Legacy Fighting Alliance has announced Monday Andrea Lee will be defending her newly won LFA title July 14th against Brazilian Davina Maciel on AXS TV. This will be the main event of the promotion’s 16th card which will happen in Texas. Continue reading Andrea Lee to Face Davina Maciel in LFA 16 Main Event
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
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
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
Since Holly Holm left for the UFC, Legacy has been without a bantamweight champion. The promotion intends to fill that spot in January.
Valentina Schevchenko will face undefeated Kelly Faszholz for the vacant belt January 22nd at Legacy 50 in Houston, Texas, which will air live on AXS TV.
Schevchenko (9-1) has been on a four fight win streak since her lone loss to Liz Carmouche in 2010. She has finished in all but two of her wins and her latest victory came over Jan Finney in February by decision.
Faszholz (3-0) has won all her pro bouts by rear naked choke, with wins over Summer Bradshaw and Britteny Elkins.
The fight will main event the card.
We finally have a date and location for Miesha Tate versus Jessica Eye.
The two will square off in a title eliminator at UFC on Fox 16 in Chicago July 25. The fight is expected to be on the main televised card.
Arlene Blencowe has a new opponent for her Bellator debut. Veteran fighter Adrienna Jenkins will step in to take on the Australian at the promotion’s May 15th card in Temecula, CA.Jenkins replaces her teammate Alexis Dufresne, who announced she was pregnant last week.
Jenkins (18-5) returned to action earlier this month with a TKO win over Kelsey Jorgenson. She was out of the game for five years after losing three straight in 2010. She would win seven straight before that.
Blenclowe (5-4) is a world champion boxer and is on a three fight win streak.
The match will air on Spike.com during the post-liminary card.
Valentina Shevchenko is looking to continue her four fight win streak when she takes on veteran Carina Damm at Legacy June 26th in Lake Charles, Louisiana.
Shevchenko (9-1) has won three straight fights including a decision over Jan Finney in February.
Damm (22-12) is coming off a loss to Marceia Allen this past weekend, snapping a five fight win streak.
This will air on AXS TV June 26.
InvictaFC president Shannon Knapp verified this week Irish atomweight Catherine Costiagn will be fighting on the promotion’s 13th card in Vegas July 10. No word on an opponent.
The match joins Cyborg Justino defending her featherweight title and the atomweight title bout between champion Herica Tiburcio taking on Ayaka Hamasaki.
Jenny Liou Shriver has another fight booked after her Invicta return. She will take on Glena Avila at King for the Cage June 4th in Worley, Idaho. Avila is coming off a five round war with Danielle Taylor, losing by split decision.
If you missed InvictaFC 11 Friday night here are the quick results:
- Cris Cyborg defeats Charmaine Tweet via TKO at :46 of round 1 to retain the featherweight title
- Alexa Grasso defeats Mizuki Inoue via Unanimous Decision
- DeAnna Bennett defeats Norma Rueda Center via Unanimous Decision
- Irene Aldana defeats Colleen Schneider via rear naked choke at 1:05 of round 1
- Jamie Moyle defeats J.J. Aldrich via rear naked choke at 2:20 of round 1
- Amy Montenegro defeats Brianna Van Buren via Unanimous Decision
- Christine Stanley defeats Laura Salazar via TKO at 2:59 of round 1
- Aspen Ladd defeats Ana Carolina Vidal via TKO at 4:21 of round 1
Grasso and Inoue got “Fight of the Night”, with Aldana and Justino taking home “Performance of the Night” honors.
At the Invicta 11 post fight press conference, president Shannon Knapp announced the dates and the main events for the next two Invicta cards.
InvictaFC 12 will take place April 10 and will be headlined by Katja Kankaanpää defending her strawweight title against Livia Renata Souza. No word on location as of yet.
InvictaFC 13 will be headlined by Cyborg Justino defending her featherweight title against an opponent to be named later. Also, Herica Tiburcio will defend her atomweight title against Ayaka Hamasaki. The card will be a part of “International Fight Week” in Vegas and will stream on UFC Fight Pass July 10.
The UFC held its “Welcome to the Show” presser Saturday morning which featured all the champions defending their title on the next few cards, as well as main event fighters. UFC strawweight champion Carla Esparza and Joanna Jedrzejczyk were on the dais.
Karyn Bryant reported to the fans that Lorenzo Fertitta would only sign Cyborg Justino if she fought a bantamweight fight outside the UFC. White was skeptical this would happen, but was very impressed by Justino’s performance Friday night.
White was also impressed with Alexa Grasso and Mizuki Inoue, stating “This fight should have been in the UFC”. The crowd popped when the fight was mentioned, and White plugged it again later on in the press conference.
When asked about Grasso, Esparza complimented the performance and thought Grasso “should be in the top 10” and wouldn’t be surprised if she was her in the UFC soon.
Esparza also stated she would like to fight on a card in Mexico City.
Finally, White stated the flyweight division was still “a ways away” from being in the UFC.
White stated on the InvictaFC stream that the gate for Saturday night’s UFC 184 ppv was 2.4 million. Champion Ronda Rousey took a lower guarantee in return for part of it, which will bank her around a million for the fight, This will be one of the highest salaries for a female fighter in MMA history.
XFC has announced some signings this week.
World Series of Fighting vet Katlyn Chookagian will make the trip to Brazil soon, as well Dutch fighter Mellony Geugjes. Geugjes is supposedly still under Invicta contract. We will have more info in the coming week.
In another pro fight on Friday, Valentina Shevchenko defeated Jan Finney by unanimous decision at Legacy and improved her record to 10-1.
Valentina Shevchenko is well known in the Muay Thai community and has been a long time fighter. What has started as a successful kickboxing career has grown into a booming MMA one. She won her first MMA fight in 2003 in her native Kyrgyzstan and got her second win in Seoul, South Korea the same year. She is carrying a 9-1 record in MMA and is looking to be the next star in the bantamweight division.
Shevchenko is always fighting, and has shifted between kickboxing and MMA more often the past few years. Legacy has seen value in this and has signed her to a multi-fight deal in both disciplines. After a stellar debut at Legacy’s first ever pro kickboxing event, she will have back to back fights with Jan Finney and Carina Damm.
We talk to the Kyrgyzstan born fighter about her career, her busy 2015 and coming from training in Peru to the U.S.
Valentina Shevchenko: I started training Martial Arts since the age of 5. Martial Arts is a family tradition. My mother, Elena, the sportswoman is a third Dan black belt of Taekwondo , and she is the president of Federation of Thai Boxing (Muay Thai) in Kyrgyzstan. My elder sister Antonina and I have followed her as an example. My sister Antonina is a 3 times World IFMA Muay Thai Champion and has two other World Kickboxing Titles. Since the beginning, my coach Pavel Fedotov kept challenging me to compete in Taekwondo and other Martial Art’s Tournaments which led to a natural transition to Muay Thai and Kick Boxing as other martial arts.
Wombat: You have taken up residence in Peru. How did that come about?
Shevchenko: I moved to Peru in 2008 with my sister and my coach Pavel Fedotov. We were traveling to South America to compete and do a seminar tour. When we arrived in Peru to teach Muay Thai, the martial artists were very hungry to learn. During our stay we fell in love with Peru, because it’s a beautiful country with beautiful people. The people are very friendly, the food is incredible, and the country is rich in nature and history.
W.S.: Have you found benefit training at a higher altitude there?
V.S.: I have trained at higher altitude several times. Specifically in Peru while preparing to fight MMA against Helen Bastos. I prepared for the fight in Cusco which is the site of the Historic Capital of the Inca Empire. Its elevation is around 3,400 m or 11,200 ft. When I entered the ring I felt very strong, and after the fight I was ready to go another 10 rounds more rounds. If done correctly you will have a definite advantage for fighting.
W.S.: You have started training in Houston, TX. Can you tell us about your team here in the states? Still planning on training in Peru?
V.S.: I am training in the states and will continue to train in Houston, Peru, and Thailand (Tiger Muay Thai). My coach with whom I have train 21 years, Pavel Fedotov, and my sister Antonina are here with me during my stay. My sister Antonina is preparing for some Boxing and Kickboxing fights so we are training together. While in the states, I am training with Vinicius “Draculino” Magalhães’s Team (Gracie Barra Texas/Draculino Team).
My managers Roger Allen and Pedro Caballero are responsible for bringing me here to the United States and are helping me with everything while I am here. Pedro has good form in Muay Thai and is a 4 stripe Brown Belt in BJJ.
W.S.: How are you enjoying Houston? Hobbies?
I really like it here. Houston is a multicultural city and the food is really good, especially Fajitas!
I love to practice shooting. In Peru my sister and I always compete in shooting tournament of the IPSC , IDPA and Tri Gun. When I am not training in martial arts, I am training for shooting competition.
V.S.: For me every fight and every opponent is unique.
Every fight is my favorite fight, because my coach demands me to be at my best. Spirit is what helps to win fights. For me the spirit is not only the minutes in the ring, it is much more. It is how you prepare for the fights, how you train, what you eat, what you think, what and how you speak… The victory works not in the several minutes which are conducted in a ring, it is the sum of many things. The one who was more sincere in training and in desire to win will be victorious.
W.S.: Has the traveling gotten easier over the years? Any tricks you have picked up?
V.S.: Traveling is my life. I like to travel around the world, to meet new and interesting people, and to learn the culture of every country. To see how people live, what they eat, what they think.
My trick is I don’t carry a lot of things! Only the important things like a mouth guard and gloves.
V.S.: I started fighting MMA in 2003. In 2003 I won the World Title of Korean MMA in Seoul, South Korea. Since that time I have had many fights and have evolved as a fighter. I was raised my whole life to be a fighter in all disciplines, and now with the sum of all of that training I am much more experienced , but every day I train to be better.
W.S.: You always stay busy especially the past few years. How do you keep up with the pace?
V.S.: You need to train right, and to rest right. Nothing in excess is good.
W.S.: You have taken more MMA fights recently. Are the opportunity for Muay Thai bouts dwindling versus MMA? How do you see the women’s kickboxing landscape changing with women’s MMA’s popularity?
V.S.: Generally women’s martial arts, like Muay Thai, kickboxing, and MMA, are more popular around the world today. I think this is great! There is a difference between male sports and female sports. A woman must simultaneously show strength of mind and skill to show grace and the beauty inherent to her gender. Women are different than men physically so we must utilize our high level of technique, flexibility, and speed.
W.S.: You recently signed with Legacy to a MMA and kickboxing contract. What is it like for you to be competing in the US more often and being a part of the Legacy promotion?
V.S.: I am very glad to be a part of Legacy. Mick Maynard is a visionary and one of the good guys. I currently have multi fight contract with Legacy and hope to continue fighting for him in both MMA and Kickboxing. I like to stay busy.
W.S.: You are coming off a win from Legacy kickboxing and now are going to fight back to back in MMA. How are you preparing to take on two different opponents in the span of six weeks?
V.S.: Yes, it’s difficult, but possible. It will require a more concentrated and focus for my training. I have trained all of my life and stay in fighting shape most of the year in case the opportunity presents itself.
W.S.: Will you be continuing to do both kickboxing and MMA? Any goals for the next few years?
V.S.: Yes, I will continue with both. I plan to compete in the 2015 IFMA World Championships this year in August. The goal I have is to continue to grow as a complete martial artist which is a lifelong process. For me it not only a sport, martial arts is my life. I do what I like. I like Martial Arts.
W.S.: Anything you want to add/ thank?
V.S.: I want to personally thank you Marq for the interview and your long term coverage of WMMA. I want thank all those who stand in the ring with me every time I enter. My family, my friends, my training partners, my sponsors and Amber Sports, Mick Maynard, and last but not least my fans throughout the world and at home. You are an inspiration to me. I want to thank everyone for the warm welcome to the United States. And I would like to thank my manager Roger Allen for helping me get to the U.S. and the opportunities to fight.