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Vanessa Porto has inked a new long term deal to InvictaFC.
One of the top flyweights in the planet, Porto (16-6) is currently ranked #2 in the world at 125. Her most recent win was over Zolia Frausto this past December on Invicta’s 7th card.
“I’m very happy to sign this long-term deal with Invicta,” Porto stated in a press release. “They have treated me very well in the past and I want to make Invicta my home for a long time to come. I’m very grateful to have an opportunity to prove myself in the best women’s MMA organization in the world. Hopefully I’ll get my chance at the Invicta belt soon.”
Porto will be fighting outside of Invicta in her home country of Brazil against Ana Maria next weekend.
The UFC and Holly Holm could not reach a deal this past weekend. Money seemed to the sticking factor.
Holm still has a title fight coming up against Juliana Werner at Legacy April 4th live on AXS TV.
On a side note, UFC president Dana White stated he has not been in talks with Gina Carano.
Women’s MMA Round-up did a great little breakdown and some helpful hints about the upcoming Ultimate Fighter 20. If you are planning to go down to try out or just want a quick refresher on what is going down watch the video here.
We are hearing that if you have a winning record,and only have 1 pro fight you can try out.
We will have more about TUF 20 in the rumors section below.
XFC International continues it’s promotion of female talent with two strawweight bouts set for March 29.
- Chile’s Gloria Bravo (1-1) will face Brazil’s Vanessa Melo (2-2)
- Columbia’s Marcela Yineris (pro debut) takes on Brazil Vanessa Guimaraes (2-2)
The event will stream on XFCMMA.com March 29th.
InvictaFC vet Stephanie Frausto will face Stephanie Skinner in a Muay Thai bout at 408 Fights “Battle of the Bay 2” card this coming Friday March 28th in San Jose.
There are going to be another 6-7 female Muay Thai fights on the card as we hear.
Australia’s Arlene Blencowe (3-4) will look to even her record as she takes on Kenani Mangakahia at FWC 17 April 12. Mangakahia (2-1) is coming off a first round TKO over Belinda Sedgwick.
Undefeated Pannie Kianzad will be back in the cage May 3rd at Superior Challenge in Sweden against a yet to be named opponent.
Ashlee Evans-Smith will be featured on HBO’s “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel” April 22.
Amateur Finnish MMA fighter Suvi Salmimies (1-0-1) is battling in a new arena. Salmimines is on Finland’s version of “The Voice” and has made it past the battle rounds.
On Sunday at 1 p.m. pst/4 p.m. est on the podcast, we will talk to Muay Thai fighter Prairie Rugilo who will fight on the Friday night Fights live stream next week. Rugilo established “Team Girl Fight” and is a member of the New Jersey Martial Arts Hall of Fame.
We are getting word from our sources that Claudia Gadelha and Juliana Lima might be immediately signed to the UFC and not participate in “The Ultimate Fighter 20”.
The reason we are hearing is Fox Sports 1 has a problem with the language barrier with the two Brazilian signees.
Gadelha has tweet she hasn’t heard anything on her end, but that may just mean she hasn’t gotten word yet.
This would increase the spots available during the tryouts to seven. We may see one more spot open as well due to another issue. We will have more about this next week.
Saturday, we will be doing a scouting report on who is going officially and who we expect to see there. Wombat Sports will be covering the tryouts in Vegas April 27-28.
We can tell you Zoila Fruasto and Norma Center have no plans on trying out for TUF 20.
OneFC president Victor Chua is stating we may see former boxing champ Ana Julaton make her MMA debut soon. Julaton has been doing some cross training and OneFC has expressed interest in signing her.
RFA matchmaker Scott Cutbirth stated on the Pro WMMA Now podcast they do have both UFC and Invicta outs in their contracts. He also stated he is open to a 155 division.
Lina Akhtar Lansberg and Emma Delaney are ready to go for their bantamweight contest at Cage Warriors in Ballerup, Denmark Saturday. Lansberg (134.9) made weight, while Delaney (138.5) came in 3.5 pound over. Delaney will give up 40% of her purse.
England’s Delaney (0-1) is coming off a split decision loss to Laura Howarth at Cage Warriors in December. Sweden’s Lansberg (1-1) will make her Cage Warriors debut, coming off her first win as a pro over L.J. Adams.
The match will stream on Cage Warrior’s facebook at 11:45 a.m. pst/2:45 p.m. est.
In a non-streamed amateur bout, Anna Elmose will face Sinead Kavanagh.
Fallon Fox looks to recover from her first loss as she takes on Heather Bassett in a bantamweight match at XFO 50 in Chicago Friday night. Both Fox (135.4) and Bassett (134.5) made weight.
Fox (3-1) was a finalist in the CFA featherweight tournament losing to Ashlee Evans-Smith in the finals. Fox had finished all her pro opponents before the loss.
Bassett (1-0) mad her pro debut this past August, getting the submission over Breea Gilbert. Bassett went 4-2 as an amateur.
Word is that Kelly Warren maybe out due to an unforeseen medical condition and will not face Pearl Gonzalez at the event.
In other pro MMA action:
- At Storm Damage 4 in Australia, Ginny Conners faces Rachel Head
- Iryna Shaparenko takes on Kamila Porczyk at KSW 26 in Poland
- Dora Perjes battles Eleonora Tassinari at MMA Revolution in Hungary.
In amateur action:
- At Battle in the South in Wilmington, North Carolina, Mariah Smith takes on Michaela Seitter (125)
- Christina Perez faces Kelsey Hundt at Rock Xtreme MMA in Corpus Christi, Texas
- In North Logan, Utah at Clash MMA, Heidi Wollabaek battles Nicole Sontag (135)
- At WFC in Las Vegas, NV, Kari Lichtenwalner fights Christine Ferea
- Jessica Middleton faces Adrianna Lowrey at Carnage 2 in Lawrence, Kansas
- At All Star MMA in Montebello, CA, Elizabeth Johnson takes on Elizabeth Lebeau (145)
In Bielefeld, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany, Alexandra Vlajk looks for her first titles as she faces Renata Domsodi for the vacant UBO, WBF International, and Hungary bantamweight championships.
Vlajk (5-0) made her pro debut last October and has rolled through her competition. She will face her toughest test in Domsodi (11-4) who has went 4-2 in her last six.
Ji-Hye Woo will defend her IFBA World Super featherweight title against Jennifer Han in Gun San City, South Korea Sunday.
Woo (13-2) defeated Xu Chun Yan last April in her first title defense since winning the title in 2011. Han (10-2) has won back to back unanimous decision wins.
Sonya Lamonakis and Tiffany Woodard will look for their first regional title as they battle for the vacant USA New York State heavyweight title in Queens, New York in a rematch.
Lamonakis (8-1-2) defeated Tanzee Daniel, recovering from her first loss of her career. Woodard (4-7-3) is looking to get back to her winning ways.
The two fights have fought twice before, with Lamonakis taking a majority decision in the first bout and a draw in the rematch.
In other boxing action:
- In Brooklyn, New York, Heather Hardy takes on Nydia Feliciano
- In a pair of bouts in Benguet, Philippines, Norj Guro faces Rosemarie Cruz, and Carleans Rivas battles Oshiru Tamami
- Ruth Stephanie Aquino dukes it out with Cristina Beatriz Cuevas in Buenos Aires, Argentina
- In Pointe-Claire, Quebec, Canada, Lucia Larcinese fights Jackie Trivilino
- Adela Celeste del Carmen Peralta takes on Marisa Gabriela Nunez in Buenos Aires, Argentina
- Also in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Karen Elizabeth Carabajal faces Lorena Noemi Gomez
- Erin McGowan battles Sriphrae Nongkipahuyuth in Madeley, Western Australia, Australia
- In Liege, Belgium Djemilla Gontaruk dukes it out Wendy Gervois
- Jessica Belder fights Galina Gumliiska in Amsterdam, Netherlands
- In Noginsk, Russia. Ekaterina Izotova takes on Agnes Draxler