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Invicta Strawweight Title Match Announced; Gonzalez vs Walker Added to October Card

InvictaFC President Shannon Knapp is starting the stack the last two cards of the year, and one will crown a new strawweight champion.

Knapp announced on the “Beatdown After the Bell” podcast that Bellator vet and former flyweight title challenger Enily Ducote will face Rizin star Kanato Murata for the vacant 115 title. The belt was held by Phoenix Rizin 1 winner Brianna Van Buren before she signed to the UFC shortly after winning it. Continue reading Invicta Strawweight Title Match Announced; Gonzalez vs Walker Added to October Card

Rizin Women’s Grand Prix Opening Round Announced

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One of the biggest female tournaments in Japan’s history us set to kick off October 15th.

The tournament will feature competitors from 5 different countries, with the winner receiving an over $90,000 grand prize. The winners of the October event will go on two fight twice New Year’s Eve weekend to win the championship. Continue reading Rizin Women’s Grand Prix Opening Round Announced

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

Rizin Announces Three Female Bouts for September Card

On Monday, Japan’s Rizin promotion announced who will face stars Gabi Garcia, RENA, and Kanako Murata on September 25th in Tokyo, Japan.

Garcia (2-0) will face track star and semi-pro football Destanie Yarbrough (1-0). Garcia is a world champion in BJJ and grappling, and has been training striking with Cyborg Justino.  Yarbrough is coming off a 0:33 TKO win in April, and currently plays for Women’s Football Alliance’s Cal Wart Angels.

RENA (1-0 MMA) draws world champion wrestler Miyu Yamamoto in her MMA debut. The Shootbox champion RENA was impressive in her MMA debut with a flying armbar win this past New years Eve. Yamamoto earned three world championships in freestyle wrestling and is part of a family of wrestling champions.

A familiar face to American fans as Kyra Batara (5-3) will make her debut in Japan taking on fellow grappler Kanako Murata .(3-0). Batara is on a three fight winning streak since coming to Combate Americas, two by TKO. The 10th Planet practitioner will have a tough test in Murata, who has racked up two straight TKO wins of her own. She was a national junior champion in wrestling.

No word as of yet if the matches will air or stream.

2016 IMMAF World Championships Participants Tenatively Set

Coming into its third year, the IMMAF World Amateur MMA Championships are ready to show the best the international community has to offer.

So far 34 female athletes have signed up to make the trip to Las Vegas during UFC’s International Fight week. We will see some familiar faces from tournaments past, nationally recognized talent, and some new faces from some new places including Nepal. Continue reading 2016 IMMAF World Championships Participants Tenatively Set

Wombat Watercooler – Damm vs. Alpar; MacFarlane vs. Ruth Announced

Carina Damm has an opponent for her TitanFC debut.

Sarah Alpar has stepped up to take on the long time vet at the promotion’s June 10th event in Coral Gables, Florida. It will stream on UFC Fight Pass.

Continue reading Wombat Watercooler – Damm vs. Alpar; MacFarlane vs. Ruth Announced

Wombat Watercooler January 8th

All of the WMMA Press Award nominees have been announced and the committee will be voting on winners next week. We will have details on where you can hear who won next week.

To see the complete list of nominees click here.


12508946_10156343157340317_8640589319416683672_nHolly Holm and Miesha Tate are getting their wishes.

The UFC relented on their plans to have the UFC champ wait until UFC 200 to defend her belt and will defended it at UFC 197 against Tate. They will co-main the card.

Speculation is the event will take place March 6th in Vegas, but the UFC isn’t on the docket for the NSCA meeting next week. That could change.


In the mean time, Ronda Rousey will be keeping herself busy until she is fully healed.

After her first heartbreaking loss, Rousey will try to not only cheer herself up but make people laugh January 23rd on NBC, becoming the first MMA fighter to host Saturday Night Live. Rousey will also be in the upcoming Sports Illsutrated Swimsuit Issue and filming a few movies.


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Ashlee Evans-Smith is off suspension and will return to the UFC to take on Marion Reneau at UFC Pittsburgh February 21. Reneau lost a decision to eventual champion Holly Holm in her last outing, while Smith lost her debut to Raquel Pennington.

The match joins Sarah Moras versus Lauren Murphy on the card, which will air n Fox Sports 1.


Bellator has added a female bout to their January 29th event in Fresno, California.

Ilima-Lei Macfarlane will take on promotional debuter Amber Tackett on the undercard in a flyweight bout.

MacFarlane (2-0) is coming off a split decision win over Maria Rios in her Bellator debut. Tackett (1-1) recently return to action this past October, defeating Corina Herrera by decision.

The match will stream on Spike.com January 29th.


Two bantamweight prospect will duke it out in February as well. England Kerry Hughes will face Ireland’s Sinead Kavanagh at BAMMA 24 in Dublin, Ireland.

Hughes (2-1) is coming off a year’s absence after a TKO win over Amanda Kelly.

Knockout specialist Kavanagh (1-0) was a finalist int eh IMMAF world tournament last year and won her pro debut in 17 seconds.

Catherine Costigan is expected to also fight on the show.

The match will be streamed and we will have details in the next few weeks on how to watch.


After an eight year absence from MMA, atomweight Hisae Watanabe will return to action.

The shootbox and kickboxing legend will face Korea’s Ye Ji Lee at World Series of Fight’s Global Championship card in Tokyo, Japan February 7th.

Watanabe (19-6) started her MMA career in 2002 and announced her “retirement” from MMA in 2007, although she has fought two exhibition bouts in 2010 and 2012. She fought in shootboxing and kickboxing until 2010 before taking a break to start a family.

The 16 year old Lee is coming off her first pro loss in MMA but was able to hold her own in her debut.

No word on if this will be streamed.


Two matches to look out for this weekend:

Two of the top flyweight prospects, Katlyn Chookagian (5-0) and Isabelly Varela (7-0), will square off for the initial CFFC flyweight title in Atlantic City, New Jersey Saturday. The match will air on CBS Sports Net at a future date, but GoFightLive will stream the event live for $17.

Jamie Colleen will defend her King of the Cage pro 115 title against Calie Cutler in Carlton, Minnesota. The match will air on MAv TV at a future date.

Watch our twitter @WombatSports for up to the minute results.

DEEP-JEWELS 8 Adds Three Bouts

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One of Japan’s top bantamweight prospects Shizuka Sugiyama will be returning to action as she rematches Ji Yeon Kim at DEEP-JEWELS May 31 in Tokyo, Japan. This is one of three bouts announced Wednesday.

Both Sugiyama (13-4-1) and Kim (2-0-2) has back to back wins. Sugiyama has won 11 of her last nine fights; while Kim started her career with back to back draws including her debut match against Sugiyama in 2013 at DEEP.

Also announced, Emi Tomimatsu and Ayaka Miura both look to rebound from losses in a 105 bout. Tomimatsu (8-10) is the former DEEP-JEWELS 115 pound champion but has suffered back to back decision losses. Miura (1-1) is coming off her first pro loss and will be making the drop to 105.

Rounding out the card is Yuko Oya taking on Misaki Takimoto.

The event will see the semi-finals and finals of the DEEP-JEWELS 106 title grand prix as  Mei Yamaguchi battles Mina Kurobe and Satomi “Sarami” Takano takes on Tomo Maesawa. The winners will fight each other in the main event for the vacant 106 title.

March 2015 Unified Rankings Cyborg Returns to Mountain Top

Coming off a busy February, all the Women’s Unified Pro MMA Rankings saw changes coming off the InvictaFC 12 card , the opening round of the DEEP-JEWELS 106 tournament, and all the UFC events.


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Justino Courtesy Esther Lin/InvictaFC

Featherweight

With the return of Cris “Cyborg” Justino, the InvictaFC champion regains her #1 status at featherweight after her TKO win over Charmaine Tweet. Marloes Coenen (now 2), Julia Budd (now 3), and Faith Van Duin (now 4) all drop a spot. Talita Nogueira drops off the list due to activity.

Tweet drops from 7 to 10 in the rankings due to her loss, rotating Amanda Bell (now 7),  Gabrielle Holloway (now 8) and Megan Anderson (now 9) up a spot.


Bantamweight

With her loss to champion Ronda Rousey, Cat Zingano drops from #2 to #3, trading spots with Miesha Tate in the only change in the 135 top ten.


Flyweight

With Deanna Bennett’s successful drop to 115, she drops out of the 125 rankings. All of the fighters from 4-8 in the flyweight rankings last month move up a spot. Roxanne Modafferi moves from 10 to 8, with Jin Tang (9) and  Silvana Gomez (10) debuting on the list.


Strawweight

With her win over Mizuki Inoue, Alexa Grasso has debuted in the top ten at strawweight, taking the #8 spot. Tecia Torres (now #9) and Kalindra Faria (now #10) drop a spot.


Atomweight

At 105, Mina Kurobe enters the list at #9 after her win over Emi Tomimatsu at the DEEP-JEWELS tournament. Cassie Rodish drops off the list with Saori Ishioka  dropping a spot to #10.


You can see the complete March 2015 Pro MMA Unfied Rankings here.