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2016 in the Women’s MMA Division by the Numbers

When we posted the half years numbers in July, we had our doubts we would reach more than 700 pro female bouts in MMA. The last six months exceeded expectation.

The last half saw 385 bouts with three months out of the six topping the most fights per month list. On average there was 13.5 bouts per week this year.

Here is a look back at 2016 as a whole by the numbers. Continue reading 2016 in the Women’s MMA Division by the Numbers

UFC Announces Featherweight Division – Holm vs. de Randamie to Vie for First Title

UFC President went through with his promise on creating a featherweight division, but the first champ won’t be Cyborg Justino.

Fox Sports reported Tuesday former bantamweight champion Holly Holm will face Germaine de Randamie for the initial UFC 145 title at UFC 208  February 11th in Brooklyn, New York.

Holm won the 135 title last year beating Ronda Rousey to become the second champion ever. Holm would lose the belt to Miesha Tate earlier this year, and is coming off a loss to Valentina Shevchenko.

Randamie (7-3) is coming off back to back finishes and has won four out of her past 5 fights.

The news comes as Cyborg Justino, the best fighter in the division, decided to take some time off to recover from a bad weight cut and sort out some personal issues. Justino says she will be able to come back in action in March.

With the new title and division, it is unlikely Justino will return to Invicta to defend her title. We expect an announcement in the coming weeks on the fate of that belt.

InvictaFc 20 Aftermath – What is next for the Athletes

It was a surprising ending to what has been a long 20 card journey for InvictaFC as a new champion was crowned in the bantamweight division.

Russia’s Yana Kunitskaya submitted champion Tonya Evinger to end her 9 fight win streak and take the belt, much to the shock of the MMA world. Kunitskaya improves to 10-2 with the win. Continue reading InvictaFc 20 Aftermath – What is next for the Athletes

InvictaFC 20 Primer

With over four years worth of fights, InvictaFC reaches its 20th offering Friday with two titles on the line.

44 athletes have passed through the promotion onto the UFC, making Invicta the place to develop and shine before getting the call to the big time. This card sees what could be the future of the sport.

Three fighters (Miranda Maverick, Pam Sorenson, & Ashley Yoder) missed weight and will forfeit 25% of their fight purse.

Here are the weigh-in results and a breakdown of the card. Continue reading InvictaFC 20 Primer

Watercooler: Boxing’s Hardy to Invicta; Schneider to Bellator

World boxing champion Heather Hardy is heading to MMA.

Hardy decided to crossover and has inked a deal with InvictaFC. She announced the signing via Ring TV. Ironically it was the new insurance plan for fighters under MMA legalization in home state of New York that drove her to the decision. She is still expecting to box along with her MMA career. Continue reading Watercooler: Boxing’s Hardy to Invicta; Schneider to Bellator

Watercoler: UFC 205 Adds Jędrzejczyk vs. Kowalkiewicz; Tate vs. Pennington

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Cris Cyborg Justino made weight at 141 pounds on Friday ahead of her match with Saturday against Lina Lansberg in Brasilia, Brazil for UFC Fight Night. Lansberg tipped the scales at 140 pounds. The match will air on Fox Sports 1 as the main event. Continue reading Watercoler: UFC 205 Adds Jędrzejczyk vs. Kowalkiewicz; Tate vs. Pennington

Watercooler: Rousey’s Return Date? Cooper vs. Elmose Announced & More

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BJPenn.com is reporting Ronda Rousey may return for UFC 207 December 30th in Las Vegas in a title match with champion Amanda Nunes.


UFC President Dana White told the press this week he is very interested now in a fight between Cris “Cyborg” Justino and Ronda Rousey. This is a vast change from hos stance on only holding the fight at 135 for the title. Continue reading Watercooler: Rousey’s Return Date? Cooper vs. Elmose Announced & More

Kalyn Schwartz Signs to Invicta; Faces Tiffany Van Soest in Debut

13001178_1606031132993254_5594681182817991372_nInvictaFC announced Tuesday who will face Muay Thai champion Tiffany Van Soest in her promotional debut.

Undefeated amateur fighter Kalyn Schwartz (6-0) will be making her pro debut at InvictaFC 19 in Kansas City September 23rd against the Muay Thai superstar. A dedicated Marine, Schwartz started training in the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program.

After the Corp, she took up some bad habits but her soon-to-be fiance Chris Holliday sparked her passion back into training, and she found great success as an amateur fighter. She has won multiple title in several weight classes including King of the Cage.

She currently co-owns Rogue Combat Academy with Holliday while going to college at Southern Oregon University pursuing a Fitness Technician degree. She is also a part of their women’s wrestling team.

The match against Van Soest will stream on UFC Fight Pass September 23rd.

You can read more about Kalyn Schwartz at MyaMMANews.com.

InvictaFC 19 Adds Van Soest; Aldana vs. Van Duin; Plus 4 More Bouts

InvictaFC announced Friday six more bouts will be added to the two title matches for its upcoming 19th outing in Kansas City, Missouri September 23rd.

The featured contest will see former featherweight title challenger Faith Van Duin against former bantamweight title challenger Irene Aldana. Van Duin (6-2) is coming off a title loss to featherweight champion Cris “Cyborg” Justino in her last Invicta outing, but has since dropped to bantamweight, defeating Charlene Watt this past June in her home country of New Zealand.

Aldana was supposed to fight on the previous Invicta card, but her opponent Taila Santos was unable to get into the country. The Mexican stand out recovered from her loss to champion Tonya Evinger by defeating Jessamyn Duke  at InvictaFC 16.

Muay Thai world champion Tiffany VanSoest will make her promotional debut on the card against a yet to be named opponent at strawweight. Splitting her time between Bali MMA and Steel MMA, VanSoest won her opening round Glory Kickboxing match in May. The “Timebomb” is 0-1 in MMA with one amateur win with both being in China in 2011.

Two new countries will debut representatives on the InvictaFC 19 card.

Top India prospect Manjit Kolekar (8-0) looks to prove herself as she takes on Brazil’s Kaline Medeiros (7-4). Kolecar is the first ever winner of the Super Fight League women’s tournament and has had half of her wins by stoppage. She will be making her US debut.

Medeiros is on a four fight win streak and looked impressive in her InvictaFC debut this past May, defeating Alline Serio on short notice.

The other country making its InvictaFC debut is Iceland with Sunna Davidsdottir. The winner of the IMMAF European Open last year, she finished in two of the three matches in the tournament. This will be her professional debut.

Standing in her way is Ashley Greenway, who won her debut with promotion this past March. Greenway was a multi-time amateur champion.

Undefeated atomweight contender Julia Jones (4-0) will make her promotional debut against Stephanie Skinner (4-5). Jones has faced some of the top prospects at 105 and has came victorious including a win over Paulina Granados.

Skinner has won back to back fights since her loss to current InvictaFC champion Angela Hill in 2014.

In a battle of emerging featherweights, Amber Leibrock looks to recover from her loss to Megan Anderson against undefeated Amy Coleman. Leibrick won the Tuff-n-uff featherweight tournament to win a spot in Invicta, and defeated Marina Shafir last year in 37 seconds in her promotional debut.

Cole is making her InvictaFC debut having won back to back fights as a pro. Her most recent fight was a win over Annie DeCrescente this past May.

This brings a total of 8 fights, which includes the Interim Flyweight Title bout between champion Jennifer Maia and Roxanne Modafferi, and the Atomweight Title bout between champion Ayaka Hamasaki and Jinh Yu Frey.

The complete card will stream 0n UFC Fight Pass September 23rd.

Main Event

  • Jennifer Maia (c) vs. Roxanne Modafferi –  Interim Flyweight Title

Co-Main Event

  • Ayaka Hamasaki (c) vs. Jinh Yu Frey – Atomweight Title

Main Card

  • Bantamweight: Irene Aldana  vs. Faith Van Duin
  • Strawweight: Manjit Kolekar vs. Kaline Medeiros
  • Strawweight: Tiffany Van Soest vs. TBA
  • Atomweight: Julia Jones vs. Stephanie Skinner
  • Featherweight: Amber Leibrock vs. Amy Coleman
  • Strawweight: Ashley Greenway vs. Sunna Rannveig Davidsdottir