Happy to New Years to our readers. Thanks for your support in 2013 and we hope to give you more content and get you to know more fighters in 2014.
The WMMA Press Awards are continuing to be given out with the Legacy and Inspirational Fighter Awards being handed out on a special edition of the Wombat Sports podcast Saturday at 1 p.m. pst/4 p.m. pst.
The last few matches of 2013 happened New Years Eve in Dublin with the Irish fighters taking a sweep in three different divisions at Cage Warriors.
In the only bout on the main card, Ais “The Bash” Daly made a successful debut as a strawweight as she defeated Karla Benitez. Daly (14-5) looked like a new fighter, gaining control of Benitez on the ground. After being warned for holding the cage and executing an illegal vertical elbow, Benitez was deducted two points by the referee in round 1.
Daly got the takedown and kept control on the ground in round 2 and got the armbar at 4:26 to win the last female fight of the year. Daly snaps a three fight losing streak.
In other action on the card, Catherine Costigan (3-0) continues her undefeated streak as she gets the tap over France’s Morgane Delagnau. Delagnau was no pushover, taking Costigan to the third round for the first time in Irish woman’s career. Costigan would show her experience ground work and sink in the rear-naked choke at 2:22 of round 3. This is Costigan’s third submission win as a pro.
In a flyweight contest, Amanda English wins her pro debut, getting the unanimous decision over Italy’s Slavka Vitaly. This is Vitaly first loss in MMA.
UFC champion Ronda Rousey banked the biggest salary in women’s MMA history with her win over Miesha Tate. The champ got $100,000 to enter the Octagon at UFC 168, plus a win bonus of $50,000. This on top of the fight of the night and submission of the night bonus ($75,000 each), banking her $300,000 before sponsor bonuses.
Tate took in $28,000 in her loss, with $75,000 for the Fight of the Night bonus.
Pink Fight Brazil has announced it’s next all female card for January 18.
Five fights are set for the event:
- Aline Sério vs. Elaine Caverna (57kg)
- Edilaine vs. Rayane Abreu (52kg)
- Amanda Torres vs. Carla Ellen (52kg)
- Dayana Silva vs. Evelin Gomes (61kg)
- Helen Bastos vs. Priscila (61kg)
The promotion also announced they will have another card in March.
Patricia Vidonic will returns to action January 18 as she takes on XFC vet Brianna Van Buren at RWCF at the Win River Casino in Redding, California.
Vidonic (9-6) is coming off a split decision win over vetreran fighter Mei Yamaguchi this past October. She is looking to make it two in a row against VanBuren (1-1) who is coming off a decsion loss to XFC champ Stephanie Eggink. VanBuren started her pro career with a KO over Charlene Gellner.
Also on the 18th, Tyra Parker will take on Kristi Lopez at Gladiator’s Challenge in El Cajon, CA. Parker (3-3) is coming off an upset win over Michelle Gutierrez by submission this past August. Lopez (3-1 ammy) will be making her pro debut after defeating Kari Lichtenwalner by split decision at Tuff-n-uff last spring.
Both Suzie Montero and Allanna Jones are looking to snap two fight losing streaks when they square off at MaxxFC in Daytona Beach, FL February 1.
Montero (1-2) won her debut fight against Kim Couture, but had a TKO loss to the UFC’s Jessamyn Duke and a submission loss to current XFC champion Pearl Gonzales.
Jones won a split decision in the quarterfinals of the CFA tournament last spring to Kelsey De Santis before losing to Fallon Fox by submission in the semi-finals. She was KOed by Holly Holm this past July.
No word on if the event will be streamed.
Sanitago is undefeated and the SFCL strawweight champion. Malinoff has won three straight.
No word on if this will be streamed.
Miesha Tate was featured on the Fitness Gurl website last month. You can see her photo spread here.
USA Network’s “Characters Unite” did a piece on 13 year old female wrestler Rebecca Pizuto, who has been bullied and ridiculed for wanting to do the sport she loves. NFL player Nick Mangold (whose sister played football in high school) introduced Rebecca to several female wrestlers including Betsy Montanez, who wrestled for Montclair State and currently coaches both men’s and women’s wrestling.
On the podcast Friday, we will have veteran fighter Jen Tate, who will be making her way back to the cage in 2014 after pursuing Muay Thai and boxing the past few years.
It has been stated Sara McMann knew a month before Rousey versus Tate II that she would be facing Rousey in February. McMann had stated camp then, but she “has been training for Rousey for years.”
InvictaFC president Shannon Knapp told us that we should expect champions Michelle Waterson and Cyborg Santos to defend their belts on one of the first two InvictaFC cards of the year. No word on who will be defending their title first or when the cards will be.
She also stated has signed two or three fighters in the New Year, but hasn’t announced who yet.
Cage Warriors will hold their next event in London February 15. Amanda Kelly will be fight a yet to be named opponent.
There are no pro MMA fights this weekend.
In amateur MMA action:
- At Reality Fighting in Uncasville, Connecticut, Sarah Payant faces Brigitte Narcise
- Latrisha Breidenbach takes on Kara Gehrig at Kickdown 112 in Denver, Colorado
- At Ultimate Reno Combat in Reno, NV, Brieta Carpenter battles Jordan Raulston while Nicole Upshaw will also be in action.
In the only female boxing match this weekend, Daniela Romina Bermudez will face Linda Laura Lecca for the vacant WBO super flyweight title.
Bermudez (15-2) has won 10 straight and is the current interim WBA super flyweight champion. Lecca (8-1-1) win five straight with 3 TKOs in her last three fights.