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Video: Bellator Colleen Schneider Looks to Impress; Wants Rin Nakai in Japan

Bellator tends to keep rolling in free agents coming into 2017.

Several female free agents are now reaping the benefits as the options and leverage to get more moment and more exposure. One of them is Colleen Schneider, who faces Chrissie Daniels at Bellator 170 Saturday at the Forum is Los Angeles. Her fight streams on Spike.com.

Bellator president Scott Coker stated he will be looking to crown the first ever female flyweight champion by the end of the year, and Schneider wants her performance to make that happen sooner than later.

We talked to Schneider about her preparations for her return to flyweight and the one match that got away with Rin Nakai.

Colleen Schneider Talks Evolution; Bellator 125 Title

(Picture courtesy Ester Lin/InvictaFC)

It’s been a long road for Colleen Schneider.

Having fought all over the world and for many organizations, Schneider finds herself in Bellator in 2017 on one of the biggest cards in the company’s history.

After Rebecca Ruth fell out due to injury, Schneider will be face Chrissie Daniels at “Bellator: Ortiz vs. Sonnen” at the L.A. Forum in Los Angeles this Saturday. Schneider will be a part of the preliminary card which will stream on Bellator.com. Continue reading Colleen Schneider Talks Evolution; Bellator 125 Title

InvictaFC 21 Primer

Invicta’s first event of 2017 kicks off with a new champion being crowned.

Charmaine Tweet and Megan Anderson will look for their first world title Saturday in Kasnas City which will stream live on UFC Fight Pass.

Also on the card  Pannie Kianzad looks to get back into the bantamweight title hunt as she faces perennial contender Raquel Pa’aluhi in the co-main event.

Several changes to the card this past week saw Heather Hardy’s match get scrapped due to an injury to Brieta Carpenter; the addition of Elizabeth Phillips versus Leah Letson; and Kali Robbins and Jodie Esquibel taken off the card due to Robbins missing weight by 6.4 pounds. Robbins took the bout last minute.

The official weigh-ins happened Friday morning with no ceremonial weigh-ins due to in-climate weather.

Here is a breakdown of the now seven fight card with the weigh-in results.

(Photos courtesy Scott Hirano, Invicta FC) Continue reading InvictaFC 21 Primer

2016 in the Women’s MMA Division by the Numbers

When we posted the half years numbers in July, we had our doubts we would reach more than 700 pro female bouts in MMA. The last six months exceeded expectation.

The last half saw 385 bouts with three months out of the six topping the most fights per month list. On average there was 13.5 bouts per week this year.

Here is a look back at 2016 as a whole by the numbers. Continue reading 2016 in the Women’s MMA Division by the Numbers

IMMAF European Open 2016 Coverage

Some of the best amateur female talent have descended in Prague in the Czech Republic for the second annual IMMAF European Open.

Competitors from over a dozen countries will look to shine on the amateur’s biggest world stage. Several World and European champions will look to face a fresh batch of hungry fighters to gain medals and put their names on the international stage. Continue reading IMMAF European Open 2016 Coverage

InvictaFC 20 Primer

With over four years worth of fights, InvictaFC reaches its 20th offering Friday with two titles on the line.

44 athletes have passed through the promotion onto the UFC, making Invicta the place to develop and shine before getting the call to the big time. This card sees what could be the future of the sport.

Three fighters (Miranda Maverick, Pam Sorenson, & Ashley Yoder) missed weight and will forfeit 25% of their fight purse.

Here are the weigh-in results and a breakdown of the card. Continue reading InvictaFC 20 Primer

Watercooler: Boxing’s Hardy to Invicta; Schneider to Bellator

World boxing champion Heather Hardy is heading to MMA.

Hardy decided to crossover and has inked a deal with InvictaFC. She announced the signing via Ring TV. Ironically it was the new insurance plan for fighters under MMA legalization in home state of New York that drove her to the decision. She is still expecting to box along with her MMA career. Continue reading Watercooler: Boxing’s Hardy to Invicta; Schneider to Bellator

Miesha Tate: A Career of Adversity and Triumph

It was a sad night for the women’s divisions of MMA.

After losing to Raquel Pennington by decision this past Saturday, Miesha Tate stated she was hanging up her gloves. “It’s time for the next generation” Tate explained in her post fight comments.

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When I first started covering the women’s divisions of the sport, one of the first I got to interview and cover was Miesha. It was right after she lost to Sarah Kaufman in 2009; Tate was a last minute replacement going into the fight. I remember how impressed I was with her wrestling, and how warm and friendly she was. Continue reading Miesha Tate: A Career of Adversity and Triumph

Watercoler: UFC 205 Adds Jędrzejczyk vs. Kowalkiewicz; Tate vs. Pennington

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Cris Cyborg Justino made weight at 141 pounds on Friday ahead of her match with Saturday against Lina Lansberg in Brasilia, Brazil for UFC Fight Night. Lansberg tipped the scales at 140 pounds. The match will air on Fox Sports 1 as the main event. Continue reading Watercoler: UFC 205 Adds Jędrzejczyk vs. Kowalkiewicz; Tate vs. Pennington