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Frausto vs. Graf Announced for Glory Kickboxing 33

The third quarterfinal match in the Glory Kickboxing Bantamweight (122 pound) tournament.

Bellator MMA tournament champion Zoila Frausto (4-0 kickboxing;) will face Germany’s Daniela Graf (23-5-1 kickboxing/Muay Thai) in Trenton New Jersey on the promotion’s 33rd card September 9th. Glory announced the match Friday night. Continue reading Frausto vs. Graf Announced for Glory Kickboxing 33

New Reserve Bout Announced for Glory Women’s Tournament

Vanessa De Waele
Vanessa De Waele

With Irina Mazepa taking Iman Barlow’s place in the Glory Grand Prix, a new reserve bout has been put together and will happen at Glory 32 in Norfolk, Virginia July 22.

Belgium’s Vanessa De Waele and Turkey’s Funda Alkayis (28-2, 12 KO) will square off to see who will replace an injured fighter in the tournament.

The second quarterfinal will take place at Glory 31 between Netherland’s Isis Verbeek and Russia’s Mazepa in Amsterdam June 25th.

Both fights will stream live on UFC Fight Pass.

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

Tiffany VanSoest Signs with Invicta; Glory Kickboxing

4b36780c-5ffa-4c76-bec1-3e946cf82ac4One of the top stars of Muay Thai will look to dominate two sports at once.

It was announced this week Lion Fights champion Tiffany Van Soest has signed contracts with two UFC Fight Pass staples, InvictaFC and Glory Kickboxing.

Continue reading Tiffany VanSoest Signs with Invicta; Glory Kickboxing

Lynn Le Updates us on Society Nine as it Makes its World TV debut

12439172_1102298136477971_887299483146186748_nOver two years ago, Lynn Le had a vision: to make female fight gear that actual fit and was more reliable.

Le soon began her journey giving creation to Society Nine, a company that will change the combat sports world as a whole. Her kickstarter found huge support, garnered her some awards, and got needed funding to get started.

It wasn’t easy though. Pressure to deliver a completed and well working product is a monumental task. Le and the company had to deal with delays due to find more appropriate vendors for materials, dealing with factories that need to manufacture the products just right, and finally getting the gear in the hands of the individuals who paid good money for a high quality product. Society Nine was able to pull through the hurdles and deliver their product as promised.

Continue reading Lynn Le Updates us on Society Nine as it Makes its World TV debut

The Circle Looks to Bring Striking to its Roots

11224858_943455955725114_1106224575181586106_nInternational Fighting Evolution has announced a tournament that will focus on striking and the art of stand-up fighting.

“The Circle” is a team tournament in which fighters from 16 different countries compete in what is a combination of kickboxing and shootboxing. The participants compete in a circular 23 foot ring with three 3 minute rounds. The gloves are lighter than boxing gloves: 6 ounce gloves for lighter divisions and 8 oz for the heavier ones.

Each team will consist for three male and one female fighter. The females will be fighting at 121 pounds/55 kg. In a unique twist, fighters can’t gain more than 3 kg (6.6 lbs) between weigh-ins and the fight.

The first event is slated for Barcelona, Spain September 12th. It will see Team Spain versus Team Australia and Team Thailand versus Team Italy. The matches themselves see:

  • Chomanee Sor Taehiran (Thailand) vs. Donatella Panu (Italy)
  • Eva Naranjo (Spain) VS Sam ‘Nanu’ Brown (Australia)

Among other announced participants:

  • Samanta Allevato (Argentina)
  • Iman Ghbalou Chairi (Morroco)
  • Christi Brereton (Great Britain)
  • Sofia Olofsson (Sweden)
  • Valeria Drozdova (Russia)
  • Samantha Van Doorn (Holland)

Countries who haven’t announced their female participants: Brazil, China, Italy, Japan, South Africa, Turkey, and the USA.

The September 12th event will be broadcast on Fox Sports Europe and Africa, but no streaming or broadcast details as of yet for North and South America.

More info can be found here.

2015 IFMA Women’s Muay Thai Tournament Results/Schedule

Antonina Shevchenko
Antonina Shevchenko

Some of the world’s best Muay Thai specialists have converged in Bangkok, Thailand for the IFMA Royal Cup tournament. The 4th event sees over a hundred female fighters from a few dozen countries to see who will stand atop the world stage.

We are obtaining results as they become available, with the IFMA posting schedules on their site daily.

You can see day 1 and day 2 results here.

(Results are in green)


Day 3 

45kg/99 lbs.

  • Yasemin Comert (Turkey) def. Ramesh Rashi (India)
  •  Alena Liashkevich (Belarus) def. Vera Negodina (Russia) 
  • Pia Urpulahti (Finland) def. Louise Fuller (New Zealand) by TKO round 3 
  • Konklak Suphisara (Thailand) def. Wu Hoi Yan (Hong Kong) by points

54kg/119 lbs

  • Aho Andra (Estonia)  def. Christy Demosthenous (Cyprus) by decision
  • Hoi Lan Tsang (Hong Kong) def. Hailey Kallio by points (France)
  •  Sofia Olofsson (Sweden) def. Sveva Melillo (Italy) 
  •  Likittrakul Sopapan (Thailand)  def. Natalia Diachkova (Russia) by points

60kg/132 lbs. Quarterfinals

  • Mariya Valent (Belarus) def. Ekaterina Vinnikova (Russia)
  •  Sandra Bengtsson (Sweden) def. Jennifer Guerrero (USA) by decision
  • Anke Van Gestel (Belgium) def. Sandra Brew (Australia)
  • Valentina Shevchenko (Peru) def. Nili Block (Israel)

71kg/156.5 lbs

  • Steph Glew (Australia) def. Helena Jurisic (Croatia) by decision
  • Elina Nilsson (Sweden) def. Tas Ayse (Turkey) by TKO round 2
  • Anna Tarasova (Russia) def. Pia Raita (Finland) by points
  • Tana Te Huia Aroha Lee (New Zealand) def. Diana Rogozina (Estonia)  

Day 4 

48kg/106 lbs

  • Akarsu Gizem (Turkey) def. Camilla Danielsson (Sweden)  
  • Thanh Truc Nguyen Thi (Vietnam) def. Fanny Ramos (France) by TKO round 1
  • Tessa Kakkonen (Finland) def. Diana Metzger (USA) by TKO round 1
  • Hanphan Rattanaphon (Thailand) def. Renata Shvets (Ukraine)

57kg/126 lbs

  • Miriam Tio (New Zealand) def. Marisa Pires (Portugal)
  • Evelina Wikner (Sweden) def. Janice Lyn (Canada)
  • Yolanda Schmidt (Australia) def. Alesia Klimavets (Belarus) by decision
  • Katia Semail (France) def. Iana Dunaeva (Russia)  

63.5kg/140 lbs

  • Aleide Lawant (Netherlands) def. Melissa Almeida (Canada) by forfeit
  • Melissa Anderson (Australia) def. Nora Cornolle (France)
  • Antonina Shevchenko (Peru) def. Naili Soukaina (Morocco) by TKO round 1
  • Svetlana Vinnikova (Russia) def. Jarvenpaa Riikka (Finland) by points 

Junior 32kg/70.5 lbs Championship

  • Hailey Delfs (Australia) vs. Suni Dangchaiyapoom (Thailand)

Junior 48kg/106 lbs. Quarterfinal

  • Emily Curtain (Australia) def. Sobsoda Pakamart (Thailand) by decision

Junior 51kg/112.5 lbs Quarterfinal

  • Dakota Ditcheva (England) def. Iong Kam Teng (Macau) by TKO round 1

Junior 54kg/119 lbs. Quarterfinals

  • Ekaterina Popova (Russia) vs. Busra Korkut (Turkey)
  • Nattana Tanawatpopat (Thailand) vs. Claudia Sendlak (Sweden)

Day 5

51kg/113 lbs

  • Parita Padpho (Thailand) def. Valeriya Drozdova (Russia)  
  • Kristan Armstrong (Australia) def. Janet Coakley Todd (USA)  
  • Myriame Djedidi (France) def. Ranes Arlyn (Philippines)  
  • Therese Gunnarsson (Sweden) def. Sanne Strabbing (Netherlands) 

67kg/148 lbs.

  • Elena Kolesnik (Ukraine) def. Tacyildiz Bediha (Turkey)  
  • Anastasia Nepianidi (Russia) def. Joana Neumann (Germany)
  • Melody Downs (New Zealand) def. Angelique Pitiot (France)
  •  Isa Tidblad Keskikangas (Sweden) def. Kayleigh McGregor (England) 

75kg/165 lbs.

  • Anna Strandberg (Sweden) def. Christine  Doyle (Canada)  
  • lvas Andreja (Croatia) def. Tess Haami (New Zealand) 
  • Irina Larionova (Russia) def. Renata Tataharu (Brazil)  
  • Laressa Van Emden (Finland) def. Melisa Melina Castillo (Argentina) 

Day 6 

Junior (11-12) 38 kg/84 lbs Finals

  • Taosuwan Pattarawan (Thailand) vs. Nadya lndah Royani (Indonesia)

Junior 34 kg/75 lbs Finals 

  • Plahova Lyubov (Russia) vs. Samphao Suwanna (Thailand)

Junior 36kg/79 lbs Finals

  • Macharean Kewalin (Thailand) def. Sofia Bahtereva (Russia) 

Junior (12-13) 38kg/84lbs Finals

  • Damplao Ketkanok (Thailand) vs. Alicia Smith (Australia)

 Junior 46kg/101.5 lbs Finals

  • Lungphon Napat (Thailand) vs. Kristina Koksharova (Russia)

Junior 56kg/123.5 lbs Finals

  • Crystal Cook (New Zealand) def. Guirey Chloe (England)

Junior 57kg/126lbs Finals

  • Marja Paula Buzaglo (Peru) def. ????

45kg/99 lbs Semi-Finals 

  • Alena Liashkevich (Belarus) def. Yasemin Comert (Turkey) 
  • Konklak Suphisara (Thailand) def. Pia Urpulahti (Finland)  

48kg/106 lbs Semi-Finals 

  • Thanh Truc Nguyen Thi (Vietnam) def. Akarsu Gizem (Turkey) 
  • Hanphan Rattanaphc (Thailand) def. Tessa Kakkonen (Finland)

51kg/112.5 lbs Semi-Finals 

  • Parista Padpho (Thailand) def. Kristan Armstrong (Australia)
  • Myriame Djedidi (France) def. Therese Gunnarsson (Sweden)  

54kg/119 lbs Semi-Finals 

  • Andra Aho (Estonia) def. Hoi Lan Tsang (Hong Kong)
  • Sofia Olofsson (Sweden) def. Likittrakul Sopapan (Thailand)

57kg/ 126 lbs Semi-Finals 

  • Evelina Wikner (Sweden) def. Miriam Tio (New Zealand)  
  • Katia Semail (France) def. Yolanda Schmidt (Australia) 

60 kg/132 lbs Semi-Finals 

  • Mariya Valent (Belarus) def. Sandra Bengtsson (Sweden)
  • Valentina Shevchenko (Peru) def.  Anke Van Gestel (Belgium) by TKO round 1

63 kg/139 lbs Semi-Finals 

  • Melissa Anderson (Australia) def. Aleide Lawant (Netherlands)  
  • Antonina Shevchenko (Peru) def. Svetlana Vinnikova (Russia)

67 kg/148 lbs Semi-Finals 

  • Anastasiia Nepianidi (Russia) def. Elenea Kolesnik (Ukraine)
  • Isa Tidblad Keskikangas (Sweden) def. Melody Downs (New Zealand)

71 kg/156.5 lbs Semi-Finals 

  • Steph Glew (Australia) def. Elina Nilsson (Sweden)
  • Anna Tarasova (Russia) def. Tana Te Huia Aroha Lee (New Zealand)

75kg/165.5 lbs Semi-Finals 

  • Andreja Ivas (Croatia) def. Anna Strandberg (Sweden) 
  • Laressa Van Emden (Finland) def. Irina Larionova (Russia)

Day 7

45kg/99 lbs Finals 

  • Konklak Suphisara (Thailand)  vs. Alena Liashkevich (Belarus)

45kg/99 lbs Consolation 

  • Tessa Kakkonen (Finland) def. Akarsu Gizem (Turkey)

48kg/106 lbs Finals 

  • Hanphan Rattanaphc (Thailand) vs. Thanh Truc Nguyen Thi (Vietnam)

48kg/106 lbs Consolation 

  • Pia Urpulahti (Finland) def.asemin Comerty (Turkey)

51kg/112.5 lbs Finals 

  • Parista Padpho (Thailand) def. Myriame Djedidi (France)  

51kg/112.5 lbs Consolation

  • Therese Gunnarsson (Sweden) vs. Kristan Armstrong (Australia)

54kg/119 lbs Finals 

  • Sofia Olofsson (Sweden) def. Andra Aho (Estonia) 

54kg/119 lbs Consolation 

  • Hoi Lan Tsang (Hong Kong) vs. Likittrakul Sopapan (Thailand)

57kg/ 126 lbs Finals 

  • Katia Semail (France) def. Evelina Wikner (Sweden) 

57kg/ 126 lbs Consolation

  • Yolanda Schmidt (Australia) def. Miriam Tio (New Zealand)

60 kg/132 lbs Finals 

  • Valentina Shevchenko (Peru) def. Mariya Valent (Belarus)

60 kg/132 lbs Consolation

  • Anke Van Gestel (Belgium) vs. Sandra Bengtsson (Sweden)

63 kg/139 lbs Semi-Finals 

  • Melissa Anderson (Australia) def. Antonina Shevchenko (Peru) (Doctors wuldn’t clear Shevchenko due to foot injury)

63 kg/139 lbs Consolation

  • Aleide Lawant (Netherlands) vs. Svetlana Vinnikova (Russia)

67 kg/148 lbs Finals 

  • Anastasiia Nepianidi (Russia) def. Isa Tidblad Keskikangas (Sweden) 

67 kg/148 lbs Consolation

  • Melody Downs (New Zealand) vs. Elenea Kolesnik (Ukraine)

71 kg/156.5 lbs Finals 

  • Steph Glew (Australia) def. Anna Tarasova (Russia) 

71 kg/156.5 lbs Consolation

  • Elina Nilsson (Sweden) def. Tana Te Huia Aroha Lee (New Zealand)

75kg/165.5 lbs Semi-Finals 

  • Laressa Van Emden (Finland) def. Andreja Ivas (Croatia)

75kg/165.5 lbs Consolation

  • Irina Larionova (Russia) vs. Anna Strandberg (Sweden)

IFMA Women’s World Muay Thai Championships Day 1 and 2 Results

Shevchenko
Shevchenko

Some of the world’s best Muay Thai specialists are in the home country of the sport to see who will stand atop the mountain.

The IFMA tournament will take place over the next two weeks with fighters from over a could dozen countries traveling to Thailand. Some big names in women’s Muay Thai including Valentina Shevchenko and Anke Van Getsel.

The first 2 days of the tournament has seen some great action, with some of the bouts being streamed live at Channel.theworldgames.org.

Below are the results so far. We will continue to get results posted as they become available. Tournament ends August 23rd.


Day 1 Results

48 kg/106 lbs

  • Tessa Kakkonen (Finland) def. Jill Campart (Switzerland) by TKO Round 1
  • Renata Shvets (Ukraine) def. Galina Popova (Russia) by decision
  • Nongnaen (Hanphan Rattanaphon) (Thailand) def. Anastasiya Kalashnikava (Belarus) by TKO round 2

54kg/119 lbs

  • Sveva Melillo (Italy) def. Mengjing Wang (China) by decision
  • Sofia Olofsson (Sweden) def. Alena Mishchuk (Belarus) by TKO round 1
  • Natalia Diachkova (Russia) def. Akar Dilek (Turkey) by decision
  • Namtarn (Likittrakul Sopapan) (Thailand) def. Sarah Rankin (Australia) by decision

57kg/126 lbs

  • Yolanda Schmidt (Australia) def. Chommanee (Teahiran Yadrung) (Thialand) by points

60kg/132 lbs.

  • Mariya Valent (Belarus) def. Hong Nga Truong Thi (Vietnam) by TKO round 2
  • Ekaterina Vinnikova (Russia) def. Jinin Li (China)  by decision
  • Jennifer Guerrero (USA) def. Jade Taylor (England) by decision
  • Sandra Bengtsson (Sweden) def. Nina Scheucher (Austria) by decision
  • Anke Van Gestel (Belgium) def. Kaya Sumran (Turkey) by decision
  • Sandra Brew (Australia) def. NongKiff (Tabtrai Kesinee) (Thailand) by decision
  • Nili Block (Israel) def. Jacqueline De Beer (South Africa) by TKO round 3
  • Valentina Shevchenko (Peru) def. Kaoutar Houkman (Morocco) by decision

75kg/165 lbs

  • Laressa Van Emden (Finland) def.  Haddoubi Soukaina (Morocco) by decision

67kg/148 lbs

  • Kayleigh Mcgregor (England) def. Duannapha Mor Rattana Bundit (Panumat Thanthawa) (Thailand) by points

Day 2 Results

51kg/113 lbs

  • Kristan Armstrong (Australia) def. Phetsangkhat Mirka (Finland) by decision
  • Janet Coakley Todd (USA)  def. Barbara Bontempi (Italy) by decision
  • Ranes Arlyn (Philippines) def. Naryanaswamy Tejashwini (India) by TKO round 1
  • Myriame Djedidi (France) def. Nina Schumacher (Germany) by decision
  • Sanne Strabbing (Netherlands) def. Rinda Apti Masriani (Indonesia) round 2
  •  Therese Gunnarsson (Sweden) def. Ashleigh Ahipene (New Zealand) by decision

57kg/126 lbs

  • Alesia Klimavets (Belarus) def. Christin Fiedler (Austria) by decision
  • Yolanda Schmidt (Australia) def. Teah Iran Yadrung (Thailand) by decision
  • Iana Dunaeva (Russia) def. Luna Tobin Berger (Peru) by decision
  • Katia Semail (France) def. Anastasiia Sharmonova (Ukraine)  by decision

63.5/140 lbs

  • Riikka  Jarvenpaa (Finland) def. Aliaksandra Sitnikava (Belarus) by decision
  •  Svetlana Vinnikova (Russia) def. Erica Bjornestrand (Sweden)  by decision

Day 3 Schedule

60kg/132 lbs. Quarterfinals

  • Mariya Valent (Belarus) vs. Ekaterina Vinnikova (Russia)
  • Jennifer Guerrero (USA) vs. Sandra Bengtsson (Sweden)
  • Anke Van Gestel (Belgium) vs. Sandra Brew (Australia)
  • Nili Block (Israel) vs. Valentina Shevchenko (Peru)

71kg/156.5 lbs

  • Steph Glew (Australia) vs. Helena Jurisic (Croatia)
  • Tas Ayse (Turkey) vs. Elina Nilsson (Sweden)
  • Anna Tarasova (Russia) vs. Pia Raita (Finland)
  • Diana Rogozina (Estonia) vs. Tana Te Huia Aroha Lee (New Zealand)

Bellator News: Coenen vs. Blencowe In August; Signs Kari Ann Melendez

Coenen
Coenen
Blencowe
Blencowe

Bellator continues to rededicate itself to the women’s divisions.

Combat Press broke the news Friday Marloes Coenen versus Arlene Blencowe is in the works for Bellator 141 in Temecula, California August 28th. Blencowe confirmed the match on twitter. The match will air on Spike TV.

Coenen (22-6) won her Bellator debut against Italy’s Annalisa Bucci last October by submission. She has won three out of her last four.

Blencowe (6-4) won four straight including a win over InvictaFC fighter Faith Van Duin. The former boxing champ won her promotional debut, getting a first round TKO over MMA vet Adrienna Jenkins in May.


Melendez
Melendez

Bellator announced this week they have sign kickboxing star Kari Anne Melendez.

Melendez started her kickboxing career in 2004 and went 4-1 as an amateur before turning pro and defeating then surging Jeri Seitz. She would take a break in 2010 to raise her daughter with UFC fighter Gilbert Melendez. She would return to action in 2012.

Melendez will take her first ever MMA fight at Bellator in 2017, but before then she will be fighting at the Bellator/Glory mega event in kickboxing against a yet to be named opponent.

Should be noted Melendez fights usually at 125 and no word on what weight she will be fighting at ultimately for MMA as of yet. This could be the beginning of a new weight class for Bellator.

 

 

Lion Fight 22 Sees Three Female Muay Thai Bouts

Van Soest
Van Soest
Alldis
Alldis

Lion Fight Muay Thai returns to Vegas May 22 with a trio of female division bouts.

Former champion Tiffany Van Soest is looking get back on the winning track taking on England’s Bernise Alldis. VanSoest won five straight before losing her title to Caley Reese. After winning back to back fights at LFP, she lost to Denise Kielholtz at Enfusion.

Alldis came back this past weekend after a few years absence with an unanimous decision win over Tanya Merrit. She has a notable win over Julie Kitchen.

The match will serve as the co-main event.

Opening the main card, Vegas’s Christine Ferea will take on California’s Laura Salazar. Ferea has back to back wins at Lion Fight as an amateur. Salazar has been switching between MMA and Muay Thai. Both will be making their professional Muay Thai debuts.

In the amateur preliminary card, teenage sensation Star Monroe will battle Lion Fight vet Fanny Tommasino.

The main card will air on AXS TV May 22.

Wombat Watercooler February 18th

In action Monday at RXF 16 in Brașov, Romania, Delia Georgescu defeated Maia Buzas by TKO round 1.


On Thursday in Tokyo, Japan, Momo Koseki successfully defended her WBC atomweight title wiht a KO over Aisah Alico in round 2.


Justino
Justino

With fight week vastly approaching, Invicta and the UFC have announced some events before the two cards commence in L.A.

The first is an open workout at the UFC Gym/Sunergy in Terrance, CA Wednesday.

Invicta Workouts

  • 11 a.m.: Charmaine Tweet workout
  • 11:15 a.m.: Alexa Grasso workout
  • 11:30 a.m.: Irene Aldana workout
  • 11:45 a.m.: “Cyborg” Justino workout

UFC Workouts

  • 1 p.m.: Cat Zingano workout
  • 1:30 p.m.: Raquel Pennington workout
  • 2 p.m: Holly Holm workout
  • 2:30 p.m.: Ronda Rousey workout

If you noticed, Justino and Rousey won’t be there at the same time. It is expected Justino will be cageside for the Rousey versus Zigano title fight Saturday. Shannon Knapp states the Justino and Rousey superfight is closer than everyone thinks.


The other UFC fight week event announced is at 11 a.m. pst Saturday at L.A. Live. The UFC will hold a press conference and fan event for the participants for the next seven events. Expected to be in attendance is Felice Herrig and Jessica Eye.


The Nevada State Athletic Commission has suspended Ashlee Evans-Smith for testing positive from the diuretic hydrochlorothiazide after her fight with Raquel Pennington. Smith was fined 30% of her purse and her license is suspended for nine months retroactive from the fight. This means she will be able to return to fighting August 6th if she tests clean before she is re-licensed.


Congratulations to Society Nine on reaching their kickstarer goal. We have been helping to campaign for the company which is going to revolutionize women’s MMA gear. There is still four days left if you want to contribute and get yourself some of their great stuff including a pair of those revolutionary gloves.  Go here.


Abshire Courtesy CMT
Abshire Courtesy CMT

Congrats to amateur MMA fighter Jackie Abshire, who is the current Steve Austin’s “Broken Skull” Challenge champ. She defeated the “Skull Buster” obstacle course record by three and a half minutes. She won $10,000 and will continue to win $10,000 every episode her time in the extreme obstacle course isn’t broken.

You can watch her episode here.


England’s Helen Harper has signed with the PXC.

The undefeated fighter will take on Cortney Casey in her promotional debut March 13th in Guam. Harper has finished in all of her wins, and had trained in Thailand for several years in Muay Thai.

Casey (3-1) is coming off back to back finishes.

The fight will stream on the PXC website March 13th.


Next weekend, Finland’s Suvi Salmimies has a new opponent. Karla Benitez will step in to take on the hometown fighter at Cage 29 in Helsinki. Salmimies (2-0-1) will find her biggest challenged in the more experienced Spain’s Benitez (10-7-1). Benitez is coming off back to back losses,


Invicta fighter Cassie Crissano is asking for your help.

The featherweight is in a custody battle for her youngest son. You can read more and help her get a good lawyer by going here.


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Ughi and Baars

Fights this Weekend

Jorina Baars returns to Lion Fight to defend her Muay Thai title against Chantal Ughi. This is a rematch of their 2009 battle (video here).This will air on AXS TV.


In the only world boxing title match this weekend, Victoria Argueta defends her IBF World minimumweight title against Nancy Franco in Hidalgo, Mexico.


The DEEP-Jewels 106 title tournament starts this weekend in Tokyo, Japan. The opening round matches are as follows:

  • Mei Yamaguchi vs. Miyoko Kusaka (105)
  • Emi Tomimatsu vs. Mina Kurobe (105)
  • Satomi Takano vs. Masako Yoshida (105)
  • Tomo Maesawa vs. Yukiko Seki (105)

Besides the quarterfinal matches,  Emi Fujino teams up with Sachiko Fujimori to face off against Ayaka Hamasaki and Yuko Oya in a tag team 10 minute grappling match.


In a rare Sunday UFC event in Porto Alegre, Brazil, Jessica Andrade will face Marion Reneau. The fight will air on Fox Sports 1.


Kowalkiewicz and Faria
Kowalkiewicz and Faria

InvictaFC star Karolina Kowalkiewicz will fight Kalindra Faria in Poland. The match was set to be a title bout for the KSW strawweight title, but Faria missed weight by 2.2 pounds. The match will now be a three round non-title affair.


In other pro MMA bouts this weekend:

Big John’s: Ogichida Spirit – Saulte Ste Marie, MI

  • Kaline Medeiros vs Chelsea Bailey
  • Raquel Magdelano vs Holly Cline

TXC – Novi, Michigan

  • Calie Cutler vs Nikki Duncan (115)

AFL – Barcelona, Spain

  • Irene Cabello vs Laïla “Lilou Dallas” Sekaf (105)

LCS 20 – Mitchell, NE

  • Rosa Acevedo vs Amanda Lovato  (115)

EFC 37 – South Africa

  • Danella Eliasov vs Zita Varju (125)

Battle on Sura – Penza, Russia

  • Natalya Denisova vs. Svetlana Gotsyk (121)

King of the Cage – Carlton, Minnesota

  • Moriel Charneski vs Christina Jobe
  • Katiel Adelman vs Katheryn Bassignana (ammy)

You can see a complete schedule of pro and amateur MMA and pro boxing fights here.

Artemis Film Festival to Spotlight Women’s Fight Documentaries & Films

 

artemis-film-festival 3There has been many films that have covered female fighting in one form of another for the past fifty years; from documentaries to major motion pictures.

The new millennium and the increase of female participation in combat sports has saw growth in to many of these stories being told.

The Artemis Film Festival is looking to highlight these stories as they are currently working their first event for April 2015.

They have started an Indie Go Go campaign to help get the event going.

We talked to the organizers Sean Newcombe and Melanie Wise about their inspiration for the festival and how women’s combat sports have been a big part of it.


Wombat Sports: How did the idea of the Artemis Film Festival come about?

Artemis Film Festival: The idea came about through inspiration, really. We have all been devoted to female action films from the standpoint of the sheer joy we have for physically strong female characters, but also from the standpoint of our passion for having a positive effect on the image of women in film and culture. We’ve all been completely focused on writing and creating female action films. We thought that having a film festival focused on female action heroes would allow for people who share our passion for strong female characters to celebrate this genre. We also felt it would be an opportunity to spotlight the power of women in our culture.

We wanted the festival to be a place where the legions of fans who love female action heroes could go and enjoy a array of great films in one place and at one time. (Female action films are a $3 billion industry, so this is not a niche.) The fact that such a festival had never been done before boggled our minds.

By showcasing such films, we could also draw attention to women as heroes, fighters and leaders, rather than as long-suffering wives, dutiful assistants and victims. We hope that we could help change the narrative of how women are portrayed in film.

Lastly, film often reflects and influences how we see ourselves, and celebrating these films, we hope, will help positively influence how women and girls perceive their power and status in culture.

Wombat: Can you tell us about the festival?

Artimis: We plan to show both classic female action films such as “Aliens” and “Kill Bill” and also showcase new films by unknown filmmakers in our festival competition. We want to be a venue that encourages new and unknown filmmakers to make female action films. If there’s an outlet for such films, they are more likely to be made.

We are also going to have an awards ceremony for films in competition and give awards to the women who are both pioneers and stars in female action films made by Hollywood. We have sent many invites to well-known female action stars and expect to hear from them soon. Also, we want to honor stuntwomen, athletes (women’s mma, of course) and female first-responders, such as military women.

W.S.: The culture has shifted in both entertainment and sports in term of female roles. What are you thoughts about the societal change?

AFF: There’s has been a shift in reality, in our everyday lives, but there has not necessarily been a shift in how that reality is portrayed in the media. While Hollywood has recently realized the power of the female action film market, they’ve been slow to broaden their portrayals of women to reflect the dynamism and power that can be seen in women in every aspect of our culture. We hope that our festival will help prod a faster shift to not only more roles for women in film (right now less than one out of every three speaking characters in a Hollywood movie, on average, is female), but to stronger, better roles for women.

W.S.: What kind of reaction have you seen among the female fight community?

AFF: The response from women, generally, has been extraordinary! The women we’ve heard from both in social media and in daily life has been completely positive, passionate and vocal.

With respect to the women’s mma community, we have not heard a lot, unfortunately. We’d love to hear more from them because we are huge supporters of womens mma! We love the sport and we’d love to celebrate it at our festival. Women’s mma is at the forefront of positively shifting societal images of female physical power. (Invicta FC and Tuf 20 are just two examples of that positive shift.) We want to honor that.

W.S.: You have an indie go-go started to make this event happen. What benefits can people expect for supporting the festival?

AFF: They can expect to see a festival which will properly honors the female action genre in a manner it deserves. We’d like our festival to have as broad a reach as possible so that we can include as many of the great films and as many of the women who are part of this cultural gender shift as possible.

Our crowdfunding is intended to allow us to show more classic films, more films from new, unknown filmmakers in the competition and offer a chance to honor the kind of women we mentioned above. We’d also like to make sure that the experience of the people who attend the festival is as comfortable and enjoyable as possible.

By crowdfunding we feel that we can offer a broader, bolder festival.

W.S.: Anything you want to add?

AFF: We want this festival to be fun, but we also want to open minds. The empowerment of women is at the center of what this festival is about. It’s the soul of it, in fact.

Also, we’d like to say that we love your blog and are big supporters of women’s combat sports!

Thank you for allowing us to talk with you about our festival!