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Pannie Kianzad on Getting Her Grove Back and Her Quick Turnaround

Photos courtesy Dave Mandel, Invicta FC

“I feel like a big weight have been released of my shoulders! I was very nervous but never hesitating of what I was gonna do, I needed to believe in myself and my abilities.”

This was Pannie Kianzad’s reaction when she won a few weeks ago at InvictaFC 29 in Kansas City. She was undefeated in 8 straight fights before she lost to three of the top bantamweights in the promotion. She ended the skid with an unanimous decision win over Bianca Daimoni. She also looked like her old self in the bout. What does she credit for breaking the losing streak? Continue reading Pannie Kianzad on Getting Her Grove Back and Her Quick Turnaround

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30 Try Out for TUF 28

Photo courtesy Cris Cyborg’s Facebook

With the UFC in desperate need of featherweights, they put out the call for women yo come to Las Vegas for The Ultimate Fighter casing call Tuesday. Thirty athletes showed up for the tryouts for the 28th season of the show.

The champion Cris “Cyborg” Justino was on hand to cover who maybe a new contender for her in the coming years. She also welcomed the hopefuls to dinner Tuesday night. Continue reading 30 Try Out for TUF 28

After 400 Events, How AXS TV/HDNet Fights Made Women’s Combat History

(Photo courtesy Lion Fight/ Bennie Palmore)

It was 14 year ago when the fledgling HDNet decided it wanted in the MMA game. In 2018 as AXS TV Fights, it has proven to be an outlet to build stars.

AXS TV will be featuring the history of fighting on the network in “Cageside 400” Friday night at 6 p.m. pst/9 p.m. est. The special will feature commentators, analysts, and others who worked on events over the past 11 years.  Continue reading After 400 Events, How AXS TV/HDNet Fights Made Women’s Combat History

Kelly Clayton Looks to Stay Fearless in Pro Debut

Kelly Clayton isn’t a name most fans would recognize, but she is looking to change that Saturday night.

Clayton takes on fellow pro debutante Serena DeJesus at Intense Championship Fighting Saturday in Great Falls, Montana, which will stream on Fite.tv. Clayton is coming off three straight wins and looking to continue her winning ways.

We had a chance to talk to Clayton about her upcoming fight and background into how she got into MMA. Continue reading Kelly Clayton Looks to Stay Fearless in Pro Debut

Bellator Champion Ilima-Lei MacFarlane Talks Young Guns and Title Run

(Photo Courtesy Bellator)

It has been six months since Ilima-Lei MacFarlane won the inaugural Bellator flyweight champion. It will be another two until we see her back in action.

This past week, the promotion announced MacFarlane’s first title defense will be against Alejandra Lara in Temeucla, California June 29th. This will be sort of a homecoming for the champ, as she made her Bellator debut in the same venue a little less than three years ago. Continue reading Bellator Champion Ilima-Lei MacFarlane Talks Young Guns and Title Run

InvictaFC 29 Card Sees Important Bantamweight Fights; Fresh New Talent

With the bantamweight title continual vacant because of athletes signing to the UFC, Invicta looks to make sure the bantamweight division is continuing expanding.

Their 29th outing will return to Kansas City May 4th and sees four bantamweight fights on the card, including the already announced Sarah Kaufman looking for her second world title facing the undefeated Katharina Lehner. Continue reading InvictaFC 29 Card Sees Important Bantamweight Fights; Fresh New Talent

Video – InvictaFC 28 Post Fight with Milana Dudieva

(Photo Courtesy Dave Mandel, Invicta FC)

After what was a four fight losing streak against some of the best in the flyweight and bantamweight divisions, Milana Dudieva snapped it Saturday night with a highlight reel TKO win over Christina Marks.

We caught up with Dudieva and discussed her win and her plans for the rest of 2018. Continue reading Video – InvictaFC 28 Post Fight with Milana Dudieva

Video – InvictaFC 28 Post Fight with Jillian DeCoursey

(Photo Courtesy Dave Mandel, Invicta FC)

The atomweight division is growing stronger day by day and Jillian DeCoursey is looking like the future.

The amateur star has made the transition to pro seem seamless with her two wins under the InvictaFC banner; getting her latest win by unanimous decision over Rebekah LeVine Saturday night.

We talked to DeCoursey about her win and her change in training camps for this fight.

Video – InvictaFC 28 Post Fight with Minna Grusander

(Photo courtesy – Dave Mandel, Invicta FC)

It has been almost three years since Finland’s Minna Grusander has made the trip to the US. Every time she has, however, she has come home with a win.

Saturday night was no exception. Grusander came back after a tough first round to get the TKO win in her debut at atomweight. She improves to 6-1 and has made a mark in the division. She got a Performance of the Night bonus for her efforts.

We caught up with Grusander after the fight to talk about the win and her fight camp. Continue reading Video – InvictaFC 28 Post Fight with Minna Grusander