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Wombat Sport’s Off the Wall Predictions for 2015

What-comes-next-Technology-predictions-for-2015_SQIt has been an eventful start to 2015 after a whirlwind of fights and fight announcements to start off the year.

Before we get into any more of the year, we wanted to give you some of our predictions for upcoming 12 months. Some of these are educated guesses, some are just wacky logic.

Let us know what you agree and disagree with. Also let us know some of your predictions for the year.


UFC will be sold – if not partially; all

This is probably the most radical prediction we will make, but hear us out.

The UFC isn’t in great financial straits right now. Their credit rating has gone down which means they owe a lot of money. Part of this is bad luck with champions being injured in 2014. Another problem is that holding more almost weekly events isn’t cheap, especially with the worldwide expansion. We feel the idea of getting rid of individual sponsors to only a major one will hurt them financially due to not getting the benefits from a “sponsor tax”.

The UFC getting rid of their own in house testing was in part because they couldn’t afford it.

I won’t be surprised if they cut a deal with Fox for part ownership, but would be interested to see if Fox buys them out and keeps UFC President Dana White as a figure head.

What if Floyd Mayweather buys it? Crazier things have happened.


Ronda Rousey will end the year undefeated and will “Take a hiatus” from the sport

If the UFC champion beats Cat Zingano next month, it will be hard to find a competitive contender for her.

The next choice would be Bethe Correia but it is hard to see the smaller bantamweight give Rousey a challenge. If Sara McMann beats Miesha Tate, a rematch could be interesting but still the champ just keeps getting better a lot faster.

If Rousey fights three times this year, which seems to be the case, and goes undefeated, we think she will realize that she has basically “cleaned the division” and there is nothing else to do. She is refusing to face Cyborg Justino. With Hollywood calling, she can make more as an action star with less work. Unlike Gina Carano, if there is a person who develops in 2016 that seems to be “the next big thing” at bantamweight she will come back to MMA.

We like the idea because the division needs a year at least to catch up with the champ’s level.


Jessica Aguilar will sign to the UFC

People think this is a done deal, but a few things to consider.

With the a fore mentioned sponsorship and financial situation with the UFC, the World Series of Fighting could outspend the UFC in terms of her contract. Teammate Tecia Torres is already signed to the UFC, and Aguilar doesn’t seem to want to be in the same promotion as her. The thing Aguilar needs to consider what is worth more – being #1 in the division or the money. Not an easy choice.

We are still thinking Aguilar will sign to the UFC because there is not much the WSOF can do for her now in terms of finding credible opponents.

The questions are how she will handle with the new blood in the UFC, and is a rematch with Esparza going to happen in 2015?


Bellator will see resurgence with raising talent from the UFC jumping ship

This goes back to the UFC financial problems and more importantly, the sponsorship deal with Reebok. Fighters will get more money by having several sponsors behind them then they would with only one. The deal doesn’t take in account popularity, only rankings. Mid level talent will find “greener pastures” in Bellator as they can outspend the UFC, especially at this moment. We may see a MMA version of pro wrestling’s “Monday Night Wars” this year. That all started because the WCW got a bigger budget and brought in more popular talent.


Bellator will launch a flyweight division

This is a 50/50 shot.

Bellator already announced they will have another women’s division this year, but have yet to name a weight class. The stated it would be “different” than the UFC’s current ones. This leaves 105 and 125.

Why do we think flyweight? Three major reasons. The first deals with the pool at 125. Our stats this year saw 125 as the most active division in 2014. Invicta has been actively signing talented flyweights as fast as they can the past few months so I am sure they are trying to beat Bellator to the punch. The third reason is if a UFC female fighter leaves the organization, it will be easier for Bellator to get talent from 115 going up and 135 going down.

That being said…


Atomweight matches will double its 2014 fight numbers 

There were 50 fights at atomweight this past year, but the year also saw an influx in 105 talent.

In the past, the pool consisted mainly of a few Americans and a lot of Japanese talent. With Invicta the past few years doing its part to highlight the atomweight division with star Michelle Waterson, more smaller fighters are dropping from the ever deepening 115 division, seeing they can have a career at a more comfortable weight at 105.

Several of the TUF 20 strawweight competitors were too small for the division and it showed. We may see them circle back to Invicta and dropping to 105.

The word from Japan is most of the strawweights there have seen the light and can’t compete with American talent at 115. The divisions in the Far East are shifting to 105 with a few exceptions. There is even talk of a pinweight (100 pound) division.

An eight woman atomweight tournament for the vacant DEEP-JEWELS title is already being planned.


Invicta will Get a TV deal… of sorts

InvictaFC president Shannon Knapp has been hinting as of late of an actual tv deal through her connections with the UFC. Here is our thoughts.

One, if not two, events will be broadcast on tv this year with the rest being through UFC Fight Pass. Fox Sports 1 would make the most sense – seeing their success with “The Ultimate Fighter 20”.

With Fox and Fox Sports 1 already seeing some good female matches in the coming months, they should see the value in terms of ratings to bring Invicta into the mix.


Expect More International Talent Signed to Major Promotions

This past year, 253 fighters made their pro debuts. This is a major drain in terms of amateur talent with some making their pro debuts in the next few months.

It is going to take a year or two of the amateur division to regain the numbers, but I have no doubt those women dreaming of taking up MMA fighting will see opportunities.

In the mean time, 47 countries held female matches this year with 41 having pro bouts. The number of countries themselves have expanded since last year, and will look to get over 50 in 2015. You will get to see names you might have never heard of (unless you read our site regularly). A few we can rally off – Jessy Rose (Australian; already signed to InvictaFC), Amanda Lino (South Africa; who won the IMMAF featherweight tournament and named Ammy Fighter of the Year), and Maryna Moroz (Ukrainian; undefeated at strawweight).

Brazil itself has expanded their women’s divisions in 2014 and we can expect more talent from there to make their way to the States.

2014 WMMA Press Award Winners

wmma-awards-2014-light-bg-300x300Over the next week, the WMMA Press Committee will be awarding their 2014 award winners.

Member websites will be giving the away the awards via written stories and podcasts.

The members include:

The awards will wrap up with Pro WMMA Now giving away the “Fighter of the Year” award on Monday January 19.

We will update the list (and links to acceptance interviews) as each website awards the recipients.

Here are the winners:

Fighter of the Year

Winners of the divisional awards will be eligible

Featherweight of the Year

  • Amanda Bell (3-0 in 2014) – winner
  • Megan Anderson (4-0 in 2014)
  • Latoya Walker (2-0 in 2014)
  • Jessy Miele (3-1 in 2014)

Bantamweight of the Year

  • Ronda Rousey (2-0 in 2014) – winner
  • Bethe Correia (2-0 in 2014)
  • Tonya Evinger (2-0 in 2014)
  • Pannie Kianzad (3-0 in 2014)

Flyweight of the Year

Strawweight of the Year

  • Katja Kankaanpää (2-0 won Invicta title)
  • Carla Esparza (1-0; won UFC title)
  • Jessica Aguilar (3-0 in 2014)
  • Joanna Jedrzejczyk (3-0 in 2014 @ 115) – winner (read more here)

Atomweight of the Year

Fan Favorite Fighter

Fight of the Year

  • Paige VanZant vs. Kalin Curran
  • Catherine Costigan vs. Irene Cabello
  • Katja Kankaanpää vs Stephanie Eggink
  • Herica Tiburcio vs Michelle Waterson – winner (read Tiburcio’s acceptance speech on DaMadeFerroMMA.com)
  • Randa Markos vs Jessica Penne
  • Renata Baldan vs. Michele Ângelo
  • Cat Zingano vs. Amanda Nunes
  • Jéssica Andrade vs. Raquel Pennington

Knockout of the Year

Submission of the Year

  • Hérica Tibúrcio defeats Michelle Waterson via Guillotine Choke at Invicta FC 10 – (Video on UFC Fight Pass)
  • Reina Cordoba defeats Anely Jimenez via Key Lock at CRF 14 – (Video here)
  • Jessy Miele defeats Lissette Neri via Scraf Hold Armlock at Gladiator Challenge – (Video here)
  • Kirstie Gannaway defeats Adek Omar via Triangle Choke at ONE FC 22 – (Video here)
  • Milana Dudieva def. Daria Chibisova via Heel Hook at ProFC 53 – (Video Here)
  • Katja Kankaanpää def. Stephanie Eggink via Darce Choke at Invicta FC 8 – (Video on UFC Fight Pass) – winner (read more here)
  • Raquel Pennington def. Ashlee Evans-Smith via Bulldog Choke at UFC 181 – (Video on UFC Fight Pass)
  • Luana Souza def. Kelly Katiussy via Keylock at X-fest 7 – (Video here)

Newcomer of the Year

  • Katlyn Chookagian (2-0 ammy; 2-0 pro in 2014)
  • Andrea Lee (3-1 ammy, 2-1 pro in 2014) – winner (listen to her accept the award here)
  • Emily Corso (4-0 pro in 2014)
  • Jamie Moyle (3-0 ammy, 1-0 pro in 2014)
  • Amanda Ribas (2-0 ammy, 3-0 pro)
  • Danielle Taylor (4-0 pro)
  • Jenny Lou Shiver (3-1 pro)
  • Jessy Miele (3-1 pro)

Amateur of the Year

  • Brenda Enriquez (3-0 in 2014)
  • Ilima-Lei Macfarlane (3-0 in 2014)
  • Hannah Zeciri (4-0 in 2014)
  • Robin Wissmann (3-0)
  • Amanda Lino (6-0) – winner (Lino acceptance speech and interview)
  • Sarah Jamila (3-0)
  • Alyse Anderson (3-0)
  • Alexa Connors (3-0)

Promotion of the Year

  • Invicta
  • DEEP-JEWELS
  • Princesses of Pain
  • XFC
  • MMA Super Heroes
  • Cage Warriors
  • UFC – winner (read more here)

Sponsor of the Year

Headline of the Year

  • Invicta Inks Deal with UFC Fight Pass
  • Bellator Adds Featherweight Division
  • UFC crowns Strawweight champion in Carla Esparza – winner (read more here)
  • XFC announces female tournaments
  • MMA Super Heroes Debuts with Female Tournament

Legacy Award

Inspirational Fighter

2014 in the Pro Women’s Division in MMA by the Numbers

6a00d8345194a469e2019b03496da5970cWith InvictaFC out for eight months and The Ultimate Fighter 20 keeping a lot of strawweights on a hiatus, you would have expected 2014 to be a slow year.

As it turns out, it was busier than ever with multiple promotions introducing women’s divisions and throwing their hat into the cage. Demand saw a lot of fresh new faces in the pro ranks, and more matches than ever before.

We compiled stats from multiple sources throughout the year and were able to get a nearly accurate accounting of the year that was 2014.


563 – The number of fights this year. This was a 24% increase from last year (415 in 2013). With Invicta doing more cards in 2015 and the UFC gaining a strawweight division, we expect a huge increase next year.

253 – Pro debuters this year, 72 more than last year. With the newly found demand and opportunity pressing for more pro debuts this past year, we actually suspect this number to go down due to the drain of amateur talent.

211 – Number of first round finishes. It more than doubles second round finishes. There was four finishes in championship rounds this year, two in both the 4th and 5th rounds.

211 – Number of fights that went the distance. 78% of that total were unanimous decisions. We saw 4 majority decisions and a record 6 draws.

202 – How many fights were in the U.S. a 22% increase from last year. It topped the list of countries who had female fights. Brazil (152) came in second and Japan (35) third. Brazil increased its total by 44%.

184 – Total submissions this year. It was the most popular way to win a fight edging TKOs by 34. More than half (109) happened in round 1. There was 4th and 5th round subs this year, which are rare.

165 – Fights at flyweight this most of any division. It edged out strawweight by 14 fights but with the 115ers busy with TUF 20, expect them to rebound. Bantamweight (120) came in third with atomweight (50) and featherweight (40) taking forth and fifth. For those interested, eight fights took place at the newly forming lightweight division.

150 – TKOs this year. This is a 32% increase from last year’s total. The first round remains the most popular round to get a TKO with 73% of them happening then.

83 – Armbars – the most popular submission. This increased by 75% from last year. Rear naked chokes came in second with 69. There was two bulldog choke submissions this year.

41 – Number of countries that had female fights this year. Although the actual number went up to 9, six countries didn’t have pro female fights this year but had them in 2013 – Scotland, Spain, India, Paraguay, Croatia, and Belgium. Several newcomers to the list are Moldova, Romania, and Thailand. If you include amateur fights, the number jumps to 47.

32 – Pro female fights in California, the most by a US state, smashing 2013’s mark of 9. It also nearly doubles the 2nd place finisher, Texas (18). In third was Nevada with 16 with all those fights happening in Las Vegas.

31 – Female fights in the UFC, the most by any organization. The UFC more than doubles their 2013 total (13). It only beat DEEP by one fight. Even though they came late to the party this year, Invicta managed to take the third spot with 27. With a new strawweight division in the UFC, it will be a horse race between them and Invicta in 2015.

15 – Recorded knockouts this year. Although several we didn’t consider “pure KOs”, this was less than last year’s total of 22.

6 – “Official” tournaments happened this year. Two XFC tournaments will crown season champions next year. There were 3 one night tournaments;  two for MMA Super Heroes and the other was for  Princesses of Pain. (TUF 20 was considered an exhibition tournament and only the finals were on the official records.)

6 – New world champions crowned this year. Two champions lost defending their title (DEEP-JEWELS 116 champion Emi Tomimastu and InvictaFC atomweight champion Michelle Waterson). Three won newly created titles – Carla Esparza (UFC strawweight); Pannie Kianzad (Cage Warriors bantamweight), and Takayo Hashi (Jewels 135 title).

1 – Heck of a historic year. UFC adds a new division, Invicta rises again, and Brazil grows its WMMA scene.

We look forward to continued growth in 2015.

Weekend Results: Pennington Finishes Smith; Werner and Mucino Earn Boxing Titles

Pro MMA

After a nine month absence, Raquel Pennington (5-4) came back to the octagon and handed Ashlee Evans-Smith her first pro loss at UFC 181 in Las Vegas, NV.

Smith used her wrestling to control the majority of the round, opening a gash in the middle of Pennington’s forehead. Towards the end of the round, Pennington landed a takedown and as Smith was standing up, Pennington took the back and was able to get the bulldog headlock on Smith. Pennington used it to choke out Smith and Smith was out right before the bell rang to end round 1. The ref stopped the fight.

Pennington gets back on the winning track after a close decision loss to Jessica Andrade.


Baldan Courtesy MMA Super Heroes
Baldan Courtesy MMA Super Heroes

MMA Super Heroes ended the year with three female bouts in São Paulo, Brazil.

Tournament champion Renata Baldan recovered from her first pro loss by defeating Luciana Treze by unanimous decision. Baldan improves to 4-1.

Mariana Leonardo gains her 4th by defeating Karina Santana de Oliveira by TKO round 1 after Oliveira ends it inbetween rounds.

In an amateur atomweight bout, Solange Tirolli defeated Adriana Curtz by TKO in round 2.


Bantamweight prospect Jessica Zomchik earned her second professional 1st round armbar, this time defeating Stacey Sigala at Gladiators of the Cage in Pittsburgh, PA.

In two amateur bouts on the card, Jena Baldwin defeated Jamie Driver by split decision and Melissa Gasdick defeated Sarah Click by disuqalifcation after an illegal head kick round 2.


In other pro bouts:

  • At Roshambo in Australia, Megan Anderson submitted Zoie Shreiweis by armbar round 1
  • Ariel Beck defeated Angela Hayes by unanimous decision at Fightforce in Butte, MT
  • At Maringá Combat in Maringa, Parana, Brazil, Hevellyn Moura defeated Jade Menezes by unanimous decision

Ammy MMA

In amateur MMA action:

  • At Matrix Fights in Philadelphia, PA, Serena DeJesus submits Amanda Kramny by rear naked choke round 3
  • Makan Clemons defeated Victoria Frano by unanimous decision at Kingdom 3 in Houston, TX
  • At Dynasty Combat Sports in Lincoln, Nebraska, Erin Smith defeated Janie Konyek by unanimous decision
  • At Conflict MMA in Hardeeville, SC, Annie DeCresente defeated Jenna Fox by unanimous decision
  • In a pair of bouts at British Challenge MMA in Colchester, Essex, England, Sinead Kavanagh defeated Jaye Haynes by TKO (retirement) 3:00 round 1  and Ameesha Bhudia defeated Wendy McKenna by unanimous decision 
  • Dominique Gallegher-Gonzales defeated Stephanie Builderback by unanimous decision at Cowboy Extreme Fighting in San Antonio, Texas. Also on the card, Brandi Narvaez  defeated Laurie Ashby by TKO 0:22 round 1 
  • In a pair of bouts at Rumble at the Roseland in Portland, OR, Hailea Brooks defeated Chun Yang by TKO round 2, and Kalyn Schwartz defeated Lisa Spangler by unanimous decision 
  • Yumi Matsumoto defeated Danielle Alfapada by TKO 2:15 round 2 at King of the Cage in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • At St. Louis MMA, Kelly Keenon defeated Aimee Masters by TKO round 2
  • In a pair of bouts MFL in South Bend, Indiana, Kara Vislosky defeated Alyssa Lawrence by unanimous decision and Veronica Weaver defeated Brooke Stamm by TKO (retirement) round 1 

Werner Courtesy WIBF
Werner Courtesy WIBF

Boxing

Nicole Wesner earned he first world titles in spectacular fashion this past weekend in Vienna, Austria with a knockout over Gina Chamie in round 3. With the win, Wesner wins the vacant WIBF and vacant WBF lightweight titles.

Wesner remains undefeated at 9-0.


Arely Mucino earns her second world title defeating Shindo Go by unanimous decision to win the WBC World flyweight title in Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico. Mucino was the former interim WBA flyweight champion.

Mucino (21-2-2; 1 NC) increases her undefeated streak to seven.


Jackie Nava successfully defended her WBC and WBA super bantamweight title, getting an unanimous decision over Sayda Mosquera in Sonora, Mexico.

Nava (31-4-3) had defended her WBA title for the fifth time and her WBC title for the second. Her win streak continues at seven.


In a heavyweight rematch Sonya Lamonakis defeated Carlette Ewell by split decision to win the vacant IBO World heavyweight title in Philipsburg, Sint Maarten.

The two went to a draw in 2012 and this match was so close, we won’t be surprised if we see a trilogy match.


EBU female super bantamweight champion Karine Rinaldo improves her win streak to eight, defeating Nevenka Mikulic by unanimous decision in Corse-du-Sud, France.

Rinaldo (11-1-1) defend her title for the first time since winning it back in June.


On other boxing bouts:

  • In a pair of fights in Santiago del Estero, Argentina, Vanesa del Valle Calderon knockouts out Valeria Almiron in round 1 and Valeria Vanesa Gramajo defeated Natalia Vanesa Lopez by unanimous decision 
  • Simona Galassi defeated Evgeniya Zablotskaya by unanimous decision in Emilia Romagna, Italy
  • In a pair of bouts in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, Jelena Mrdjenovich defeated Pasa Malagic by TKO round 3, and Kandi Wyatt defeated Lita Mae Button by TKO round 4  
  • Farida El Hadrati defeated Sabrina Giuliani by unanimous decision in Puy-de-Dôme, France
  • In Differdange, Luxembourg, Caroline Thea Andre defeated Gabriella Vetro by unanimous decision
  • Noelia Gutierrez defeated Lorena Noemi Gomez by unanimous decision in Santa Fe, Argentina

The MRS (WMMA & WBoxing News) December 5

Miscellaneous News

In action Wednesday:

  • In pro MMA at PeruFC, Mariana Moraes defeated Cristina Mejía by unanimous decision
  • In boxing in New York, New York, Heather Hardy defeated Elizabeth Anderson by unanimous decision.

In action Thursday at Circuito Team Nogueira in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Juliana Velasquez defeats Priscila de Souza by unanimous decision in a pro MMA bout. In amateur action, Karoline Martins defeated Nicole Ball by knockout.


At OneFC Friday morning, Ana Julaton defeated Walaa Abas by unanimous decision and  Jujeath Nagaowa defeated Tharoth Sam by TKO round 2.


Justino
Justino

Cyborg Justino has given up on going to 135 for now.

The InvictaFC featherweight stated to MMA Fighting her injury has delayed the cut and she is questioning if she can even make 135.

The plan is for Justino to defend her 145 title at InvictaFC’s 11th event in February. We are expecting an announcement Friday night during InvictaFC 10 on the location and opponent.


On Wednesday’s episode of TUF 20, two fighters advanced to set the semi-finals.

Former InvictaFC champion Carla Esparza defeated Tecia Torres in a grudge match. Esparza’s wrestling is what gave her the edge in the majority decision win. Esparza will face another former InvictaFC champion in Jessica Penne in the semi-finals.

The other semi-final saw Rose Namajunas submit Joanne Calderwood by kimura. Namajunas used her bjj skills to attack Calderwood. Calderwood tried to make up ground with strikes in round two, but Namajunas was able to get the kimura on the ground to get tap. This was the first time Calderwood was submitted in an MMA competition. Namajunas will face Randa Markos in the semi-finals.

You can read MMA Rising’s accounts of the matches here.

Both semi-finals will air this coming Wednesday on Fox Sports 1 with the finals the following Friday.

You can see six of the 8 bouts set for the TUF 20 finale here.


Awakening Fights are looking for nominees for the WMMA Awards.

The female fighting site is asking fans for three nominees per category by December 10, and will open voting soon after.

You can enter your picks here.


You can add Julia Jones versus Alyssa Garcia to the four other matches announced for Rock Xtrreme Combat in Texas January 10th.


V3 has announce an amateur bantamweight title match in Memphis for January 24 pitting two top amateur prospects.

We have us a challenger for the undisputed V3 female champ, Amberlynn Orr (8-1) will take on Alyssa Vasquez (6-4).

It will most likely be streamed and we will have more info closer to the event.


Gina Carano made a visit to the CSA gym in Dublin, CA this past week. CSA is home gym to Alexis Davis, Zoila Gurgel, and Miriam Nakamoto among others. She was just visiting there and not there to train, at least no seriously.

You can see a pic of her and Frausto here.


On the podcast Sunday at 1 p.m. pst/4 p.m. est, we will talk to InvictaFC’s Marion Reneau, who was supposed to be fighting Friday night. We will review the action from the card, and her aspirations in the promotion.

You can listen here live on Sunday.


Rumors

Rose Namajunas has brought in RFA star Kyra Batara into training camp. Batara, an atomweight star, comes from a solid wrestling background. (Hint hint!)


We should be expecting some female bout announcements in the next few weeks from the UFC. Holly Holm says she will be ready to go come February, and TUF 18 winner Juliana Pena in March.


Sarah Kaufman is now challenging Jessica Andrade to a fight her next.


Scheduled Bouts

Pro MMA

Friday night is InvictaFC 10 on UFC Fight Pass. Stream starts at 6 p.m. pst/9 p.m. est. You can see our preview of the card here.


ashlee smiht pennington weigh inOn Saturday, undefeated Ashlee Evans-Smith will make her UFC debut taking on Raquel Pennington in Las Vegas. Both Smith (135.5) and Pennington (136) made weight.

Smith (3-0) won the CSA featherweight tournament last year and soon signed to the World Series of Fighting. She got the TKO over Marciea Allen in June and was waiting for another fight. She was released from the WSOF just as the UFC offer came around.

TUF 18 vet Pennington (4-4) is coming off a close loss to Jessica Andrade this past March. Pennington won her official UFC debut with a decision over Roxanne Modafferi.

The fight will kick off the UFC televised prelims on Fox Sports 1.


MMA Super Heroes will close its year with two female bouts.

Tournament champion Renata Baldan is lookig to recover from her first loss as she takes on Luciana Treze. Also, Karina Santana de Oliveira takes on Mariana Leonardo in a flyweight bout.


In other pro bouts:

  • At Roshambo in Australia, Megan Anderson takes on Zoie Shreiweis
  • Ariel Beck faces Angela Hayes at Fightforce on Butte, MT
  • At Maringá Combat in Maringa, Parana, Brazil, Hevellyn Moura battles Hilana Rezende
  • Jessica Zomchik fights Stacey Sigala at Gladiators of the Cage in Pittsburgh, PA. In amateur action, Jena Baldwin takes on Jamie Driver and Melissa Gasdick faces Sarah Click

Ammy MMA

In amateur MMA:

  • At Conflict MMA in Hardeeville, SC, Jenna Fox faces Annie DeCresente
  • At SGB in Ireland, Jaye Hayes battles Sinead Kavanagh
  • In a pair of bouts at British Challenge MMA in Colchester, Essex, England, Jaye Haynes fights Sinead Kavanagh and Wendy McKenna faces Ameesha Bhudia (125)
  • At Cowboy Extreme Fighting in San Antonio, Texas, Dominique Gallegher-Gonzales takes on Stephanie Builderback and Laurie Ashby battles Brandi Narvaez (115)
  • In a pair of bouts at Rumble at the Roseland in Portland, OR, Chun Yang fights Hailea Brooks and Kalyn Schwartz takes on Lisa Spangler 
  • Yumi Matsumoto faces Danielle Alfapada at King of the Cage in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • At Matrix Fights in Philadelphia, PA, Serena DeJesus battles Amanda Kramny
  • Victoria Franco fights Makana Clemons at Kingdom 3 in Houston, TX

Boxing

Undefeated Nicole Wesner will look for her first world titles as she takes on Gina Chamie for the vacant WIBF and vacant WBF lightweight title in Vienna, Austria.

Wesbner (8-0) has only started as a pro two years ago, but has stayed active on her run to a title match. Chamie is the former WBC Youth lightweight title holder.


WBC World flyweight champion Shindo Go will look to defend her title for the third time as she takes on Arely Mucino in Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico.

Go (14-2) is on a four fight win streak and has 9 KOs to her credit. She has yet to be stopped. Mucino (20-2) if the former interim WBA and IBF World flyweight champion .


 

In Sonora, Mexico, Jackie Nava will defend her WBC and WBA super bantamweight title against Sayda Mosquera.

Nava (30-4) won her past seven fights, gaining the belts along the way. Undefeated  Sayda Mosquera (7-0) is the current WBC Latino female bantamweight champion


In Philipsburg, Sint Maarten, Sonya Lamonakis and Carlette Ewell will fight in a rematch for the vacant IBO World heavyweight title. The two faced each other in 2012 and fought to a draw.

Lamonakis (9-1-2) is coming off back to back wins and is the current New York State heavyweight title. Ewell (15-7-1) is returning after a two year absence since her draw with Ewell.


Karine Rinaldo will defend her EBU female super bantamweight title against Nevenka Mikulic in  Corse-du-Sud, France.

Rinaldo (10-1-1) won the vacant title this past June with a TKO win over Marianna Gulyas. Mikulic (4-2-1) has finished in all but one of wins.


In other boxing bouts:

  • In a pair of bouts in Santiago del Estero, Argentina, Vanesa del Valle Calderon takes on Valeria Almiron and Valeria Vanesa Gramajo faces Natalia Vanesa Lopez
  • Shelly Gibson battles Simone Hoyte in Georgetown, Guyana
  • In Emilia Romagna, Italy, Simona Galassi fights Evgeniya Zablotskaya
  • In a pair of bouts in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, Jelena Mrdjenovich dukes it out with Pasa Malagic and Kandi Wyatt takes on Lita Mae Button
  • Sabrina Giuliani faces Farida El Hadrati in Puy-de-Dôme, France
  • In Differdange, Luxembourg, Caroline Thea Andre battles Gabriella Vetro

December 2014 Rankings – Eventful Year Ends

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Bennett

As 2014 ends, many of the top fighters stay at #1 with some fighters moving weight classes.

With Pannie Kianzad’s drop to 135 and inactivity at 145, all the featherweights with the exception of #1 ranked Marloes Coenen moved up a spot. Maria Hougaard re-enters the list at #10.

With Kalindra Faria and Nina Ansaroff’s UFC debuts at strawweight, they drop off the flyweight list. DeAnna Bennett (4) and Juliana Werner (5) move up a spot respectively. Zoila Frausto (6), Aline Serio (7), and Elaine Albuquerque (8) all move up two sports. Debuting in the top 10 are undefeated flyweights Reina Cordoba (9) and Marina Moroz (10).

Due to inactivity, Sadae Numata  leave the atomweight top 10. With Saori Ishioka loss, she drops to #9. Naho Sugiyama (6), Yasuko Tamada (7), and Catherine Costigan (8) move up two spots. Cassie Rodish re-enters the top ten.

The bantamweight and strawweight top 10s stays pat to close out the year.

With Invicta 10 approaching, and the UFC crowning its first strawweight champion, we suspect 2015 will begin with a lot of shifting in the rankings.

You can seen the complete December 2014 Unified Women’s MMA Rankings rankings here.

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

XFCi Ends 2014 with Three Female Bouts

Gomez
Gomez

XFCi has had a stellar 2014 and will look to finish the year with three bouts in their women’s divisions in Campinas, Brazil December 13th.

In a superfight, XFCi flyweight tournament champion Silvana Gomez will battle Swede Linn Wennergren. Argentina’s Gomez (4-0) won the flyweight grand prix with back to back armbar wins. Wennergren (2-1) has back to back wins and will be the first trip for the Swedish fighter to South America.

The second season flyweight tournament finalists will also be determined as Taila Santos (4-0) takes on Poliana Botelho (3-1) and Debora Ferreira (4-0) battles Antonia Silvaneide da Silva (3-1).

We will have interviews with the fighters in the weeks ahead.

The card will stream on XFCMMA.com December 13 at 9:30 est/6:30 pst.

Weekend Results: Eye Defeats Smith; Aguilar Retains & Kianzad Gains a Title

Pro WMMA

Courtesy Yahoo Sports
Courtesy Yahoo Sports

Jessica Eye looked impressive in her win against a very game Leslie Smith at UFC 180 in Mexico City, Mexico, which aired live on Fox Sports 1.

Eye’s striking proved to be the factor in the fight, as Eye damaged Smith’s ear. After the first round, the doctor looked at the ear and let it go on. In round two after a heated striking exchange, the referee paused the fight and the doctor declared the damage to the ear was too much to continue, much to the dismay of Smith. Officially, Eye defeated Smith by TKO at 1:30 of  round 2.

Eye improves to 11-2-1.


Courtesy WSOF
Courtesy WSOF

The top strawweight on the planet has defended her title and position in the rankings.

Jessica Aguilar took Kalindra Faria to a unanimous decision win at WSOF 15 in Tampa, FL which aired on NBC Sports Net.

Faria hung in the pocket with the champ, but was out classed by Aguilar’s precision striking. The final round saw Faria push for the win, but it was too little too late.

Aguilar hands Faria her first loss in 11 fights and improves to 19-4.


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

Cage Warriors has crowned its first bantamweight champion.

Undefeated Pannie Kianzad (7-0) defeated last minute replacement Eeva Siiskonen by unanimous decision to win the initial 135 title in London, England. Siiskonen, who took the fight on 10 days notice, was able to get a tight armbar attempt in the opening stanza, but the striking was the key throughout the rest of the match to give Kianzad the win.

It is expected Kianzad first title defense will be against the fighter Siiskonen replaced, Agnieszka Niedzwiedz, next year.

In a preliminary bout, Anna Elmose defeated Emma Delaney by TKO 0:19 round 1.


Jandiroba vs. Lima Courtesy MMA Super Heroes
Jandiroba vs. Lima Courtesy MMA Super Heroes

MMA Super Heroes returned to action as they crowned a strawweight tournament champion.

Virna Jandiroba submitted Camila Lima by rear naked choke in round 2 in what was the tournament final.

Marília Santos came in over weight for the tournament and and faced Aline Sattelmayer. If Sattelmayer would have won, she would have advanced. However, Santos won by unanimous decision but would not advance due to the weight discrepancy.

In a non-tourmanet match, Daiane Firmino defeated Ariane Lipski by TKO round 1.


In other pro bouts:

  • At PXC in Manila, Philippines, Cortney Casey submitted Gina Iniong by rear naked choke round 1
  • In a pair of pro bouts at Sugar Creek Showdown in Hinton, OK, Delaney Owens submitted Amber Stautzenberger by rear naked choke 4:05 round 4 to win their 115 title and  Anita Rodriguez defeated Jade DeHaas by TKO (doctor’s stoppage broken nose) 5:00 round 4 to win their 135 title. In amateur action, Emily Ducote defeated Wendy Simmons by TKO 1:05 round 1  
  • At LegacyFC in Houston, TX, Stephanie Alba submitted Maria Lopez by rear naked choke round 1
  • Mariana Moraes submitted Stephanie Bragayrac by head and arm choke round 1 at Explosion MMA in Curitiba, Parana, Brazil

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In amateur action:

  • At ICF in Great Falls, MT, Hannah Kampf defeated DJ Morrision by unanimous decision. You can watch the match here.
  • In a pair of bouts at Steefist in Salt Lake City, Utah, Brenda Enriquez submitted Mallory Rogers by rear naked choke round 1 and Chelsya Howard defeated Alysa Westergard by TKO round 1
  • Jessica Fresh submitted Cynthia Bottelberghe by armbar 0:46 round 3 at A-Town Throwdown in Austin, MN
  • At West Coast FC in Sacramento, California, Ashley Medina defeated Melissa Wang by unanimous decision
  • Samantha Gilliland defeated Kathryn Yost by TKO 0:42 round two at Spartan Combat League in Loveland, Colorado
  • At Gladiator CF in Curitiba, Parana, Brazil, Morgana Silva and Vitoria Ferreira fought  to a draw (125)

Pro Boxing

Tori Nelson gained another world welterweight title as she defeated Victoria Cisneros by unanimous decision to win the vacant UBF belt in Fairfax, Virginia. Nelson also successfully defended her  WIBA welterweight title

Nelson (13-0-3) has yet to taste defeat.


In Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico, Erica Anabella Farias defeated Alejandra Marina Oliveras by split decision to gain the WBC World light welterweight title.

Farisa (21-1) is the former WBC lightweight champion and snaps Oliveras’s 12 fight win streak.


A new IBF World super bantamweight champion was crowned in Cordoba, Argentina as Yulihan Luna Avila defeated Carolina Marcela Gutierrez by unanimous decision for the vacant title.

Avila (12-2) wins her first world championship.


In other pro boxing action:

  • In Kotka, Finland, Eva Wahlstrom defeated Fatuma Zarika by unanimous decision
  • Hye Soo Park defeated Dorkmaipah Kiatpompetch by unanimous decision  in Daegu, South Korea
  • In Buenos Aires, Argentina, Anahi Esther Sanchez defeated Betina Gabriela Garino by unanimous decision
  • Debora Rengifo defeated Luzmeri Zacarias by TKO in Turmero, Venezuela
  • In Pathum Thani, Thailand, Kanittha Kokietgym defeated Saobangrajan Kkp by unanimous decision

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

November 2014 Rankings – Busy Weekend Gains Quick Impact

After a busy weekend of about two dozen pro WMMA fights across the world, we have seen some interesting changes to Unfiied rankings.

Since InvictaFC 9 happened Saturday, the Unified Committee decided to include Saturday’s results. However, the DEEP-JEWELS results on Monday morning will be included in December’s rankings.

Also several inactive fighters have been dropped off the list…


Coenen vs. Bucci courtesy Bellator
Coenen vs. Bucci courtesy Bellator

InvictaFC champion Cyborg Justino has been left off the featherweight rankings due to inactivity. Bellator’s Marloes Coenen regains the top spot after her win over Annalisa Bucci. The undefeated Pannie Kianzad is now #2 in the division, followed by Bellator’s Julia Budd (#3) and Invicta’s Faith Van Duin (#4).

Bucci’s loss to Coenen drops her a spot to #6, and Talita Nogueira takes her place at #5. Maria Hougaard’s loss to Amanda Bell drops her out of the top 10, with Bell debuting at #9.Tweet (#8) and Gabrielle Holloway (#10) round out the featherweight top 10.


The top 5 in the strawweights remain the same this month (TUF 20 fighters are exempt from dropping out); however, Karolina Kowalkiewicz’s win over Mizunki Inoue at Invicta gains the Polish fight the #6 spot. Inoue drops to #10.


Lacey Schukman’s inactivity in the atomweight division drops her out of the rankings, giving Jodie Esquibel the #5 spot after her win over Nicdali Rivera-Colonac this past weekend. The rest of the top 10 remains the same.


Bantamweight stays pat this month.


Several flyweight fighters will be dropping this month and in December to strawweight, so we expect some major changes come the end of the month.

You can see the entire Unified Women’s Rankings here.

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