The MRS – (WMMA & WBoxing News) June 20, 2014

Miscellaneous News

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In pro MMA action Thursday, Kelly McGill defeated Leslie Rodriguez via TKO at 1:33 of round 1 at Tachi Palace Fights 19. You can see the finish here.

In pro MMA action Wednesday at Arena Nightmare in Brazil, Elen Torres defeated Claudiana Dos Santos by TKO 4:20 round 1

In boxing action in Buenos Aires, Distrito Federal, Argentina Thursday, Fernanda Soledad Alegre def. Roxana Beatriz Laborde by unanimous decision.

Marina Shafir has her second pro match booked as she will take on Nikita Netjes at Chaos At The Casino 5 in Inglewood, CA August 10. Shafir got her first win as a pro on the promotion’s 4th card this past April.

Netjes has back to back losses and is coming back after a year’s absence.

Glena Avila will return to action August 22 as she faces Stevie VanAssche at Excitefight in Marysville, WA. Avila (3-2) won in her most recent bout this past April, getting a split decision win over Katie Howard.  VanAssche (1-1) won by first round TKO in her last fight.

No word on if this will be streamed.


Jordan Gaza has announced she is retiring from MMA a few weeks. No clear reason was given on why she decided to hang up the gloves, but this past week it was revealed Gaza is pregnant.

The pro MMA fighter was 1-1 as a pro and looked like she had a good career ahead of her before deciding the retire. We will her the best.


Aleksandra Albu popped up on Fox Sports and has told the website she is planning to drop to 115 as she isn’t built for the 135 division. She is still sidelined with an “undisclosed injury” but is waiting for a doctor’s clearance to train and fight.

The officials have been announced for the upcoming title match between UFC champion Ronda Rousey and Alexis Davis. The referee will be Yves Lavigne, with judges are Derek Cleary, Doug Crosby, and Sal D’Amato.

Alex Chambers got her fight license in Nevada this past week and is official for TUF 20.

Jay-Z’s “Static” series did a short piece on the feud between Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate. You can watch it here.

While you are at it, here is a trailer of “Expendables 3” with a clip of Rousey fighting in a night club. Yup, Gina Carano did this as well.

With the release of the EA Sports UFC game this week, several fantasy fights were released, including Cat Zingano taking on the champ. You can watch it here.

Reminder to pre-order your copy of “A History of Women’s Boxing”. The book details this beginnings of women in the “sweet science” and digs into the roots of women’s combat sports.

Go here to order. If you use the promotional code 7A3AUTHF, you will save 25%.

rosy hayward 02This Sunday on the podcast we will talk to Muay Thai fighter and award winning journalist Rosy Hayward. The British fighter runs the best source for women’s Muay Thai in the world, the Female Muay Thai group on Facebook.

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


With former Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker being announce the new president of Bellator, Coker will most likely bring back at least one women’s division to the company. Don’t expect this until at least next year as he tries to “right the ship” and reorganize the promotion.

Combate America states it will launch a female division in the fall. The promotion, which is targeted for the Latino audience, was started by UFC co-founder Campbell McLaren. It currently airs on Mun2 in the U.S.

If you didn’t catch it in last week’s column, XFC will be having an event in the fall and is expected to have Pearl Gonzales defending her title.

Sara McMann’s manager has stated Sarah Kaufman’s camp have refused several dates given to them for a possible fight. He states that Kaufman is “ducking her”. McMann has put out an open challenge to the UFC bantamweight division.

Holly Holm, Paige VanZant, and Juliana Lima are all expected to announce fights soon.

Scheduled Fights


Aguilar and Fujino Courtesy WSOF
Aguilar and Fujino Courtesy WSOF

World Series of Fighting strawweight champion Jessica Aguilar will defend her title for the first time as she takes on Japan’s Emi Fujino in Las Vegas Saturday. The match will air on NBC Sports Net, with the main card starting at 6 p.m. pst/9 p.m. est.

Aguilar (17-4) is on an eight fight win streak, winning the belt in her last outing with first round submission win over Alida Gray.

Fujino (13-7) is coming off a loss to Mizuki Inoue by decision, but has won 5 of her last eight fights.

Both Aguilar (114.8) and Fujino (115) came in on weight. Herb Dean will be refereeing the bout with Adalaide Byrd, Caro Uso, and Glenn Trowbridge as judges.

Another bout on the card sees the WSOF debut of CFA featherweight tournament champion Ashlee Evans-Smith taking on InvictaFC vet Marciea Allen. Smith (2-0) got attention on the national scene defeating Fallon Fox in the CFA finals. Smith will be dropping to 135 for the contest. Allen (3-1) has won back to back fights.

Smith came in at 135, while Allen tipped the scales at 137.8. Allen will have to drop 1.8 pounds in two hours or else give up some of her fight purse.

The match will be a part of the prelims, which will stream on Saturday at 3 p.m. pst/6 p.m. est.

In other pro bouts:

  • At Thunderstrike Fight League in Lublin, Poland, Izabela Badurek takes on Marzena Horoszko (125)
  • Kirstin Murphey faces Allanna Jones at Shogun Fights in Baltimore, MD

Ammy MMA

In amateur action:

  • At V3 Fights in Memphis, TN, Amberlynn Orr faces Auttumn Norton
  • Roxanne Ceasear takes on Fatima Mallett at Belts of Honorious in Austin, Texas
  • At LegacyFC in Bossier City, LA, Andrea Lee battles Valerie Aspaas
  • In a pair of bouts at Mansion Fights in North Hollywood, California, Maria Dominguez takes on Elizabeth Rodriguez and Mayra Palestino battles Marelyn Svoboda


A pair of title bouts are set for Vienna, Austria Saturday.

WIBF super flyweight champion Eva Voraberger looks to add on more belts to her collection as she takes on Thailand’s Nonggift Onesongchaigym for the vacant  WBF super flyweight titles. Voaberger (17-3) will also be defending her WIBF title. She got a first round KO over Fleis Djendji in her last fight this past December.

Nonggift  (6-1-1) hasn’t lost a fight since her pro debut.

The other title fight sees Oezlem Sahin battling Buangern Onesongchaigym for the vacant WIBF/WBF/GBU minimumweight titles.  Sahin (17-0-1) is the former interim WIBF light flyweight champion. Buangern (11-6-1) is looking for her first title.


Aniya Seki looks to defend her WBC Silver super flyweight title for a second time as she faces Judith Rodriguez in Glattbrug, Switzerland. Seki (24-2) is a two division champion, holding belts in the bantamweight division as well. She has won seven straight.

Rodriguez (6-7) is looking to snap a four fight win streak and win her first title.

In other boxing bouts:

  • In Cluj-Napoca, Romania Maiva Hamadouche takes on Klaudia Vigh
  • Julieta Andrea Cardozo faces Lilian Dolores Silva in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • In Northbridge, Australia, Louisa Hawton battles Wiilaiwan Namuanghchan
  • Tania Enriquez dukes it out with Diana Gonzalez in Ensenada, Mexico

3 thoughts on “The MRS – (WMMA & WBoxing News) June 20, 2014”

  1. Coker is not bringing back wmma to Bellator. First, there are rumors he is being brought in to clean up the promotion just so Viacom can sell it. Second, it wasn’t Bjorn’s idea to dump wmma, it was Viacoms. Third, Strikeforce was only in wmma because UFC wasn’t. It makes zero sense to fill your cards with low level wmma now that Invicta is back and most of the talent is locked up to them and UFC.

    Oh, and the rumor is Holm has already been signed by UFC and a fight will be announced soon. I’ll throw out Eye vs. Holm.

    1. 1) who is going to buy it? Zuffa? 2) As I heard it was Bjorn who had a hissy fit about the last two wmma fights. Ratings for wmma had proven to help for organizations – especially on tv 3) SF was in it got the ratings & wmma stars were easy to build. If they went 125 (a division the UFC doesn’t have) they will do well. Coker was supportive of the idea of bringing women in the conference call and if they want to sell it, ratings matter. Wmma = ratings.

  2. 1) Probably. They are bringing in a guy who did business with them. The MMA business is terrible right now. 2) I believe Dave Meltzer said Viacom was uncomfortable with wmma. 3) Strikeforce had Gina Carano, Miesha, and a young Rousey. The only real draws in wmma. What else drew beyond that? No one cares about 125. 135 and 115 cannibalize it. See, when Bellator first did wmma, it was a novelty and special because UFC didn’t. But now every promotion does it. The major talent now looks to UFC and to a lesser extent Invicta. People who watch Bellator and WSOF are hardcore MMA fans and they could care less about wmma. If wmma = ratings, than why didn’t Invicta get a TV deal? No one is turning into WSOF to watch Jessica Aguilar fight or some low level 135 fight. UFC might turn wmma into a draw beyond Ronda, but it won,t happen overnight.

    Oh, one other thing. The contracts. Bellator has had an impossible time signing talent because of their crazy contracts. Do you think any decent female fighter would sign with them and throw away a UFC future? Especially with Invicta on Fight Pass? Jag and Ashlee Evan Smith both know they can sign with UFC after a few WSOF fights. There are too many options. Now I understand Coker is suppose to cut costs. So they could bring in some $500 a fight local female fighters to pad out a card or two. But they are not doing divisions nor signing anyone that could bring in ratings.

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