After popular demand, the Eddie Bravo Invitational is giving the females an event of their own.
EBI 12 had been announced months ago with a date of July 30th. They finally released the card with a sixteen woman grappling and a four woman combat jiu-jitsu tournament. The show will take place at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles (get tickets here) or if you can’t make it to L.A., it will be live on UFC Fight Pass. Continue reading July’s EBI 12 Grappling Full Card with Bios
It was this past November when Miesha Tate suddenly hung up her gloves after losing to Raquel Pennington. One of only two women to hold both the UFC and Strikeforce titles, Tate had a hall of fame worthy 9 year run in MMA.
Seven months after the announcement, I sat down with Tate at one of her favorite restaurants Pot Liquor in Las Vegas for a three part interview.
In the first part of our interview, we discuss what she is doing now in the sport, her receiving the “Inspirational Fighter of the Year” Award from the WMMA Press Association earlier this year and the possibility of a comeback. Continue reading Miesha Tate On the Record Part 1: Coaching, Commentary, and Charity
The InvictaFC 24 gets a new main event as Megan Anderson has signed with the UFC to face Cris “Cyborg” Justino at UFC 214 in Anaheim, California July 29th. The match will be for the vacant UFC featherweight title, as the UFC stripped Germaine de Randamie of the belt for refusing to defend it against Justino.
The deal has been rumored for weeks since no contenders could be found inside the UFC for the belt. InvictaFC champ Anderson stepped up wanting the fight and with no other options, the UFC signed her. The fight will serve as the co-main event on pay-per-view and will be the third time in the modern UFC era a debuting fighter(s) will get vie for title. (Ronda Rousey vs. Liz Carmouche and Carla Espaeza vs. Rose Namajunas are the others.)
With Anderson out, bantamweight champ Tonya Evinger has stepped up to take her place against Helena Kolesnyk at featherweight in a three round non-title affair in the main event of InvictaFC 24 in Kansas City July 15th, which will stream on UFC Fight Pass. Continue reading InvictaFC 24 Card Announced; Anderson vs. Cyborg Set for UFC
Legacy Fighting Alliance has announced Monday Andrea Lee will be defending her newly won LFA title July 14th against Brazilian Davina Maciel on AXS TV. This will be the main event of the promotion’s 16th card which will happen in Texas. Continue reading Andrea Lee to Face Davina Maciel in LFA 16 Main Event
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It was nearly at capacity at the Thomas and Mack center in Las Vegas for Tuff-n-uff’s “Pack the Mack” event Saturday night. Two female title bouts plus a 135 contenders bout were on the docket on the 16 fight card.
Tuff-n-uff had streamed the event live on facebook but due to time constraints the stream was interrupted. We are told Tuff-n-uff will be re-uploading the stream and we will update you where you can find it in the coming days. Continue reading Tuff-n-uff “Pack the Mack” Crowns 2 New Female Champs
Three female bouts with two belts on the line will be in front of a huge crowd Saturday night in Las Vegas for Tuf-n-uff’s annual “Pack the Mack” amateur MMA event.
The main event features champion Cheyanne Vlismas battling Ohio’s Crystal Vanessa Demopoulos for the strawweight title. Vlismas tipped the scales at 115 while Demopoulos weighed at 114.6. Continue reading Tuff-n-uff “Pack the Mack” – All Female Fighters Make Weight
It was delayed, but Heather Hardy will finally make her way into a MMA cage.
Hardy was set to be on the InvictaFC card this past spring, but opponents dropped out and delayed her from making her MMA debut. It turned out to be a blessing in disguise as Hardy got an opportunity to make her debut in her hometown of New York City in the place known as the Mecca for fighting, Madison Square Garden for Bellator 180, which will air on Spike TV Saturday June 24th. Continue reading Bellator Heat: Boxing Champ Heather Hardy to Make MMA Debut
Someone to look forward to in the next few years is New Jersey’s Brooke Fahey.
The 16 year old already has an accomplished career in BJJ as a blue belt, earning 12 regional titles to her credit. At the world renowned Miller Brothers gym, she is coached not only the by UFC vets, but also rising stars in their own right pro fighter Sean “Shorty Rock” Santella (16-6-1) and amateur Mike Pagano (8-1).
Fahey will look to follow their footsteps into MMA. Continue reading Future Stars – Brooke Fahey
For the 4th year, one of the best amateur promotions in the world will make history.
Tuff-n-uff will look to break its own record for attendance for an all amateur MMA show as they “Pack the Mack” this Saturday. The free event will draw MMA fans from the Las Vegas area and beyond to see 17 live fights, which includes three female bouts. Continue reading Pack the Mack Returns with Three Female Bouts Saturday
The south is somewhere we haven’t heard much from in terms of up and coming talent, but this is changing.
Riley Mullins, a ten year old out of Alabama, has be moving up the BJJ ranks, winning state and national titles. Out of 10th Planet Atmore under Justin Ramer, she is only an orange belt and has yet to see the extent of her potential. Continue reading Future Stars – Riley Mullins
Wombat Sports from time to time likes to highlight the next generation of female combat athlete.
Our “Future Stars” column profile these athletes under 18 who are taking combat sports serious and finding success as they grow. These are the next generation of sports such as MMA, kickboxing, boxing, wrestling and BJJ. Continue reading Future Stars – Sophie Sharp
“You know what? I’m going to do 125 pound women (division).”
That was UFC President Dana White explaining why he decided this next season of The Ultimate Fighter would be for the inaugural UFC women’s flyweight title. He admitted his staff jumped the gun with a press release but seems happy that the division will fill up.
If Tuesday was any indication, he made the right choice.
46 women came to tryouts at the Palace Station Casino in Las Vegas to get their shot at being the first ever champ. We can confirm names of 44 of the hopefuls, which are listed at the bottom of the article. Continue reading TUF 26 – Who Came, What Happened, and What’s Next