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The MRS (WMMA and WBoxing News) – November 22

Miscellaneous News

In action Thursday, Costa Rican flyweight Reyna Cordoba submitted Anely Jimenez by 3rd round keylock. Cordoba moves to 7-0.


In boxing action Friday:

  • In Perth, Australia, Erin McGowan gains the vacant WIBA World lightweight title by defeating Arlene Blencowe by unanimous decision. McGowen improves to 17-2.
  • Kenia Enriquez defeated Ana Arrazola by unanimous decision to win the vacant WBO World flyweight title in San Diego, California. Enriquez remains undefeated and gains her first world title.
  • In a pair of bout in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Gabriela Marcela Zapata retains her IBF World light middleweight title by second round TKO over Paola Gabriela Casalinuovo, and  Vanesa Lorena Taborda wins the vacant WBC Latino flyweight title with a split decision over Maria Magdalena Rivera
  • In Hamilton, Bermuda Kali Reis knocks out Teresa Perozzi in round 3  to win the vacant IBA World Middleweight title. Reis wins her first world title.
  • Ruth Stephanie Aquino def. Cristina Beatriz Cuevas by unanimous decision in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • In Las Vegas, Nevada, Layla McCarter defeated Melissa Hernandez by unanimous decision (146)

In an amateur bout Friday, Courtney King defeated Jenna MaCallister by unanimous decision at Prize FC 7 in Denver, CO


Courtesy Fox Sports
Courtesy Fox Sports

The quarterfinals of TUF 20 started this past week, with #14 seed Randa Markos continuing her Cinderella run in the tournament. submitting Felice Herrig by scarf armbar round 1. This was the first time Herrig has been submitted in her MMA career. Markos will face the winner of the Rose Namajunas versus Joanne Calderwood match.

Next Wednesday, Jessica Penne and Aisling Daly will square off in the second quarterfinal


Doctors are estimating 50 days for Leslie Smith’s ear to heal enough to get back in the gym.


Montana’s Fight Force MMA announced a match between local fighter Ariel Beck and MMA vet Angela Hayes December 6.

Beck is coming off a loss in her pro debut to Emily Corso. The boxer is looking to show some of her improved ground game against Hayes (6-7) who also comes from a boxing background. Hayes lost to Holly Holm last year, and has been the only fighter to take Holm the distance.

No word on if this will be streamed.


This Sunday on the podcast, we will talk to InvictaFC star and veteran fighter Tonya Evinger about her current stretch of wins and preparing to fight Cindy Dandois.

You can listen to the podcast here at 1 p.m. pst/4 p.m. est Sunday.


Rumors

Roxanne Modafferi and Vanessa Porto was suspected to be a number 1 contenders match, but Shannon Knapp told CSS Radio this wasn’t the case.

Knapp has yet to decide who will face champion Barb Honchak next, but Modafferi or the winner of the Jennifer Maia and DeAnna Bennett match seems to be the best candidates. Knapp doesn’t want to throw Andrea Lee too deep into the pool as of yet.


Scheduled Fights

vanzant curranInvictaFC vet  Paige VanZant will make her long awaited octagon debut against PXC vet Kailin Curran at UFC Fight Night in Austin, TX. Their match will stream on UFC Fight Pass Saturday. Both Curran (115.8) and VanZant (114.8) made weight.

VanZant (3-1) is coming off a submission win over Courtney Himes last year, and her only loss was to Tecia Torres. Curran has notable wins over Emi Tomimatsu and Kaiyana Rain.


After a two year absence, Molly Helsel will return to action.

The journeywoman fighter has found a home in Tucson, AZ and will compete there for the for WFF promotion against  Lori Agins. Both fighters came in at 136.5.

Helsel is looking for a comeback after several fight of the night performances against some of the toughest fighters on the planet. Agins would get some recognition with a win over Helsel.

In an amateur bout, Tracy Cortez will face Arianne Christiansen.


In other pro matches:

  • At Fighters Arena 10 in Poland, Katarzyna Lubonska faces Katarzyna Urban
  • Leah Letson makes her pro debut against Christina Jobe at King of the Cage in Carlton, MN. In amateur action, Elizabeth McKenzie takes on Katheryn Bassignana.

Ammy MMA 

Dupertuis and Rainey
Dupertuis and Rainey

V3 Fights will have a trio of female fights Saturday night in Nashville, Tennessee, and you can watch for free V3Fights.com.

Molly Dupertuis will have her final MMA match as she takes on Adriene Rainey. Dupertuis was a rising star in the sport but she has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and wanted one more fight before she hangs up the gloves.

Undefeated bantamweight prospect Jamie Milanowski looks to continue her climb as she takes on 1-1 Erica Fincher.

Rounding out the female bout, Briannah Conaster and Amy Coleman look to break losing streaks in a flyweight bout.

The card starts at 5 p.m. pacific/8 p.m. est.


In other amateur bouts:

  • In a pair of bouts at XFO in Chicago, IL, Shaena Cox takes on Ricarda Gomes and Chi Sheibley faces Ashley Samples
  • Elizabeth Warner battles Jodie Struzik at UCU 3 in Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia
  • At Shock’n’Awe in Portsmouth, England, Jade Barker squares off with Ffion Davies
  • Charlotte Park fights Tracey McFarlane at Scottish Fighting Challenge in Stirling, Scotland

Pro Boxing

In pro boxing action:

  • In Marne, France, Anne Sophie Da Costa will defend her WBF minimumweight title against Susana Cruz Perez. Also on the card, Cindy Bonhiver takes on Elfi Philipps
  • WIBF and GBU featherweight champion Elina Tissen faces Jasmina Nadj in Ahlen, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
  • In Toluca, México, WBC World light flyweight champion Ibeth Zamora Silva will battle Jessica Chavez
  • In a pair of bouts in Malmo, Sweden, Anna Donatella Hultin squares off against Claudia Ferenci, and Johanna Rydberg dukes it out with Ana Simeonova
  • In Buenos Aires, Argentina, Julieta Andrea Cardozo takes on Valeria Gramajo
  • Najat Hasnouni faces Borislava Goranova in Antwerpen, Belgium

The MRS (WMMA and WBoxing News) Nov. 14

Miscellaneous News

In action Thursday:

In pro MMA:

  • Amy Montenegro defeatd Diana Rael by TKO in round
    2 at King of the Cage in Idaho.

In boxing:

  • Ava Knight defeated Guadalupe Martinez by unanimous decision to win the vacant WBC International flyweight title in Washington D.C.
  • Tyrieshia Douglas gains the vacant WIBA World bantamweight title with an unanimous decision win over Christina Ruiz in Baltimore, MD
  • In Westbury, New York, Amanda Serrano defeated Carla Torres by TKO round 1

In amateur MMA action at Gladiator Fighting Association in Topeka, KS:

  • Tabby Patterson def. Cara Jo Wesemann by unanimous decision to win the 145 title
  • Julie Murray def. Katherine Grasshopper by TKO 1:18 round 2
  • Savannah Self def. Alexis Cheatham by TKO 2:32 round 2
  • Jessika Brown def. Jennifer Dunn by KO 0:23 round 1

Holly Holm is out of her match with Raquel Pennington at UFC 181 next month.

Holm has suffered a neck injury and will be taking it “day by day” to see if it will heal on its own. No word if Pennington will get another opponent.


Also in the injury front, UFC Strawwweight Tina Lähdemäki has to undergo shoulder surgery and will be out for 9 months.


After losing to Randa Markos, Tecia Torres advanced to the quarterfinals of “The Ultimate Fighter 20” tournament by defeating Bec Rawlings by unanimous decision. Torres will face former InvictaFC champion Carla Esparza in the next round.

The episode itself drew 578,000 live viewers – one of the best ratings of the season. Wednesday’s broadcast saw the most drama and cattiness of the episodes thus far.

Next week, Randa Markos and Felice Herrig square off in the quarterfinals.


The Princesses of Pain female fighting promotion will return to action November 29 will a docket of exciting fights.

The main event will feature Kate da Silva defend her 60 kg title against Dawn Chalmers.

In other pro bouts:

  • Tairi Ford vs Gaela Nixon
  • Gentiane Lupi vs Alex Sorthis
  • Hera Tamati vs Catherine Drinnann
  • Charlene Watt vs Bridget Lords
  • Barbara Verlinden vs Tracey Burns

More matches to be announced soon.


A pair of bouts have been announced for OneFC December 5 in Manilla, Philippines.

Ana Jualton looks for her second win of her MMA career as she takes on Egypt’s Walaa Abas, while local favorite Jujeath Nagaowa will battle Tharoth Sam of Cambodia.


Two new fighters have signed to Invicta.

Texas’s Tessa Simpson signed this past week. The 3-1 atomweight returned to action last year with a win over Paulina Granados.

German strawweight Daniela Kortmann signed Thursday to the promotion, The first from Germany yo be signed, she went 3-1 as an amateur and won her pro debut in 2012.


World Series of Fighting President Ray Sefo told us during the WSOF conference call Thursday to expect more expansion of the women’s division in 2015. Sefo stated “timing” had a lot to do with not doing it this year. (We can only assume he meant TUF 20.)

He also is looking to develop a bantamweight division.

However, XFC is not too pleased with Kalindra Faria signing to the promotion.

XFC has filed a lawsuit against WSOF in the US over the Brazilian strawweight. Faria had signed an exclusive contract with the XFC before signing to WSOF. Faria will face WSOF champion Jessica Aguilar Saturday. More on that below.


OneFC’s Ann Osmond was featured on Time.com in their “Next Generation Leaders” segment. You can watch the video here.


A new trailer for “Boxing Chicks” is up. The story of former boxing trainer turned coach Terri Moss and her fight team will be released in December. You can see the trailer here.


Zoila Fruasto helped aspiring fighter Jennifer Penfield live out her dream, if just for an afternoon.

Penfield spared with the former Bellator champion in a Ford commercial. You can watch it here.


In the podcast Sunday we will talk to Rachael Smith about her upcoming fight with Kathina Catron and looking for her first pro win.

You can listen here at 1 p.m. pst/4 p.m. est Sunday.


Rumors

Come December 22, Ashlee Evans-Smith will be able to “seek other opportunities” as her “6 month inactive clause” in her WSOF contract will kick in.


Despite her ACL and meniscus tear,  Heather Clark is insisting she will still fight on the TUF 20 finale.


Schedule Matches

Pro MMA

smith eye weigh inThe UFC will make it’s debut in Mexico City, Mexico with a much anticipated scrap in the bantamweight division.

Jessica Eye (10-2; 1NC) and Leslie Smith (7-5-1) look to make their way up the 135 division rankings as they will be the featured bout on the UFC prelims on Fox Sports 1 Saturday. Both tipped the scales at 134.

Eye is coming off a loss to Alexis Davis, while Smith is coming off a win over Jessamyn Duke. Both seem acclimated to the higher altitude and look to entertain the fans in Mexico.


The #1 ranked Jessica Aguilar will defend her WSOF title for the second time against the #8 ranked  Kalindra Faria in Tampa, FL Saturday, which will air on NBC Sports Net. Both Aguilar (115) and Faria (114.8) came in on weight.

Aguilar has won 9 straight including her title win over Alida Gray and her title defense over Emi Fujino. With The Ultimate Fighter 20 almost ready to crown a champion, Aguilar need a solid win the stay at the top.

Faria is riding an 11 fight win streak and is looking to make an instant impact at 115. She has finished in 5 of her last 11 wins and is ranked in both the flyweight and strawweight divisions.


Courtesy Dolly Clew/ Cage Warriors
Courtesy Dolly Clew/ Cage Warriors

Cage Warriors will crown its first women’s bantamweight champion in London, England Saturday, in a fight that will stream on MMAJunkie.com.

Sweden’s Pannie Kianzad and Finland’s Eeva Siiskonen will duke it out for initial 135 title. Both Kianzad (134.8) and Siiskonen (134.3) came in on weight.

Kainzad (6-0) is undefeated having finished Megan van Houtum in her CWFC debut. This will be the debut of Siiskonen  in the promotion, having two finishes t her credit.

Also on the undercard, Anna Elmose (134.6) will take on Emma Delaney (135.7).


MMA Super Heroes will feature another tournament heading to their card in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

In the strawweight grand prix semi-finals, Camila Lima takes on Virna Jandiroba and Aline Sattelmayer faces Marília “Chocolate” Santos. The winners will square off later that night for the tournament crown. Howver, Santos came in at 125 pounds, so may have disqualifed herself from the finals.

In a non-tounament bout, Ariane Lipski battles Daiane Firmino in a strawweight encounter.


Courtesy PXC
Courtesy PXC

Cortney Casey looks for her third profession win as she takes on Gina Iniong at PXC in Manila, Philippines. This will stream on PXC’s livestream channel.

Arizona’s Casey (2-1) won her PXC debut this past June. The former Tuff-n-uff amateur champion has finished in both of her pro wins.champion.

Hometown fighter Iniong (3-1) is coming off a very close split decision over veteran Mei Yamaguchi at her last PXC bout.


In other pro MMA bouts:

  • At LegacyFC in Houston, TX, Stephanie Alba takes on Maria Lopez
  • In a pair of pro bouts at Sugar Creek Showdown in Hinton, OK, Amber Stautzenberger faces Delaney Owens and Jade DeHaas fights Anita Rodriguez. In an amateur bout Wendy Simmons battles Emily Ducote
  • Stephanie Bragayrac takes onm Mariana Moraes at Explosion MMA in Curitiba, Parana, Brazil
  • At USA MMA in Lafayette, Louisiana, Jazmine Hargrave faces Brooksie Bayard

Ammy MMA

Intense Cage Fight returns to Great Falls, MT and will feature an amateur flyweight bout between Hannah Kampf  and DJ Morrision.

Wombat Sports will be there live to cover the fight, so follow us @WombatSports for results.


In other amateur action:

  • In a pair of bouts at Steefist MMA in Salt Lake City, Utah, Mallory Rogers takes on Brenda Enriquez and Alysa Westergard faces Chelsya Howard
  • At Ultimate Beatdown in Johor Bahru, Malaysia, Samantha Tan battles Goh Shee Han
  • Morgana Silva fights Vitoria Ferreira at Gladiator CF in Curitiba, Parana, Brazil
  • In Chertsey, Surrey, England at Too Much Talent, Louise Hiller takes on Samantha Taylor
  • At A-Town Throwdown in Austin, MN, Cynthia Bottelberghe faces Jessica Fresh
  • Sereina Comstock battles Megan Wallace at IFC Fight Night in Owensboro, Kentucky
  • In Sacramento, California at West Coast FC, Ashley Medina fights Melissa Wang
  • At Spartan Combat League in Loveland, Colorado, Samantha Gilliland takes on Kathryn Yost

 

Boxing

Tori Nelson (c) vs. Victoria Cisneros – WIBA welterweight title & vacant UBF World welterweight title

Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico

Alejandra Marina Oliveras (c) vs. Erica Anabella Farias – WBC World light welterweight title


In other boxing action:

  • In Daegu, South Korea Hye Soo Park takes on Dorkmaipah Kiatpompetch
  • Anahi Esther Sanchez battles Betina Gabriela Garino in Buenos Aires, Argentina

The MRS (WMMA and WBoxing News) – Oct. 31

Miscellaneous News

In boxing action Friday:

  • Yesica Patricia Marcos defeats Estrella Valverde at 1:48 round 1 to retain the WBA World super bantamweight title in Mendoza, Argentina
  • In Trnava, Slovakia, Zita Zatyko defeats Szilvia Szabados by unanimous decision to win the vacant WBF super middleweight title

MMA: UFC TUF 17 Finale-Tate vs ZinganoRonda Rousey versus Cat Zingano has been moved to February 28.

UFC President Dana White made the announcement this week of the change of date, which was originally set for January 3rd. The match will now co-main event the UFC 184 pay per view in Los Angeles, the hometown of champion Rousey.


The Ultimate Fight Finale will feature all but Justine Kish competing in December 12 in Las Vegas. Most of the matches won’t be announced till the week before the finale.


UFC fighter Bethe Correia sustained a minor eye injury and won’t be available to compete until February.


InvictaFC president Shannon Knapp told MMA Mayhem Radio she will do all in her power to help Cyborg Justino get her a match with Ronda Rousey.

Cyborg seems to be “on schedule” for her cut to 135 for her match December 10 at Invicta.


Tabby Patterson announced her next fight will be against Cara Jo Wesemann at Gladiator Fighting Association in Topeka, KS for their amateur bantamweight title November 13th.


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Moeller

With Leah Letson turning pro, Florina Moeller will step up to take part of the Tuff-n-uff/InvictaFC featherweight tournament next weekend.

We will talk to Moeller on the Wombat Sports podcast Sunday to discuss preparing for her first semi-final match and her career as a fighter.

You can listen live here at 1 p.m. pst/4 p.m. est Sunday.


Rumors

InvictaFC atomweight Jessica Philippus tweeted she will be returning to action early next year.


Amateur strawweight standout Kali Robbins will make her pro debut At Super Brawl in Milwaukee January 23rd.


USA Olympic wrestler Adeline Gray stated in a recent article she is looking to pursue a MMA career after the 2016 Olympics. She won’t start serious training until after then.


Scheduled Matches

Inoue and Kowalkiewicz Courtesy Scott Hirano/ InvictaFC
Inoue and Kowalkiewicz Courtesy Scott Hirano/ InvictaFC

Pro MMA 

InvictaFC 9 is this weekend with nine scheduled bouts Saturday night in Davenport, Iowa; streaming on UFC Fight Pass at 8 p.m. central time.

You can check out the weigh-in results here.

Shortly after, come back to Wombat Sports and we’ll have the post-fight presser stream.


Also Saturday night, XFCi will start its season season strawweight tournament in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The will stream on XFCMMA.com starting at 10:30 est/7:30 pst.

Strawweight tournament Quarterfinals

  • Marcela Yineris vs Liana Ferreira Pirosin (115)
  • Marina Moroz vs Karine Silva (115)
  • Dora Perjes vs Luana Santos Medeiros (115)
  • Fernanda Priscila Barros Pinheiro vs Viviane Pereira (115)

In the co-main event, Julie Werner and Iryna Shaparenko will square off in a non-tournament bout.


In a rare Monday event, DEEP-JEWELS will hold it’s sixth card in Tokyo, Japan. The main event will feature atomweight champion Seo Hee Ham defending her belt against Saori Ishioka.

In other fights on the card:

  • Emi Fujino vs Ayaka Miura (115)
  • Shizuka Sugiyama vs Yurika Nakakura (135)
  • Tomo Maesawa vs Yuko “Amiba” Oya (115)
  • Satomi “Sarami” Takano vs Mina Kurobe (105)
  • Yukiko Seki vs. Naomi Taniyama (105)
  • Brittany Ann Decker vs. Pan Hui (105)

Cage Warriors happens Saturday morning in Newcastle, England as Irene Cabello takes on Vanessa Reinsch in an atomweight bout. The fight will be part of the non-streamed prelims.


In other pro bouts:

  • At FWC 19 in Nerang, Queensland, Australia, Lana Kate takjes on Zoie Shreiweis
  • Jaymee Jones battles Krystal McGuire in Tulsa, OK at XFN 21
  • At XFC Australia in  Mansfield, Queensland, Terissa Wall faces Helen Malone
  • Katelyn Dykas fights Taylor Turner at Valor Fights in Pigeon Forge, TN
  • At AFC 13 in Brazil Claudia Rey takes on Yelka Torres
  • Ana Karla Morais faces Werônica Medeiros at NFA inTrindade, Goias, Brazil

Ammy MMA

In amateur MMA:

  • At Clan Wars in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Leah McCourt faces Aoifé Murphy
  • Hannah Sears battles Hannah Elswick at King of Jacksonville – Jacksonville, North Carolina
  • At Cage Wars in Albany, New York, Amanda Brundige fights Brittany Ehntholt
  • In a pair of bouts at Gladius Fights in Ithaca, New York, Janice Meyer takes on Fernanda Araujo and Kate Riley battles Casey Garland (150)
  • Stephanie Hull faces Cassie Schmeekle at Shofights in Branson, MO
  • At Destiny Na Koa in Honolulu, Hawaii, Angela Lee takes on Audrey Perkins

Boxing

Eva Voraberger will look to defend her WIBF and WBF super flyweight title as she faces Renata Domsodi in Vienna, Austria.

Voraberger (18-3) has won back to back since her last loss, and has 9 KOs to her credit. She won the titles in June.

Domsodi (12-5) is the current WBF International and UBO international bantamweight champion and had 5 KOs to her credit.


Yuko Kuroki will defend her WBC minimumweight title for the first time as she takes on Katia Gutierrez in Fukuoka, Japan.

Kuroki (11-4-1) is unbeaten in her past three fights and won the title in June. Gutierrez is the former IBF world minimumweight champion eight of her last 9 fights.


On other boxing action:

  • In Buenos Aires, Argentina, Ruth Stephanie Aquino takes on Laura Martinez
  • Viviane Obenauf battles Zsofia Bedo in Berne, Switzerland
  • In Hamilton, Bermuda, Teresa Perozzi faces Kali Reis
  • Felice Moncelli fights Sasa Janjic in Lazio, Italy

The MRS (WMMA and WBoxing News + Results) – August 4

10330487_793784950641674_5823552059260457180_nMiscellaneous News

Cage Warriors has announced three female bouts for their upcoming cards.

Undefeated featherweight Pannie Kianzad (5-0) will make her Cage Warriors debut as she faces Alexandra Buch (8-3) in what will be an important match in the 145 rankings on August 22nd in Amman, Jordan. Kianzad is ranked #3 in the Unified rankings and a win could solidify her as a top contender for what could be a vacant InvictaFC 145 title. Buch is looking to crack the top 10 and make her way to the top of the ladder.

Also on the card, Lina Akhtar Länsberg meets Laura Howarth in a bantamweight bout.

Cage Warriors will head to Newport, Wales on September 13. Paulina Bonkowska will face Kate Jackson in a flyweight bout on the card.

All are expected to stream on MMAJunkie.com.


Longtime Thailand resident and British born fighter Helen Harper will return to her home soil to take on Simona Soukupova at the MMA Showdown card in Windsor, England September 6..

Harper tried out for the “Ultimate Fighter 20” but was not selected. She is 2-0 in MMA and has a solid striking base having trained the past few years at Phunket Fight Team. Harper has recently moved back to England, and planning to train with Miesha Tate in the near future.

Soukupova is a vet of Invicta and had back to back submission wins before losing to Karolina Kowalkiewicz last September.  She has never been finished.


Boxing champion Lindsay Garbatt will make her long awaited MMA debut as she faces Calie Cutler at WXC in Soughtgate, Michigan August 15.

Garbatt (8-7) is the former WIBA featherweight (126 lbs) champion and has been for a while looking to make the crossover to MMA.

Cutler went 7-1 in amateur MMA before making her pro debut in May, defeating Brittany Dugas.

Following the bout, Garbatt’s next MMA bout is ready set, as she will face Lynell House at Hard Knock Fights 38 in Calgary, Canada October 3rd.

House (2-2 MMA) is looking to get back on the winning track, and has a boxing background.

Also on the card, Kayla Matton will take on Coralie Dixon in a 110 catchweight bout.

The match will most likely stream on GoFightLive.tv for $12.


Amy Montenegro will look to come off her first pro loss by taking on InvictaFC vet Kathina Catron September 6th at XFI’s card in Fort Smith, Arkansas. Montenegro (3-1) bad back to back submissions before losing to Katie Howard by decision last month.  Catron (4-3) is looking to rack up a second win in a row since last fall.


Rena
Rena

The Girls S-Cup happened this past weekend, which brought some of the best fighters out to test their Shootboxing skills.

For those not familiar with shootboxing, it’s kickboxing with takedowns. After being taken down, the fighters are immediately stood up. It also allow standing submissions.

A 50kg/110 lbs tournament took place, with multi-time champion Rena took home the title and remains undefeated in the sport. She beat Ticha in the finals. Fighters from Brazil, Netherlands, Korea, and Australia also came in for the tournament.

Also a 48 kg/106 lbs tournament that featured MMA star Mei Yamaguchi.

Here are the complete results:

50 kg tournament finals

  • Rena def. Ticha by TKO round 2

50 kg tournament semi-finals

  • Ticha def. Jiwaen Lee by unanimous decision
  • Rena def. Christina Jurjevic by unanimous decision

50 kg tournament quarterfinals

  • Jiwaen Lee def. Lorena Klijn by split decision
  • Ticha def. Eduarda Lima by unanimous decision
  • Christina Jurjevic def. Kill Bee by unanimous decision
  • Rena def. Simone Dommelen by unanimous decision

48 kg tournament finals

  • Yukari Yamaguchi def. Mio by split decision

48 kg tournament semi-finals

  • Yukari Yamaguchi def. V.V Mei Yamaguchi by majority decision
  • Mio def. Momi by unanimous decision

Single bouts

  • Ai Takahahi def. Nong Em by KO round 2
  • Union Akari def. Yuki Kira by Majority Decision
  • Michi Nakamura def. Tomomi Souda by Unanimous Decision
  • Arisa def. Maki Goto by TKO of round 2
  • Mai Iwata def. Bovy Okada by Unanimous Decision

You can read play by play of the tournaments here courtesy of the CJ Report.


InvictaFC champion Cyborg Justino is in Thailand training and slimming down for her fight in December. You can watch her working out here.


We are happy to announce our logo will be appearing on Ediane Gomes’s banner as she takes on Tonya Evinger at InvictaFC 8 September 6 in Kansas City. This is a first for us, and something we are honored to be on it.

We were asked to put together an Ediane “India” Gomes highlight reel and you can watch it here.


The CJ Report put together a great highlight video of Japanese MMA stars V.V. Mei Yamagunchi. If you don’t know her name, you will after you watch the video.


Rumors

Muay Thai Fighter Madeleine Vall has decided to change her focus to MMA. The veteran of 70 Muay Thai fights, the Swedish fighter is going to train with UFC’s Alexander Gustafsson and Ilir Latifi for her MMA debut sometime next year.


Scheduled Match Results

Sattlemeyer
Sattelmeyer Courtesy MMA Super Heroes

Pro MMA

MMA Super Heroes held their fifth card in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Aline Sattelmayer improves to 7-5 and hands Renata Baldan her first loss, getting the rear naked choke at 2:40 of round 3.

Also on the card:

  • Luciana Treze def. Ariane Fajoli by TKO (retirement) round 2
  • Daiane Firmino def. Mariana Leonardo by unanimous decision
  • Andressa Rocha def. Amanda Torres Sardinha by unanimous decision

Shreiweis vs
Shreiweis vs Mangakahia

Fighters World Cup headed to Nerang, Australia this past weekend. In what was a fierce featherweight bout,  Kenani Mangakahia defeated Zoie Shreiweis by TKO 1:29 of round 3 after Shreiweis injured her arm.

In amateur action, Alexandra Muir took only 23 seconds to dispatch Katie Moran by TKO


Ammy MMA

Courtesy Silton Buendia
Courtesy Silton Buendia

A trio of bouts happened at Tuff-n-uff in Las Vegas, NV this past Friday.

Aspen Ladd handed Roma Pawelek her first loss, getting the guillotine at 2:45 of round 1. Ladd had missed weight and the bout was set at 127 pounds.

In other bouts on the card:

  • Danielle Alfapada def. Chloe Woodie by split decision
  • Kristen Maaranen def. Kalecia Weisbarth by split decision

In other amateur action:

  • At the IT Fight Series in Lima, OH, Crystal Ceaser defeated Chelsea Herring by split decision
  • Hanna Cox submitted Mariah Smith by rear naked choke round 1 at Battle in the South in Wilmington, North Carolina
  • In a pair of bouts at Bull City Brawl in Durham, North Carolina, Kortney Singleton submitted Dominique Smith by rear naked choke round 3 and Amanda Lee defeated Katie Holloman by unanimous decision decision 
  • At Rumble at Raxx in Port Allen, Louisiana Rachelle Dupont TKOed Emmy Wheeler in round 1
  • Sarah Scott defeated Avril Murphy by split decision at UXC in Toomebridge, Northern Ireland
  • At Warrior Nation XFA in Chicopee, Massachusetts, Lina Soto submitted Katlynn Szafarowicz by rear naked choke at 1:27 of round 2
  • Jackie Micale submitted Amanda Trevail by rear naked choke at 1:55 of round 1 at Gladius Fights in Liverpool, New York
  • At Destiny MMA in Honolulu, Hawaii, Angela Lee submitted Monica Franco by armbar round 1

Boxing

Naoko Shibata retained her IBF light flyweight title for the first time, getting the TKO over  Ana Arrazola by TKO in round 9 in Tokyo, Japan. Shibata extenders her win streak to four and improves to 13-3.

Also on the card,  Momo Koseki defeated Denise Castle by TKO round 8.


In Berlin, Germany, Jennifer Retzke gains the vacant IBO welterweight title by getting a split decision over Florence Muthoni. The two fought to a draw the first time around for the belt a year ago. Retzke remains unbeaten on her past 4 fights and snaps Muthoni’s three fight win streak.


In other boxing bouts:

  • At Ciudad Neza, México, Nancy Gonzalez defeated Maria Padron by unanimous decision
  • In a trio of bouts in Puerto Armuelles, Panama, Yaditza Perez defeated Jojahiny Ortega by TKO round 2, Nataly Delgado TKOed Kelly Patino in round 1, and Zuliana Mendoza defeated Veronica Taylor by TKO round 3 
  • Carolina Marcela Gutierrez defeated Anahi Yolanda Salles by unanimous decision in Cordoba, Argentina
  • In Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico, Tania Enriquez KOed Ana Perez by round 1
  • Noemi Bosques TKOed Yolaine Lin De Lauf in round 3 in Tampa, Florida

The MRS (WMMA and Boxing News) – July 25

Song vs. Kimura Courtesy RoadFC
Song vs. Kimura Courtesy RoadFC

Miscellaneous News

In action Friday night, Marion Reneau defeated pro debuter Maureen Riordon by armbar at 4:15 of round 1. The bantamweight gets her third straight first round victory and her first submission win as a pro.


Saturday morning at RoadFC, Hyo-Kyung Song defeated Hazuki Kimura by TKO 2:21 of round 2 in Gumi, South Korea.


Fernanda Soledad Alegre successfully defended her WBO light welterweight title, getting a second round TKO over  Dalia Vasarhelyi in Buenos Aires, Argentina on Friday.


Also In boxing action Friday, Kristin Gearhart and Ashleigh Curry fight to a split draw in Chicago.


Jemyma Betrian has an opponent for her pro mma debut August 10th. Washington’s Hadley Griffith is looking to recover after a loss this past weekend to take on the Muay Thai standout at Chaos At The Casino 5 in Inglewood, CA.

Betrian, a champion in Muay Thai, has been training with UFC champion Ronda Rousey for her switch to MMA. Griffith also have a Muay Thai background and looks to hand Betrian her first loss in MMA.

The event will be headlined by Marina Shafir taking on Amanda Bell in a featherweight battle.


Rising atomweight prospect Catherine Costigan will once again battle in her hometown of Dublin, Ireland as she will take on Monaco’s Noelia Molina at Cage Warriors 70 ‪August 16.

Costigan (4-0) has recovered nicely after a three year absence due to injury, winning three straight. Molina will be dropping to 105 for the bout, and hasn’t seen action in a cage since her loss to Joanne Calderwood in 2012. She has been active in the Muay Thai scene in Europe however.

The fight will stream on MMAJunkie.com August 16.


Brazil will have a very busy August and early September as Damadeferromma.com has announced several bouts in the country.

  • August 7 at Circuito de Lutas Fight Night, Arielle Souza and Mahri Guerreira will look for their first wins as pros. In a Muay Thai bout, Ladie Dias battles Roberta Cristina.
  • In a pair of bouts at AFC on Aug. 9 in Balneário Camboriú, Brazil,  Claudia Rey (4-0) takes on Natali Alves (pro debut) and Roberta Paim (3-0) faces Daniela Oliveira (pro debut).
  • Undefeated Viviane Sucuri (5-0) will make a drop to 115 as she faces Gina Naja (1-2) at Limo Fight 13 in Limoeiro do Norte, Brazil August 15.
  • InvictaFC vet Jennifer Maia (8-3) will look to maintain her #3 Unified ranking as she takes on raising star Elaine Albuquerque (9-3) at Circuito Talent 11 August 23 in São José dos Pinhais, Brazil. This will be for the promotion’s flyweight title.
  • A month later, Circuito Talent will have another card in Campinas, Brazil September 20th, Livia Renata Souza (5-0) looks to stay undefeated as she takes on Camila Pitbull (8-3) in a strawweight bout.

10488846_931211380238139_1849835960_nAna Julaton will be holding a media day August 6 at the House of Ryu in Las Vegas to help promote her upcoming fight against Ann Osmond at OneFC August 29th in Dubai, which will stream on OneFC.com. More info can be found at by clicking the picture on the right.


Sunday at 2:30 p.m. pst/5:30 p.m. est on the podcast, we will have veteran Muay Thai fighter Kate McGray, who will be returning to MMA as she takes on Maria Rios at National Fight Alliance’s event in California.

You can listen live here Sunday.


Rumors

No rumors this week. Expect some next week.


Scheduled Fights

Courtesy UFC
Courtesy UFC

Pro MMA

After their first strawweight battle took place last week, the UFC is ready to bring some more international 115 talent in as Poland’s Joanna Jedrzejczyk will battle Brazil’s Juliana Lima at UFC on Fox 12 in San Jose, CA, which will stream on UFC Fight Pass.

The undefeated Jedrzejczyk (6-0) is coming off a KO victory over Rosi Sexton in June and had a quick turnaround when the UFC came knocking. With the contract came a drop from 125 to 115, but it seems the Polish star has adjusted nicely, making 115 on the button at weigh-ins.

Same couldn’t be said of Lima (6-1), who came in initially at 117 pounds, and then re-weighed at 116.5. Since she missed weight, she will be deducted 20% of her fight purse. Some controversy arose when main eventer Matt Brown came in overweight and will not be deducted from his fight pay because of confusion from the California State Athletic Commission doctor gave confusing instructions to both fighters. Lima tried to make weight but still missed, while Brown thought the doctor had ordered him to stop cutting weight instead of simply advising him not to.

Lima’s only loss was to InvictaFC title challenger Katja Kankaanpaa by decision.

WMMA Round-up got an interview with Jedrzejczyk after the weigh-in and you can watch it here.


In other pro MMA bouts:

  • At Triple A MMA in New Mexico, Lindsay Jones faces Jessica Armstrong
  • In a trio of bouts at Roshambo in Australia, Shauna Carew battles Ginny Connors,  Lana Kate fights Jessy Jess, and Megan Anderson faces Kerry Barrett
  • At ECC in Halafax, Canada, Holly Cline battles Jody Reicher
  • Jin Tang take on Yana Lyashko at Kunlun Fights in China

Ammy MMA

The MMA Expo in New York will crown amateur champions as Fighters Source will have a card in “The Big Apple”.

Susie Wyatt-Walters will battle Angela Hancock for the flyweight title and Fernanda Araujo takes on Danielle Gallagher for the bantamweight title.


In other amateur bouts:

  • At NAFC in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Shannon Goughary faces Kali Robbins and Emily Rady takes on Kelli Richards
  • In a pair of bouts at Organized Chaos in Topeka, Kansas, Tabby Patterson fights Jessica Middleton and LeiLoni Stewart battles Stephanie Hull 
  • Kathy McCord takes on Rachel Johnson and Mercedes Chavez faces Monica Medina at Ignite MMA in Amarillo, Texas
  • At the Legacy Amateur Series in Austin, TX, Elizabeth Palacios fights Brittany Robertson
  • Lacie Jackson battles Rena Pena at GFA in Alexandria, Louisiana
  • At Blackout FC in Carthage, Missouri, Blair Patton takes on Melissa Shepard
  • Xin-min Lai faces Danielle Mack at Conquest FC in Garden Grove, California

Boxing

Christina Hammer is looking to take a second division world title as she takes on former welterweight champion Anne Sophie Mathis for the vacant WBO light middleweight title in Dessau, Sachsen-Anhalt, Germany.

Hammer (17-0) is undefeated and is the current WBO and WBF middleweight champion. Eight of her wins were within the distance.

Mathis (27-3) is the current WBF light middleweight champion winning the belt in June. She was on a 22 fight win streak before suffering back to back losses two two of the best in the world; Holly Holm and Cecilia Braekhus.


Anabel Ortiz will attempt to defend her WBA minimumweight title for the second time as she takes on Neisi Torres in Epazoyucan, Hidalgo, Mexico.

Ortiz (14-3) is on a four fight win streak Torres (12-2-1) won four her her past 5.


In other boxing matches:

  • In Maipú, Mendoza, Argentina, Carla Romina Weiss take on Vanesa del Valle Calderon
  • In a trio of fights in Alajuela, Costa Rica, Carolina Arias faces Lorena Arias, Celina Salazar battles Maria Elena Villalobos, and Yokasta Valle fights Maria Guadalupe Atilano 
  • Alica Melina Kummer dukes it out with Samia El Khaouat in Frankfurt, Hessen, Germany

The MRS (WMMA and Boxing News Plus Results) – July 21

Miscellaneous News

Congratulations to Ronda Rousey on breaking not only a WMMA barrier but a MMA one in general, being the first Mixed Martial Artist to win an Espy. She was awarded “Female Athlete of the Year” at the sports awards. You can watch her awards speech here.


We talked to InvictaFC president Shannon Knapp this past weekend and got a few notes.

  • Tickets go on sale for InvictaFC 8 this week.
  • Originally they didn’t have a strawweight title match on the InvictaFC 8 card, but decided it was a way to show the MMA community their 115 division is back and stronger than ever. Mizuki Inoue is fighting for DEEP-JEWELS in August and wouldn’t have time for a full camp, or else she would have been one of the participants.
  • The announce team isn’t set yet for the 8th card, as King Mo will be fighting for Bellator and Mauro Ranallo will be unavailable that weekend. We should expect an announcement in the coming week or so on who will be joining Julie Kedzie on the announce desk.
  • Some ideas have been floating around for InvictaFC 9, but don’t expect any announcements until the night of the 8th card. Three things we can verify – Barb Honchak will be defending her 125 title at the event; we can expect more InvictaFC debuts on the card; and a few big surprises.
  • The UFC will start promoting the September card in August so be on the look out for the ads.

An update on Duda Yankovich. She is already back in the gym two weeks after a stroke. She is resuming to normal workouts but is not allowed contact training, including boxing and kickboxing.


XFCi announced this week they have signed five more fighters. These include:

  • Polyana Botelho (2-1) Flyweight
  • Débora Ribeiro Silva (1-1) Flyweight
  • Liana Pirosin (1-1) Flyweight
  • Karine Silva (5-0) Bantamweight
  • Taila Santos (3-0) Bantamweight

XFC1 will return September 19th, with Finnish fighter Vuokko Katainen on the card.


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Osman
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Julaton

Ana Julaton will have a new opponent in Dubai.

Ann Osman will be replacing the injured Russian Irina Mazepa on the OneFC event August 29. Osman is Malaysia’s first female professional MMA fighter and lost her debut in a war with Sherilyn Lim. She would lose by split decision.

Former boxing champion Julaton is looking for her second MMA win after her MMA debut win over Aya Saeid Saber by third round TKO this past May.

The fight will stream on the OneFC website for $12 on August 29.


song yamamotoFormer ring girls and Korean reality TV show star Song Ga-Yeon will be making her pro MMA debut against Japan’s Emi Yamamoto at RoadFC in Seoul, South Korea August 17th. The fight will take place at atomweight.

After going 5-0 as an amateur kickboxer, 19 year old Song decided to pursue a career in MMA and RoadFC have groomed her to be their next star.

The Korean beauty face her first test in Japan’s Yamamoto, who has one loss in the amateur ranks.

You can watch a promo video of Song here.


Germany is looking to expand its wmma division with two pro debuters on the GMC 5 card in Europahalle, Germany Setpember 13th.

Mandy Böhm and Maja Matusiak will battle in a 128 pound catchweight affair. Böhm has studied Kung Fu and Wing Chun, while Matusiak has fought in K-1 kickboxing.

No word on if the match will be streamed.


If you missed out last week, the gals at WMMA Round-up did three videos covering several topics that came up.


Our friends over at MMA Somnia did an article about what it takes to get a sponsor as a fighter. You can read it here.

The also have some great gear and advise for fighters starting out in MMA, boxing, and Muay Thai.


Americana MMA has decided to donate 10% of their profits to the InvictaFC 8 fighters. They have had done shirts for Michelle Waterson, Michelle Ould, Miriam Nakamoto, and Lauren Murphy in the past and currently carry Zolia Frausto’s new shirt, which you can purchase here.


Rumors

UFC President Dana White is expected to meet with Gina Carano today (Monday) to try to ink a deal for her return to MMA. White states he is going to offer her a title match with champion Ronda Rousey on the New Years Eve card in Vegas.


A lot of rumors going around about the opening round TUF 20. White told the press in Ireland he was disappointed that he wasn’t there to watch some of the matches but conformed “one of the European fighters had already fought” before he left the U.S.

We are also hearing the normal “Ultimate Fighter” format won’t be the same for this season. Usually the coaches determine the teams and fights, but that may have changed since this season is for a belt.


Claudia Gadhela wants to stay active after her win this past week, and will more than likely fight again before the TUF 20 finale. She will most likely face the winner of Juliana Lima and Joanna Jedrzejczyk, which happens this Saturday.


Bantamweight star Larissa Pacheco will defend her Jungle Fights 135 belt September 6th against a yet to be named opponent in Brazil.


Finnish female fighters Vuokko Katainen, Tina Lähdemäki, and Katja Kankaanpää are moving to American to train. No word on exactly where.


Scheduled Match (Results)

Howard and Montegro courtesy Ernie Sapiro Photography
Howard and Montenegro courtesy Ernie Sapiro Photography

Pro MMA

A pair of bouts happened at CageSport in Tacoma, WA.

Strawweight Katie Howard defeated Amy Montenegro by split decision to improve to 3-2. Howard has fought all of her pro bouts in 2014.

Emily Corso got her third 1st round submission win, defeating Hadley Griffith by rear naked choke. Corso came in 3 1/2 pounds over the 125 bout and was fined for missing weight.


In other pro bouts:

  • At Spartan Combat League in Denver, CO, Alice Yauger defeated Shannon Sinn by unanimous decision
  •  Beckie Ruth-Gullet defeated Mandy Polk by TKO round 1 at  Shamrock FC in St. Louis, MO. In an amateur bout, Gabrielle Labbee defeated Shawna Tyler by TKO round 2
  • At Coliseum FC 2 in Brazil, Jessica Medeiros de Andrade defeated Nayara Hemily by unanimous decision
  • Tatiana Suarez defeated Tyra Parker by unanimous decision at Gladiator Challenge in Rancho Mirage, CA. Sara Snow defeated Vanesse Morrison by TKO round 1 in an amateur bout
  • At Xtreme Kombat 24 in Mexico, Tania Pereda submitted Karina Gonzalez by armbar 4:19 of round 1
  • Kristi Lopez defeated  Katie Castro by TKO round 1 at Xplode Fight Series in Valley Center, CA. Sharon Jacobson def. Aleeta Munion by TKO round 1 in an amateur bout

Ammy MMA

In amateur action:

  • At Cage Wars in Grand Junction, Colorado, Amanda Nold defeated Amanda Haller by unanimous decision
  • Brenda Enriquez defeated Carissa Westlund by TKO 2:53 Round 1 at Steelfist Fights in Farmington, Utah
  • At Kings of Jacksonville in Jacksonville, North Carolina, Christina Eduardo defeated Micaela Cadena by unanimous decision
  • Hannah Dawson defeated Casey O’Neill by TKO 1:24 round 1 at Eternal MMA in Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia

Boxing

In Buenos Aires, Argentina, Carolina Raquel Duer successfully defrned her WBO bantamweight title, getting the unanimous decsion over Ana Lozano.  She improves her unbeaten streak to 16 and defends the belt for the second time.

On the undercard, Maria Magdalena Rivera knocked out Cintia Liliana Gonzalez in round 3


In other boxing action:

  • In Buenos Aires, Argentina, Julieta Andrea Cardozo defeated Maria Cecilia Roman by split decision
  • Also in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Karen Elizabeth Carabajal defeated Lorena Noemi Gomez by unanimous decision
  • Alisah McPhee defeated Peggy Maerz by split decision in Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada
  • In Huntington, New York, Wendy Toussaint defeated Courtney Pennington by unanimous decision
  • Lee Dittmar defeated Kori Farr by majority decision in Mansfield, Queensland, Australia
  • In Perth, Western Australia, Australia, Erin McGowan knocked out Keanpetch Superchamps in round 1
  • Silvia Torres defeated Joana Medina by TKO round 4 in Guerrero, Mexico

WMMA Half Year Awards for 2014

With the lack of InvictaFC in our lives the first half of the year, it didn’t detour the WMMA community as many promotions picked up the slack in what was been an exciting year so far.

It was the international talent that shined these first six months, especially a push by several Brazil promotions to develop their women’s divisions.

Here are our picks for the half year. We know this will drive a lot of discussion, and really we want it. We saw lack of suggestions and hope this will get people thinking about the half year.

By the way, the half year ended on June 30, so the July 4th weekend bouts are considered “second half”.


Baldan vs. Matos Courtesy Fusion Photography
Baldan vs. Matos Courtesy Fusion Photography

Match of the Half Year – Renata Baldan vs. Bruna “Wing” Matos (MMA Super Heroes 3, Brazil)

It was the semi-finals of the MMA Super Heroes strawweight tournament, and a debuting Baldan and faced Matos, who was looking for her first MMA win in a two round affair. Both stepped on the gas pedal straight through two rounds, never letting up on each other. Some decent scrambles happened in round 2, as the match ended. Baldan would take the unanimous decision and would ultimately won the tournament.

Many tout that it’s technique that makes a fight great. Sometimes, though, you just to need enjoy a fight for what it is, a fight. You can watch the match here.

Honorable Mention: Raquel Pennington vs. Jessica Andrade – UFC 171


McMann vs. Rousey Courtesy UFC
McMann vs. Rousey Courtesy UFC

Pro Fighter (and Bantamweight): Ronda Rousey

Hard not to call the UFC champion the fighter of the half year, although she only had one qualifying match in the span we are discussing. That one fight was a dominant one though and is giving the UFC trouble as they are having a hard time building a case fro a strong contender. We shall see what the next six months hold as Rousey looks to take some time off.

Honorable mention (bantamweight): Holly Holm


Featherweight: Kate Da Silva

Most of the top featherweights have either only had one match this year or none at all, so it was tough to call. Da Silva, however, was able to defeat two opponents in one night in a round robin tournament to become the #1 contender for the Princesses of Pain featherweight title.

Honorable mention – Pannie Kianzad


Flyweight: Joanna Jedrzejczyk

The undefeated Polish sensation went 2-0 this year with her biggest victory coming over veteran Rosi Sexton. The win propelled her into being signed to the UFC, and Jedrzejczyk will be dropping to strawweight in her octagon debut.

Honorable Mention: DeAnna Bennett


Strawweight: Jessica Aguilar

With many of the ranked 115ers dormant due to the TUF 20 wait, the #1 fighter in the division finally got a belt as Aguilar is the World Series of Fighting champion. Gaining the belt in January, Aguilar also successfully defended the belt in what was her first time going 5 rounds. We suspect more contenders will be cultivated as TUF 20 will keep the rest of the division occupied until the fall.

Invicta will also be crowning a new champion, so JAG may have some stiff competition come Awards time.

Honorable mention: Herica Tiburcio


Atomweight: Catherine Costigan

The Irish standout has come back after a three year absence to win three straight. Her latest win was at Cage Warriors was a war with a tough Irene Cabello, with Costigan taking a split decision.

Honorable mention – Seo Hee Ham


Amateur Fighter: Andrea Lee

The words “stop” and “slow down” seems not to be in Lee’s vocabulary as she has fought four times this year in MMA, and that doesn’t include the multiple kickboxing matches in between. Already set to make her XFC and pro debut this fall, she won’t be eligible for Ammy of the Year come awards time, but look for her as a strong contender for Newcomer.

Honorable mention: Jamie Moyle


Knockout: Joanna Jedrzejczyk (Cage Warriors 69)

With one shot, Jedrzejczyk punched her way into the UFC.

The devastating KO to veteran Rosi Sexton not only launched her into the octagon, but also helped Sexton realize she should retire. You can watch the KO here.

Honorable Mention: Michele Angelo over Roberta Marreta (MMA Super Heroes 3) (Video here)


Submission: Milana Dudieva defeats Daria Chibisova (heel hook) (ProFC 53)

There has been very few submissions this year that weren’t armbars or rear naked chokes. Dudieva decided to let go of an armbar and get a heel hook on Chibsova and that decision earned her this honor. Watch the video here.

Honorable mention: Melissa Gasdick def. Rikki Shutsa (north south choke) (Gladiators of the Cage) (video here)


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Comeback: Lynn Alvarez

Taking a two year break after back to back losses, Alvarez looked like a whole new fighter as she took on Amber Stautzenberger this past January. Known as a submission specialist, Alvarez has vastly improved her striking and made a quick impact on the 115 scene once again. Deciding to sign with the WSOF instead of trying out for TUF 20, she could well be in line for a long overdue rematch with Jessica Aguilar.

Honorable Mention: Larissa Pacheco comebacks to defeat Liziane Silveira at Jungle Fight 68.


Promotion of the Year: DEEP-JEWELS

Two brilliant cards so far out of the Japanese all female promotion, with a few more to come. They crowned champions at 135 and 115, with an active atomweight division. D-J held 13 women’s matches this year, the most by any promotion.

Honorable mention: MMA Super Heroes


Card of the Year – MMA Super Heroes 3

MMA Super Heroes stuck to their promise and came into the WMMA landscape fast and furious with their strawweight tournament plus two featured bout all in one night. Even though it was a “mixed card”, the women stole the show and had a variety of finishes and exciting matches. They are become a hotbed of untapped talent in the women’s divisions.

Honorable mention: DEEP-JEWELS 4

TUF 20 Complete Cast Announced

the_ultimate_fighter_logo (1)It is a rare thing for the UFC to announce an Ultimate Fighter cast before they head into the house, but MMA fans aren’t complaining.

Eight more names were added to the TUF 20 roster, with some familiar names to the WMMA community.

Jessica Penne (11-2) – The former InvictaFC atomweight champion was a shoe in for the show. A vet of the Bellator 115 pound tournament, her only two losses were to current Invicta champion Michelle Waterson and Bellator tournament champ Zolia Frausto.

Lisa Ellis (15-8) – The most experienced fighter on the show, Ellis was also a vet of the Bellator 115 tournament and Invicta. Ellis’s war with Penne was a memorable one, and has faced some of the best strawweights on the planet including Megumi Fujii and Jessica Aguilar.

Aisling Daly (14-5) – The Irish born fighter had a great run at 125, also a vet of the Bellator 115 tournament and Invicta. After losing a decsion to Invicta’s Katja Kankaanpää, she got a win over Karla Benitez by armbar at Cage Warriors. Daly has a win over current UFC signee Jessica Eye.

Angela Magana (11-6) – A seven year vet of the sport, she has gotten wins over Jessica Aguilar, Lynn Alvarez, and Nicdali Rivera-Colonac.

Heather Clark (6-4) – Originally trained at Jackson’s MMA but now is a part of Xtreme Couture, Clark had some good runs in Bellator and the XFC. He best know war was against fellow castmate Felice Herrig, losing a split decision to her. Clark and Herrig has beef with each other and there is no doubt the war or words will continue.

Justine Kish (4-0) – Earning her strips in kickboxing, Kish has fought around the world in both MMA and Muay Thai. She started training with fellow castmate Penne last year. She has wins over InvictaFC vet Munah Holland and Randa Markos-Thomas.

Randa Marko-Thomas (4-1) – With her only loss to Kish, Thomas rebounded with a submission over Lynell House in March. The Canadian has three armbar wins as a pro.

Angela Hill (1-0) – Having just turned pro in MMA the weekend before the TUF 20 tryouts, Hill was the most surprising to be selected. Her extensive background in Muay Thai will bring excitement to the tournament, however, as witness in her bout at Lion Fights earlier this year.


They join Tecia Torres, Bec Hyatt, Felice Herrig, Carla Esparza, Alex Chambers,  Rose Namajunas, Emily Peters-Kagan, and Joanne Calderwood in the house. Gilbert Melendez and UFC champion Anthony Pettis will be the coaches.

The fighters will start filming in the next few days and will be sequestered for seven weeks. The episodes are set to start airing in September.

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July 2014 Rankings – Fly and Feather See Movement

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Jedrzejczyk

With her win over Rosi Sexton at Cage Warriors, Joanna Jedrzejczyk moves from #5 to #4 in the flyweight rankungs this month. With Jedrzejczyk now signed to the UFC, she will most likely drop off the list next month as she will be dropping to strawweight.Julia Berezikova is off the list due to inactivity. The pushes spots 7-10 from June up a spot, with  Viviane Pereira entering the list at #10.

At featherweight, Ashlee Evans-Smith has dropped off the list due to due dropping to 135 in her fight this past month. Latoya Walker moves up to #9 and Kate Da Silva enters the list at #10.

The rest of the divisions stay pat in the top 10.

We are expecting major changes in August as some fighters haven’t fought in a year and several fighters changing weight divisions for TUF 20.

You can read the complete July 2014 rankings here.

The MRS (WMMA and WBoxing News) June 27

Miscellaneous News

At PXC Friday morning in Guam, Cortney Casey defeats Tomo Maesawa by TKO (corner stoppage) round 1.


rin ufc presserRin Nakai is officially a part of the UFC. Nakai was at the UFC Japan press conference Thursday, formally announcing the fight between herself and Miesha Tate September 20 in Satimyama, Japan. The fight will be on UFC Fight Pass.

Nakai (16-0-1) is facing her toughest opponent in Tate (14-5) and a win would put her in the UFC title hunt.


For the first time at the ESPY Awards a female MMA fighter has been nominated.

UFC champion Ronda Rousey has been nominated for two of the sport channel’s awards; “Female Athlete of the Year” and “Best Fighter”. The Awards will broadcast on July 16.


Undefeated flyweight Roma Pawelek will have her last amateur fight August 1 at Tuff-n-uff MMA in Vegas. She will take on Aspen Ladd (7-1) for the Tuff-n-uff 125 title in the bout.

Pawelek (5-0) has finished in all her fights with her strong ground game. Ladd (7-1) has yet to be finished in a fight, finishing in five of her 7 wins.

It is expected to stream on Go Fight Live for $12.


Flannery Courtesy Skyline Productions
Flannery Courtesy Skyline Productions

Wimp2Warrior had their second season finale card last weekend in Sydney, Australia, which saw five female fights. All of them were making their MMA debuts after training for the past six months on the show, which turns ordinary people into fighters.

  • Alessia Espinosa-Vallve def. Komlani Turnbull by submission
  • Isabella Truong def. Kelly Renford by decision
  • Jay Vautier Hartnett def. Nina Ridder by TKO round 1
  • Angela Flannery def. Amy Robinson by TKO round 1
  • Roxey Kelly def. Kelly Lawson by decision

We hope these ladies will continue their journey in MMA.


InvictaFC champion Michelle Waterson joined the ever growing sisterhood that has tried the “Ninja Warrior” course.

The tv show challenges athletes all over the world to take on one of the most difficult obstacle courses ever conceived. Waterson was the first female MMA fighter to take on the American version. She didn’t fair too well, but that’s par for the course.

A list of female fighters that tried the Japanese course include Megumi Fujii, Mizuno Yuko, Yuka Tsuji, Hisae Watanabe, and Kyra Gracie. No one has finished it.

Two more fighters will be appearing on the Japanese version as Shootboxer Rena and Muay Thai fighter Little Tiger will try to get farther than the rest.

You can watch Waterons’s run here. (43 min. in)


RFA matchmaker Scott Cutbirth announced this week the date for the first card of his new promotion “Survivor Fighting Alliance”. The amateur promotion’s debut card will take place September 20.

The promotion will be used as a stepping stone for up and coming talent to be signed to promotions like TitanFC and RFA. Cutbirth stated he is a huge supporter of female fighters, and will look to add female divisions starting with his first show.


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Moras

On the podcast Sunday at 1 p.m. pst/4 p.m. est, we will talk to TUF 18’s Sarah Moras about her official UFC debut and the road back to the cage.

You can listen to the podcast here.


Rumors

UFC Tonight reported that Holly Holm’s negotiations with the UFC are heating back up. The promotion and Holm’s management had a rocky start a few months ago in their first meeting, but it looks like the UFC is still interested.


On the other hand, Gina Carano’s contract negotiations have stalled. Carano’s Strikeforce contract ended this past week. With Scott Coker taking over Bellator’s operations, it could be used as leverage if Carano comes back to the table.


According to a tweet on her twitter, Amanda Nunes is expected to make a fight announcement soon.


Ronda Rousey stated she will be “taking a vacation” after her title match July 5. However, she is looking to defend her title two more times before the year’s end.


Scheduled Fights

Pro MMA

TUF 18 hopeful Colleen Schneider is back in the cage this weekend as she will face DeAnna Bennett at Showdown Fights in Orem, UT.

Schneider (5-4) has won four straight, all by finishes. In her last fight, she got an armbar submission over Christina Marks in September.

The undefeated Bennett (3-0) has a win over TUF 18 winner Julianna Pena. Recently, she submitted Sharon Jacobson by first round rear naked choke in January.

In an amateur bout on the card, Kaytlin Neil faces Veta Arteaga.


In other pro bouts:

  • At CES MMA in Lincoln, RI, Kaline Medeiros takes on Brigitte Narcise
  • Katlyn Chookagian battles Rebecca Heintzman at CFFC in Philadelphia, PA

Ammy MMA

In amateur action this weekend:

  • In a trio of fights at XFO in Rockford, Illinois, Stacy Lutchman takes on Rickie Gomes, Shelby Hungness faces Brittany Giddings, and Chi Sheibley battles Terri Worley 
  • At Cowboys Extreme Cage Fighting in San Antonio, Texas,  Dominique Gonzales fights Katherine Roy, and Stephanie Builderback takes on Kelsey Hundt 
  • Yasmin Almonte faces Elizabeth Vansertima and Jenna Serio battles Lauren Braccia at Ring of Combat in North Bergen, New Jersey
  • At Spartan Fighting Alliance in Osage City, Kansas, Tabitha Patterson fights Autumn Lamle
  • Yuri Madina takes on Maegan Goodwin at Battleground MMA in Tulsa, OK
  • At Spartan Combat League in Denver, CO, Mallory Martin battles Laura Dettman
  • Kim Russell faces Rebecca Moore at Combat Zone in Salem, NH

Boxing

Munoz and Domsodi Courtesy Golden Boy
Munoz and Domsodi Courtesy Golden Boy

A pair of WBC title bouts are set for Hidalgo, Mexico.

Zulina Munoz will defend her WBC super flyweight title against Renata Domsodi. Munoz (41-1-2) is on a 16 fight unbeaten streak and will be defending her title for the 6th time. Domsodi (12-4) is the current WBF and UBO Intentional bantamweight champion.

In a battle for the vacant WBC bantamweight title, Yazmin Rivas (29-8) will face Alesia Graf (26-4).

This will air in Mexico on Televisa.


In Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Dahiana Santana and Francia Elena Bravo will duke it out for the interim WBA  featherweight title. Santana (33-6) is the current IBF featherweight champion on a six fight win streak. Bravo is on a seven fight win streak and is looking for her first world title.


WIBA welterweight champion Tori Nelson looks to continue her unbeaten streak alive as she takes on Nicole Woods in Baltimore, Maryland.

Nelson (9-0-3) is looking to defend her title for the third time. Woods (11-13-3) is looking for her first world title, and to gain a much needed win.

Also on the card, Tyrieshia Douglas dukes it out with Christina Fuentes.


In other boxing action:

  • Jessica Nery Plata defends her WBC Youth light flyweight title against Cristina Vargas in Mexico City, Mexico. Also on the card, Sandra Hernandez takes on Fredee Gonzalez 
  • In Sandersdorf, Sachsen-Anhalt, Germany, Nicole Wesner faces Hana Horakova
  • Jesica Espinal battles Lisbeth Lopez in Tegucigalpa, Honduras
  • In El Paso, Texas, Jennifer Han dukes it out with Christina Ruiz
  • In a pair of bouts in Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico, Sandra Robles takes on Zenny Sotomayor, and Amaris Quintana faces Susana Uribe 

Weekend Results – Latourneau Shines with Shiner; Ammy Females Light up Florida

Pro MMA

Courtesy UFC
Courtesy UFC

Valerie Latourneau and Elizabeth Phillips made the most of their UFC debuts this past Saturday, with Latourneau taking the split decision win.

Latourneau (6-3) was taking punishment to the left eye in the first round, with Phillips continuing to target the injury. Latourneau was able to land a head kick and a quick flurry before the round ended.

With more technical striking, Latourneau would regain momentum and would win the striking battle in rounds 2 and 3.

In the end, 2 of the three judges gave the fight to Latourneau, handing Phillips her second pro loss.


DEEP-JEWELS vet Celine Haga has made a successful US debut with a first round armbar submission win over Natasha Creger at Global Knockouts in Jackson, CA.

Haga (6-12) continues her historic comeback run as she has now won 5 of her last six fights .

You can watch WMMA Round-up’s post fight interview with Haga here.


In other pro MMA action:

  • At OneFC in Jakarta, Indonesia, Desi Rahayu defeated Ella Tang by unanimous decision
  • Jessy Rose-Clark defeated Kate Da Silva by TKO round 2 at XFC Australia in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
  • In Sarnia, Canada at the Pro Fighting Series 3 Bobbi-Jo Dalziel got the TKO over Tamikka Brents at 0:42 of round 3
  • Natalie Roy got the TKO over Brittany Horton by TKO in round 1 at Triple A MMA in Castle Rock, CO
  • At Irongirl MMA in Brazil, Elaine Albuquerque defeated Carina Damm by unanimous decision
  • In a pair of bouts at Strong Fight Combat in Brazil, Fernanda Silva defeated Renata Santos by unanimous decision and Graziele Ricotta KOed Carolina Raposo in round 1 
  • Karine Silva go the TKO over Dayse Nascimento in round 1 at Aspera FC in Brazil

Ammy MMA

Goddess of War made it’s debut in Port Richey, FL with seven female MMA bouts. In the main event, Allison Ainley defeated Hannah Fitzpatrick by unanimous decision.

In other action on the card:

  • Mary Kate Hayes def. Amber Rodriguez by TKO (doctor’s stoppage) 3:00 round 2 (145)
  • Robin Wissman def. Shalyn Cook by TKO 2:41 round 2 (135)
  • Victoria Fernandez def. Desiree Wilson by submission (guillotine) 2:09 round 1 (135)
  • Nikki Berry def. Carla Thomas by submission (rear naked choke) 1:51 round 3 (200)
  • Gillian Robertson def. Kristi Vorce by submission (armbar) 2:37 round 1 (115)
  • Amy Sica def. Tanya Greenlee by unanimous decision (150)

In other amateur MMA matches:

  • At Gladiators of the Cage in Pittsburgh, PA, Melissa Gasdick submitted Rikki Shutsa by north south choke at 1:33 of round 1
  • McKell Shurtliff submitted Annalie Mendoza by guillotine round 1 at the Clash in North Logan, UT
  • At Volunteer Brawl in Knoxville, TN, Evva Johnson submitted Amy Coleman by rear naked choke of round 2
  • Venessa Grimes got the TKO over Paxton Nettles in 35 seconds at AFC in Biloxi, Mississippi
  • At Dynasty Combat Sports in Nebraska City, Nebraska, Casi Jo Lee defeated Tara Nelson by unanimous decision
  • Bior Guigni defeated Ashley Jane by unanimous decision at ECFC 1 in Lowell, Massachusetts

Boxing

In boxing action this weekend:

  • In a pair of bouts in Tampa, Florida, Chevelle Hallback KOed Dominga Olivo in round 2 and Noemi Bosques defeated Elizabeth Anderson by majority decision 
  • Heather Hardy defeated Jackie Trivilino by technical decision in Brooklyn, New York
  • In Tlalnepantla, México, Ana Arrazola defeated Anely Hernandez by points
  • Sheena Kaine defeated Lynell House by unanimous decision in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
  • In Saint Joseph, Missouri, Ashleigh Curry defeated Melisenda Perez by points
  • Betina Gabriela Garino defeated Silvia Fernanda Zacarias by majority decision in Buenos Aires, Argentina

The MRS (WMMA and WBoxing News) June 13

Miscellaneous News

Hamasaki
Hamasaki

DEEP-JEWELS has announced their next card. The promotion’s 5th event will take place August 9th in Tokyo. The news was broke for the US audience by the CJ Report.

No matches were announced, but will mark the return of 115 champion Ayaka Hamsaki. Hamasaki had surgery on her knee after her last fight, a loss to current UFC signee Claudia Gadelha at Invicta last July. It is susepcted Hamasaki will be defending her D-J title against either 115 tournament winner Emi Tomimatsu or InvictaFC vet Mizuki Inoue. Both are set to fight on the card.

Other announced for event include Naho Sugiyama, Miyoko Kusaka, Yuko Ohya, and Tamaki Usui.

The matches are expected to stream on their UStream for $15.


Joeclyn Lybarger has signed a multi-fight deal with RFA. The promotion announced the signing Thursday. Lybarger (3-1) won her RFA debut with an unanimous decision over Rosa Acevedo in April.


Julie Kedzie is moving to Kansas City to fulfill her role as a full time matchmaker, commentator, and consultant for Invicta. With the move, she leaves her long time home of Albuquerque and her coaching and mentoring job at Jackson’s MMA. In the eight years at Jackson’s, she started one of the most recognized and accomplished female MMA teams in the country.

We look forward to her continuing efforts to improve and expand Invicta and it’s roster.


Interesting state we were discussing on twitter this week. Currently Invicta’s women’s divisions has more countries represent than the UFC’s women’s division.

  • Invicta (10): USA, Mexico, Canada, Brazil, Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Netherlands, Finland, and Poland
  • UFC (8): USA, Canada, Brazil, Australia, Scotland, Russia, Netherlands, and Finland

The UFC number could increase by two countries if Helena Harper (England) and Ais “The Bash” Daly (Ireland) is added to TUF 20.


Jessica Aguilar stated during a conference call for the World Series of Fighting 10 that she is being paid on par with the male champions under contract with the promotion. She has two more fights on her contract, including her upcoming title fight with Emi Fujino June 21 in Vegas, which will air on NBS Sports Net. She express she is going to “see what happens” after the contract expires to decide to stay with WSOF or look for other offers.

Aguilar has been doing vlogs to chronicle her training and life coming up to her defending her belt. You can watch them here.


Frausto and Ould from 2010
Frausto and Ould from 2010

Michelle Ould and Zolia Frausto have buried the hatchet. The two head a heated war of words in 2010 and was one of the most heated rivalries in WMMA. Four years later, tempers have mellowed and the two told us that hostilities are over.


For those who missed out, several connections between the Miss USA pageant and the world of female combat sports.

The winner, former Miss Nevada Nia Sanchez, is a black belt in Tae Kwan Do. Miss Virginia had wrestled for nine years on the boy’s team.

With Sanchez’s new role as Miss USA, Tuff-n-uff ring girl Stephanie Ann Cook is the new Miss Nevada.


On the podcast Sunday at 1 p.m. pst/4 p.m. est. we will have Brigitte Narcise, who will be facing Kaline Medeiros at CES in Lincoln, RI June 27.

You can listen the podcast live here on Sunday.


Rumors

Cage Warrior’s head Graham Boylan stated during a post event interview last weekend he is planning on doing an all female card (or two) by the end of the year. He has 29 female fighters under contract.


We are getting word that the reason Rin Nakai may not being coming to the U.S. to fight anytime soon is because of a lagging knee problem. Under US rules knee pads and taping are not allowed.


Scheduled Fights

Latourneau & Phllips
Latourneau & Phillips

Pro MMA

Two UFC newcomers will square off on FX Network in the US as a part of the UFC 174 prelims in Vancourver, Canada Saturday. Both Latourneau (134.5) and Phillips (135) made weight.

Canadian and TUF 18 vet Valerie Letourneau will be taking on last minute replacement American Elizabeth Phillips. Letourneau (5-3) won her last official fight in May 2013 with a 34 second TKO over Jordan Moore. Phillips (3-1) is riding a three fight win streak.


OneFC will once again have a female match as Malaysia’s Ella Tang will face Indonesia’s Desi Rahayu in Jakarta, Indonesia. This will stream on OneFC.com for $10 and will start at 2 a.m. pacific/5 a.m. est Saturday mourning.. Both made weight at 133 pounds for their bantamweight contest.


In other pro bouts:

  • At Valor 8 in Launceston, Tasmania (which will stream on GFL.tv for $15 at 1 a.m. pst/4 a.m. est Satruday) Tammy Taylor faces Zoie Shreweis.
  • Across the Tasman Sea at XFC Australia – Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, Jessy Rose-Clark takes on Kate Da Silva
  • Tamikka Brents battles Bobbi-Jo Dalziel at Pro Fighting Series 3 in Sarnia, Canada
  • At Triple A MMA in Castle Rock, CO, Nohime Dennison fights Natalie Roy
  • Natasha Creger takes on Celine Haga at Global Knockouts in Jackson, CA
  • At Irongirl MMA in Brazil, Carina Damm faces Elaine Albuquerque
  • In a pair of bouts at Strong Fight Combat in Brazil Renata Santos battles Fernanda Silva and  Bianca Reis fights Carolina Raposo da Silva 

Ammy MMA

Goddesses of War in Port Richey, FL will have a seven fight all female card, spotlighting up and coming talent in amateur divisions

  • Allison Ainley vs. Hannah Fitzpatrick
  • Mary Kate Hayes vs. Amber Rodriguez
  • Robin Wissman vs. Shalyn Cook
  • Desiree Wilson vs. Victoria Fernandez
  • Nikki Berry vs. Carla Thomas
  • Gillian Robertson vs. Kristi Vorce
  • Tanya Greenlee vs. Amy Sica

In other amateur MMA bouts:

At Gladiators of the Cage in Pittsburgh, PA, Melissa Gasdick faces Rikki Shutsa

Annalie Mendoza takes on McKell Shurtliff at The Clash in North Logan, UT

At Dynasty Combat Sports in Nebraska City, Nebraska Tara Nelson fights Casi Jo Lee (115)

Ashley Jane battles Bior Guigni at ECFC 1 in  Lowell, Massachusetts

At Hard Knock Fights in Calgary, Alberta, Canada (Which will stream on GFL.tv for $15 on Friday at 5 p.m. post/8 p.m. est) Kayla Matton takes on Katie Saull

Amy Coleman battles Evva Johnson at Volunteer Brawl in Knoxville, TN


Boxing

In boxing this weekend:

  • In a pair of bouts in Tampa, Florida, Chevelle Hallback faces Dominga Olivo and Noemi Bosques takes on Elizabeth Anderson 
  • Heather Hardy dukes it out with Jackie Trivilino in Brooklyn, New York
  • In Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, Sheena Kaine battles Lynell House
  • Ashleigh Curry fights Melisenda Perez in Saint Joseph, Missouri