What Does the Rest of 2016 Hold in the Women’s Divisions?

We are 10 weeks away from 2017 and we have had an action packed year so far.

About 320 pro female bouts opened the first six months year and we are looking to close with at least another 320 fights in the second half. The next 72 days sees 82 fights set, with more being announced in the coming weeks.

Here is some highlights of what’s to come as we close 2016.

(You can see the entire list of female bouts here.)


Oct. 21

Bellator will have what is essentially a title eliminator with Julia Budd taking on Arlene Blencowe. The winner of this should be facing the winner of the Marloes Coenen versus Talita Nogueira. Budd versus Blencowe will stream on Bellator.com.

You can listen to our interview with Julia Budd ahead of her fight here.


On CBS Sports net the same night, Thais Souza and Vanessa Grimes will make their pro debuts against each other in the strawweight division at Fight Time in Florida.


Nicaragua has been busy this year with amateur bouts and will have two more bouts as Dayana Rodrguez-Gaitan versus Audeli Olivas and Odalys Salazar versus Eloisa Jeymi Perez.


The night ends with four amateur bouts at Spar Star MMA in Torrance, California.

  • Veronica Meza vs. Selena Lorigo (145)
  • Danielle Mack vs. Brittney Victoria Grizzelle (145)
  • Alia Wegner vs. Marylin Petrov (135)
  • Akari Wang vs. Maraya Miller (115)

You can see our interview with Danielle Mack here.


Oct. 22

InvictaFC’s Christine Stanley might not be on theor next card, but you won’t have to wait to get to see her in action.

Stanley will face  Liz Tracy at Super Fight League America in Tacoma, Washington. This will stream on https://www.youtube.com/SFL.


History will be made as Lebanon will have its first two female bouts in MMA.

  • Joanna Salameh vs. Mariem Abidi
  • Manuella Maalouf vs. Jenna Karam

Both will be amateur bouts.


Nov. 3

The month kicks off with Deep-Jewels and their 14th card in Tokyo, Japan.

  • Mina Kurobe vs Saori Ishioka (105)
  • Emi Tomimatsu vs Tomo Maesawa (105)
  • Sachiko Fujimori vs Ayaka Miura (115)
  • Hana Date vs Sayuri Yamaguchi (105)
  • Law Date vs Takako Iizuka (125)


Nov. 4

The aforementioned Marloes Coenen will return to actin and recovering from a loss taking on the undefeated BJJ ace Talita Nogueira. Coenen’s loss to an overweight Alexis Dufresne set her title hopes back, but a win here could get her into the title hunt.

Nogueira looks to play spoiler making her promotional and US debut.

Also on the card Sarah Payant faces Hannah Merullo in a flyweight bout.

The main card will air on Spike TV with the prelims streaming on Bellator.comBellator.com.


Nov. 5

The long awaited UFC debut of Alexa Grasso will happen in her home country of Mexico as she takes on Heather Clark at UFC Fight Night Mexico City which will air on Fox Sports 1.

Undefeated Grasso was in title contention at Invicta before making the jump to the UFC. She defeated TUF 23 vet Jodie Esquibel in her last outing.

Clark looks to upset the hometown fighter. Clark is 1-1 in the octagon, coming off a loss to title challenger Karolina Kowalkiewicz.


Nov. 10

History will be made as the first ever female MMA bout will happen in Israel.

Bellator will hold a card in Tel Aviv with veteran fighters Lena Ovchynnikova and Karla Benitez making the female division’s debut in the country. The fight will air on Spike TV the night of November 11th.


Nov. 11

Half way across the world in Singapore, One Championships will see the promotional debut of BJJ champion Michelle Nicolini as she takes on Egypt’s Mona Samir. Also on the card, undefeated hometown fighter Tiffany Teo faces another Egyptian, Walaa Abbas. This will stream on the One Championships website.


Nov. 12

The UFC makes its long awaited debut in New York City. The opening fight, which will be on UFC Fight Pass, will see undefeated Katlyn Chookagian facing Liz Carmouche in the first sanctioned MMA bout under the New York State Athletic Commission.

It should be noted several pro female bouts have been fought in the state under various tribal commissions over the years, including Combate America’s event a few weeks back.

The main event on pay per view sees New York State’s first ever women’s division title match between champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk and challenger Karolina Kowalkiewicz in a battle of Polish pride.

Opening the pay per view portion is former champion Miesha Tate taking on Raquel Pennington.


Nov. 13

Pancrase sees both of its female stars back in action. Rin Nakai battles Brazilian Priscila de Souza and Syuri Kondo takes on USA’s Monique Adriane Azevedo in her pro debut. These fights will air on UFC Fight Pass.


Nov. 18

Invicta FC holds it’s 20th card in its home base in Kansas City, Missouri. All fights will air on UFC Fight Pass.

For a rundown of the card click here.


Nov. 19

The UFC will hold two separate cards in two different countries on the same day.

In Belfast, Northern Ireland, four female fighters will be in action as Anna Elmose faces TUF 23 runner up Amanda Bobby Cooper, and Marion Reneau battles  Milana Dudebva. This card will stream on UFC Fight Pass.

Across the pond in Sao Paulo, Brazil, former title challenger Claudia Gadelha fights in her hometown against  Cortney Casey. This fight will air n Fox Sports 1.


Bellator hits San Jose, California with two flyweight bouts.

InvictaFC star Sarah D’Alelio makes her promotional debut against Jaimelene Nievera, and hometown fighter Keri Melendez makes her MMA debut against Sheila Padilla.

D’Alelio versus Nievera will stream on Bellator.com, while Melendez versus Padilla will air on Spike TV.


The day also has bouts in Australia (XFC – Charlene Watt vs Hera Tamati), South Korea (ROAD FC – Xiaonan Yan vs Emi Fujino), and England (WFC-UK – Jemma Thomas vs Anya Hynes).


Nov. 26

The UFC heads to Melbourne, Australia as South Korean star Seo hee Ham faes former King of the Cage champion Danielle Taylor. The two were supposed to meet at UFC Philippines a few weeks ago before the event was cancelled.

The fight will stream on UFC Fight Pass.


Both Jungle Fights in Brazil and Brace in Australia will have a trifecta of female bouts.

Jungle Fight – Brazil

  • Polyana Mota vs Lourdes Verônica (115)
  • Mayra Cantuária vs Barbara Acioly (125)
  • Monique Bastos vs Fabrina Vanessa (115)

Brace – Australia

  • Caitlin McEwen vs Jess Doueihi (135)
  • Maddison Skinner vs Amira Hafizovoc (115)
  • Claire Todd vs Mel Zeman (135)


Dec. 3

The last month of the year starts out with a bang as Alexis Davis and Sara mcMann battle in a match of top 10 bantamweights at the TUF 24 finale in Las Vegas. Afer her win over Sarah Kaufman, Davis found out she was pregnant and took time off to have her child.

McMann is coming off an unanimous decision win over Jessica Eye.

Also on the card, InvictaFC vet Jamie Moyle makes her official UFC debut against Hawaiian Kailin Curran.

The fights will air on Fox Sports 1.


Dec. 9

TUF 23 winner Tatiana Suarez will seek her second official win in the octagon as she faces Juliana Lima at UFC Fight Night in Albany, New York which will air on Fox Sports 1.


Dec. 10

The next night the UFC heads to Toronto for UFC 206. Valerie Letourneau returns to strawweight as she takes on Brazilian promotional debutante Poliana Botelho.


Dec. 17

UFC on FOX will see a stellar main event in Sacramento, California as Paige Van Zant takes on the former InvictaFC champion Michelle Waterson. Both are coming off wins, each are seeking another to climb up the ladder in the strawweight division.


Dec. 30

The UFC year ends will the return of Ronda Rousey. After an absence of over a year since she lost the title, Rousey looks to regain the belt by taking on current champ Amanda Nunes in Las Vegas, Nevada at UFC 207. The fight will main event the pay per view card.


Dec. 31

The final female bouts will happen in Japan as Gabi Garcia and Rena Kubota return to actin in Rizin. Their opponents will most likely be announced in the coming weeks.

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