Montana’s group of female fighters is growing steadily and Sam Sievers is the latest to make an impact locally.
Fighting out of one of the best gyms in the state, the Dogpound Fight Team in Missoula, Sievers was highly promoted on the Intense Championship Fight 22 card, and everyone had high expectations for her against Spokane’s Karina Carpenter. She didn’t disappoint.
The story that started in Japan is continuing in the US.
Four years after making her pro debut in at Pancrase in the “Land of the Rising Sun”, a now 20 year old Shino VanHoose made her US debut at the “Intense Championship Fighting 22: Tough Enough to Fight in Pink” event this past Friday in Great Falls, Montana.
VanHoose has moved from Japan to Boise, Idaho last year and is now a part of the Straight Blast Gym. Coming off three losses to some of the best Japanese talent around, she broke her losing streak with a win over Jodi Lynn Reicher at the ICF event and gaining her third submission win in the first round.
You can see the complete fight below. We will have three more matches from the card posted throughout the week.
Intense Championship Fighting is back with its “Tough Enough to Fight in Pink” event this coming Friday October 16th at the Four Seasons Arena in Great Falls, Montana. Two matches are set as JEWELS and Pancrase vet Shino VanHoose will return to action after year lay off to take on Jody Lynn Reicher and local favorite Sam Sievers takes on Spokane’s Karina Carpenter in an amateur bout.
VanHoose (3-3) went on a 3-0 run in her first three bouts in her pro career, which she started at age 16. The grappling prodigy held her own against current UFC fighter Seo Hee Ham last year losing by decision.
Jody Lynn Reicher is looking for her first win as a pro, losing her debut to Lacey Schukman in 2013.
Sievers trains out of the Dogpound Fight team, home of Bellator vet Floyd Woodard. Her opponent Carpenter trains out of Warrior’s Camp, home of former UFC fighter and TUF 12 vet Cody McKenzie.
The main card will feature a few more female bouts with an all male undercard.
Jessica Eye looked impressive in her win against a very game Leslie Smith at UFC 180 in Mexico City, Mexico, which aired live on Fox Sports 1.
Eye’s striking proved to be the factor in the fight, as Eye damaged Smith’s ear. After the first round, the doctor looked at the ear and let it go on. In round two after a heated striking exchange, the referee paused the fight and the doctor declared the damage to the ear was too much to continue, much to the dismay of Smith. Officially, Eye defeated Smith by TKO at 1:30 of round 2.
Eye improves to 11-2-1.
The top strawweight on the planet has defended her title and position in the rankings.
Jessica Aguilar took Kalindra Faria to a unanimous decision win at WSOF 15 in Tampa, FL which aired on NBC Sports Net.
Faria hung in the pocket with the champ, but was out classed by Aguilar’s precision striking. The final round saw Faria push for the win, but it was too little too late.
Aguilar hands Faria her first loss in 11 fights and improves to 19-4.
Cage Warriors has crowned its first bantamweight champion.
Undefeated Pannie Kianzad (7-0) defeated last minute replacement Eeva Siiskonen by unanimous decision to win the initial 135 title in London, England. Siiskonen, who took the fight on 10 days notice, was able to get a tight armbar attempt in the opening stanza, but the striking was the key throughout the rest of the match to give Kianzad the win.
It is expected Kianzad first title defense will be against the fighter Siiskonen replaced, Agnieszka Niedzwiedz, next year.
In a preliminary bout, Anna Elmose defeated Emma Delaney by TKO 0:19 round 1.
MMA Super Heroes returned to action as they crowned a strawweight tournament champion.
Virna Jandiroba submitted Camila Lima by rear naked choke in round 2 in what was the tournament final.
Marília Santos came in over weight for the tournament and and faced Aline Sattelmayer. If Sattelmayer would have won, she would have advanced. However, Santos won by unanimous decision but would not advance due to the weight discrepancy.
In a non-tourmanet match, Daiane Firmino defeated Ariane Lipski by TKO round 1.
In other pro bouts:
At PXC in Manila, Philippines, Cortney Casey submitted Gina Iniong by rear naked choke round 1
In a pair of pro bouts at Sugar Creek Showdown in Hinton, OK, Delaney Owens submitted Amber Stautzenberger by rear naked choke 4:05 round 4 to win their 115 title and Anita Rodriguez defeated Jade DeHaas by TKO (doctor’s stoppage broken nose) 5:00 round 4 to win their 135 title. In amateur action, Emily Ducote defeated Wendy Simmons by TKO 1:05 round 1
At LegacyFC in Houston, TX, Stephanie Alba submitted Maria Lopez by rear naked choke round 1
Mariana Moraes submitted Stephanie Bragayrac by head and arm choke round 1 at Explosion MMA in Curitiba, Parana, Brazil
In a pair of bouts at Steefist in Salt Lake City, Utah, Brenda Enriquez submitted Mallory Rogers by rear naked choke round 1 and Chelsya Howard defeated Alysa Westergard by TKO round 1
Jessica Fresh submitted Cynthia Bottelberghe by armbar 0:46 round 3 at A-Town Throwdown in Austin, MN
At West Coast FC in Sacramento, California, Ashley Medina defeated Melissa Wang by unanimous decision
Samantha Gilliland defeated Kathryn Yost by TKO 0:42 round two at Spartan Combat League in Loveland, Colorado
At Gladiator CF in Curitiba, Parana, Brazil, Morgana Silva and Vitoria Ferreira fought to a draw (125)
Tori Nelson gained another world welterweight title as she defeated Victoria Cisneros by unanimous decision to win the vacant UBF belt in Fairfax, Virginia. Nelson also successfully defended her WIBA welterweight title
Nelson (13-0-3) has yet to taste defeat.
In Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico, Erica Anabella Farias defeated Alejandra Marina Oliveras by split decision to gain the WBC World light welterweight title.
Farisa (21-1) is the former WBC lightweight champion and snaps Oliveras’s 12 fight win streak.
A new IBF World super bantamweight champion was crowned in Cordoba, Argentina as Yulihan Luna Avila defeated Carolina Marcela Gutierrez by unanimous decision for the vacant title.
Avila (12-2) wins her first world championship.
In other pro boxing action:
In Kotka, Finland, Eva Wahlstrom defeated Fatuma Zarika by unanimous decision
Hye Soo Park defeated Dorkmaipah Kiatpompetch by unanimous decision in Daegu, South Korea
In Buenos Aires, Argentina, Anahi Esther Sanchez defeated Betina Gabriela Garino by unanimous decision
Debora Rengifo defeated Luzmeri Zacarias by TKO in Turmero, Venezuela
In Pathum Thani, Thailand, Kanittha Kokietgym defeated Saobangrajan Kkp by unanimous decision
Amateur flyweight Roma Pawelek will return to her old stomping grounds of Montana to make her pro debut against Lynnell House at Intense Championship Fighting November 14th in Great Falls. The promotion announced the match Wednesday.
Pawalek (5-1 amateur) had finished in all of her wins, with three TKOs to her credit. She lost a catchweight bout to Aspen Ladd in her last amateur fight. Pawelek used to train in Missoula with Bellator vet Lloyd “Cupcake” Woodard, but has since moved to Oregon and is training occasionally with seasoned vet Glena Avila.
House (2-2 pro) is coming off back to back armbar losses after starting her pro career with two straight wins. The Red Deer, Canada native is also a pro boxer.
ICF held their first ever all female card back in May, and are hoping to produce more female fights in the future. The match is expected to be televised.
Two Invicta atomweights should whole other levels to their game at Intense Championship Fighting 13.
Having not fought for a year, both Cassie Robb and Liz McCarthy didn’t lose a step entering the cage with Robb showing improved striking and McCarthy more patience. After a skillful fight, McCarthy would take the unanimous decision.
MMA will always be a learning experience, and Hannah Kampf has taken her experiences in her first two losses to win her first fight.
Kampf had a back and forth battle with Tangina Devereaux that found both testing their skills both on the ground and on the feet. The Seattle based fighter Kampf walked away with a split decision win and more knowledge on how to improve the next time she steps into the cage.
We talked to Kampf about her victory and where she hopes to head this year.
In what was a takedown drag out affair for two up and coming strawweights, Hannah Kampf and Tangina Devereaux fought all around the cage in what was a spirited battle.
Despite the announcer, Kampf was 0-2 coming in and was looking for her first win. Devereaux didn’t make it easy even though she made her debut. In the end, the judges were split with Kampf getting the decision win.