Friday night both UFC Champion Ronda Rousey and challenger Miesha Tate made weight for their rematch at UFC 168 in Vegas. The match will co-main event Saturday.
In a UFC first, both fighters entered from opposite sides of the stage, seemly being sequestered away from each other.
The heated battle will air on PPV.
In boxing action from Friday:
- In Tartagal, Salta, Argentina, Cecilia Sofia Mena defeated Angelina Mirta Padilla by unanimous decision
- Silvia Torres got the TKO over Gabriela Martinez in round 2 in Nezahualcóyotl, Mexico
- In Šturovo, Slovakia Alexandra Vlajk defeated Zsanett Lacko by unanimous decision
- Kledpetch Lookmuangkan defeated Kanittha Kokietgym by points in Mukdahan, Thailand
The AXS TV Inside MMA’s Bazzie Awards were announced Friday. Female Fighter of the Year went to Ronda Rousey, while Holly Holm won the Rising Star award. (You can watch Holm receive her Bazzie here).
Reminder that the WMMA Press Awards Fan Favorite voting is still going on. By popular demand we added three more names to the voting: InvictaFC champ Lauren Murphy, UFC signee Rose Namjunas, and Invicta Star Miriam Nakamoto.
You can vote once a day on our main page (right hand side).
They have voting up for their Muay Thai Awards and WMMA Awards voting will start December 29.
In a surprising announcement, DEEP-JEWELS star Mika Nagano has announced she will be retiring after the promotion’s third event in February. The CJ Report posted the announcement on their site Saturday.
Nagano (14-9) was a top prospect in strawweight division before the announcement, having won four straight before losing a decsion to Emi Tomimatsu in a rematch this past November.
She will be fighting an exhibition bout at DEEP-JEWELS 3 February 16th in Tokyo against a yet-to-be announced opponent. No word on why Nagano decided to leave MMA, with some speculating she may still focus on her pro-wrestling career.
To add to the multiple retirements of Japanese fighters this year, 44 year old Yasuko Mogi (3-10) who was a solid grappler outside the MMA, has decided to leave the sport after losing 7 straight.
DEEP-JEWELS added two more matches to their February card.
Bantamweight prospect Shizuka Sugiyama (10-3-1) will take on Mizuho Sato (6-5-1) in what will be an open-weight contest. Sugiyama is unbeaten in her past five fights, having fought to a draw in her last match with Korean fighter Ji Yun Kim on November. Dato is also coming off a draw in her previous fight. The journey-woman fighter has yet to string a series of wins.
The other announced match this week sees Sachiko Fujimori (2-0-0) against pro debuter Shiori Hori.
The scheduled bout this weekend between Lina Länsberg and Barbara Nalepka has been rescheduled to the next Trophy MMA in Sweden. Nalepka pulled out due to injury.
Deanna Bennett is looking for her third straight win when she faces Sharon Jacobson at Showdown Fights in Orem, UT Januardy 24.
Bennett (2-0) most recent win was over Ultimate Fighter winner Julianna Pena this past February. She was also undefeated in her amateur career.
Jacobson (1-0 amateur) is making her pro debut in the fight. She debuted in November of 2012, getting at decision win over Rianne Whiting. The Army Reservist was a champion in the military wrestling league.
No word on if the match will be streamed.
A pair of amateur bouts were announced this week:
- Disorderly Conduct announced an amateur 150 catchweight fight for their January 11 card. Janie Konyek will face Mercedes Timmerman
- On January 18 at Shamrock MMA in St. Louis, MO, Nikki Smith will face Amanda Barron
The documentary “Glena”, which follows Glena Avila’s transition from amateur MMA to pro MMA and her life outside the cage, has official showtimes foir the SlamDance Film Festival in Park City, UT.
The film will show on January 18 at 10:20 p.m. and January 22 at 4:25 p.m.
No rumors this week.
Besides the UFC 168 encounter between Rousey and Tate, two more pro bout is scheduled.
- In PLMMA 26 in Poland, Lena Tkhorevska faces Anna Moldavchuk in an atomweight bout.
- Tracy Higgins faces Shannon Gunville in what will be both fighters pro debut at Turtle Mountain Throwdown III in Belcourt, North Dakota.
New Years Eve day will see three pro female bouts at Cage Warriors in Dublin, Ireland:
- Aisling Daly vs Karla Benitez
- Catherine Costigan vs. Morgane Delagnau
- Amanda English vs Slavka Vitaly
Costigan versus Delagnau and Amanda English versus Slavka Vitaly will be shown on the Cage Warriors facebook page starting at 11:30 a.m. pst/2:30 p.m. est. Daly versus Benitez will be streamed on MMAJunkie.com starting at 1 p.m. pst/4 p.m. est.
In boxing action Saturday
- In Buenos Aires, Argentina, Maria Eugenia Lopez faces Silvia Fernanda Zacarias
- In three bouts in Novi Pazar, Serbia, Mirela Baradzic takes on Sonja Soknic, Aida Halac battles Radana Knezevic, and Semra Bogucanin dukes it out with Maja Jahic
- In Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Rebecca Miller faces Sheena Chaney