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.
Considered one of the best amateur MMA promotions in the U.S., Tuff-n-uff has done a lot for the female fighters and have turned out stars that are currently in the UFC and Invicta.
The promotion is continuing their efforts to make world class fighters even after the tragic passing of founder and CEO Barry Meyer. His brother Jeff has taken his mission to continue producing talent and put on solid shows.
Saturday, the promotion announced their 20th anniversary show is set for June 7th at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas, in hopes to break the arena’s attendance record. You can get a free ticket by going to Unlvtickets.com. They are also seeking donations for the Three Square Food Bank and people are encouraged to bring a canned food item to the event.
The card will feature several female bouts including the finals of the Tuff-n-uff strawweight tournament. The winner between Jamie Moyle and Molly Wren-Holms will earn an Invicta contract and be declared tournament champion.
We talked to Jeff Meyer about the impact of the promotion throughout the years, the new partnership with Invicta, and what the future brings.
We can tell you also the already announced eight cast members will be in town next week for medicals. (Juliana Lima, Paige Van Zant, and Claudia Gadelha won’t be doing the show.) It will be a quick turnaround in terms of those eight chosen at tryouts who will be picked Monday night. There will be a total of 16 fighters in the TUF house.
If the UFC stands to form, we won’t know the rest of the cast until filming ends in late June/early July.
Make sure to follow our twitters @WombatSports & @Wmmanews for updates. We plan in posting some interview with the hopefuls and a few surprise guests.
Mei Yamguchi (11-7-1) will make her long awaited DEEP-JEWELS debut on the promotion’s 4th card May 18th.
The former Valkyrie champ is coming off back to back split decision losses at PXC, which could have gone either way. She dropped to 105 in her last fight and looked impressive at her new weight.
Yamagucho will face journeywoman Yukiko Seki (12-23) who is coming off a decision win last November over Madoka Ebihara.
The card will be main evented by Shizuka Sugiyama and Takayo Hashi battling for the inaugural D-J 135 title.
Charmaine Tweet hopes to average a loss May 21 as she takes on Anna Barone in Montreal, Canada.
Barone (2-3) KOed Tweet in 18 seconds in the first meeting in October 2011. Barone only fought once since then, losing to Kaitlin Young via doctor’s stoppage.
Tweet (4-4) was on a three fight win streak before debuting for Invicta last year, losing a decision to Julia Budd.
The fight will take place at 155 pounds and will main event the card. It is expected to be streamed.
Featherweight prospect and Dane Maria Hougaard Djursaa will look to gain some gold as she faces Italian Annalisa Bucci at European MMA May 23rd in Falconer Salen in Denmark.
Djursaa (5-4) is on a three fight win streak with wins over Jorina Baars and Alexandra Buch. Bucci (6-2) is on a five fight win streak, finishing all but one opponet during her streak. She will face undefeated Pannie Kianzad May 3 before taking on Djursaa.
No word on if the fight will be streamed.
The CJ Report did an interview with InvictaFC vet and former JEWELS 115 title holder Ayaka Hamasaki. She is currently rehabbing a nagging knee injury she had before her last fight with Claudia Gadelha. She went under the knife a month after her last fight and seems to be recovering well. She hopes to return in late summer or early fall for DEEP-JEWELS. Contrary to early reports, she stated a drop to 105 is an option, but she is sticking to 115 for now.
In the interview, she talked about the retirement of long time training partners Megumi Fujii and Htiomi Akano, and the current WMMA scene in Japan. You can watch it here.
Amateur prospect Sarah McLeod will make her pro debut May 16th at Prize Fighting Championship in Williston, North Dakota against Shawna Lang.
McLeod (7-5-1) has won her last three fights. Not much is know about Lang, but has a win over Brittany Weis in 2012. She has also fought for Fusion Fight Legaue out of Billings, MT.
World boxing champion Cecillia Braekhus has parted ways with her promoter according to an article on NRK Sports.
Braekhus has had problems with her promoter, Sauerland, for a while. She was waiting for her contract to be up to get rid of the promoter so she can fight more often and help pave the way to a possible superfight with Holly Holm.
The Americana MMA clothing line has announced they have put a $5000 KO bounty on UFC Champ Ronda Rousey.
The company specified that they will give the award to the first fighter who gets a knockout over the champ in a sanctioned fight.
Wimp2Warrior Season 2 is in the can and will debut in Australia in June. The series, which takes ordinary men and women and turn them into MMA fighters, will also post videos as the series progresses for foreign viewers. They are planning a third season, which will feature a U.S. vs. Canada cast.
As we mentioned several times before, Juliana Lima and Claudia Gadelha won’t be taking part in the Ultimate Fighter 20. A major reason is due to the language barrier. We are hearing that Gadelha will be making her octagon debut in Brazil in June.
InvictaFC vet Danielle West has stated she is dropping to 125 and is preparing a test cut in the next few weeks. She plans on returning to action in August.
Alexis Davis will spend part of her upcoming fight camp at Team Alpha Male to help with her wrestling.
ADCC and world BJJ champion Gabi Garcia stated she will make her MMA debut at Real Fighting Japan August 17 against a yet to be named opponent according to an article on DamadeFerro.com. She also mentioned being given an offer to fight for XFCi.
Two undefeated fighters will battle in Baltimore at UFC 172.
Ultimate Fighter vet Jessamyn Duke and Brazilian Bethe Correia are both seeking their second UFC win. Both came Correia (135) and Duke (135.5) came in on weight.
Duke (3-0; 1NC) is coming off a decision win over TUF castmate Peggy Morgan. She has been training with champion Ronda Rousey and Shayna Baszler to prepare for the fight.
Correia (7-0) is coming off a decision win over Julie Kedzie. She trains with the Pitbull Brothers of Bellator fame.
The fight will air on the televised prelims on Fox Sports 1 Saturday.
Kalindra Faria looks for her 11th straight win as she takes on Sanja Sucevic at XFC International in Sao Paulo ,Brazil.
Faria (14-3-1) made a successful transition strawweight in her lat outing, submitting Laura Balin in the second round at MMA Super Heroes. She has finished six of her last 11.
Sucevic (4-2) is coming off a loss last year to TUF 18 contestant Colleen Schneider at 125 pounds. She is making her way back to strawweight and has wins over Lena Ovchynnikova and Irene Cabello.
The fight will stream for free on XFCMMA.com Saturday.
In other pro bouts:
In a pair of fights at Spartan Combat League in Denver, CO, Brittney Elkin faces Amanda Bell and Shannon Sinn takes on Courtney Himes
Angela Hill makes her pro debut against Stephanie Skinner at USFFC in Winston-Salem, North Carolina
At DakotaFC in Fargo, North Dakota, Mariah Prussia battles Shannon Gunville
Pamela Boveda fights Elen Torres at Rhino Fight Combat 6 in Alto Parana, Paraguay
At Barracão Fight Championship 3 in Ponta Grossa, Brazil, Jessica Suelem dukes it out with Jaquelline Santana
Aline Sério faces Paula Baack at GSF in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
At Jason Fight Championship 1 in Brazil, Ana Maria Índia takes on Ilara Joanne
In amateur action this weekend:
In a pair of bouts at Gladius Fights 11 in Cortland, New York, Hannah Grable takes on Andrea Lee and Alyssa Vasquez faces Janice Meyer.
Ashley Jackson battles Nichole Usko at NAAFS – Akron, Ohio
At Warrior FC in Corbin, Kentucky, Elizabeth Richardson dukes it out with Alannah Arnett
Aspen Ladd fights Cynthia Calvillo at WCFC in Sacramento, California
At Rage in the Cage in Staffordshire, England, Anya Lynette Hynes takes on Amy O’Mara (120)
Sinead Kavanagh faces Aoifé Murphy at Cage Contender in Belfast, Northern Ireland
At FiveStar in Fort St. John, British Columbia, Canada, Robin Combs battles Elyse Stevenson
Yesica Yolanda Bopp is looking to be a two division champion as she takes on Daniela Romina Bermudez for the vacant WBO flyweight title in Rio Grande, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina.
Bopp (26-1) is the current WBO/WBA light flyweight champion having won the title last July. She successfully defended the title in December against Ana Fernandez.
Bermudez (16-2-2) is on an eleven fight win streak and hold belts at bantamweight and super flyweight.
Also on the card, Adela Celeste del Carmen Peralta faces Maria Angelica Ruiz.
Nicole Boss looks to defend her EBU lightweight title for the first time as she takes on Sopio Putkaradze in Berne, Switzerland.
Boss (11-4-2) in on a four fight win streak and won the vacant title with a decision win over Kremena Petkova in December.
Putkaradze (10-1-2) has won four straight and is looking for her first boxing title.
In other boxing action:
In a pair of bouts in Polanco, Distrito Federal, Mexico, Maria Ramirez takes on Sonia Osorio, and Viridiana Ramos faces Estefani Casilla
In bouts in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Ruth Stephanie Aquino fights Tamara Marianella Nunez and Stefany Bizquiazo battles Norma Elizabeth Diaz Caucota
In Panama City, Panama, Zuliana Mendoza dukes it out Jocelyn Edwards and Iliana Bonilla faces Zuseth Hoyte
Ericka Rousseau takes on Bilitis Gaucher in Charente-Maritime, France
In Saint-Maur, Indre, France, Jessica Tamara Vargas fights Cindy Bonhiver (122)
Anne Sophie Da Costa dukes it out Fleis Djendji in Saint-Just en Chaussee, Oise, France
In Haute-Vienne, France, Myriam Dellal faces Wendy Gervois (135)
Jessica Balogun takes on Edita Lesnik in Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
In Kielce, Poland, Ewa Brodnicka fights Kremena Petkova
Anna Donatella Hultin battles Karina Kopinska in Malmo, Sweden
In Buchs, Switzerland, Vivian Fontana dukes it out with Katarina Vistica
Eggink (4-1) is one of the top prospects in the strawweight division, having won the last year in a match against Angela Magana via triangle choke. She has wins over Heather Clark and Brianna VanBuren.
No word on when she will make her Invicta debut. InvictaFC 8 is targeted for June.
A Brazilian website is reporting the World Series of Fight is looking to book Cyborg Justino versus Holly Holm for sometime next year.
Justino is currently sign with Invicta, and she is at the end of her contract after her next match. InvictaFC president Shannon Knapp has told us that Justino will defend her 145 title against India Gomes in June.
As of now, Justino’s management has stated they are not interested in signing with the WSOF anytime soon.
Speaking of Invicta, Knapp is expected to make an announcement next week about the June event and a possible tv deal.
Should be noted the Fox and the UFC not only recognized InvictaFC in their graphics and commentary Wednesday, but they also used Invicta footage to pump up the fight between Sarah Kaufman and Leslie Smith. UFC and Fox never does this…
According to Dana White, Ronda Rousey requested to defend her title on the July 5th card. White noted that Cat Zingano was still dealing with “personal issues” and was the reason she wasn’t available. Miesha Tate stated this week she is picking Rousey to win over challenger Alexis Davis. Liz Carmouche refused to pick.
White also mentioned he is working on getting the Strikeforce fights on Fightpass. Due to a provision in their Strikeforce deal with Showtime, they aren’t allowed to air the complete fights anywhere. They would also need to edit sponsors out of the fights.
Fox will air it’s first female bout on national broadcast television as Miesha Tate and Liz Carmouche will face off in the co-main event on the “UFC on Fox 11” card in Orlando, FL. Both Tate (135.5) and Carmouche (135) made weight.
Both coming off losses, a win will get the one of them back in the title hunt.
The match will air on Fox Saturday night.
In other pro bouts:
At Kansas Fighting Alliance in Kansas City, MO, Trisha Clark takes on Amanda LaVoy
Crystal Stevens faces Rebecca Ruth at ShamrockFC in St. Louis, MO
Steelfist will have seven amateur bouts plus one pro bout in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Rachel Kemker vs. Killastina Matatohi (pro heavyweight)
Rianne Whiting vs. Danielle Donaldson (ammy 135 title)
At Fight Hard MMA in St. Charles, MO, Susie Wyatt faces Ronni Lawrence
Kelly Wisecarver takes on Kayla Kipp at EAC in Fredericktown, Ohio
In Absolute Action MMA in Williamstown, Kentucky, Kia Peppard battles Desiree Wilson (135)
Jennifer Darr fights Stephanie Alba at NFC in Duluth, Georgia
In UFA in Denver, CO, Selina Valdez-Montoya faces Latrisha Breidenbach
Erica Anabella Farias will defend her WBC lightweight title against Delfine Persoon Sunday in West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.
Farias (19-0) is looking for her 20th win and her 9th defense of her title. Persoon (28-1) is looking to put a fourth belt around her waste, as she is the current WIBF, WBF, and WIBA lightweight champion.
In a pair of bouts Buenos Aires, Argentina, Julieta Andrea Cardozo faces Maria Cecilia Roman and Alicia Monica Machaca battles Laura Soledad Griffa
Undefeated flyweight Alex Grasso looks to step up in compeititon at Invitca.
The Mexican fighter has signed to the promotion as of Monday. Grasso (4-0) finished her first 3 opponents in under 36 seconds. She won the Xterme Kombat Mexico flyweight tournament back in August, defeating Karina Rodriguez by unanimous decision.
Grasso joins fellow Mexican Irene Aldana on the Invicta roster.