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It maybe the holiday season, but Juliana Velasquez isn’t focused on anything but the fight.
The undefeated Brazilian has taken the long trip to Hawaii to face former title challenger Alejandra Lara Friday night at Bellator 212 “Salute the Troops” event which will stream on DAZN. Both made weight for their bout.
We talked to Velasquez through a translator about her fight and the flyweight division.
In her match with Lara, Velasquez hopes to show how much the women’s divisions in Brazil has grown. Velasquez expressed she will have a strength advantage against Lara due to her training with men.
A win over the former title challenger will most likely gain her the winner of Saturday’s match between Ilima-Lei Macfarlane and Valerie Letourneau. Velasquez tells us she is predicting the champ will retain her title.
Where does she think she stands in Bellator? Velasquez stated she feels she has a lot of experience in terms of training as a child in martial arts, which plays a part in her being one of the top fighters in the division.
When asked about what she will be doing after the fight to celebrate, she says she will concentrate on that after she gets the win.
The best amateur talent are once again in Bahrain to see who are the best in the world.
The International MMA Federation is currently holding its World Championships with over 50 females from over a dozen countries vying for titles in six weight classes. Champions have went on to the pros to some of the top organizations on the planet.
We will be updating results throughout the week. Continue reading 2018 IMMAF World Championships (Results Updated Daily)
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The Professional Fight League is in a unique position.
Having only one signed female fighter, Olympic Gold medalist in judo Kayla Harrison, they also have only one female division – lightweight. There are a few promotions who have dabbled in the weight class, but no one has pulled the trigger on crowning a pro world champion.
Continue reading PFL and Kayla Harrison Call for Lightweights; Here are Our Picks
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Invicta was ahead of the game as they announced their 33rd card for December 15th in Kansas City. We talked to InvictaFC president Shannon Knapp about the lead up to the event.
Being towards the end of the year, Invicta wanted to get ahead in terms of planning, and wanted its fans to have some leeway before the holiday travel rush. This also gave them an opportunity to start planning InvictaFC 34, which is slated for January in Kansas City. Knapp told us to expect the vacant flyweight title to be filled on the card. Continue reading Shannon Knapp on InvictaFC 33: Frey vs. Grusander II Had to Be Booked
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The Bellator featherweight division is still developing, and needs new title contenders.
Australia’s Janay Harding is looking to get over .500 and get back on the winning track when she faces Irish striker Sinead Kavanagh Friday night in Uncasville, Connecticut. The match will stream on Bellator.com. Continue reading Janay Harding talks Striking Cross-training and Growth as a Fighter
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DeAnna Bennett has had a rough few years, but she is back on track.
A solid camp behind her and a win at Invicta, she looks to continue her way to a title by defeating Kelly Kobold at Tuff-n-uff’s first all pro MMA event September 14th in Las Vegas.
We talked to Bennett about her return to the cage, the flyweight title picture, and finding a new training home. Continue reading DeAnna Bennett on Tuff-n-uff Bout; Getting Title Opportunities
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Invicta has been busy in 2018, and six weeks after their last card, they are ready to once again bring the action to Kansas City.
The 31st event will feature Virna Jandiroba’s first defense of her strawweight title as she takes on the 10-1 Janaisa Morandin.
The co-main event sees Pearl Gonzalez wanting to make her argument for a flyweight title shot against Daiane Firmino.
For the first time in the promotion’s history, there will be one fight that will be streamed on facebook as Helen Peralta and Kay Hansen will kick ff the card. The fight will also stream on Fight Pass.
Only one person missed weight. Mallory Martin tipped the scales at 117 pounds, which is 2 pounds over the strawweight limit. She will be fined 25% of her purse.
The strawweight title match is official with both Jandiroba and Morandin coming in under 115 pounds.
The rest of the card will stream on UFC Fight Pass Saturday night starting at 7 p.m. central time.
Here is the breakdown of the fights and the weigh-ins results. Continue reading InvictaFC 31 Primer
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Note: Any fights that were at above 136 for our purposes are considered featherweight. Any fights 142-144 were rounded up to 145. Any fights 137-139 were rounded up to 140 pounds.
The division that has gotten the most flack the past year has been featherweight. While Cyborg Justino has ruled to roost and yet to find a solid challenger, the future maybe looking up. Continue reading First Half Stats in the Womens’ Divisions Part 5: Featherweight and Higher Breakdown
Continuing with the weight classes is the quickest growing divisions – flyweight.
Note: Any fights that were above 116 for our purposes are considered flyweight. Any fights 121-124 were rounded up to 125. Any fights 117-119 were rounded up to 120 pounds. Continue reading First Half Stats in the Womens’ Divisions Part 5: Flyweight Breakdown
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Continuing with out look at the weight classes, we come to one of the most popular – strawweight.
Note: Any fights that were at above 106 for our purposes are considered strawweight. This includes Rizin’s 108 division. Any fights 112-114 were rounded up to 115. Any fights 107-109 were rounded up to 110 pounds.
There were 192 total fights at the scheduled 115 pound limit (111 pro and 81 amateur). Fights at a catchweights accounted for 8 fights (4 pro and 4 amateur). The strawweight counted for 29% of all combined fights both amateur and pro and is the most in all divisions. Continue reading First Half Stats in the Womens’ Divisions Part 4: Strawweight Breakdown
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There has been huge debates on what women’s weight classes are sustainable or not.
This year I decided to give you a glimpse of the current and future health of the divisions broken down. Since I did both amateur and pro stats this time around, I can give you some insight into what I have been seeing and calm down some worries.
Continue reading 2018 First Half Stats in The Womens’ Divisions Part 3: Atomweight Breakdown
Very few promotions make it to their 30th event.
Saturday InvictaFC will reach the milestone as it looks to crown a new atomweight champion. Jinh Yu Frey will get her second chance to hold the gold when she takes on Finland’s Minna Grusander.
The co-main event will see a possible contender for the vacant featherweight title as Russia’s Helena Kolesnyk faces Felicia Spencer.
This will also be the promotional debut of former UFC athlete Heather Jo Clark as she faces Brazil’s Kinberly Novaes. Continue reading InvictaFC 30 Primer