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Andrea Lee to Face Davina Maciel in LFA 16 Main Event

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

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Watercooler: Rousey’s Return Date? Cooper vs. Elmose Announced & More

UFC

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

Zoila Frausto Returns to the Cage; Faces Lybarger in RFA

11895954_883037768455978_3166790647669478076_nAfter a nearly two year absence from MMA, Bellator tournament winner Zoila Frausto has a date and opponent for her return to the cage.

Frausto will take on Jocelyn Jones-Lybarger at RFA’s 31st event October 9th in Las Vegas. The match was announced Tuesday.

Frausto (12-4) lost three straight at flyweight before deciding to take a hiatus from MMA, concentrating on Muay Thai gaining a few titles along the way. With the UFC adding a strawweight division, Frausto is starting her campaign to get signed there.

Standing in her way is Lybarger (5-1) who has had impressive back to back to back wins in RFA. She also looks to sign with the UFC in the near future.

The match will serve as the co-main event and will air on AXS TV October 9th.

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

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

Stephanie Skinner to Face Kyra Batara in Denver

Skinner
Skinner
Batara
Batara

Two stars of the atomweight division will battle in the Mile High City November 7th.

Hometown fighter Stephanie Skinner will take on Vegas’s Kyra Batara at RFA’s card in Denver, CO November 7th. Skinner announced the match via twitter Sunday night.

Skinner (3-5) recently defeated Angelica Chavez and has finished in all of her wins. She is looking to win her second in a row.

Batara (1-1) is looking to recover off her first professional loss. The wrestler went 4-1 as an amateur.

The fight will most likely be on the preliminary card and won’t be on air.

The MRS (WMMA and WBoxing News) October 10

Miscellaneous News

DEEP JEWELS announced three more fights for their November 3rd card in Tokyo, Japan.

Yukiko Seki (12-24) will take on Naomi Taniyama (1-2) while ex-pat Brittany Ann Decker (0-1) will take on pro debuter Pan Hui. Both fights will be at atomweight.


In Singapore November 7th, OneFC will feature a women’s bout between hometown fighter Kristie Gannaway and Malaysian Adek Omar. Both will be making their MMA debuts.

The fight will stream on OneFC.com for $10.


DEEP-JEWELS strawweight contender Emi Tomimatsu will return to action November 9th as she takes on hometown fighter Hyo Kyung Sung at RoadFC in Korea.

Tomimatsu (7-8) is coming off a loss to Mizuki Inoue in a match for the D-J 115 title. She is looking to jump start her career again after having back to back wins before the loss.

Song (1-4) got her first MMA win in July by TKO over Hazuki Kimura.


Amy Montenegro will be looking for her 5th win as a pro taking on Denver’s Diana Rael in Worley, Idaho November 13th for King of the Cage.

Montenegro (4-1) has gotten three of her four wins by submission. Rael (5-3) will be moving up to 115 for the fight, having back to back finishes in her last two fights.


Hayes
Hayes

British Judoka Jaye Hayes will look for her 4th amateur win in MMA talking on Sinead Kavanagh at  SBG Ireland December 6th for the British bantamweight title. Hayes has defeated all of her opponents in under two minutes, with her latest coming by 38 second TKO in September. With a win, speculation is she will turn pro.


InvictaFC fighter Charmaine Tweet was on the Fight Network’s MMA Meltdown show. She was the first Invitca fighter to do the show.

You can watch it here.


TUF 20 won’t be on this coming Wednesday like this past week due to the Major League Baseball playoffs. Should be back October 22.


Rumors

InvictaFC president Shannon Knapp told us a location for InvictaFC 10 is being finalized and the card itself will “blow people away”. It won’t be in Denver, but expect a card there next year.


Sara McMann tweeted she will maybe facing Miesha Tate like she wanted. Match announcement should be forthcoming.


The Australian reality show “Wimp2Warrior” is expecting to ink a deal with an US tv network shortly ahead of their US vs. Canada season.


Several organizations have stated they have all female cards in the works. Some news soon.


Scheduled Fights

Ruth and Lybarger Courtesy RFA
Ruth and Lybarger Courtesy RFA

Pro MMA

Two matches are set for RFA’s card Friday night in Prior Lake, MN.

Jocelyn Lybarger (3-1) will look for win #4 as she takes on undefeated Rebecca Ruth (2-0). Both made weight Thursday.

Lybarger is coming off a decision win over Rosa Acevedo this past April. Ruth has back to back first round TKOs.

The other match sees top 10 atomweight Cassie Rodish take on Raquel Magdaleno. Originally set for 105, Magdaleno missed weight by 4 pounds and the match will be at a catchweight. Rodish will receive 20% of Magdaleno fight purse.

Lybarger versus Acevedo will kick off the main card which will air on AXS TV. Rodish and Magdaleno will be on the untelevised prelims, but may air if time permits.


In other pro bouts:

  • In a trio of bouts at BAMMA: Badbeat 13 in Canyonville, Oregon, Misha Nassiri takes on Alyssa Garcia, Maria Rios faces Ashley Yoder, and Melanie Lacroix battles Christina Marks
  • Helen Harper fights Nayra Acosta at SUFN 2 in England
  • At Prime Fighting 4 in Ridgefield, WA, Emily Corso takes on Katie Howard. In amateur action, Alison Barnett faces Lisa Spangler and Kimberly Post battles Melinda Stalnaker
  • Isabelly Varela fights Polyana Viana at Gigante Fight 2 in Brazil

 Ammy MMA

Fight Hard MMA has eight female fights lined up on Saturday in St. Charles, MO. The main event features the finals of their bantamweight tournament. Inspiration fighter of the year Susie Wyatt will also be in action.

Here is the complete card:

  • Ronni Lawrence vs Michelle Pearce
  • Sheena Brandenburg vs Susie Wyatt
  • Rebecca Adney vs Maritza Reyes
  • Autumn Lamle vs Andrea Whtiney
  • Shawna Tyler vs Gabrielle Labbee
  • Rachel Stockham vs Liz Turpin
  • Katherine Grasshopper vs Shawna Stevenson
  • Kira Franke vs Cassandra Burton

In other amateur bouts:

In a pair of bots at Spar Star Promotions in Inglewood, California, Aiko Ewing takes Farren Romero and Danielle Mack faces Paola Ramirez

  • Kendra Bukovac battles Anna Dempster at CageQuest in Lakewood, Washington
  • At CFL HD in Adelanto, California, Allenita Perez fights Daria Berenato
  • Shaianna Rincon takes on Brooke Mayo at Central Coast Throwdown in Salinas, California

Boxing

Csilla Nemedi will battle Jasmina Nadj for vacant WBF bantamweight title in Budapest, Hungary Saturday.

Nemedi (7-0) has finished all but one opponent in her unblemished career. Nadj (3-3) is coming off a win over Nada Miladinov and is looking for the upset.


In other boxing action:

  • In Saarland, Germany, Elvira Alberti battles Caroline Thea Andre
  • Alejandra Jimenez dukes it out with Claudia Ramirez in Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico
  • In Abruzzo, Italy, Michele Crudetti faces Luca Genovese

RFA 19 Adds Rodish vs. Magdaleno

Rodish
Rodish
Magdaleno
Magdaleno

InvictaFC vet Cassie Rodish will return to action as she takes on Raquel Magdaleno at RFA 19 in October 10th in Prior Lake, MN.

Rodish (4-4) has been a staple of the atomweight division, having won four straight before losing to Simona Soukupova in spring 2013.

Magdaleno  (2-0) has back to back decision wins and was 4-1 as an amateur. A win would put her in the atomweight rankings.

The match joins Jocelyn Lybarger versus Becky Gullet in the 115 division on the card.

RFA 19 will air on AXS TV October 10.

 

RFA 18 Adds Bassett vs. Gonzales

Bassette
Bassette
Gonzales
Gonzales

RFA MMA has continued it promise to bring a female fight on every card with the addition of Heather Bassett versus Brenda Gonzales on their September 12th card in Albuquerque, NM September 12.

Bassett (2-1) has finished both of her wins in the first round. Her only loss was by submission to Fallon Fox. She went 4-2 as an amateur.

Hometown fighter Gonzales (4-1) is coming off a loss to UFC signed Rin Nakai. She finished in 3 of her four wins and is the former King of the Cage 125 champion.

The fight will air on AXS-TV September 12th.

The MRS (WMMA and WBoxing News and Results) – Aug. 26

Miscellaneous News

Walker
Walker

InvictaFC continues its signing spree with the announcement of LaToya Walker (145) and Jozette Cotton (155) to the roster.

Walker (3-0) went undefeated as an amateur and will fight in September against Anita Rodriguez at Sugar Creek Showdown.

Cotton (4-0) has finished three of her four opponents as a pro and also undefeated as an amateur.


InvictaFC President Shannon Knapp told Cage Side Submissions that Ayaka Hamasaki and Mizuki Inoue will be on InvictaFC 9. A third Japanese fight is yet to be announced.


To clarify what was going on in terms of Marloes Coenen and Julia Budd and InvictaFC, Coenen’s Invicta contract expired a while ago and Budd was a “fight-to-fight” basis.


InvictaFC vet Jocelyn Lybarger will return to action for RFA October 10 facing Rebecca Gullet.

Lybarger (3-1) is coming off a decision win over Rosa Acevedo. Gullet is coming off a TKO win over Mandy Polk.

The bout is expected to air on AXS-TV.


On the heels of XFC’s success in Brazil, John Prisco has resigned as the president of the promotion.

Several sources tell us that investors are seeing better results in Brazil than the are in the U.S. due to a tv deal and better sponsors. There has been rumors of folding the US portion entirely. There is no word on if the proposed Florida card in October will happen or the status of the XFC US based fighters.


With Kalin Curran signing to the UFC, PXC has signed Brogan Walker to their flyweight division. Walker is the first female fighter from Guam to compete professionally. She will face Korea’s Yoo Jin Jung at PXC 45 in Guam October 17.


Paige VanZant announced she has a spine injury and had to move back to Reno in order get health insurance. She is supposed to face Kailin Curran at UFC Fight Night in Halifax, Nova Scotia October 4th but is now pushed to UFC’s card in Houston, TX November 22.


InvictaFC signee Amanda Bobby Cooper will be out for a few months due to a ACL injury. She is set to go under the knife September 5.


The UFC did a piece on the resurgence of Japanese MMA that feature DEEP-JEWELS stars Shizuka Sugiyama and Brittany Decker. You can watch it here.


World Series of Fighting champion Jessica Aguilar and InvictaFC fighter JJ Aldrich were both on recent episodes of Spike TV’s “Gym Rescue”. Aldrich was in episode 1 and Aguilar in episode 2. You can watch the show here.


Rumors

With the current expansion in the bigger weight classes at Invicta, Tuff-n-uff maybe doing a 145 and 155 tournament with the winner getting a pro contract with Invicta.


Expect the InvictaFC 9th card to be outside of Kansas City. Sights are set for early November for the card.


Michelle Ould is possibly looking to drop to 115 after her fight with DeAnna Bennett at InvictaFC 8.


Scheduled Fights

Pro MMA

Courtesy UFC
Courtesy UFC

Milana Dudieva got her first UFC in Macao, China as she defeated Elizabeth Phillips by split decision at UFC Fight Night 48 which aired live on UFC Fight Pass.

Dudieva pushed forward while Phillips circled. Phillips was able to control the fight on the ground and had thought she had taken the decision, but the judges saw in Dudieva’s favor. This is the second close decision Phillips lost in the UFC.

After the fight, the UFC pulled one of the judges due to incompetence in judging.


Kianzad vs. Houtum Courtesy Dolly Clew/Cage Warriors
Kianzad vs. Houtum Courtesy Dolly Clew/Cage Warriors

Bantamweight prospect Pannie Kianzad remains undefeated as she took on a tough Megan van Houtum at Cage Warriors in Amman, Jordan. Houtum used her judo to gain an edge in round one, but it was Kiazad’s striking that would be the factor in round two to take the TKO win at 2:17. Kianzad improves to 6-0.

Lina Akhtar Länsberg outstruck Laura Howarth in Lansberg’s TKO win. Howarth didn’t come out for round 2, later siting “her head wasn’t in the fight”.


In what was a “Knockout of the Year” candidate, Christine Stanley landed an impressive spinning head kick to Katie Anita Runyan, ending the fight in only 5 seconds at the Xplode Fight Series in San Diego, CA. You can watch the video here.


Two Thai fighters made history being the first women from Thailand to face each other in MMA. Suwanon Boonsorn submitted Kaewjai Prachumwong by armbar in round 2 at Full Metal Dojo in Phuket, Thailand.


In other pro bouts:

  • At MMA Summer Showdown in Tulalip, WA, Glena Avila defeated Stevie VanAssche TKO by (retirement) in round 1. In an amateur bout, Mari Mata submitted Anjela Pink by armbar 1:26 round 2
  • Livia Renata Souza submitted Edlaine Godoy by armbar round 1 at X-Fight 9 in Brazil
  • At Samurai Combate 6 in Brazil, Ingrid Lasmim defeated Betina Baino by TKO round 2
  • Jennifer Maia defeated Elaine Albuquerque by unanimous decision to win the 125 title at Circuito Talent 11 in São José dos Pinhais, Brazil
  • At Shooto in Rio, Brazil, Luciana Pereira defeated Mariana Morais by unanimous decision
  • Marina Moroz submitted Jin Tang by armbar round 1 at Kunlung Fights in China

Ammy MMA

Sarah Jamilia was crowned the new Tuff-n-uff bantamweight champion in Mesquite, NV, as she handed Kaytlin Neil her first loss as an amateur getting the unanimous decision. Jamilia improves to 3-0.

Emily Whitmire improves to 3-4 as she defeated Cheri Muraski by split decision in a flyweight bout.


In other amateur bouts:

  • At SHP in Meridian, Mississippi, Kayla Stricker defeated Rhonda Russell by TKO 0:55 round 2
  • Katherine Roy defeated Fatima Mallett by unanimous decision to win the 115 title at Cowboy Extreme Fighting in San Antonio, Texas
  • At RMMA – New Orleans, Louisiana, Felicia Spencer defeated Macy Chiasson by unanimous decision
  • Randee Morales sunmitted Alyssa Garcia by rear naked choke at 1:00 round 1 at Jackson MMA Series in Pueblo, Colorado

Boxing

Hallback vs Cisneros Courtesy Full Access Photography
Hallback vs Cisneros Courtesy Full Access Photography

Chevelle Hallback gains the vacant World Boxing Federation welterweight title with her 8th round TKO win over Victoria Cisneros in Tampa, Florida. Hallback gets back to back TKO wins and improves to 30-8.


A trio of bouts happened in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

WBO female super bantamweight champion Marcela Eliana Acuna got the unanimous decision victory over Edith Soledad Matthysse to retain her title.

In other actions Erica Anabella Farias defeated Roxana Beatriz Laborde by TKO round 3 and Vanesa Lorena Taborda defeated Johana Belen Gimenez by majority decision.


In other boxing action:

  • In Coacalco, México, Mexico, Jessica Chavez defeated Melissa McMorrow by unanimous decision to win the vacant WBC International flyweight title. Also Celia Roman defeated Anely Hernandez by points 
  • Momoko Kanda defeated Nongnun Mor Krungthepthonburi by TKO round 4 to win the vacant WBC Asian Boxing Council minimumweight title and Naome Tacda defeated Aisah Alico by TKO round 2 in Manila, Philippines
  • In Rochester, New York, Ivana Coleman defeated Michelle Cook by unanimous decsion to win the vacant USA New York State super bantamweight title
  • Yamila Esther Reynoso and Daniela Elizabeth Quinteros fight to a majority draw in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • In Chivilcoy, Argentina, Ada Esther Nieborg knocked out Angela Mercedes Cabrera in round 2
  • Sindy Amador and Anahi Torres fight to a split draw in Corona, California
  • In Fort Worth, Texas, Rachel Vidal defeated Jasmine Clarkson by unanimous decision
  • Pasa Malagic defeated Suzana Radovanovic by points in Brcko, Bosnia And Herzegovina
  • In a pair of bouts in Sofia, Bulgaria, Gloria Vasileva defeated Ivana Yaneva by TKO round 2 and Ana Simeonova knocked out Tsvetana Konstantinova in round 2 (112)

The MRS (WMMA and Boxing News) – July 25

Song vs. Kimura Courtesy RoadFC
Song vs. Kimura Courtesy RoadFC

Miscellaneous News

In action Friday night, Marion Reneau defeated pro debuter Maureen Riordon by armbar at 4:15 of round 1. The bantamweight gets her third straight first round victory and her first submission win as a pro.


Saturday morning at RoadFC, Hyo-Kyung Song defeated Hazuki Kimura by TKO 2:21 of round 2 in Gumi, South Korea.


Fernanda Soledad Alegre successfully defended her WBO light welterweight title, getting a second round TKO over  Dalia Vasarhelyi in Buenos Aires, Argentina on Friday.


Also In boxing action Friday, Kristin Gearhart and Ashleigh Curry fight to a split draw in Chicago.


Jemyma Betrian has an opponent for her pro mma debut August 10th. Washington’s Hadley Griffith is looking to recover after a loss this past weekend to take on the Muay Thai standout at Chaos At The Casino 5 in Inglewood, CA.

Betrian, a champion in Muay Thai, has been training with UFC champion Ronda Rousey for her switch to MMA. Griffith also have a Muay Thai background and looks to hand Betrian her first loss in MMA.

The event will be headlined by Marina Shafir taking on Amanda Bell in a featherweight battle.


Rising atomweight prospect Catherine Costigan will once again battle in her hometown of Dublin, Ireland as she will take on Monaco’s Noelia Molina at Cage Warriors 70 ‪August 16.

Costigan (4-0) has recovered nicely after a three year absence due to injury, winning three straight. Molina will be dropping to 105 for the bout, and hasn’t seen action in a cage since her loss to Joanne Calderwood in 2012. She has been active in the Muay Thai scene in Europe however.

The fight will stream on MMAJunkie.com August 16.


Brazil will have a very busy August and early September as Damadeferromma.com has announced several bouts in the country.

  • August 7 at Circuito de Lutas Fight Night, Arielle Souza and Mahri Guerreira will look for their first wins as pros. In a Muay Thai bout, Ladie Dias battles Roberta Cristina.
  • In a pair of bouts at AFC on Aug. 9 in Balneário Camboriú, Brazil,  Claudia Rey (4-0) takes on Natali Alves (pro debut) and Roberta Paim (3-0) faces Daniela Oliveira (pro debut).
  • Undefeated Viviane Sucuri (5-0) will make a drop to 115 as she faces Gina Naja (1-2) at Limo Fight 13 in Limoeiro do Norte, Brazil August 15.
  • InvictaFC vet Jennifer Maia (8-3) will look to maintain her #3 Unified ranking as she takes on raising star Elaine Albuquerque (9-3) at Circuito Talent 11 August 23 in São José dos Pinhais, Brazil. This will be for the promotion’s flyweight title.
  • A month later, Circuito Talent will have another card in Campinas, Brazil September 20th, Livia Renata Souza (5-0) looks to stay undefeated as she takes on Camila Pitbull (8-3) in a strawweight bout.

10488846_931211380238139_1849835960_nAna Julaton will be holding a media day August 6 at the House of Ryu in Las Vegas to help promote her upcoming fight against Ann Osmond at OneFC August 29th in Dubai, which will stream on OneFC.com. More info can be found at by clicking the picture on the right.


Sunday at 2:30 p.m. pst/5:30 p.m. est on the podcast, we will have veteran Muay Thai fighter Kate McGray, who will be returning to MMA as she takes on Maria Rios at National Fight Alliance’s event in California.

You can listen live here Sunday.


Rumors

No rumors this week. Expect some next week.


Scheduled Fights

Courtesy UFC
Courtesy UFC

Pro MMA

After their first strawweight battle took place last week, the UFC is ready to bring some more international 115 talent in as Poland’s Joanna Jedrzejczyk will battle Brazil’s Juliana Lima at UFC on Fox 12 in San Jose, CA, which will stream on UFC Fight Pass.

The undefeated Jedrzejczyk (6-0) is coming off a KO victory over Rosi Sexton in June and had a quick turnaround when the UFC came knocking. With the contract came a drop from 125 to 115, but it seems the Polish star has adjusted nicely, making 115 on the button at weigh-ins.

Same couldn’t be said of Lima (6-1), who came in initially at 117 pounds, and then re-weighed at 116.5. Since she missed weight, she will be deducted 20% of her fight purse. Some controversy arose when main eventer Matt Brown came in overweight and will not be deducted from his fight pay because of confusion from the California State Athletic Commission doctor gave confusing instructions to both fighters. Lima tried to make weight but still missed, while Brown thought the doctor had ordered him to stop cutting weight instead of simply advising him not to.

Lima’s only loss was to InvictaFC title challenger Katja Kankaanpaa by decision.

WMMA Round-up got an interview with Jedrzejczyk after the weigh-in and you can watch it here.


In other pro MMA bouts:

  • At Triple A MMA in New Mexico, Lindsay Jones faces Jessica Armstrong
  • In a trio of bouts at Roshambo in Australia, Shauna Carew battles Ginny Connors,  Lana Kate fights Jessy Jess, and Megan Anderson faces Kerry Barrett
  • At ECC in Halafax, Canada, Holly Cline battles Jody Reicher
  • Jin Tang take on Yana Lyashko at Kunlun Fights in China

Ammy MMA

The MMA Expo in New York will crown amateur champions as Fighters Source will have a card in “The Big Apple”.

Susie Wyatt-Walters will battle Angela Hancock for the flyweight title and Fernanda Araujo takes on Danielle Gallagher for the bantamweight title.


In other amateur bouts:

  • At NAFC in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Shannon Goughary faces Kali Robbins and Emily Rady takes on Kelli Richards
  • In a pair of bouts at Organized Chaos in Topeka, Kansas, Tabby Patterson fights Jessica Middleton and LeiLoni Stewart battles Stephanie Hull 
  • Kathy McCord takes on Rachel Johnson and Mercedes Chavez faces Monica Medina at Ignite MMA in Amarillo, Texas
  • At the Legacy Amateur Series in Austin, TX, Elizabeth Palacios fights Brittany Robertson
  • Lacie Jackson battles Rena Pena at GFA in Alexandria, Louisiana
  • At Blackout FC in Carthage, Missouri, Blair Patton takes on Melissa Shepard
  • Xin-min Lai faces Danielle Mack at Conquest FC in Garden Grove, California

Boxing

Christina Hammer is looking to take a second division world title as she takes on former welterweight champion Anne Sophie Mathis for the vacant WBO light middleweight title in Dessau, Sachsen-Anhalt, Germany.

Hammer (17-0) is undefeated and is the current WBO and WBF middleweight champion. Eight of her wins were within the distance.

Mathis (27-3) is the current WBF light middleweight champion winning the belt in June. She was on a 22 fight win streak before suffering back to back losses two two of the best in the world; Holly Holm and Cecilia Braekhus.


Anabel Ortiz will attempt to defend her WBA minimumweight title for the second time as she takes on Neisi Torres in Epazoyucan, Hidalgo, Mexico.

Ortiz (14-3) is on a four fight win streak Torres (12-2-1) won four her her past 5.


In other boxing matches:

  • In Maipú, Mendoza, Argentina, Carla Romina Weiss take on Vanesa del Valle Calderon
  • In a trio of fights in Alajuela, Costa Rica, Carolina Arias faces Lorena Arias, Celina Salazar battles Maria Elena Villalobos, and Yokasta Valle fights Maria Guadalupe Atilano 
  • Alica Melina Kummer dukes it out with Samia El Khaouat in Frankfurt, Hessen, Germany