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Charmaine Tweet Takes WMMA Press Knockout of the Year 2016

(Photo courtesy Esther Lin/InvictaFC)

It was the spin the got her the InvictaFC title shot.

Canada’s Charmaine Tweet takes home the WMMA Press Knockout of the Year 2016. Continue reading Charmaine Tweet Takes WMMA Press Knockout of the Year 2016

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Watercooler: Kagan Retires; Invicta & Rizin Add Matches

Two additional matches will round out the InvictaFC 22 card March 25th in Kansas City.

Ashley Cummins will be making her way back to the InvictaFC cage taking on friomer title challenger Amber Brown in an atomweight bout.

Cummins (4-3) is coming off a submission of the year candidate of Nikki Smith, which broke a three fight losing streak. This will be her first cut to 105 of the St. Louis police after going to a 110 catchweight in her last fight. Continue reading Watercooler: Kagan Retires; Invicta & Rizin Add Matches

InvictaFC 22 card Shapes Up with Hamasaki vs. Souza; Bennett vs. Esquibel

The strawweights will be featured prominently on the InvictaFC 22 card in Kansas City March 25, which will stream on UFC Fight Pass. Joining the main event of the second meeting between bantamweight champion Tonya Evinger and Yana Kunitskaya will be four fights at 115 and an atomweight tilt. Continue reading InvictaFC 22 card Shapes Up with Hamasaki vs. Souza; Bennett vs. Esquibel

Wombat Watercooler: Dern Gets Next Opponent; RoadFC Announces All Female Promotion

BJJ superstar Mackenzie Dern has her next challenge in MMA.

The black belt will face Katherine Roy at Legacy Fighting Alliance in San Antonio, Texas March 10th. It will air on AXS TV.

Dern is coming off a highlight reel submission over Montana Stewart in October and is currently 2-0 as a pro. Continue reading Wombat Watercooler: Dern Gets Next Opponent; RoadFC Announces All Female Promotion

2016 WMMA Press Nominees for Promotion of the Year

The demand for female fights have grown.

More than 700 fights happened in the pro women’s divisions alone in 2016. Five Promotions were ahead of the curve and are nominated for this year’s award.

The WMMA Press committee is a set of journalists that have covered the female divisions of martial arts for years on may different levels.

Six journalists will vote on the award:

This is the 7th year for the awards which sees the best in female fighting recognized.

Here at the nominees for the WMMA Press Award for Promotion of the Year.

  • UFC (52 fights in 2016)
  • Invicta (48 Fights in 2016)
  • IMMAF (42 ammy fights in 2016)
  • King of the Cage (38 fights in 2016 pro & ammy)
  • DEEP JEWELS (24 Fights in 2016)

InvictaFC 21 Primer

Invicta’s first event of 2017 kicks off with a new champion being crowned.

Charmaine Tweet and Megan Anderson will look for their first world title Saturday in Kasnas City which will stream live on UFC Fight Pass.

Also on the card  Pannie Kianzad looks to get back into the bantamweight title hunt as she faces perennial contender Raquel Pa’aluhi in the co-main event.

Several changes to the card this past week saw Heather Hardy’s match get scrapped due to an injury to Brieta Carpenter; the addition of Elizabeth Phillips versus Leah Letson; and Kali Robbins and Jodie Esquibel taken off the card due to Robbins missing weight by 6.4 pounds. Robbins took the bout last minute.

The official weigh-ins happened Friday morning with no ceremonial weigh-ins due to in-climate weather.

Here is a breakdown of the now seven fight card with the weigh-in results.

(Photos courtesy Scott Hirano, Invicta FC) Continue reading InvictaFC 21 Primer

Light as a Feather: The 145 Women’s Conundrum

We are on the verge of crowning three featherweight champions this year, and a lot of people have seen this as a problem.

The UFC’s announcement in December started it all as they announced they will crown their first 145 champion with Holly Holm versus Germaine de Randamie at UFC 208 February 11th in Brooklyn, New York. With Cyborg Justino possibly being under suspension by USADA and not having defended her title in the past year due to her UFC stint, Invicta will be crowning an interim champion this coming Saturday in Kansas City with Charmaine Tweet versus Megan Anderson. Continue reading Light as a Feather: The 145 Women’s Conundrum

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