The MRS (WMMA & WBoxing News) May 2

Julaton Courtesy Nevin Reyes/Rappler
Julaton Courtesy Nevin Reyes/Rappler

Miscellaneous News

In results from Friday morning, boxing champion Ana Julaton makes a successful pro MMA, getting the TKO over Aya Saeid Saber by TKO round 3, and Jujeath Nagaowa defeated Jeet Toshi by TKO in round 2.

In boxing action Thursday, Ana Simeonova defeated Ivana Yaneva by unanimous decision in Sofia, Bulgaria.

We got a lot of interviews this past week in Vegas besides the ones we did with the TUF tryout participants. These includes TUF 20 housemates Tecia Torres and Emily Peters-Kagan, as well as Miesha Tate, Amanda Nunes, Kyra Batara, Julie Kedzie, Jordan McDonald, and Tuff-n-uff promoter Jeff Meyer. These will be posted in the coming weeks.

For now, you can watch the TUF tryout interviews below:

Part 1 (Angela Hill, Angelica Chavez, Helen Harper, Holly Cline, & Jenny Liou)

Part 2 (Justine Kish, Aisling Daly, Amy Cadwell-Montenegro, Nina Ansaroff, Claire Fryer, Diana Rael, & Danielle Taylor)

Part 3 (Heather Clark, Lisa Ellis, Chelsea Bailey, Jocelyn Lybarger, Jillian Lybarger, Maria Andaverde, Charlene Gellner, & Tessa Simpson)


Milana Dudieva has signed to the UFC and sees her first test against Germaine de Randamie at UFC 174 in Vancouver, Canada June 14th.

Dudieva (10-3) is coming off back to back submission wins and finished all but one of her wins. She has wins over former UFC fighter Sheila Gaff and  InvictaFC vet Danielle West.

Randamie (4-3) won her UFC debut over veteran fighter Julie Kedzie, but would lose to Amanda Nunes this past fall.

The match is suspected to air on Fox Sports 1 as a part of the UFC 174 prelims.

The new Unified rankings are out with some changes in the bantamweight, flyweight, and strawweight lists.

With her loss to Miesha Tate, Liz Carmouche drops down a spot to #9, trading places with InvictaFC champion Lauren Murphy.

With Leslie Smith move back to 135, she has dropped out of the 125 rankings shifting everyone below #3 up a spot. Zoila Frausto returns to the list at #10.

With her recent set of wins, Kalindra Faria enters the strawweight list at #9, pushing Herica Tiburcio out of the Top 10.

Featherweight and atomweights stay pat.

You can read the complete Unified rankings here.

Bantamweight standout Kate da Silva will take on Jess Rose Clark at XFC Australia for the promotions first ever 135 title June 14th in Brisbane, Australia.

Da Silva (5-1) was a runner-up in the Storm Damage tournament this past fall, losing to Faith Van Duin. She will be a part of the Princesses of Pain round robin tournament this weekend.

Clark (3-1) is coming off a first round submission win and finished all but one of her opponents.

Suvi Salmimies has a change in opponent for upcoming fight at Lappeenranta Fight Night 10 May 17 in Finland. She will take on pro debuter Clemence Schreiber of France.

Our news editor MarQ was a guest of Fight Life Media this past week to talk about covering women in MMA and what he expects in the upcoming Ultimate Fighter season.

They also did an interview with Heather Clark who tried out for TUF 20.

You can watch the interviews here.


A lot of the foreign TUF cast is sticking in the US to get prepared for June when they enter the house. Alex Chambers has been training with Miesha Tate at Xtreme Couture, while Bec Rawlings has been training in San Diego at Alliance MMA with Brandon and Kerry Vera.

Joanne Calderwood told us she is heading back to Scotland for her training camp.

Many of those in Vegas this week went to Xtreme Couture to train, and we expect the women’s team, right now headed by Miesha Tate, will see some more members as the year progresses.

Even though we can’t say who made it or not, several fights were booked in the next couple of weeks that may not happen if one or two of the participants are picked up for TUF 20. So keep an eye on our Upcoming Fights/Results page for changes.

Kyra Batara will be fighting for RFA June 6 and her opponent should be announced in the next few days.

Scheduled Fights

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Maaka, Watt, & Silva


Princess of Pain returns to Aukland, New Zealand with two female tournaments and an action packed undercard.

The pro tournament will feature three bantamweight prospects in a round robin. Kate Da Silva (5-1 pro), Desiree Ann Maaka (1-1 ammy) and Charlene Watt (4-1 ammy) will fight each other with the winner getting a title shot against champion Dawn Chalmers.

An amateur flyweight tournament is also set. In the semi-finals, Tairi Ford takes on Hera Tamati, while Serina Cole faces Ursula Nicole Marshall-Steele. The winners will face each other later in the night to crown a tournament champion.

Four other non-tournament bouts will also happen:

  • Missy Layton vs. Tracey Burns
  • Gabrielle Marsters vs. Sabrina Compton
  • Barbra Verlinden vs. Bente Hollen
  • Elizabeth Warner vs. Krissy Hunter

In other pro bouts:

  • Pannie Kianzad takes on Annalisa Bucci at Superior Challenge in Helsingborg, Sweden
  • In Olimpia Fight in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Cassie Crisano faces Glauciele Silva (145)
  • In a pair of bouts at Aspera FC 6 in Santa Catarina, Brazil, Karine Silva battles Cintia Nunes and Roberta Paim fights Thais Machado
  • Betina Baino takes on Claudia Vasconcellos at Samurai Combate 5 in Rio de Grabde Sul, Brazil
  • At Cage Sports in Tacoma, WA, Reagen Benedetti faces Katie Howard

Ammy MMA

In amateur action this weekend:

  • At Eternal MMA in Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia, Janay Harding faces Helen Malone
  • Cheryl Flynn takes on Michelle Jones at AON in Leeds, England
  • At Fightquest 28 in Kahnawake, Quebec, Canada, Johannie Gervais battles Camelia Ruest
  • Devaney Clayton fights Bi Nguyen at IXFA in Vinton, Louisiana
  • At Spar Star in Inglewood, California, Jessica Nasrallah takes on Alyssa Garcia
  • In a pair of bouts at Ultimate Reno Combat in Reno, NV, Lacy Pigott faces Ashley Medina, and Stacy Vandiest battles Amber Leibrock 


A pair of title bouts are set for Brandenburg, Germany.

Derya Saki will take on Flora Machela for the vacant GBC lightweight title, and Jennifer Retzke battles Everline Odero – vacant GBC light welterweight title.

Saki (6-0) finished four of her opponents and seeking her first title. Machela (5-1) has finished in all but one of her wins and also seeks her first belt.

Retzke  (13-1-1) is the German GBA champion and has 9 KOs to her credit. Odero (6-4-1) has yet to be finished.

In other boxing action

  • In Sao Paulo, Brazil, Rose Volante faces Erika Karolina
  • Kali Reis battles Marva Dash (160) in Canton, Massachusetts

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