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The MRS – (WMMA & WBoxing News) May 12

Miscellaneous News

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We are gaining unprecedented access to the upcoming Intense Championship Fighting all female card.

We will have full coverage of the event, from weigh-ins to post-fight, starting Thursday, including video interviews with all 14 fighters.

The main event will feature InvictaFC vets Cassie Robb and Liz McCarthy.

We expect to announce a stream for the event Thursday.

Amanda Kelly and Kerry Hughes look to recover after their first losses at Cage Warriors as they will square off at the promotion’s 69th event June 7 in London, England.

Scotland’s Kelly (1-1) lost by unanimous decision to Laura Howarth in December. Kelly had a highlight reel KO over Hannah Stephens last October.

Hughes (1-1) lost to Agnieszka Niedzwiedz by decision in her Cage Warrior’s debut. Hughes would go 3-0 as an amateur before winning her debut over L.J. Adams.

The fight will stream on June 7.

Shino VanHoose will make her long awaited U.S. debut as she faces Tyra Parker at Gladiator’s Challenge May 31 in San Diego. CA.

The 19 year old VanHoose (3-3) started her pro career at age 15, going 3-0. She would take current DEEP-JEWELS champion Seo Hee Ham the distance in her last fight, losing by decision. VanHoose had moved to the U.S. last year.

Parker (3-4) had submitted her opponents in all of her wins inclduing an armbar over Michele Gutierrez. Parker is coming off a loss to  Kristi Lopez by a close split decision. This will be Parker’s debut at strawweight.

No word on if this will be streamed.

vanburen anaverde tale of the tapeXFC vet Brianna VanBuren will return to action as she will take on Maria Andaverde at West Coast Fighting in Sacramento June 28.

VanBuren (3-1) has back to back wins including a decision over Patricia Vidonic. Andaverde is looking to snap a two fight skid, having won her pro debut in 2011.

No word on if this will be streamed.

The International Women’s Boxing Hall of Fame ceremony will be streamed live and free at on July 10th.

You can read about the inductees here.

Ava Knight has gotten a job with the UFC, but she won’t be doing MMA anytime soon.

Knight reported last week she will be one of the boxing coaches at the UFC Gym in Las Vegas.

Ultimate Fighter 20 competitor Felice Herrig participated in bikini contest over the weekend. You can see pics here.


Cat Zingano has been cleared to start training and compete again. Zingano had turned down a fight with champion Ronda Rousey in July due to personal issues, so we don’t expect her to return to the octagon until late summer or early fall.


For those who are keeping track (like we are) out of the 36 fighters that tried out for TUF 20, several have booked matches in the coming weeks. Besides the a fore mentioned, Maria Andaverde, Brianna VanBuren, and Tyra Parker, both Lybarger sisters are also taking in fights this month. Obviously if they were picked they wouldn’t risk injury if they were on the short list of possible people for the house (and neither would the UFC we assume).

The UFC insisted they didn’t allow losing records and those with only one or two fights on their record. If you do the math like we did, that gets us under 20. We expect the number to decrease quickly in the coming weeks.

New Zealand’s Kate da Silva and Faith van Duin are campaigning to be on the UFC’s New Zealand debut card June 28. Silva (7-1) and Duin (4-0) squared off in the finals of the Storm Damage tournament this past August seeing Duin getting the triangle submission in round 4.

Scheduled Match (results)

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Courtesy LadyGo Blog


Rin Nakai gains another solid victory as she defeats InvictaFC fighter Sarah D’Alelio by unanimous decision at Pancrase in Japan.

Nakai (16-0-1) used her grappling to control most of the match, getting the nod from the judges. Nakai has been on a roll with decision wins over Tara LaRosa and now D’Alelio.


Invicta’s newest flyweight signee has earned another win before her promotional debut.

Joanna Jedrzejczyk (5-0) remains undefeated as she defeated Spain’s Karla Benitez at Arena MMA in Warsaw, Poland. The match was all standing, with Benitez the aggressor in the first round. It was Jedrzejczyk counter-punching that proved more effective and gained her the unanimous decision.

In other pro matches:

  • In a pair of matches at JVT 6 in Rio Grande do Sul Brazil, Débora Ferreira got the TKO over Rafaela Garcia in round 2, and Luana Souza defeated Carolina Karasek by split decision 
  • Circuito Talent de MMA in Sao Paulo, Brazil say a trio of bouts. Jennifer Maia submitted Aline Serio by rear naked choke at 2:18 round 2; Luciana Pereira and Deise Lee fought to a draw; and Bianca Daimoni KOed Yelka Torres at 1:20 round 2.
  • Beatriz Zambonini and Cassie Crisano fight to a no-contest at Ring of Fire in Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • Flor Fonseca defeated Paloma Fabrykant by split decision at Heroes MMA in Buenos Aries, Argentina
  • At XKO in Arlington, Texas, Jade DeHaas defeated Alice Yauger by unanimous decision
  • At XCC in Philadelphia, PA, Hannah Cifers got the TKO over Rachel Sazoff at 1:12 round 1

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In amateur action this past weekend:

  • At Aggressive Combat in Jamaica, New York, Hannah Mcgurkin defeated Destiny Quinones by unanimous decision (115)
  • In a pair of bouts at Brawl INC in Branson, MO, Stephany Hull submitted Kara Bader-McSpadden by ezekiel choke at 2:45 round 1 and Tina Brown submitted Jessica Fletcher by guillotine 3:53 round 1 
  • Jenna MaCallister defeated Selina Valdez-Montoya by unanimous decision at NMEF in Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • At WFC in Laughlin, NV, Shannon Reed KOed Danielle Mack by in round 1
  • Andrea Sawyer submitted Julie Dezellem by rear naked choke in round 1 at Ax Fighting in Lynnwood, Washington
  • At Torstar Naczaj Team Fight Night in Wołomin, Poland, Aleksandra Milczarek submitted Klaudia Ćwiek by arm triangle choke at 2:40 round 1
  • Liana Bogdanovs Tunmer defeated Kelly Savory by decision at FightStar Championship in Halifax, England


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It was a loaded week of for title bouts.

We start in Germany where three different cards saw three title bouts.

We start in Ulm, Germany, as Rola El Halabi successfully defended her WBF Light welterweight title against Victoria Cisneros by unanimous decision. She would also win the vacant WIBA andUBF Light welterweight title. Halabi inproves to 14-1.

Also on the card, Nicole Wesner KOs Sandra Zekic in round 2.

Down the road in Pfinzhalle, Germany, Melanie Zwecker defeated Grecia Nova by unanimous decision to win the vacant WBF International featherweight title. Zwecker remains undefeated and gains her first world title.

In Europahalle, Germany, WIBF light middleweight champion Maria Lindberg successfully defended her title as she got the TKO over Edita Lesnik in round 3. Lindberg also won the vacant WIBA light middleweight title and improves to 9-1.

A pair of IBF title matches happened in Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico as Carolina Rodriguez gained the IBF bantamweight title by defeating former champion Janeth Perez by majority decision, and Victoria Argueta got the unanimous decision over IBF minimumweight champ Nancy Franco to win the belt.

A trio of memale bouts happen in Whitehall, New York. Carla Torres defeated Ronica Jeffrey by split decision to win the vacant WIBA featherweight title; Melissa St Vil defeated Dominga Olivo by unanimous decision; and Bertha Aracil KOed Jennifer Woodward in round 1 

In La Guaira, Venezuela,  Ogleidis Suarez defeated Calixta Silgado by unanimous decision to win the interim WBA super featherweight title. In other action on the card, Mayerlin Rivas defeated Liliana Martinez by unanimous decision

In other boxing action:

  • In Nairobi, Kenya, Sarah Achieng defeated Carolyn Orenja by unanimous decision to win the vacant IBF Inter-Continental featherweight title
  • In a pair of bouts in Hérault, France, France flyweight champ Laetitia Arzalier defeated Sandy Coget by unanimous decision and Cyrielle Hebert and Elina Jurkane fought to a draw 
  • Down the road at Deux-Sèvres, France, Ericka Rousseau defeated Jasmina Nadj by points
  • Csilla Nemedi def. Agnes Draxler by TKO round 3 in Budapest, Hungary
  • In Frenkendorf, Switzerland, Aniya Seki defeated Alexandra Gorog by TKO round 1

“Sisters in Armbars” – The Resurgence of Female Fight Teams in 2014

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Xtreme Couture Female Team

Nothing is better than a training partner who has been there.

Over the past 6 months we have seen some movement in terms on where female fighters have been training. Many are seeking something new in terms of mind set, or simply a bigger challenge than their local gym can accommodate. Some just simply want to train with some of the best on the planet.

The advantages are great if you can find a female team you can click with. Questions can be answered that no male fighter can answer. Plus if you get with a top notch team, you can take your training to a whole other level.

Female fight teams are nothing new. Jackson’s MMA was the first women’s team to gain national attention, with American Top Team and CSA not far behind. All three have gained new members over the past year. Xtreme Couture had a solid female team as well until late 2012, when a lot of behind the scenes happenings saw a mass exodus of both female and male fighters. Miesha Tate has helped the team rebuild. With TUF 20 cast member Alex Chambers, TUF 20 hopeful Heather Clark, and UFC fighter Leslie Smith taking up training with Xtreme Couture, it’s becoming the go to place to train in Vegas.

Syndicate MMA in Vegas is starting to rival their neighboring gym, however. Roxanne Modafferi is starting to build a team of her own with WSOF fighter Sofia Bagherdai and Tuff-n-uff tournament finalist Jamie Moyle looking to make strides on a national level. InvictaFC fighter Liz McCarthy also took up some training at Syndicate to prepare for her next fight.

Both gyms saw some fighters make friendly visits during “The Ultimate Fighter” tryouts, so we look for more fighters to make Vegas their home in the near future.

Another growing female team is the MMA Lab in Phoenix, which has seen InvictaFC champion Lauren Murphy take up residence recently. The Lybarger twins have been training there for the past year or so.

Several noteworthy teams you may not know about is Grudge Training Center in Denver (Cassie Robb, Stephanie Skinner, and Rose Namajunas among others) and Reign MMA (Jessica Penne, and Justine Kish among others).

Least we not forget the most popular team of them all at the moment – “The Four Horsewomen” of the Glendale Boxing Club; UFC champion Ronda Rousey, UFC fighter Shayna Baszler and Jessamyn Duke; and Marina Shafir.

We are positive there are more female teams out there and we only expect this to grow as the sport does.

Video – Julie Kedzie Updates us on Her Role as InvictaFC Matchmaker

kedzie invictaIt has been over 5 months since Julie Kedzie retired from competition and taken a new job as InvictaFC matchmaker, and so far she has taken to the role well.

Kedzie so far has brought some insight from a fighter’s prospective, and helped sign quite a few new fighters from across the planet. Although there has been a learning curve, she is excited to help book InvictaFC 7 coming in June.

We talked to Kedzie about how her new job is going, scouting new talent, Invicta’s partnership with Tuff-n-uff, and developing the InvictaFC women’s divisions.

Weekend Results – Kate da Silva Gains POP Tourney Crown

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Princesses of Pain held another action packed all female card in Aukland, New Zealand Saturday, which saw Kate da Silva gaining the pro bantamweight round robin tournament crown and Tairi Ford gaining the amateur flyweight tournament crown.

Silva (7-1) was able to submit Desiree Ann Maaka by armbar at 4:25 in round 1 and defeat Charlene Watt by unanimous decision to win the round robin pro bantamweight title. In the other fight in the tournament, Watt defeated Desiree Ann Maaka by TKO at 4:29 of round 2.


The amateur flyweight tournament saw ammy bantamweight tournament finalist Tairi Ford take home the title. Ford (5-2 amateur) defeated Hera Tamati by unanimous decision in the semi-finals. In the other semi-final, Serina Cole defeated Ursula Nicole Marshall-Steele by unanimous decision. In the finals, Ford defeated Cole by TKO at 0:42 of round 1 to win the tournament crown.

In other amateur bouts on the card:

– Missy Layton def. Tracey Burns by split decision
– Sabrina Compton def. Gabrielle Marsters by submission (armbar) 0:46 round 1
– Barbra Verlinden def. Bente Hollen by submission (rear naked choke) 1:57 round 2
– Elizabeth Warner def. Krissy Hunter by majority decision

In other pro bouts this weekend:

  • At Superior Challenge in Helsingborg, Sweden, Pannie Kianzad defeated Annalisa Bucci by unanimous decision
  • Cassie Crisano submitted Glauciele Silva by inverted armbar round 1 at Olimpia Fight – Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • In a pair of bouts in Santa Catarina, Brazil at Aspera FC 6, Karine Silva KOed Cintia Nunes in round 1, and Roberta Paim defeated Thais Machado by TKO round 1 
  • Betina Baino defeated Claudia Vasconcellos by unanimous decision at Samurai Combate 5 in Rio de Grabde Sul, Brazil
  • At Cage Sports in Tacoma, WA, Katie Howard submitted Reagen Benedetti by rear naked choke at 4:14 in round 2

In other amateur bouts this weekend:

  • At Eternal MMA at the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia, Janay Harding defeated Helen Malone by TKO round 1
  • Michelle Jones defeated Cheryl Flynn by unanimous decision at AON in Leeds, England
  • At Fightquest 28 in Kahnawake, Quebec, Canada, Johannie Gervais defeated Camelia Blanchette by split decision (115)
  • Bi Nguyen defeated Devaney Clayton by unanimous decision at IXFA in Vinton, Louisiana
  • At Spar Star in Inglewood, California, Alyssa Garcia defeated Jessica Nasrallah by submission 0:27 round 1
  • In three bouts at Ultimate Reno Combat in Reno, NV, Ashley Medina submitted Lacy Pigott by armbar 2:51 round one, Amber Leibrock defeated Stacy Vandiest by verbal submission (rear naked choke) 2:58 round one, and Maria Carona defeated Sav Washington by split decision 

A pair of title bouts happened in Brandenburg, Germany over the weekend.

Derya Saki defeated Flora Machela by TKO round 7 to win the vacant GBC lightweight title. Saki (7-0) stays undefeated and gains her first title.

Jennifer Retzke defeated Everline Odero by unanimous decision to win the vacant GBC light welterweight title. Retzke improves to14-1-1.

Also in boxing this weekend, Kali Reis defeated Marva Dash by disqualification in round 4 in Canton, Massachusetts

Tuff-n-uff Promoter Jeff Meyer Talks Partnership with Invicta; Future of Company

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Jeff Meyer with Jessica Zomchik

Tuff-n-uff MMA has come a long way in 20 years.

Considered one of the best amateur MMA promotions in the U.S., Tuff-n-uff has done a lot for the female fighters and have turned out stars that are currently in the UFC and Invicta.

The promotion is continuing their efforts to make world class fighters even after the tragic passing of founder and CEO Barry Meyer. His brother Jeff has taken his mission to continue producing talent and put on solid shows.

Saturday, the promotion announced their 20th anniversary show is set for June 7th at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas, in hopes to break the arena’s attendance record. You can get a free ticket by going to They are also seeking donations for the Three Square Food Bank and people are encouraged to bring a canned food item to the event.

The card will feature several female bouts including the finals of the Tuff-n-uff strawweight tournament. The winner between Jamie Moyle and Molly Wren-Holms will earn an Invicta contract and be declared tournament champion.

We talked to Jeff Meyer about the impact of the promotion throughout the years,  the new partnership with Invicta, and what the future brings.


The MRS (WMMA & WBoxing News) May 2

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Julaton Courtesy Nevin Reyes/Rappler

Miscellaneous News

In results from Friday morning, boxing champion Ana Julaton makes a successful pro MMA, getting the TKO over Aya Saeid Saber by TKO round 3, and Jujeath Nagaowa defeated Jeet Toshi by TKO in round 2.

In boxing action Thursday, Ana Simeonova defeated Ivana Yaneva by unanimous decision in Sofia, Bulgaria.

We got a lot of interviews this past week in Vegas besides the ones we did with the TUF tryout participants. These includes TUF 20 housemates Tecia Torres and Emily Peters-Kagan, as well as Miesha Tate, Amanda Nunes, Kyra Batara, Julie Kedzie, Jordan McDonald, and Tuff-n-uff promoter Jeff Meyer. These will be posted in the coming weeks.

For now, you can watch the TUF tryout interviews below:

Part 1 (Angela Hill, Angelica Chavez, Helen Harper, Holly Cline, & Jenny Liou)

Part 2 (Justine Kish, Aisling Daly, Amy Cadwell-Montenegro, Nina Ansaroff, Claire Fryer, Diana Rael, & Danielle Taylor)

Part 3 (Heather Clark, Lisa Ellis, Chelsea Bailey, Jocelyn Lybarger, Jillian Lybarger, Maria Andaverde, Charlene Gellner, & Tessa Simpson)


Milana Dudieva has signed to the UFC and sees her first test against Germaine de Randamie at UFC 174 in Vancouver, Canada June 14th.

Dudieva (10-3) is coming off back to back submission wins and finished all but one of her wins. She has wins over former UFC fighter Sheila Gaff and  InvictaFC vet Danielle West.

Randamie (4-3) won her UFC debut over veteran fighter Julie Kedzie, but would lose to Amanda Nunes this past fall.

The match is suspected to air on Fox Sports 1 as a part of the UFC 174 prelims.

The new Unified rankings are out with some changes in the bantamweight, flyweight, and strawweight lists.

With her loss to Miesha Tate, Liz Carmouche drops down a spot to #9, trading places with InvictaFC champion Lauren Murphy.

With Leslie Smith move back to 135, she has dropped out of the 125 rankings shifting everyone below #3 up a spot. Zoila Frausto returns to the list at #10.

With her recent set of wins, Kalindra Faria enters the strawweight list at #9, pushing Herica Tiburcio out of the Top 10.

Featherweight and atomweights stay pat.

You can read the complete Unified rankings here.

Bantamweight standout Kate da Silva will take on Jess Rose Clark at XFC Australia for the promotions first ever 135 title June 14th in Brisbane, Australia.

Da Silva (5-1) was a runner-up in the Storm Damage tournament this past fall, losing to Faith Van Duin. She will be a part of the Princesses of Pain round robin tournament this weekend.

Clark (3-1) is coming off a first round submission win and finished all but one of her opponents.

Suvi Salmimies has a change in opponent for upcoming fight at Lappeenranta Fight Night 10 May 17 in Finland. She will take on pro debuter Clemence Schreiber of France.

Our news editor MarQ was a guest of Fight Life Media this past week to talk about covering women in MMA and what he expects in the upcoming Ultimate Fighter season.

They also did an interview with Heather Clark who tried out for TUF 20.

You can watch the interviews here.


A lot of the foreign TUF cast is sticking in the US to get prepared for June when they enter the house. Alex Chambers has been training with Miesha Tate at Xtreme Couture, while Bec Rawlings has been training in San Diego at Alliance MMA with Brandon and Kerry Vera.

Joanne Calderwood told us she is heading back to Scotland for her training camp.

Many of those in Vegas this week went to Xtreme Couture to train, and we expect the women’s team, right now headed by Miesha Tate, will see some more members as the year progresses.

Even though we can’t say who made it or not, several fights were booked in the next couple of weeks that may not happen if one or two of the participants are picked up for TUF 20. So keep an eye on our Upcoming Fights/Results page for changes.

Kyra Batara will be fighting for RFA June 6 and her opponent should be announced in the next few days.

Scheduled Fights

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Maaka, Watt, & Silva


Princess of Pain returns to Aukland, New Zealand with two female tournaments and an action packed undercard.

The pro tournament will feature three bantamweight prospects in a round robin. Kate Da Silva (5-1 pro), Desiree Ann Maaka (1-1 ammy) and Charlene Watt (4-1 ammy) will fight each other with the winner getting a title shot against champion Dawn Chalmers.

An amateur flyweight tournament is also set. In the semi-finals, Tairi Ford takes on Hera Tamati, while Serina Cole faces Ursula Nicole Marshall-Steele. The winners will face each other later in the night to crown a tournament champion.

Four other non-tournament bouts will also happen:

  • Missy Layton vs. Tracey Burns
  • Gabrielle Marsters vs. Sabrina Compton
  • Barbra Verlinden vs. Bente Hollen
  • Elizabeth Warner vs. Krissy Hunter

In other pro bouts:

  • Pannie Kianzad takes on Annalisa Bucci at Superior Challenge in Helsingborg, Sweden
  • In Olimpia Fight in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Cassie Crisano faces Glauciele Silva (145)
  • In a pair of bouts at Aspera FC 6 in Santa Catarina, Brazil, Karine Silva battles Cintia Nunes and Roberta Paim fights Thais Machado
  • Betina Baino takes on Claudia Vasconcellos at Samurai Combate 5 in Rio de Grabde Sul, Brazil
  • At Cage Sports in Tacoma, WA, Reagen Benedetti faces Katie Howard

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In amateur action this weekend:

  • At Eternal MMA in Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia, Janay Harding faces Helen Malone
  • Cheryl Flynn takes on Michelle Jones at AON in Leeds, England
  • At Fightquest 28 in Kahnawake, Quebec, Canada, Johannie Gervais battles Camelia Ruest
  • Devaney Clayton fights Bi Nguyen at IXFA in Vinton, Louisiana
  • At Spar Star in Inglewood, California, Jessica Nasrallah takes on Alyssa Garcia
  • In a pair of bouts at Ultimate Reno Combat in Reno, NV, Lacy Pigott faces Ashley Medina, and Stacy Vandiest battles Amber Leibrock 


A pair of title bouts are set for Brandenburg, Germany.

Derya Saki will take on Flora Machela for the vacant GBC lightweight title, and Jennifer Retzke battles Everline Odero – vacant GBC light welterweight title.

Saki (6-0) finished four of her opponents and seeking her first title. Machela (5-1) has finished in all but one of her wins and also seeks her first belt.

Retzke  (13-1-1) is the German GBA champion and has 9 KOs to her credit. Odero (6-4-1) has yet to be finished.

In other boxing action

  • In Sao Paulo, Brazil, Rose Volante faces Erika Karolina
  • Kali Reis battles Marva Dash (160) in Canton, Massachusetts

The MRS – (WMMA & WBoxing News) – April 25

the-ultimate-fighter-tufMiscellaneous News

Reminder that we will be at ground zero Monday as eight spots are up for grabs on “The Ultimate Fighter 20”. We have 20 confirmed trying out for the show but expect more will show up.

We can tell you also the already announced eight cast members will be in town next week for medicals. (Juliana Lima, Paige Van Zant, and Claudia Gadelha won’t be doing the show.) It will be a quick turnaround in terms of those eight chosen at tryouts who will be picked Monday night. There will be a total of 16 fighters in the TUF house.

If the UFC stands to form, we won’t know the rest of the cast until filming ends in late June/early July.

Make sure to follow our twitters @WombatSports & @Wmmanews for updates. We plan in posting some interview with the hopefuls and a few surprise guests.


Mei Yamguchi (11-7-1) will make her long awaited DEEP-JEWELS debut on the promotion’s 4th card May 18th.

The former Valkyrie champ is coming off back to back split decision losses at PXC, which could have gone either way. She dropped to 105 in her last fight and looked impressive at her new weight.

Yamagucho will face journeywoman Yukiko Seki (12-23) who is coming off a decision win last November over Madoka Ebihara.

The card will be main evented by Shizuka Sugiyama and Takayo Hashi battling for the inaugural D-J 135 title.

Charmaine Tweet hopes to average a loss May 21 as she takes on Anna Barone in Montreal, Canada.

Barone (2-3) KOed Tweet in 18 seconds in the first meeting in October 2011. Barone only fought once since then, losing to Kaitlin Young via doctor’s stoppage.

Tweet (4-4) was on a three fight win streak before debuting for Invicta last year, losing a decision to Julia Budd.

The fight will take place at 155 pounds and will main event the card. It is expected to be streamed.

Featherweight prospect and Dane Maria Hougaard Djursaa will look to gain some gold as she faces Italian Annalisa Bucci at European MMA May 23rd in Falconer Salen in Denmark.

Djursaa (5-4) is on a three fight win streak with wins over Jorina Baars and Alexandra Buch. Bucci (6-2) is on a five fight win streak, finishing all but one opponet during her streak. She will face undefeated Pannie Kianzad May 3 before taking on Djursaa.

No word on if the fight will be streamed.


The CJ Report did an interview with InvictaFC vet and former JEWELS 115 title holder Ayaka Hamasaki. She is currently rehabbing a nagging knee injury she had before her last fight with Claudia Gadelha. She went under the knife a month after  her last fight and seems to be recovering well. She hopes to return in late summer or early fall for DEEP-JEWELS. Contrary to early reports, she stated a drop to 105 is an option, but she is sticking to 115 for now.

In the interview, she talked about the retirement of long time training partners Megumi Fujii and Htiomi Akano, and the current WMMA scene in Japan. You can watch it here.

Amateur prospect Sarah McLeod will make her pro debut May 16th at Prize Fighting Championship in Williston, North Dakota against Shawna Lang.

McLeod (7-5-1) has won her last three fights. Not much is know about Lang, but has a win over Brittany Weis in 2012. She has also fought for Fusion Fight Legaue out of Billings, MT.

This fight will stream live on for $10.

World boxing champion Cecillia Braekhus has parted ways with her promoter according to an article on NRK Sports.

Braekhus has had problems with her promoter, Sauerland, for a while. She was waiting for her contract to be up to get rid of the promoter so she can fight more often and help pave the way to a possible superfight with Holly Holm.

Thanks to @LEEKDaSneek for the news tip.

The Americana MMA clothing line has announced they have put a $5000 KO bounty on UFC Champ Ronda Rousey.

The company specified that they will give the award to the first fighter who gets a knockout over the champ in a sanctioned fight.

Wimp2Warrior Season 2 is in the can and will debut in Australia in June. The series, which takes ordinary men and women and turn them into MMA fighters, will also post videos as the series progresses for foreign viewers.  They are planning a third season, which will feature a U.S. vs. Canada cast.

You can watch a trailer so season 2 here.


As we mentioned several times before, Juliana Lima and Claudia Gadelha won’t be taking part in the Ultimate Fighter 20. A major reason is due to the language barrier. We are hearing that Gadelha will be making her octagon debut in Brazil in June.

InvictaFC vet Danielle West has stated she is dropping to 125 and is preparing a test cut in the next few weeks. She plans on returning to action in August.

Alexis Davis will spend part of her upcoming fight camp at Team Alpha Male to help with her wrestling.

ADCC and world BJJ champion Gabi Garcia stated she will make her MMA debut at Real Fighting Japan August 17 against a yet to be named opponent according to an article on She also mentioned being given an offer to fight for XFCi.

Scheduled Fights


corriea duke weigh inTwo undefeated fighters will battle in Baltimore at UFC 172.

Ultimate Fighter vet Jessamyn Duke and Brazilian Bethe Correia are both seeking their second UFC win. Both came Correia (135) and Duke (135.5) came in on weight.

Duke (3-0; 1NC) is coming off a decision win over TUF castmate Peggy Morgan. She has been training with champion Ronda Rousey and Shayna Baszler to prepare for the fight.

Correia (7-0) is coming off a decision win over Julie Kedzie. She trains with the Pitbull Brothers of Bellator fame.

The fight will air on the televised prelims on Fox Sports 1 Saturday.

Kalindra Faria looks for her 11th straight win as she takes on Sanja Sucevic at XFC International in Sao Paulo ,Brazil.

Faria (14-3-1) made a successful transition strawweight in her lat outing, submitting Laura Balin in the second round at MMA Super Heroes. She has finished six of her last 11.

Sucevic (4-2) is coming off a loss last year to TUF 18 contestant Colleen Schneider at 125 pounds. She is making her way back to strawweight and has wins over Lena Ovchynnikova and Irene Cabello.

The fight will stream for free on Saturday.

In other pro bouts:

  • In a pair of fights at Spartan Combat League in Denver, CO,  Brittney Elkin faces Amanda Bell and Shannon Sinn takes on Courtney Himes 
  • Angela Hill makes her pro debut against Stephanie Skinner at USFFC in Winston-Salem, North Carolina
  • At DakotaFC in Fargo, North Dakota, Mariah Prussia battles Shannon Gunville
  • Pamela Boveda fights Elen Torres at Rhino Fight Combat 6 in Alto Parana, Paraguay
  • At Barracão Fight Championship 3 in Ponta Grossa, Brazil, Jessica Suelem dukes it out with Jaquelline Santana
  • Aline Sério faces Paula Baack at GSF in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • At Jason Fight Championship 1 in Brazil, Ana Maria Índia takes on Ilara Joanne

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In amateur action this weekend:

  • In a pair of bouts at Gladius Fights 11 in Cortland, New York, Hannah Grable takes on Andrea Lee and Alyssa Vasquez faces Janice Meyer.
  • Ashley Jackson battles Nichole Usko at NAAFS – Akron, Ohio
  • At Warrior FC in Corbin, Kentucky, Elizabeth Richardson dukes it out with Alannah Arnett
  • Aspen Ladd fights Cynthia Calvillo at WCFC in Sacramento, California
  • At Rage in the Cage in Staffordshire, England, Anya Lynette Hynes takes on Amy O’Mara (120)
  • Sinead Kavanagh faces Aoifé Murphy  at Cage Contender in Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • At FiveStar in Fort St. John, British Columbia, Canada, Robin Combs battles Elyse Stevenson


Yesica Yolanda Bopp is looking to be a two division champion as she takes on Daniela Romina Bermudez for the vacant WBO flyweight title in Rio Grande, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina.

Bopp (26-1) is the current WBO/WBA light flyweight champion having won the title last July. She successfully defended the title in December against Ana Fernandez.

Bermudez (16-2-2) is on an eleven fight win streak and hold belts at bantamweight and super flyweight.

Also on the card, Adela Celeste del Carmen Peralta faces Maria Angelica Ruiz.

Nicole Boss looks to defend her EBU lightweight title for the first time as she takes on Sopio Putkaradze in Berne, Switzerland.

Boss (11-4-2) in on a four fight win streak and won the vacant title with a decision win over Kremena Petkova in December.

Putkaradze  (10-1-2) has won four straight and is looking for her first boxing title.

In other boxing action:

  • In a pair of bouts in Polanco, Distrito Federal, Mexico, Maria Ramirez takes on Sonia Osorio, and Viridiana Ramos faces Estefani Casilla 
  • In bouts in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Ruth Stephanie Aquino fights Tamara Marianella Nunez and Stefany Bizquiazo battles Norma Elizabeth Diaz Caucota 
  • In Panama City, Panama, Zuliana Mendoza dukes it out Jocelyn Edwards and Iliana Bonilla faces Zuseth Hoyte 
  • Ericka Rousseau takes on Bilitis Gaucher in Charente-Maritime, France
  • In Saint-Maur, Indre, France, Jessica Tamara Vargas fights Cindy Bonhiver (122)
  • Anne Sophie Da Costa dukes it out Fleis Djendji in Saint-Just en Chaussee, Oise, France
  • In Haute-Vienne, France, Myriam Dellal faces Wendy Gervois (135)
  • Jessica Balogun takes on Edita Lesnik in Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
  • In Kielce, Poland, Ewa Brodnicka fights Kremena Petkova
  • Anna Donatella Hultin battles Karina Kopinska in Malmo, Sweden
  • In Buchs, Switzerland, Vivian Fontana dukes it out with Katarina Vistica

Weekend Results – Tate Gets 1st UFC Win; Persoon Gains 4th World Title


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Miesha Tate has gotten her first UFC, defeating Liz Carmouche at UFC on Fox 11 in Orlando, Florida Saturday by unanimous decision.

Tate (14-5) looked a little sluggish in the first round, with Carmouche controlling the takedown and grappling game. Tate warmed up more in the second with her striking, despite getting taken down again by Carmouche and stifled on the mat.

Tate pushed forward in round 3, getting a takedown of her own and taking side control. Tate threatened with several chokes throughout the round, with Carmouche surviving a tight rear naked choke.

In the end, the judges gave Tate the nod 29-28 all.

Carmouche suffered a wrist injury and is on medical suspension until a doctor clears her. Tate is clear and a possible rumored fight Sarah Kaufman in a rematch in June ahead of her.

In other pro bouts:

  • At Kansas Fighting Allaince in  Kansas City, MO, Trisha Clark def. Amanda LaVoy by submission (armbar) 4:44 round 1
  • Rebecca Ruth defeated Crystal Stevens by TKO round 1 at ShamrockFC in St. Louis, MO
  • At Fight to Win in Denver, CO, Lacey Schuckman submitted Melissa Meyers by rear naked choke at 1:35 round 1. In an amateur bout, Mallory Martin submitted Nekah Dmitreyva by armbar round 2

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Bergstrom vs. Dorn Courtesy Amanda Lynn/Steelfist
Bergstrom vs. Dorn Courtesy Amanda Lynn/Steelfist

Steelfist Cage Fights in Salt Lake City, UT had an action packed set of female bouts this past weekend. In the only female pro bout on the card, Killastina Matatohi got the TKO over Rachel Kemker in round 1.

The amateur card saw:

  • Rianne Whiting  defeating Danielle Donaldson by TKO round 2 to win the ammy 135 title
  • Charlene Donahue defeating Krystal Larson by TKO (retirement) round 2
  • Brenda Enriquez submitting Carissa Merrill by rear naked choke in round 1
  • Buffy Ogden defeated Morghan Filler by TKO round 2
  • Jennifer Snyder defeated Becca Cater by TKO (retirement) round 2
  • Jessica Bergstrom defeated Deane Dorn by TKO round 1
  • Ambur Madsen defeated Palen Cornell by TKO round 1

In other amateur bouts:

  • At MMA Finnish Championships, Tina Lähdemäki defeated Suvi Salmimies by TKO round 1
  • Ronni Lawrence defeated Susie Wyatt by unanimous decision at Fight Hard MMA in St. Charles, MO
  • At EAC in Fredericktown, Ohio, Kayla Kipp defeated Kelly Wisecarver by TKO 1:26 round 1
  • Jennifer Darr defeated Stephanie Alba by decision at Wild Bill Fight Night in Duluth, Georgia
  • At Capital City Cage Fights in Lansing, MI, Angela Jennings defeated Brittney Wellington by TKO round 1 to win the ammy 125 title.
  • Selina Valdez-Montoya defeated Latrisha Breidenbach by TKO (retirement) round 1 at UFA in Denver, CO
  • At Battle at the Bay in Anacortes, Washington, Shawn Dee Solosabal and Brittany Simms fight to a majority draw



Delfine Persoon has now four belts around her waste.

The WIBF, WBF, & WIBA lightweight champ defeated WBC champ Erica Anabella Farias in West-Vlaanderen, Belgium to become the #1 lightweight boxer on the planet.

You can watch the fight here.

On other boxing bouts:

  • In a pair of fights in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Laura Soledad Griffa defeated Alicia Monica Machaca by unanimous decision, and Julieta Andrea Cardozo defeated Maria Cecilia Roman by unanimous decision 
  • Karina Rodriguez defeated Yolanda Segura by TKO (retirement) round 6 in Coahuila de Zaragoza, Mexico

The MRS (WMMA & WBoxing News) – April 19

Miscellaneous News

In pro MMA action from Friday night, Lacey Schuckman submitted Melissa Meyers by rear naked choke 1:35 round 1 at Fight to Win MMA in Denver.

In Shoot Boxing in Tokyo, Japan, Rena Kubota defeated Seo Hee Im by KO (Standing Guillotine Choke) 2:50 round one, and Ai Takahashi defeated Matsukuma Kikukawa by TKO 2:04 round one.


Three female bouts are set for Finland May 17th, and an Invicta vet will co-main event the card.

Invicta strawweight title contender Katja Kankaanpää will fight in her home country as she takes on Ukrainian Alyona Rassohyna.

Kankaanpää (8-1-1) is coming off her first pro loss to UFC sognee Joanne Calderwood. She has notable wins over Aisling Daly and Mei Yamaguchi.

Rassohyna (8-2) is coming off four straight first round armbars and will be the first time she will fight in northern Europe.

Finnish standout Suvi Salmimies will look to impress as she takes on Yana Lyashko of Russia. The third match will feature Vuokko Katainen taking on Julia Borisova.

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HBO’s “Real Sports with Bryant Gumble” will feature a story about transgender MMA fighter Fallon Fox. It will include an interview with the first woman to beat Fox, Ashlee Evans-Smith.

The show will air Tuesday.

You can watch a preview here.

Andria Wawro will return to action June 6 as she will take on Jessy Miele at Reality Fighting 52 in the Mohegan Sun Arena in Connecticut.

One to the top featherweight prospects, Wawro (2-1 pro) won three of her 4 matches as an amateur. He last pro bout was last year with a unanimous decision win over Cassie Crisano.

Meile will make her pro debut after having her first and only amateur bout in 2009. The BJJ purple belt has traned in fighting for 8 years.

The fight will most likely be streamed on Go Fight Live for $10.

Universal Sports Network will be broadcasting the finals of the “US Open” freestyle wrestling tournament Saturday night in Vegas.

Here are the list of the finals:

  • Alyssa Lampe vs. Victoria Anthony (48 kg/105.5 lbs.)
  • Katherine Fulp-Allen vs. Whitney Conder (53 kg/112.25 lbs.)
  • Helen Maroulis vs. Sarah Hildebrandt (55 kg/121 lbs.)
  • Alli Ragan vs. Trinity Griffin (58 kg/128 lbs.)
  • Jennifer Page vs. Jenna Burkert (60 kg/132 lbs.)
  • Randi Miller vs. Veronica Carlson (69 kg/152 lbs.)
  • Jackie Cataline vs. Iris Smith (75 kg/165 lbs.)

The matches will air starting at 7 p.m. pst/10 p.m. est.


On Sunday at noon pst/3 p.m. est, we will talk to boxing champ Ana Julaton, who will make her MMA debut against Aya Saeid Saber at OneFC in the Philippines.

You can listen live here Sunday.


A Brazilian website is reporting the World Series of Fight is looking to book Cyborg Justino versus Holly Holm for sometime next year.

Justino is currently sign with Invicta, and she is at the end of her contract after her next match. InvictaFC president Shannon Knapp has told us that Justino will defend her 145 title against India Gomes in June.

As of now, Justino’s management has stated they are not interested in signing with the WSOF anytime soon.

Speaking of Invicta, Knapp is expected to make an announcement next week about the June event and a possible tv deal.

Should be noted the Fox and the UFC not only recognized InvictaFC in their graphics and commentary Wednesday, but they also used Invicta footage to pump up the fight between Sarah Kaufman and Leslie Smith. UFC and Fox never does this…

According to Dana White, Ronda Rousey requested to defend her title on the July 5th card. White noted that Cat Zingano was still dealing with “personal issues” and was the reason she wasn’t available. Miesha Tate stated this week she is picking Rousey to win over challenger Alexis Davis. Liz Carmouche refused to pick.

White also mentioned he is working on getting the Strikeforce fights on Fightpass. Due to a provision in their Strikeforce deal with Showtime, they aren’t allowed to air the complete fights anywhere. They would also need to edit sponsors out of the fights.

Scheduled Fights

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Fox will air it’s first female bout on national broadcast television as Miesha Tate and Liz Carmouche will face off in the co-main event on the “UFC on Fox 11” card in Orlando, FL. Both Tate (135.5) and Carmouche (135) made weight.

Both coming off losses, a win will get the one of them back in the title hunt.

The match will air on Fox Saturday night.

In other pro bouts:

  • At Kansas Fighting Alliance in Kansas City, MO, Trisha Clark takes on Amanda LaVoy
  • Crystal Stevens faces Rebecca Ruth at ShamrockFC in St. Louis, MO

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Steelfist will have seven amateur bouts plus one pro bout in Salt Lake City, Utah.

  • Rachel Kemker vs. Killastina Matatohi (pro heavyweight)
  • Rianne Whiting vs. Danielle Donaldson (ammy 135 title)
  • Charlene Donahue vs. Krystal Larson (150)
  • Brenda Enriquez vs. Carissa Merrill (120)
  • Buffy Ogden vs. Morghan Filler (145)
  • Becca Cater vs. Jennifer Snyder (125)
  • Jessica Bergstrom vs. Deane Dorn (195)
  • Palen Cornell vs. Ambur Madsen (125)

Watch the @WombatSports twitter feed for up to the minute results.

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Lawrence & Wyatt

In other amateur bouts:

  • At Fight Hard MMA in St. Charles, MO, Susie Wyatt faces Ronni Lawrence
  • Kelly Wisecarver takes on Kayla Kipp at EAC in Fredericktown, Ohio
  • In Absolute Action MMA in Williamstown, Kentucky, Kia Peppard battles Desiree Wilson (135)
  • Jennifer Darr fights Stephanie Alba at NFC in Duluth, Georgia
  • In UFA in Denver, CO, Selina Valdez-Montoya faces Latrisha Breidenbach


Erica Anabella Farias will defend her WBC lightweight title against Delfine Persoon Sunday in West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.

Farias (19-0) is looking for her 20th win and her 9th defense of her title. Persoon (28-1) is looking to put a fourth belt around her waste, as she is the current WIBF, WBF, and WIBA lightweight champion.

In a pair of bouts Buenos Aires, Argentina, Julieta Andrea Cardozo faces Maria Cecilia Roman and Alicia Monica Machaca battles Laura Soledad Griffa 

Four Bouts Added to the ICF All Female Card May 16th


The Intense Cage Fighting all female card May 16th in Great Falls, MT is shaping up. Four amateur bouts have been added to the card, featuring a lightweight and middleweight bout plus a lot of local talent.

Popular area boxer Ariel Beck (3-3-1 MMA) will return to the ICF cage. Beck is coming off a first round TKO over Jessica Bleck in the first ever ICF female bout. Beck’s original opponent ShawnDee Solosabal had to drop out due to a cut sustained in a fight over the weekend, and a replacement will be announce shortly.


Montana’s Heather Wilson will look for fourth win taking on Portland’s Anna Symonds in a lightweight (155) encounter. Two fighters will make their MMA debuts at a catch weight of 175 as Anna Dempster (Portland, OR) and Kristen Tuttle (Great Falls, MT).

Hannah Kampf looks for her first win as she takes on debuter Tangina Deveraux at 115.

Tacoma’s Shawn Dee Solosabal (2-0) will face a yet to be named opponent as her original opponent Ariel Beck is on medical suspension due to a cut. Solosabel has a win over Sarah Marang. Five more bouts are expected to be announce in the coming weeks. Tickets will be available starting Monday. For more info go to