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Entertainment show host and radio personality for 10 years, MarQ is currently producing three shows on Blog Talk Radio.

Your Guide to TUF 23 (Updated bi-weekly)

As we head to July, one strawweight will be crowned “The Ultimate Fighter”.

Eight women qualified to get into the house to be only the third woman to hold the title.

Here is all you need to know, and results updated by-weekly.

“Get in the House” results

  • Amanda Bobby Cooper def. Mellony Geugjes by armbar 1:00 round 1 (video)
  • Lanchana Green  def. Ashley Cummins by TKO round 2 (video)
  • Jamie Moyle def. Alyssa Krahn by rear naked choke 4:02 round 1 (video)
  • Ashley Yoder  def. Jodie Esquibel by split decision (video)
  • JJ Aldrich def. Kristi Lopez by unanimous decision (video)
  • Tatiana Suarez  def. Chelsea Bailey by unanimous decision (video)
  • Kate Jackson def. Irene Cabello-Rivera by TKO round 2 (video)
  • Helen Harper def.Amy Montenegro by armbar round 1 (video)

The Teams

Team Claudia

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Name Age Record Hometown Twitter Instagram
Amanda Bobby Cooper  24  1-1 Bath, Michigan @ABCnation125 @abcnation125
Lanchana Green  26  2-1 Darlington, England @LanchanaGreen @lanchanagreen
Tatiana Suarez  25 3-0 Fontana, California @tspmma115 @tatianasuarezpadilla
Kate Jackson  29  7-2-1 Lostwithiel, England  @KPAJackson @kpajackson

Team Joanna

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 Name Age  Record  Hometown  Twitter  Instagram
 Jamie Moyle  27 3-1 Las Vegas, Nevada  @LoveBoatJamie  @loveboatjamie
Ashley Yoder  28  4-1 Indianapolis, Indiana @Yoda_BaBay  @spydermonkey_yoda
JJ Aldrich  23 2-1 Aurora, Colorado @JJAldrich1 @jjaldrich
Helen Harper 28 4-1 Farnborough, England @HHHellraiser @fightergirl2012

Quarterfinals

Winner Result
Tatiana Suarez  

Rear naked choke

round 2

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Tatiana Suarez JJ Aldrich
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Wombat Sports Announces Alliance with Amateur Athlete Website

9f599ee2-666c-4a2a-a8a2-5d30aa09e183Amateur fighters a lot of times have little resources to get their name out.

AmateurAtheletes.com has made it a bit easier. The website gives out free profiles to athletes in many different amateur sports from all over the planet. They reached out to us to let ammy fighters know about their services.

The website gives fighters worldwide the ability to upload videos, pictures and statistics to share with the international community, giving athletes a platform to show off their talents.

These profiles can help with finding sponsors and gaining exposure to fans and promoters.

We will be starting a channel soon, but for now you can get your free profile by going to AmateurAthletes.com.

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. Continue reading Watercooler: InvictaFC 17 Changes; UFC Gets Flyweight Bout

On its 4th Annversary, We Breakdown InvictaFC by the Numbers

Very few promotions can say they have lasted as long as InvictaFC.

A loyal fan base and an eye for talent, Shannon Knapp has kept the promotion going through stream crashes, back office drama, losing a lot of talent to the UFC, and putting out fires at events. Many would falter at these hurdles, but InvictaFC continues to shine after four years of operation.

Let’s breakdown four years of events that helped break the glass ceiling of female athletes in the MMA world.

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Video: Watch the 19 UFC on Fox Weigh-in here 1:30 p.m. pst/4:30 est

Nurmagomedov_vs._FergusonTwo exciting bouts in the women’s divisions are happening  live on Fox.

In the co-main event, a rematch from Invicta as Tecia Torres faces Rose Namajunas. Torres took the first match by decision back in 2013. Both have rebounded since thier losses to Carla Esparza.

The co-featured prelims will feature Bethe Correia looking to rebound after her first loss to take on a surging Raquel Pennington.

Weigh-ins start at 1:300 p.m. pst/4:30 est.

 

Pro MMA in New York and the Other Great Thing This Means

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Janice Meyer; Amateur New York Fighter

Tuesday March 22 stood as a momentous day in MMA history as the last state government in the USA has opted legalized pro MMA.

It was a sixteen year battle, but after an overwhelming vote of 113-25 in the New York Assembly. In a ceremony April 14th at Madison Square Garden, Governor Andrew Cuomo  officially signed it into law. The New York State Athletic Commission has 120 days to get official rules set, plus vetting officials and promoters’ and fighters’ licenses. The first day pro MMA promotions can have a card in the state is September 1.

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Invicta’s Christine Stanley Talks Evolution of her Game

stanley 02One of the most dynamic up and coming flyweights is ready to showcase some new skills come InvictaFC 17.

The San Diego based athlete will head a few hours north to fight in Costa Mesa May 7th to face Shannon Sinn. The flyweights have been one of Invicta’s signature divisions loaded with fresh young talent.

Stanley has already made her mark back at InvictaFC 11 in February 2015, when she TKOed Laura Salazar in exciting fashion in just under three minutes.

Continue reading Invicta’s Christine Stanley Talks Evolution of her Game

Wrestlers Adeline Gray & Elena Pirozhkova Heading to Olympics

Two female wrestlers have punched their ticket to Rio.

Adeline Gray (75kg) and Elena Pirozhkova (63kg) rolled their way through the US Olympic Trials this past weekend in Iowa City, Iowa.

Pirozhkova won her 16 woman tournament, sweeping their two out of three match finals. She won gold at the 2012 World Championships before heading to the Olympics that year. The Russian born wrestler defected with her parents at age 3, and is one of the top ranked wrestlers on the planet. Her pinning of Erin Clodgo was ironic in the fact Clodgo earned the quota spot winning the Pan-Am Games 63kg championship.

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Ultimate Fighter 23 – All You Need to Know

The-Ultimate-Fighter-23-Finale-posterWe are less than two weeks away until the premiere of The Ultimate Fighter 23 and the cast has been finally revealed.

Team coaches UFC champ Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Claudia Gahdelha have already seen some drama leading up to the show, with rumors of a fight on set after taping and a war of words in the media.

On a positive side note, Claudinha Gadelha will be carrying the Olympic torch in her home town of Mossoró, Brazil  June 6

Sixteen female ahletes will try to fight into the TUF house April 20th on Fox Sports 1. Five InvictaFC vets made the list. Here is a breakdwn of the fighters and what you need to know.

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Complete InvictaFC 17 Card Announced – Souza vs. Hill Added

6152_1029285593830814_5343834700082361817_nWith May 7th vastly approaching, InvictaFC has finally announced full details of their 17th card at the Hanger in Costa Mesa, California.

As announced at InvictaFC 16, Tonya Evinger will defend her bantamweight title against #1 contender Colleen Schneider.

Another title fight will also happen at InvictaFc 17 as Livia Renata Souza (9-0) will look to defend her belt for a second time against UFC vet and rising star Angela Hill (4-2). Both have back to back finishes is the promotion.

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Tiffany VanSoest Signs with Invicta; Glory Kickboxing

4b36780c-5ffa-4c76-bec1-3e946cf82ac4One of the top stars of Muay Thai will look to dominate two sports at once.

It was announced this week Lion Fights champion Tiffany Van Soest has signed contracts with two UFC Fight Pass staples, InvictaFC and Glory Kickboxing.

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