No female MMA fighters made the ESPN the Body Issue this year, but women’s combat sports did get two representatives.
Olympians Adeline Gray (wrestling) and Claressa Shields (boxing; 2012 gold medalist) are both in the issue. Both will represent Team USA in Rio.
Amanda Bobby Cooper has earned her way int the Ultimate Fighter 23 finale.
Cooper submitted Lanchana Green in the semi-finals of the tournament and will now face the winner of the Kate Jackson and Tatiana Suarez match, which airs Wednesday on Fox Sports 1, on the finale on Friday.
It is expect Green will face the loser of the fight.
The TUF 23 finale card is headlined by champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk defending her 115 title against Claudia Gadelha in a rematch of their 2014 classic battle.
The card will air on Fox Sports 1.
InvictaFC adds two more bouts to their July 29th card.
Aspen Ladd (3-0) will be looking for her fourth straight win as she faces promotional debutante Jessica Hoy (1-0) in a bantamweight contest. Ladd has finished in all three of her InvictaFC bouts and made her bantamweight debut with her recent TKO win over Kelly McGill. Hoy made her professional debut defeating Jessica Eve Richer this past May.
Simona Soukupova will make her InvictaFC return after a three year absence to face Tessa Simpson in an atomweight contest. Soukupova (5-3-1) got a TKO win over Iman Darabi last year, while promotional debuter Simpson (4-1) is coming off a Submission of the Year contender over Satomi Takano with a triangle keylock win.
InvictaFC 18 will be live at the Scottish Right Temple in Kansas City, Missouri July 29 and will stream live on UFC Fight Pass.
InvictaFC also announced they have signed two new fighters in undefeated featherweight Amy Coleman (2-0) and Tuff-n-uff bantamweight champion Brieta Carpenter. Carpenter has also signed a contract with Pancrase.
The following day, July 30, Princesses of Pain has 12 confirmed buts for their card in Aukland, New Zealand for their 47th card.
- Sally Elizabeth Asiata-Kaokao vs Dawn Chalmers
- Bridget Lord Vs Michelle Montague
- Briar Johnston VS Terri Simpson
- Gase Sinita Vs Jordan Cooper
- Louisa Mann vs Millie Culshaw
- Katie Quick vs Leighann Banham
- Melodie McDonald vs Lilz Sharland
- Inna Schwalger vs Sindy Lee
- Jamie Clarke VS Sylvia Mathews
- Nicola Amelia Mayall vs Chelsea Retemeyer
- Arianna Walker vs Laila Coleman
- Chanelle Marie Bernard vs Olivia Curreen
Two more matches are expected to be announced.
Bellator will bring in two Brazilian fighters for their card in Mulvane, Kansas July 22.
In two strawweight bouts, Bruna Ellen (2-0) will face pro debuter Jessica Middleton (5-2 amateur), while Bruna Vargas (2-0) will take on Emily Ducote (2-1).
The bouts will stream on Spike.com.
The following day on July 23, InvictaFC vets Sarah D’Alelio and Jenny Liou Shriver will battle at flyweight at Cage Sport/Supper Fight League in Tacoma, Washington.
D’Alelio (9-6) made a successful debut at flyweight at InvictaFC 16 with a rear naked chke win over Andrea Lee. Shriver (6-3) has three straight armbar wins, including one over fellow InvictaFC vet Shanon Sinn this past month.
The fight will stream on Supoer Fight League’s youtube channel.
Valerie Letourneau was on the MMA Hour this week and made her first comments since her loss to Janna Calderwood at UFC Fight Night 89.
Letourneau mentioned that Reebok had apologized for the problems she had with her sports bra during the fight and flew her out to their headquarters in Boston to check out some other items they had, and asked for her input in improving their sports bra. She was not too hopeful as a redesign of the sports bra will take 9 months at the least. She states she will look at other Reebok products for her next fight.
Letourneau also added she will be staying at 125 if she can. She stated that after the post fight medicals that found a problem with her liver, which would obviously hinder a drop back to 115. She will be in Vegas this week to be looked at by the UFC doctors, but will also look to campaign the promotion for a flyweight division, as she feels she is too small for 135.
After her win at Bellator, Ashley Cummins will be dropping to 105. Fighting at 110 for the fight, she stated this was her best cut she has had, only cutting 3 pounds for the fight.
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