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Cage Warriors to Return Under Graham Boylan’s Ownership

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

One of the biggest outlets for female talent in Europe will return with a familiar name in a new role.

Former Cage Warriors CEO Graham Boylan announced on the MMA Hour Monday he has acquired the company and is now the sole owner. Boylan had stepped down from his position in the company in February after a long five year tenure with the brand.

But to paraphrase a famous line, “Just when we thought he was out, they pull him back in.” Last week Boylan talked to the Cage Warriors’ management and after all was said and done, he now owns one of the top MMA promotions on the planet.

Cage Warriors has a long history of supporting the female divisions. Having groomed the career of the legendary Rosi Sexton, they had developed several women’s divisions in 2013. A who’s who of female European fighters have gone through their ranks including current UFC champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk; former InvictaFC champion Katja Kankaanpää, TUF 20 vets Aisling Daly and Joanna Calderwood; and current CWFC bantamweight champ Pannie Kianzad, who will be fighting at InvictaFC July 9th.

Several of the CWFC talent has signed to Invicta during the Cage Warrior’s hiatus including the aforementioned Kianzad, Catherine Costigan (who is also fighting at InvictaFC 13), and Laura Howarth. It is not unheard of for them to make an appearance back at CWFC,  as Invicta has let Calderwood fight for them in the past.

Matchmaker Ian Dean will continue his role in the company.

The possibility of re-brand is in the works, but Boylan stated it would “make sense” in the long run.

Boylan wants to have an October and December cards this year, but he has yet to sit down and lay out an exact plan for the promotion.

With the announcement, European fighters will have platform once again in what has become an incubator of future stars of the sport.

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The main contributors we are looking for is in women’s boxing, Muay Thai, freestyle wrestling, and BJJ. (We already have some people interested in covering the WMMA portion of the site). The cool things is I have the tools to gain news and info for these sports, just not the time to write it up. You can “learn on the job” if you aren’t an expert on these topics; but being curious is the key thing.

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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.

The MRS (WMMA and WBoxing News) – October 3, 2014

Miscellaneous News

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In action Thursday night:

  • At King of the Cage in Highland, CA, Danielle Taylor defeated Maria Andaverde by unanimous decision, Taylor goes 4-0 as a pro.
  • Naomi Staller defeated Cinja Kiefer by TKO in round 1 at German Cagefight Championship
  • At Circuito de Lutas Fight Night 4 in Brazil, Ketlen Vieira defeated Juliana Leite via TKO at 1:36 round 2

Cage Warriors has announced two more female bouts on their upcoming cards.

At Cage Warriors 73 in Newcastle, England on November 1, Spain’s   Irene Cabello (1-2) will take on Germany’s Vanessa Reinsch (1-1) in an atomweight match. This will be Reinsch’s promotional debut.

Two weeks later, Denmark’s Anna Elmose will battle Emma Delaney in an bantamweight contest at Cage Warriors 74 in November 15 in London, England. This will be Elmore pro debut and her first cut to 135.

Cage Warriors 74 will also feature the crowning of its first bantamweight champion in a match between Agnieszka Niedzwiedz and Pannie Kianzad.

Both the Cabello versus Reinsch and Elmore versus. Delaney match will be streamed on the Cage Warrior’s facebook page as a part of their preliminary card. Niedzwiedz versus Kianzad will be streamed on MMA Junkie.


XFCi will start their strawweight tournament November 1 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Participants to be announced in the coming weeks.


Rumors

Expect an announcement on WSOF champion Jessica Aguilar’s next opponent next week. It will be her toughest test she has had in a long while.


Angela Hill has been stating she will be on the TUF 20 finale card in December.


Scheduled Fights

Pro MMA

India’s Super Fight League will make it’s US debut with two female bouts in Tacoma, WA Saturday.

Colleen Schneider will make the first defense of her SFL flyweight title against Brenda Gonzales. Schneider (5-5) won four straight before losing to DeAnna Bennett at Showdown Fights in June. Gonzales (5-1) has finished in all but one of her wins and her only loss was to UFC fighter Rina Nakai.

Also on the card, Cheryl Chan and Hadley Griffith look to get their records back on track.

The fights will stream live and free on the Super Fight League’s Youtube channel.


In other pro bouts:

  • In a pair of bouts at Magic City Mayhem 4 in Fargo, ND, Ashleigh Heustis takes on Shannon Gunville and Mary Charbonneau faces Raquel Leeper
  • At Steelfist 28: Intensity in Salt Lake City, UT, Killastina Matatohi battles Heather Martin
  • Gabrielle Holloway fights Marciea Allen at King of the Cage in Slaon, Iowa
  • At Melo International in Brazil, Leona Machaito takes on Thais Machado
  • Graziele Ricotta faces Tabatha Ricci at BRFC in Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • At Diamond Fight in Singapore, Lena Ovchynnikova battles Madagmaa

Ammy MMA

In amateur action:

  • At Aspera FC in Sao Jose, Brazil, Marina Rodriguez faces Fabiane Schmitt
  • Nachi takes on Kanna Asakura at Vale Tudo Japan on Tokyo, Japan
  • At NAAFS in Canton, OH, Jessica Dinch battles Meghan Joyce (115)
  • Lauren Braccia fights Sadee Monserrate Williams at Dead Serious in Rahway, New Jersey
  • In a pair of bouts at Cage Wars in Grand Junction, Colorado Amanda Nold faces Nicole Upshaw and Rachel Liverman takes on Jasmine Higgs
  • At XFO in Rockford, Illinois, Shelby Hungness battles Brittany Giddings and Shaena Cox fights Ricarda Gomes

Boxing

In boxing action:

  • In Diciembre, Panama, Nataly Delgado faces Maria Milano (108)
  • Pasa Malagic takes on Borislava Goranova in Basel, Switzerland
  • In Buenos Aires, Argentina, Karen Elizabeth Carabajal battles Maria Soledad Capriolo
  • Noemi Bosques fights Ivana Coleman in Tampa, Florida