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Weekend Results – Holm Earns First MMA Title; Dudieva Earns 10th Win

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Pro MMA

Holly Holm got her first piece of MMA gold this past Friday, but not without injury.

The undefeated striking phenom took home the initial Legacy 135 title in her hometown of Albuquerque, NM with a fifth round TKO over Brazilian standout Julie Werner.

Holm (7-0) would control most of the match in the center of the cage with her kickboxing, with Werner trying to work against the fence with knees. Holm broke her arm due to a blocked headkick in the first round, which wasn’t known to anyone besides Holm at the time.

Holm continued her offence in round two, almost finishing the fight with liver kicks to Werner. Rounds three and four saw Werner being the aggressor, but Holm’s punching was just too fast and was able to dodge most of Werner’s punches.

A head kick would drop Werner in round five, but it would a few punches on the ground would be needed to make the ref stop the contest at 1:50.

Holm stated she doesn’t have a timeline on a return as she is weighing her rehab options.

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Unbeaten bantamweight Larissa Moreira Pacheco continues to prove to be the top prospect not signed to a major promotion, getting a triangle choke submission win over Liziane Silveira at Jungle Fights in Brazil. The action packed fight which could be a contender for “Fight of the Year”.

In the first round, Pacheco and Silveira exchanged knees in the clinch early, as they were separated and Pacheco got the takedown. and transitioned to mount, securing an armbar. Silveira  powerbomed her way out, getting some ground and pound before Pacheco tried for a heel hook. They fought their way back up to the feet. Pacheco landed a knee that dropped Silveira right before the bell.

Both stated a striking war in the second round, with Pacheco’s accuracy battling Silveira’s power. Silveira would get a knee to the face of Pacheco, but Pacheco would fight through it. Pacheco got a takedown as the round ended.

Third round saw Pacheco get the body lock takedown on Silveira and would settle into a half guard. Pacheco landed some ground and pound and would be swept by Silveira, who would get some ground and pound of her own. Pacheco secured a triangle from bottom at the 2:25 for the tap.

Pacheco wins her 10th fight, none going the distance.

In another pro bout on the card, Mariana Leonardo submitted Edlaine França by armbar round 2.

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Milana Dudieva put herself back on the bantamweight map as she defeated Daria Chibisova to gain her second straight win.

Dudieva (10-3) had gotten the takedown and fought off an armbar and got the heel hook for the tap at 3:34 of round one.

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DEEP-JEWELS champ Seo Hee Ham made a successful homecoming getting a two round decision over fellow JEWELS vet Shino Van Hoose at RoadFC in Seoul, Korea. The #3 ranked Ham was dominate as expected, but VanHoose looked much improved throughout.

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In other pro bouts:

  • At Rumble at the Roseland in Portland, Oregon, Glena Avila defeated Katie Howard by split decision
  • In a pair of bouts at Arena Fight Night 3 in Brazil, Amanda Torres defeated Lucia Senna and Paula Baack defeated Mayara Ferreira Aguiar, both by unanimous decision 
  • Iman Darabi def. Veera Nykänen by unanimous decision at IRFA 6 in Sweden
  • At RespectFC 11 in Germany, Aitek Emadi defeated Anne Merkt by unanimous decision
  • In Wasilków, Poland at Exclusive Fight, Barbara Nalepka submitted Katarzyna Jakubczak by guillotine in 20 seconds.
  • Elaine Albuquerque defeated Carol Javali by unanimous decision at Cabo Fight Championship in Pernambuco, Brazil

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Ammy MMA

Howard and Avila Courtesy Paul Nelson
Howard and Avila Courtesy Paul Nelson

In ammy MMA action this weekend:

  • At the Midwest Fight Series in Indianapolis, Indiana, Danielle Ternet got the TKO over Beth Wright at 1:45 of Round 1
  • Sarah Payant defeated Sarah Jacobson by unanimous decision at Premire FC in Agawam, Massachusetts
  • In Dunfermline, Scotland at Art of Combat,  Helen Copus got the TKO over Tracey McFarlane at 1:12 of round 1
  • At Slugfest in Witkowo, Poland, Małgorzata Smaczniak defeated Zuzanna Zygmuńska by unanimous decision
  • Mayra Palestino defeated Dania Lopez by unanimous decision at No Limit Fighting in Madera, California
  • At AOL MMA in Plant City, Florida, Letrail Solomon submitted Cheyanne Vlismas by guillotine at 1:02 round 2 to win the 105 title

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Boxing

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Maria Elena Maderna successfully defended her WBO lightweight title for the second time defeating Dalia Vasarhelyi in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Maderna (12-8-3) was able to get the TKO in round 3 and earned her third straight win.

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Kenia Enriquez earns her first boxing title, getting a 7th round TKO over Jolene Blackshear to win the vacant NABF light flyweight title in  San Diego, CA.

Enriquez (11-0) has gotten six KOs in her career and recently handed Noemi Bosques her first loss.

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Former WBC youth boxing title holder Mayela Perez gained her first major title as she defeated Alejandra Lopez by unanimous decision to win the vacant WBC Silver minimumweight title in Coahuila de Zaragoza, Mexico.

The former WBC Youth Super Flyweight and Minimumweight champ came back after a majority draw last year.

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In other pro boxing matches:

  • In Santa Fe, Argentina, Natalia Vanesa del Valle Aguirre defeated Victoria Noelia Bustos by unanimous decision
  • Jesica Espinal got the TKO over Johana Garcia in round 2 at Tegucigalpa, Honduras
  • In Chihuahua, Mexico, Ibeth Zamora Silva defeated Judith Rodriguez by unanimous decision
  • Iliana Bonilla defeated Zuseth Hoyte by unaimous decision in Santiago, Panama
  • In a pair of bouts in Slaska, Poland, Klaudia Szymczak got the TKO over Diana Borodka in round 1, and Karina Kopinska defeated Gabriella Roman by unanimous decision 
  • Angela Marciales defeated Angie Barca by unanimous decision in Barranquilla, Colombia
  • In Lombardia, Italy, Anita Torti defeated Monica Gentili by split decision

The MRS (WMMA & WBoxing News) – April 5

Miscellaneous News

We are happy to announce Intense Cage Fighting will be holding an all female card on May 9th in Great Falls, MT. The card will feature a four woman tournament to crown the first ever ICF flyweight champion.

Wombat Sports will be giving you complete coverage of the event including interviews, previews, and live results as it happens.

Stay tuned!


Tiburcio
Tiburcio

The new Unified rankings are out with only one change in the strawweight top 10.  With her win this past weekend,  InvictaFC signee Herica Tiburcio has entered into the list, taking the 10 spot. She bumps Bec Hyatt to #12.

You can read the complete April 2014 Unified rankings here.


Paige Van Zant has signed to the UFC directly and won’t be a part of the Ultimate Fighter.

The now 20 year old is one year shy of the 21 year old age limit due to alcohol being available in the house.

There are still unconfirmed reports that the Brazilians, Claudia Gadelha and Juliana Lima, will also be signed directly to the UFC and forego TUF 20, because of the language barrier.


UFC champion Ronda Rousey has gotten her way and will part with her management, at least partly.

Through arbitration, the California State Athletic Commission has released Rousey from a three year deal she made with Fight Tribe Management. However, this only bans Fight Tribe from getting fees from Rousey’s fight purses. Outside projects including her acting career, modeling, and promotional gigs are still in effect, but Rousey can fight that part of the contract in the California Superior Court; which her attorney Steven Bash intends on doing.


Two female fights are scheduled for Lappeenranta Fight Night 10 in Finland May 17. Vuokko Katainen will face Julia Borisova and Suvi Salmimies will take on a fighter to be determained.


Amateur prospect and WMMA Press Award winner Susie Wyatt will be back in action April 9th as she face Ronnie Lawrence at Fight Hard MMA in St. Louis April 19. Wyatt (7-3) has only been stopped once in her career. Lawerence is currently undefeated at 6-0 and has finished all her opponents.


Merrill
Merrill

On the Wombat Sports podcast at 1 p.m. pst/4 p.m. est, we will have amateur fighter Carissa Merrill, who will be a part of an historic half female and half male card in Utah.

You can listen here live on Sunday.


Rumors

Gina Carano stated on “The Arsenio Hall Show” this week she will be meet with UFC president Dana White next week to talk about a possible comeback.

You can watch her appearance here.


According to Holly Holm’s coach Mike Winkeljohn, Holly Holm’s management will try to go back to the bargaining table with the UFC after her match this weekend at Legacy. He says Holm is opening to fight InvictaFC featherweight champion Cyborg Justino and Holm’s management is looking to do a pay-per-view event if that happens.


Scheduled Fights

Pro MMA

Werner & Holm
Werner & Holm

Holly Holm will seek to get her first MMA title as she takes on Brazil’s Julie Werner at Legacy Fighting for their vacant bantamweight title in Albuquerque, NM which will air on AXS TV Friday night. Both fighters came on weight.

Holm (6-0) has knocked out five of her six opponents, going the distance in her last match against Angela Hayes in December

Julie Werner (7-3) is on a five fight win streak with her only losses to Vanessa Porto.


Pacheco & Silveira
Pacheco & Silveira

Undefeated Brazilian bantamweight Larissa Pacheco is looking for her 10th straight win as she faces Liziane Silveira at Jungle Fights 68 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Pacheco (9-0) has finished all her fights, with 5 submissions and 4 KOs. She is looking to sign with the UFC.

Silveira (2-0) is looking for the upset, with two first round wins of her own.


Glena Avila is looking to snap a two fight losing streak as she faces former amateur champion Katie Howard at Rumble at the Roseland in Portland, Oregon

Avila (2-2) got back to back armbar wins to start her pro career, and lost back to back decisions.

Howard (1-0) is coming off a decision win over Miriam Cardoso Cerqueira in February.


In other pro bouts:

  • At IRFA 6 in Sweden, Iman Darabi faces Veera Nykänen. This will stream live and free here at 9 a.m. pst/Noon est Saturday.
  • In a pair of bouts at Arena Fight Night 3 in Brazil, Amanda Torres takes on Lucia Senna, and Paula Baack battles Mayara Ferreira Aguiar.
  • Anne Merkt fights Aitek Emadi at RespectFC 11 in Germany
  • At Exclusive Fights IV in Wasilków, Poland, Barbara Nalepka faces Katarzyna Jakubczak. This will stream live and free here at 9 a.m. pst/Noon est Saturday.
  • At Cabo Fight Champioship in Pernambuco, Brazil, Carol Javali battles Elaine Albuquerque
  • Seo Hee Ham faces Shino VanHoose at Road FC in Seoul, South Korea
  • At ProFC 53 in Oblast, Russia, Annalisa Bucci takes on Milana Dudieva. This will stream for $10 at Epicentre.tv.

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Ammy MMA

In ammy MMA action:

  • In a pair of bouts at Premire FC in Agawam, Massachusetts, Sarah Payant faces Sarah Jacobson and Jessy Miele takes on Pam Sorenson
  • Devaney Clayton battles Bianca Rodriguez at XFC Louisiana – Ponchatoula, Louisiana
  • In Dunfermline, Scotland at Art of Combat, Helen Copus fights Tracey McFarlane
  • At Slugfest in Witkowo, Poland, Małgorzata Smaczniak faces Zuzanna Zygmuńska
  • Shauna Dicintio takes on Kirsten Scott at Heroes Combat League in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
  • At No Limit Fighting in Madera, California Dania Lopez battles Mayra Palestino (205)
  • Beth Wright fights Danielle Ternet at Midwest Fight Series in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • At AOL MMA in Plant City, Florida, Cheyanne Vlismas faces Letrail Solomon

Boxing

Maria Elena Maderna will look to defend her WBO lightweight title for the second time as she faces Dalia Vasarhelyi in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Maderna (11-8) won 7 of her past 8 fights, gaining the title last June. She defeated Diana Ayala by unanimous decision in her first title defense in December.

Vasarhelyi (7-4) is on a three fight win streak and is coming off a first round TKO over Veronika Hornyak last month.


In San Diego, California, Kenia Enriquez and Jolene Blackshear will battle for the vacant NABF light flyweight title.

The undefeated Enriquez (10-0) has five KOs to her credit, and is coming off an unimous decsion win over Noemi Bosques.

Blackshear (8-4) has won four of her past 6 fights and is coming off an unanimous decision loss to Maria Suarez.


In other boxing action:

  • In Lombardia, Italy, Anita Torti and Monica Gentili will fight for the vacant Italy lightweight title
  • Victoria Noelia Bustos faces Natalia Vanesa del Valle Aguirre in Santa Fe, Argentina
  • In Loir-et-Cher, France, Bilitis Gaucher takes on Laura Godbillon
  • Jesica Espinal battles Johana Garcia in Tegucigalpa, Honduras
  • In Chihuahua, Mexico, Ibeth Zamora Silva dukes it out with Judith Rodriguez
  • Zuseth Hoyte fights Iliana Bonilla in Santiago, Panama

Boxing’s Ana Julaton Signs to OneFC; Makes MMA Debut in May

Julaton
Julaton

In what has become a solid trend, another world class boxer has decided to give the cage a try.

Former WBO and IBA Super Bantamweight boxing champ Ana Julaton has signed to Asia’s OneFC promotion and will make her debut as a MMA fighter May 2 in Manila, Philippines.

Julaton (13-4-1) has been in Vegas for the past year training boxing, but had started to pick up MMA when she had time. She originally started in Bok-Fu, a striking martial art, when she was a kid. She turned to boxing years later.

Her last boxing bout saw her get a majority decision win over Perla Hernandez in Mexico. Julaton states she will do both boxing and MMA, expressing she wants to stay busy.

The Filipino-American has been a solid draw in the Philippines in boxing, and OneFC is hoping it will translate when she enters the cage.

No word on who her opponent will be on the card or at what weight Jualaton will be competing.

The card also featured India’s Jeet Toshi taking on Filipina fighter Jujeath Nagaowa on the undercard, which will stream for free on the OneFC website.

Future Stars – Monique Sciberras

Wombat Sports is continuing its efforts to profile some of those fighters under the age of 18 that will be the future of combat sports; be it MMA, boxing, kickboxing, wrestling, and Brazilian Jiu-jitsu.

If you have a fighter under 18 you want to be featured comment below.

You can read all the “Future Stars” we have featured so far here.


monique 0114 year old Monique Sciberras has already done what many female fighters twice her age can only dream about, train and compete in Thailand.

The Australian teenager holds junior world titles and has fought on the annual Kings Cup Muay Thai card in 2009 at the age of nine.

The remarkable thing is that Sciberras has done all this not just for fun and the challenge, but to help her autism.

Austism is a Neurodevelopmental disorder that effects how the brain works, and hinders social development. Studies have shown sports help treat autism. In martial arts in particular, the elements of predictability, structure, and the challenges of physical interaction with other people help social skills and adapting to situations.

We got a chance to talk to Sciberras about her experiences in Muay Thai and her goals as she grows as a fighter.


Wombat Sports: What got you interested in getting involved in combat sports?

Monique Sciberras: My parents put me into combat sports because of my Autism. They could not afford for me to play tennis, so my father trained me in the art of Muay Thai since I can remember. Doctors told them I had no future, and would never go to a normal school, hold a normal job, or even speak properly. My parents couldn’t accept this.

Wombat: How has it helped with your autism?

Sciberras: It has done everything for me. In 2009, I fought on the Kings Cup in Bangkok and a week later, I had a prize fight; five 3 minute rounds. I won in the second round by TKO. I have fought every year since in Thailand basically have a lot more confidence in life.

monique 03W.S.: What do you enjoy about it?

M.S.: I love meeting all the people that if I hadn’t trained in Muay Thai I would not have met like. I love training with Jeff Fenech on my hands movement.

W.S.: How have your friends and classmates reacted to it?

M.S.: My friends love to watch the fights and my classmate is my mum because she is my teacher. I do home schooling and most of my friends are from church. Everyone has been supportive.

W.S.: What comes naturally to you in fighting?

M.S.: When I enter the ring its my sand pit. I feel at home

W.S.: What have you found difficult?

M.S.: The hard part is making the weight. My opponents have the same skill level, so there is no easy fight. It’s a case of who wants it more. Prize fights are more serious, and I’d say people that do the sport in Thailand need to win.

monique 02W.S.: What was it like to fight in Thailand?

M.S.: I have had many fights in Thailand and you find out who you fight that day. It’s not a case of who you want to fight, and sometimes, they are much larger. When you have traveled so far, how can you say no?

W.S.: Who do you look up to in fighting?

M.S.: Cris Cyborg. I hope to take the path of Gina Carano.

W.S.: How do you feel about the future of females in fighting sports?

M.S.: I think everyone is sick of seeing men fight and the future will be with females. It’s going to be big and I plan on being there.

W.S.: What are your aspirations in fighting?

M.S.: I would love to fight on Master Toddys Show in Muaythai, have a boxing title fight, and make my fight home in Las Vegas.

W.S.: Anyone you’d like to thank/add?

M.S.: I’d like to thank Jeff Fenech for giving me his time, Master Toddy for always giving me a warm welcome, and you for giving me a chance to share my story

Weekend Results: Brazilian Talent Shines as Porto & Tiburcio Earn Wins

Pro MMA

Faria vs. Balin
Faria vs. Balin

Brazil saw 11 female fights this weekend with the strawweights in all but one.

We start with a jam packed card at MMA Super Heroes in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

In the main event, Kalindra Faria (14-3-1) earns her 10th straight victory with a rear naked choke over Laura Balin. Faria was dominant in round 1 controlling Balin on the ground and continued control in round two, getting the rear naked choke to earn her second win in two weeks.

InvictaFC signee Herica Tiburcio (8-2) used her superior wrestling to outpoint Aline Sattelmayer to take the unanimous decision victory. Tirburcio have several huge takedowns during the match, and had some solid submission attempts throughout.

Balad
Balad

The undercard featured the MMA Super Heroes Strawweight Grand Prix, with Renata Baldan make an impactful pro debut and winning her first title.

Baldan would battle Bruna Wing in the semi-finals in what was a war on the feet. Baldan’s more accurate strikes gave her the edge and would get the unanimous decision to put her in the finals.

The other semi-final would see Michele Angelo get a devastating KO over Roberta Pereira da Silva Gomes. After a solid first round, Angelo, a right hand would drop Gomes to prompt a walk off KO in round 2.

In the finals, Baldan and Angelo started out in a slugfest, which saw Baldan taking the upperhand. Baldan would finish off Angelo with a series of knees to be crowned the strawweight champion.

In a reserve tournament bout on the card, Graziele Ricotta and Luciana Treze fought to a majority draw.


Meanwnile in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, a pair of bouts happened at Fatality Arena 6.

InvictaFC’s Vanessa Porto (17-6) had little problems with Ana Maria India in her bamtamweight battle. The #2 ranked 125er on the planet was able to outstrike Maria in a rematch from their 2006 battle. Maria tried to takedown Porto but was easily thwarted. Porto would take an unanimous decision.

In a strawweight match, Aline Serio was flawless against last minute replacement Mayara Aguiar. Serio was set to fight Bianca Daimoni but Daimoni had dropped out only hours before the match.

Serio’s striking was just too much for Aguiar, and it took 60 seconds for Serio to get the TKO victory.


Courtesy Pinoy Cage News
Courtesy Pinoy Cage News

Phillipina fighter Gina Iniong picked up her 3rd win as she got the split decision over veteran fighter Mei Yamaguchi at Pacific Xtreme Fighting.

Iniong (3-1) started quick with punches, which forced Yamguchi to clinch and Yamaguchi started to knee Iniong’s thigh. Iniong would reverse a takedown attempt by take top position. Yamaguchi would secure the armbar on Iniong from bottom, with Iniong trying the slam out of it several times. Iniong would finally fight free of the armbar and the first round ends.

Second round saw Yamaguhci get the takedown early and get back control. Iniong escaped and got it back to the feet, but Yamaguchi got another takedown and landed some ground and pound before Iniong fought her way back to her feet. Yamaguchi would continually attack Iniong’s thigh while hitting some punches to the face that caused Iniong’s nose to bleed. Iniong would get a throw over Yamaguchi and pin her against the cage. Yamaguchi would fight through and get to her feet to end the round strong with punches to Iniong.

The final stanza say a battle on the cage in the clinch. Yamaguchi would try to get a takedown, but Iniong would reverse and get some striking before a scramble to the feet. Yamaguchi would get a takedown and get some ground and pound as time expired.

One judge gave it to Yamaguchi 29-28, while two judges gave the fight to Iniong 29-28 and 30-27.

Yamaguchi intends to appeal the decision.


In other pro action:

  • In a pair of strawweight tournament bouts at XFC in Sao Paulo, Brazil,  Vanessa Guimaraes defeated Marcela Yineris by split decision and Vanessa Melo defeated Gloria Bravo by unanimous decision
  • At BAMMA in Commerce, CA, Kyra Batara submitted Misha Nassiri by armbar round 1 and Melanie Lacroix defeated Brooksie Bayard by unanimous decision (135)
  • Diana Atkin got the TKO over Michelle House by TKO in round 1 at Unity MMA in Edmonton, Canada
  • At Rumble On The River on Tulsa, OK, Erin McDougall defeated Jaymee Jones by unanimous decision
  • At Max Fights 19 in Fargo, ND, Mariah Prussia defeated Brandis Lafrombois by TKO 0:27 round 1
  • Holly Cline defeated Jen Aniano by unanimous decision at Extreme Combat Challenge – Muncie, Indiana
  • At Shooto Finland in Lahti, Vuokko Katainen got the first round TKO over Yana Lyashko
  • Natalie Roy defeated Nikki Lowe by TKO 1:40 round 1 at Triple A MMA – Santa Fe, NM. In an amateur bout, Lindsay Jones defeated Michelle Williamson by unanimous decision
  • In China at Kunlun Fights, Jin Tang defeated Song Xiaoqing by TKO 2:15 round 2.

Ammy MMA

Mallett Courtesy TXMMA.com/Mike Calimars
Mallett – Courtesy TXMMA.com/Mike Calimars

In amateur action:

  • In a pair of bouts at Epic Fighting in San Diego, CA, Maria Dominguez defeated Roesha Hightower by unanimous decision and Alyssa Garcia defeated Tushara Veerella by unanimous decision
  • At United Cage Fights in Merrionette Park, Illinois Debra Dunkel-Bartecki got the TKO in 17 seconds over Shantara Profit
  • In a pair of bouts at Caged Warriors 3 in Houma, Louisiana, Jamie Blanton go the TKO over Cammie Hoover in 22 seconds, and Ashley Milligan submitted Faith Charfauros guillotine in 58 seconds
  • Katie Vanderhoff defeated Christina Adams by unanimous decision at IT Fight series – Findlay, OH
  • At CCE in Pueblo, CO, Angela Hancock defeated Shawna Tyler by TKO 0:41 round 1
  • In a pair of fights at Cowboy Extreme Fighting in San Antonio, Texas, Fatima Mallett submitted Laurie Ashby by triangle round 2, and Dominique Gallegher-Gonzales defeatred Stephanie Builderback by decision
  • Elyse Stevenson submitted Amanda Pack anaconda choke) round 3 at BFL in Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada
  • In Shock ‘n’ Awe in Portsmouth, England, Molly McCann defeated Ameesha Bhudia by TKO 2:01 round 1
  • Corrie Ward defeated Madison Depiero by TKO round 2 at WFF in Chandler, Arizona

Boxing

Dionicius vs. Torres
Dionicius vs. Torres

A stacked card in Buenos Aires, Argentina happened over the weekend with four female bouts.

Debora Anahi Dionicius successful defended her IBF super flyweight title getting the 4th round TKO over Neisi Torres. Dionicius goes 16-0.

In other action:

  • Alejandra Soledad Morales def. Norma Elizabeth Diaz Caucota by unanimous decision  (118)
  • Vanesa del Valle Calderon def. Alicia Machaca by points  (126)
  • Julieta Cardozo def. Paola Gamarra by unanimous decision (118)

In boxing action this weekend:

  • In Brandenburg, Germany, Ramona Kuehne retains her WBO/WIBF/WBF super featherweight title by defeating Gina Chamie by unanimous decision
  • Mayra Alejandra Gomez defeated Carolina Marcela Gutierrez Gaite by split decision to win the interim WBO bantamweight title in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • In a pair of bouts in Cordoba, Argentina, WBO super bantamweight champion Marcela Eliana Acuna defeats Estrella Valverde by TKO round 6 and Yesica Patricia Marcos def. Silvia Fernanda Zacarias by unanimous decision
  • In Puy-de-Dôme, France, Farida El Hadrati got the TKO in round 2 over Cindy Bonhiver to win the vacant France light welterweight title
  • Elfi Philipps and Najat Hasnouni fought to a draw in Gent, Oost-Vlaanderen, Belgium
  • In Athens, Greece, Areti Mastrodouka defeated Claudia Ferenci by unanimous decision
  • Pasa Malagic defeated Sandra Zekic by TKO round 2 in Nyon, Switzerland

The MRS (WMMA & WBoxing News) – Mar. 21

Miscellaneous News

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We will be trying to expand our coverage in other combat sports as well.

We will continue to have our survey up to take your suggestions from you so we can continue to improve the site. Thanks for helping us make Wombat Sports better.

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Porto
Porto

Vanessa Porto has inked a new long term deal to InvictaFC.

One of the top flyweights in the planet, Porto (16-6) is currently ranked #2 in the world at 125. Her most recent win was over Zolia Frausto this past December on Invicta’s 7th card.

“I’m very happy to sign this long-term deal with Invicta,” Porto stated in a press release. “They have treated me very well in the past and I want to make Invicta my home for a long time to come. I’m very grateful to have an opportunity to prove myself in the best women’s MMA organization in the world. Hopefully I’ll get my chance at the Invicta belt soon.”

Porto will be fighting outside of Invicta in her home country of Brazil against Ana Maria next weekend.

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Holm - Courtesy NMCombatSports.com
Holm – Courtesy NMCombatSports.com

The UFC and Holly Holm could not reach a deal this past weekend. Money seemed to the sticking factor.

Holm still has a title fight coming up against Juliana Werner at Legacy April 4th live on AXS TV.

On a side note, UFC president Dana White stated he has not been in talks with Gina Carano.

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Women’s MMA Round-up did a great little breakdown and some helpful hints about the upcoming Ultimate Fighter 20. If you are planning to go down to try out or just want a quick refresher on what is going down watch the video here.

We are hearing that if you have a winning record,and only have 1 pro fight you can try out.

We will have more about TUF 20 in the rumors section below.

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bravo melo breakdown

XFC International continues it’s promotion of female talent with two strawweight bouts set for March 29.

  • Chile’s Gloria Bravo (1-1) will face Brazil’s Vanessa Melo (2-2)
  • Columbia’s Marcela Yineris (pro debut) takes on Brazil Vanessa Guimaraes (2-2)

The event will stream on XFCMMA.com March 29th.

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InvictaFC vet Stephanie Frausto will face Stephanie Skinner in a Muay Thai bout at 408 Fights “Battle of the Bay 2” card this coming Friday March 28th in San Jose.

There are going to be another 6-7 female Muay Thai fights on the card as we hear.

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Australia’s Arlene Blencowe (3-4) will look to even her record as she takes on Kenani Mangakahia at FWC 17 April 12. Mangakahia (2-1) is coming off a first round TKO over Belinda Sedgwick.

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Undefeated Pannie Kianzad will be back in the cage May 3rd at Superior Challenge in Sweden against a yet to be named opponent.

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Ashlee Evans-Smith will be featured on HBO’s “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel” April 22.

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Rugilo
Rugilo
Salmimies

Amateur Finnish MMA fighter Suvi Salmimies (1-0-1) is battling in a new arena. Salmimines is on Finland’s version of “The Voice” and has made it past the battle rounds.

You can watch her last performance here.

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On Sunday at 1 p.m. pst/4 p.m. est on the podcast, we will talk to Muay Thai fighter Prairie Rugilo who will fight on the Friday night Fights live stream next week. Rugilo established “Team Girl Fight” and is a member of the New Jersey Martial Arts Hall of Fame.

You can listen live here on Sunday.

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Rumors

Gadelha
Gadelha

We are getting word from our sources that Claudia Gadelha and Juliana Lima might be immediately signed to the UFC and not participate in “The Ultimate Fighter 20”.

The reason we are hearing is Fox Sports 1 has a problem with the language barrier with the two Brazilian signees.

Gadelha has tweet she hasn’t heard anything on her end, but that may just mean she hasn’t gotten word yet.

This would increase the spots available during the tryouts to seven. We may see one more spot open as well due to another issue. We will have more about this next week.

Saturday, we will be doing a scouting report on who is going officially and who we expect to see there. Wombat Sports will be covering the tryouts in Vegas April 27-28.

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We can tell you Zoila Fruasto and Norma Center have no plans on trying out for TUF 20.

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OneFC president Victor Chua is stating we may see former boxing champ Ana Julaton make her MMA debut soon. Julaton has been doing some cross training and OneFC has expressed interest in signing her.

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RFA matchmaker Scott Cutbirth stated on the Pro WMMA Now podcast they do have both UFC and Invicta outs in their contracts. He also stated he is open to a 155 division.

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Schedule Fights

Lansberg & Deleaney
Lansberg & Deleaney

Pro MMA

Lina Akhtar Lansberg and Emma Delaney are ready to go for their bantamweight contest at Cage Warriors in Ballerup, Denmark Saturday. Lansberg (134.9) made weight, while Delaney (138.5) came in 3.5 pound over. Delaney will give up 40% of her purse.

England’s Delaney (0-1) is coming off a split decision loss to Laura Howarth at Cage Warriors in December. Sweden’s Lansberg (1-1) will make her Cage Warriors debut, coming off her first win as a pro over L.J. Adams.

The match will stream on Cage Warrior’s facebook at 11:45 a.m. pst/2:45 p.m. est.

In a non-streamed amateur bout, Anna Elmose will face Sinead Kavanagh.

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Fallon Fox looks to recover from her first loss as she takes on Heather Bassett in a bantamweight match at XFO 50 in Chicago Friday night. Both Fox (135.4) and Bassett (134.5) made weight.

Fox (3-1) was a finalist in the CFA featherweight tournament losing to Ashlee Evans-Smith in the finals. Fox had finished all her pro opponents before the loss.

Bassett (1-0) mad her pro debut this past August, getting the submission over Breea Gilbert. Bassett went 4-2 as an amateur.

Word is that Kelly Warren maybe out due to an unforeseen medical condition and will not face Pearl Gonzalez at the event.

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In other pro MMA action:

  • At Storm Damage 4 in Australia, Ginny Conners faces Rachel Head
  • Iryna Shaparenko takes on Kamila Porczyk at KSW 26 in Poland
  • Dora Perjes battles Eleonora Tassinari at MMA Revolution in Hungary.

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Ammy MMA

In amateur action:

  • At Battle in the South in Wilmington, North Carolina, Mariah Smith takes on Michaela Seitter (125)
  • Christina Perez faces Kelsey Hundt at Rock Xtreme MMA in Corpus Christi, Texas
  • In North Logan, Utah at Clash MMA, Heidi Wollabaek battles Nicole Sontag (135)
  • At WFC in Las Vegas, NV, Kari Lichtenwalner fights Christine Ferea
  • Jessica Middleton faces Adrianna Lowrey  at Carnage 2 in Lawrence, Kansas
  • At All Star MMA in Montebello, CA, Elizabeth Johnson takes on Elizabeth Lebeau (145)

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Boxing

In Bielefeld, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany,  Alexandra Vlajk looks for her first titles as she faces Renata Domsodi for the vacant UBO, WBF International, and Hungary bantamweight championships.

Vlajk (5-0) made her pro debut last October and has rolled through her competition. She will face her toughest test in Domsodi (11-4) who has went 4-2 in her last six.

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Ji-Hye Woo will defend her IFBA World Super featherweight title against Jennifer Han in Gun San City, South Korea Sunday.

Woo (13-2) defeated Xu Chun Yan last April in her first title defense since winning the title in 2011. Han (10-2) has won back to back unanimous decision wins.

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Sonya Lamonakis and Tiffany Woodard will look for their first regional title as they battle for the vacant USA New York State heavyweight title in Queens, New York in a rematch.

Lamonakis (8-1-2) defeated Tanzee Daniel, recovering from her first loss of her career. Woodard (4-7-3) is looking to get back to her winning ways.

The two fights have fought twice before, with Lamonakis taking a majority decision in the first bout and a draw in the rematch.

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In other boxing action:

  • In Brooklyn, New York, Heather Hardy takes on Nydia Feliciano
  • In a pair of bouts in Benguet, Philippines, Norj Guro faces Rosemarie Cruz, and Carleans Rivas battles Oshiru Tamami
  • Ruth Stephanie Aquino dukes it out with Cristina Beatriz Cuevas in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • In Pointe-Claire, Quebec, Canada, Lucia Larcinese fights Jackie Trivilino
  • Adela Celeste del Carmen Peralta takes on Marisa Gabriela Nunez in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Also in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Karen Elizabeth Carabajal faces Lorena Noemi Gomez
  • Erin McGowan battles Sriphrae Nongkipahuyuth in Madeley, Western Australia, Australia
  • In Liege, Belgium Djemilla Gontaruk dukes it out Wendy Gervois
  • Jessica Belder fights Galina Gumliiska in Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • In Noginsk, Russia. Ekaterina Izotova takes on Agnes Draxler

The MRS (WMMA & WBoxing News) Mar. 14

Young defeats Johnston
Young defeats Johnston

Miscellaneous News

In pro MMA action from Wednesday, Michelle Young defeated Jennifer Johnston by rear naked choke at Alaska Fight Championships in Anchorage.

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In Tuesday in boxng action, Saemi Hanagata got the 5th round TKO over Satomi Nishimura to win  the vacant OPBF mini-flyweight title in  Tokyo, Japan.

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In boxing in Podstrana, Croatia on Thursday, Manuela Zulj defeated Ana Boras by points.

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Two matches have been announce for Cage Warriors 67 in  Swansea, Wales April 12.

Undefeated bantamweight and teen prodigy Agnieszka Niedźwiedź will look for her 6th straight win as she takes on CWFC debuter Gemma Hewitt. Poland’s Niedźwiedź (5-0) finished her first four opponents before winning a decsion over Kerry Hughes in her CWFC debut. Hewiit (1-0) will make her bantamweight debut, coming off a pro debut win over Chloe Hinchliffe this past November.

The other bout sees two CWFC debuters as England’s Kate Jackson taking on Spain’s Monica Gaitan in a flyweight bout. Jackson (4-2) is looking to rebound from a TKO loss last May. Gaitan (1-0) made her pro MMA debut last October getting a unanimous decision win.

Both matches will be stream April 12, with Niedźwiedź versus Hewitt on MMAJunkie.com and Jackson versus Gaitan on Cage Warrior’s facebook.

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Thursday Sherilyn Lim came in seven pounds overweight for her possible bout with Ann Osman at OneFC on Friday morning. Even though Lim attempted to lose the weight, she was very dehydrated and came in 5 pounds over. The ,match was scrapped.

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Iniong
Iniong
Yamaguchi
Yamaguchi

Former Valkyrie champion Mei Yamaguchi will make her much anticipated atomweight debut at  PXC 43 in  Pasig City, Philippines March 29. She will face Philippine fighter Gina Iniong.

Yamaguchi (11-6-1) is celebrating her 7th year in MMA and has faced some of the best strawweights on the planet. She is coming off a split decision loss to Patricia Vidonic in her PXC debut. Yamguchi has notable wins over Emi Fujino and Mika Nagano.

Iniong (2-1) debuted for PXC last November, getting a TKO win.

The match will stream on the PXC website for $15.

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UFC champion Ronda Rousey is looking to split from her current management company according to an article by Sherdog.com.

Rousey has gotten legal representation to get out of her contract with Fight Tribe Management, with her attorney stating that the contract won’t hold up under California law. No word on why Rousey wants to part with the company.

The company only handles her fight career, and doesn’t handle her booming acting career. Fight Tribe has asked for arbitration to come to a resolution over the contract. If the arbitration doesn’t work, they could see themselves in court.

More on this story as it develops.

Lacroix
Lacroix

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On the podcast Sunday at 1 p.m. pst/4 p.m. est, we will talk to Melanie Lacroix who is coming off a long absence from the sport to face Brooksie Bayard at BAMMA USA March 28th.

You can listen to the podcast here on Sunday.

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Rumors

UFC president Dana White stated during a press scrum this week he is going to meet with Holly Holm this week to possibly get her into the UFC. According to an interview with Holm’s manager on Sherdog.com, he is asking the UFC for a title fight and a six figure contract. We will see how that goes.

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White also stated The Ultimate Fighter 20 tryouts are still a go, but still on no date announced.

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Ronda Rousey stated she would be open to facing Gina Carano for the UFC title right away because she feels she earned it for all she has done to help the sport. She also stated she would be open to face Carano at a catchweight of 140. We await Cyborg’s response to this.

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We should have an announcement about the upcoming Tuff-n-uff strawweight tournament in the next few days. The four participants have been selected and the winner will get an Invicta contract.

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Expect at least one more signing to Invicta to be announced next week. RFA is also expended more signings in the next few weeks.

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Expect XFC to make some announcements soon about a possibly ammy card in the U.S.

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Scheduled matches

Pennington & Andrade
Pennington & Andrade

Pro MMA

Two up and coming bantamweight Jessica Andrade and Raquel Pennington will battle on the UFC 171 televised prelims. Both made weight Friday.

Andrade got her first UFC win over veteran fighter Rosi Sexton, after stumbling in her pro debut against Liz Carmouche. Pennington lost in the semi-finals of “The Ultimate Fighter” season 18 and got her first official UFC win over Roxanne Modafferi.

The match will air on Fox Sports 2 Saturday.

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Faria & Serio Courtesy Wayne Camargo/RedeTV

Also on Saturday, XFC Intentional will feature a strawweight bouts Saturday on their live stream. Kalindra Faria will take on Aline Serio in a rematch of their 2012 encounter. Faria won the first fight by unanimous decision at flyweight. Both fighters made weight Friday.

Faria (12-3-1) is making her strawweight debut and is on an eight fight win streak, finishing her last six. Serio (7-4) has gone 4-1 since her loss to Faria and will also make her strawweight debut.

The match will be the co-main event and will stream for free on XFCMMA.com.

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In other pro action:

  • At PLMMA 29 in Poland, Lena Tkhorevska faces Anna Moldavchuk
  • In a pair of bouts at Victory Iron Girls in Brazil, Gisele Moreira battles Kessiny Mara and
  • Helaine Ribeiro takes on Karine Silva
  • Deise Rocha fights Priscila de Souza at Gladiator CF in Curitiba, Parana, Brazil

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McLeod and Wells
McLeod and Wells

Ammy MMA

Flyweight Sarah McLeod is looking for her third straight win as she takes on Rebecca Wells at VictoryFC in Ralston, Nebraska. Both fighter make weight.

McLeod is coming off a year and a half absence from the cage. She won 3 of her last four bouts, with a submission win in her last match over Alexandria Stobbe. Wells has only lost by decision and has a win by submission.

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In other ammy bouts:

  • At Gladiators of the Cage in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Jaime Chesney takes on Christina Cherkes
  • Katy Collins battles Katherine Farrow at ShoFights in Branson, MO. The fight will stream on GoFightLive.tv for $15.
  • In Colorado Springs, CO at NMEF, Selina Valdez-Montoya faces Lauren Metcalf

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Boxing

Undefeated Catherine Phiri is looking for her first world title as she takes on Pia Mazelanik for the vacant WBC Silver bantamweight title in Lusaka, Zambia.

Phiri (7-0) has finished her last two opponents, and won the vacant African Boxing Union female bantamweight title in September last year.

Mazelanik (13-5-1) got a TKO in her last bout, and won four of her last 6.

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On other boxing matches:

  • At Hauts-de-Seine, France, Maiva Hamadouche faces. Floarea Lihet
  • Mikayla Nebel takes on Christina Fuentes Hamilton Township, New Jersey
  • In a pair of bouts in Tucuman, Argentina, Guadalupe Maria Antonia Maldonado dukes it out with Soledad del Valle Frias and Leonela Paola Yudica Andino battles Vanesa Lorena Taborda
  • Irma Sanchez faces Yazmin Ortega in Los Cabos, Baja California Sur, Mexico
  • In Tapachula, Chiapas, Mexico, Joselyn Arroyo Ruiz takes on Leidis Martinez
  • Ewa Piatkowska dukes it out with Dasa Gabova in Arlamow, Poland
  • In Sopron, Hungary, Alexandra Gorog battles Csilla Nemedi