We were live at the Four Season Arena in Great Falls for the Intense Championship Fight’s first ever all female card this past Fridfay. The six fight card didn’t disappoint as Portland’s Emily Corso gain her first two wins as a professional and Liz McCarthy get a much needed win.
The main event saw InvictaFC vets McCarthy and Cassie Robb in what was a highly technical contest. Both saw improvement in their time off from the cage with Robb’s striking and McCarthy’s clinch work. In the end, McCarty would take the unanimous decision.
Corso’s first fight ended in controversy as the ref stopped the contest in the first round, thinking her opponent Lynnell House tapped. Both fighters disagreed with the tap, but the ref sited “fighter’s safety” and declared it a technical submission. House’s camp is appealing the ruling.
Corso would compete later in the night to take on Ariel Beck in what was Beck’s pro debut. Beck, a professional boxer, struck hard to open the first round before Corso initiated the takedown. Beck would try for a headlock, which prompted Corso take Beck’s back and sink in the rear naked choke at 1:28.
In amateur action:
- Hannah Kampf def. Tangina Deveraux by split decision
- Heather Wilson def. Anna Symonds by split decision
- Kayla Green def. Sonja Wilson by unanimous decision (watch the video here)
Fight videos will be posted throughout the week here on Wombat Sports plus post fight interviews.
DEEP-JEWELS had a set of seven MMA bouts plus on female kickboxing contest.
In the main event, Strikeforce vet Takayo Hashi was crowned the first ever DEEP-JEWELS 135 champion, defeating Shizuka Sugiyama by TKO in round 3.
The first round saw a close striking exchange between the two fighters. The rounded ended with Hashi getting Sugiyama into a triangle choke as the bell sounded.
The second round started much like the first, but Hashi was able to initiate the taekdown and get some ground and pound in. The rounded ended on the feet, with Hashi taking the upperhand in striking.
Hashi would strike in the clinch at the beginning of the first stanza, but Sugiyama would mount a short comeback with punches and a takedown. Sugiyama would take Hashsi’s back. Hashi would reverse and attempt several submission before taking top position and then Sugiyama’s back. Hashi would land ground and pound and the ref stopped the contest at 4:20 of round 3 to be crowned the first ever D-J 135 champion.
Hashi improves to 15-4-1.
Also on the card, former Valkyrie champion Mei Yamaguchi made a successful DEEP-JEWELS debut by submitting Yukiko Seki. Yamaguchi controlled all of the fight, landing strikes, and initiating the choke. Seki refused to tap and went out forcing the ref to stop the contest. Yamaguchi improves to 12-7-1 and snaps a two fight losing streak.
In other action on the card:
- Saori Ishioka def. Satomi Takano by technical submission (armbar) 4:44 round 1
- Naomi Taniyama def. Yuko Kawabata by unanimous decision
- Shiori Hori def. Maya Dobashi by technical submission (armbar) 4:43 round 1
- Ayaka Miura def. Ella Wu by Technical Submission (Arm-Triangle Choke) 1:25 round 1
- Tomo Maesawa def. Brittany Ann Decker by unanimous decision
- Seo Hee Ham def. Yuuki Kira by unanimous decision in a kickboxing match
Finland saw three female bouts, including InvictaFC star Katja Kankaanpää returning to action fight in her homeland.
Kankaanpää would defeat Alyona Rassohyna by armbar at 3:53 in round 2. Kankaanpää improves to 9-1-1 and recovers from her first loss. She also re-affirms her spot as one of the top InvictaFC straweights.
Also on the card, Finland’s Vuokko Katainen and England’s Kate Jacksonwent to a split draw, and Suvi Salmimies won her pro debut against last minute replacement Clemence Schreiber.
Newly signed InvictaFC fighter Karolina Kowalkiewicz got her 5th straight win and retained her KSW strawweight title with a submission win over InvictaFC vet Jasminka Cive.
Undefeated Kowalkiewicz took the fight to the ground early and was able to take mount and the back while on the mat. Cive fought out of a rear naked choke, but Kowalkiewicz transitioned to the armbar for the tap at 3:53 of round 1.
On other pro bouts:
- At AFC 20 in Hollywood, FL, Valérie Létourneau TKOed Jazmine Quezada in 38 seconds
- Sarah McLeod submitted Shawna Lang by rear naked choke at 4:56 in round 2 at Prize Fighting Championships in Williston, ND
- At PrestigeFC in Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada, Diana Atkin defeated Sarah Mcrann by TKO at 2:39 of round 2
In amateur action this past weekend:
- At AFL 45 in Atlantic City, New Jersey, Heidi Thompson defeated Charmaine Rosario by unanimous decision
- Marissa Smith defeated Gina Begley by unanimous decision at Rumble Time in Kansas City, MO
- At Central Coast Showdown in Salinas, California, Shaianna Rincon submitted Michelle Gama by guillotine on round 1
- Bianca Rodriguez submitted Emily Ducote by armbar round 1 at BG MMA in Enid, OK
- In a pair of bouts at Cage of Honor in Cape Girardeau, MO, Nora Hamilton TKOed Savannah Smith in 1:02 of round 1, and Shawna Tyler defeated Terri Triplett bt TKO in round 1
- Rebekah LeVine won the XAFS atomweight title by KOing Leslie Sanchez in round 2 at Xplode Amateur Fight Series in Escondido, CA
- At Fight Force International Kage Wars in Biloxi, MS, Miki Rogers defeated Elisa Marrugo by TKO round 1
WIBA welterweight Tori Nelson remains undefeated as she finished Mia St John by TKO in round 2 in Annandale, Virginia.
Nelson (9-0-3) came off strong out of the gate, landing huge shots to outmusucle St. John. In round two the referee saw enough and stopped the contest.
A pair of title bouts happened in Osaka, Japan.
Yuko Kuroki gained the WBC minimumweight title, getting the unanimous decision over now former champ Mari Ando. Kuroki improves to 11-4.
Nao Ikeyama won the vacant WBO atomweight title with her unanimous decision win over Jessebelle Pagaduan. Ikeyama hands Pagaduan her first loss.
In Saarland, Germany, Raja Amasheh was crowned the WBF and WBC Silver flyweight champion. Amasheh defeated Susana Cruz Perez by unanimous decision to win the vacant title. Raja Amasheh is now 17-0.
Sindy Amador successfully defended her IFBA light flyweight title with a split decision over Maria Suarez in Ontario, California. Amador improves to 12-1.
In other boxing action the past weekend:
- In a pair of bouts in Durango, Mexico, Karina Hernandez won the vacant NABF female flyweight title by defeating Aracely Palacios by unanimous decision and Nora Cardoza defeated Lorena Mendoza by unanimous decision
- Natalia Vanesa del Valle Aguirre defeated Maria Soledad Capriolo by unanimous decision to win the vacant South American super featherweight title in Cordoba, Argentina
- In Nerang, Queensland, Australia, Shannon O’Connell def. Gentiane Lupi by majority decision
- Christina Rupprecht KOed Ramona Panait in round 1 in Bayern, Germany
- In Versoix, Switzerland, Ornella Domini defeated Borislava Goranova by unanimous decision
- Maiva Hamadouche got the TKO over Wendy Gervois in round 4 in Clichy la Garenne, Hauts-de-Seine, France
- In Chihuahua, Mexico, Jessica Arreguin Munoz got the TKO over Karla Ivette Valenzuela Garcia in round 5
- In a pair of bouts in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Debora Anahi Dionicius defeated Alejandra Maria de Lujan Rios by unanimous decision and Julieta Andrea Cardozo defeated Lorena Noemi Gomez by majority decision