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Rousey and Markos Big Winners at the Awakening Awards

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The female fighting website Awakening Fighters handed out their awards for 2014. The fans voted on the site for the winners.

UFC champion Ronda Rousey and Ultimate Fighter 20 vet Randa Markos-Thomas took the most awards; both taking home four.

Rousey took home KO and Fight of the Year honors for her match with Alexis Davis. She would also be named Bantamweight and Overall Fighter of the Year.

Markos made an impression this year, as she took home Submission (over Felice Herrig), Inspirational, Personality, and Strawweight of the Year.

Other winners include Roxanne Modafferi (Flyweight), Amanda Bell (Featherweight). Michelle Waterson (Atomweight), Jessy Rose (Newcomer), and Ilima-Lei Macfarlane (Amateur).

InvictaFC took home Promotion of the Year.

Wombat Sports took third in the voting for both website and reporter. We’s like to thank all of you who voted for us.

You can read the complete results here.

 

Carla Esparza Takes Initial UFC Strawweight Crown

Esparza Courtesy UFC
Esparza Courtesy UFC

The former InvictaFC champion proved once again why she is meant to wear the gold.

Carla Esparza defeated Rose Namajunas to win the first ever UFC strawweight title at the Ultimate Fighter 20 finale in Las Vegas Friday.

Esparza (10-2) used her wrestling to control Namajunas on the ground and neutralized her BJJ. Esparza would get the back and sink in the rear naked choke at 1:26 in round 3. The win not only came with the belt and the title of “Ultimate Fighter 20 winner”, she also got “Performance of the Night” for the event.

Esparza’s only losses come by the retired Megumi Fujii and the current #1 Unified ranked Jessica Aguilar. It is expected the winner of Saturday’s fight between Claudia Gadelha and Joanna Jędrzejczyk will face Esparza in her first title defense.

The main card opener saw TUF 20 semi-finalists Jessica Penne and Randa Markos battle in what won “Fight of the Night”. Markos’s striking proved somewhat effective, but it was Penne’s ground game that proved the edge in what was a split decision.

Torres vs. Magana Courtesy UFC
Torres vs. Magana Courtesy UFC

In the other six fights:

  • Felice Herrig showed a skilled ground game against wrestler Lisa Ellis to get the armbar at 3:05 of round 2.
  • Heather Clark pressed the action and landed some nice boxing combinations in her unanimous decision win over Bec Rawlings.
  • Joanne Calderwood went to war against Korea’s Seo Hee Ham. Both had crisp striking and Muay Thai, but Calderwood’s length and height overwhelmed the former DEEP-JEWELS champion to give the Scotswoman the unanimous decision
  • Tecia Torres put on a striking clinic on Angela Magana to get the overwhelming unanimous decision win.
  • Aisling Daly proved her ground dominance once again as she got the armbar over Alex Chambers at 4:53 of round 1
  • On the night’s opener, Angela Hill used her vast Muay Thai experience and her new wrestling defense to take a unanimous decision over Emily Kagan.

You can read some great play by play of the event by MMA Rising here.

The TUF 20 Fight of the Season bonus went to Rose Namajunas and Joanne Calderwood. Namajunas and Randa Markos would take the Performance of the Season bonuses.

TUF 20 Finale/UFC on Fox Primer

Seven of the top 15 strawweights in the world will compete this weekend in the UFC.

The current #3 ranked Carla Esparza looks to make history being the first ever UFC 115 pound champion Friday at the TUF 20 finale in Las Vegas live on Fox Sports 1. In her way is the unranked Rose Namajunas, who has become a star after her three submissions in the TUF 20 tournament. Seven more bouts featuring the rest of the cast will also take place Friday

There will be no rest for whomever is champ as Saturday the #1 contender for the title will be determined as #2 ranked Claudia Gadelha takes on #9 ranked Joanna Jedrzejczyk.

Here is a breakdown of the strawweights in the UFC this weekend.


namajunas esparzaUFC Initial Strawweight title – Carla Esparza vs. Rose Namajunas

The Fighters:

Carla Esparza (9-2): Her only losses were to the two #1 fighters – Megumi Fujii and Jessica Aguilar. This wasn’t Esparza’s first MMA tournament. She lost to Fujii in the opening round for the Bellator 2010 strawweight tournament. She has obviously improved since.

Rose Namajunas (2-1): Having gone undefeated in her amateur, she has yet to be finished. Her last official fight saw her lose a decision to Tecia Torres.

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The Storyline: Esparza is coming in with a huge experience factor and an improved striking game. She only finished one of her opponents in the house however. Namajunas has proven her submission game is top notch with three subs in the tournament.

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What to expect: Esparza would be smart to keep it standing. If she does take it down to the mat, Namajunas has proven extremely dangerous with two subs off her back in the tournament. This will be the first time Namajunas will be in a five round fight, while Esparza is facing her second. Namajunas’s endurance could be tested.

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Where to watch: The fight will be the main event for the TUF 20 Finale main card, which will air on Fox Sports 1 starting at 9 p.m. est/6 p.m. pst Friday.


Strawweight title Eliminator – Claudia Gadelha vs. Joanna Jedrzejczyk

The Fighters:

Claudia Gadelha (12-0): After a successful career at Invicta, Gadelha was signed with the original set of TUF 20 strawweights. Having to drop a lot of weight in order to participate, Gadelha bypassed the tournament and went directly into the UFC, picking up an unanimous decision over Tina Lähdemäki in July.

Joanna Jedrzejczyk (7-0): The Polish fighter debuted in the UFC this past July with a win over Juliana Lima. Jedrzejczyk had gotten a KO over Rosi Sexton, only the second time the vet has lost in that fashion.

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The Storyline: Brazil’s Gadelha has some unfinished business with Carla Esparza. The two were set to meet a year ago, but Gadelha fell ill after weigh-ins and had to pull out of the fight. Since then the two have been going at it on social media.

In order for Gadelha to get her hands on Esparza, both need to win their respective fights, and neither is an easy task. In Gadleha’s case, she is facing another undefeated fighter in Poland’s Jedrzejczyk who is a former Muay Thai champion.

What to expect: Gadelha needs to take it to the mat with Jedrzejczyk. A standing war with the dangerous striker will most likely end with an unanimous decision for the Polish fighter. Gadelha has six submissions under her belt and could be the first to make Jedrzejczyk tap.

Where to watch: The fight will air as the co-feature fight of the UFC on Fox prelims, which will air on Fox Sports 1 starting at 2 p.m. pst/5 p.m. est.


randa penneJessica Penne vs. Randa Markos

The Fighters:

Jessica Penne (11-2): The former InvictaFC atomweight champion only lost to Zoila Frausto in the Bellator strawweight tournament and to Michelle Waterson for the Invicta title last year. She got a win over Nicdali Rivera-Colonoc before her run in the TUF tournament; which saw her finish rival Lisa Ellis and decision Aisling Daly.

Randa Markos (4-1): The breakout star of the show was 4-1 going in, with her only loss to castmate Justin Kish at a catchweight of 120. She defeated favorite Tecia Torres in the quarterfinals and submitted Felice Herrig with a scarf choke in round 2.

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The Storyline: There was a question about Penne going back to 115, and she is proving that she is competitive a weight class up. Markos wants to continue what has been a breakthrough year with a big win over the vet Penne.

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What to expect: Experience goes to Penne. Her ground skills are more sound that Markos, who got submitted in her semi-final match. Markos will need to take the fight to Penne and press the action standing for a decision win.

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Where to watch: The match will kick off the main card for the TUF 20 finale,  which will air on Fox Sports 1 starting at 9 p.m. est/6 p.m. pst Friday.


losa feliceFelice Herrig vs. Lisa Ellis

The Fighters:

Felice Herrig (9-5): Herrig was on a four fight win streak before losing to Tecia Torres at Invicta. In the house, she defeated Heather Clark in a rematch.

Lisa Ellis (15-8): The 10 year vet had broken a three fight win streak against three top ranked fighters (Jessica Aguilar, Megumi Fujii, and Penne respectively) with a submission win over Amy Davis. She lost to Penne by submission in the opening round of the tournament.

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The Storyline: If the picture is any indication, there is no love loss between Ellis and Herrig since the show. Like Penne, Ellis is looking to see if she can fight a weight class up and still be competitive. Ellis didn’t look like herself on the show and now that she had time to get a full camp under her actual fight team and access to her family, she looks focused and obviously has a chip on her shoulder.

Herrig is looking to climb into the top 10 of the division and raise her profile once again.

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What to expect: Ellis’s wrestling is top notch and needs to make it a ground battle. Herrig’s ground game has improved but proved susceptible to submissions in her match with Markos. The question will be if weight will be a factor against a natural 115er in Herrig. Herrig needs to stick with her bread and butter: striking.

Where to watch: This will be the featured bout on the TUF 20 Finale prelims, which will air on Fox Sports 1 at 7 p.m. est/4 p.m. pst Friday.


heather becBec Rawlings vs. Heather Jo Clark

The Fighters:

Bec Rawlings (5-3): Having taken Esparza the distance in her InvictaFC debut, she would defeat Jasminka Cive and lose to Mizuki Inoue before entering the house. Rawlings would lose to Torres in the opening round.

Heather Clark (6-4): Only being stopped once because of a doctor’s stoppage, Clark snapped a two fight losing streak with a decision win over Hannah Cifers. She lost a rematch to Herrig in the opening round of the tournament.

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The Storyline: Clark had beefs with several fighters in the house, including Rawlings. Rawlings is friends with Herrig and Esparza, both who have a hatred for Clark. Both Clark and Rawlings are looking for a much needed win to get into the top 15.

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What to expect: Rawlings has proved to be strong on the ground and durable. Clark’s striking has vastly improved and needs to make the fight her own to get the win by TKO or decision.

Where to watch: This will be the featured bout on the TUF 20 Finale prelims, which will air on Fox Sports 1 at 7 p.m. est/4 p.m. pst Friday.


jojo hamJoanne Calderwood vs. Seo Hee Ham

The Fighters:

Joanne Calderwood (8-0): Having defeated the current InvictaFC champion Katja Kankaanpää before heading into the TUF 20 tournament, the striker defeated Kagan by decision before losing by submission to Namajunas.

Seo Hee Ham (15-5): The former DEEP-JEWELS atomweight champion will make her UFC debut. She has won 9 of her last 10 fights.

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The Storyline: The #4 ranked Calderwood was expected to make the finals but was submitted by Namajunas. She is looking to continue her official undefeated streak. Ham is looking to make an impression on the UFC fans and make a successful return to strawweight.

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What to expect: Calderwood’s size advantage will be a factor, but Ham is known just as much as Calderwood for her striking. The question is if Calderwood’s ground game evolved since the show.

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Where to watch: This will be the second televised bout on the TUF 20 Finale prelims, which will air on Fox Sports 1 at 7 p.m. est/4 p.m. pst Friday.


magana torresTecia Torres vs. Angela Magana

The Fighters:

Tecia Torres (4-0): The #7 ranked Torres grew to be a star at Invicta with four wins, many that were action packed striking battles. This includes her win over Herrig.

Angela Magana (11-6): The seven year vet of the sport came off back to back losses coming into the show, and lost to Daly by TKO in the opening round of the tournament.

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The Storyline: Torres is looking to prove her worth in the division and get some experience under her belt. Magana has been “playing the heel” and hopes that her newly found anti-popularity will raise her stock.

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What to expect: Torres has been known for being a complete fighter in both her ground game and standing. The question is if Magana can focus and dig into her experience to get the upset.

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Where to watch: This will be the first televised bout on the TUF 20 Finale prelims, which will air on Fox Sports 1 at 7 p.m. est/4 p.m. pst Friday.


daly chambersAisling Daly vs. Alex Chambers

The Fighters:

Aisling Daly (14-5): Daly rebounded from a three fight losing streak with a win over Karla Benitez  before entering the house. Daly would defeat Magana before losing to Penne.

Alex Chambers (4-1): Chambers is the only fighter to defeat Jodie Esquibel in her pro career. Chambers only loss was to Mizuki Inoue. She would lose in the opening round of the tournament to Namajunas.

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The Storyline: Daly came in two pounds overweight for the fight and will give 20% of her purse to Chambers. Daly is looking to recover from her run on the show to regain a spot in the top 15. Chambers is looking to prove her worth at 115.

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What to expect: Being a natural atomweight, Chambers’s size maybe a factor. Daly’s ground skills have improved over the years and the question will be her mindset going in.

Where to watch: This will be the second prelim on TUF 20 Finale card, which will air on Fight Pass at 6 p.m. est/3 p.m. pst Friday.

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hill kaganEmily Kagan vs. Angela Hill

The Fighters:

Emily Kagan (3-1): Having defeated Ashley Cummins in a close split decision before entering the house, her only loss was to Namajunas. Kagan loss by decision to Calderwood in the tournament.

Angela Hill (1-0): With a win over Stephanie Skinner, Hill was a Muay Thai fighter before making the transition over to MMA. Hill lost to Penne by submission.

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The Storyline: Hill is looking for an upset against a much more experienced Kagan.

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What to expect: As much as Hill has drilled her ground game, she needs to keep it standing and use her knees in the clinch. Kagan will most likely take it to the ground for a sub.

Where to watch: This will be the first prelim on TUF 20 Finale card, which will air on Fight Pass at 6 p.m. est/3 p.m. pst Friday.

TUF 20 Finale Set – Esparza vs. Namajunas for the Belt Friday

namajunas esparza 01In what was an eventful and drama filled season of “The Ultimate Fighter”, we are set to crown the first ever UFC strawweight champion.

Former InvictaFC strawweight champion Carla Esparza and InvictaFC star Rose Namajunas will square off for the initial title Friday on the TUF 20 Finale live from Las Vegas on Fox Sports 1.

Esparza (9-2) looked impressive in her semi-final bout with former InvictaFC atomweight champion Jessica Penne. Esparza’s volume striking and takedowns were key in the three round battle, which saw Penne stand in the pocket and chase Esparza. All three judges gave Esparza 30-27 on the score cards.

Esparza’s road to the finals included a rear naked choke over Angela Hill, a majority decision win over Tecia Torres, and the unanimous decision over Penne.

Namajunas (2-1) got her second kimura win in the tournament to guarantee her spot in the finals. Namajunas defeated Randa Markos in the second semi-final using her BJJ skills from bottom to transition to a kimura to get the tap in round 1.

Namajunas’s road to the finals saw her submit all of her opponents, including a rear naked choke over Alex Chambers and a kimura over Joanne Calderwood.

Semi-finalists Jessica Penne and Randa Markos will square off as well on the TUF 20 Finale and will kick off the main card.

They also announced the match order of the rest of the fights Friday, with all but two of them airing on Fox Sports 1.

Here is the schedule for Friday

Fox Sports 1 Main Card (9 p.m. est/6 p.m. pst)

  • Main event – Carla Esparza vs. Rose Namajunas – initial strawweight title
  • Jessica Penne vs. Randa Markos

Fox Sports 1 Prelims (7 p.m. est/4 p.m. pst):

  • Felice Herrig vs. Lisa Ellis
  • Bec Rawlings vs. Heather Jo Clark
  • Joanne Calderwood vs. Seo Hee Ham
  • Tecia Torres vs. Angela Magana

Fight Pass Prelims (6 p.m. est/3 p.m. pst):

  • Aisling Daly vs. Alex Chambers
  • Emily Kagan vs. Angela Hill

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Miscellaneous News

In action Wednesday:

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

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


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


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Justino

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


Awakening Fights are looking for nominees for the WMMA Awards.

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

You can enter your picks here.


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


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

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

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


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

You can see a pic of her and Frausto here.


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

You can listen here live on Sunday.


Rumors

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


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


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


Scheduled Bouts

Pro MMA

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


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

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

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

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


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

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


In other pro bouts:

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

Ammy MMA

In amateur MMA:

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

Boxing

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

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


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

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


 

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

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


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

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


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

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


In other boxing bouts:

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

Six Fights Announced for TUF 20 Finale

FOX Sports 1 TUF 20 cast/ Sydney Leroux/ Megan RapinoeAn unexpected treat Wednesday night as Fox Sports Live announce six of the fights that will happen on the TUF 20 finale.

Besides the championship match to crown the first ever UFC strawweight champion, Korean MMA star and former DEEP-JEWELS champion Seo Hee Ham will make her debut. Justin Kish will be the only cast member not to fight due to injury. It is expected the two semi-finalist that lose on next week’s episode will square off with each other.

Here are the fights announced for December 12 in Las Vegas:

  • Joanne Calderwood vs. Seo Hee Ham
  • Tecia Torres vs. Angela Magana
  • Bec Rawlings vs. Heather Clark
  • Lisa Ellis vs. Felice Herrig
  • Emily Kagan vs. Angela Hill
  • Ais Daly vs. Alex Chambers

The some of the fights will air on Fox Sports 1, while others on UFC Fight Pass December 12.

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


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

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


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


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

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


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

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


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


Rumors

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


Scheduled Fights

Pro MMA

Thompson and Da Silva
Thompson and Da Silva

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

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

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

All fighters made weight.

In other matches on the card:

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

You can watch a preview of the card here.


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

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


In other pro bouts:

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

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In amateur action:

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

Brækhus  and Retzke
Brækhus and Retzke

Boxing

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


In other boxing bouts:

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

The MRS (WMMA and WBoxing News) – November 22

Miscellaneous News

In action Thursday, Costa Rican flyweight Reyna Cordoba submitted Anely Jimenez by 3rd round keylock. Cordoba moves to 7-0.


In boxing action Friday:

  • In Perth, Australia, Erin McGowan gains the vacant WIBA World lightweight title by defeating Arlene Blencowe by unanimous decision. McGowen improves to 17-2.
  • Kenia Enriquez defeated Ana Arrazola by unanimous decision to win the vacant WBO World flyweight title in San Diego, California. Enriquez remains undefeated and gains her first world title.
  • In a pair of bout in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Gabriela Marcela Zapata retains her IBF World light middleweight title by second round TKO over Paola Gabriela Casalinuovo, and  Vanesa Lorena Taborda wins the vacant WBC Latino flyweight title with a split decision over Maria Magdalena Rivera
  • In Hamilton, Bermuda Kali Reis knocks out Teresa Perozzi in round 3  to win the vacant IBA World Middleweight title. Reis wins her first world title.
  • Ruth Stephanie Aquino def. Cristina Beatriz Cuevas by unanimous decision in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • In Las Vegas, Nevada, Layla McCarter defeated Melissa Hernandez by unanimous decision (146)

In an amateur bout Friday, Courtney King defeated Jenna MaCallister by unanimous decision at Prize FC 7 in Denver, CO


Courtesy Fox Sports
Courtesy Fox Sports

The quarterfinals of TUF 20 started this past week, with #14 seed Randa Markos continuing her Cinderella run in the tournament. submitting Felice Herrig by scarf armbar round 1. This was the first time Herrig has been submitted in her MMA career. Markos will face the winner of the Rose Namajunas versus Joanne Calderwood match.

Next Wednesday, Jessica Penne and Aisling Daly will square off in the second quarterfinal


Doctors are estimating 50 days for Leslie Smith’s ear to heal enough to get back in the gym.


Montana’s Fight Force MMA announced a match between local fighter Ariel Beck and MMA vet Angela Hayes December 6.

Beck is coming off a loss in her pro debut to Emily Corso. The boxer is looking to show some of her improved ground game against Hayes (6-7) who also comes from a boxing background. Hayes lost to Holly Holm last year, and has been the only fighter to take Holm the distance.

No word on if this will be streamed.


This Sunday on the podcast, we will talk to InvictaFC star and veteran fighter Tonya Evinger about her current stretch of wins and preparing to fight Cindy Dandois.

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


Rumors

Roxanne Modafferi and Vanessa Porto was suspected to be a number 1 contenders match, but Shannon Knapp told CSS Radio this wasn’t the case.

Knapp has yet to decide who will face champion Barb Honchak next, but Modafferi or the winner of the Jennifer Maia and DeAnna Bennett match seems to be the best candidates. Knapp doesn’t want to throw Andrea Lee too deep into the pool as of yet.


Scheduled Fights

vanzant curranInvictaFC vet  Paige VanZant will make her long awaited octagon debut against PXC vet Kailin Curran at UFC Fight Night in Austin, TX. Their match will stream on UFC Fight Pass Saturday. Both Curran (115.8) and VanZant (114.8) made weight.

VanZant (3-1) is coming off a submission win over Courtney Himes last year, and her only loss was to Tecia Torres. Curran has notable wins over Emi Tomimatsu and Kaiyana Rain.


After a two year absence, Molly Helsel will return to action.

The journeywoman fighter has found a home in Tucson, AZ and will compete there for the for WFF promotion against  Lori Agins. Both fighters came in at 136.5.

Helsel is looking for a comeback after several fight of the night performances against some of the toughest fighters on the planet. Agins would get some recognition with a win over Helsel.

In an amateur bout, Tracy Cortez will face Arianne Christiansen.


In other pro matches:

  • At Fighters Arena 10 in Poland, Katarzyna Lubonska faces Katarzyna Urban
  • Leah Letson makes her pro debut against Christina Jobe at King of the Cage in Carlton, MN. In amateur action, Elizabeth McKenzie takes on Katheryn Bassignana.

Ammy MMA 

Dupertuis and Rainey
Dupertuis and Rainey

V3 Fights will have a trio of female fights Saturday night in Nashville, Tennessee, and you can watch for free V3Fights.com.

Molly Dupertuis will have her final MMA match as she takes on Adriene Rainey. Dupertuis was a rising star in the sport but she has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and wanted one more fight before she hangs up the gloves.

Undefeated bantamweight prospect Jamie Milanowski looks to continue her climb as she takes on 1-1 Erica Fincher.

Rounding out the female bout, Briannah Conaster and Amy Coleman look to break losing streaks in a flyweight bout.

The card starts at 5 p.m. pacific/8 p.m. est.


In other amateur bouts:

  • In a pair of bouts at XFO in Chicago, IL, Shaena Cox takes on Ricarda Gomes and Chi Sheibley faces Ashley Samples
  • Elizabeth Warner battles Jodie Struzik at UCU 3 in Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia
  • At Shock’n’Awe in Portsmouth, England, Jade Barker squares off with Ffion Davies
  • Charlotte Park fights Tracey McFarlane at Scottish Fighting Challenge in Stirling, Scotland

Pro Boxing

In pro boxing action:

  • In Marne, France, Anne Sophie Da Costa will defend her WBF minimumweight title against Susana Cruz Perez. Also on the card, Cindy Bonhiver takes on Elfi Philipps
  • WIBF and GBU featherweight champion Elina Tissen faces Jasmina Nadj in Ahlen, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
  • In Toluca, México, WBC World light flyweight champion Ibeth Zamora Silva will battle Jessica Chavez
  • In a pair of bouts in Malmo, Sweden, Anna Donatella Hultin squares off against Claudia Ferenci, and Johanna Rydberg dukes it out with Ana Simeonova
  • In Buenos Aires, Argentina, Julieta Andrea Cardozo takes on Valeria Gramajo
  • Najat Hasnouni faces Borislava Goranova in Antwerpen, Belgium

The MRS (WMMA and WBoxing News) Nov. 14

Miscellaneous News

In action Thursday:

In pro MMA:

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

In boxing:

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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

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


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

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

In other pro bouts:

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

More matches to be announced soon.


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

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


Two new fighters have signed to Invicta.

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

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


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

He also is looking to develop a bantamweight division.

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

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


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


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


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

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


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

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


Rumors

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


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


Schedule Matches

Pro MMA

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


Courtesy PXC
Courtesy PXC

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

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

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


In other pro MMA bouts:

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

Ammy MMA

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

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


In other amateur action:

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

 

Boxing

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

Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico

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


In other boxing action:

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

The MRS (WMMA and WBoxing News) – Oct. 31

Miscellaneous News

In boxing action Friday:

  • 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

MMA: UFC TUF 17 Finale-Tate vs ZinganoRonda 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.


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Moeller

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.

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


Rumors

InvictaFC atomweight Jessica Philippus tweeted she will be returning to action early next year.


Amateur strawweight standout Kali Robbins will make her pro debut At Super Brawl in Milwaukee January 23rd.


USA Olympic wrestler Adeline Gray stated in a recent article she is looking to pursue a MMA career after the 2016 Olympics. She won’t start serious training until after then.


Scheduled Matches

Inoue and Kowalkiewicz Courtesy Scott Hirano/ InvictaFC
Inoue and Kowalkiewicz Courtesy Scott Hirano/ InvictaFC

Pro MMA 

InvictaFC 9 is this weekend with nine scheduled bouts Saturday night in Davenport, Iowa; streaming on UFC Fight Pass at 8 p.m. central time.

You can check out the weigh-in results here.

Shortly after, come back to Wombat Sports and we’ll have the post-fight presser stream.


Also Saturday night, XFCi will start its season season strawweight tournament in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The will stream on XFCMMA.com starting at 10:30 est/7:30 pst.

Strawweight tournament Quarterfinals

  • Marcela Yineris vs Liana Ferreira Pirosin (115)
  • Marina Moroz vs Karine Silva (115)
  • Dora Perjes vs Luana Santos Medeiros (115)
  • Fernanda Priscila Barros Pinheiro vs Viviane Pereira (115)

In the co-main event, Julie Werner and Iryna Shaparenko will square off in a non-tournament bout.


In a rare Monday event, DEEP-JEWELS will hold it’s sixth card in Tokyo, Japan. The main event will feature atomweight champion Seo Hee Ham defending her belt against Saori Ishioka.

In other fights on the card:

  • Emi Fujino vs Ayaka Miura (115)
  • Shizuka Sugiyama vs Yurika Nakakura (135)
  • Tomo Maesawa vs Yuko “Amiba” Oya (115)
  • Satomi “Sarami” Takano vs Mina Kurobe (105)
  • Yukiko Seki vs. Naomi Taniyama (105)
  • Brittany Ann Decker vs. Pan Hui (105)

Cage Warriors happens Saturday morning in Newcastle, England as Irene Cabello takes on Vanessa Reinsch in an atomweight bout. The fight will be part of the non-streamed prelims.


In other pro bouts:

  • At FWC 19 in Nerang, Queensland, Australia, Lana Kate takjes on Zoie Shreiweis
  • Jaymee Jones battles Krystal McGuire in Tulsa, OK at XFN 21
  • At XFC Australia in  Mansfield, Queensland, Terissa Wall faces Helen Malone
  • Katelyn Dykas fights Taylor Turner at Valor Fights in Pigeon Forge, TN
  • At AFC 13 in Brazil Claudia Rey takes on Yelka Torres
  • Ana Karla Morais faces Werônica Medeiros at NFA inTrindade, Goias, Brazil

Ammy MMA

In amateur MMA:

  • At Clan Wars in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Leah McCourt faces Aoifé Murphy
  • Hannah Sears battles Hannah Elswick at King of Jacksonville – Jacksonville, North Carolina
  • At Cage Wars in Albany, New York, Amanda Brundige fights Brittany Ehntholt
  • In a pair of bouts at Gladius Fights in Ithaca, New York, Janice Meyer takes on Fernanda Araujo and Kate Riley battles Casey Garland (150)
  • Stephanie Hull faces Cassie Schmeekle at Shofights in Branson, MO
  • At Destiny Na Koa in Honolulu, Hawaii, Angela Lee takes on Audrey Perkins

Boxing

Eva Voraberger will look to defend her WIBF and WBF super flyweight title as she faces Renata Domsodi in Vienna, Austria.

Voraberger (18-3) has won back to back since her last loss, and has 9 KOs to her credit. She won the titles in June.

Domsodi (12-5) is the current WBF International and UBO international bantamweight champion and had 5 KOs to her credit.


Yuko Kuroki will defend her WBC minimumweight title for the first time as she takes on Katia Gutierrez in Fukuoka, Japan.

Kuroki (11-4-1) is unbeaten in her past three fights and won the title in June. Gutierrez is the former IBF world minimumweight champion eight of her last 9 fights.


On other boxing action:

  • In Buenos Aires, Argentina, Ruth Stephanie Aquino takes on Laura Martinez
  • Viviane Obenauf battles Zsofia Bedo in Berne, Switzerland
  • In Hamilton, Bermuda, Teresa Perozzi faces Kali Reis
  • Felice Moncelli fights Sasa Janjic in Lazio, Italy

TUF 20 Episode 6 – Daly Continues Team Pettis’s Run

10636085_10152766163711276_2069263769423677681_nTwo fighters overcoming psychological hurdles battled in the sixth fight of the tournament.

Before Aisling Daly and Angela Magana squared off, we got a look into both of their stories. Magana told us her mother was a drug addict and having to put a needle in her arm because of the bad state she was in. Magana would also talk about losing her fiance after a tragic accident when she broke her back, and nearly dying. After all of this, she has come to peace with her past.

Daly had suffered from anxiety attacks and depression and had to take most of 2013 off. She battles it every day, but has been able to get back to fighting. Daly has been having problems with the dry Vegas air in terms of her training, but assures UFC President Dana White she is okay. However, she asks to see her teammates fight at UFC Dublin, and White obliges. Patrick Holohan gives Daly a shout out on the card.

The only other plot line that was the talked about was the continued alienation of Tecia Torres by Team Pettis. Torres’s first opponent Randa Markos was the first to put out an olive branch.

The fight itself was one of the best fights so far this season. Magana used her grappling to control Daly in round one, with Magana having a several rear naked choke attempts. Magana was working on Daly’s back as Daly was standing up with referee Chris Tognoni separating the fights for no reason at all.

Round two saw Daly get the upperhand, gaining the striking advantage and ultimately a takedown. Daly took the back and Magan fough back to half guard, abnd started to stand up. Daly would get the takedown again and take Magana’s back for the neck crank attempt before the round ended. This would tie up the score and a third period was warrented.

Magana seemed gassed, and Daly fough through a head kick to take Magana’s back as Daly got another takedown. Magana;s arm was trapped on her own throat, Daly landed ground and pound and the referee stops the contest at  2:26 of round 3.

Daly will face Jessica Penne in the semi-finals.

Next week, we will see Team Malendez’s Rose Namajunas take on Team Pettis’s Alex Chambers in the 7th fight.

 

TUF 20 Episode 5 – Herrig wins Rematch; Torres Back in

herrig clark tufThis week was probably the most entertaining and drama driven episode of the season.

We open with Justine Kish still nursing knee injury, but hopeful she could still compete. After a MRI, the doctor told her she had a torn ACL and as such, she is out of the tournament. KIsh was obviously heartbroken.

While we await the announcement of the replacement, we go to the Team Melendez practice where Angela Magana complains to the coaches about Heather Clark lack of participation in practice. Clark, who has a nagging knee injury, blows it off and states she is willing to practice with her teammates in preparation for her upcoming match with Felice Herrig.

Meanwhile, Herrig is feeling a little pressure as she sees herself as the favorite and doesn’t want to disappoint fighters on both teams who have a beef with Clark.

Both teams show up to the gym and UFC President Dana White announces that Kish is out and the #3 seed Tecia Torres is back in; much to the dismay of Carla Esparza. To complicate things, Torres is now on Team Pettis, and is now Esparza’s teammate. Team Melendez complains about losing a top member of their team, but White reads the riot act.

Torres will face Bec Rawlings in Rawlings’s opening round fight.

Torres obviously feels unwelcome at Team Pettis practice, but Coach Pettis stated he would help smooth the transition.

We get to the fight and it was a solid first round of action. Clark was the aggressor in the striking department before Herrig tried for a takedown. Clark was able to try for a standing guillotine, but Herrig fought out of it and was able to get the trip takedown in half guard. Herrig worked her way in full guard for a triangle than an armbar but Clark fought out of it. Herrig would take side control and rain some punches as the round ended.

Round 2 saw Herrig use her wrestling to takedown and control Clark. Herrig would take the back of Clark and try for the rear naked choke, but Clark was able to shrug Herrig off and get into Herrig’s guard. The referee stood the two up after a stalemate and Herrig got another takedown and took mount, then the back as time expired.

Herrig took both rounds on the judges scorecards and was declared the winner. Herrig will face teammate Markos in the next round.

Clark decided to apologize and bury the hatchet with Herrig after the fight. In what was a post script on the TUF Talk aftershow, both traded verbal jabs and it looks like these two will be mortal enemies for years to come.

Next week, Team Melendez’s Angela Magana takes on Team Pettis’s Aisling Daly.

You can see the current TUF 20 bracket here.