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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.
Amber Leibrock will battle Paola Ramirez in the featherweight final, while Felicia Spencer will fight Jessica Richer in the lightweight final. All made weight.
Leibrock (2-1) was a last minute replacement in the tournament and got a 25 second TKO win in her semi-final contest with Pam Sorenson. Undefeated Ramirez (4-0) won an unanimous decision over Heather Wilson in the other semi-final. They will be the co-main event of the evening.
Spencer (4-1) submitted Leanne Foster with an armbar to send her to the 155 final. Jessica Eve Richer (3-0) would get an unanimous decision to her place in the final. The match will serve as the main event.
The WMMA Press committee will from time to time on a deserving basis give out the “Legacy Award” to honor an individual who has helped shape and pioneer women’s MMA.
This year we will give that honor to Barry Meyer (posthumously), who helped run Tuff-n-uff MMA helping develop female amateur mixed martial arts and helped create stars such as Ronda Rousey.
Meyer started the promotion in 1994 but would hold his first amateur MMA event in 2003. He held what would be one of the first all female amateur events in July 2009. Since then, Tuff-n-uff has helped groom Rousey, Marina Shafir, Tonya Evinger, Jessamyn Duke, the Lybarger twins, among others to become stars in MMA.
He also was instrumental in helping Mia Hayes fight for the promotion. Hayes, a cancer patient, wanted to live the dream of being a mma fighter, and Meyer was able to set up a fight under the Tuff-n-uff banner. Meyer established the “Might Mia” Inspirational Fighter of the Year award, an award the WMMA Press has also adopted.
Meyer passed in 2013 but his legacy still continues with his brother Jeff, who has established tournaments to help develop stars for Invicta.
Barry Meyer touch so many involved in the women’s divisions that he more than deserves to be our Legacy Award winner this year.
The International MMA Federation has announced the dates for its second amateur world championships.
The event will once again be held in Las Vegas, Nevada during the week of the UFC Expo, July 7-12. The federation will again team up with Tuff-n-uff for the four day tournament which features fighters from across the planet.
Yesica Patricia Marcos defeats Estrella Valverde at 1:48 round 1 to retain the WBA World super bantamweight title in Mendoza, Argentina
In Trnava, Slovakia, Zita Zatyko defeats Szilvia Szabados by unanimous decision to win the vacant WBF super middleweight title
Ronda Rousey versus Cat Zingano has been moved to February 28.
UFC President Dana White made the announcement this week of the change of date, which was originally set for January 3rd. The match will now co-main event the UFC 184 pay per view in Los Angeles, the hometown of champion Rousey.
The Ultimate Fight Finale will feature all but Justine Kish competing in December 12 in Las Vegas. Most of the matches won’t be announced till the week before the finale.
UFC fighter Bethe Correia sustained a minor eye injury and won’t be available to compete until February.
InvictaFC president Shannon Knapp told MMA Mayhem Radio she will do all in her power to help Cyborg Justino get her a match with Ronda Rousey.
Cyborg seems to be “on schedule” for her cut to 135 for her match December 10 at Invicta.
Tabby Patterson announced her next fight will be against Cara Jo Wesemann at Gladiator Fighting Association in Topeka, KS for their amateur bantamweight title November 13th.
With Leah Letson turning pro, Florina Moeller will step up to take part of the Tuff-n-uff/InvictaFC featherweight tournament next weekend.
We will talk to Moeller on the Wombat Sports podcast Sunday to discuss preparing for her first semi-final match and her career as a fighter.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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
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
Coming off a successful strawweight tournament this past spring, Tuff-n-uff announced the participants for their upcoming featherweight and lightweight tournaments starting November 7 in Las Vegas. The winners will receive InvictaFC contracts.
In the 145 tournament semi-finals, Leah Letson (4-0) and Pamela Sorenson (5-0-1) will duke it out in a battle of undefeated fighters.
Letson made her MMA debut late last year and has two TKOs to her credit. She is a student at the University of Wisconsin and an National Guard Airwoman.
Sorenson train out of the Cellar Gym in Minneapolis and has won all of her fights by submission.
In the other semi-final, Heather Wilson (4-1) will take on Paola Ramirez (3-0). Wilson has a solid ground game and has a recent win over Anna Symonds. (You can watch that fight here.) California’s Paola Ramirez has won two of her three fights by TKO.
The 155 tournament sees Jessica Richer (2-0) and Janie Konyek (2-1) battle in the semi-finals. A BJJ ace, Richer recently went bi-coastal and trains with UFC fighter Liz Carmoche.
A vet of the RFA, Konyek started her MMA career in December with back to back wins. She trains with female prospects Jozette Cooton and Lauren Barefoot.
In the other side of the bracket, Leanne Foster (3-1) faces Felicia Spencer (3-1). Foster hasn’t lost since her debut, and has since dropped from 170 down to 155. All of her wins came in the first round.
Spenser also hasn’t lost since her debut. A former teammate of strawweight tournament winner Jamie Moyle, she has a black belt in Taekowndo.
No word as of yet if the fights will be streamed. The semi-finals will happen November 7 at the Cox Pavilion on the UNLV campus. The finals will be held in early 2015.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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)
Cage Warriors has announced three female bouts for their upcoming cards.
Undefeated featherweight Pannie Kianzad (5-0) will make her Cage Warriors debut as she faces Alexandra Buch (8-3) in what will be an important match in the 145 rankings on August 22nd in Amman, Jordan. Kianzad is ranked #3 in the Unified rankings and a win could solidify her as a top contender for what could be a vacant InvictaFC 145 title. Buch is looking to crack the top 10 and make her way to the top of the ladder.
Also on the card, Lina Akhtar Länsberg meets Laura Howarth in a bantamweight bout.
Cage Warriors will head to Newport, Wales on September 13. Paulina Bonkowska will face Kate Jackson in a flyweight bout on the card.
Longtime Thailand resident and British born fighter Helen Harper will return to her home soil to take on Simona Soukupova at the MMA Showdown card in Windsor, England September 6..
Harper tried out for the “Ultimate Fighter 20” but was not selected. She is 2-0 in MMA and has a solid striking base having trained the past few years at Phunket Fight Team. Harper has recently moved back to England, and planning to train with Miesha Tate in the near future.
Soukupova is a vet of Invicta and had back to back submission wins before losing to Karolina Kowalkiewicz last September. She has never been finished.
Boxing champion Lindsay Garbatt will make her long awaited MMA debut as she faces Calie Cutler at WXC in Soughtgate, Michigan August 15.
Garbatt (8-7) is the former WIBA featherweight (126 lbs) champion and has been for a while looking to make the crossover to MMA.
Cutler went 7-1 in amateur MMA before making her pro debut in May, defeating Brittany Dugas.
Following the bout, Garbatt’s next MMA bout is ready set, as she will face Lynell House at Hard Knock Fights 38 in Calgary, Canada October 3rd.
House (2-2 MMA) is looking to get back on the winning track, and has a boxing background.
Also on the card, Kayla Matton will take on Coralie Dixon in a 110 catchweight bout.
Amy Montenegro will look to come off her first pro loss by taking on InvictaFC vet Kathina Catron September 6th at XFI’s card in Fort Smith, Arkansas. Montenegro (3-1) bad back to back submissions before losing to Katie Howard by decision last month. Catron (4-3) is looking to rack up a second win in a row since last fall.
The Girls S-Cup happened this past weekend, which brought some of the best fighters out to test their Shootboxing skills.
For those not familiar with shootboxing, it’s kickboxing with takedowns. After being taken down, the fighters are immediately stood up. It also allow standing submissions.
A 50kg/110 lbs tournament took place, with multi-time champion Rena took home the title and remains undefeated in the sport. She beat Ticha in the finals. Fighters from Brazil, Netherlands, Korea, and Australia also came in for the tournament.
Also a 48 kg/106 lbs tournament that featured MMA star Mei Yamaguchi.
Here are the complete results:
50 kg tournament finals
Rena def. Ticha by TKO round 2
50 kg tournament semi-finals
Ticha def. Jiwaen Lee by unanimous decision
Rena def. Christina Jurjevic by unanimous decision
50 kg tournament quarterfinals
Jiwaen Lee def. Lorena Klijn by split decision
Ticha def. Eduarda Lima by unanimous decision
Christina Jurjevic def. Kill Bee by unanimous decision
Rena def. Simone Dommelen by unanimous decision
48 kg tournament finals
Yukari Yamaguchi def. Mio by split decision
48 kg tournament semi-finals
Yukari Yamaguchi def. V.V Mei Yamaguchi by majority decision
Mio def. Momi by unanimous decision
Ai Takahahi def. Nong Em by KO round 2
Union Akari def. Yuki Kira by Majority Decision
Michi Nakamura def. Tomomi Souda by Unanimous Decision
We are happy to announce our logo will be appearing on Ediane Gomes’s banner as she takes on Tonya Evinger at InvictaFC 8 September 6 in Kansas City. This is a first for us, and something we are honored to be on it.
Muay Thai Fighter Madeleine Vall has decided to change her focus to MMA. The veteran of 70 Muay Thai fights, the Swedish fighter is going to train with UFC’s Alexander Gustafsson and Ilir Latifi for her MMA debut sometime next year.
Scheduled Match Results
MMA Super Heroes held their fifth card in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Aline Sattelmayer improves to 7-5 and hands Renata Baldan her first loss, getting the rear naked choke at 2:40 of round 3.
Also on the card:
Luciana Treze def. Ariane Fajoli by TKO (retirement) round 2
Daiane Firmino def. Mariana Leonardo by unanimous decision
Andressa Rocha def. Amanda Torres Sardinha by unanimous decision
Fighters World Cup headed to Nerang, Australia this past weekend. In what was a fierce featherweight bout, Kenani Mangakahia defeated Zoie Shreiweis by TKO 1:29 of round 3 after Shreiweis injured her arm.
In amateur action, Alexandra Muir took only 23 seconds to dispatch Katie Moran by TKO
A trio of bouts happened at Tuff-n-uff in Las Vegas, NV this past Friday.
Aspen Ladd handed Roma Pawelek her first loss, getting the guillotine at 2:45 of round 1. Ladd had missed weight and the bout was set at 127 pounds.
In other bouts on the card:
Danielle Alfapada def. Chloe Woodie by split decision
Kristen Maaranen def. Kalecia Weisbarth by split decision
In other amateur action:
At the IT Fight Series in Lima, OH, Crystal Ceaser defeated Chelsea Herring by split decision
Hanna Cox submitted Mariah Smith by rear naked choke round 1 at Battle in the South in Wilmington, North Carolina
In a pair of bouts at Bull City Brawl in Durham, North Carolina, Kortney Singleton submitted Dominique Smith by rear naked choke round 3 and Amanda Lee defeated Katie Holloman by unanimous decision decision
At Rumble at Raxx in Port Allen, Louisiana Rachelle Dupont TKOed Emmy Wheeler in round 1
Sarah Scott defeated Avril Murphy by split decision at UXC in Toomebridge, Northern Ireland
At Warrior Nation XFA in Chicopee, Massachusetts, Lina Soto submitted Katlynn Szafarowicz by rear naked choke at 1:27 of round 2
Jackie Micale submitted Amanda Trevail by rear naked choke at 1:55 of round 1 at Gladius Fights in Liverpool, New York
At Destiny MMA in Honolulu, Hawaii, Angela Lee submitted Monica Franco by armbar round 1
Naoko Shibata retained her IBF light flyweight title for the first time, getting the TKO over Ana Arrazola by TKO in round 9 in Tokyo, Japan. Shibata extenders her win streak to four and improves to 13-3.
Also on the card, Momo Koseki defeated Denise Castle by TKO round 8.
In Berlin, Germany, Jennifer Retzke gains the vacant IBO welterweight title by getting a split decision over Florence Muthoni. The two fought to a draw the first time around for the belt a year ago. Retzke remains unbeaten on her past 4 fights and snaps Muthoni’s three fight win streak.
In other boxing bouts:
At Ciudad Neza, México, Nancy Gonzalez defeated Maria Padron by unanimous decision
In a trio of bouts in Puerto Armuelles, Panama, Yaditza Perez defeated Jojahiny Ortega by TKO round 2, Nataly Delgado TKOed Kelly Patino in round 1, and Zuliana Mendoza defeated Veronica Taylor by TKO round 3
Carolina Marcela Gutierrez defeated Anahi Yolanda Salles by unanimous decision in Cordoba, Argentina
In Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico, Tania Enriquez KOed Ana Perez by round 1
Noemi Bosques TKOed Yolaine Lin De Lauf in round 3 in Tampa, Florida