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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.
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.
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
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
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
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.”
The multi-year deal includes not only the live events but also the InvictaFC library of their past seven cards.
There was heavy rumors the past few months that Invicta would land on the UFC platform, and contrary to popular belief, it doesn’t mean Zuffa is “buying the company”. Invicta, however, was in a unique position that they aren’t directly competing with the UFC. We may see other promotions that have great relationships with Zuffa follow suit.
The release stated a late summer event is in the works with no date mentioned. The event will most likely be headlined by featherweight champion Cyborg Justino taking on #1 contender Ediane Gomes.
Before we dive into the Invicta questions, a point of clarification. The open letter wasn’t about “an announcement of an announcement”. What it was meant to do is curb some skepticism about Invicta and to calm those who were losing faith the announcement would ever be made. Things are going through as planned, but things happen during these contract negotiations that can’t be helped. The deal was always for the best benefit of the fighters first and foremost.
Obviously I am not privy to certain some of information e.g. the network where they are signing.
Since a lot of people were asking the same questions, I am going to summarize them and answer.
With that being said….
Rumors are Invicta is Signing with UFC Fight Pass….
This has been the heavy rumor since April on the major MMA websites. I see some big problems with this happening.
A major thing is the identity of Invicta and the UFC being blurred. Fight Pass is run by Zuffa, the parent company of the UFC. As such, they want control of what comes out of the service, and Dana White’s vision on WMMA is way different than Shannon Knapp’s, as much as they have a working relationship. Knapp emphasized she wants to have control of the product as a whole and it was important to her. I don’t think Zuffa would let anyone do that.
If they do Fight Pass, the UFC would have to pay Invicta and in turn the fighters. Knapp wants to pay the fighters a reasonable purse for their fights and seeing how the UFC pays fighters on their undercard and on their “Fight Night” cards, I don’t suspect that will fit that criteria.
From my talks with Knapp, it sounded more like it would be a tv network versus a digital service. If I were to speculate (and this is only speculation) it maybe Fox Sports 1. One reason I feel that this is the case is Fox Sports 1 suddenly started using Invicta footage starting in April.
For those who are saying what is the difference – Fox Sports 1 is much more open to let sports promotions control their show’s content than the UFC.
Invicta is dying since the UFC has pillaged their talent…
Let me take you back to InvictaFC 1. The only worldwide know name on the card was Marloes Coenen. Since then they developed talent that have became recognized names in the MMA main stream. People like Carla Esparza, Bec Hyatt, Jessamyn Duke, Leslie Smith – the list goes on. Invicta is here to build female fighting stars and it has succeeded. If there is any proof of this, it is that the UFC is scooping up their talent.
Current status of Invicta? There are four of the five champions still there. The strawweights have rebounded by the promotion doubling the roster since the UFC took eight fighters, and Invicta has signed major international talent to expand their brands worldwide.
As for Lauren Murphy wanting to jump to the UFC, I don’t think Knapp has a problem with it. I don’t either. Remember, there is always new fighters to groom and there is a list of them (yes even batntamweights). By the way. Muprhy was one of those fighters the MMA main stream probably would have never heard of before Invicta.
If you don’t know about the talent already signed, you need to check them out. They are all future stars in the sport and you will find a fighter you will connect with.
What will happen when the announcement is made?
The exact “when” is not known, but Knapp had told me she always has dates open to give the fighters at least a 6 week fight camp. When the details are released, we can expect at least one date announced with the main event (most likely Cyborg vs. Gomes) and several other fights on the card. If Knapp holds true to form, the card will have 9-10 bouts.
As I stated in the open letter, a second date will most likely be a month after the first card to make up for lost time. If that date will be announced with the first card, I am not sure. Knapp stated she had a mock card for both events.
On one of the two cards, Michelle Waterson will defend her title.
As for where, not sure. Knapp wants to “take the show on the road” so it won’t surprise me if she does a card outside of Kansas City.
Hope this answers some questions and gets you inside my thought process. Remember if you have any more questions tweet me @wmmanews.
Over the past month people have been complaining about waiting for the next Invicta card and have been wary if Invicta will ever come back. Let me assure you, Invicta will be bigger and better after the announcement is made.
I have been talking to InvictaFC president Shannon Knapp over the past month and she is excited about what is about to be announced for the company moving forward. Knapp wants to let fighters know that she is looking out for the best interest of them and a deal like this is all about the details. Any promotion worth their muster can sign a tv deal, but fools rush in when angels fear to tread.
The purpose of Invicta has always been to have a platform for WMMA and Knapp wants a solid one. Any short term deal isn’t going to cut it. That’s why the deal took so long. There may have been some hurdles in the short term, but Knapp is looking to the long term of the promotion.
Right now it’s about the network working out some details before an announcement can be made; which should happen sooner rather than later.
For those complaining, please be patient. Fighters if you have any questions or concerns, I highly recommend giving Shannon a call and she will be more than willing to address them.
Once the announcement is made, things will go quickly. One match that is a definite is Cyborg Justino versus Ediane Gomes. Knapp is also planning two cards out of the gate to make up for the lost time.
If there is one message Knapp wants to give the fighters and fans, it’s “Big things are coming and the announcement is well worth the wait.”
While we await the upcoming announcement for Invicta, fighters are still climbing the ladder and making their names known. Most divisions saw some movement this month.
In the featherweight (145) division – with her win over Annalisa Bucci, undefeated Pannie Kianzad moves up a spot to #4, exchanging places with Faith Van Duin. Bucci was able to recover a few weeks later with a win over Maria Hougaard, which moved Bucci from #10 last month to #6 this month. Hougaard drops a spot to #7 with the rest of the top ten last month dropping a spot.
Pancrase bantamweight (135) champion Rin Nakai remains undefeated at 16-0-1 and gains a solid win over InvictaFC’s Sarah D’Alelio breaks into the top 10. Evinger drops to #11 and D’Alelio drops off the list completely.
The flyweights (125) stay pat this month.
Strawweight (115) Katja Kankaanpää gains another win and recovers from her only loss of her career with a win this month, prompting her to take the #5 spot on the list. This bumps Ayaka Hamasaki (now #6) and Tecia Torres (now #7) down a spot.
Due to inactivity, atomweight (105) Cassie Rodish has dropped off the top 10, prompting Sadae Numata to move from #10 to #9. Saori Ishioka enters the list at the 10 spot after making her way back to MMA after a two year absence with a win. Diana Rael is also off the list due to inactivity, and Gina Iniong is added to the list.
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.
In a rare fight on Wednesday, Charmaine Tweet has avenged a loss, defeating Anna Barone by rear naked choke in round 1. Barone had KOed Tweet in their first encounter.
Barone weighed in 6 pounds over weight for the match and gave up 20% of her purse.
Tweet improves to 5-4.
Also Wednesday, in boxing, Alicia Ashley defeated Nohime Dennisson by TKO round 6 in Queens, New York
ADCC champion Michelle Nicolini has signed to Legacy MMA.
The BJJ black belt is one of the most accomplished in the lower weight classes and seems to be transitioning to MMA well, going 2-0 with both wins by first round armbars. She is fighting at 115.
Nicolini got her black belt under Robert Drysdale and has been doing seminars all around the world. She will be doing an all female BJJ seminar on June 21 in San Francisco. Details here.
No word on when she will debut for Legacy.
Cortney Casey will be fighting for Pacific Xtreme Combat June 27th in Guam. It is suspected she will be facing promotional star Kailin Curran.
Casey stated she is still with XFC, and they have given her permission to fight on the card. We should have more info next week.
Sofia Bagerdai had a training injury and has had to pull out of her match with Lynn Alvarez at the World Series of Fighting next month. Bagherdai stated the injury would only take a few months to heel but wanted to take some time off to raise her daughter.
Sarah Kaufman was on the MMA Hour and stated she is looking for either a match with Miesha Tate or Cat Zingano. Kaufman theorized Zingano would most likely need a warm-up match before her title match with whomever the champion is after the July fight, and wouldn’t want to wait for or five months for a fight. She also reasoned Tate fight would make sense due to history and “Tate coming off a win”. Both are ranked higher than Kaufman.
On the converse, Kaufman doesn’t want to fight Sara McMann since “she is coming off a loss”.
Kaufman added she “wants to knockout Jessica Eye” but stated a rematch with her wouldn’t be in the cards until Eye gets another win.
India Gomes took to social media to state her intentions on moving to 135 eventually and challenged Holly Holm to a fight.
Gomes (10-2) hasn’t fought since January 2013. After getting her match cancelled at Invicta last fall due to two opponents dropped out due to medical issues, Gomes is getting antsy to fight. he took her frustrations to social media.
We talked to InvictaFC head Shannon Knapp this week and the hope is the final details will be set for an announcement this coming week. She has two mock cards set and looks to come out of the gate running once the deal is announced.
We are expecting Jessica Eye and Sara McMann will have match announcements next week.
Liz McCarthy is making Syndicate MMA in Las Vegas her new training home for the next year. TUF 20 hopeful Helen Harper is also making the move to Syndicate as we hear.
After a very successful all female card, Intense Championship Fighting is looking to do a half male/half female card in Great Falls in August during the Montana State Fair. A rematch between Emily Corso versus Lynnell House is rumored.
Lucy Payne looks to avenge her loss to Tiffany Van Soest Friday night at Lion Fights’ debut at the the Foxwoods Casino in Ledyard, CT. The fight will air on AXS TV. Both fighters came in on weight for their 126 pound bout.
Van Soest is looking to come off her first pro loss and get back in the title hunt. She lost the belt to Caley Reese earlier this year.
Since her loss to Van Soest, Payne got a TKO win over Victoria Lomax, winning the Awakening 57 Kg title.
In an undercard bout, New England based fighters Brandy Young and Colleen Downey will do battle.
For the first time since 2011, the Lybarger sisters will be in action on the same card.
At King of the Cage in Scottsdale, AZ, Jocelyn Jones-Lybarger will take on Jennifer Liou and Jillian Lybarger will face Danielle Taylor. All four fighters tried out for the Ultimate Fighter 20.
Jocelyn (3-1) is coming off a win over Rosa Acevedo at RFA this past April. Liou (2-0) defeated Jillian this past February and is looking to take out the other sister.
Jillian is looking to recover from her pro debut loss to Liou with a win over Taylor. Jillian went 4-4 as an amateur.
Taylor (1-0) won her pro debut this past March and went 4-1 as an amateur.
An important featherweight bout is on the docket as Maria Hougaard Djursaa and Annalisa Bucci will battle for the EUMMA 145 title in Denmark.
Djursaa is coming off a first round rear naked choke over Alexandra Buch. She has win three straight including a TKO over Jorina Baars.
Bucci (6-3) is coming off a decision loss to Pannie Kianzad two weeks ago. Bucci was on a 5 fight win streak before the loss.
In a pair of pro bouts in Brazil:
At America’s FC 1 in Sao Paulo, Mariana dos Santos takes on Gabriela Lins
Janaisa Morandin faces Ana Luiza de Jesus at Aspera FC 7 in Santa Catarina
In Krasnodar, Russia, two world title are up for grabs
WIBA and WBC super middleweight champion Nikki Adler will take on Gifty Amanua Ankrah. Undefeated Adler (11-0) won both titles last year by unanimous decision. Ankrah (3-3-1) is coming off back to back KO victories.
The other match will see a battle for the vacant WIBA and UBO super featherweight title as Natalia Smirnova (7-0) will duke it out with Yarkor Chavez Annan (7-6-1).
EBU flyweight champion Simona Galassi will defend her belt against Galina Koleva Ivanova in Emilia Romagna, Italy.
Galassi (19-3-1) is coming off a loss in a non-EBU title match against WBA champ Susi Kentikian. She had back to back wins before the loss.
Former WBC batnamweight champ Ivanova is looking to snap a two fight losing streak.
In Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico, the interim WBA super bantamweight title will be decided as former champ Jackie Nava battles Alys Sanchez.
Nava (28-4-3) was on a four fight win streak before taking a two year break from the sport. Sanchez (12-1) is coming off her first loss, a split decision to Carolina Arias.
On other action, a pair of bouts are set for Sao Paulo, Brazil, as Elica Jamile takes on Milla Ferreira, and Andreia Alves dos Santos faces Aline Vanessa.
We were live at the Four Season Arena in Great Falls for the Intense Championship Fight’s first ever all female card this past Fridfay. The six fight card didn’t disappoint as Portland’s Emily Corso gain her first two wins as a professional and Liz McCarthy get a much needed win.
The main event saw InvictaFC vets McCarthy and Cassie Robb in what was a highly technical contest. Both saw improvement in their time off from the cage with Robb’s striking and McCarthy’s clinch work. In the end, McCarty would take the unanimous decision.
Corso’s first fight ended in controversy as the ref stopped the contest in the first round, thinking her opponent Lynnell House tapped. Both fighters disagreed with the tap, but the ref sited “fighter’s safety” and declared it a technical submission. House’s camp is appealing the ruling.
Corso would compete later in the night to take on Ariel Beck in what was Beck’s pro debut. Beck, a professional boxer, struck hard to open the first round before Corso initiated the takedown. Beck would try for a headlock, which prompted Corso take Beck’s back and sink in the rear naked choke at 1:28.
In amateur action:
Hannah Kampf def. Tangina Deveraux by split decision
Heather Wilson def. Anna Symonds by split decision
Fight videos will be posted throughout the week here on Wombat Sports plus post fight interviews.
DEEP-JEWELS had a set of seven MMA bouts plus on female kickboxing contest.
In the main event, Strikeforce vet Takayo Hashi was crowned the first ever DEEP-JEWELS 135 champion, defeating Shizuka Sugiyama by TKO in round 3.
The first round saw a close striking exchange between the two fighters. The rounded ended with Hashi getting Sugiyama into a triangle choke as the bell sounded.
The second round started much like the first, but Hashi was able to initiate the taekdown and get some ground and pound in. The rounded ended on the feet, with Hashi taking the upperhand in striking.
Hashi would strike in the clinch at the beginning of the first stanza, but Sugiyama would mount a short comeback with punches and a takedown. Sugiyama would take Hashsi’s back. Hashi would reverse and attempt several submission before taking top position and then Sugiyama’s back. Hashi would land ground and pound and the ref stopped the contest at 4:20 of round 3 to be crowned the first ever D-J 135 champion.
Hashi improves to 15-4-1.
Also on the card, former Valkyrie champion Mei Yamaguchi made a successful DEEP-JEWELS debut by submitting Yukiko Seki. Yamaguchi controlled all of the fight, landing strikes, and initiating the choke. Seki refused to tap and went out forcing the ref to stop the contest. Yamaguchi improves to 12-7-1 and snaps a two fight losing streak.
Naomi Taniyama def. Yuko Kawabata by unanimous decision
Shiori Hori def. Maya Dobashi by technical submission (armbar) 4:43 round 1
Ayaka Miura def. Ella Wu by Technical Submission (Arm-Triangle Choke) 1:25 round 1
Tomo Maesawa def. Brittany Ann Decker by unanimous decision
Seo Hee Ham def. Yuuki Kira by unanimous decision in a kickboxing match
Finland saw three female bouts, including InvictaFC star Katja Kankaanpää returning to action fight in her homeland.
Kankaanpää would defeat Alyona Rassohyna by armbar at 3:53 in round 2. Kankaanpää improves to 9-1-1 and recovers from her first loss. She also re-affirms her spot as one of the top InvictaFC straweights.
Also on the card, Finland’s Vuokko Katainen and England’s Kate Jacksonwent to a split draw, and Suvi Salmimies won her pro debut against last minute replacement Clemence Schreiber.
Newly signed InvictaFC fighter Karolina Kowalkiewicz got her 5th straight win and retained her KSW strawweight title with a submission win over InvictaFC vet Jasminka Cive.
Undefeated Kowalkiewicz took the fight to the ground early and was able to take mount and the back while on the mat. Cive fought out of a rear naked choke, but Kowalkiewicz transitioned to the armbar for the tap at 3:53 of round 1.
On other pro bouts:
At AFC 20 in Hollywood, FL, Valérie Létourneau TKOed Jazmine Quezada in 38 seconds
Sarah McLeod submitted Shawna Lang by rear naked choke at 4:56 in round 2 at Prize Fighting Championships in Williston, ND
At PrestigeFC in Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada, Diana Atkin defeated Sarah Mcrann by TKO at 2:39 of round 2
In amateur action this past weekend:
At AFL 45 in Atlantic City, New Jersey, Heidi Thompson defeated Charmaine Rosario by unanimous decision
Marissa Smith defeated Gina Begley by unanimous decision at Rumble Time in Kansas City, MO
At Central Coast Showdown in Salinas, California, Shaianna Rincon submitted Michelle Gama by guillotine on round 1
Bianca Rodriguez submitted Emily Ducote by armbar round 1 at BG MMA in Enid, OK
In a pair of bouts at Cage of Honor in Cape Girardeau, MO, Nora Hamilton TKOed Savannah Smith in 1:02 of round 1, and Shawna Tyler defeated Terri Triplett bt TKO in round 1
Rebekah LeVine won the XAFS atomweight title by KOing Leslie Sanchez in round 2 at Xplode Amateur Fight Series in Escondido, CA
At Fight Force International Kage Wars in Biloxi, MS, Miki Rogers defeated Elisa Marrugo by TKO round 1
WIBA welterweight Tori Nelson remains undefeated as she finished Mia St John by TKO in round 2 in Annandale, Virginia.
Nelson (9-0-3) came off strong out of the gate, landing huge shots to outmusucle St. John. In round two the referee saw enough and stopped the contest.
A pair of title bouts happened in Osaka, Japan.
Yuko Kuroki gained the WBC minimumweight title, getting the unanimous decision over now former champ Mari Ando. Kuroki improves to 11-4.
Nao Ikeyama won the vacant WBO atomweight title with her unanimous decision win over Jessebelle Pagaduan. Ikeyama hands Pagaduan her first loss.
In Saarland, Germany, Raja Amasheh was crowned the WBF and WBC Silver flyweight champion. Amasheh defeated Susana Cruz Perez by unanimous decision to win the vacant title. Raja Amasheh is now 17-0.
Sindy Amador successfully defended her IFBA light flyweight title with a split decision over Maria Suarez in Ontario, California. Amador improves to 12-1.
In other boxing action the past weekend:
In a pair of bouts in Durango, Mexico, Karina Hernandez won the vacant NABF female flyweight title by defeating Aracely Palacios by unanimous decision and Nora Cardoza defeated Lorena Mendoza by unanimous decision
Natalia Vanesa del Valle Aguirre defeated Maria Soledad Capriolo by unanimous decision to win the vacant South American super featherweight title in Cordoba, Argentina
In Nerang, Queensland, Australia, Shannon O’Connell def. Gentiane Lupi by majority decision
Christina Rupprecht KOed Ramona Panait in round 1 in Bayern, Germany
In Versoix, Switzerland, Ornella Domini defeated Borislava Goranova by unanimous decision
Maiva Hamadouche got the TKO over Wendy Gervois in round 4 in Clichy la Garenne, Hauts-de-Seine, France
In Chihuahua, Mexico, Jessica Arreguin Munoz got the TKO over Karla Ivette Valenzuela Garcia in round 5
In a pair of bouts in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Debora Anahi Dionicius defeated Alejandra Maria de Lujan Rios by unanimous decision and Julieta Andrea Cardozo defeated Lorena Noemi Gomez by majority decision
Nothing is better than a training partner who has been there.
Over the past 6 months we have seen some movement in terms on where female fighters have been training. Many are seeking something new in terms of mind set, or simply a bigger challenge than their local gym can accommodate. Some just simply want to train with some of the best on the planet.
The advantages are great if you can find a female team you can click with. Questions can be answered that no male fighter can answer. Plus if you get with a top notch team, you can take your training to a whole other level.
Female fight teams are nothing new. Jackson’s MMA was the first women’s team to gain national attention, with American Top Team and CSA not far behind. All three have gained new members over the past year. Xtreme Couture had a solid female team as well until late 2012, when a lot of behind the scenes happenings saw a mass exodus of both female and male fighters. Miesha Tate has helped the team rebuild. With TUF 20 cast member Alex Chambers, TUF 20 hopeful Heather Clark, and UFC fighter Leslie Smith taking up training with Xtreme Couture, it’s becoming the go to place to train in Vegas.
Both gyms saw some fighters make friendly visits during “The Ultimate Fighter” tryouts, so we look for more fighters to make Vegas their home in the near future.
Another growing female team is the MMA Lab in Phoenix, which has seen InvictaFC champion Lauren Murphy take up residence recently. The Lybarger twins have been training there for the past year or so.
Several noteworthy teams you may not know about is Grudge Training Center in Denver (Cassie Robb, Stephanie Skinner, and Rose Namajunas among others) and Reign MMA (Jessica Penne, and Justine Kish among others).
Least we not forget the most popular team of them all at the moment – “The Four Horsewomen” of the Glendale Boxing Club; UFC champion Ronda Rousey, UFC fighter Shayna Baszler and Jessamyn Duke; and Marina Shafir.
We are positive there are more female teams out there and we only expect this to grow as the sport does.
It has been over 5 months since Julie Kedzie retired from competition and taken a new job as InvictaFC matchmaker, and so far she has taken to the role well.
Kedzie so far has brought some insight from a fighter’s prospective, and helped sign quite a few new fighters from across the planet. Although there has been a learning curve, she is excited to help book InvictaFC 7 coming in June.
We talked to Kedzie about how her new job is going, scouting new talent, Invicta’s partnership with Tuff-n-uff, and developing the InvictaFC women’s divisions.