Wombat Watercooler: McMann vs. Eye Plus Garcia’s Next Opponent

new perk serenaReminder the Artemis Film Festival indie go-go campaign will be ending tonight March 23. Perks include a training session with amateur standout Serena DeJesus, tickets to “Fight Valley” starring Miesha Tate, Cyborg, and Holly Holm, and authentic Xena props.

Wombat Sport’s supported documentary “Neunrg Roy” has been officially selected to the festival. We will have more details in the coming next week.

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Sara McMann and Jessica Eye will square off at UFC Fight Night in Las Vegas, May 29th.

Eye and McMann are both coming off back to back losses and are looking to get back into the hunt for the bantamweight title.

The fight will air on Fox Sports 1.

The Ultimate Fighter 23 is coming up in less than a month, and we are yet to hear any official news about the cast.

However, a list has been leaked. We have a list courtesy of at all things, a Las Vegas entertainment blog. VegasNews.com has since taking down the photo of the cast, but we were able to get eight female contestants from the show from the photo.

  • Kate Jackson
  • Amanda Bobby Cooper
  • Tatiana Suarez
  • Lanchana Green
  • Jamie Moyle
  • Ashley Yoder
  • Helen Harper
  • JJ Aldrich

According to Dana White, TUF 23 coaches Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Claudia Gadelha went at it when shooting was wrapped at the show. No cameras caught the alleged fight, but eye witness reports were that there were kicks involved.

TUF 23 premieres April 20 on Fox Sports 1.

You can watch the trailer below, where some of the list from above can be officially confirmed (they are in italics on the above list) .

Speaking of Claudia Gadelha, she will be carrying the Olympic Torch in her home town of Mossoró, Brazil June 6th.

Joanna Jedrzejczyk  was on Poland’s version of Hell’s Kitchen this past week. You can see a photo of her on set here: https://www.instagram.com/p/BDORPSuICCs/.

Paige VanZant is in a four way tie for 4th place on Dancing with the stars. Three couples are tied for 1st in the first week. No couples were eliminated this week.

The ratings were 12.65, which is the biggest audience to have seen the UFC strawweight.

An update on Tiffany VanSoest and Lion Fights. Due to a clerical error by an accountant, a check didn’t get to Tiffany VanSoest promptly and has been resolved. VanSoest’s last fight was the end of her contract with the promotion and we are expecting her to possibly sign elsewhere, more than likely Bellator where she can do both kickboxing and MMA.

VanSoest is currently at Bali MMA as one of the head Muay Thai trainers and training to make her way into the cage.

Lion Fight, however, did get some good news this week.

Antonia Shevchenko, one of the best Muay Thai and kickboxing prospects, has signed to the promotion. The sister of UFC fighter Valentina Shevchenko, Antonia is 37-1 in Muay Thai and recently won the Enfusion K1 tournament. She has also won WKC titles in kickboxing and Thai boxing.

No word on when Antonia will make her debut with the promotion.

InvictaFC star Kaitlin Young is in Thailand training Muay Thai and has picked up a nice souvenir.

Young defeated Chantal Ughi for the WMO title by third round TKO.

You can watch an interview with Young by 8Limbs.us before the fight below, talking about Young returning to Muay Thai and training in Thailand.

anna Malyukova
Courtesy penza365.ru

Gabi Garcia has her next opponent for Rizin April 17.  Russian Anna Malyukova will step up to face the BJJ world champion in Tokyo, which will air on Spike TV.

Malyukova made her MMA debut last year defeating Tatiana Portova by decision. Coming out of Sever MMA, Malyukova  started her career in MMA in college (whcih she graduated with an engineering degree.) She has been recognized as a Russian regional champion in MMA. She got the silver medal in Russia’s amateur MMA tournament, where she had to face both men and women.

You can watch a piece on her below in Russian (English subtitles are available under settings)

Mackenzie Dern has signed with Legacy MMA.

Dern, who is a world champion and the reigning ADCC World champion, has been training at the Lab in Phoenix, Arizona with Benson Henderson, Lauren Murphy, and Jocekyn Jones-Lybarger to make her transition to the cage.

Her debut for the promotion is targeted for June, with Dern cutting to 115 pounds.

Another ADCC champ, Michelle Nicolini, is moving to Evole MMA to become one of their head BJJ coaches. According to the Evolve site, Nicolini is also signed to OneFC MMA. She is 2-1 in MMA, with her only loss by decision to Norma Rueda Center in Legacy.

Jessica Aguilar has had successful ACL surgery this past week. She will be out 6 months to a year.

After her win this past weekend, Katlyn Chookagian tells us she injured her hand and has a nagging hip injury she is wanting to heal up before fighting again. She expects a June return.


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