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→
Four fighters took home gold medals at the IMMAF World Championships Sunday in Las Vegas.
Coming off her 2015 IMMAF European strawweight title, Bulgarian Aleksandra Toncheva adds the IMMAF World title to her resume defeating Poland’s Aleksandra Rola by armbar in round 1. She also remains undefeated at 6-0, having only started fighting in November of last year. Continue reading IMMAF Crowns 2016 World Champions→
Amateur female fighters from 20 countries are in Las Vegas during International Fight week to become world champions.
For the third year, International MMA Federation is hosting their World Championships. The are four female weight categories this year with 32 participants.
Monday night they announced the brackets and we will update results throughout the week below. The action begins with Manfredi Morgane versus Katarzyna Biegajlo for a spot in the flyweight quarterfinals.
The event is free Tuesday through Thursday at the Las Vegas Expo Center. The semi-finals and finals will be a part of the UFC Expo.
The IMMAF European Open saw some very competitive matches and some slick submissions on day 2 as the semi-finals are now set.
IMMAF Worlds finalist Anja Saxmark got a submission victory to ink her spot in the flyweight semi’s, while Icelandic representative Sunna Rannveig got a split decision over Italy’s llaria Norcia on the other side of the bracket.
We initially didn’t think we were going to have a women’s bantamweight tournament, but we saw Gabriella Ringblom of Sweden and Varpru Rinne of Finland take home unanimous decision in that category in two quarterfinal matches.
The semi-finals in the rest of the divisions happen Saturday.
Day 2 Results
Aleksandra Toncheva Plamenova (Bulgaria) def. Deborah Osullivan (Ireland) by Submission (Rear naked choke) 1:33 Round 2
Raluca Dinescu (Romania) def. Polly Beauchamp (UK) by split decision
Europe’s top amateur female prospects are in Birmingham, England for the International MMA Federation European Open.
Over a dozen countries have sent representatives including newcomers from Iceland and Azerbaijan. Silver medalist Anja Saxmarx from Sweden and quarterfinalist Amy O’Mara from England are among the World Championship vets in the tournaments. The IMMAF is also introducing a lightweight tournament at this event.
The only fight in the female divisions on Thursday saw Ireland’s Meagan O’Loughlin defeat England’s Wendy McKenna by unanimous decision in the opening round of the flyweight tournament.
The matches will be posted on UFC Fight Pass in the coming weeks.
Here are the draws for the four women’s divisions’ tournaments.
Strawweight (115 lbs)
Deborah O’Sullivan (IRE) vs. Aleksandra Toncheva (BUL)
Polly Beauchamp (UK) vs. Raluca Dinescu (ROM)
Amy Omara (UK) vs. O’Sullivan/Toncheva winner
Lyudmila Sadirina (AZE) vs. Beauchamp/Dinescu winner
Flyweight (125 lbs)
Anja Saxmarx (SWE) vs. Meagan O’Loughlin (IRE)
Ika Auvinen (FIN) vs. Sissel Hansen-Brynjulfsen (NOR)
Sunna Davidsdottir-Rannveig (ISL) vs. Ilaria Norcia (ITL)
Anette ã–Sterberg (FIN) vs. Michaela Dostalova (CZE)
At Cage 31 in Helsinki, Finland Lucie Pudilova defeated Suvi Salmimies by split decision.
Also in Finland Kate Jackson defeated Linn Wennergren by split decision at Fight Night Kuopio 13 in Kuopio
In pro MMA action Friday, at XFN 25 in Tulsa, Okalahoma, Jaymee Jones defeated Ronni Lawrence by unanimous decision.
Paige VanZant has her next challenge, and it is against her toughest test to date.
VanZant will take on Joanne Calderwood at UFC Fight Night 80 in Las Vegas December 10th. The fight will be the main event.
VanZant (6-1) has been on a roll since entering the UFC, having won three straight in the promotion. Her only loss came to Tecia Torres, and has yet to be finished.
She will face fellow InvictaFC alum Calderwood (10-1) who is coming off a win over Cortney Casey. Calderwood went undefeated until her loss to Maryna Moroz earlier this year.
Another match on the card sees a returning Emily Peters-Kagan taking on Kailin Curran who are both looking for their first UFC win.
The event will stream on UFC Fight Pass.
As the new USADA random drug testing has started for the fighters in the UFC, Claudia Gadhela got tested this past week. The results are yet to be released.
Former UFC champ Calra Esparza stated on social media she had to fill out a schedule for the USADA just in case they wanted to test her.
Charmaine Tweet has a new opponent for her upcoming homecoming match, and it is a familiar face.
Anna Barone will look to avenge her last loss to Tweet in what will be the end of a trilogy at PrestigeFC in Weyburn, Canada October 24th. They will fight at 155 pounds.
Tweet (6-5) lost her second pro fight to Barone (2-4) by KO in 18 seconds in 2011. Tweet would get her revenge three years latter with a first rounf rear naked choke.
Also on the card, Bobbi Jo Dalziel takes on Christina Barry in a 150 catchweight bout.
The card will stream and will have more details as they become available.
Coming off her first pro loss, strawweight prospect Danielle Taylor will take on Calie Cutler has been announced for KOTC in Las Vegas October 17th.
Taylor (5-1) was the KOTC 115 champ before being defeated this August to Jamie Colleen. Cutler’s only loss was to Kaline Mederios and has yet to be finished as a pro.
The match will eventually on Mav TV.
IMMAF 2015 flyweight champ Micol Di Segni will make her pro debut against Danella Eliasov October 4th at EFC in Joahnnesburg, South Africa. The Italian standout Segni is helping to head a movement to again acceptance for female fighting in her home country. Eliasov won her pro debut this past February.
Alexandra Buch will face Katharina Lehner at GMC 7 on November 7th in Castrop-Rauxel, Germany. They will fight at at catchweight for 138. Buch (8-4) is on a two fight losing streak while Lehner (3-0) is undefeated at featherweight. Lehner will face Judith Ruis October 24th in Germany before her match with Buch.
Suriname will see three female MMA bouts on Halloween.
Torarica Summer Fights announced an event this week which will see the MMA debut of world kickboxing champion Denise Kielholtz. Her opponet is to be announced. Also on the card, Natasha Ribeiro De Souza and Chavella Lee will have separate fights and in amateur action, Sandy Shara takes on Wendy Santos.
Brazil’s upcoming all female promotion AFC Athenas has signed WSOF and XFC vet Kalindra Faria. The promotion is looking to debut in January 2016.
Southern Asia will see some bouts this coming weekend:
Super Fight League will return home to India with top Indian female fighter Daizy Singh taking on Lalvenhimi. This will stream on the SFL youtube channel Saturday morning September 18th.
On Sunday September 19th, Angela Lee will return to the OneFC cage taking on Russia’s Elena Pashnina. The card will stream on the OneFC website for $10.
Keri Ann Melendez announced will make her Bellator debut in late spring.
The heavier female weights divisions will now have a solid platform to grow.
The IMMAF announced Tuesday they will open up the 155 and 170 women’s divisions starting with the European Open Championships of Amateur MMA, in Birmingham, England November 19 -22.
The decision comes after teams demanded the divisions to be added. The IMMAF also stated they could add a 105 division in the future if they get enough requests.
The IMMAF has become a platform to make amateur divisions worldwide and provide a regulatory body for those countries without one. The World Championship Tournament will take place in July 2016 in Vegas for the third year.