IMMAF 2017 World Championships Coverage

In what will be the first time Bahrain will see a female MMA fights, 53 women athletes from across 22 countries will competing for the IMMAF World Championship. Five champions will be crown in a six day tournament November 11-19.

Two countries will be sending representatives for the first time as Tunisia and the host country Bahrain will have athletes taking part.

The US has one lone representative in bantamweight Fotini Kandris.

The fight sill be streamed on the Bahrain tv app. We will have results throughout the week. Continue reading IMMAF 2017 World Championships Coverage

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Video: Christine Ferea Talks Upcoming Bout at InvictaFC 26

One of the most talent strikers in Invicta, Christine Ferea looks to get back on the winning track when she faces Mexican standout Karina Rodriguez  at InvictaFC 26 in Kansas City December 8th.

Ferea us coming off a loss to fellow Muay Thai specialist Tiffany Van Soest in a spirited bout at InvictaFC 23 earlier this year and will look to go back to flyweight for this bout.

We caught up with Ferea at her gym in Las Vegas to talk about coming back to the cage and her continuing to be a multi-sport combat athlete as we head into 2018.

Photo Gallery: Finals of Dave Schultz 2017

It was an exciting women’s championship final of the Dave Schultz International Wrestling Tournament with 6 Americans taking the top spots.

The highlight was  Kayla Miracle getting the only pin of the finals, earning her “Outstandlung Wrestler” for the women’s divisions.

2016 Olympic team member Adeline Gray made a triumphant return to the mat in the last match of the night, getting the points win over fellow Olympic teammate Tamayra Mensah. Continue reading Photo Gallery: Finals of Dave Schultz 2017

Live Coverage of the Dave Schultz Women’s Wrestling Tournament

We are in world famous Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado for the 20th installment of the Dave Schultz International Wrestling tournament. Wrestlers from across the globe have some to earn championships in honor of the legendary wrestler.

The women have 10 divisions to gain titles with some familiar names and up and coming talent.

Here are the complete results.

You can find photos of the finals and awards here.
Continue reading Live Coverage of the Dave Schultz Women’s Wrestling Tournament

Video: Meet 3 of the Initial Lady Argos Wrestling Team

The growth of women’s wrestling from the kids to the collegiate level has been growing by leaps and bound the past few years.

The newest college to start a team has been the University of Providence in Great Falls, Montana. After the announcement early this year, Coach Tony DeAnda has assembled a solid team headed by All American Tatum Sparks, who already took third at the U23 World Team Trials a few weeks ago.

Wombat Sports and their media branch “Flairdog Productions” will be following the Lady Argos through their first season.

We will start by introducing you to three of the wrestling team members; the aforementioned Sparks; local Montana wrestler Austin Wortman; and Japan’s Yurie Yoneoka.

 

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 Bellator.com. 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 Bellator.com 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

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