In what has been a busy week for news, the Watercooler returns.
In early pro MMA action Saturday:
- At BAMMA in Dublin, Irerand, Sinead Kavanagh defeated Hatice Ozyurt by TKO in 17 seconds and Celina Hada defeats Catherine Costigan by armbar at 4:46 of round 1. (You can watch the finishes by clicking the links).
- At Cage 31 in Helsinki, Finland Lucie Pudilova defeated Suvi Salmimies by split decision.
- Also in Finland Kate Jackson defeated Linn Wennergren by split decision at Fight Night Kuopio 13 in Kuopio
In pro MMA action Friday, at XFN 25 in Tulsa, Okalahoma, Jaymee Jones defeated Ronni Lawrence by unanimous decision.
Paige VanZant has her next challenge, and it is against her toughest test to date.
VanZant will take on Joanne Calderwood at UFC Fight Night 80 in Las Vegas December 10th. The fight will be the main event.
VanZant (6-1) has been on a roll since entering the UFC, having won three straight in the promotion. Her only loss came to Tecia Torres, and has yet to be finished.
She will face fellow InvictaFC alum Calderwood (10-1) who is coming off a win over Cortney Casey. Calderwood went undefeated until her loss to Maryna Moroz earlier this year.
Another match on the card sees a returning Emily Peters-Kagan taking on Kailin Curran who are both looking for their first UFC win.
The event will stream on UFC Fight Pass.
As the new USADA random drug testing has started for the fighters in the UFC, Claudia Gadhela got tested this past week. The results are yet to be released.
Former UFC champ Calra Esparza stated on social media she had to fill out a schedule for the USADA just in case they wanted to test her.
Anna Barone will look to avenge her last loss to Tweet in what will be the end of a trilogy at PrestigeFC in Weyburn, Canada October 24th. They will fight at 155 pounds.
Tweet (6-5) lost her second pro fight to Barone (2-4) by KO in 18 seconds in 2011. Tweet would get her revenge three years latter with a first rounf rear naked choke.
Also on the card, Bobbi Jo Dalziel takes on Christina Barry in a 150 catchweight bout.
The card will stream and will have more details as they become available.
Coming off her first pro loss, strawweight prospect Danielle Taylor will take on Calie Cutler has been announced for KOTC in Las Vegas October 17th.
Taylor (5-1) was the KOTC 115 champ before being defeated this August to Jamie Colleen. Cutler’s only loss was to Kaline Mederios and has yet to be finished as a pro.
The match will eventually on Mav TV.
IMMAF 2015 flyweight champ Micol Di Segni will make her pro debut against Danella Eliasov October 4th at EFC in Joahnnesburg, South Africa. The Italian standout Segni is helping to head a movement to again acceptance for female fighting in her home country. Eliasov won her pro debut this past February.
Alexandra Buch will face Katharina Lehner at GMC 7 on November 7th in Castrop-Rauxel, Germany. They will fight at at catchweight for 138. Buch (8-4) is on a two fight losing streak while Lehner (3-0) is undefeated at featherweight. Lehner will face Judith Ruis October 24th in Germany before her match with Buch.
Suriname will see three female MMA bouts on Halloween.
Torarica Summer Fights announced an event this week which will see the MMA debut of world kickboxing champion Denise Kielholtz. Her opponet is to be announced. Also on the card, Natasha Ribeiro De Souza and Chavella Lee will have separate fights and in amateur action, Sandy Shara takes on Wendy Santos.
Brazil’s upcoming all female promotion AFC Athenas has signed WSOF and XFC vet Kalindra Faria. The promotion is looking to debut in January 2016.
Southern Asia will see some bouts this coming weekend:
- Super Fight League will return home to India with top Indian female fighter Daizy Singh taking on Lalvenhimi. This will stream on the SFL youtube channel Saturday morning September 18th.
- On Sunday September 19th, Angela Lee will return to the OneFC cage taking on Russia’s Elena Pashnina. The card will stream on the OneFC website for $10.
Keri Ann Melendez announced will make her Bellator debut in late spring.