With 60 fights in September including the return of InvictaFC, there was some movement in three of the 5 woman’s divisions.
Most of the movement came from the atomweight division. With her loss to InvictaFC champion Michelle Waterson, Yasuko Tamada drops to the #9 spot on the atomweight rankings. Lacey Schuckman takes the #5 spot. With Simona Soukupova off the list due to inactivty in the division, Sadae Numata (now #6), Saori Ishioka (now #7), and Naho Sugiyama (now #8) moves up two spots. Entering the top 10 for the first time is Cage Warrior’s Catherine Costigan.
In the flyweight division, DeAnne Bennett goes from #7 to #5 after her win over Michelle Ould at InvictaFC 8. It pushes Juliana Werner (now #6) and Nina Ansaroff (now #7) down a spot. With Alex Grasso successfully dropping to 115, Aline Serio replaces her at the #10 spot.
In the bantamweight division, Miesha Tate moves up a spot to #3 after here win over Rin Nakai. This drops Sarah Kaufman to #4. Jessica Andrade makes her way to the top 10, replacing Nakai at the #10 spot. Nakai drops to #15.
The featherweight and strawweight top 10 lists stay pat this month.
Cage Warriors is ready to crown its second ever female champion.
The European promotion announced this past weekend they will crown their first 135 titleholder at Cage Warriors 74 in London, England. Undefeated fighters Agnieszka Niedzwiedz and Pannie Kianzad will battle for the belt November 15th.
Poland’s Niedzwiedz (7-0) is only 19 years old, but has finished in all but one of her fights, She gained “Submission of the Night” honors in her last Cage Warriors appearance.
Swede Kianzad (6-0) is ranked #3 in the Unified Rankings at featherweight but will be dropping to 135 for the first time. Her last fight was at 140 with her win over Megan van Houtum a few weeks ago. She has wins over the UFC’s Milana Dudieva and Bellator signee Annalisa Bucci.
Walker (3-0) went undefeated as an amateur and will fight in September against Anita Rodriguez at Sugar Creek Showdown.
Cotton (4-0) has finished three of her four opponents as a pro and also undefeated as an amateur.
InvictaFC President Shannon Knapp told Cage Side Submissions that Ayaka Hamasaki and Mizuki Inoue will be on InvictaFC 9. A third Japanese fight is yet to be announced.
To clarify what was going on in terms of Marloes Coenen and Julia Budd and InvictaFC, Coenen’s Invicta contract expired a while ago and Budd was a “fight-to-fight” basis.
InvictaFC vet Jocelyn Lybarger will return to action for RFA October 10 facing Rebecca Gullet.
Lybarger (3-1) is coming off a decision win over Rosa Acevedo. Gullet is coming off a TKO win over Mandy Polk.
The bout is expected to air on AXS-TV.
On the heels of XFC’s success in Brazil, John Prisco has resigned as the president of the promotion.
Several sources tell us that investors are seeing better results in Brazil than the are in the U.S. due to a tv deal and better sponsors. There has been rumors of folding the US portion entirely. There is no word on if the proposed Florida card in October will happen or the status of the XFC US based fighters.
With Kalin Curran signing to the UFC, PXC has signed Brogan Walker to their flyweight division. Walker is the first female fighter from Guam to compete professionally. She will face Korea’s Yoo Jin Jung at PXC 45 in Guam October 17.
Paige VanZant announced she has a spine injury and had to move back to Reno in order get health insurance. She is supposed to face Kailin Curran at UFC Fight Night in Halifax, Nova Scotia October 4th but is now pushed to UFC’s card in Houston, TX November 22.
InvictaFC signee Amanda Bobby Cooper will be out for a few months due to a ACL injury. She is set to go under the knife September 5.
The UFC did a piece on the resurgence of Japanese MMA that feature DEEP-JEWELS stars Shizuka Sugiyama and Brittany Decker. You can watch it here.
World Series of Fighting champion Jessica Aguilar and InvictaFC fighter JJ Aldrich were both on recent episodes of Spike TV’s “Gym Rescue”. Aldrich was in episode 1 and Aguilar in episode 2. You can watch the show here.
With the current expansion in the bigger weight classes at Invicta, Tuff-n-uff maybe doing a 145 and 155 tournament with the winner getting a pro contract with Invicta.
Expect the InvictaFC 9th card to be outside of Kansas City. Sights are set for early November for the card.
Michelle Ould is possibly looking to drop to 115 after her fight with DeAnna Bennett at InvictaFC 8.
Milana Dudieva got her first UFC in Macao, China as she defeated Elizabeth Phillips by split decision at UFC Fight Night 48 which aired live on UFC Fight Pass.
Dudieva pushed forward while Phillips circled. Phillips was able to control the fight on the ground and had thought she had taken the decision, but the judges saw in Dudieva’s favor. This is the second close decision Phillips lost in the UFC.
After the fight, the UFC pulled one of the judges due to incompetence in judging.
Bantamweight prospect Pannie Kianzad remains undefeated as she took on a tough Megan van Houtum at Cage Warriors in Amman, Jordan. Houtum used her judo to gain an edge in round one, but it was Kiazad’s striking that would be the factor in round two to take the TKO win at 2:17. Kianzad improves to 6-0.
Lina Akhtar Länsberg outstruck Laura Howarth in Lansberg’s TKO win. Howarth didn’t come out for round 2, later siting “her head wasn’t in the fight”.
In what was a “Knockout of the Year” candidate, Christine Stanley landed an impressive spinning head kick to Katie Anita Runyan, ending the fight in only 5 seconds at the Xplode Fight Series in San Diego, CA. You can watch the video here.
Two Thai fighters made history being the first women from Thailand to face each other in MMA. Suwanon Boonsorn submitted Kaewjai Prachumwong by armbar in round 2 at Full Metal Dojo in Phuket, Thailand.
In other pro bouts:
At MMA Summer Showdown in Tulalip, WA, Glena Avila defeated Stevie VanAssche TKO by (retirement) in round 1. In an amateur bout, Mari Mata submitted Anjela Pink by armbar 1:26 round 2
Livia Renata Souza submitted Edlaine Godoy by armbar round 1 at X-Fight 9 in Brazil
At Samurai Combate 6 in Brazil, Ingrid Lasmim defeated Betina Baino by TKO round 2
Jennifer Maia defeated Elaine Albuquerque by unanimous decision to win the 125 title at Circuito Talent 11 in São José dos Pinhais, Brazil
At Shooto in Rio, Brazil, Luciana Pereira defeated Mariana Morais by unanimous decision
Marina Moroz submitted Jin Tang by armbar round 1 at Kunlung Fights in China
Sarah Jamilia was crowned the new Tuff-n-uff bantamweight champion in Mesquite, NV, as she handed Kaytlin Neil her first loss as an amateur getting the unanimous decision. Jamilia improves to 3-0.
Emily Whitmire improves to 3-4 as she defeated Cheri Muraski by split decision in a flyweight bout.
In other amateur bouts:
At SHP in Meridian, Mississippi, Kayla Stricker defeated Rhonda Russell by TKO 0:55 round 2
Katherine Roy defeated Fatima Mallett by unanimous decision to win the 115 title at Cowboy Extreme Fighting in San Antonio, Texas
At RMMA – New Orleans, Louisiana, Felicia Spencer defeated Macy Chiasson by unanimous decision
Randee Morales sunmitted Alyssa Garcia by rear naked choke at 1:00 round 1 at Jackson MMA Series in Pueblo, Colorado
Chevelle Hallback gains the vacant World Boxing Federation welterweight title with her 8th round TKO win over Victoria Cisneros in Tampa, Florida. Hallback gets back to back TKO wins and improves to 30-8.
A trio of bouts happened in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
WBO female super bantamweight champion Marcela Eliana Acuna got the unanimous decision victory over Edith Soledad Matthysse to retain her title.
In other actions Erica Anabella Farias defeated Roxana Beatriz Laborde by TKO round 3 and Vanesa Lorena Taborda defeated Johana Belen Gimenez by majority decision.
In other boxing action:
In Coacalco, México, Mexico, Jessica Chavez defeated Melissa McMorrow by unanimous decision to win the vacant WBC International flyweight title. Also Celia Roman defeated Anely Hernandez by points
Momoko Kanda defeated Nongnun Mor Krungthepthonburi by TKO round 4 to win the vacant WBC Asian Boxing Council minimumweight title and Naome Tacda defeated Aisah Alico by TKO round 2 in Manila, Philippines
In Rochester, New York, Ivana Coleman defeated Michelle Cook by unanimous decsion to win the vacant USA New York State super bantamweight title
Yamila Esther Reynoso and Daniela Elizabeth Quinteros fight to a majority draw in Buenos Aires, Argentina
In Chivilcoy, Argentina, Ada Esther Nieborg knocked out Angela Mercedes Cabrera in round 2
Sindy Amador and Anahi Torres fight to a split draw in Corona, California
In Fort Worth, Texas, Rachel Vidal defeated Jasmine Clarkson by unanimous decision
Pasa Malagic defeated Suzana Radovanovic by points in Brcko, Bosnia And Herzegovina
In a pair of bouts in Sofia, Bulgaria, Gloria Vasileva defeated Ivana Yaneva by TKO round 2 and Ana Simeonova knocked out Tsvetana Konstantinova in round 2 (112)
Having won Brazil’s Female Fighter of the Year in 2013 and being a multiple time BJJ world champion, Nogueira is undefeated and has finished all of her opponents. She was in talks with the UFC last month before deciding to take the Bellator contract.
He also broke the news a second “lighter” women’s division will be added in the next three months.
The Ultimate Fighter 20 competitors are back on social media tweeting, instragramming, and facebook sharing to make up for lost time. Before they left the set, they helped UFC owner Lorenzo Fertitta with the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. You can watch the video here.
MMAJunkie is reporting the finale of the season will happen December 12 at the Hard Rock Casino in Las Vegas. It will air on Fox Sports 1.
The show starts September 10 on Fox Sports 1.
Sara McMann was complaining about the grip spray they use on the canvas in the octagon. The TUF 20 competitors also complained about the “sandy texture” during the show tapings.
It seemed no one had a better time at SummerSlam than the Four Horsewomen. After rubbing elbows with the WWE stars, they were front row to watch the action. Company owner and star Stephanie McMahon even flashed the “Four Horsewomen” symbol at the quartet.
Cyborg Justino is currently at Phunket Top Team in Thailand to help her slim down and get some Muay Thai training in for her bantamweight debut in December. She stated she isn’t interested at all in signing with Bellator and is focused on fighting UFC champ Ronda Rousey.
Bellator president Scott Coker stated that Gina Carano is probably not interested in going to Bellator because Carano wants to drop to 135.
Shayna Baszler is training with long time coach Josh Barnett for her upcoming UFC fight. InvictaFC vet Kaitlin Young has moved to L.A. and is helping her train.
Munah Holland told MMA Jam Live that she is planning on fighting at InvictaFC 9. She was in line to be on InvictaFC 8, but they couldn’t find room for her.
Scheduled Fight Results
Sara McMann rebounded from her first loss by getting the split decision over former InvictaFC champion Lauren Muprhy at UFC Fight Night 47 in Bangor, ME. McMann handed Murphy her first loss.
McMann was able to take down Murphy throughout the match, but Murphy was able to be a little more offensive off her back. The second round saw some punching exchanges before McMann took down Murphy again. Down two rounds, Muprhy was able to get some elbows off of side control in the third, but the time expired.
McMann improves to 8-1 and gets back in the title hunt.
Atomweight star Catherine Costigan gains her 5th straight win with a submission win over France’s Noelia Molina at Cage Warriors in Dublin, Ireland.
Costigan was dominant throughout the fight, with Molina being warned several times for holding the cage. Costigan got the armbar sunk in and Molina was fighting it off for a while. Costigan readjusted as Molina picked her in the face unintentionally. The referee stopped the fight, but stated it was a technical submission at 2:14 round 1
Costigan remains undefeated and solidifies her spot as one of the top atomweights in Europe.
Korean reality show star Song Ga-Yeoun won her debut fight in impressive fashion at RoadFC in Seoul, South Korea. She defeated Japan’s Emi Yamamoto.
Song was aggressive from the get-go, pushing forward with a flurry of punches on Yamammoto. A trip takedown into the mount and unanswered ground and pound cause the ref to stop the contest at 2:23 of round 1.
At Fight To Win MMA, Latoya Walker defeated Brittney Elkin by unanimous decision and Heather Denny defeated Sarah McLeod by unanimous decision. In an amateur bout, Audrey Perkins defeated Mallory Martin by unanimous decision.
Viviane Sucuri submitted Gina Naja by armbar 3:00 round 1 at Limo Fight 13 in Limoeiro do Norte, Brazil
In amateur action:
In Friday at Valor in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, Shamir Peshewa submitted Hannah Elswick by guillotine round 2
The night night on the second Valor card, Katelyn Dykas defeated Ashley Samples by split decision
In a pair of fights at KCFA in Kansas City, MO, Julie Russell got the TKO over Jessica Fletcher in round 2 and LeiLoni Stewart submitted Gabrielle Grimes by strikes round 2
Lisa Spangler defeated Chelcie Dalmeny by TKO 2:21 round 1 at Main Event MMA in Longview, Washington
At World War Fighting in Clive, Iowa, Jessica Freshica submitted Brooke Possehl by rear naked choke round 1
A historic card was held as Nordic Coliseum had their first ever all pro women’s boxing in Gatineau, Canada.
In what was a heated battle, Olivia Gerula defeated Kaliesha West by unanimous decision in the main event. The co-main saw amateur champion Lita Mae Button defeat Maureen Riordon by unanimous decision in what were both fighters pro boxing debuts.
In other action:
Brenda Gonzles def. Lucia Osegueda by majority decision
Jennifer Santiago def. Sherine Thomas by unanimous decision
Ashley Nichols def. Amanda Lovato by unanimous decision
Alicia Napoleon def. Monique Duval by KO 1:07 round 1
Judy Pereira def. Eloise Picard by unanimous decision
Amanda Serrano gained her third different weight division belt in dramatic fashion over the weekend in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She defeated WBO lightweight title by knockout in round 6.
Having won belts in featherweight and light featherweight, she continues her eight fight win streak and improves to 21-1-1. She will fight Jackie Trivilino in a September.
Five female bouts were held in Guerrero, Mexico as Jessica Gonzalez and Estrella Valverde fought to a split draw for the interim WBC bantamweight title. Gonzalez was the champion going in and will retain the title.
In other bouts on the card:
Janeth Perez def. Brenda Olvera by unanimous decision
Nancy Franco def. Ivoon Rosas by unanimous decision
Yareli Larios def. Florencia Garfias by points
In Savonlinna, Finland Eva Wahlstrom successfully defended her EBU super featherweight title for the first time, getting an unanimous decision over Djemilla Gontaruk. She remains undefeated at 11-0-1.
In a fight in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Julieta Andrea Cardozo defeated Norma Elizabeth Diaz Caucota by unanimous decision
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
Ana 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.
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.
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
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
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
I have been wanting for a while to write to the new influx of fans that came during the Rousey/UFC era and welcome you to what I have been writing about for the past 6 years. Love her or hate her, Ronda Rousey had driven in you guys and gals into the fold and not complaining one bit about it.
I should also recognize those fans who have came along as Invicta started to gain steam and are realizing how these ladies’ passion and drive translates in a cage. As strong and talented as they are on the inside of the cage, many are more than happy to take a picture with a fan or answer a tweet.
I sometimes feel, however, you are only getting part of this picture. The UFC is by no means WMMA as a whole, and there is a world load of talent put there that not only helped develop the sport to where it is today, but new talent we could see become the next superstars.
I have been obsessed with the women’s divisions for a while now, and have dedicated my life to covering every aspect. I know you may have lives (unlike me) and may not have the time I do to watch many, many hours of fights and research many new and upcoming fighters. My hope for this site is to educate you in less time.
I also want to open your eyes to the talented that isn’t in the UFC quite yet and those fighters who are pioneers before Dana White would have ever thought about bring female fighters in. WMMA is more than Ronda Rousey, and without those who came before her and those gals that actually dared to want to face Rousey, she wouldn’t be where she is today.
Don’t get me wrong, Rousey deserves a lot of credit to bringing the women’s divisions in the UFC. Without fighters like Shayna Baszler, Tara LaRosa, Gina Carano, and yeah even Miesha Tate, Rousey wouldn’t have even considered going into MMA. There are many gals that paved the way for her to take it to the next level. Feel free to look up old fights and see how these fighters set the table and made the women’s divisions acceptable in the MMA world. I recommend Julie Kedzie versus Gina Carano first and work your way from there.
The early part of the year has been slow in terms of the UFC and Invicta, but you may have missed out on some developing international talent making waves of their own. Brazil’s MMA Super Heroes and the XFC have been streaming female fights and many were well worth watching. DEEP-JEWELS, who can trace their linage back over a decade, has finally started to stream in the US, and with talent like Seo Hee Ham, Mizuki Inoue, and Ayaka Hamsaki, they will continue to send talent to Invicta.
Cage Warriors has invested a lot in their women’s divisions as well. I am already seeing stars in atomweight Catherine Costigan and bantamweight Agnieszka Niedzwiedz, plus Joanna Jedrzejczyk just signed to the UFC. They too stream female fights (for free) and well worth a watch on a Saturday afternoon.
If you have ever thought about watching Invicta, now is a great time. You know all those strawweights that just signed to the UFC, and more than half of the bantamweights? Invicta developed them. The promotion doesn’t see any signs of slowing as they replenished their 115ers already and look to beef up their 135ers shortly. By the way, there are more divisions out there including the 105ers, the 125ers, and 145ers. Invicta’s 155 division will give a lot of power as well once it starts on the next card and goes to show the growth of WMMA as a whole.
Amateur women’s divisions are growing and have been over the past four years. Many organizations such as Tuff-n-uff and NAAFS has done a great job of promoting great up and coming talent, and several organizations like Survivors’ Fighting Alliance are going to make new stars we could be seeing in the UFC in the coming years. Remember, access to female fights could be easy as driving a few minutes to your local arena. Take it in live too.
You have come in at a great time for the sport. With more fights and more access, if you have an hour or two a month you could easily see more action on cards that aren’t under the UFC banner. Be open to seeing new fighters no matter what weight class or promotion. Many streams are free, with some worth wild ones at only $10.
If you have questions feel free to ask. If you see a fighter I need to take a look at, tell me. I am going to give you as much info as possible to when and where fighters are fighting and if you can watch on stream.
Again, welcome to the WMMA world and take it all in. Thank you for supporting these fighters and helping make this sport as popular as it’s been.
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”.
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
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)
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)
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.
Here are some of the stats we found interesting. We stopped the calculations at June 30, so none of this past weekend’s action are included in the half year totals. If you want to know a stat that we haven’t listed make sure to ask us on twitter – @wmmanews or simply comment below.
245: Number of pro MMA fights up to June 30. Last year it was 178 fights, which included 2 InvictaFC cards. So far an 18% increase in fights.
153: Total amount of finishes this year either. This beats decisions, which came in at 90. That is a 62% finish ratio. There was also 2 disqualifications so far this year.
91: Number of first round stoppages. By far the most popular round to win a fight, beating out the second (36), and the third (19).
73: Amount of fights at flyweight, which saw the most action in the first half of 2014. In second was strawweights (65) and bantmaweights (62) came in third.
34: Armbar submissions so far this year. It edges rear naked chokes by 2. Unusual submissions this year include a heel hook (Milana Dudieva) and a neck crank (Mariana Leonardo).
31: Total countries this year so far to have a pro fight. The country with the most pro fights was the US (82) followed by Brazil (66).
19: Most fights by a promotion so far. That distinction goes to DEEP-JEWELS who have held three cards so far this year. MMA Super Heroes is second with 8, XFC with 7, and UFC, Cage Warriors, and Princesses of Pain tied with 6.
1: Number of UFC fights with finishes. Champion Ronda Rousey surprised the world with a TKO win over Sara McMann in February. Every one of the other five UFC fights in the last 6 months went to decision.
No word on when she will debut with the promotion.
The International MMA Federation tournament started this week with several female bouts. The finals will happen Saturday at the UFC Expo.
Here are the results so far. (Sorry for no countries or weight classes – they weren’t listed.)
Aleksi Nurminen def. Daniele De Santis by TKO (Strikes) 1:28 round 2
Amanda Ribas def. Micol Di Segni by unanimous decision
Aleksandra Milczarek def. Lisa Engelke by submission 2:03 round 2
Amanda Lino def. Andrea Whitney by TKO (Strikes) 2:21 round 1
Rachel Abou Abdallah and Florence Berthet received byes.
Grapplers Quest will have a all female superfight tournament Saturday at the UFC Expo in Vegas. It will be no time limit until someone taps. UFC fighter Cat Zingano and pro MMA flyweight Rahcael Cummins are set to take part.
Here is the quarterfinal bouts. Winner will be crowned the same day.
Nyjah Easton vs. Jennifer Chareunvong
Jennifer Perez vs. TBA
Cat Zingano vs. Liz Exell
Ila Erickson vs. Rachael Cummins
Pati Fontes vs. Gillian Silver
Chelsea Bainbridge Donner vs. Jessy Miele
Vivian Velez vs. Amanda Leve
Bre Stikk vs. tba
Kickboxing and Muay Thai champion Jemyma Betrian will make her transition to the MMA in August. Betrian (29-2-1 Muay Thai; 35-2-1 overall kickboxing) will face a yet-to-be-named opponent at Choas at the Casino 5 August 10 in Inglewood, CA.
She KOed Christi Brereton in her last match this past month at WCK Muay Thai in Temecula, California. She is currently training with UFC champion Rhoda Rousey. She will be fighting at strawweight.
The main event will feature Marina Shafir taking on Nikita Netjes. No word on if this will be streamed.
Lívia Renata Souza will be staying busy this summer before her fall debut in Invicta. Souza is fighting on Aug 21 against França Godoy at X-Fight MMA in Sao Paulo Brazil.
Cage Warriors did a great retrospective on Rosi Sexton this past week. It covers her promotional career from her first fight to her retirement from the sport this past month. You can watch it here.
On the podcast Sunday at 1 p.m. pst/4 p.m. est, we will be talking to Charmiane Tweet who is looking to return to Invicta, preparing for her boxing debut, and started to invite fighters from across North American to train with here.
InvictaFC 8 is now looking at a September date. Most likely date is September 20, the same day Miesha Tate will face Rin Nakai in Japan. Since that card will be on Fight Pass (and out of the country), would make sense to help promote the channel.
By the looks of it, UFC fighter Leslie Smith maybe an assistant coach for TUF 20. Gilbert Melendez and Smith have trained a great deal together.
UFC champion Ronda Rousey has her toughest challenge to date (in her own words) against Alexis Davis Saturday at UFC 175.
The fight has become about “BJJ vs. Judo”, as Judo black belt Rousey wants to prove her art is better than BJJ. Davis is a black belt in Japanese and Brazilian jiu-jitsu, and feels her skills on the ground will be able to negate the armbar, and she will tap Rousey.
Both weighed in Friday, with Rousey (135) and Davis (135) both coming in on weight.
The match will serve as the co-main event and will be live on ppv Saturday.
On Sunday, Sarah Moras and Alexis Dufresne will make their octagon debuts at The Ultimate Fighter 19 finale in Vegas live on Fox Sports 1.
Moras has a win over TUF 18 winner Juliana Pena, which Pena avenged in the semi-finals of the show. Moras went undefeated as an amateur and finished in all of her pro wins.
Dufresne (5-0) has finished all of her opponents in the first round with her longest match being 2:20. She got a 45 second TKO over Kim Couture in February, and will look to make her bantamweight debut in the UFC.
The match is set to air on Fox Sports 1 on the preliminary portion of the card.
In other pro bouts:
At Elite Warrior Challenge in Roanoke, VA, Rachel Sazoff faces Allison Haynes
Taila Santos takes on Geisyele Nascimento at UOC 1 in Panara, Brazil
In the only ammy fight (besides the IMMA Federation tournament) Jemma Jacques battles Katy Horlick at ICE FC in Manchester, England
Shannon O’Connell and Bronwyn Wylie will battle for the vacant WIBA super bantamweight title in Victoria, Australia.
O’Connell (9-3) will be dropping in weight for the bout, having been the WBF featherweight champion. She has five KOs to her credit.
Wylie (3-2) is looking for her first world title.
In other boxing action:
In Athens, Greece, Maria Semertoglou faces Jekaterina Lecko
Arely Mucino takes on Samson Tor Buamas in Guadalupe, Nuevo León, Mexico
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.