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20 for TUF 20 – Confirmed List of Tryout Fighters

the-ultimate-fighter-tufAs you may know “The Ultimate Fighter 20” tryouts are this Monday and we are expected a solid turnout. Not surprising many have been vocal about making the trip to Vegas to get into what has become the most prestigious tournament in women’s MMA history.

Eight spots will be available for those lucky few who impress the UFC enough to vie for the inaugural strawweight title. (Julianna Lima, Claudia Gadhela, and Paige VanZant won’t be a part of the show and will fight in the UFC this summer.)  The rest of the cast are expected to be in Vegas (not at tryouts) for medical evaluations.

Here is our list of 20 confirmed participants (in no particular order):

1) Jessica Penne –  The former Invicta atomweight champion was a part of the Bellator strawweight tournament in 2010. She is the front runner for a spot due to experience and her reputation from Invicta.

2) Lisa Ellis – The one thing the house is missing now is a true vet, and Lisa Ellis fits the bill. The Bellator 115 tournament vet had a fight of the year contender against Penne at atomweight, and Ellis has went toe to toe with the two best fights ever at 115; Jessica Aguilar and Megumi Fujii.

3) Heather Clark – The XFC and Bellator vet is looking to continue her feud with TUF 20 signee Felice Herrig in the house. Clark had the upper hand over Herrig in the first round of their first encounter, until Clark suffered an arm injury in the second, which helped Herrig take the last two rounds. With a lot of screaming after the fight and no love lost, this rivalry could be a ratings-getter.

4) Aisling Daly – The Irish fighter is already in Vegas getting acclimated. One of the few people to defeat Jessica Eye, Daly looked impressive in her return to strawweight in January at Cage Warriors.

5) Nina Ansaroff – Current on a 5 fight win streak, Ansaroff has finished in all but one of her wins. She recently made her Invicta debut, getting the KO over Munah Holland. She trains out of MMA Masters with UFC fighter Amanda Nunes.

6) Kailin Curran – The PXC star has wins over Invicta vet Kaiyana Rain and JEWELS vet Emi Tomimatsu. She trains out of Reign MMA with Rachael Cummins and UFC star Jake Ellenberger.

7) Randa Markos – The top prospect out of Canada, Markos went 3-0 before her war with Justine Kish. She recently got her 4th win in a match with Lynell House a few weeks ago.

8) Jenny Liou – Liou has started her career with big wins over Jillian Lybarger and InvictaFC signee Rachael Ostovich.

9) Tessa Simpson –  Handing Paulina Granados her first loss, Simpson started her pro career with back to back finishes.

10) Angela Hill – The Muay Thai specialist has yet to make her MMA debut but will still try out. She has decision wins at Lion Fights and New York’s Froday Night Fights promotion.

11) Amy Cadwell Montenegro – The Washington State strawweight had proved her superior ground game with back to back submission wins.

12) Paulina Granados – Granados  was undefeated as an amateur and went 2-0 before losing a decision to the above mentioned Simpson.

13) Helen Harper – The British fight is currently fighting out of the Phuket Fight Team in Thailand, which is known for their striking. Harper finished in both of her wins last year.

14) Diana Rael – Rael has back to back finishes in her last two fights. Even though she is an atomweight, it maybe an advantage in terms of making weight every week.

15) Jocelyn Lybarger – Invicta vet Lybarger won her first two before losing to Sarah Alpar last year. She defeated Rosa Acevedo at RFA 14 a few weeks ago.

16) Jillian Lybarger – Jillian is coming off a pro debut decision loss and is hoping to join her sister in the house.

17) Brianna VanBuren – Having just recent defeated veteran fighter Patricia Vidonic, VanBuren has been on many people’s radar as of late. The XFC vet is strong and her wrestling is something to watch out for.

18) Justine Kish –  The kickboxer turned MMA fighter has made waves with her win over previously undefeated Randa Markos-Thomas at RFA this past January. Kish started her career with back to back submissions.

19) Sharice Davis – Having an even record as a pro, she has a submission win over Nadia Nixon.

20) Katrina Taylor – One of the two “Ultimate Women’s Challenge” vets to try out (Heather Clark being the other) is coming off a three year absence from the cage, but  has been continuing her training in MMA.

Weekend Results – Tate Gets 1st UFC Win; Persoon Gains 4th World Title


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Miesha Tate has gotten her first UFC, defeating Liz Carmouche at UFC on Fox 11 in Orlando, Florida Saturday by unanimous decision.

Tate (14-5) looked a little sluggish in the first round, with Carmouche controlling the takedown and grappling game. Tate warmed up more in the second with her striking, despite getting taken down again by Carmouche and stifled on the mat.

Tate pushed forward in round 3, getting a takedown of her own and taking side control. Tate threatened with several chokes throughout the round, with Carmouche surviving a tight rear naked choke.

In the end, the judges gave Tate the nod 29-28 all.

Carmouche suffered a wrist injury and is on medical suspension until a doctor clears her. Tate is clear and a possible rumored fight Sarah Kaufman in a rematch in June ahead of her.

In other pro bouts:

  • At Kansas Fighting Allaince in  Kansas City, MO, Trisha Clark def. Amanda LaVoy by submission (armbar) 4:44 round 1
  • Rebecca Ruth defeated Crystal Stevens by TKO round 1 at ShamrockFC in St. Louis, MO
  • At Fight to Win in Denver, CO, Lacey Schuckman submitted Melissa Meyers by rear naked choke at 1:35 round 1. In an amateur bout, Mallory Martin submitted Nekah Dmitreyva by armbar round 2

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Bergstrom vs. Dorn Courtesy Amanda Lynn/Steelfist
Bergstrom vs. Dorn Courtesy Amanda Lynn/Steelfist

Steelfist Cage Fights in Salt Lake City, UT had an action packed set of female bouts this past weekend. In the only female pro bout on the card, Killastina Matatohi got the TKO over Rachel Kemker in round 1.

The amateur card saw:

  • Rianne Whiting  defeating Danielle Donaldson by TKO round 2 to win the ammy 135 title
  • Charlene Donahue defeating Krystal Larson by TKO (retirement) round 2
  • Brenda Enriquez submitting Carissa Merrill by rear naked choke in round 1
  • Buffy Ogden defeated Morghan Filler by TKO round 2
  • Jennifer Snyder defeated Becca Cater by TKO (retirement) round 2
  • Jessica Bergstrom defeated Deane Dorn by TKO round 1
  • Ambur Madsen defeated Palen Cornell by TKO round 1

In other amateur bouts:

  • At MMA Finnish Championships, Tina Lähdemäki defeated Suvi Salmimies by TKO round 1
  • Ronni Lawrence defeated Susie Wyatt by unanimous decision at Fight Hard MMA in St. Charles, MO
  • At EAC in Fredericktown, Ohio, Kayla Kipp defeated Kelly Wisecarver by TKO 1:26 round 1
  • Jennifer Darr defeated Stephanie Alba by decision at Wild Bill Fight Night in Duluth, Georgia
  • At Capital City Cage Fights in Lansing, MI, Angela Jennings defeated Brittney Wellington by TKO round 1 to win the ammy 125 title.
  • Selina Valdez-Montoya defeated Latrisha Breidenbach by TKO (retirement) round 1 at UFA in Denver, CO
  • At Battle at the Bay in Anacortes, Washington, Shawn Dee Solosabal and Brittany Simms fight to a majority draw



Delfine Persoon has now four belts around her waste.

The WIBF, WBF, & WIBA lightweight champ defeated WBC champ Erica Anabella Farias in West-Vlaanderen, Belgium to become the #1 lightweight boxer on the planet.

You can watch the fight here.

On other boxing bouts:

  • In a pair of fights in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Laura Soledad Griffa defeated Alicia Monica Machaca by unanimous decision, and Julieta Andrea Cardozo defeated Maria Cecilia Roman by unanimous decision 
  • Karina Rodriguez defeated Yolanda Segura by TKO (retirement) round 6 in Coahuila de Zaragoza, Mexico

The MRS (WMMA & WBoxing News) – April 19

Miscellaneous News

In pro MMA action from Friday night, Lacey Schuckman submitted Melissa Meyers by rear naked choke 1:35 round 1 at Fight to Win MMA in Denver.

In Shoot Boxing in Tokyo, Japan, Rena Kubota defeated Seo Hee Im by KO (Standing Guillotine Choke) 2:50 round one, and Ai Takahashi defeated Matsukuma Kikukawa by TKO 2:04 round one.


Three female bouts are set for Finland May 17th, and an Invicta vet will co-main event the card.

Invicta strawweight title contender Katja Kankaanpää will fight in her home country as she takes on Ukrainian Alyona Rassohyna.

Kankaanpää (8-1-1) is coming off her first pro loss to UFC sognee Joanne Calderwood. She has notable wins over Aisling Daly and Mei Yamaguchi.

Rassohyna (8-2) is coming off four straight first round armbars and will be the first time she will fight in northern Europe.

Finnish standout Suvi Salmimies will look to impress as she takes on Yana Lyashko of Russia. The third match will feature Vuokko Katainen taking on Julia Borisova.

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HBO’s “Real Sports with Bryant Gumble” will feature a story about transgender MMA fighter Fallon Fox. It will include an interview with the first woman to beat Fox, Ashlee Evans-Smith.

The show will air Tuesday.

You can watch a preview here.

Andria Wawro will return to action June 6 as she will take on Jessy Miele at Reality Fighting 52 in the Mohegan Sun Arena in Connecticut.

One to the top featherweight prospects, Wawro (2-1 pro) won three of her 4 matches as an amateur. He last pro bout was last year with a unanimous decision win over Cassie Crisano.

Meile will make her pro debut after having her first and only amateur bout in 2009. The BJJ purple belt has traned in fighting for 8 years.

The fight will most likely be streamed on Go Fight Live for $10.

Universal Sports Network will be broadcasting the finals of the “US Open” freestyle wrestling tournament Saturday night in Vegas.

Here are the list of the finals:

  • Alyssa Lampe vs. Victoria Anthony (48 kg/105.5 lbs.)
  • Katherine Fulp-Allen vs. Whitney Conder (53 kg/112.25 lbs.)
  • Helen Maroulis vs. Sarah Hildebrandt (55 kg/121 lbs.)
  • Alli Ragan vs. Trinity Griffin (58 kg/128 lbs.)
  • Jennifer Page vs. Jenna Burkert (60 kg/132 lbs.)
  • Randi Miller vs. Veronica Carlson (69 kg/152 lbs.)
  • Jackie Cataline vs. Iris Smith (75 kg/165 lbs.)

The matches will air starting at 7 p.m. pst/10 p.m. est.


On Sunday at noon pst/3 p.m. est, we will talk to boxing champ Ana Julaton, who will make her MMA debut against Aya Saeid Saber at OneFC in the Philippines.

You can listen live here Sunday.


A Brazilian website is reporting the World Series of Fight is looking to book Cyborg Justino versus Holly Holm for sometime next year.

Justino is currently sign with Invicta, and she is at the end of her contract after her next match. InvictaFC president Shannon Knapp has told us that Justino will defend her 145 title against India Gomes in June.

As of now, Justino’s management has stated they are not interested in signing with the WSOF anytime soon.

Speaking of Invicta, Knapp is expected to make an announcement next week about the June event and a possible tv deal.

Should be noted the Fox and the UFC not only recognized InvictaFC in their graphics and commentary Wednesday, but they also used Invicta footage to pump up the fight between Sarah Kaufman and Leslie Smith. UFC and Fox never does this…

According to Dana White, Ronda Rousey requested to defend her title on the July 5th card. White noted that Cat Zingano was still dealing with “personal issues” and was the reason she wasn’t available. Miesha Tate stated this week she is picking Rousey to win over challenger Alexis Davis. Liz Carmouche refused to pick.

White also mentioned he is working on getting the Strikeforce fights on Fightpass. Due to a provision in their Strikeforce deal with Showtime, they aren’t allowed to air the complete fights anywhere. They would also need to edit sponsors out of the fights.

Scheduled Fights

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Fox will air it’s first female bout on national broadcast television as Miesha Tate and Liz Carmouche will face off in the co-main event on the “UFC on Fox 11” card in Orlando, FL. Both Tate (135.5) and Carmouche (135) made weight.

Both coming off losses, a win will get the one of them back in the title hunt.

The match will air on Fox Saturday night.

In other pro bouts:

  • At Kansas Fighting Alliance in Kansas City, MO, Trisha Clark takes on Amanda LaVoy
  • Crystal Stevens faces Rebecca Ruth at ShamrockFC in St. Louis, MO

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Steelfist will have seven amateur bouts plus one pro bout in Salt Lake City, Utah.

  • Rachel Kemker vs. Killastina Matatohi (pro heavyweight)
  • Rianne Whiting vs. Danielle Donaldson (ammy 135 title)
  • Charlene Donahue vs. Krystal Larson (150)
  • Brenda Enriquez vs. Carissa Merrill (120)
  • Buffy Ogden vs. Morghan Filler (145)
  • Becca Cater vs. Jennifer Snyder (125)
  • Jessica Bergstrom vs. Deane Dorn (195)
  • Palen Cornell vs. Ambur Madsen (125)

Watch the @WombatSports twitter feed for up to the minute results.

Lawrence & Wyatt
Lawrence & Wyatt

In other amateur bouts:

  • At Fight Hard MMA in St. Charles, MO, Susie Wyatt faces Ronni Lawrence
  • Kelly Wisecarver takes on Kayla Kipp at EAC in Fredericktown, Ohio
  • In Absolute Action MMA in Williamstown, Kentucky, Kia Peppard battles Desiree Wilson (135)
  • Jennifer Darr fights Stephanie Alba at NFC in Duluth, Georgia
  • In UFA in Denver, CO, Selina Valdez-Montoya faces Latrisha Breidenbach


Erica Anabella Farias will defend her WBC lightweight title against Delfine Persoon Sunday in West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.

Farias (19-0) is looking for her 20th win and her 9th defense of her title. Persoon (28-1) is looking to put a fourth belt around her waste, as she is the current WIBF, WBF, and WIBA lightweight champion.

In a pair of bouts Buenos Aires, Argentina, Julieta Andrea Cardozo faces Maria Cecilia Roman and Alicia Monica Machaca battles Laura Soledad Griffa 

Kaufman Outpoints Smith in Rematch

Courtesy UFC
Courtesy UFC

Sarah Kaufman continues to prove her boxing is one of the best in bantamweight division.

Kaufman landed 202 significant strikes to gain a unanimous decision win over Leslie Smith in a rematch from the Invicta fight a year ago at “The Ultimate Fighter Nations Finale” Wednesday night in Quebec City, Canada.

Kaufman (17-2; 1 NC) was controlled throughout, using combinations against Smith’s wild striking. Smith stood tough, even after taking the fight on 8 days notice, and was able to make it to the final bell. Kaufman took all rounds on all the judges scorecards.

Post fight, Kaufman started to lobby for a possible fight with Cat Zingano in Vanouver in June, but UFC president Dana White stated Zingano was out dealing with personal issues. White did not rule out Kaufman fighting in Vanourver, however.

Kaufman & Smith Ready for Historic Rematch

kaufman smith weigh ins ufcSarah Kaufman looks for first official UFC win against a familiar opponent.

Leslie Smith is looking for redemption and a successful octagon debut as the two will will battle in a rematch of their epic battle last year at Invicta at “The Ultimate Fighter Nations Finale” card  Wednesdays. Both came in at 135 Tuesday for their bantamweight encounter.

Since the first match with Smith, Kaufman would lose in a match with Jessica Eye, but the fight would be turned into a no contest. Smith would win a decision over Jennifer Maia and loss a decision to InvictaFC flyweight champ Barb Honchak.

The match will air on Fox Sports 1 as a part of the preliminary card at 2 p.m. pst/5 p.m. est.

Julianna Pena Talks Rehab; Return to the Cage

pena static tuf 01It was been a few months since Julianna Pena injured her knee during training for her next UFC fight. Although there have been stories back and forth about what happened, the “Venezuelan Vixen” seems to have taken the injury in stride and is working her way back to get to her next octagon appearance.

We caught up with Pena after cornering one of her teammates at Intense Cage Fighting’s event this past weekend.

Wombat Sports: How is the knee and rehab going?

Julianna Pena: Rehab is going great. I am doing it three times a week and it’s getting better every day.

Wombat: Are you still living with your parents while you are recovering?

Pena: I am not.

W.S.: Can you tell us a little about the accident and are you still training with the same team?

J.P.: You take a risk every time you train, and I got into a terrible wrestling accident. It happens. I am still with the same team and not going anywhere.

W.S.: What’s the timeline on the knee?

J.P.: A definite year.

W.S.: You are probably a bit anxious about getting back into the octagon…

J.P.: I am definitely being realistic about the situation and I don’t want to put the cart before the horse.

W.S.: Miesha Tate is currently at Xtreme Couture in Las Vegas. Any plans on going down to train with her before your next UFC fight?

J.P.: I have been offered to go down there and train and I am definitely going to take the advantage of that when the time comes. Right now my main focus is getting my knee and myself 100% health and we’ll talk training camps when that time comes.

W.S.: You have a great training partner in Elizabeth Phillips who is coming off a win. Tell us a little about her.

J.P.: Elizabeth is doing great. She is an animal and everyone needs to look out for her because she is going to hit the scene big in 2014.

W.S.: How has it been since the TUF house? Have you been recognized more?

J.P.: I have been offered to do shows and all sorts of events. Everything has been great since “The Ultimate Fighter” and was blessed to be a part of the show on a high caliber stage.

W.S.: Does UFC president Dana White stay in contact with you at all?

J.P.: I talk to him every so often. I am going to Vegas to have dinner with him in May when I go to see UFC 173.

W.S.: They just announced Ronda Rousey versus Alexis Davis. Any predictions?

J.P.: Who cares? Whoever has the belt I want it.

Alexis Davis Gets Next UFC Title Shot Against Ronda Rousey


UFC champion Ronda Rousey and Alexis Davis will throw down for the gold July 5th in Vegas. UFC president Dana White tweeted the news Friday night.

It was expected that Rousey would be defending the title against #1 contender Cat Zingano, but Zingano looks like she won’t be ready for the July showdown, so Davis got the shot.

Davis (16-5) has been on a five fight win streak since a majority decision loss to Sarah Kaufman in 2012. Her wins include finishes over current UFC signees Shayna Baszler and Amanda Nunes.  Davis last win was a decision over Jessica Eye.

Davis is a black belt in Brazilian and Japanese jiu-jitsu.

Rousey (10-0) has finished all of her opponents, with a TKO win over Sara McMann in her last bout. The Olympic medalist had armbarred the rest of her opponents, but will find a challenge in Davis’s ground skills.

The match will be a part of UFC 175 pay-per-view main card July 5 in Las Vegas.


Sarah Kaufman vs. Leslie Smith II Set for TUF Nations Finale Next Week

Cpurtesy Ester Lin/InvictaFC
Courtesy Ester Lin/InvictaFC

After Amanda Nunes had to withdraw from her match with Sarah Kaufman next week due to a thumb injury, MMA fans will get a rematch of what was “Fight of the Year” nominee last year.

Leslie Smith will get a second shot at Sarah Kaufman at the TUF Nations finale this coming Wednesday, April 16, in Quebec City, Canada. The UFC made the announcement tonight. Kaufman has had both Shayna Baszler and Nunes pull out of the fight due to injury in the past week, with Smith campaigning via twitter to fill the spot.

Kaufman (16-2-1) is coming what was a split decision loss to Jessica Eye, but was turned into a no-contest by the Texas State Athletic commission. Kaufman has wins over UFC title contenders Alexis Davis, Miesha Tate, and Liz Carmouche. In their first match, Kaufman got the unanimous decision over Baszler.

Smith (6-4-1) quickly has become a fan favorite fighter through her stint at Invicta. Smith took veteran Kaitlin Young to a “Fight of the Year” draw in 2012, and would get a win in the rematch. With a win over TUF vet Raquel Pennington, Smith was on her way to possibly getting a UFC contract until her razor thin split decision loss to Kaufman a year ago in what was a contender for “Fight of the Year”.

Since her match with Kaufman, she dropped to flyweight and got a win over Jennifer Maia and a decision loss to InvictaFC champ Barb Honchak.

The match will air on Fox Sports 1.

Amanda Nunes Set to Face Sarah Kaufman at TUF Nations Finale


The best Brazilian bantamweight is stepping up to take on Sarah Kaufman April 16 in Quebec City, Canada.

Several websites are reporting Amanda Nunes (9-3) will step in for an injured Shayna Baszler to the former Strikeforce title challenger at “The Ultimate Fight: Nations” finale which will air on Fox Sports 1.

Nunes is coming off back to back first round TKO wins in the UFC over Sheila Gaff and Germaine de Randamie. Kaufman (16-2, 1 NC) has won four of her past 6, with her last match with Jessica Eye being declared a no-contest.

Nunes was originally set to face Alexis Dufresne at UFC on Fox 11, but that match has been scrapped.

Alexis Dufresne Signs to UFC; Faces Nunes in Orlando


Undefeated lightweight Alexis Dufresne has signed to the UFC and will face Amanda Nunes April 19th in Orlando, Florida. Several Brazilian MMA sites reported the news Saturday.

Dufrense (5-0) has finished all of her opponents in the first round with 2:20 the longest she ever been inside the cage competing. After two submission victories to start out her career, the BJJ standout got three straight TKOs. She trains out of Team Quest in California.

In the UFC title hunt, Amanda Nunes (9-3) is 2-0 in the UFC with wins over Sheila Gaff and Germaine de Randamie. Both were first round finishes.

The fight will be a part of the preliminary card of The UFC on Fox 11 card. On the main card, Miesha Tate will take on Liz Carmouche.

The prelims will air on Fox Sports 1.