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WMMath Podcast – Justine Kish in Studio and Jessica Eye

We are back in the podcasting game.

The WMMath podcast will be a semi-weekly source for fighting news out of the women’s divisions, discussion on current topics, fan questions, and of course great guests.

We had two great guests for the launch, which was recorded in the High Mountain Studios in Henderson, Nevada.

Making headlines as of late, Justin Kish was in studio to talk about her challenge to Paige VanZandt, training at the UFC’s Performance Institute, and improvements to her game. Continue reading WMMath Podcast – Justine Kish in Studio and Jessica Eye

InvictaFC Phoenix Series 2 Primer

(Photo courtesy Dave Mandel, Invicta FC)

The flyweights are featured this time as InvictaFC hosts their second Phoenix Series Friday night. Set with a field of international talent, the winner has a shot of facing the winner of the Vanessa Porto and Karina Rodriguez for the flyweight title.

A group of young guns are also in line in reserve and non-tournament bouts.

For those new to the series, the tournament consists of one 5 minute round for the quarter and semi-finals, with the finals a full three round fight. Fastest finish time in the quarterfinals receives opponent choice for the semi-finals, plus any finish gets a bonus.

Weigh-ins and draws were held Thursday in Kansas City. All tournament participants made weight. Only Chantel Coates missed the mark on the whole card, and will forfeit 25% of her purse plus is now ineligible to be a injury replacement.

The card starts at 7 p.m. central time and will stream on UFC Fight Pass.

Here are the weigh-in results and bout draws for the tournament, plus some background about the participants. Continue reading InvictaFC Phoenix Series 2 Primer

Invicta Strawweight Title Match Announced; Gonzalez vs Walker Added to October Card

InvictaFC President Shannon Knapp is starting the stack the last two cards of the year, and one will crown a new strawweight champion.

Knapp announced on the “Beatdown After the Bell” podcast that Bellator vet and former flyweight title challenger Enily Ducote will face Rizin star Kanato Murata for the vacant 115 title. The belt was held by Phoenix Rizin 1 winner Brianna Van Buren before she signed to the UFC shortly after winning it. Continue reading Invicta Strawweight Title Match Announced; Gonzalez vs Walker Added to October Card

InvictaFC Phoenix Rising 1 Primer

Photos Courtesy – Dave Mandel, Invicta FC

History will be made Friday night as a new tournament format will be introduced, and a new champion will be crowned.

The Phoenix Rising one night tournament takes place Friday night in Kansas City and will be live on UFC Fight Pass. One round fights happen for the quarter and semi-finals, with the finals being three rounds. The winner takes home the strawweight title, vacated by Virna Jandiroba, who has signed to the UFC. Continue reading InvictaFC Phoenix Rising 1 Primer

Manjit Kolekar Ready to Alter her Career in Invicta

Photo Courtesy Esther Lin/InvictaFC

A pioneer in Indian MMA, Manjit Kolekar has her toughest test to date at InvictaFC’s Phoenix Rising tournament May 3rd in Kansas City.

It was announced this week that Kolekar will face Amber Brown in an alternate bout in the strawweight tournament, which will crown a new champion. Continue reading Manjit Kolekar Ready to Alter her Career in Invicta

InvictaFC 34 Preview Show Plus Weigh In Results

Photo Courtesy – Dave Mandel, Invicta FC

A busy fight weekend starts with InvictaFC Friday night on UFC Fight Pass.

The main event will fill the vacant flyweight title as Pearl Gonzalez (9-3) faces perennial contender Vanessa Porto (20-8).

The co-main and featured bouts are tournament semi-finals to find a contender for the main event winner. Milana Dudieva (12-7) and Karina Rodriguez (6-3) will take the co-main spot with DeAnna Bennett (9-4-1) vs. Miranda Maverick (4-1) as the featured fight. Continue reading InvictaFC 34 Preview Show Plus Weigh In Results

Juliana Velasquez Feels “Strong” About Title Chances; Defeating Lara

(Photo Courtesy Bellator)

It maybe the holiday season, but Juliana Velasquez isn’t focused on anything but the fight.

The undefeated Brazilian has taken the long trip to Hawaii to face former title challenger Alejandra Lara Friday night at Bellator 212 “Salute the Troops” event which will stream on DAZN. Both made weight for their bout.

We talked to Velasquez through a translator about her fight and the flyweight division.

In her match with Lara, Velasquez hopes to show how much the women’s divisions in Brazil has grown. Velasquez expressed she will have a strength advantage against Lara due to her training with men. 

A win over the former title challenger will most likely gain her the winner of Saturday’s match between Ilima-Lei Macfarlane and Valerie Letourneau. Velasquez tells us she is predicting the champ will retain her title.

Where does she think she stands in Bellator? Velasquez stated she feels she has a lot of experience in terms of training as a child in martial arts, which plays a part in her being one of the top fighters in the division.

When asked about what she will be doing after the fight to celebrate, she says she will concentrate on that after she gets the win.

 

2018 IMMAF World Championships (Results Updated Daily)

The best amateur talent are once again in Bahrain to see who are the best in the world.

The International MMA Federation is currently holding its World Championships with over 50 females from over a dozen countries vying for titles in six weight classes. Champions have went on to the pros to some of the top organizations on the planet.

We will be updating results throughout the week. Continue reading 2018 IMMAF World Championships (Results Updated Daily)

PFL and Kayla Harrison Call for Lightweights; Here are Our Picks

(Photo Courtesy Professional Fighters League) 

The Professional Fight League is in a unique position.

Having only one signed female fighter, Olympic Gold medalist in judo Kayla Harrison,  they also have only one female division – lightweight. There are a few promotions who have dabbled in the weight class, but no one has pulled the trigger on crowning a pro world champion.

Continue reading PFL and Kayla Harrison Call for Lightweights; Here are Our Picks

Shannon Knapp on InvictaFC 33: Frey vs. Grusander II Had to Be Booked

Photo Courtesy Dave Mandel, Invicta FC

Invicta was ahead of the game as they announced their 33rd card for December 15th in Kansas City. We talked to InvictaFC president Shannon Knapp about the lead up to the event.

Being towards the end of the year, Invicta wanted to get ahead in terms of planning, and wanted its fans to have some leeway before the holiday travel rush. This also gave them an opportunity to start planning InvictaFC 34, which is slated for January in Kansas City.  Knapp told us to expect the vacant flyweight title to be filled on the card. Continue reading Shannon Knapp on InvictaFC 33: Frey vs. Grusander II Had to Be Booked

Janay Harding talks Striking Cross-training and Growth as a Fighter

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The Bellator featherweight division is still developing, and needs new title contenders.

Australia’s Janay Harding  is looking to get over .500 and get back on the winning track when she faces Irish striker Sinead Kavanagh Friday night in Uncasville, Connecticut. The match will stream on Bellator.com. Continue reading Janay Harding talks Striking Cross-training and Growth as a Fighter