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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
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I have compiled amateur results over the years, but this has been the first time I have broken down the amateur stats.
It was popular demand and questions about the future health of the women’s divisions that got me to do this for the first year. We will dig into the weight divisions in part 3. I haven’t done this in past years because getting complete results for the amateurs was a hassle, as previously discusses in part 1. I suspect a dozen or so results have not been posted in the major databases, so with expect a small margin of error.
Since this is our first time, we can’t compare past years, but can at least compare the pro stats. Continue reading 2018 First Half Stats in the Women’s Divisions Part 2: The Amateurs
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This year, I decided to dig a bit deeper.
After many questions about the strength of the women’s divisions by fans and MMA pundits, I tabulated debuts after a year absence, as well as added amateur results, which will be expanded upon in part 2 of this three part series.
The third part will dive deeper in each divisions to give you a glimpse of the current health and the future. Continue reading 2018 First Half Stats in the Women’s Divisions Part 1: The Pros
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It was hero’s welcome as Bellator Champion Ilima-Lei Macfarlane went down the escalator at the Pechenga Casino and Resort this past Friday in front of her crowd of family, friends, and fans.
The champ estimated a good sixth of the crowd was there to cheer her on in the first defense of her recently won title. Many women were wearing her signatire flower in their ears to show support. The live fans were not alone in their support, as Bellator announced nearly 800,000 people watched the fight from the comfort of their own homes. Continue reading Bellator’s Flyweight Division Shines as Ilima-Lei Macfarlane Becomes Breakout Star
It has been a few months since Leslie Smith was let go of her contract from the UFC. The reasons why this happened is one of controversy.
For those who don’t know the story, Smith was scheduled to face Aspen Ladd at UFC Fight Night in Atlantic City, New Jersey in April, but Ladd missed weight. Smith saw this as a break, since her contract with the UFC would be up if she fought Ladd. Smith would agree to fight Ladd at a catch weight if the UFC would extend her contract for one more fight after Ladd, so she could negotiate a new multi-fight deal. The UFC decided to simply drop Smith and pay her out. Continue reading Leslie Smith Talks Future; Championing Fighters’ Rights Movement