Watercooler: InvictaFC 17 Changes; UFC Gets Flyweight Bout

13151921_1150559741643980_5243507510679537103_nInvictaFC 17 loses a bout, but gains a new fighter.

Mizuki has dropped out of her match with Aline Serio due to injury, so Kaline Medeiros has stepped up to take her place. Medeiros (6-4) has a KO of the Year win over Stephanie Eggink, and has a kimura win over Sarah Payant in her Bellator bout last year. The fight is still announced at strawweight.

Julia Jones is out of her InvictaFC debut against Tessa Simpson due to injury, so the match has been scrapped.

We will have a primer for InvictaFC 17 shortly after weigh-ins on Friday.

Invicta has also signed three more fights to their roster.

Undefeated Polish fighter Agnieszką Niedźwiedź, undefeated Brazilian Talia Santos, and IMMAF European champion Sunna Rannveig Davidsdottir (Iceland) will make their debuts on upcoming cards.

Niedźwiedź (7-0) was on her way to the Cage Warriors bantamweight title until an unexpected pregnancy has kept her out for the past few years. She has finished in all but one of her fights. She will be fighting at flyweight at Invicta.

Santos (13-0) has ten first round finishes to her credit and will be a welcome addition to the bantamweight division.

Davidsdottir (4-1 amateur) won the IMMAF Europe Flyweight title in November, with two of her wins by TKO in the tournament.

InvictaFC has announced veteran fighter Kaitlin Young will joining Julie Kedzie in her matchmaking responsibilities.

Julia Budd announced this week she is out of her Bellator title fight with Marloes Coenen due to injury. The fight will be rescheduled to a later date.

Three matches have been announced last week for the UFC.

In what will be the first female flyweight fight in the UFC, Joanne Calderwod will face Valerie Letourneau at UFC Fight Night Ottawa June 18th. Caldwerwood told the MMA Hour on Monday she requested the fight be at 125 due to her being inactive and wasn’t sure she make 115.

Calderwood also told the MMA Hour she has been training at Tri-star and has learned a lot from head coach Firas Zahabi, who will be cornering her. Calderwood stated she would be interested in coming up to 125 permanently if the UFC does decide to add the division.

Letourneau was on a four fight win streak before losing a unanimous decision to strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk.

Also announced for the card, Randa Markos will face Jocelyn Jones-Lybarger. Both are coming off of decision losses.

The matches will air on Fox Sports 1.

The other match announced sees hometown fighter Felice Herrig returning after a year absence to take on Kailin Curran at UFC on Fox in Chicago July 23. Both have losses to Page VanZant, but Curran is coming off a win over Emily Kagan. The fight is expected to air on Fox.

In case you missed them, the 8 TUF 23 “Get in the House” matches are available online. Just click the link below:

To update you on those who didn’t make the house…

  • Ashley Cummins has signed with Shamrock MMA and will also fight at Bellator’s St. Louis card June 24th in St. Louis.
  • Irene Cabello will be facing Celine Haga at IFC Spain May 14th.
  • Mellony Geugjes will face Montana Stewart at Superior Combative Challenge in Fort Worth, Texas June 3rd.

Amy Montenegro, Kristi Lopez, and Jodie Esquibel are still signed with Invicta, with Esquibel holding out to possibly replace an injured fighter at the Ultimate Fighter Finale in July.

Brazilian Poliana Botelho has announced she has signed to the UFC.

Bothelho (5-1) is a training partner of Claudia Gadelha and helped Miesha tate during her camp with Holly Holm. She won the XFC flyweight tournament last year.

No word on when she will debut, but she is dropping to strawweight.

The International MMA Federation has announced they have renewed its partnership with the UFC.

The IMMAF amateur tournaments are streamed and archived on UFC Fight Pass, an their World Championships have been a staple of International Fight week in July in Vegas.

Claudia Gadhela will be moving to the U.S. permanently, having opened her own gym in in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania a few weeks ago.

Tiffany Van Soest was also on the MMA Hour Monday, and discussed her plans for the coming months.

May 13th, Van Soest will make her Glory Kickboxing debut in Los Angeles, which will stream live on UFC Fight Pass. Her opponent is yet to be announced.

Van Soest confirmed she will debut with Invicta on their September card. She will do her main training at Bali MMA and Muay Thai, but will look for a San Diego or Las Vegas gym to train for part of the camp. She has trained with UFC fighters Carla Esparza and Jessica Penne in the past.

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