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 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.
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.
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
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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
As I explained in my open letter, I am looking to change Wombat Sports to what it was initially meant to be. I can’t do this on my own, and that;s where you come in.
We are looking for contributors to help with writing articles and covering certain combat sports. You would also get to interview talented athletes in those sports.
The main contributors we are looking for is in women’s boxing, Muay Thai, freestyle wrestling, and BJJ. (We already have some people interested in covering the WMMA portion of the site). The cool things is I have the tools to gain news and info for these sports, just not the time to write it up. You can “learn on the job” if you aren’t an expert on these topics; but being curious is the key thing.
Jorina Baars shocked the world this year with her Muay Thai clinic over MMA champion Cyborg Justino. After some re-negotiations, she is back to defend her Lion Fights title.
Baars (36-0) will take on Philadelphia’s Casey Bohrman February 20th at Foxwoods Casino in Connecticut, which will air live on AXS TV. The match will serve as the main event.
Baars was supposed to defend her belt this past October, but pulled out last minute due to “ongoing contract negotiations”. Baars hasn’t fought since defeating Justino this past March by unanimous decision to win the first ever Lion Fight welterweight title.
Bohrman (8-5) is coming off a 15 month absence to get back into a trianing camp. Her last fight saw her defeat Sandra Bastian by unanimous decision in September 2013.
On November 14th marked the GirlsPower 60 kg tournament in Liepaja, Latvia.
Anna Tatjana Lie Norum of Norway by decision took home the title after defeating Ivana Miklasova of Slovakia in the finals. Tatjana would decision Denmark’s Pernille Schjønning in the quarterfinals and get the first round knockout over Latvia’s Karina Jarjomenko in the semi-finals.
Here is the complete tournament results:
Seda Duygu Aygun (Turkey) def. Elina Nilsson (Sweden) by decision
Ivana Miklasova (Slovakia) def. Daorung Samrong (Thailand) by decision
Anna Tatjana Lie Norum (Norway) def. Pernille Schjønning (Denmark) by decision
Karina Jarjomenko (Latvia) def. Ratnadiptee Shimpi (India) by decision
Ivana Miklasova def. Seda Duygu Aygun by KO round 2
Anna Tatjana LieNorum def. Karina Jarjomenko by KO round 1
Anna Tatjana Lie Norum def. Ivana Miklasova by decision
In other action on November 14th:
Beckie Hodge (Wales) def. Laura Williams (Jersey) by decision and Tanya Merret (Wales) def. Hayley Battrick (Jersey) by decision in Jersey, British Isles.
In KalareStadium, Chiang Mai Thailand, Marilyn (Singapore) defeats Sao Muang Pai (Thailand) Marilyn by knockout round 4
On November 15:
Angelique Pitiot (France) def. Anke Van Gestel (Belgium) by 5th round TKO due to doctor’s stoppage
In New Zealand, WMC champion Gentiane Lupi defeated WKBF champion Natalia Teller by decision to win the New Zealand Welterweight tile.
Juliana Rosa (Brazil) defeated Ella Tang (Malaysia) by points in Malaysia
Awakening Fighters are continuing their kickstarter campaign for an all female event next summer in London, England. The event, which will be headlined by Julie Kitchen and Lindsay Haycraft, will also have several possible bouts including Lucy Payne versus Irina Mazepa and Paola Cappucci versus Aleide Lawant. If successful, the event will stream worldwide.
The kickstarter is looking to raise $30,000 to help with the initial costs of the event. A $12 pledge would give you the event stream for free, with greater contributions getting seats to the event, DVDs, and replica belts.
WCK Muay Thai has announced back to back cards coming in December in California.
On December 4th, the promotion has four female fights set for the “Ultimate Showdown” card at the Tachi Palace Casino.
MMA star Zoila Frausto will battle Lindsey Marino in the co-main event on the card. Frausto’s sister Stephanie will take on Alexis Asher. Day Day Davis will face Janet Todd and Crystal Parrish will take on a yet to be named opponent.
Two days later at the Hollywood Park Casino, WCK will hold its “Cali 6” card.
Three IAMTF California title fights are set as Natalie Morgan faces Ariana Gomez, Emily Griffen battles Lisa Mauldin, and Cristine Conners squares off with Casandra Costello. In non-title bouts, Amanda De Rose fights Colleen Saylor and Vanessa Gonzalez dukes it out with Irene Tosta.
The trailer for the new all female season of Enfusion was released and the action itself looks pretty crazy. You can watch it here.
Tiffany VanSoest will look to take the 57kg Enfusion World Title from champion Denise Kielholtz Sunday in The Netherlands.
VanSoest (10-1-1) won back to back fights after losing to Caley Reece for the Lion Fights title. She will have a tough task on her hands with Kielholtz (36-2) who hasn’t lost in the past two years.
The event will stream for free at Enfusionlive.com at 11:30 a.m. pst/2:30 p.m. est Sunday.
The world famous Madison Square Garden in New York City will host Victory Muay Thai’s 7th card Friday night with three female bouts.
Gabi Maxwell and Gianna Smith will battle for the promotion’s 105 title, while Nicole Richiusa takes on Jess Cacagnaro. In amateur MMA, Katalina Morales squares off with Viktoria Makarova.
No word on if this will be streamed.
Lion Fights will feature a non-televised amateur bout on it’s card Friday.
Boston’s Elizabeth Silveira will take on Whippany, NJ’s Emily Back at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Connecticut.
Also this weekend:
Caro Abe takes on Michaela Michl at “Heroes Fight Night” in Berlin.
At Fast and Furious in Spain, Orellana Alejandro battles Marta Ruzzu
In action next weekend:
In Telford, England at Muaythai Unleashed, Christi Brereton (Eng) takes on Helen Wilson (Sco)
Aoife Murphy (Ire) faces Katrin Dierheimer (Germany) and Ferial Ameeroedien(Ire/SA) battles Adi Rotem (Nl) at Enfusion in Dublin, Ireland
In Bratislava,Slovakia at W5, Lucia Kraijkovic (Slovakia) squares off against Julia Berezikova (Rus), Ilona Wijmans (Nl) dukes it out with Thanyokorn Sor Thamachak (Thailand), Natalia Dyachkova (Rus) fights Veronika Petrikova (Slovakia), and Anastasia Yankova (Rus) faces Daniela Graf (Ger)
Meryem Uslu (Ger) battles Samantha Van Doorn (Nl) in The Netherlands
After making headlines around the world, Jorina Baars is back in action at Lion Fights September 5th in Las Vegas. She will defend her welterweight (147) title against Belgium’s Anke Van Gestel.
Baars (36-0-1 Muay Thai/K-1) turned heads defeating MMA superstar Cyborg Justino at Lion Fights this past March. With 18 years worth of training, Baars was unable to find fights in Muay Thai for three years before the fight with Cyborg. The Dutch fighter dominated the fight and became an overnight sensation.
Van Gestel (30-5-3 Muay Thai/K-1) has notable wins over Ilona Wijmans and Claire Haigh. She recently defeated Lindsay Sheer in May at Enfusion.