The MRS (WMMA and WBoxing News) May 23

Green vs. Wilson Courtesy Ryan Hall/Burnt Imagines
Green vs. Wilson Courtesy Ryan Hall/Burnt Imagines

Miscellaneous News

All of the fights have been posted for the ICF 13 card (with the exception of the main event between Liz McCarthy and Cassie Robb, which will be posted tonight). You can watch them here:

We also have a post fight interview with Emily Corso here.


In a rare fight on Wednesday, Charmaine Tweet has avenged a loss, defeating Anna Barone by rear naked choke in round 1. Barone had KOed Tweet in their first encounter.

Barone weighed in 6 pounds over weight for the match and gave up 20% of her purse.

Tweet improves to 5-4.


Also Wednesday, in boxing, Alicia Ashley defeated Nohime Dennisson by TKO round 6 in Queens, New York


michelle nicolini 02ADCC champion Michelle Nicolini has signed to Legacy MMA.

The BJJ black belt is one of the most accomplished in the lower weight classes and seems to be transitioning to MMA well, going 2-0 with both wins by first round armbars. She is fighting at 115.

Nicolini got her black belt under Robert Drysdale and has been doing seminars all around the world. She will be doing an all female BJJ seminar on June 21 in San Francisco. Details here.

No word on when she will debut for Legacy.


Cortney Casey will be fighting for Pacific Xtreme Combat June 27th in Guam. It is suspected she will be facing promotional star Kailin Curran.

Casey stated she is still with XFC, and they have given her permission to fight on the card. We should have more info next week.


Sofia Bagerdai had a training injury and has had to pull out of her match with Lynn Alvarez at the World Series of Fighting next month. Bagherdai stated the injury would only take a few months to heel but wanted to take some time off to raise her daughter.


Sarah Kaufman was on the MMA Hour and stated she is looking for either a match with Miesha Tate or Cat Zingano. Kaufman theorized Zingano would most likely need a warm-up match before her title match with whomever the champion is after the July fight, and wouldn’t want to wait for or five months for a fight. She also reasoned Tate fight would make sense due to history and “Tate coming off a win”. Both are ranked higher than Kaufman.

On the converse, Kaufman doesn’t want to fight Sara McMann since “she is coming off a loss”.

Kaufman added she “wants to knockout Jessica Eye” but stated a rematch with her wouldn’t be in the cards until Eye gets another win.

You can listen to the complete interview here.


India Gomes took to social media to state her intentions on moving to 135 eventually and challenged Holly Holm to a fight.

Gomes (10-2) hasn’t fought since January 2013. After getting her match cancelled at Invicta last fall due to two opponents dropped out due to medical issues, Gomes is getting antsy to fight. he took her frustrations to social media.

She put the bantamweight division on notice and called out Holm on her facebook, stating InvcitaFC featherweight champ Cyborg Justino is ducking her.

InvictaFC has went on record that Gomes will face Cyborg on the promotion’s next card when they announce it.


Three female fighters have made the Maxim Hot 100, and it’s no surprise who they are.

Gina Carano was the highest ranked, at #39, while UFC champ Ronda Rousey took the 42nd spot. Miesha Tate took #58.


You know that couple hundred dollars Jenny Liou got from Dana White? Liou told Pro WMMA Now the money went to help find her fight team a new gym.

Liou will be facing Jocelyn Lybarger Monday (more on that in scheduled matches).


Schneider
Schneider

This Sunday on the podcast, we will talk to veteran fighter Sarah Schneider who will face young gun Amber Stautzenberger at Beatdown 11 in North Dakota June 7th.

You can listen here live at 1 p.m. pst/4 p.m. est.


Rumors

We talked to InvictaFC head Shannon Knapp this week and the hope is the final details will be set for an announcement this coming week. She has two mock cards set and looks to come out of the gate running once the deal is announced.


We are expecting Jessica Eye and Sara McMann will have match announcements next week.


Liz McCarthy is making Syndicate MMA in Las Vegas her new training home for the next year. TUF 20 hopeful Helen Harper is also making the move to Syndicate as we hear.


After a very successful all female card, Intense Championship Fighting is looking to do a half male/half female card in Great Falls in August during the Montana State Fair. A rematch between Emily Corso versus Lynnell House is rumored.


Scheduled Matches

Van Soest and Payne Courtesy Bennie Palmore
Van Soest and Payne Courtesy Bennie Palmore

Kickboxing

Lucy Payne looks to avenge her loss  to Tiffany Van Soest Friday night at Lion Fights’ debut at the the Foxwoods Casino in Ledyard, CT. The fight will air on AXS TV. Both fighters came in on weight for their 126 pound bout.

Van Soest is looking to come off her first pro loss and get back in the title hunt. She lost the belt to Caley Reese earlier this year.

Since her loss to Van Soest, Payne got a TKO win over Victoria Lomax, winning the Awakening 57 Kg title.

In an undercard bout, New England based fighters Brandy Young and Colleen Downey will do battle.


Pro MMA

For the first time since 2011, the Lybarger sisters will be in action on the same card.

At King of the Cage in Scottsdale, AZ, Jocelyn Jones-Lybarger will take on Jennifer Liou and Jillian Lybarger will face Danielle Taylor. All four fighters tried out for the Ultimate Fighter 20.

Jocelyn (3-1) is coming off a win over Rosa Acevedo at RFA this past April. Liou (2-0) defeated Jillian this past February and is looking to take out the other sister.

Jillian is looking to recover from her pro debut loss to Liou with a win over Taylor. Jillian went 4-4 as an amateur.

Taylor (1-0) won her pro debut this past March and went 4-1 as an amateur.


bucci hougaard weigh ins
Bucci and Hoguaard

An important featherweight bout is on the docket as Maria Hougaard Djursaa and Annalisa Bucci will battle for the EUMMA 145 title in Denmark.

Djursaa is coming off a first round rear naked choke over  Alexandra Buch. She has win three straight including a TKO over Jorina Baars.

Bucci (6-3) is coming off a decision loss to Pannie Kianzad two weeks ago. Bucci was on a 5 fight win streak before the loss.


In a pair of pro bouts in Brazil:

  • At America’s FC 1 in Sao Paulo, Mariana dos Santos takes on Gabriela Lins
  • Janaisa Morandin faces Ana Luiza de Jesus at Aspera FC 7 in Santa Catarina

Boxing

In Krasnodar, Russia, two world title are up for grabs

WIBA and WBC super middleweight champion Nikki Adler will take on Gifty Amanua Ankrah.  Undefeated Adler (11-0) won both titles last year by unanimous decision.  Ankrah (3-3-1) is coming off back to back KO victories.

The other match will see a battle for the vacant WIBA and UBO super featherweight title as Natalia Smirnova (7-0) will duke it out with Yarkor Chavez Annan (7-6-1).


EBU flyweight champion Simona Galassi will defend her belt against Galina Koleva Ivanova in Emilia Romagna, Italy.

Galassi  (19-3-1) is coming off a loss in a non-EBU title match against WBA champ Susi Kentikian. She had back to back wins before the loss.

Former WBC batnamweight champ Ivanova is looking to snap a two fight losing streak.


In Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico, the interim WBA super bantamweight title will be decided as former champ Jackie Nava battles Alys Sanchez.

Nava (28-4-3) was on a four fight win streak before taking a two year break from the sport. Sanchez (12-1) is coming off her first loss, a split decision to Carolina Arias.


On other action, a pair of bouts are set for Sao Paulo, Brazil, as Elica Jamile takes on Milla Ferreira, and Andreia Alves dos Santos faces Aline Vanessa.

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