The MRS – (WMMA & WBoxing News) May 12

Miscellaneous News

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We are gaining unprecedented access to the upcoming Intense Championship Fighting all female card.

We will have full coverage of the event, from weigh-ins to post-fight, starting Thursday, including video interviews with all 14 fighters.

The main event will feature InvictaFC vets Cassie Robb and Liz McCarthy.

We expect to announce a stream for the event Thursday.

Amanda Kelly and Kerry Hughes look to recover after their first losses at Cage Warriors as they will square off at the promotion’s 69th event June 7 in London, England.

Scotland’s Kelly (1-1) lost by unanimous decision to Laura Howarth in December. Kelly had a highlight reel KO over Hannah Stephens last October.

Hughes (1-1) lost to Agnieszka Niedzwiedz by decision in her Cage Warrior’s debut. Hughes would go 3-0 as an amateur before winning her debut over L.J. Adams.

The fight will stream on June 7.

Shino VanHoose will make her long awaited U.S. debut as she faces Tyra Parker at Gladiator’s Challenge May 31 in San Diego. CA.

The 19 year old VanHoose (3-3) started her pro career at age 15, going 3-0. She would take current DEEP-JEWELS champion Seo Hee Ham the distance in her last fight, losing by decision. VanHoose had moved to the U.S. last year.

Parker (3-4) had submitted her opponents in all of her wins inclduing an armbar over Michele Gutierrez. Parker is coming off a loss to  Kristi Lopez by a close split decision. This will be Parker’s debut at strawweight.

No word on if this will be streamed.

vanburen anaverde tale of the tapeXFC vet Brianna VanBuren will return to action as she will take on Maria Andaverde at West Coast Fighting in Sacramento June 28.

VanBuren (3-1) has back to back wins including a decision over Patricia Vidonic. Andaverde is looking to snap a two fight skid, having won her pro debut in 2011.

No word on if this will be streamed.

The International Women’s Boxing Hall of Fame ceremony will be streamed live and free at on July 10th.

You can read about the inductees here.

Ava Knight has gotten a job with the UFC, but she won’t be doing MMA anytime soon.

Knight reported last week she will be one of the boxing coaches at the UFC Gym in Las Vegas.

Ultimate Fighter 20 competitor Felice Herrig participated in bikini contest over the weekend. You can see pics here.


Cat Zingano has been cleared to start training and compete again. Zingano had turned down a fight with champion Ronda Rousey in July due to personal issues, so we don’t expect her to return to the octagon until late summer or early fall.


For those who are keeping track (like we are) out of the 36 fighters that tried out for TUF 20, several have booked matches in the coming weeks. Besides the a fore mentioned, Maria Andaverde, Brianna VanBuren, and Tyra Parker, both Lybarger sisters are also taking in fights this month. Obviously if they were picked they wouldn’t risk injury if they were on the short list of possible people for the house (and neither would the UFC we assume).

The UFC insisted they didn’t allow losing records and those with only one or two fights on their record. If you do the math like we did, that gets us under 20. We expect the number to decrease quickly in the coming weeks.

New Zealand’s Kate da Silva and Faith van Duin are campaigning to be on the UFC’s New Zealand debut card June 28. Silva (7-1) and Duin (4-0) squared off in the finals of the Storm Damage tournament this past August seeing Duin getting the triangle submission in round 4.

Scheduled Match (results)

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Courtesy LadyGo Blog


Rin Nakai gains another solid victory as she defeats InvictaFC fighter Sarah D’Alelio by unanimous decision at Pancrase in Japan.

Nakai (16-0-1) used her grappling to control most of the match, getting the nod from the judges. Nakai has been on a roll with decision wins over Tara LaRosa and now D’Alelio.


Invicta’s newest flyweight signee has earned another win before her promotional debut.

Joanna Jedrzejczyk (5-0) remains undefeated as she defeated Spain’s Karla Benitez at Arena MMA in Warsaw, Poland. The match was all standing, with Benitez the aggressor in the first round. It was Jedrzejczyk counter-punching that proved more effective and gained her the unanimous decision.

In other pro matches:

  • In a pair of matches at JVT 6 in Rio Grande do Sul Brazil, Débora Ferreira got the TKO over Rafaela Garcia in round 2, and Luana Souza defeated Carolina Karasek by split decision 
  • Circuito Talent de MMA in Sao Paulo, Brazil say a trio of bouts. Jennifer Maia submitted Aline Serio by rear naked choke at 2:18 round 2; Luciana Pereira and Deise Lee fought to a draw; and Bianca Daimoni KOed Yelka Torres at 1:20 round 2.
  • Beatriz Zambonini and Cassie Crisano fight to a no-contest at Ring of Fire in Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • Flor Fonseca defeated Paloma Fabrykant by split decision at Heroes MMA in Buenos Aries, Argentina
  • At XKO in Arlington, Texas, Jade DeHaas defeated Alice Yauger by unanimous decision
  • At XCC in Philadelphia, PA, Hannah Cifers got the TKO over Rachel Sazoff at 1:12 round 1

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In amateur action this past weekend:

  • At Aggressive Combat in Jamaica, New York, Hannah Mcgurkin defeated Destiny Quinones by unanimous decision (115)
  • In a pair of bouts at Brawl INC in Branson, MO, Stephany Hull submitted Kara Bader-McSpadden by ezekiel choke at 2:45 round 1 and Tina Brown submitted Jessica Fletcher by guillotine 3:53 round 1 
  • Jenna MaCallister defeated Selina Valdez-Montoya by unanimous decision at NMEF in Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • At WFC in Laughlin, NV, Shannon Reed KOed Danielle Mack by in round 1
  • Andrea Sawyer submitted Julie Dezellem by rear naked choke in round 1 at Ax Fighting in Lynnwood, Washington
  • At Torstar Naczaj Team Fight Night in Wołomin, Poland, Aleksandra Milczarek submitted Klaudia Ćwiek by arm triangle choke at 2:40 round 1
  • Liana Bogdanovs Tunmer defeated Kelly Savory by decision at FightStar Championship in Halifax, England


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It was a loaded week of for title bouts.

We start in Germany where three different cards saw three title bouts.

We start in Ulm, Germany, as Rola El Halabi successfully defended her WBF Light welterweight title against Victoria Cisneros by unanimous decision. She would also win the vacant WIBA andUBF Light welterweight title. Halabi inproves to 14-1.

Also on the card, Nicole Wesner KOs Sandra Zekic in round 2.

Down the road in Pfinzhalle, Germany, Melanie Zwecker defeated Grecia Nova by unanimous decision to win the vacant WBF International featherweight title. Zwecker remains undefeated and gains her first world title.

In Europahalle, Germany, WIBF light middleweight champion Maria Lindberg successfully defended her title as she got the TKO over Edita Lesnik in round 3. Lindberg also won the vacant WIBA light middleweight title and improves to 9-1.

A pair of IBF title matches happened in Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico as Carolina Rodriguez gained the IBF bantamweight title by defeating former champion Janeth Perez by majority decision, and Victoria Argueta got the unanimous decision over IBF minimumweight champ Nancy Franco to win the belt.

A trio of memale bouts happen in Whitehall, New York. Carla Torres defeated Ronica Jeffrey by split decision to win the vacant WIBA featherweight title; Melissa St Vil defeated Dominga Olivo by unanimous decision; and Bertha Aracil KOed Jennifer Woodward in round 1 

In La Guaira, Venezuela,  Ogleidis Suarez defeated Calixta Silgado by unanimous decision to win the interim WBA super featherweight title. In other action on the card, Mayerlin Rivas defeated Liliana Martinez by unanimous decision

In other boxing action:

  • In Nairobi, Kenya, Sarah Achieng defeated Carolyn Orenja by unanimous decision to win the vacant IBF Inter-Continental featherweight title
  • In a pair of bouts in Hérault, France, France flyweight champ Laetitia Arzalier defeated Sandy Coget by unanimous decision and Cyrielle Hebert and Elina Jurkane fought to a draw 
  • Down the road at Deux-Sèvres, France, Ericka Rousseau defeated Jasmina Nadj by points
  • Csilla Nemedi def. Agnes Draxler by TKO round 3 in Budapest, Hungary
  • In Frenkendorf, Switzerland, Aniya Seki defeated Alexandra Gorog by TKO round 1

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