hometown Win

It will be a homecoming for Colleen Schneider Friday night.

Scheinder will return to the area she grew up in Verona, New York Friday night to take on TUF 23 semi-finalist Kate Jackson at Bellator 182. Scheinder is coming off an impressive submission win over Chrissie Daniels in January.

One of the top 5 fighters on the roster, a win could give her an argument for title contention. The timing is prefect Schneider told us, as she pointed out recently Valerie Letourneau has yet to debut.

The match in Verona was a long time coming, as she was born and raised down the road in Syracuse, New York before moving to the west coast in the start of her MMA career. She is expecting a lot of local support for the fight.

I will have tons of family there and friends from childhood. I have always hoped to fight in upstate New York specifically, and I never thought I’d get to since MMA wasn’t legal in New York, and when it was (legalized) I didn’t know how I would fight up there.  I am really excited to stay up there.

Schneider has a long career of training different styles, from Sanshou to shoot wrestling. When asked about if she is set in one in particular?

I train everything…I don’t think I am limited to one style. That’s the way I see MMA as a whole. I am not trying to use just one style in MMA. I am trying to learn everything I can like karate,  Taekwondo, Sanshou, Muay Thai, freestyle wrestling, catch wrestling, submission wrestling, jiu-jitsu. It’s about pulling that all together.

Schneider’s match will stream on Stream starts at 6:30 p.m. est/3:30 p.m. pst.

Kristi Lopez Looking for Positive Result in Bellator Debut

Kristi Lopez is ready to get back in the mix this Friday as a part of Bellator 182 in Verona, New York. She will face Jessica Sotack for her overdue debut with Bellator, whom she signed a multi-fight contract with earlier this year.

Lopez will be fighting at 125 pounds in Bellator, which she tells us is a lot more comfortable of a weight cut than 115.

It has been nearly a year since Kristi Lopez stepped into a cage at the Ultimate Fighter 23, losing her “get in the house” match to JJ Aldrich by decision. Lopez had turned what was a loss into a positive note in her career.

It’s been a journey. There’s always ups and downs in fighting.  It was very humbling and heartbreaking experience, but from that comes the biggest growth. Once you can overcome obstacles and hardships like that, you are ready for anything.

 One of the test about being a fighter is if you can keep fight after a loss. 

The 2-0 fighter is trained at King’s MMA as she prepared herself for the fight. She has been an up and coming prospect, having been featured on Oxygen’s “Living Different” in 2014 that chronicled her first pro win.  After that, she was out with an injury for nearly 8 months. She used the best part of her time out of action. 

Fighting is a lot mental. When you have something you want so bad and working so hard for taken away from you for a little bit in terms of an injury or a loss, I think you will either rise up for the challenge and want it that much more or you are going to quit. I am not a quitter.

During the long layoffs, I learned a lot about myself. When you get injured or have to take time off, or things aren’t going your way, you have to be able to persevere.

Lopez has a great support system in her family, which several are boxers. Although she took a different root with grappling, she is looking to return to add to her striking.

Looking at the division in Bellator, she admires Heather Hardy and Illima-Lei MacFarlane, and is looking to make her way up the ranks.

That starts Friday, which will kick off what will hopefully be a new chapter in Lopez’s career. Win or lose, she is happy to be where she is now.

I think things are meant to happen for a reason. One thing I have been feeling is grateful. Grateful for this opportunity. Grateful for Bellator. That just makes me train that much harder, and want this that much more. It makes me want to put on a great show.

Lopez’s match will stream on Friday.

Rizin Women’s Grand Prix Opening Round Announced

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One of the biggest female tournaments in Japan’s history us set to kick off October 15th.

The tournament will feature competitors from 5 different countries, with the winner receiving an over $90,000 grand prize. The winners of the October event will go on two fight twice New Year’s Eve weekend to win the championship. Continue reading Rizin Women’s Grand Prix Opening Round Announced

2017 ADCC World Championships Female Competitors Announced

The biennial ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship is fast approaching and  two women’s championships will be on the line.

16 female competitors will be heading to Finland for the tournaments, which will take place on September 23-24. Among them former champions Mackenzie Dern (215), Gabi Garcia (2013), and Michelle Nicolini (2013). Continue reading 2017 ADCC World Championships Female Competitors Announced

TUF 26 Preview: How the Cast Shapes Up for the Flyweight Title Tournament

This past weekend the UFC finally announced the cast of The Ultimate Fighter 26. We have been keeping track of who was possibly on this past month, and finally Saturday night we got the list. The winner of the tournament will be crowned the inaugural flyweight .

Her is a preview of the tournament with our unofficial seeds and bios. Continue reading TUF 26 Preview: How the Cast Shapes Up for the Flyweight Title Tournament

Interview: Gabby Romero Talks Invicta & EBI 12

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One of the biggest female BJJ tournaments will cap off what will be a busy weekend in the women’s divisions of MMA.

On Sunday in Los Angeles and live on UFC Fight Pass, the Eddie Bravo Invitational’s 12 card will be dedicated to the ladies with two standout tournaments with familiar names from MMA and the BJJ community. Continue reading Interview: Gabby Romero Talks Invicta & EBI 12

First Half 2017 Pro WMMA Stats by the Numbers

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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

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