As I explained in my open letter, I am looking to change Wombat Sports to what it was initially meant to be. I can’t do this on my own, and that;s where you come in.
We are looking for contributors to help with writing articles and covering certain combat sports. You would also get to interview talented athletes in those sports.
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.
Due to the time it takes to put together a MRS column, we have decide to split it into a few new reports. The first is the “Wombat Watercooler” which will be the places for rumors and miscellaneous newsworthy bites we find out during the week.
We are all waiting for a date for InvictaFC 11, which is looking like March. Last we heard, the promotion was “finalizing” the card.
As we mentioned in earlier articles, it is expect that Cyborg Justino will defend her featherweight title on the card, and Ayaka Hamasaki is rumored to fight at the event as well.
Speaking of Cyborg, UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta has stated his company is back in talks to bring her to the octagon.
Bethe Correia has answered Sarah Kaufman and the two verbally agreed to fight. They are awaiting approval by UFC matchmaker Sean Shelby and then a date and place.
XFC released a statement “firing” several of its fighters.
The most notable is flyweight champion Pearl Gonzalez. The promotion stated they offered her several matches to defend her title in Brazil but she had refused. Gonzalez’s camp hasn’t made an official statement, but they seem happy to be out of the contract with the promotion.
Same can be said of Cortney Casey, who’s management stated she was “being held hostage” under the contract. Casey had fought for PXC since her last XFC match.
Other fighters let go were Andrea Lee, Stephanie Skinner, Angelica Chavez, and Andy Nguyen, all who have fought and/or signed with different promotions since the XFC was restructured and moved operations to Brazil.
Paige VanZant has been doing the media rounds to promote her fight. She did Good Day New York this last week (watch here) and the MMA Hour Tuesday (watch here).
Zoila Frausto will be dropping to 115 once again and is campaigning to be signed to the UFC. The Bellator strawweight tournament winner has notable wins over Megumi Fujii and Jessica Aguilar.
Marina Shafir will be attending a Bellator card soon and is expected to meet up with CEO Scott Coker for a possible fight deal.
Kickboxing world champion Denise Kielholtz stated she is preparing to crossover to MMA. The Enfusion World Champion will be training with Bellator’s Marloes Coenen to make her in cage debut sometime this year. She will most likely fight at flyweight.
BJJ standout Gabi Garcia finally has a date for her MMA debut. March 28 at Jungle Fight in São Paulo, Brazil the mutli-time world BJJ champion will face a yet-to-be-named opponent. It is expected she will fight at 185 pounds.
Suvi Salmimies will be fighting at CAGE 29 in Helsinki, Finland Feb. 28. Opponent to be announced.
On November 14th marked the GirlsPower 60 kg tournament in Liepaja, Latvia.
Anna Tatjana Lie Norum of Norway by decision took home the title after defeating Ivana Miklasova of Slovakia in the finals. Tatjana would decision Denmark’s Pernille Schjønning in the quarterfinals and get the first round knockout over Latvia’s Karina Jarjomenko in the semi-finals.
Here is the complete tournament results:
Seda Duygu Aygun (Turkey) def. Elina Nilsson (Sweden) by decision
Ivana Miklasova (Slovakia) def. Daorung Samrong (Thailand) by decision
Anna Tatjana Lie Norum (Norway) def. Pernille Schjønning (Denmark) by decision
Karina Jarjomenko (Latvia) def. Ratnadiptee Shimpi (India) by decision
Ivana Miklasova def. Seda Duygu Aygun by KO round 2
Anna Tatjana LieNorum def. Karina Jarjomenko by KO round 1
Anna Tatjana Lie Norum def. Ivana Miklasova by decision
In other action on November 14th:
Beckie Hodge (Wales) def. Laura Williams (Jersey) by decision and Tanya Merret (Wales) def. Hayley Battrick (Jersey) by decision in Jersey, British Isles.
In KalareStadium, Chiang Mai Thailand, Marilyn (Singapore) defeats Sao Muang Pai (Thailand) Marilyn by knockout round 4
On November 15:
Angelique Pitiot (France) def. Anke Van Gestel (Belgium) by 5th round TKO due to doctor’s stoppage
In New Zealand, WMC champion Gentiane Lupi defeated WKBF champion Natalia Teller by decision to win the New Zealand Welterweight tile.
Juliana Rosa (Brazil) defeated Ella Tang (Malaysia) by points in Malaysia
Awakening Fighters are continuing their kickstarter campaign for an all female event next summer in London, England. The event, which will be headlined by Julie Kitchen and Lindsay Haycraft, will also have several possible bouts including Lucy Payne versus Irina Mazepa and Paola Cappucci versus Aleide Lawant. If successful, the event will stream worldwide.
The kickstarter is looking to raise $30,000 to help with the initial costs of the event. A $12 pledge would give you the event stream for free, with greater contributions getting seats to the event, DVDs, and replica belts.
WCK Muay Thai has announced back to back cards coming in December in California.
On December 4th, the promotion has four female fights set for the “Ultimate Showdown” card at the Tachi Palace Casino.
MMA star Zoila Frausto will battle Lindsey Marino in the co-main event on the card. Frausto’s sister Stephanie will take on Alexis Asher. Day Day Davis will face Janet Todd and Crystal Parrish will take on a yet to be named opponent.
Two days later at the Hollywood Park Casino, WCK will hold its “Cali 6” card.
Three IAMTF California title fights are set as Natalie Morgan faces Ariana Gomez, Emily Griffen battles Lisa Mauldin, and Cristine Conners squares off with Casandra Costello. In non-title bouts, Amanda De Rose fights Colleen Saylor and Vanessa Gonzalez dukes it out with Irene Tosta.
The trailer for the new all female season of Enfusion was released and the action itself looks pretty crazy. You can watch it here.
Tiffany VanSoest will look to take the 57kg Enfusion World Title from champion Denise Kielholtz Sunday in The Netherlands.
VanSoest (10-1-1) won back to back fights after losing to Caley Reece for the Lion Fights title. She will have a tough task on her hands with Kielholtz (36-2) who hasn’t lost in the past two years.
The event will stream for free at Enfusionlive.com at 11:30 a.m. pst/2:30 p.m. est Sunday.
The world famous Madison Square Garden in New York City will host Victory Muay Thai’s 7th card Friday night with three female bouts.
Gabi Maxwell and Gianna Smith will battle for the promotion’s 105 title, while Nicole Richiusa takes on Jess Cacagnaro. In amateur MMA, Katalina Morales squares off with Viktoria Makarova.
No word on if this will be streamed.
Lion Fights will feature a non-televised amateur bout on it’s card Friday.
Boston’s Elizabeth Silveira will take on Whippany, NJ’s Emily Back at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Connecticut.
Also this weekend:
Caro Abe takes on Michaela Michl at “Heroes Fight Night” in Berlin.
At Fast and Furious in Spain, Orellana Alejandro battles Marta Ruzzu
In action next weekend:
In Telford, England at Muaythai Unleashed, Christi Brereton (Eng) takes on Helen Wilson (Sco)
Aoife Murphy (Ire) faces Katrin Dierheimer (Germany) and Ferial Ameeroedien(Ire/SA) battles Adi Rotem (Nl) at Enfusion in Dublin, Ireland
In Bratislava,Slovakia at W5, Lucia Kraijkovic (Slovakia) squares off against Julia Berezikova (Rus), Ilona Wijmans (Nl) dukes it out with Thanyokorn Sor Thamachak (Thailand), Natalia Dyachkova (Rus) fights Veronika Petrikova (Slovakia), and Anastasia Yankova (Rus) faces Daniela Graf (Ger)
Meryem Uslu (Ger) battles Samantha Van Doorn (Nl) in The Netherlands