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Wombat Watercooler – Damm vs. Alpar; MacFarlane vs. Ruth Announced

Carina Damm has an opponent for her TitanFC debut.

Sarah Alpar has stepped up to take on the long time vet at the promotion’s June 10th event in Coral Gables, Florida. It will stream on UFC Fight Pass.

Continue reading Wombat Watercooler – Damm vs. Alpar; MacFarlane vs. Ruth Announced

Watercooler: InvictaFC 17 Changes; UFC Gets Flyweight Bout

13151921_1150559741643980_5243507510679537103_nInvictaFC 17 loses a bout, but gains a new fighter.

Mizuki has dropped out of her match with Aline Serio due to injury, so Kaline Medeiros has stepped up to take her place. Medeiros (6-4) has a KO of the Year win over Stephanie Eggink, and has a kimura win over Sarah Payant in her Bellator bout last year. The fight is still announced at strawweight.

Julia Jones is out of her InvictaFC debut against Tessa Simpson due to injury, so the match has been scrapped.

We will have a primer for InvictaFC 17 shortly after weigh-ins on Friday. Continue reading Watercooler: InvictaFC 17 Changes; UFC Gets Flyweight Bout

Video: Watch the 19 UFC on Fox Weigh-in here 1:30 p.m. pst/4:30 est

Nurmagomedov_vs._FergusonTwo exciting bouts in the women’s divisions are happening  live on Fox.

In the co-main event, a rematch from Invicta as Tecia Torres faces Rose Namajunas. Torres took the first match by decision back in 2013. Both have rebounded since thier losses to Carla Esparza.

The co-featured prelims will feature Bethe Correia looking to rebound after her first loss to take on a surging Raquel Pennington.

Weigh-ins start at 1:300 p.m. pst/4:30 est.

 

Wombat Watercooler January 8th

All of the WMMA Press Award nominees have been announced and the committee will be voting on winners next week. We will have details on where you can hear who won next week.

To see the complete list of nominees click here.


12508946_10156343157340317_8640589319416683672_nHolly Holm and Miesha Tate are getting their wishes.

The UFC relented on their plans to have the UFC champ wait until UFC 200 to defend her belt and will defended it at UFC 197 against Tate. They will co-main the card.

Speculation is the event will take place March 6th in Vegas, but the UFC isn’t on the docket for the NSCA meeting next week. That could change.


In the mean time, Ronda Rousey will be keeping herself busy until she is fully healed.

After her first heartbreaking loss, Rousey will try to not only cheer herself up but make people laugh January 23rd on NBC, becoming the first MMA fighter to host Saturday Night Live. Rousey will also be in the upcoming Sports Illsutrated Swimsuit Issue and filming a few movies.


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Ashlee Evans-Smith is off suspension and will return to the UFC to take on Marion Reneau at UFC Pittsburgh February 21. Reneau lost a decision to eventual champion Holly Holm in her last outing, while Smith lost her debut to Raquel Pennington.

The match joins Sarah Moras versus Lauren Murphy on the card, which will air n Fox Sports 1.


Bellator has added a female bout to their January 29th event in Fresno, California.

Ilima-Lei Macfarlane will take on promotional debuter Amber Tackett on the undercard in a flyweight bout.

MacFarlane (2-0) is coming off a split decision win over Maria Rios in her Bellator debut. Tackett (1-1) recently return to action this past October, defeating Corina Herrera by decision.

The match will stream on Spike.com January 29th.


Two bantamweight prospect will duke it out in February as well. England Kerry Hughes will face Ireland’s Sinead Kavanagh at BAMMA 24 in Dublin, Ireland.

Hughes (2-1) is coming off a year’s absence after a TKO win over Amanda Kelly.

Knockout specialist Kavanagh (1-0) was a finalist int eh IMMAF world tournament last year and won her pro debut in 17 seconds.

Catherine Costigan is expected to also fight on the show.

The match will be streamed and we will have details in the next few weeks on how to watch.


After an eight year absence from MMA, atomweight Hisae Watanabe will return to action.

The shootbox and kickboxing legend will face Korea’s Ye Ji Lee at World Series of Fight’s Global Championship card in Tokyo, Japan February 7th.

Watanabe (19-6) started her MMA career in 2002 and announced her “retirement” from MMA in 2007, although she has fought two exhibition bouts in 2010 and 2012. She fought in shootboxing and kickboxing until 2010 before taking a break to start a family.

The 16 year old Lee is coming off her first pro loss in MMA but was able to hold her own in her debut.

No word on if this will be streamed.


Two matches to look out for this weekend:

Two of the top flyweight prospects, Katlyn Chookagian (5-0) and Isabelly Varela (7-0), will square off for the initial CFFC flyweight title in Atlantic City, New Jersey Saturday. The match will air on CBS Sports Net at a future date, but GoFightLive will stream the event live for $17.

Jamie Colleen will defend her King of the Cage pro 115 title against Calie Cutler in Carlton, Minnesota. The match will air on MAv TV at a future date.

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

WMMA Press Awards 2015 Sponsor and Promotion Nominees

ASFW-AwardFor the 6th year, the WMMA Press committee honors those who help fighters showcase their skills; promotions and sponsors.

Six journalists that cover the female divisions of MMA will vote on the award:

With more and more MMA promotions holding female bouts, the list of nominees gets tougher and tougher to narrow down. Six stood out for having over a dozen female bouts.

Here are the promotional nominees:

  • DEEP-JEWELS
  • IMMAF
  • Invicta
  • King of the Cage
  • Princesses of Pain
  • UFC

In tough times, sponsors help pick up the slack. From gear to financial sport for training and medicals, they are an integral part of helping these athletes thrive.

The committee has nominated six of these companies:

  • Dragon Do
  • Fight Chix
  • MMA Road Hog
  • Sicchic
  • Sports Foods
  • xIonx

The committee will vote on the winners next week.

 

 

 

2015 in the Pro Women’s Division in MMA by the Numbers

gold-2015-clipart-1It was a year that saw global expansion and shifting weight classes.

The Ultimate Fighter 20 wrapped up just over a year ago and the strawweight division saw a big expansion. The UFC upped their female fights, and with it came many others following suit, including Bellator and XFC. More countries dived into the pro ranks this year as new international stars were created.

Here is a breakdown of the numbers for the pro women’s MMA divisions in 2015.


634 – Number of female pro MMA bouts this year. This is a 12% increase from last year. With Invicta upping its card and recent expansion worldwide we will see that number improve to over 700 next year.

285 – Number of pro debuts this year, 32 more than last year. Only 1/3 were US debuts.

252 – Number of first round finishes, the most popular round to end a fight. This continues the trend over the past few years as the rounds grind on the less finishes there are. Only three fights this year were finished in round 5.

211 – Number of pro MMA bouts in the U.S. It beat Brazil by 49 fights. Japan came in third with 28, and Poland and Mexico were tied in fourth with 16.

182 – TKOs, the most popular way to win a fight. This is more than all the submissions combined.

197 – Number of flyweight bouts (this includes 120 lbs catchweight fights). This is an increase of 22 fights and the third year the division takes home the most fights. Strawweight is creeping ever closer with 184 (includes 108 lbs and 110 lbs catcthweights). Strawweight saw a 34 fight increase and could overtake flyweight next year. Bantamweight came in third with 163 (includes 130 lbs catchweights). 10 weight classes total saw action including 4 heavyweight bouts.

84 – Armbar finishes this year. This only beat last year’s number by one. It still has been the most popular sub to win, with rear naked chokes second with 64. There were 5 less RNCs this year.

47 – Number of countries who held pro female fights in 2015.  This is five more than last year. Some of the new countries added to the list include Cambodia, Guatemala, and Myanmar. Will we reach over 50 next year?

46 – Number of pro bouts in California, the most by any state. This was a 14 fight increase from last year and the state continues to be the most active in the U.S. Missouri takes the second spot with 27 fights followed by the former #2 Nevada with 17.

44 – Number for pro women’s bouts in the UFC; four more than 2014. It beats out Invicta by ten fight. The IMMAF held 40 bouts this past year, but all were amateur.

1- Hell of a year. With global expansion and more opportunities, we can expect an even bigger 2016.

Eye vs. Correia Possible UFC Pittsburgh

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Another female bout has been added to the UFC’s return to Pittsburgh after a five year absence.

Jessica Eye and Bethe Correia will face off in a bantamweight battle on the UFC Fight Night card February 21st. Several Brazilian websites are reporting the news, but we are await confirmation from the UFC.

Eye (11-4; 1 NC) is coming off back to back decision losses to Miesha Tate and Julianna Pena respectfully. She is looking to get back in the title hunt.

Correia (9-1) is coming off her first loss, losing to former UFc champion Ronda Rousey in August. A win would also get her back in the title hunt.

With the UFC yet to announce a main event for the Pittsburgh event, the fight could take the spot atop the card.

If official, the match will air on Fox Sports 1.

List of TUF 23 Hopefuls (Updated Often)

the-ultimate-fighter-tufAfter the announcement of The Ultimate Fighter 23, many strawweights and bantamweights marked their calendars and geared up for the chance to be a part of the UFC.

On Monday they commenced at Red Rock Casino in Las Vegas to impress the UFC brass.

Here is a running list of hopefuls so far, which will be updated throughout the day. As of now there are 26 strawweights and 15 bantamweights trying out, but still compiling names for all of them.

Strawweight

  • JJ Aldrich (2-1; Invicta athlete)
  • Chelsea Bailey (2-0)
  • Amanda Bobby Cooper (1-1)
  • Calie Cutler (4-2)
  • Jodie Esquibel (5-1; Invicta athlete)
  • Sijara Eubanks (1-1; Invicta athlete)
  • Stephanie Essensa (2-1)
  • Lindsay Garbatt (3-1; former world boxing champion)
  • Mellony Geugjes (0-1)
  • Pearl Gonzalez (5-1; former XFC champion)
  • Lanchana Green (0-1)
  • Celine Haga (8-13; JEWELS vet) **
  • Cindy Hales (2-1)
  • Erin Harpe (1-0)
  • Helen Harper (4-1; second time trying out)
  • Kate Jackson (7-2-1; Currently #8 at flyweight)
  • Sharon Jacobson (4-1; Olympic wrestling hopeful)
  • Alyssa Krahn (3-1)
  • Jenny Liou (4-3; second time trying out)
  • Kristi Lopez (2-0; currently signed with Invicta)
  • Kaline Medeiros (6-4; Bellator vet)
  • Amy Montenegro (7-2; current Super Fight League champ)
  • Jamie Moyle (3-1; Invicta athlete)
  • Audrey Perkins (4-2 ammy)
  • Kali Robbins (3-0; most recent an 8 second KO) **
  • Kyna Sisson (2-0)
  • Tatiana Suarez (3-0)
  • Emily Whitmire (1-0) **
  • Ashley Yoder (4-1)

Bantmaweights (Cut because not enough to fill show/possible for 115 alternates)

  • Julia Avila (1-0; has a win over UFC fighter Marion Reneau)
  • Cindy Dandois (6-2; Invicta athlete)
  • Kerry Hughes (2-1; Cage warriors vet)
  • Gina Mazany (3-0; second time trying out)
  • Suvi Salmimies (3-2-1; Finn MMA star)
  • Angela Samaro (3-2)
  • Stephanie Webber (2-2)

** – Announced was cut

Valentina Shevchenko Signs with the UFC; Faces Kaufman in Debut

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Muay Thai champion Valentina Shevchenko has stepped up on short notice to take on Sarah Kaufman at the UFC on Fox card in Orlando, Florida December 19th. The promotion made the announcement Friday. Shevchenko  is a last minute replacement for Germaine de Randamie.

Shevchenko (11-1) is a multiple time world champion in kickboxing, amassing a 61-1 record. Having done MMA as long as 2003, the Kyrgyzstan born fighter is riding a four fight win streak, which includes her latest win over fellow vet Jan Finney at Legacy. At that card, she met Dana White, who was interested in signing her.

The former Strikeforce champ Kaufman (17-3; 1 NC) is coming off a loss to Alexis Davis last April. She is looking to get into the title hunt with a win.

Shevchenko’s manager Roger Allen told us he was campaigning for her to get into the UFC and feels the promotion has signed “an incredible athlete and is one of the most decorated women in combat sports.”

“(Shevchenko) was very happy (to get the UFC call) and immediately said, ‘Ok it’s time for serious preparation and no time to celebrate,'” Allen told us.

Having an extensive background in the striking arts, Allen expressed that her grappling maybe just as dangerous.

“She has trained the grappling arts since a young age along with her striking. This training was not separate but part of her routine for both striking and grappling which has always been trained together. As with any elite athlete, she continues to evolve.”

She is has been splitting her fight camps between Peru and Gracie Barra in Houston, Texas for a good part of her career. For the past month she has been training at Team Bali Muay Thai in Indonesia and Tiger Muay Thai in Thailand.

She is now training at Gracie Barra Orlando to prepare for her fight locally. Moving training camps is something Shevchenko has been become comfortable with.

“Right now her focus is 100% preparation,” Allen reiterated. “Valentina has not only trained but competed around the world her whole life and she is a champion many times in various disciplines. Her focus is not something that is specific to a fight camp but more of a lifelong dedication to a martial arts lifestyle.”

The fight will air on Fox Sports 1 December 19th.


 

Allen wanted to thank Valentina’s world wide support network, who is really second to none which includes her fans, supporters, sponsors, her coaches, her training partners and last and most importantly her family. Without everyone working together none of this would be possible.