Coenen vs. Tate signed Plus More News of the Week

New NAAFS chmapion Ais “The Bash” Daly  

In breaking news, #9 ranked 125 pounder and Ireland’s own Aisling Daly has gotten a well deserved win over #10 ranked Jessica Eye at the NAAFS card in Cleveland, OH over the weekend, making her the new champion.

Eye had a solid first round with Daly, exchanging shots early on the clinch, and reversing a takedown to take half guard. Eye was able to land some ground in pound in before Daly got back to her feet just before the bell.

Daly (Top) secures a rear naked choke on Eye (bottom)

In the second round, it was Daly who got the takedown, countering an Eye kick. Eye tried for an armbar, and gained a reverse mount position, trying to get a heel hook. Daly got top position and half guard. Eye tried again for the heel hook, but Daly found the opportunity to take the back and secure the rear naked choke at the 4:00 mark in the second round.

Eye did get some good news that night, however. She has been signed to Bellator, which fuels conjecture that a 125 pound tournament maybe in the fall.

Caplan (bottom) goes for an armbar on Morgan (top)

Also on the card, in amateur action Andria Caplan defeats Amanda Wilcoxen-Morgan by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28) in a 160 pound catchweight bout.

In the only other pro match this week, Kelly Warren defeated Sarah Lacina via Arm Triangle in round 2 of the Extreme Challenge: Battle at the Ballpark card in Cedar Rapids, IA.

In amateur action, Evva Johnson defeated Sarah Cook via arm bar at 2:08 to win the AAMMA 135lb female title in Lexington, KY.

Miesha Tate (left) faces Marles Coenen (right) July 30

The long awaited Strikeforce 135 pound title match between Marloes Coenen and Miesha Tate has been set for July 30 in Chicago. Tate had to pull out of her originally scheduled fight with Coenen this past March due to a knee injury. Coenen faced Liz Carmouche in the match and won by triangle choke. Coenen and Tate have been in a war of words since Tate pulled out of the fight, so hype about this match has grown.

Amanda Nunes Out with broken foot

In other Strikeforce news, #3 ranked 145 pounder Amanda Nunes has withdrawn form her scheduled fight with #9 ranked 135er Julie Kedzie at the Strikeforce Dallas card due to a hairline fracture of the foot. It is not know if Kedzie will face a replacement fight, or if the two will square off at a future Strikeforce card.

Roxanne Modafferi (left) and Hitomi Akano (right) 

JEWELS MMA announced that #4 ranked 135 pounder Roxanne Modafferi will be getting her long awaited match with #8 Hitomi Akano at their 15th Ring card July 7. Modafferi was going to face Akano on the DEEP card New Years weekend, but Modafferi feel ill before the fight. This will mark the first time the two friends will face off against each other.

Yamaguchi (left) & Esui (right) at JEWELS 15 Press Conference

Also on the card, #2 ranked 145 pounder Hiroko Yamanaka will face tough Mongolian wrestler Bolormaa “Esui” Erdenebileg, and #3 ranked 115 pounder Mei Yamaguchi faces #9 ranked Seo Hee Ham.

Cyborg Santos wins gold at BJJ World Championships

Over the weekend, the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu world championships, also know as the Mundials, happen in Long Beach, CA. Several MMA fighters competed in grappling, as well as a lot of grapplers who maybe MMA stars in the coming year.

The talk of the tournament was Strikeforce 145 pound champion Cyborg Santos, who won first place in the Purple Belt Heavy division in dramatic fashion. She was able to secure throws on both of her opponents, getting wins by points.

Other fighters gaining some medals are Jessica Eve Richer winning the Blue Belt heavy division; #4 ranked 125 pounder Cat Zingano taking second in the Purple Belt Light division, and ADCC World champions Hannett Stack (Black Belt Middle) and Luana Alzuguir (Black Belt Light) Both taking first place.

Complete results can be found at:

ShoFight MMA announced they will be putting on a card in Branson, MO June 24, and will feature multiple amateur women’s bouts, inclduing Women’s Lightweight Champ Courtney ‘The Krakken’ Stowe verses Philadelphia, PA’s Andria Caplan in the Main Event.

Also, Andrea “Pitbull” Whitney will face Lylna Thao of Rogers, AR for the Women’s Bantamweight Belt.

Alex Stobbe, Ashley Milton, Sharita Fayne-Davis, Rachel Kidder, and Nicole Lipe are also signed to the card.

Finally, Marisa Caldwell announced she is facing Munah Holland at the Ring of Combat card in Atlantic City, NJ on June 17, which will be streamed live on for $10.

There are no pro matches in women’s MMA this week.

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