After an eventful promotional week for TUF 20, several sites are reporting the teams and opening round matches for the show, which will have its two hour premier Wednesday on Fox Sports 1.
Team Pettis (Green) : Alex Chambers, Felice Herrig, Carla Esparza, Joanne Calderwood, Ais Daly, Randa Markos Thomas, Jessica Penne, and Justine Kish
Team Melendez (Purple): Rose Namajunas, Heather Clark, Emily Kagan, Angela Magana, Tecia Torres, Lisa Ellis, Angela Hill, and Bec Rawlings.
After the teams were selected, they seeded the competitors and had each match have a representative from each time. The opening round matches contain two epic rematches – Penne vs. Ellis and Clark vs. Herrig. Here is the complete list:
Rose Namajunas vs. Alex Chambers
Heather Clark vs. Felice Herrig
Joanne Calderwood vs. Emily Peters Kagan
Aisling Daly vs. Angela Magana
Tecia Torres vs. Randa Markos Thomas
Jessica Penne vs. Lisa Ellis
Carla KristenEsparza vs. Angela Hill
Justine Kish vs. Bec Rawlings
The start of the season begins Wednesday oin Fox Sports 1.
Walker (3-0) went undefeated as an amateur and will fight in September against Anita Rodriguez at Sugar Creek Showdown.
Cotton (4-0) has finished three of her four opponents as a pro and also undefeated as an amateur.
InvictaFC President Shannon Knapp told Cage Side Submissions that Ayaka Hamasaki and Mizuki Inoue will be on InvictaFC 9. A third Japanese fight is yet to be announced.
To clarify what was going on in terms of Marloes Coenen and Julia Budd and InvictaFC, Coenen’s Invicta contract expired a while ago and Budd was a “fight-to-fight” basis.
InvictaFC vet Jocelyn Lybarger will return to action for RFA October 10 facing Rebecca Gullet.
Lybarger (3-1) is coming off a decision win over Rosa Acevedo. Gullet is coming off a TKO win over Mandy Polk.
The bout is expected to air on AXS-TV.
On the heels of XFC’s success in Brazil, John Prisco has resigned as the president of the promotion.
Several sources tell us that investors are seeing better results in Brazil than the are in the U.S. due to a tv deal and better sponsors. There has been rumors of folding the US portion entirely. There is no word on if the proposed Florida card in October will happen or the status of the XFC US based fighters.
With Kalin Curran signing to the UFC, PXC has signed Brogan Walker to their flyweight division. Walker is the first female fighter from Guam to compete professionally. She will face Korea’s Yoo Jin Jung at PXC 45 in Guam October 17.
Paige VanZant announced she has a spine injury and had to move back to Reno in order get health insurance. She is supposed to face Kailin Curran at UFC Fight Night in Halifax, Nova Scotia October 4th but is now pushed to UFC’s card in Houston, TX November 22.
InvictaFC signee Amanda Bobby Cooper will be out for a few months due to a ACL injury. She is set to go under the knife September 5.
The UFC did a piece on the resurgence of Japanese MMA that feature DEEP-JEWELS stars Shizuka Sugiyama and Brittany Decker. You can watch it here.
World Series of Fighting champion Jessica Aguilar and InvictaFC fighter JJ Aldrich were both on recent episodes of Spike TV’s “Gym Rescue”. Aldrich was in episode 1 and Aguilar in episode 2. You can watch the show here.
With the current expansion in the bigger weight classes at Invicta, Tuff-n-uff maybe doing a 145 and 155 tournament with the winner getting a pro contract with Invicta.
Expect the InvictaFC 9th card to be outside of Kansas City. Sights are set for early November for the card.
Michelle Ould is possibly looking to drop to 115 after her fight with DeAnna Bennett at InvictaFC 8.
Milana Dudieva got her first UFC in Macao, China as she defeated Elizabeth Phillips by split decision at UFC Fight Night 48 which aired live on UFC Fight Pass.
Dudieva pushed forward while Phillips circled. Phillips was able to control the fight on the ground and had thought she had taken the decision, but the judges saw in Dudieva’s favor. This is the second close decision Phillips lost in the UFC.
After the fight, the UFC pulled one of the judges due to incompetence in judging.
Bantamweight prospect Pannie Kianzad remains undefeated as she took on a tough Megan van Houtum at Cage Warriors in Amman, Jordan. Houtum used her judo to gain an edge in round one, but it was Kiazad’s striking that would be the factor in round two to take the TKO win at 2:17. Kianzad improves to 6-0.
Lina Akhtar Länsberg outstruck Laura Howarth in Lansberg’s TKO win. Howarth didn’t come out for round 2, later siting “her head wasn’t in the fight”.
In what was a “Knockout of the Year” candidate, Christine Stanley landed an impressive spinning head kick to Katie Anita Runyan, ending the fight in only 5 seconds at the Xplode Fight Series in San Diego, CA. You can watch the video here.
Two Thai fighters made history being the first women from Thailand to face each other in MMA. Suwanon Boonsorn submitted Kaewjai Prachumwong by armbar in round 2 at Full Metal Dojo in Phuket, Thailand.
In other pro bouts:
At MMA Summer Showdown in Tulalip, WA, Glena Avila defeated Stevie VanAssche TKO by (retirement) in round 1. In an amateur bout, Mari Mata submitted Anjela Pink by armbar 1:26 round 2
Livia Renata Souza submitted Edlaine Godoy by armbar round 1 at X-Fight 9 in Brazil
At Samurai Combate 6 in Brazil, Ingrid Lasmim defeated Betina Baino by TKO round 2
Jennifer Maia defeated Elaine Albuquerque by unanimous decision to win the 125 title at Circuito Talent 11 in São José dos Pinhais, Brazil
At Shooto in Rio, Brazil, Luciana Pereira defeated Mariana Morais by unanimous decision
Marina Moroz submitted Jin Tang by armbar round 1 at Kunlung Fights in China
Sarah Jamilia was crowned the new Tuff-n-uff bantamweight champion in Mesquite, NV, as she handed Kaytlin Neil her first loss as an amateur getting the unanimous decision. Jamilia improves to 3-0.
Emily Whitmire improves to 3-4 as she defeated Cheri Muraski by split decision in a flyweight bout.
In other amateur bouts:
At SHP in Meridian, Mississippi, Kayla Stricker defeated Rhonda Russell by TKO 0:55 round 2
Katherine Roy defeated Fatima Mallett by unanimous decision to win the 115 title at Cowboy Extreme Fighting in San Antonio, Texas
At RMMA – New Orleans, Louisiana, Felicia Spencer defeated Macy Chiasson by unanimous decision
Randee Morales sunmitted Alyssa Garcia by rear naked choke at 1:00 round 1 at Jackson MMA Series in Pueblo, Colorado
Chevelle Hallback gains the vacant World Boxing Federation welterweight title with her 8th round TKO win over Victoria Cisneros in Tampa, Florida. Hallback gets back to back TKO wins and improves to 30-8.
A trio of bouts happened in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
WBO female super bantamweight champion Marcela Eliana Acuna got the unanimous decision victory over Edith Soledad Matthysse to retain her title.
In other actions Erica Anabella Farias defeated Roxana Beatriz Laborde by TKO round 3 and Vanesa Lorena Taborda defeated Johana Belen Gimenez by majority decision.
In other boxing action:
In Coacalco, México, Mexico, Jessica Chavez defeated Melissa McMorrow by unanimous decision to win the vacant WBC International flyweight title. Also Celia Roman defeated Anely Hernandez by points
Momoko Kanda defeated Nongnun Mor Krungthepthonburi by TKO round 4 to win the vacant WBC Asian Boxing Council minimumweight title and Naome Tacda defeated Aisah Alico by TKO round 2 in Manila, Philippines
In Rochester, New York, Ivana Coleman defeated Michelle Cook by unanimous decsion to win the vacant USA New York State super bantamweight title
Yamila Esther Reynoso and Daniela Elizabeth Quinteros fight to a majority draw in Buenos Aires, Argentina
In Chivilcoy, Argentina, Ada Esther Nieborg knocked out Angela Mercedes Cabrera in round 2
Sindy Amador and Anahi Torres fight to a split draw in Corona, California
In Fort Worth, Texas, Rachel Vidal defeated Jasmine Clarkson by unanimous decision
Pasa Malagic defeated Suzana Radovanovic by points in Brcko, Bosnia And Herzegovina
In a pair of bouts in Sofia, Bulgaria, Gloria Vasileva defeated Ivana Yaneva by TKO round 2 and Ana Simeonova knocked out Tsvetana Konstantinova in round 2 (112)
It was a busy weekend for Invicta as they have have signed more talent to their featherweight roster.
Andria Wawro will join a re-signed Amanda Bell to 145 division. Kelly McGill and Cassie Criasno has also signed to Invicta but will be dropping to 135 for the promotion.
The signings comes on the heels of Bellator announcing their featherweight division and signing InvictaFC vets Marloes Coenen and Julia Budd. Cyborg Justino and Ediane Gomes are dropping to bantamweight and the new signees will compliment two divisions in need of talent.
Wawro (3-1) has a win over Crisano by decision. A five year vet of the sport, she submitted Jessica Miele this past June.
The Maryland native Crisano (2-2) took a recent trip to Brazil to gain some experience. Her last match ended in controversy as the referee awarded her opponent the win due to disqualification.
Bell (2-2) got her biggest win of her career, defeating Marina Shafir a few weeks ago. She has won back to back since her last Invicta outing. She had changed gyms.and has made a vast improvement in her fighting.
McGill made her pro MMA debut in June with a first round TKO over Leslie Rodriguez. She has a 7 second KO as an amateur.
No word on when the four will make their InvictaFC debuts. We are expecting more signings in the coming week.
Solve Media, pioneers in online advertising, announced this week that they are sponsoring Robles (as well as male archer Brady Ellison) in their quest for gold.
“We are proud to sponsor two of the U.S.’s most accomplished athletes and promising medalists, and look forward to cheering them on during the Games,” says Ari Jacoby, CEO of Solve Media. “Sarah and Brady are passionate and dedicated to their quest for gold, and respectively embody the ideals of Solve Media — massive lift and precise targeting.”
“Being a female weightlifter and Olympian comes with a variety of challenges,” says Sarah Robles. “But everyday I persevere to lift more, become stronger and change the perception of women’s weightlifting. Having a sponsor that supports my quest for gold and greater awareness around my sport is amazing, and that’s why I am excited to have Solve Media on my team.”
Robles is considered “The Strongest Women in America” and yet was struggling on a $400 a month stipend. With the money from Solve Media, her and her coach will soon be on a plane to join her teammates in London.
We at Wombat Sports are usually covering female athletes in combats sports, but we felt this story has to be told to our readers.
Super heavyweight weightlifter Sarah Robles may not be a well known name. She hasn’t been on a Coke commercial, or the hot topic on the talk show circuit. She is, however, the strongest woman on the U.S. team.
Having lifted 576.5 pounds at the Olympic trial this past March, she has made the goal of getting not only the U.S. record, but to get an Olympic medal like her idol Cheryl Haworth.
In the era of the athlete as a model, a lot of weightlifters, male and female, are not getting the endorsements many of the U.S. Olympians are. Robles maybe a bigger girl, but she works hard physically. A true role model for younger women inundated in unrealistic body image.
As much as she works, she still needs help. Living only off $400 a month from Team USA weightlifting, she consumes 4,000 calories a day in order to keep her body going; not cheap in terms of supplements.
This on top of the fact she needs to earn money to get herself and her coach to London. With millions of endorsement deals given to other female Olympians, it is a miserable state to see Robles struggle.
If you didn’t notice yesterday, we had no news Wednesday as our home website, WordPress, was dark due to protesting the SOPA and PIPA Bills currently in Congress. We at Wombat Sports are also against this legislation, as our news editor MarQ pointed out Wednesday on Twitter.
In microcosm, the Women’s MMA community showed what could happen under PIPA and SOPA legislation last week. A company copyrighted the term “WMMA” and told Facebook to take down every group mentioning it. This was done without due process and inhibited our free speech.
The same thong can happen in a larger context if SOPA and/or PIPA are made into law. In short, it gives the Justice Department the right to shut down ANY (either direct or indirect) websites that have pirated material. The scope of the bills are too broad, giving the Justice Department and other companies the right to circumvent your rights in Free Speech and Due Process (that is Amendments #1 & #5 folks). Sites such as Youtube, Google, Facebook, Twitter, and WordPress would be easy targets.
Don’t get us wrong – we are all for anti-piracy. There are laws in the books which are sufficient to stop copyright infringement. The just need to enforce them.
Several Senators and Representatives who supported the bills has since jumped the fence and now oppose them. We highly recommend reaching out to your legislators demanding that they oppose PIPA and SOPA. The bills are still awaiting to hit the respective legislative bodies, so make sure you let them know to vote against them.
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