After a nine month absence, Raquel Pennington (5-4) came back to the octagon and handed Ashlee Evans-Smith her first pro loss at UFC 181 in Las Vegas, NV.
Smith used her wrestling to control the majority of the round, opening a gash in the middle of Pennington’s forehead. Towards the end of the round, Pennington landed a takedown and as Smith was standing up, Pennington took the back and was able to get the bulldog headlock on Smith. Pennington used it to choke out Smith and Smith was out right before the bell rang to end round 1. The ref stopped the fight.
Pennington gets back on the winning track after a close decision loss to Jessica Andrade.
MMA Super Heroes ended the year with three female bouts in São Paulo, Brazil.
Tournament champion Renata Baldan recovered from her first pro loss by defeating Luciana Treze by unanimous decision. Baldan improves to 4-1.
Mariana Leonardo gains her 4th by defeating Karina Santana de Oliveira by TKO round 1 after Oliveira ends it inbetween rounds.
In an amateur atomweight bout, Solange Tirolli defeated Adriana Curtz by TKO in round 2.
Bantamweight prospect Jessica Zomchik earned her second professional 1st round armbar, this time defeating Stacey Sigala at Gladiators of the Cage in Pittsburgh, PA.
In two amateur bouts on the card, Jena Baldwin defeated Jamie Driver by split decision and Melissa Gasdick defeated Sarah Click by disuqalifcation after an illegal head kick round 2.
In other pro bouts:
- At Roshambo in Australia, Megan Anderson submitted Zoie Shreiweis by armbar round 1
- Ariel Beck defeated Angela Hayes by unanimous decision at Fightforce in Butte, MT
- At Maringá Combat in Maringa, Parana, Brazil, Hevellyn Moura defeated Jade Menezes by unanimous decision
In amateur MMA action:
- At Matrix Fights in Philadelphia, PA, Serena DeJesus submits Amanda Kramny by rear naked choke round 3
- Makan Clemons defeated Victoria Frano by unanimous decision at Kingdom 3 in Houston, TX
- At Dynasty Combat Sports in Lincoln, Nebraska, Erin Smith defeated Janie Konyek by unanimous decision
- At Conflict MMA in Hardeeville, SC, Annie DeCresente defeated Jenna Fox by unanimous decision
- In a pair of bouts at British Challenge MMA in Colchester, Essex, England, Sinead Kavanagh defeated Jaye Haynes by TKO (retirement) 3:00 round 1 and Ameesha Bhudia defeated Wendy McKenna by unanimous decision
- Dominique Gallegher-Gonzales defeated Stephanie Builderback by unanimous decision at Cowboy Extreme Fighting in San Antonio, Texas. Also on the card, Brandi Narvaez defeated Laurie Ashby by TKO 0:22 round 1
- In a pair of bouts at Rumble at the Roseland in Portland, OR, Hailea Brooks defeated Chun Yang by TKO round 2, and Kalyn Schwartz defeated Lisa Spangler by unanimous decision
- Yumi Matsumoto defeated Danielle Alfapada by TKO 2:15 round 2 at King of the Cage in Las Vegas, Nevada
- At St. Louis MMA, Kelly Keenon defeated Aimee Masters by TKO round 2
- In a pair of bouts MFL in South Bend, Indiana, Kara Vislosky defeated Alyssa Lawrence by unanimous decision and Veronica Weaver defeated Brooke Stamm by TKO (retirement) round 1
Nicole Wesner earned he first world titles in spectacular fashion this past weekend in Vienna, Austria with a knockout over Gina Chamie in round 3. With the win, Wesner wins the vacant WIBF and vacant WBF lightweight titles.
Wesner remains undefeated at 9-0.
Arely Mucino earns her second world title defeating Shindo Go by unanimous decision to win the WBC World flyweight title in Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico. Mucino was the former interim WBA flyweight champion.
Mucino (21-2-2; 1 NC) increases her undefeated streak to seven.
Jackie Nava successfully defended her WBC and WBA super bantamweight title, getting an unanimous decision over Sayda Mosquera in Sonora, Mexico.
Nava (31-4-3) had defended her WBA title for the fifth time and her WBC title for the second. Her win streak continues at seven.
In a heavyweight rematch Sonya Lamonakis defeated Carlette Ewell by split decision to win the vacant IBO World heavyweight title in Philipsburg, Sint Maarten.
The two went to a draw in 2012 and this match was so close, we won’t be surprised if we see a trilogy match.
EBU female super bantamweight champion Karine Rinaldo improves her win streak to eight, defeating Nevenka Mikulic by unanimous decision in Corse-du-Sud, France.
Rinaldo (11-1-1) defend her title for the first time since winning it back in June.
On other boxing bouts:
- In a pair of fights in Santiago del Estero, Argentina, Vanesa del Valle Calderon knockouts out Valeria Almiron in round 1 and Valeria Vanesa Gramajo defeated Natalia Vanesa Lopez by unanimous decision
- Simona Galassi defeated Evgeniya Zablotskaya by unanimous decision in Emilia Romagna, Italy
- In a pair of bouts in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, Jelena Mrdjenovich defeated Pasa Malagic by TKO round 3, and Kandi Wyatt defeated Lita Mae Button by TKO round 4
- Farida El Hadrati defeated Sabrina Giuliani by unanimous decision in Puy-de-Dôme, France
- In Differdange, Luxembourg, Caroline Thea Andre defeated Gabriella Vetro by unanimous decision
- Noelia Gutierrez defeated Lorena Noemi Gomez by unanimous decision in Santa Fe, Argentina