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Help us Create a New Wombat Sports

writers-wantedAs 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.

You can learn more about what I am expecting and what benefits come with being a part of Wombat Sports here.

2014 WMMA Press Award Winners

wmma-awards-2014-light-bg-300x300Over the next week, the WMMA Press Committee will be awarding their 2014 award winners.

Member websites will be giving the away the awards via written stories and podcasts.

The members include:

The awards will wrap up with Pro WMMA Now giving away the “Fighter of the Year” award on Monday January 19.

We will update the list (and links to acceptance interviews) as each website awards the recipients.

Here are the winners:

Fighter of the Year

Winners of the divisional awards will be eligible

Featherweight of the Year

  • Amanda Bell (3-0 in 2014) – winner
  • Megan Anderson (4-0 in 2014)
  • Latoya Walker (2-0 in 2014)
  • Jessy Miele (3-1 in 2014)

Bantamweight of the Year

  • Ronda Rousey (2-0 in 2014) – winner
  • Bethe Correia (2-0 in 2014)
  • Tonya Evinger (2-0 in 2014)
  • Pannie Kianzad (3-0 in 2014)

Flyweight of the Year

Strawweight of the Year

  • Katja Kankaanpää (2-0 won Invicta title)
  • Carla Esparza (1-0; won UFC title)
  • Jessica Aguilar (3-0 in 2014)
  • Joanna Jedrzejczyk (3-0 in 2014 @ 115) – winner (read more here)

Atomweight of the Year

Fan Favorite Fighter

Fight of the Year

  • Paige VanZant vs. Kalin Curran
  • Catherine Costigan vs. Irene Cabello
  • Katja Kankaanpää vs Stephanie Eggink
  • Herica Tiburcio vs Michelle Waterson – winner (read Tiburcio’s acceptance speech on DaMadeFerroMMA.com)
  • Randa Markos vs Jessica Penne
  • Renata Baldan vs. Michele Ângelo
  • Cat Zingano vs. Amanda Nunes
  • Jéssica Andrade vs. Raquel Pennington

Knockout of the Year

Submission of the Year

  • Hérica Tibúrcio defeats Michelle Waterson via Guillotine Choke at Invicta FC 10 – (Video on UFC Fight Pass)
  • Reina Cordoba defeats Anely Jimenez via Key Lock at CRF 14 – (Video here)
  • Jessy Miele defeats Lissette Neri via Scraf Hold Armlock at Gladiator Challenge – (Video here)
  • Kirstie Gannaway defeats Adek Omar via Triangle Choke at ONE FC 22 – (Video here)
  • Milana Dudieva def. Daria Chibisova via Heel Hook at ProFC 53 – (Video Here)
  • Katja Kankaanpää def. Stephanie Eggink via Darce Choke at Invicta FC 8 – (Video on UFC Fight Pass) – winner (read more here)
  • Raquel Pennington def. Ashlee Evans-Smith via Bulldog Choke at UFC 181 – (Video on UFC Fight Pass)
  • Luana Souza def. Kelly Katiussy via Keylock at X-fest 7 – (Video here)

Newcomer of the Year

  • Katlyn Chookagian (2-0 ammy; 2-0 pro in 2014)
  • Andrea Lee (3-1 ammy, 2-1 pro in 2014) – winner (listen to her accept the award here)
  • Emily Corso (4-0 pro in 2014)
  • Jamie Moyle (3-0 ammy, 1-0 pro in 2014)
  • Amanda Ribas (2-0 ammy, 3-0 pro)
  • Danielle Taylor (4-0 pro)
  • Jenny Lou Shiver (3-1 pro)
  • Jessy Miele (3-1 pro)

Amateur of the Year

  • Brenda Enriquez (3-0 in 2014)
  • Ilima-Lei Macfarlane (3-0 in 2014)
  • Hannah Zeciri (4-0 in 2014)
  • Robin Wissmann (3-0)
  • Amanda Lino (6-0) – winner (Lino acceptance speech and interview)
  • Sarah Jamila (3-0)
  • Alyse Anderson (3-0)
  • Alexa Connors (3-0)

Promotion of the Year

  • Invicta
  • DEEP-JEWELS
  • Princesses of Pain
  • XFC
  • MMA Super Heroes
  • Cage Warriors
  • UFC – winner (read more here)

Sponsor of the Year

Headline of the Year

  • Invicta Inks Deal with UFC Fight Pass
  • Bellator Adds Featherweight Division
  • UFC crowns Strawweight champion in Carla Esparza – winner (read more here)
  • XFC announces female tournaments
  • MMA Super Heroes Debuts with Female Tournament

Legacy Award

Inspirational Fighter

2014 in the Pro Women’s Division in MMA by the Numbers

6a00d8345194a469e2019b03496da5970cWith InvictaFC out for eight months and The Ultimate Fighter 20 keeping a lot of strawweights on a hiatus, you would have expected 2014 to be a slow year.

As it turns out, it was busier than ever with multiple promotions introducing women’s divisions and throwing their hat into the cage. Demand saw a lot of fresh new faces in the pro ranks, and more matches than ever before.

We compiled stats from multiple sources throughout the year and were able to get a nearly accurate accounting of the year that was 2014.


563 – The number of fights this year. This was a 24% increase from last year (415 in 2013). With Invicta doing more cards in 2015 and the UFC gaining a strawweight division, we expect a huge increase next year.

253 – Pro debuters this year, 72 more than last year. With the newly found demand and opportunity pressing for more pro debuts this past year, we actually suspect this number to go down due to the drain of amateur talent.

211 – Number of first round finishes. It more than doubles second round finishes. There was four finishes in championship rounds this year, two in both the 4th and 5th rounds.

211 – Number of fights that went the distance. 78% of that total were unanimous decisions. We saw 4 majority decisions and a record 6 draws.

202 – How many fights were in the U.S. a 22% increase from last year. It topped the list of countries who had female fights. Brazil (152) came in second and Japan (35) third. Brazil increased its total by 44%.

184 – Total submissions this year. It was the most popular way to win a fight edging TKOs by 34. More than half (109) happened in round 1. There was 4th and 5th round subs this year, which are rare.

165 – Fights at flyweight this most of any division. It edged out strawweight by 14 fights but with the 115ers busy with TUF 20, expect them to rebound. Bantamweight (120) came in third with atomweight (50) and featherweight (40) taking forth and fifth. For those interested, eight fights took place at the newly forming lightweight division.

150 – TKOs this year. This is a 32% increase from last year’s total. The first round remains the most popular round to get a TKO with 73% of them happening then.

83 – Armbars – the most popular submission. This increased by 75% from last year. Rear naked chokes came in second with 69. There was two bulldog choke submissions this year.

41 – Number of countries that had female fights this year. Although the actual number went up to 9, six countries didn’t have pro female fights this year but had them in 2013 – Scotland, Spain, India, Paraguay, Croatia, and Belgium. Several newcomers to the list are Moldova, Romania, and Thailand. If you include amateur fights, the number jumps to 47.

32 – Pro female fights in California, the most by a US state, smashing 2013’s mark of 9. It also nearly doubles the 2nd place finisher, Texas (18). In third was Nevada with 16 with all those fights happening in Las Vegas.

31 – Female fights in the UFC, the most by any organization. The UFC more than doubles their 2013 total (13). It only beat DEEP by one fight. Even though they came late to the party this year, Invicta managed to take the third spot with 27. With a new strawweight division in the UFC, it will be a horse race between them and Invicta in 2015.

15 – Recorded knockouts this year. Although several we didn’t consider “pure KOs”, this was less than last year’s total of 22.

6 – “Official” tournaments happened this year. Two XFC tournaments will crown season champions next year. There were 3 one night tournaments;  two for MMA Super Heroes and the other was for  Princesses of Pain. (TUF 20 was considered an exhibition tournament and only the finals were on the official records.)

6 – New world champions crowned this year. Two champions lost defending their title (DEEP-JEWELS 116 champion Emi Tomimastu and InvictaFC atomweight champion Michelle Waterson). Three won newly created titles – Carla Esparza (UFC strawweight); Pannie Kianzad (Cage Warriors bantamweight), and Takayo Hashi (Jewels 135 title).

1 – Heck of a historic year. UFC adds a new division, Invicta rises again, and Brazil grows its WMMA scene.

We look forward to continued growth in 2015.

Weekend Results: Pennington Finishes Smith; Werner and Mucino Earn Boxing Titles

Pro MMA

After a nine month absence, Raquel Pennington (5-4) came back to the octagon and handed Ashlee Evans-Smith her first pro loss at UFC 181 in Las Vegas, NV.

Smith used her wrestling to control the majority of the round, opening a gash in the middle of Pennington’s forehead. Towards the end of the round, Pennington landed a takedown and as Smith was standing up, Pennington took the back and was able to get the bulldog headlock on Smith. Pennington used it to choke out Smith and Smith was out right before the bell rang to end round 1. The ref stopped the fight.

Pennington gets back on the winning track after a close decision loss to Jessica Andrade.


Baldan Courtesy MMA Super Heroes
Baldan Courtesy MMA Super Heroes

MMA Super Heroes ended the year with three female bouts in São Paulo, Brazil.

Tournament champion Renata Baldan recovered from her first pro loss by defeating Luciana Treze by unanimous decision. Baldan improves to 4-1.

Mariana Leonardo gains her 4th by defeating Karina Santana de Oliveira by TKO round 1 after Oliveira ends it inbetween rounds.

In an amateur atomweight bout, Solange Tirolli defeated Adriana Curtz by TKO in round 2.


Bantamweight prospect Jessica Zomchik earned her second professional 1st round armbar, this time defeating Stacey Sigala at Gladiators of the Cage in Pittsburgh, PA.

In two amateur bouts on the card, Jena Baldwin defeated Jamie Driver by split decision and Melissa Gasdick defeated Sarah Click by disuqalifcation after an illegal head kick round 2.


In other pro bouts:

  • At Roshambo in Australia, Megan Anderson submitted Zoie Shreiweis by armbar round 1
  • Ariel Beck defeated Angela Hayes by unanimous decision at Fightforce in Butte, MT
  • At Maringá Combat in Maringa, Parana, Brazil, Hevellyn Moura defeated Jade Menezes by unanimous decision

Ammy MMA

In amateur MMA action:

  • At Matrix Fights in Philadelphia, PA, Serena DeJesus submits Amanda Kramny by rear naked choke round 3
  • Makan Clemons defeated Victoria Frano by unanimous decision at Kingdom 3 in Houston, TX
  • At Dynasty Combat Sports in Lincoln, Nebraska, Erin Smith defeated Janie Konyek by unanimous decision
  • At Conflict MMA in Hardeeville, SC, Annie DeCresente defeated Jenna Fox by unanimous decision
  • In a pair of bouts at British Challenge MMA in Colchester, Essex, England, Sinead Kavanagh defeated Jaye Haynes by TKO (retirement) 3:00 round 1  and Ameesha Bhudia defeated Wendy McKenna by unanimous decision 
  • Dominique Gallegher-Gonzales defeated Stephanie Builderback by unanimous decision at Cowboy Extreme Fighting in San Antonio, Texas. Also on the card, Brandi Narvaez  defeated Laurie Ashby by TKO 0:22 round 1 
  • In a pair of bouts at Rumble at the Roseland in Portland, OR, Hailea Brooks defeated Chun Yang by TKO round 2, and Kalyn Schwartz defeated Lisa Spangler by unanimous decision 
  • Yumi Matsumoto defeated Danielle Alfapada by TKO 2:15 round 2 at King of the Cage in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • At St. Louis MMA, Kelly Keenon defeated Aimee Masters by TKO round 2
  • In a pair of bouts MFL in South Bend, Indiana, Kara Vislosky defeated Alyssa Lawrence by unanimous decision and Veronica Weaver defeated Brooke Stamm by TKO (retirement) round 1 

Werner Courtesy WIBF
Werner Courtesy WIBF

Boxing

Nicole Wesner earned he first world titles in spectacular fashion this past weekend in Vienna, Austria with a knockout over Gina Chamie in round 3. With the win, Wesner wins the vacant WIBF and vacant WBF lightweight titles.

Wesner remains undefeated at 9-0.


Arely Mucino earns her second world title defeating Shindo Go by unanimous decision to win the WBC World flyweight title in Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico. Mucino was the former interim WBA flyweight champion.

Mucino (21-2-2; 1 NC) increases her undefeated streak to seven.


Jackie Nava successfully defended her WBC and WBA super bantamweight title, getting an unanimous decision over Sayda Mosquera in Sonora, Mexico.

Nava (31-4-3) had defended her WBA title for the fifth time and her WBC title for the second. Her win streak continues at seven.


In a heavyweight rematch Sonya Lamonakis defeated Carlette Ewell by split decision to win the vacant IBO World heavyweight title in Philipsburg, Sint Maarten.

The two went to a draw in 2012 and this match was so close, we won’t be surprised if we see a trilogy match.


EBU female super bantamweight champion Karine Rinaldo improves her win streak to eight, defeating Nevenka Mikulic by unanimous decision in Corse-du-Sud, France.

Rinaldo (11-1-1) defend her title for the first time since winning it back in June.


On other boxing bouts:

  • In a pair of fights in Santiago del Estero, Argentina, Vanesa del Valle Calderon knockouts out Valeria Almiron in round 1 and Valeria Vanesa Gramajo defeated Natalia Vanesa Lopez by unanimous decision 
  • Simona Galassi defeated Evgeniya Zablotskaya by unanimous decision in Emilia Romagna, Italy
  • In a pair of bouts in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, Jelena Mrdjenovich defeated Pasa Malagic by TKO round 3, and Kandi Wyatt defeated Lita Mae Button by TKO round 4  
  • Farida El Hadrati defeated Sabrina Giuliani by unanimous decision in Puy-de-Dôme, France
  • In Differdange, Luxembourg, Caroline Thea Andre defeated Gabriella Vetro by unanimous decision
  • Noelia Gutierrez defeated Lorena Noemi Gomez by unanimous decision in Santa Fe, Argentina

The MRS (WMMA & WBoxing News) December 5

Miscellaneous News

In action Wednesday:

  • In pro MMA at PeruFC, Mariana Moraes defeated Cristina Mejía by unanimous decision
  • In boxing in New York, New York, Heather Hardy defeated Elizabeth Anderson by unanimous decision.

In action Thursday at Circuito Team Nogueira in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Juliana Velasquez defeats Priscila de Souza by unanimous decision in a pro MMA bout. In amateur action, Karoline Martins defeated Nicole Ball by knockout.


At OneFC Friday morning, Ana Julaton defeated Walaa Abas by unanimous decision and  Jujeath Nagaowa defeated Tharoth Sam by TKO round 2.


Justino
Justino

Cyborg Justino has given up on going to 135 for now.

The InvictaFC featherweight stated to MMA Fighting her injury has delayed the cut and she is questioning if she can even make 135.

The plan is for Justino to defend her 145 title at InvictaFC’s 11th event in February. We are expecting an announcement Friday night during InvictaFC 10 on the location and opponent.


On Wednesday’s episode of TUF 20, two fighters advanced to set the semi-finals.

Former InvictaFC champion Carla Esparza defeated Tecia Torres in a grudge match. Esparza’s wrestling is what gave her the edge in the majority decision win. Esparza will face another former InvictaFC champion in Jessica Penne in the semi-finals.

The other semi-final saw Rose Namajunas submit Joanne Calderwood by kimura. Namajunas used her bjj skills to attack Calderwood. Calderwood tried to make up ground with strikes in round two, but Namajunas was able to get the kimura on the ground to get tap. This was the first time Calderwood was submitted in an MMA competition. Namajunas will face Randa Markos in the semi-finals.

You can read MMA Rising’s accounts of the matches here.

Both semi-finals will air this coming Wednesday on Fox Sports 1 with the finals the following Friday.

You can see six of the 8 bouts set for the TUF 20 finale here.


Awakening Fights are looking for nominees for the WMMA Awards.

The female fighting site is asking fans for three nominees per category by December 10, and will open voting soon after.

You can enter your picks here.


You can add Julia Jones versus Alyssa Garcia to the four other matches announced for Rock Xtrreme Combat in Texas January 10th.


V3 has announce an amateur bantamweight title match in Memphis for January 24 pitting two top amateur prospects.

We have us a challenger for the undisputed V3 female champ, Amberlynn Orr (8-1) will take on Alyssa Vasquez (6-4).

It will most likely be streamed and we will have more info closer to the event.


Gina Carano made a visit to the CSA gym in Dublin, CA this past week. CSA is home gym to Alexis Davis, Zoila Gurgel, and Miriam Nakamoto among others. She was just visiting there and not there to train, at least no seriously.

You can see a pic of her and Frausto here.


On the podcast Sunday at 1 p.m. pst/4 p.m. est, we will talk to InvictaFC’s Marion Reneau, who was supposed to be fighting Friday night. We will review the action from the card, and her aspirations in the promotion.

You can listen here live on Sunday.


Rumors

Rose Namajunas has brought in RFA star Kyra Batara into training camp. Batara, an atomweight star, comes from a solid wrestling background. (Hint hint!)


We should be expecting some female bout announcements in the next few weeks from the UFC. Holly Holm says she will be ready to go come February, and TUF 18 winner Juliana Pena in March.


Sarah Kaufman is now challenging Jessica Andrade to a fight her next.


Scheduled Bouts

Pro MMA

Friday night is InvictaFC 10 on UFC Fight Pass. Stream starts at 6 p.m. pst/9 p.m. est. You can see our preview of the card here.


ashlee smiht pennington weigh inOn Saturday, undefeated Ashlee Evans-Smith will make her UFC debut taking on Raquel Pennington in Las Vegas. Both Smith (135.5) and Pennington (136) made weight.

Smith (3-0) won the CSA featherweight tournament last year and soon signed to the World Series of Fighting. She got the TKO over Marciea Allen in June and was waiting for another fight. She was released from the WSOF just as the UFC offer came around.

TUF 18 vet Pennington (4-4) is coming off a close loss to Jessica Andrade this past March. Pennington won her official UFC debut with a decision over Roxanne Modafferi.

The fight will kick off the UFC televised prelims on Fox Sports 1.


MMA Super Heroes will close its year with two female bouts.

Tournament champion Renata Baldan is lookig to recover from her first loss as she takes on Luciana Treze. Also, Karina Santana de Oliveira takes on Mariana Leonardo in a flyweight bout.


In other pro bouts:

  • At Roshambo in Australia, Megan Anderson takes on Zoie Shreiweis
  • Ariel Beck faces Angela Hayes at Fightforce on Butte, MT
  • At Maringá Combat in Maringa, Parana, Brazil, Hevellyn Moura battles Hilana Rezende
  • Jessica Zomchik fights Stacey Sigala at Gladiators of the Cage in Pittsburgh, PA. In amateur action, Jena Baldwin takes on Jamie Driver and Melissa Gasdick faces Sarah Click

Ammy MMA

In amateur MMA:

  • At Conflict MMA in Hardeeville, SC, Jenna Fox faces Annie DeCresente
  • At SGB in Ireland, Jaye Hayes battles Sinead Kavanagh
  • In a pair of bouts at British Challenge MMA in Colchester, Essex, England, Jaye Haynes fights Sinead Kavanagh and Wendy McKenna faces Ameesha Bhudia (125)
  • At Cowboy Extreme Fighting in San Antonio, Texas, Dominique Gallegher-Gonzales takes on Stephanie Builderback and Laurie Ashby battles Brandi Narvaez (115)
  • In a pair of bouts at Rumble at the Roseland in Portland, OR, Chun Yang fights Hailea Brooks and Kalyn Schwartz takes on Lisa Spangler 
  • Yumi Matsumoto faces Danielle Alfapada at King of the Cage in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • At Matrix Fights in Philadelphia, PA, Serena DeJesus battles Amanda Kramny
  • Victoria Franco fights Makana Clemons at Kingdom 3 in Houston, TX

Boxing

Undefeated Nicole Wesner will look for her first world titles as she takes on Gina Chamie for the vacant WIBF and vacant WBF lightweight title in Vienna, Austria.

Wesbner (8-0) has only started as a pro two years ago, but has stayed active on her run to a title match. Chamie is the former WBC Youth lightweight title holder.


WBC World flyweight champion Shindo Go will look to defend her title for the third time as she takes on Arely Mucino in Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico.

Go (14-2) is on a four fight win streak and has 9 KOs to her credit. She has yet to be stopped. Mucino (20-2) if the former interim WBA and IBF World flyweight champion .


 

In Sonora, Mexico, Jackie Nava will defend her WBC and WBA super bantamweight title against Sayda Mosquera.

Nava (30-4) won her past seven fights, gaining the belts along the way. Undefeated  Sayda Mosquera (7-0) is the current WBC Latino female bantamweight champion


In Philipsburg, Sint Maarten, Sonya Lamonakis and Carlette Ewell will fight in a rematch for the vacant IBO World heavyweight title. The two faced each other in 2012 and fought to a draw.

Lamonakis (9-1-2) is coming off back to back wins and is the current New York State heavyweight title. Ewell (15-7-1) is returning after a two year absence since her draw with Ewell.


Karine Rinaldo will defend her EBU female super bantamweight title against Nevenka Mikulic in  Corse-du-Sud, France.

Rinaldo (10-1-1) won the vacant title this past June with a TKO win over Marianna Gulyas. Mikulic (4-2-1) has finished in all but one of wins.


In other boxing bouts:

  • In a pair of bouts in Santiago del Estero, Argentina, Vanesa del Valle Calderon takes on Valeria Almiron and Valeria Vanesa Gramajo faces Natalia Vanesa Lopez
  • Shelly Gibson battles Simone Hoyte in Georgetown, Guyana
  • In Emilia Romagna, Italy, Simona Galassi fights Evgeniya Zablotskaya
  • In a pair of bouts in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, Jelena Mrdjenovich dukes it out with Pasa Malagic and Kandi Wyatt takes on Lita Mae Button
  • Sabrina Giuliani faces Farida El Hadrati in Puy-de-Dôme, France
  • In Differdange, Luxembourg, Caroline Thea Andre battles Gabriella Vetro

The MRS (WMMA and WBoxing News) Nov. 28

In action Friday morning, Suvi Salmimies and Isabelle Pare fight to a draw at Cage 28 in Finland.


In the second quarterfinal of TUF 20, Jessica Penne defeated Aisling Daly by decision after a third extension round. You can read MMA Rising’s report in the fight here.

Next Wednesday, the finally two quarterfinal matches as Carla Esparza faces Tecia Torres in a match a year in the making, and Rose Namjunas takes on Joanne Calderwood.


Irene Alana has an unknown illness and is out of InvictaFC 10 next weekend against Marion Reneau. A replacement has yet to be named.


mma super heroes 8 dec 2014Two female bouts have been announced for MMA Super Heroes last card of 2014.

Tournament winner Renata Baldan looks to recover from her first loss as she takes on unbeaten Luciana Treze in a strawweight contest, and Karina Santana de Oliveira looks to gain her second win as a pro against flyweight prospect Mariana Leonardo.


Australia’s XFC (not to be confused with XFC International) will start its flyweight tournament February 28, 2015 in Brisbane.

The opening round features Terissa Wall (1-0) taking on Kate Da Silva (7-2) and Jaz Walker (1-0 ammy) battling Hera Tamati (0-1).


We wish a speedy recovery to InvictaFC vet Jasminka Cive as she is battle a staph infection.


Rumors

Still some heavy rumors that InvictaFC 11 will be in Denver.


Scheduled Fights

Pro MMA

Thompson and Da Silva
Thompson and Da Silva

Princesses of Pain is back as they are set for their all female MMA card this weekend in New Zealand.

In the main event, champion Kate da Silva will start her drop in weight classes, taking on Rhiannon Thompson in a 132 pound catchweight bout.

In the co-main event, Tairi Ford and Gaela Nixon duke it out in a flyweight contest.

All fighters made weight.

In other matches on the card:

  • Gentiane Lupi vs Alex Sorthis
  • Hera Tamati vs Catherine Drinnann
  • Charlene Watt vs Bridget Lords
  • Barbara Verlinden vs Tracey Burns

You can watch a preview of the card here.


Amateur standout Roma Pawelek will make her long awaited pro debut as she takes on the undefeated Ashleigh Heustis at Beatdown in Newtown, ND.

Also on the card, InvictaFC vet Kathina Catron battles Rachael Smith.


In other pro bouts:

  • In a pair of bouts at It’s Lanna Time 2 in Germany, Katharina Lehner takes on Sandra Redegeld, and Ania Fucz faces Cinja Kiefer
  • Karine Silva battles Sarah Silva at AFC 14 in Lages, Brazil

Ammy MMA

In amateur action:

  • In a pair of bouts at Spar Star in Inglewood, CA, Danielle Mack fights Farren Romero and JaShonna Owens faces Selena Lorigo
  • Jady Larissa takes on  Paula Eletrica at Copa Striker’s House 44 in Brazil

Brækhus  and Retzke
Brækhus and Retzke

Boxing

Pound for pound queen Cecilia Braekhus will defend her four titles this weekend in Frederiksberg, Denmark.

The 26-0 WBA/WBO/WBC/IBF World welterweight champion will take on #1 contender Jennifer Retzke.

Retzke (15-1-1) has only lost once in the past 4 years. She is the current IBO welterweight champion, but will not be defending her title.

Both Brækhus (64.6 kg) and Retzke (66 kg) made weight.

Also on the card,  Klara Svensson will defend her  interim WBC World light welterweight title against Lucia Morelli.


In Guanajuato, Mexico, Jessica Gonzalez will defend her interim WBC World female bantamweight title for a second time against Magali Rodriguez.

Gonbzalez (5-1) won the title last year, and is coming off a split draw to Estrella Valverde this past August. Rodriguez (14-5-1) is coming off a TKO win over Marisela Landa in August and is looking for her first win.


In other boxing bouts:

  • In Buenos Aires, Argentina, Fernanda Soledad Alegre takes on Ana Laura Esteche
  • Enis Pacheco faces Paola Rojas in Montelibano, Colombia
  • In Samobor, Croatia, Ivana Habazin battles Galina Gumliiska
  • Megan Ouvrard fights Cyrielle Hebert in Charente-Maritime, France

Weekend Results: Eye Defeats Smith; Aguilar Retains & Kianzad Gains a Title

Pro WMMA

Courtesy Yahoo Sports
Courtesy Yahoo Sports

Jessica Eye looked impressive in her win against a very game Leslie Smith at UFC 180 in Mexico City, Mexico, which aired live on Fox Sports 1.

Eye’s striking proved to be the factor in the fight, as Eye damaged Smith’s ear. After the first round, the doctor looked at the ear and let it go on. In round two after a heated striking exchange, the referee paused the fight and the doctor declared the damage to the ear was too much to continue, much to the dismay of Smith. Officially, Eye defeated Smith by TKO at 1:30 of  round 2.

Eye improves to 11-2-1.


Courtesy WSOF
Courtesy WSOF

The top strawweight on the planet has defended her title and position in the rankings.

Jessica Aguilar took Kalindra Faria to a unanimous decision win at WSOF 15 in Tampa, FL which aired on NBC Sports Net.

Faria hung in the pocket with the champ, but was out classed by Aguilar’s precision striking. The final round saw Faria push for the win, but it was too little too late.

Aguilar hands Faria her first loss in 11 fights and improves to 19-4.


Courtesy Dolly Clew/Cage Warriors
Courtesy Dolly Clew/Cage Warriors

Cage Warriors has crowned its first bantamweight champion.

Undefeated Pannie Kianzad (7-0) defeated last minute replacement Eeva Siiskonen by unanimous decision to win the initial 135 title in London, England. Siiskonen, who took the fight on 10 days notice, was able to get a tight armbar attempt in the opening stanza, but the striking was the key throughout the rest of the match to give Kianzad the win.

It is expected Kianzad first title defense will be against the fighter Siiskonen replaced, Agnieszka Niedzwiedz, next year.

In a preliminary bout, Anna Elmose defeated Emma Delaney by TKO 0:19 round 1.


Jandiroba vs. Lima Courtesy MMA Super Heroes
Jandiroba vs. Lima Courtesy MMA Super Heroes

MMA Super Heroes returned to action as they crowned a strawweight tournament champion.

Virna Jandiroba submitted Camila Lima by rear naked choke in round 2 in what was the tournament final.

Marília Santos came in over weight for the tournament and and faced Aline Sattelmayer. If Sattelmayer would have won, she would have advanced. However, Santos won by unanimous decision but would not advance due to the weight discrepancy.

In a non-tourmanet match, Daiane Firmino defeated Ariane Lipski by TKO round 1.


In other pro bouts:

  • At PXC in Manila, Philippines, Cortney Casey submitted Gina Iniong by rear naked choke round 1
  • In a pair of pro bouts at Sugar Creek Showdown in Hinton, OK, Delaney Owens submitted Amber Stautzenberger by rear naked choke 4:05 round 4 to win their 115 title and  Anita Rodriguez defeated Jade DeHaas by TKO (doctor’s stoppage broken nose) 5:00 round 4 to win their 135 title. In amateur action, Emily Ducote defeated Wendy Simmons by TKO 1:05 round 1  
  • At LegacyFC in Houston, TX, Stephanie Alba submitted Maria Lopez by rear naked choke round 1
  • Mariana Moraes submitted Stephanie Bragayrac by head and arm choke round 1 at Explosion MMA in Curitiba, Parana, Brazil

Ammy MMA

In amateur action:

  • At ICF in Great Falls, MT, Hannah Kampf defeated DJ Morrision by unanimous decision. You can watch the match here.
  • In a pair of bouts at Steefist in Salt Lake City, Utah, Brenda Enriquez submitted Mallory Rogers by rear naked choke round 1 and Chelsya Howard defeated Alysa Westergard by TKO round 1
  • Jessica Fresh submitted Cynthia Bottelberghe by armbar 0:46 round 3 at A-Town Throwdown in Austin, MN
  • At West Coast FC in Sacramento, California, Ashley Medina defeated Melissa Wang by unanimous decision
  • Samantha Gilliland defeated Kathryn Yost by TKO 0:42 round two at Spartan Combat League in Loveland, Colorado
  • At Gladiator CF in Curitiba, Parana, Brazil, Morgana Silva and Vitoria Ferreira fought  to a draw (125)

Pro Boxing

Tori Nelson gained another world welterweight title as she defeated Victoria Cisneros by unanimous decision to win the vacant UBF belt in Fairfax, Virginia. Nelson also successfully defended her  WIBA welterweight title

Nelson (13-0-3) has yet to taste defeat.


In Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico, Erica Anabella Farias defeated Alejandra Marina Oliveras by split decision to gain the WBC World light welterweight title.

Farisa (21-1) is the former WBC lightweight champion and snaps Oliveras’s 12 fight win streak.


A new IBF World super bantamweight champion was crowned in Cordoba, Argentina as Yulihan Luna Avila defeated Carolina Marcela Gutierrez by unanimous decision for the vacant title.

Avila (12-2) wins her first world championship.


In other pro boxing action:

  • In Kotka, Finland, Eva Wahlstrom defeated Fatuma Zarika by unanimous decision
  • Hye Soo Park defeated Dorkmaipah Kiatpompetch by unanimous decision  in Daegu, South Korea
  • In Buenos Aires, Argentina, Anahi Esther Sanchez defeated Betina Gabriela Garino by unanimous decision
  • Debora Rengifo defeated Luzmeri Zacarias by TKO in Turmero, Venezuela
  • In Pathum Thani, Thailand, Kanittha Kokietgym defeated Saobangrajan Kkp by unanimous decision

The MRS (WMMA and WBoxing News) Nov. 14

Miscellaneous News

In action Thursday:

In pro MMA:

  • Amy Montenegro defeatd Diana Rael by TKO in round
    2 at King of the Cage in Idaho.

In boxing:

  • Ava Knight defeated Guadalupe Martinez by unanimous decision to win the vacant WBC International flyweight title in Washington D.C.
  • Tyrieshia Douglas gains the vacant WIBA World bantamweight title with an unanimous decision win over Christina Ruiz in Baltimore, MD
  • In Westbury, New York, Amanda Serrano defeated Carla Torres by TKO round 1

In amateur MMA action at Gladiator Fighting Association in Topeka, KS:

  • Tabby Patterson def. Cara Jo Wesemann by unanimous decision to win the 145 title
  • Julie Murray def. Katherine Grasshopper by TKO 1:18 round 2
  • Savannah Self def. Alexis Cheatham by TKO 2:32 round 2
  • Jessika Brown def. Jennifer Dunn by KO 0:23 round 1

Holly Holm is out of her match with Raquel Pennington at UFC 181 next month.

Holm has suffered a neck injury and will be taking it “day by day” to see if it will heal on its own. No word if Pennington will get another opponent.


Also in the injury front, UFC Strawwweight Tina Lähdemäki has to undergo shoulder surgery and will be out for 9 months.


After losing to Randa Markos, Tecia Torres advanced to the quarterfinals of “The Ultimate Fighter 20” tournament by defeating Bec Rawlings by unanimous decision. Torres will face former InvictaFC champion Carla Esparza in the next round.

The episode itself drew 578,000 live viewers – one of the best ratings of the season. Wednesday’s broadcast saw the most drama and cattiness of the episodes thus far.

Next week, Randa Markos and Felice Herrig square off in the quarterfinals.


The Princesses of Pain female fighting promotion will return to action November 29 will a docket of exciting fights.

The main event will feature Kate da Silva defend her 60 kg title against Dawn Chalmers.

In other pro bouts:

  • Tairi Ford vs Gaela Nixon
  • Gentiane Lupi vs Alex Sorthis
  • Hera Tamati vs Catherine Drinnann
  • Charlene Watt vs Bridget Lords
  • Barbara Verlinden vs Tracey Burns

More matches to be announced soon.


A pair of bouts have been announced for OneFC December 5 in Manilla, Philippines.

Ana Jualton looks for her second win of her MMA career as she takes on Egypt’s Walaa Abas, while local favorite Jujeath Nagaowa will battle Tharoth Sam of Cambodia.


Two new fighters have signed to Invicta.

Texas’s Tessa Simpson signed this past week. The 3-1 atomweight returned to action last year with a win over Paulina Granados.

German strawweight Daniela Kortmann signed Thursday to the promotion, The first from Germany yo be signed, she went 3-1 as an amateur and won her pro debut in 2012.


World Series of Fighting President Ray Sefo told us during the WSOF conference call Thursday to expect more expansion of the women’s division in 2015. Sefo stated “timing” had a lot to do with not doing it this year. (We can only assume he meant TUF 20.)

He also is looking to develop a bantamweight division.

However, XFC is not too pleased with Kalindra Faria signing to the promotion.

XFC has filed a lawsuit against WSOF in the US over the Brazilian strawweight. Faria had signed an exclusive contract with the XFC before signing to WSOF. Faria will face WSOF champion Jessica Aguilar Saturday. More on that below.


OneFC’s Ann Osmond was featured on Time.com in their “Next Generation Leaders” segment. You can watch the video here.


A new trailer for “Boxing Chicks” is up. The story of former boxing trainer turned coach Terri Moss and her fight team will be released in December. You can see the trailer here.


Zoila Fruasto helped aspiring fighter Jennifer Penfield live out her dream, if just for an afternoon.

Penfield spared with the former Bellator champion in a Ford commercial. You can watch it here.


In the podcast Sunday we will talk to Rachael Smith about her upcoming fight with Kathina Catron and looking for her first pro win.

You can listen here at 1 p.m. pst/4 p.m. est Sunday.


Rumors

Come December 22, Ashlee Evans-Smith will be able to “seek other opportunities” as her “6 month inactive clause” in her WSOF contract will kick in.


Despite her ACL and meniscus tear,  Heather Clark is insisting she will still fight on the TUF 20 finale.


Schedule Matches

Pro MMA

smith eye weigh inThe UFC will make it’s debut in Mexico City, Mexico with a much anticipated scrap in the bantamweight division.

Jessica Eye (10-2; 1NC) and Leslie Smith (7-5-1) look to make their way up the 135 division rankings as they will be the featured bout on the UFC prelims on Fox Sports 1 Saturday. Both tipped the scales at 134.

Eye is coming off a loss to Alexis Davis, while Smith is coming off a win over Jessamyn Duke. Both seem acclimated to the higher altitude and look to entertain the fans in Mexico.


The #1 ranked Jessica Aguilar will defend her WSOF title for the second time against the #8 ranked  Kalindra Faria in Tampa, FL Saturday, which will air on NBC Sports Net. Both Aguilar (115) and Faria (114.8) came in on weight.

Aguilar has won 9 straight including her title win over Alida Gray and her title defense over Emi Fujino. With The Ultimate Fighter 20 almost ready to crown a champion, Aguilar need a solid win the stay at the top.

Faria is riding an 11 fight win streak and is looking to make an instant impact at 115. She has finished in 5 of her last 11 wins and is ranked in both the flyweight and strawweight divisions.


Courtesy Dolly Clew/ Cage Warriors
Courtesy Dolly Clew/ Cage Warriors

Cage Warriors will crown its first women’s bantamweight champion in London, England Saturday, in a fight that will stream on MMAJunkie.com.

Sweden’s Pannie Kianzad and Finland’s Eeva Siiskonen will duke it out for initial 135 title. Both Kianzad (134.8) and Siiskonen (134.3) came in on weight.

Kainzad (6-0) is undefeated having finished Megan van Houtum in her CWFC debut. This will be the debut of Siiskonen  in the promotion, having two finishes t her credit.

Also on the undercard, Anna Elmose (134.6) will take on Emma Delaney (135.7).


MMA Super Heroes will feature another tournament heading to their card in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

In the strawweight grand prix semi-finals, Camila Lima takes on Virna Jandiroba and Aline Sattelmayer faces Marília “Chocolate” Santos. The winners will square off later that night for the tournament crown. Howver, Santos came in at 125 pounds, so may have disqualifed herself from the finals.

In a non-tounament bout, Ariane Lipski battles Daiane Firmino in a strawweight encounter.


Courtesy PXC
Courtesy PXC

Cortney Casey looks for her third profession win as she takes on Gina Iniong at PXC in Manila, Philippines. This will stream on PXC’s livestream channel.

Arizona’s Casey (2-1) won her PXC debut this past June. The former Tuff-n-uff amateur champion has finished in both of her pro wins.champion.

Hometown fighter Iniong (3-1) is coming off a very close split decision over veteran Mei Yamaguchi at her last PXC bout.


In other pro MMA bouts:

  • At LegacyFC in Houston, TX, Stephanie Alba takes on Maria Lopez
  • In a pair of pro bouts at Sugar Creek Showdown in Hinton, OK, Amber Stautzenberger faces Delaney Owens and Jade DeHaas fights Anita Rodriguez. In an amateur bout Wendy Simmons battles Emily Ducote
  • Stephanie Bragayrac takes onm Mariana Moraes at Explosion MMA in Curitiba, Parana, Brazil
  • At USA MMA in Lafayette, Louisiana, Jazmine Hargrave faces Brooksie Bayard

Ammy MMA

Intense Cage Fight returns to Great Falls, MT and will feature an amateur flyweight bout between Hannah Kampf  and DJ Morrision.

Wombat Sports will be there live to cover the fight, so follow us @WombatSports for results.


In other amateur action:

  • In a pair of bouts at Steefist MMA in Salt Lake City, Utah, Mallory Rogers takes on Brenda Enriquez and Alysa Westergard faces Chelsya Howard
  • At Ultimate Beatdown in Johor Bahru, Malaysia, Samantha Tan battles Goh Shee Han
  • Morgana Silva fights Vitoria Ferreira at Gladiator CF in Curitiba, Parana, Brazil
  • In Chertsey, Surrey, England at Too Much Talent, Louise Hiller takes on Samantha Taylor
  • At A-Town Throwdown in Austin, MN, Cynthia Bottelberghe faces Jessica Fresh
  • Sereina Comstock battles Megan Wallace at IFC Fight Night in Owensboro, Kentucky
  • In Sacramento, California at West Coast FC, Ashley Medina fights Melissa Wang
  • At Spartan Combat League in Loveland, Colorado, Samantha Gilliland takes on Kathryn Yost

 

Boxing

Tori Nelson (c) vs. Victoria Cisneros – WIBA welterweight title & vacant UBF World welterweight title

Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico

Alejandra Marina Oliveras (c) vs. Erica Anabella Farias – WBC World light welterweight title


In other boxing action:

  • In Daegu, South Korea Hye Soo Park takes on Dorkmaipah Kiatpompetch
  • Anahi Esther Sanchez battles Betina Gabriela Garino in Buenos Aires, Argentina

The MRS (WMMA & WBoxing News) October 24

Miscellaneous News

In action Friday morning, Brogan Walker defeated YooJin Jung by unanimous decision at PXC 45 in Guam.


Jessica Eye versus Leslie Smith has been moved to the main card at UFC 180 in Mexico City, Mexico November 15\, so it will be on PPV rather than Fox Sports 1.


Brazil’s Osvaldo Paqueta announce the nominees for their Female Fighter of the Year award.

Nominees include Herica Tiburcio (InvictaFC), Jennifer Maia (InvictaFC), Kalindra Faria (XFC/WSOF),  Karine Silva (XFC), and Livia Renata Souza (InvictaFC).

Voting for the Brazilian award will start in December.


Letson
Letson

Leah Letson has decided to forego the Tuff-n-uff tournament and pursue a pro career. She will take on Christina Jobe at King of the Cage in Carlton, MN November 22.

Letson (5-0) has three finishes to her credit, while Jobe (5-4) has finished in all but one of her amateur bouts.

Letson will be on the Wombat Sports podcast Sunday at 1 p.m. pst/4 p.m. est. You can listen live here.


Two other pro bouts were also announced this week.

  • Breea Gilbert and Carolyn Biskup will look for their first pro wins at Hoosier Fight Club in Valparaiso, Indiana November 8th.
  • Poland’s K-1 champ Ania Fucz will look for her second MMA win as she takes on 1-1 Cinja Kiefer at Lanna Time II in Bochum, Germany November 29.

In amateur bouts announced this week:

  • On November 8th, Nikki Duncan takes on Chelsi Westdorp in a flyweight bout at Vertex MMA in Cadillac, MI.
  • November 22 at Total Warrior Combat in Lansing, MI  Alyse Anderson will defend her atomweight title against Danielle Huff.

InvictaFC is running a instragram MMA costume contest with the winner getting V-mode headphones, an autographed InvictaFC 9 poster, or an InvictaFC sweatshirt.  More details here.


Cassie Rodish is auctioning off her fight outfit from RFA 19 for Stop Cancer the Marni Fund. You can make your bid here.


If you haven’t noticed – Sqor, the upstart social media platform, has been using the cast of TUF 20 to promote it. The fighters have been getting good sums of money in the deal, with Felice Herrig banking $10,000.


Finnish fighter Vuokko Katainen, who lost in the opening round of the XFC flyweight tournament by majority decision, has signed a six fight deal with the promotion.

Swedish fighter Linn Wennergren will join her at XFC. She will make debut with the promotion November 22.


The GFight Women’s MMA summit will return in 2015. More details will be forthcoming but you can check out updates and give us some input by joining the GFight facebook group.


Rumors

Jessica Aguilar told Ariel Helwani on the MMA Hour podcast that her fight with Kalindra Faria is still on. She also re-confirmed two more matches on her contrast including the Faria fight and she will be able to “test the waters” to be signed elsewhere when it’s up.


Add Livia Renata Souza to the list of possibles for InvictaFC 10 in December.


Scheduled Fights

Pro MMA

Coenen and Bucci
Coenen and Bucci

Former Strikeforce champion Marloes Coenen will make her Bellator MMA debut Friday night in Mulvane, KS as she takes on Italian MMA star Annalisa Bucci. Both Coenen (145.9) and Bucci (145.2) made weight for the 145 pound bout that will air on Spike TV.

Coenen (21-6) is coming off her second loss to Cyborg Justino in Invicta, and looks to help jump start the women’s featherweight division in Bellator.

Bucci (7-3) is coming off a win over InvictaFC’s Maria Hougaard Djursaa. This will be her US debut.


MMA Super Heroes will have an one night atomweight tournament Saturday in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

In semi-final bouts:

  • Amanda Torres takes on Bianca Reis
  • Arielle Souza faces Janaisa Morandin

The tournament will stream for free on EI Nordeste youtube channel at 7:30 est/4:30 pst Saturday.


WMMA pioneer Satoko Shinashi will return to action after a six year absence from the sport to take on Ye Jin Jung at DEEP in Tokyo, Japan Sunday.

Shinashi (29-2-2) is a 13 year veteran of the sport, and holds the record for most armbar submission wins. She is the former DEEP atomweight champion. She took time off to start a family, but decided to return to competition.

Korea’s Jung will make her pro debut after having several amateur MMA bouts under RoadFC. The 15 year old also has some kickboxing experience.


In other pro bouts:

  • At PLMMA 41 in Legionowo, Poland, Barbara Nalepka takes on Izabela Badurek
  • At DFC Fall Brawl in Frago, ND, Summer Bradshaw battles Mariah Prussia
  • In a pair of bouts at Gladiator Challenge in San Diego, CA, Lissette Neri fights Jessy Miele and Bryanna Fissori faces Catalina Madril
  • Rachael Short takes on  Zhen Wei at MIMMA in Malaysia
  • At Strikers House Cup in Brazil, Mariana Morais battles Geisielli Nascimento (125)

Ammy MMA

WMMA returns to South Africa as Fightstar MMA will feature an amateur MMA bout.

Iris Rodrigues will look for her second win as she takes on the debuting Shana Power. Rodrigues won her MMA debut with a unanimous ddecisionover Santa-Marie Venter.


In other amateur bouts:

  • In a pair of bouts at Fight to Win in Glendale, Colorado, Brittany Boone takes on Hanna Schaefer while Grace Cleveland faces Cady Kinzie
  • Małgorzata Smaczniak battles Agnieszka Więcek at Memoriał Pawła Kamińskiego in Gniezno, Poland
  • At RUF in Parker, Arizona, Valerie Quintero fights Erika Norato and Nicole Sontag takes on Terry Rucker
  • Amber Ortiz faces Brittany Simms at Midtown Throwdown in Eugene, OR

Boxing

Yazmin Rivas will defend her WBC World bantamweight title against Susie Ramadan in Durango, Mexico.

Rivas (30-8) won the title in June with an unanimous decision win over Alesia Graf. She has won 7 of her last eight fights.

Also on the card Alondra Garcia will duke it out with Maria Salinas


In Nagano, Japan WBA atomweight champion Ayaka Miyao will defend her title for the 6th time taking on Satomi Nishimura.

Miyao (18-5) has held the title since 2012, and hasn’t been beaten since 2010. Nishimura (7-1) is looking for her first world title.


In other pro boxing bouts:

  • NABF flyweight champion Chantel Cordova will defend her title against Gloria Salas in Pueblo, Colorado
  • In London, United Kingdom, Marianne Marston and Marianna Gulyas will duke it out for the vacant Malta (MBC) International super bantamweight title
  • Ana Lozano faces Liliana Palmera in Barranquilla, Colombia
  • In Cataluña, Spain, Daniele Limone takes on Abigail Medina
  • Adela Celeste del Carmen Peralta battles Cristina Beatriz Cuevas in Santa Fe, Argentina

MMA Super Heroes Announces One Night Atomweight Tournament

mma sh beltBrazil’s MMA Super Hero continues its commitment to help develop female talent.

Coming of their successful strawweight tournament this past spring, the promotion announce a four woman one night tournament for October 25 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

All will be dropping from strawweight to test their skills at 105.

Among the participants:

  • Amanda Torres (4-2): Torres has won four straight before losing to Andressa Rocha at MMA Super Heroes in August.
  • Janaisa Morandin (6-0): Morandin has finished in four of her 6 fights.
  • Arielle Souza (2-2): After a rough start, Souza has back to back submission wins.
  •  Bianca Reis (2-2): Reis has two 1st round submission in her wins.

The winner could find themselves on the fast track in the atomweight rankings.

The event is expected to be streamed.

The MRS (WMMA News) – September 19

Miscellaneous News

In action Thursday at Circuito de Lutas Fight Night in Brazil, Arielle Souza submitted Graziele Ricotta by triangle choke 4:25 round 2.


Courtesy UFC
Rakoczy Courtesy UFC

We have been getting a lot of questions about TUF 18 finalist Jessica Rakoczy and we got some answers for you.

Shannon Reid talked to her this week and gave us an update. She is back in Hamilton, Canada with family and is still training. She is hoping to be back in the cage soon.

She relayed a message to her fans that she thanks them for their support.


The Ultimate Fighter 20 finale has a date and location officially.

It was announced the card would be December 12 at the Hard Rock Casino in Las Vegas. The main event will crown the first ever UFC strawweight champion. It won’t be an all female card as they just booked a male bout for the card.

It will air on Fox Sports 1.


Nicollini
Nicollini

Multi-time world BJJ champion Michelle Nicolini will make her U.S. MMA debut against InvictaFC vet Norma Rueda Center at Legacy FC 36 in Allen, TX October 17.

Nicolini (2-0) won the ADCC Submission grappling world championships as well as a seven time BJJ world champion. She has finished both of her MMA opponents by first round armbars.

Center (2-1)  was a collegiate wrestler and currently trains at the legendary Jackson/Winkeljohn’s MMA in Albuquerque, NM. Going undefeated as an amateur, she lost a decision at InvictaFC 6 to TUF 20 competitor Joanne Calderwood.

The fight is expected to air on AXS TV October 17.

Angelica Chavez versus Natalie Roy will also be on the card.


Coming off a win over Ana Julaton, Ann Osman will return to action at OneFC’s card in Kuala Lumpur against Egypt’s Aya Saeid Saber.

Malaysia’s Osmond (1-1) got her first win in a close split decision with Julaton last month. She started with a split decision loss.

Saber (2-4) lost to Julaton in both fighter’s promotional debuts.

The fight will stream on OneFC.com October 17.


Super Fight League’s US debut will be in Tacoma, WA October 4 and will feature a veteran of the promotion.

SFL flyweight champion Colleen Schneider will face Marion Reneau in a non-title bantamweight bout. Schneider (5-5) went 3-0 for the India based promotion, defeating Sanja Sucevic for the title. She was on a four fight win streak before losing to DeAnna Bennett in June.

Reneau (4-1) has finished in all of her wins and is one of the hot prospects in the bantamweight division.

The card will stream for free on their youtube channel.


Danielle Taylor is looking for her 4th straight win taking on Maria Andaverde October 2nd at King of the Cage in Highland, CA.

Taylor (3-0) went 5-1 as an amateur and has two finishes as a pro. She has wins over Jillian Lybarger and Nikki Lowe.

Andaverde (1-2) is looking to even her pro record after going 4-4 as an amateur.

The match will be taped for broadcast at a later date.


Fightstar MMA out of South Africa will have a female bout on their October 25th card.

Namibia’s Iris Rodrigues, who is coming off a win over Santa-Marie Venter, will take on MMA debuter Shana Power.


Four amateur strawweight prospects will be in action on November 8 at Conflict MMA.

Alexa Conners (4-1) will face Alyssa Vasquez (6-3) and Andy Nguyen (6-10) will battle Charity Walker (4-2).

No word on if the card will be streamed.


World Series of Fighting champion Jessica Aguilar will be back in action November 15. No word yet on an opponent or a location. The match will air on NBC Sports Net.

For those interested, it will be Aguilar’s third fight on her four fight contract with the promotion. Aguilar has the option of leaving WSOF if she is still champion after her contract expires.


Spaniard  Minerva Montero has inked a five fight deal with Cage Warriors.

Montero (1-1) is expected to drop to bantamweight for her promotional debut. No word on when that will be.


Japanese standout Satoko Shinashi will return after a six year absence to fight at DEEP October 26 in Tokyo.

Shinashi (29-2-2) has 20 wins by armbar and 23 submissions overall. She took some time off to have a family, but with a growing atomweight division, which is more of a natural weight class for her, it is expected she will make an immediate impact with a win.


MMA Super Heroes will crown an atomweight champion on their next card. More info about participants, location, and date coming soon.


The International MMA Federation announced they inked a three year deal with the Fight Network to air their annual amateur tournaments. Their first was this year happened during the UFC Expo in Vegas and will be the first to air on the network.

The tournaments bring talent from all over the world to help establish an universal amateur circuit and to help get MMA into the Olympics.


The awarding winning documentary “Glena” that followed Portland’s Glena Avila through the trials and tribulations of being a single mom and a MMA fighter will air on Showtime this month. It will air September 25 and will be available on demand September 26.


The UFC did a great feature on Cat Zingano ahead of her match with Amanda Nunes. You can watch it here.


MMA Somnia is running a contest giving away pairs of boon boxing gloves. You can enter here.


Rumors

Word is Gina Carano wants to drop to 135 to fight Ronda Rousey.


Ronda Rousey told reporters in Brazil she wants to face Bethe Correia in Brazil. She also is leaning toward Cat Zingano as the next contender for her title, and wants to defend her title on the January 3 card in Vegas.


Scheduled Fights

rin miesha weigh in 01Pro MMA

Japanese sensation Rin Nakai will make her UFC debut early Saturday morning ass she takes on fan favorite Miesha Tate in Tokyo, Japan. Both came in on weight for their battle.

Nakai (16-0-1) has wins over InvictaFC vets Tara LaRosa and Sarah D’alelio. She has six submissions to her credit and is trained in judo.

Tate (14-5) is coming off a win over Liz Carmouche earlier this year after back to back losses.

The fight will air on UFC Fight Pass starting at 12:30 a.m. pst/3:30 a.m. est on the the main card of the event. Follow us on twitter @WombatSports for updates.


In other pro bouts:

  • At Combat Xtreme in Las Lunas, New Mexico, Angelica Chavez takes on Stephanie Skinner
  • Jessy Miele battles Cassie Crisano at Premier FC 17 in Worcester, Massachusetts. In an amateur bout, Sarah Payant faces Sarah Click
  • At Circuito Talent 13 in Campinas, Brazil, Livia Renata Souza fights Camila Pitbull
  • Rachel Sazoff and Allison Haynes square off at PA Cage Fight 19 in Pennsylvania
  • At KOTC in Rancho Cucamonga, CA, Leah Letson takes on Moriel Charneski
  • Suvi Salmimies will faces Roksana Prucnal at Lappeenranta Fight Night in Kuopio, Finland. In amateur bouts, Tinja Lesonen battles Heli Siltala and Johanna Toivanen squares off with Inka Auvinen
  • At the Hill Fighters 3 in Brazil, Elen Torres faces Chayani Mendes
  • Evva Johnson battles Priscilla Brownfield at Hardrock MMA in Somerset, Kentucky. In amateur action, Gina Begley takes on Ashley Rickard
  • At Prestige FC in Ft. McMurray, Canada, Sarah Mcrann battles Fairlynn Smallchild
  • Jenna Serio squares off with Jill Valenzuela at Ring of Combat in Atlantic City, NJ
  • At GFA Fights in Bossier City, Louisiana, Andrea Lee faces Kim Colbert. In an amteur bout, Candice Maricle battles Jessica Tidwell 
  • Michelle Platenik takes on Nayara Hemily, Fatality Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Ammy MMA

In amateur action:

  • At NAFC in  Milwaukee, Wisconsin Jennifer D’Acquisto takes on Rashelle Cook
  • Jessica McNeil faces Gemma Sheeman at Heroes Combat League in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
  • At AFL in Atlantic City, New Jersey Charmaine Rosario battles Jillian Mulderig
  • Elizabeth Rodriguez squires off with Aiko Ewing Mosley MMA in Pomona, California
  • At Defiant FC in  Midland, Texas, Sanaz Khamisi fights Megan Runnels and Yuri Medina faces Trinity Williams