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The MRS (WMMA and Boxing News Plus Results) – July 21

Miscellaneous News

Congratulations to Ronda Rousey on breaking not only a WMMA barrier but a MMA one in general, being the first Mixed Martial Artist to win an Espy. She was awarded “Female Athlete of the Year” at the sports awards. You can watch her awards speech here.


We talked to InvictaFC president Shannon Knapp this past weekend and got a few notes.

  • Tickets go on sale for InvictaFC 8 this week.
  • Originally they didn’t have a strawweight title match on the InvictaFC 8 card, but decided it was a way to show the MMA community their 115 division is back and stronger than ever. Mizuki Inoue is fighting for DEEP-JEWELS in August and wouldn’t have time for a full camp, or else she would have been one of the participants.
  • The announce team isn’t set yet for the 8th card, as King Mo will be fighting for Bellator and Mauro Ranallo will be unavailable that weekend. We should expect an announcement in the coming week or so on who will be joining Julie Kedzie on the announce desk.
  • Some ideas have been floating around for InvictaFC 9, but don’t expect any announcements until the night of the 8th card. Three things we can verify – Barb Honchak will be defending her 125 title at the event; we can expect more InvictaFC debuts on the card; and a few big surprises.
  • The UFC will start promoting the September card in August so be on the look out for the ads.

An update on Duda Yankovich. She is already back in the gym two weeks after a stroke. She is resuming to normal workouts but is not allowed contact training, including boxing and kickboxing.


XFCi announced this week they have signed five more fighters. These include:

  • Polyana Botelho (2-1) Flyweight
  • Débora Ribeiro Silva (1-1) Flyweight
  • Liana Pirosin (1-1) Flyweight
  • Karine Silva (5-0) Bantamweight
  • Taila Santos (3-0) Bantamweight

XFC1 will return September 19th, with Finnish fighter Vuokko Katainen on the card.


Osman
Osman
Julaton
Julaton

Ana Julaton will have a new opponent in Dubai.

Ann Osman will be replacing the injured Russian Irina Mazepa on the OneFC event August 29. Osman is Malaysia’s first female professional MMA fighter and lost her debut in a war with Sherilyn Lim. She would lose by split decision.

Former boxing champion Julaton is looking for her second MMA win after her MMA debut win over Aya Saeid Saber by third round TKO this past May.

The fight will stream on the OneFC website for $12 on August 29.


song yamamotoFormer ring girls and Korean reality TV show star Song Ga-Yeon will be making her pro MMA debut against Japan’s Emi Yamamoto at RoadFC in Seoul, South Korea August 17th. The fight will take place at atomweight.

After going 5-0 as an amateur kickboxer, 19 year old Song decided to pursue a career in MMA and RoadFC have groomed her to be their next star.

The Korean beauty face her first test in Japan’s Yamamoto, who has one loss in the amateur ranks.

You can watch a promo video of Song here.


Germany is looking to expand its wmma division with two pro debuters on the GMC 5 card in Europahalle, Germany Setpember 13th.

Mandy Böhm and Maja Matusiak will battle in a 128 pound catchweight affair. Böhm has studied Kung Fu and Wing Chun, while Matusiak has fought in K-1 kickboxing.

No word on if the match will be streamed.


If you missed out last week, the gals at WMMA Round-up did three videos covering several topics that came up.


Our friends over at MMA Somnia did an article about what it takes to get a sponsor as a fighter. You can read it here.

The also have some great gear and advise for fighters starting out in MMA, boxing, and Muay Thai.


Americana MMA has decided to donate 10% of their profits to the InvictaFC 8 fighters. They have had done shirts for Michelle Waterson, Michelle Ould, Miriam Nakamoto, and Lauren Murphy in the past and currently carry Zolia Frausto’s new shirt, which you can purchase here.


Rumors

UFC President Dana White is expected to meet with Gina Carano today (Monday) to try to ink a deal for her return to MMA. White states he is going to offer her a title match with champion Ronda Rousey on the New Years Eve card in Vegas.


A lot of rumors going around about the opening round TUF 20. White told the press in Ireland he was disappointed that he wasn’t there to watch some of the matches but conformed “one of the European fighters had already fought” before he left the U.S.

We are also hearing the normal “Ultimate Fighter” format won’t be the same for this season. Usually the coaches determine the teams and fights, but that may have changed since this season is for a belt.


Claudia Gadhela wants to stay active after her win this past week, and will more than likely fight again before the TUF 20 finale. She will most likely face the winner of Juliana Lima and Joanna Jedrzejczyk, which happens this Saturday.


Bantamweight star Larissa Pacheco will defend her Jungle Fights 135 belt September 6th against a yet to be named opponent in Brazil.


Finnish female fighters Vuokko Katainen, Tina Lähdemäki, and Katja Kankaanpää are moving to American to train. No word on exactly where.


Scheduled Match (Results)

Howard and Montegro courtesy Ernie Sapiro Photography
Howard and Montenegro courtesy Ernie Sapiro Photography

Pro MMA

A pair of bouts happened at CageSport in Tacoma, WA.

Strawweight Katie Howard defeated Amy Montenegro by split decision to improve to 3-2. Howard has fought all of her pro bouts in 2014.

Emily Corso got her third 1st round submission win, defeating Hadley Griffith by rear naked choke. Corso came in 3 1/2 pounds over the 125 bout and was fined for missing weight.


In other pro bouts:

  • At Spartan Combat League in Denver, CO, Alice Yauger defeated Shannon Sinn by unanimous decision
  •  Beckie Ruth-Gullet defeated Mandy Polk by TKO round 1 at  Shamrock FC in St. Louis, MO. In an amateur bout, Gabrielle Labbee defeated Shawna Tyler by TKO round 2
  • At Coliseum FC 2 in Brazil, Jessica Medeiros de Andrade defeated Nayara Hemily by unanimous decision
  • Tatiana Suarez defeated Tyra Parker by unanimous decision at Gladiator Challenge in Rancho Mirage, CA. Sara Snow defeated Vanesse Morrison by TKO round 1 in an amateur bout
  • At Xtreme Kombat 24 in Mexico, Tania Pereda submitted Karina Gonzalez by armbar 4:19 of round 1
  • Kristi Lopez defeated  Katie Castro by TKO round 1 at Xplode Fight Series in Valley Center, CA. Sharon Jacobson def. Aleeta Munion by TKO round 1 in an amateur bout

Ammy MMA

In amateur action:

  • At Cage Wars in Grand Junction, Colorado, Amanda Nold defeated Amanda Haller by unanimous decision
  • Brenda Enriquez defeated Carissa Westlund by TKO 2:53 Round 1 at Steelfist Fights in Farmington, Utah
  • At Kings of Jacksonville in Jacksonville, North Carolina, Christina Eduardo defeated Micaela Cadena by unanimous decision
  • Hannah Dawson defeated Casey O’Neill by TKO 1:24 round 1 at Eternal MMA in Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia

Boxing

In Buenos Aires, Argentina, Carolina Raquel Duer successfully defrned her WBO bantamweight title, getting the unanimous decsion over Ana Lozano.  She improves her unbeaten streak to 16 and defends the belt for the second time.

On the undercard, Maria Magdalena Rivera knocked out Cintia Liliana Gonzalez in round 3


In other boxing action:

  • In Buenos Aires, Argentina, Julieta Andrea Cardozo defeated Maria Cecilia Roman by split decision
  • Also in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Karen Elizabeth Carabajal defeated Lorena Noemi Gomez by unanimous decision
  • Alisah McPhee defeated Peggy Maerz by split decision in Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada
  • In Huntington, New York, Wendy Toussaint defeated Courtney Pennington by unanimous decision
  • Lee Dittmar defeated Kori Farr by majority decision in Mansfield, Queensland, Australia
  • In Perth, Western Australia, Australia, Erin McGowan knocked out Keanpetch Superchamps in round 1
  • Silvia Torres defeated Joana Medina by TKO round 4 in Guerrero, Mexico
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Open Letter to New WMMA Fans – A New World to Discover

Santos Courtesy Astra Fight Team
Santos Courtesy Astra Fight Team

I have been wanting for a while to write to the new influx of fans that came during the Rousey/UFC era and welcome you to what I have been writing about for the past 6 years.  Love her or hate her, Ronda Rousey had driven in you guys and gals into the fold and not complaining one bit about it.

I should also recognize those fans who have came along as Invicta started to gain steam and are realizing how these ladies’ passion and drive translates in a cage. As strong and talented as they are on the inside of the cage, many are more than happy to take a picture with a fan or answer a tweet.

I sometimes feel, however, you are only getting part of this picture. The UFC is by no means WMMA as a whole, and there is a world load of talent put there that not only helped develop the sport to where it is today, but new talent we could see become the next superstars.

I have been obsessed with the women’s divisions for a while now, and have dedicated my life to covering every aspect. I know you may have lives (unlike me) and may not have the time I do to watch many, many hours of fights and research many new and upcoming fighters. My hope for this site is to educate you in less time.

I also want to open your eyes to the talented that isn’t in the UFC quite yet and those fighters who are pioneers before Dana White would have ever thought about bring female fighters in. WMMA is more than Ronda Rousey, and without those who came before her and those gals that actually dared to want to face Rousey, she wouldn’t be where she is today.

Don’t get me wrong, Rousey deserves a lot of credit to bringing the women’s divisions in the UFC. Without fighters like Shayna Baszler, Tara LaRosa, Gina Carano, and yeah even Miesha Tate, Rousey wouldn’t have even considered going into MMA. There are many gals that paved the way for her to take it to the next level. Feel free to look up old fights and see how these fighters set the table and made the women’s divisions acceptable in the MMA world. I recommend Julie Kedzie versus Gina Carano first and work your way from there.

The early part of the year has been slow in terms of the UFC and Invicta, but you may have missed out on some developing international talent making waves of their own. Brazil’s MMA Super Heroes and the XFC have been streaming female fights and many were well worth watching. DEEP-JEWELS, who can trace their linage back over a decade, has finally started to stream in the US, and with talent like Seo Hee Ham, Mizuki Inoue, and Ayaka Hamsaki, they will continue to send talent to Invicta.

Cage Warriors has invested a lot in their women’s divisions as well.  I am already seeing stars in atomweight Catherine Costigan and bantamweight Agnieszka Niedzwiedz, plus Joanna Jedrzejczyk just signed to the UFC. They too stream female fights (for free) and well worth a watch on a Saturday afternoon.

If you have ever thought about watching Invicta, now is a great time. You know all those strawweights that just signed to the UFC, and more than half of the bantamweights? Invicta developed them. The promotion doesn’t see any signs of slowing as they replenished their 115ers already and look to beef up their 135ers shortly. By the way, there are more divisions out there including the 105ers, the 125ers, and 145ers. Invicta’s 155 division will give a lot of power as well once it starts on the next card and goes to show the growth of WMMA as a whole.

Amateur women’s divisions are growing and have been over the past four years. Many organizations such as Tuff-n-uff and NAAFS has done a great job of promoting great up and coming talent, and several organizations like Survivors’ Fighting Alliance are going to make new stars we could be seeing in the UFC in the coming years. Remember, access to female fights could be easy as driving a few minutes to your local arena. Take it in live too.

You have come in at a great time for the sport. With more fights and more access, if you have an hour or two a month you could easily see more action on cards that aren’t under the UFC banner. Be open to seeing new fighters no matter what weight class or promotion. Many streams are free, with some worth wild ones at only $10.

If you have questions feel free to ask. If you see a fighter I need to take a look at, tell me. I am going to give you as much info as possible to when and where fighters are fighting and if you can watch on stream.

Again, welcome to the WMMA world and take it all in. Thank you for supporting these fighters and helping make this sport as popular as it’s been.

The MRS (WMMA and WBoxing News) – July 10

Miscellaneous News

Holm - Courtesy NMCombatSports.com
Holm – Courtesy NMCombatSports.com

Holly Holm has signed to the UFC.

One of the top pound for pound boxers on the planet was in negotiations with the promotion since the beginning of the year. Having started her career undefeated with six finishes, Holm will have a big step up in competition in the UFC.

No word on when she will debut with the promotion.

Sufficed to say the possible match between her and boxing champion Cecilia Braekhus for the fall is now got going to happen.


Cyborg
Cyborg

A follow-up to the major InvictaFC announcement yesterday. MMA Junkie is reporting that Cyborg Justino will be making her bantamweight debut at InvictaFC 10 in December.

Justino has hired Tony Aponte to help with the cut. Aponte has helped BJ Penn and Heath Herrig in their weight cuts. No word on an opponent as of yet.

Justino was set to defend her featherweight title against Ediane Gomes, but both have decided to drop to 135. Knapp is not sure of the status of the title. If all goes to plan, Justino will fight again next year at 135.

With Justino out for the promotion’s 9th card, it looks like Barb Honchak will defend her title and main event.

We will have more information next week. Wombat Sports will have live coverage of InvictaFC 8 in Kansas City the first week of September.


The match bewteen Shayna Baszler and Bethe Correia has been moved to UFC 177 on August 30 in Sacramento, CA after cancellation of UFC 176. The fight is expect to be on the Fox Sports 1 prelims.


InvictaFC vet Duda Yankovich is in stable condition after suffering a stroke this past Wednesday in Brazil. Her coach, Rodrigo “Minotauro” Nogueira, was there when the stroke happened and rushed her to a hospital after doctor’s advice. They found her middle cerebral artery was obstructed.

She is currently in the ICU hooked to machines, but conscious. She is doing much better according to her US manager and thanks the fans for their thoughts and prayers via text with him.

We hope for a complete recovery.


Experienced martial artist Kirstie Gannaway has signed to OneFC. Currently residing in Singapore, the Australian native has over eight years of training, but has yet to step foot in a cage competitively. She won a contract OneFC at an open tryout and is training at Evolve MMA, OneFC’s training facility. She is the third female to sign to OneFC. No word on when she will debut.


CJ has posted a UFC Japan promo featuring Rin Nakai. It’s mostly in Japanese, but Dana White does talk about Nakai in English. If you don’t know about the undefeated Japanese fight here is a glimpse.


Before she stepped into the octagon this past Sunday, the UFC let Sarah Moras know that with a win or not she would have another UFC match due to Alexis Dufresne not making weight. No word on if this is another one fight contract.


Finland’s Eeva Siiskonen will face France’s Isabelle Pare in a bantamweight match at Carelia Fight 10 in Imatra, Finland Sept. 6.


Yamaguchi
Yamaguchi

The Girls S-cup is set for August 2.

The tournament, which combines kickboxing with standing submission, is an annual event and has sparked the careers of many Japan fighters.

This year they will have two tournaments with some highly touted prospects and vets of the Japanese fight scene.

In the 48 kg tournament will be 16 year old Yukari Yamaguchi, two time Shootbox high school champ Mio Tsumura, and MMA veteran Mei Yamaguchi. A fourth participant has yet to be named. Yamaguchi is training partners with InvictaFC vet Mizuki Inoue.

Multi-time champ Rena Kubota will look for another title as she takes on international talent in an eight women “World S-Cup” torunament. Among those announced for the bracket are Lorena Klijn and Christina Jurjevic.

More fighters are expected to be announced in the coming weeks.


Congratulations to Amanda Lucas. She gave birth to a healthy baby boy, Felix, Thursday at 8 pounds 3 oz.


Griffith
Griffith

This Sunday at 1 p.m. pst/4 p.m. est we will talk to MMA fighter Hadley Griffith. The Oregion native is looking to make her mark against the undefeated Emily Corso.

You can listen live here on Sunday.


Rumors

There has been no doubt that Ronda Rousey is open to fight with Cyborg Justino. Her coach, Edmond Tarverydyan, told Ariel Helwani he likes the match-up, but only if they do it at 135.


Undefeated Brazilian Talita Nogueira (6-0) is in talks with the UFC. She is currently the #8 featherweight in the Unified rankings. The BJJ blackbelt has finished in all her wins, including four submissions.


 

UFC president Dana White told reporters this week that Felice Herrig got into a fight on set of TUF 20. He failed to mention who was the other person involved, but our guess is Heather Clark. You can read why here. Herrig is still on the show.


With Cyborg set for InvictaFC 10, expect Barb Honchak to defend her 125 belt at InvictaFC 9.


High touted amateur prospect Taylor Stratford is looking to make her pro debut by the end of the year. Having been sidelined for over a year due to injury, her only loss was to Ronda Rousey. Rousey stated in interviews she feels Stratford is the top prospect at 135.


After her loss to Takayo Hashi, DEEP-JEWELS fighter Shizuka Sugiyama has decided to move to flyweight.


Scheduled Fights

Pro MMA

In a very rare event, there is no pro WMMA fights this weekend.


Ammy MMA 

Legacy Amateur Series will feature three female bouts in Austin, Texas.

The main event will feature Colbey Northcutt (3-1) taking on Amy Coleman (5-1) for the bantamweight title. In a pair of strawweight fights, Ashley Milligan battles Bi Nguyen and Sijin Kurian faces Jordan Carmona.


In other amateur action:

  • At 24/7 Entertainment in Midland, Texas, Shyann Farmer fights Kenia Rosa
  • Jamie Mix takes on Cindy Benitez at RCWC in Garden City, KS
  • At Caged Warrior Championship in Larose, Louisiana, Takara McGilbra battles Jamie Blanton (155)
  • Amanda Pack fights Jesse Brennan at BFL in Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada
  • At Archangel Worldwide in Riverside, CA, Kelly Vanhoy takes on Elizabeth Rodriguez
  • Anna Dempster faces Kola Shippentower at Rumble at the Roseland in Portland, OR
  • At Premier FC 16 in Agawam, MA, Lisa Blaine fights Sarah Click
  • Paola Ramirez battles Michelle Motter at Fight Club OC in Costa Mesa, CA

Boxing

Maureen Shea will be looking for a second weight class title as she takes on Angel Gladney in Oxnard, CA for the vacant IFBA super bantamweight title.

Shea (23-2) was a sparring partner for Hillary Swank on “Million Dollar Baby” and racked up 11 KOs in her career. She is currently the NABA featherweight champion and on a ten fight win streak.

Gladney (8-9-1) is looking to snap a two fight losing skid. She went on a seven fight unbeaten streak to start her career.


In Indio, California, Chantel Cordova and Patricia Alcivar will battle for the vacant NABF super flyweight title. Both coming off losses, Cordova (12-5-1) and Alcivar (7-2) will be looking for their first Continental title.


In other boxing action:

  • In a pair of bouts in Sofia, Bulgaria, Teodora Bacheva takes on Ivana Yaneva and Kremena Petkova battles Galina Gumliiska
  • Jennifer Hamann faces Ariel Beck in Shelton, Washington
  • In Grand Forks, North Dakota, Sonya Three Fox fights Concha Ross

InvictaFC 8 Set for Sept. 6; Waterson vs. Tamada to Main Event

Waterson
Waterson
Tamada
Tamada

After a very long wait, InvictaFC has announced their 8th card, and the announcement didn’t disappoint.

September 6 will be the date for the show, which will once again emanate from Kansas City. All the fights will be live on UFC Fightpass.

The main event will feature atomweight champion Michelle Waterson taking on Japan’s Yasuko Tamada. Waterson (11-3) will be defending her belt for the first time after having won the belt from Jessica Penne last year. She is on a four fight win streak.

Tamada (15-8-3) has won three straight fights under the JEWELS banner and is currently #6 in the Unified rankings. She is a nine year veteran of the sport.

In the co-main event, the vacant InvictaFC strawweight title will be up for grabs as former XFC champion Stephanie Eggink will take on Katja Kankaanpää. Eggink (4-1) won the XFC title by defeating TUF 20 participant Angela Magana by triangle choke in September. She also has a decision win over TUF 20 fighter Heather Clark.

Kankaanpää (9-1-1) is a staple of Invicta, having went unbeaten in nine fights before losing to Joanne Calderwood. With wins over Ais “The Bash” Daly and Mei Yamaguchi, she recently got back on the winning track defeating Alyona Rassohyna in May.

What was the most exciting announcement in our opinion is the rubber match between Roxanne Moddafferi and Tara LaRosa. The first 2 fights are the stuff of legend in the WMMA community. LaRosa defeated Modafferi by unanimous decision in 2006 in their first outing,  with Modafferi gaining a split decision win in 2010, garnering it “Match of the Year” at the WMMA Press Awards. The third fight looks to be a show stealer.

India Gomes has foregone her title match and will drop to 135 to face Tonya Evinger on another match announced for the card. Gomes (10-2) was the #1 contender for the featherweight title, but had expressed interest as of late to drop to 135. She has won four straight and has wins over Leslie Smith and Hiroko Yamanaka. Her only losses were to Amanda Nunes and UFC champion Ronda Rousey.

Other matches announce include:

  • Michelle Ould will make her long awaited return to the cage as she takes on the undefeated DeAnna Bennett in what could be a title eliminator to see who faces flyweight champion Barb Honchak.
  • TUF 18 and UFC vet Peggy Morgan will make her promotional debut against Mexico’s Irene Aldana.
  • Undefeated Mexican standout Alexa Grasso (4-0) will face InvictaFC vet Ashley Cummins (3-2).
  • Undefeated knockout specialist Veronica Rothenhausler will take on Charmiane Tweet in what will be the promotion’s first ever 155 contest.
  • Jodie Esquibel will look to rebound from her first loss as she takes on 2-0 Jinh Yu Frey at atomweight.
  • JJ Aldrich will make her pro debut against 2-0 Delaney Owen.

For those wondering about Cyborg Justino – she is set to possibly fight on the next card. She is doing a test cut to 135.

InvictaFC president Shannon Knapp stated she will have more announcement in the upcoming weeks on InvictaFC 9. She is planning on getting at least 2 or 3 cards in before the end of the year.

All past InvictaFC matches are now on UFC Fight Pass, and all of Invicta’s future matches will be as well, including the live ones.

The MRS – July 4, 2014

In action from Thursday at Tuff-n-uff, Shannon Reid defeated Autumn King by split decision.


Bennett
Bennett

Deanne Bennett has signed to Invicta.

The undefeated flyweight just defeated Colleen Schneider this past weekend, but MMA Rising is reporting Bennett had signed to the promotion a few weeks ago. Bennett also has a win over TUF 18 winner Julianna Pena. She is currently ranked #8 in the Unified rankings.

No word on when she will debut with the promotion.


The International MMA Federation tournament started this week with several female bouts. The finals will happen Saturday at the UFC Expo.

Here are the results so far. (Sorry for no countries or weight classes – they weren’t listed.)

  • Aleksi Nurminen def. Daniele De Santis by TKO (Strikes) 1:28 round 2
  • Amanda Ribas def. Micol Di Segni by unanimous decision
  • Aleksandra Milczarek def. Lisa Engelke by submission 2:03 round 2
  • Amanda Lino def. Andrea Whitney by TKO (Strikes) 2:21 round 1

Rachel Abou Abdallah and Florence Berthet received byes.


Grapplers Quest will have a all female superfight tournament Saturday at the UFC Expo in Vegas. It will be no time limit until someone taps. UFC fighter Cat Zingano and pro MMA flyweight Rahcael Cummins are set to take part.

Here is the quarterfinal bouts. Winner will be crowned the same day.

  • Nyjah Easton vs. Jennifer Chareunvong
  • Jennifer Perez vs. TBA
  • Cat Zingano vs. Liz Exell
  • Ila Erickson vs. Rachael Cummins
  • Pati Fontes vs. Gillian Silver
  • Chelsea Bainbridge Donner vs. Jessy Miele
  • Vivian Velez vs. Amanda Leve
  • Bre Stikk vs. tba

Betrian
Betrian

Kickboxing and Muay Thai champion Jemyma Betrian will make her transition to the MMA in August. Betrian (29-2-1 Muay Thai; 35-2-1 overall kickboxing) will face a yet-to-be-named opponent at Choas at the Casino 5 August 10 in Inglewood, CA.

She KOed Christi Brereton in her last match this past month at WCK Muay Thai in Temecula, California. She is currently training with UFC champion Rhoda Rousey. She will be fighting at strawweight.

The main event will feature Marina Shafir taking on Nikita Netjes. No word on if this will be streamed.


Lívia Renata Souza will be staying busy this summer before her fall debut in Invicta. Souza is fighting on Aug 21 against França Godoy at X-Fight MMA in Sao Paulo Brazil.


Cage Warriors did a great retrospective on Rosi Sexton this past week. It covers her promotional career from her first fight to her retirement from the sport this past month. You can watch it here.


Tweet
Tweet

On the podcast Sunday at 1 p.m. pst/4 p.m. est, we will be talking to Charmiane Tweet who is looking to return to Invicta, preparing for her boxing debut, and started to invite fighters from across North American to train with here.

You can listen live here on Sunday.


Rumors

InvictaFC 8 is now looking at a September date. Most likely date is September 20, the same day Miesha Tate will face Rin Nakai in Japan. Since that card will be on Fight Pass (and out of the country), would make sense to help promote the channel.


By the looks of it, UFC fighter Leslie Smith maybe an assistant coach for TUF 20. Gilbert Melendez and Smith have trained a great deal together.


Upcoming Fights

Pro MMA

Rousey and Davis
Rousey and Davis

UFC champion Ronda Rousey has her toughest challenge to date (in her own words) against Alexis Davis Saturday at UFC 175.

The fight has become about “BJJ vs. Judo”, as Judo black belt Rousey wants to prove her art is better than BJJ. Davis is a black belt in Japanese and Brazilian jiu-jitsu, and feels her skills on the ground will be able to negate the armbar, and she will tap Rousey.

Both weighed in Friday, with Rousey (135) and Davis (135) both coming in on weight.

The match will serve as the co-main event and will be live on ppv Saturday.


On Sunday, Sarah Moras and Alexis Dufresne will make their octagon debuts at The Ultimate Fighter 19 finale in Vegas live on Fox Sports 1.

Moras  has a win over TUF 18 winner Juliana Pena, which Pena avenged in the semi-finals of the show. Moras went undefeated as an amateur and finished in all of her pro wins.

Dufresne (5-0) has finished all of her opponents in the first round with her longest match being 2:20. She got a 45 second TKO over Kim Couture in February, and will look to make her bantamweight debut in the UFC.

The match is set to air on Fox Sports 1 on the preliminary portion of the card.


In other pro bouts:

  • At Elite Warrior Challenge in Roanoke, VA, Rachel Sazoff faces Allison Haynes
  • Taila Santos takes on Geisyele Nascimento at UOC 1 in Panara, Brazil

Ammy MMA

In the only ammy fight (besides the IMMA Federation tournament) Jemma Jacques battles Katy Horlick at ICE FC in Manchester, England


Boxing

Shannon O’Connell and Bronwyn Wylie will battle for the vacant WIBA super bantamweight title in Victoria, Australia.

O’Connell (9-3) will be dropping in weight for the bout, having been the WBF featherweight champion. She has five KOs to her credit.

Wylie (3-2) is looking for her first world title.


In other boxing action:

  • In Athens, Greece, Maria Semertoglou faces Jekaterina Lecko
  • Arely Mucino takes on Samson Tor Buamas in Guadalupe, Nuevo León, Mexico

Invicta Champion Lauren Murphy Signs to the UFC; Faces McMann in Debut

Muprhy
Muprhy
Promoting Real Women Interviews MMA fighter Sara McMann
McMann

InvictaFC has lost another of their champions to the UFC.

The undefeated Invicta bantamweight champ Lauren Murphy has gotten her wish and is signed to the UFC after the past few months of campaigning. Murphy will take on Sara McMann at UFC Fight Night in Bangor, Maine August 16.

Murphy (8-0) won the Invicta title last December by TKO due to a doctor’s stoppage over Miriam Nakamoto. Her run in the promotion included wins over Kaitlin Young and Sarah D’Alelio. She recently changed camps from Gracie Barra in Texas to the MMA Lab in Arizona; home of former UFC champ Benson Henderson.

McMann (7-1) was campaigning for a fight for the past few months with anyone will to step up. Coming off a TKO loss to champion Ronda Rousey, McMann went on a seven fight win streak before the stoppage. She has wins over UFC fighters Shayna Baszler and former Strikeforce fighter Hitomi Akano.

The match is set to air on Fox Sports 1 August 16.

The MRS (WMMA and WBoxing News) June 27

Miscellaneous News

At PXC Friday morning in Guam, Cortney Casey defeats Tomo Maesawa by TKO (corner stoppage) round 1.


rin ufc presserRin Nakai is officially a part of the UFC. Nakai was at the UFC Japan press conference Thursday, formally announcing the fight between herself and Miesha Tate September 20 in Satimyama, Japan. The fight will be on UFC Fight Pass.

Nakai (16-0-1) is facing her toughest opponent in Tate (14-5) and a win would put her in the UFC title hunt.


For the first time at the ESPY Awards a female MMA fighter has been nominated.

UFC champion Ronda Rousey has been nominated for two of the sport channel’s awards; “Female Athlete of the Year” and “Best Fighter”. The Awards will broadcast on July 16.


Undefeated flyweight Roma Pawelek will have her last amateur fight August 1 at Tuff-n-uff MMA in Vegas. She will take on Aspen Ladd (7-1) for the Tuff-n-uff 125 title in the bout.

Pawelek (5-0) has finished in all her fights with her strong ground game. Ladd (7-1) has yet to be finished in a fight, finishing in five of her 7 wins.

It is expected to stream on Go Fight Live for $12.


Flannery Courtesy Skyline Productions
Flannery Courtesy Skyline Productions

Wimp2Warrior had their second season finale card last weekend in Sydney, Australia, which saw five female fights. All of them were making their MMA debuts after training for the past six months on the show, which turns ordinary people into fighters.

  • Alessia Espinosa-Vallve def. Komlani Turnbull by submission
  • Isabella Truong def. Kelly Renford by decision
  • Jay Vautier Hartnett def. Nina Ridder by TKO round 1
  • Angela Flannery def. Amy Robinson by TKO round 1
  • Roxey Kelly def. Kelly Lawson by decision

We hope these ladies will continue their journey in MMA.


InvictaFC champion Michelle Waterson joined the ever growing sisterhood that has tried the “Ninja Warrior” course.

The tv show challenges athletes all over the world to take on one of the most difficult obstacle courses ever conceived. Waterson was the first female MMA fighter to take on the American version. She didn’t fair too well, but that’s par for the course.

A list of female fighters that tried the Japanese course include Megumi Fujii, Mizuno Yuko, Yuka Tsuji, Hisae Watanabe, and Kyra Gracie. No one has finished it.

Two more fighters will be appearing on the Japanese version as Shootboxer Rena and Muay Thai fighter Little Tiger will try to get farther than the rest.

You can watch Waterons’s run here. (43 min. in)


RFA matchmaker Scott Cutbirth announced this week the date for the first card of his new promotion “Survivor Fighting Alliance”. The amateur promotion’s debut card will take place September 20.

The promotion will be used as a stepping stone for up and coming talent to be signed to promotions like TitanFC and RFA. Cutbirth stated he is a huge supporter of female fighters, and will look to add female divisions starting with his first show.


Moras
Moras

On the podcast Sunday at 1 p.m. pst/4 p.m. est, we will talk to TUF 18’s Sarah Moras about her official UFC debut and the road back to the cage.

You can listen to the podcast here.


Rumors

UFC Tonight reported that Holly Holm’s negotiations with the UFC are heating back up. The promotion and Holm’s management had a rocky start a few months ago in their first meeting, but it looks like the UFC is still interested.


On the other hand, Gina Carano’s contract negotiations have stalled. Carano’s Strikeforce contract ended this past week. With Scott Coker taking over Bellator’s operations, it could be used as leverage if Carano comes back to the table.


According to a tweet on her twitter, Amanda Nunes is expected to make a fight announcement soon.


Ronda Rousey stated she will be “taking a vacation” after her title match July 5. However, she is looking to defend her title two more times before the year’s end.


Scheduled Fights

Pro MMA

TUF 18 hopeful Colleen Schneider is back in the cage this weekend as she will face DeAnna Bennett at Showdown Fights in Orem, UT.

Schneider (5-4) has won four straight, all by finishes. In her last fight, she got an armbar submission over Christina Marks in September.

The undefeated Bennett (3-0) has a win over TUF 18 winner Julianna Pena. Recently, she submitted Sharon Jacobson by first round rear naked choke in January.

In an amateur bout on the card, Kaytlin Neil faces Veta Arteaga.


In other pro bouts:

  • At CES MMA in Lincoln, RI, Kaline Medeiros takes on Brigitte Narcise
  • Katlyn Chookagian battles Rebecca Heintzman at CFFC in Philadelphia, PA

Ammy MMA

In amateur action this weekend:

  • In a trio of fights at XFO in Rockford, Illinois, Stacy Lutchman takes on Rickie Gomes, Shelby Hungness faces Brittany Giddings, and Chi Sheibley battles Terri Worley 
  • At Cowboys Extreme Cage Fighting in San Antonio, Texas,  Dominique Gonzales fights Katherine Roy, and Stephanie Builderback takes on Kelsey Hundt 
  • Yasmin Almonte faces Elizabeth Vansertima and Jenna Serio battles Lauren Braccia at Ring of Combat in North Bergen, New Jersey
  • At Spartan Fighting Alliance in Osage City, Kansas, Tabitha Patterson fights Autumn Lamle
  • Yuri Madina takes on Maegan Goodwin at Battleground MMA in Tulsa, OK
  • At Spartan Combat League in Denver, CO, Mallory Martin battles Laura Dettman
  • Kim Russell faces Rebecca Moore at Combat Zone in Salem, NH

Boxing

Munoz and Domsodi Courtesy Golden Boy
Munoz and Domsodi Courtesy Golden Boy

A pair of WBC title bouts are set for Hidalgo, Mexico.

Zulina Munoz will defend her WBC super flyweight title against Renata Domsodi. Munoz (41-1-2) is on a 16 fight unbeaten streak and will be defending her title for the 6th time. Domsodi (12-4) is the current WBF and UBO Intentional bantamweight champion.

In a battle for the vacant WBC bantamweight title, Yazmin Rivas (29-8) will face Alesia Graf (26-4).

This will air in Mexico on Televisa.


In Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Dahiana Santana and Francia Elena Bravo will duke it out for the interim WBA  featherweight title. Santana (33-6) is the current IBF featherweight champion on a six fight win streak. Bravo is on a seven fight win streak and is looking for her first world title.


WIBA welterweight champion Tori Nelson looks to continue her unbeaten streak alive as she takes on Nicole Woods in Baltimore, Maryland.

Nelson (9-0-3) is looking to defend her title for the third time. Woods (11-13-3) is looking for her first world title, and to gain a much needed win.

Also on the card, Tyrieshia Douglas dukes it out with Christina Fuentes.


In other boxing action:

  • Jessica Nery Plata defends her WBC Youth light flyweight title against Cristina Vargas in Mexico City, Mexico. Also on the card, Sandra Hernandez takes on Fredee Gonzalez 
  • In Sandersdorf, Sachsen-Anhalt, Germany, Nicole Wesner faces Hana Horakova
  • Jesica Espinal battles Lisbeth Lopez in Tegucigalpa, Honduras
  • In El Paso, Texas, Jennifer Han dukes it out with Christina Ruiz
  • In a pair of bouts in Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico, Sandra Robles takes on Zenny Sotomayor, and Amaris Quintana faces Susana Uribe 

The MRS (WMMA and WBoxing News) June 13

Miscellaneous News

Hamasaki
Hamasaki

DEEP-JEWELS has announced their next card. The promotion’s 5th event will take place August 9th in Tokyo. The news was broke for the US audience by the CJ Report.

No matches were announced, but will mark the return of 115 champion Ayaka Hamsaki. Hamasaki had surgery on her knee after her last fight, a loss to current UFC signee Claudia Gadelha at Invicta last July. It is susepcted Hamasaki will be defending her D-J title against either 115 tournament winner Emi Tomimatsu or InvictaFC vet Mizuki Inoue. Both are set to fight on the card.

Other announced for event include Naho Sugiyama, Miyoko Kusaka, Yuko Ohya, and Tamaki Usui.

The matches are expected to stream on their UStream for $15.


Joeclyn Lybarger has signed a multi-fight deal with RFA. The promotion announced the signing Thursday. Lybarger (3-1) won her RFA debut with an unanimous decision over Rosa Acevedo in April.


Julie Kedzie is moving to Kansas City to fulfill her role as a full time matchmaker, commentator, and consultant for Invicta. With the move, she leaves her long time home of Albuquerque and her coaching and mentoring job at Jackson’s MMA. In the eight years at Jackson’s, she started one of the most recognized and accomplished female MMA teams in the country.

We look forward to her continuing efforts to improve and expand Invicta and it’s roster.


Interesting state we were discussing on twitter this week. Currently Invicta’s women’s divisions has more countries represent than the UFC’s women’s division.

  • Invicta (10): USA, Mexico, Canada, Brazil, Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Netherlands, Finland, and Poland
  • UFC (8): USA, Canada, Brazil, Australia, Scotland, Russia, Netherlands, and Finland

The UFC number could increase by two countries if Helena Harper (England) and Ais “The Bash” Daly (Ireland) is added to TUF 20.


Jessica Aguilar stated during a conference call for the World Series of Fighting 10 that she is being paid on par with the male champions under contract with the promotion. She has two more fights on her contract, including her upcoming title fight with Emi Fujino June 21 in Vegas, which will air on NBS Sports Net. She express she is going to “see what happens” after the contract expires to decide to stay with WSOF or look for other offers.

Aguilar has been doing vlogs to chronicle her training and life coming up to her defending her belt. You can watch them here.


Frausto and Ould from 2010
Frausto and Ould from 2010

Michelle Ould and Zolia Frausto have buried the hatchet. The two head a heated war of words in 2010 and was one of the most heated rivalries in WMMA. Four years later, tempers have mellowed and the two told us that hostilities are over.


For those who missed out, several connections between the Miss USA pageant and the world of female combat sports.

The winner, former Miss Nevada Nia Sanchez, is a black belt in Tae Kwan Do. Miss Virginia had wrestled for nine years on the boy’s team.

With Sanchez’s new role as Miss USA, Tuff-n-uff ring girl Stephanie Ann Cook is the new Miss Nevada.


On the podcast Sunday at 1 p.m. pst/4 p.m. est. we will have Brigitte Narcise, who will be facing Kaline Medeiros at CES in Lincoln, RI June 27.

You can listen the podcast live here on Sunday.


Rumors

Cage Warrior’s head Graham Boylan stated during a post event interview last weekend he is planning on doing an all female card (or two) by the end of the year. He has 29 female fighters under contract.


We are getting word that the reason Rin Nakai may not being coming to the U.S. to fight anytime soon is because of a lagging knee problem. Under US rules knee pads and taping are not allowed.


Scheduled Fights

Latourneau & Phllips
Latourneau & Phillips

Pro MMA

Two UFC newcomers will square off on FX Network in the US as a part of the UFC 174 prelims in Vancourver, Canada Saturday. Both Latourneau (134.5) and Phillips (135) made weight.

Canadian and TUF 18 vet Valerie Letourneau will be taking on last minute replacement American Elizabeth Phillips. Letourneau (5-3) won her last official fight in May 2013 with a 34 second TKO over Jordan Moore. Phillips (3-1) is riding a three fight win streak.


OneFC will once again have a female match as Malaysia’s Ella Tang will face Indonesia’s Desi Rahayu in Jakarta, Indonesia. This will stream on OneFC.com for $10 and will start at 2 a.m. pacific/5 a.m. est Saturday mourning.. Both made weight at 133 pounds for their bantamweight contest.


In other pro bouts:

  • At Valor 8 in Launceston, Tasmania (which will stream on GFL.tv for $15 at 1 a.m. pst/4 a.m. est Satruday) Tammy Taylor faces Zoie Shreweis.
  • Across the Tasman Sea at XFC Australia – Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, Jessy Rose-Clark takes on Kate Da Silva
  • Tamikka Brents battles Bobbi-Jo Dalziel at Pro Fighting Series 3 in Sarnia, Canada
  • At Triple A MMA in Castle Rock, CO, Nohime Dennison fights Natalie Roy
  • Natasha Creger takes on Celine Haga at Global Knockouts in Jackson, CA
  • At Irongirl MMA in Brazil, Carina Damm faces Elaine Albuquerque
  • In a pair of bouts at Strong Fight Combat in Brazil Renata Santos battles Fernanda Silva and  Bianca Reis fights Carolina Raposo da Silva 

Ammy MMA

Goddesses of War in Port Richey, FL will have a seven fight all female card, spotlighting up and coming talent in amateur divisions

  • Allison Ainley vs. Hannah Fitzpatrick
  • Mary Kate Hayes vs. Amber Rodriguez
  • Robin Wissman vs. Shalyn Cook
  • Desiree Wilson vs. Victoria Fernandez
  • Nikki Berry vs. Carla Thomas
  • Gillian Robertson vs. Kristi Vorce
  • Tanya Greenlee vs. Amy Sica

In other amateur MMA bouts:

At Gladiators of the Cage in Pittsburgh, PA, Melissa Gasdick faces Rikki Shutsa

Annalie Mendoza takes on McKell Shurtliff at The Clash in North Logan, UT

At Dynasty Combat Sports in Nebraska City, Nebraska Tara Nelson fights Casi Jo Lee (115)

Ashley Jane battles Bior Guigni at ECFC 1 in  Lowell, Massachusetts

At Hard Knock Fights in Calgary, Alberta, Canada (Which will stream on GFL.tv for $15 on Friday at 5 p.m. post/8 p.m. est) Kayla Matton takes on Katie Saull

Amy Coleman battles Evva Johnson at Volunteer Brawl in Knoxville, TN


Boxing

In boxing this weekend:

  • In a pair of bouts in Tampa, Florida, Chevelle Hallback faces Dominga Olivo and Noemi Bosques takes on Elizabeth Anderson 
  • Heather Hardy dukes it out with Jackie Trivilino in Brooklyn, New York
  • In Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, Sheena Kaine battles Lynell House
  • Ashleigh Curry fights Melisenda Perez in Saint Joseph, Missouri

Rivalries Abound as Invicta Relaunches

Modafferi and LaRosa 2010
Modafferi and LaRosa 2010

As speculation starts in terms of who will face who in the upcoming Invicta cards, several story lines have been developing recently or lingering for years.

For those recent fans to the women’s divisions and not aware of these, we complied a list for some rivalries to look out for.

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Cindy Dandois and Marloes Coenen

Cindy Dandois made her MMA debut in what was then the biggest WMMA upset of all time. Dandois defeated former Strikeforce champion Marloes Coenen by unanimous decision in 2009. Dandois is planning on dropping to 135 in Invicta and looks to make the transition to the UFC. Coenen, still stinging from a loss to Cyborg Justino, would love to avenge the loss and a drop would get be back in the title hunt at bantamweight.

Michelle Ould and Zoila Frausto

Before Miesha Tate and Ronda Rousey, the most heated rivalry in WMMA was between Michelle Ould and Zoila Frausto. Their first meeting ended with Ould suffering an injury that sidelined her from competition for over a year. Ould soon blamed the humidity and sweat for the difficulty in fighting Frausto (they were fighting outside during the summer) and has wanted to avenge the loss. Frausto, who was already on Ould’s case at weigh-ins, took offence to some of Ould’s comment and a war of words broke out post fight. Even though the beef has cooled a bit several years later, there is opportunity for these two to resolve their issues.

Roxanne Modafferi and Tara LaRosa

This is a friendly rivalry that has brought some of the best matches to the cage. The two veterans and good buddies prove that you can see a great fight without any malice or hatred towards your opponent. LaRosa took their first fight in 2006 by unanimous decision. Four years later, Modafferi would avenge the loss by a split decision over LaRosa, a match the would win “WMMA Match of the Year” for 2010. Four years later, fans want to see the rubber match between the two and Invicta would be a meaningful place to settle the series.

Marina Shafir and the featherweight division

Marina Shafir may not be signed to InvictaFC yet, but it’s hard not to see the rising star of the 145 division not be a part of the top female promotion in the world. Either way Shafir has a target on her back.

The major one is the current featherweight champion Cyborg Justino, who sees a win over Shafir as way to get UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey’s attention and goat her into a fight. Shafir state she wanted several fights first, but Cyborg was the ultimate goal.

Shafir doesn’t have an easy road ahead of her. Two other featherweights are wanting their shot at the rising prospect. Tuff-n-uff featherweight tournament champion Jessica Zomchik was on the way to facing Shafir, but Shafir decided to turn pro. Zomchik recently turned pro as well, and is still pursuing a match with Shafir.

Current InvictaFC signee Tamikka Brents has stated she wants make a name for herself getting a win over Shafir.

Lauren Murphy and Miriam Nakamoto

An injury ended their first match, but the bickering has heated up more since the match. Nakamoto felt she was winning until the injury, while Murphy felt she was taking the uphand. Without a clear winner, both have been on social media thowing verbal jabs at each other. We are still waiting for Nakamoto to heal up, which won’t be until at least the end of the year.

 

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Weekend Results: Jedrzejczyk Cements 125 Ranking; Moyle Wins Tuff-n-uff Tournament

Pro MMA

Joanna Jedrzejczyk got the biggest win of her career at Cage Warriors Saturday as she KOed veteran Rosi Sexton.

Jedrzejczyk (6-0) outstruck Sexton, dropping her towards the end of round 1. Sexton survived, and tried to take it to the ground in round 2, eventually taking half guard. Jedrzejczyk was able to stall and get it back to the feet. With a sharp right hook, Jedrzejczyk knocked Sexton into semi-unconsciousness and the ref stopped the contest in round 2.

The #5 Unified flyweight, who is currently signed with Invicta, cements herself as a possible title challenger to champion Barb Honchak. Word is, however, she may drop to 115.

In the other bout on the card, Kerry Hughes battled Amanda Kelly is a war on the feet. Hughes’s right hands made the difference as she was able to get the TKO in round 2.


Courtesy XFC
Courtesy XFC

Silvana Juarez has had the comeback of the year so far, coming from losing two rounds to get the submission win over Mayerlin Rivas in round 3 to win the XFC International flyweight tournament crown.

Rivas’s striking kept Juarez at bay and eventually opened up her up. The doctors let the fight continue, and as Rivas continued to battle in guard, Juarez was able to secure a tight armbar to get the tap.

Juarez stays undefeated at 4-0. You can watch the finish here.

The strawweight tournament final between Vanessa Guimarães and Gloria Bravo was cancelled when Bravo passed out backstage.


In other pro bouts:

  • At RFA in Culver City, California, Rosa Acevedo defeated Kyra Batara by unanimous decision
  • Andria Wawro submitted Jessy Miele by rear naked choke in 20 seconds at Reality Fighting in Uncasville, CT
  • In a pair of bouts at Beatdown MMA in New Town, ND, Sarah Schneider defeated Amber Stautzenberger by unanimous decision and Delaney Owen submitted Shannon Gunville by armbar round 1 
  • Polyana Viana defeated Deborah Ribeiro by TKO round 1 at Talento Uruara Fight in Brazil
  • In two bouts at Bitetti Combat in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Viviane Sucuri defeated Pollyanna Botelho by unanimous decision and Ilara Joanne defeated Yelka Torres by TKO round 1
  • At Shamrock FC in St. Louis, MO, Nikki Smith submitted Christianna Daniels by rear naked choke in 4:53 round 1. In an amateur bout, Rachel Stockman def. Alicia Guest by TKO round 1

Ammy MMA

Jamie Moyle is the newest member of the InvictaFC roster.

Moyle defeated Molly Wren-Holms in the Tuff-n-uff strawweight tournament finals to earn the contract Saturday night at the promotion’s 20th anniversary event.

Moyle continued to move forward and try for takedowns throughout the fight, while Holms was defending most of the contest. Moyle got a few takedowns in round one, but Holms was able to block in the later rounds. In the end, Moyle took the unanimous decision win.

In other matches on the card, Liz Tracey submitted Kari Lichtenwalner by rear naked choke at 1:09 of round 1 and Jianna Denizard defeated Cheyanne Vlismas by unanimous decision (115)


In other amateur MMA bouts:

  • In a pair of bouts at Clan Wars in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Stephanie Quaile defeated Fionnuala Malone by TKO round 1 and Leah McCourt submitted Sarah Scott by armbar round 1
  • Yessie Ramirez defeated Abbey Frazier by unanimous decision at BlackoutFC in Fort Scott, Kansas
  • At Fusion Fight League in Billing, MT, Sonya Wilson defeated Kristina Buford by TKO round 1

braekhus-action-620x330Boxing

Cecilia Braekhus has won her 25th straight bout and remains undefeated as she gets the unanimous decision over Jessica Balogun to retain the WBO/WBC/WBA welterweight title in Schwerin, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany.

Braekhus stated after the fight she wants Ivana Habazin next so she can gain the IBF crown and sweep the table.


An all female boxing card happened in Eastern Cape, South Africa Saturday.

In the main event Noni Tenge (14-1) defeated Oxandia Castillo by majority decision to win the interim WBA welterweight title. The win could see Tenge face Braekus in the near future.

Also on the card:

  • Nozwelethu Mathontsi def. Lisbeth Sivhaga by points to win the vacant South Africa female light flyweight title
  • Nwabisa Mbopa def. Rita Mrwebi by split decision to win the vacant South Africa female super middleweight title

In others boxing matches:

  • In Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhône, France, Karine Rinaldo defeated Marianna Gulyas by TKO round 1 to win the vacant EBU female super bantamweight title
  • In two matches in Manila, Philippines, Momoko Kanda defeated Nongnun Mor Krungthepthonburi by unanimous decision to win the vacant WBC Asian Boxing Council minimumweight title and Naome Tacda defeated Ana Pitao by TKO round 1 
  • Yarley Cuadrado defeated Celia Ramos by unanimous decision in Monteria, Colombia
  • In  Pas-de-Calais, France Amelie Blary defeated  Mila Nicolic by TKO (retirement) round 1
  • Bintou Schmill defeated  Klaudia Vigh by TKO round 3 in Niedersachsen, Germany
  • In Bangkok, Thailand, Anrey Onesongchaigym KOed Irada Sithsornram in round 3

Shannon Knapp Talks UFC Fight Pass Deal: “Invicta is Still it’s Own Company”

Knapp
Knapp

With the announcement of Invicta heading to UFC Fight Pass, there wound up being a lot of questions among the MMA community.

Many of us were confused about the actually relationship Invicta and the UFC is in, and what this deal actually means for the future of Invicta. InvictaFC president Shannon Knapp talked to us Saturday to explain the nature of what the UFC Fight Pass deal means.

Knapp could not obviously tell us certain parts of the deal (how much Invicta is getting and how long the contract is), but she made it a point this is a simple distribution deal and the UFC will not have any input in terms of product.

“We are still our own company,” Knapp told us. “We decide the fight cards. Fighter pay, sponsorship, and production are still in our control. I own the company 100%.”

This means we won’t see any major changes in terms of staff. The broadcast and  production team will stay the same. In terms of fighters, they are still “Invicta fighters” and not under the UFC.

The UFC Fight Night deals comes with a lot of perks, however. The UFC will be marketing Invicta, seeing the success of Invicta ties in directly to the success of the streaming platform. It also gives a chance for Invicta to expand their brand into other markets and improve and add onto their product in the future.

“We are exclusive to Fight Pass. However with the distribution deal, anything can happen in the future,” Knapp stated. “I am always going to strive to give more content, and with the strong stable platform on Fight Pass, I can focus on giving the fans more to watch and be better at what we do.”

The next card’s date and location will be announced “soon” according to Knapp, with the previously announced title match between featherweight champ Cris “Cyborg” Justino taking on Ediane Gomes expecting to main event.

“We want to have as many fight cards as we can in the next year, with the first few cards with roughly 10 fights per card with room to grow. We are doing back to back cards to get fans and fighters going again.”

Knapp expressed to us the deal is what the promotion needed to be able to benefit the sport as a whole, and gives the tools she needs to make the fighters and WMMA succeed and grow.

“This is validation for the female fighters. They are on the largest platform for MMA and no other promotion besides the UFC has that. We will gain fans from the UFC that hasn’t seen our product, and Invicta fans will have access to the UFC content and enjoy MMA as a whole. It’s mutually beneficial for everyone.”