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Video: Bellator Colleen Schneider Looks to Impress; Wants Rin Nakai in Japan

Bellator tends to keep rolling in free agents coming into 2017.

Several female free agents are now reaping the benefits as the options and leverage to get more moment and more exposure. One of them is Colleen Schneider, who faces Chrissie Daniels at Bellator 170 Saturday at the Forum is Los Angeles. Her fight streams on Spike.com.

Bellator president Scott Coker stated he will be looking to crown the first ever female flyweight champion by the end of the year, and Schneider wants her performance to make that happen sooner than later.

We talked to Schneider about her preparations for her return to flyweight and the one match that got away with Rin Nakai.

Colleen Schneider Talks Evolution; Bellator 125 Title

(Picture courtesy Ester Lin/InvictaFC)

It’s been a long road for Colleen Schneider.

Having fought all over the world and for many organizations, Schneider finds herself in Bellator in 2017 on one of the biggest cards in the company’s history.

After Rebecca Ruth fell out due to injury, Schneider will be face Chrissie Daniels at “Bellator: Ortiz vs. Sonnen” at the L.A. Forum in Los Angeles this Saturday. Schneider will be a part of the preliminary card which will stream on Bellator.com. Continue reading Colleen Schneider Talks Evolution; Bellator 125 Title

InvictaFC 21 Primer

Invicta’s first event of 2017 kicks off with a new champion being crowned.

Charmaine Tweet and Megan Anderson will look for their first world title Saturday in Kasnas City which will stream live on UFC Fight Pass.

Also on the card  Pannie Kianzad looks to get back into the bantamweight title hunt as she faces perennial contender Raquel Pa’aluhi in the co-main event.

Several changes to the card this past week saw Heather Hardy’s match get scrapped due to an injury to Brieta Carpenter; the addition of Elizabeth Phillips versus Leah Letson; and Kali Robbins and Jodie Esquibel taken off the card due to Robbins missing weight by 6.4 pounds. Robbins took the bout last minute.

The official weigh-ins happened Friday morning with no ceremonial weigh-ins due to in-climate weather.

Here is a breakdown of the now seven fight card with the weigh-in results.

(Photos courtesy Scott Hirano, Invicta FC) Continue reading InvictaFC 21 Primer

Light as a Feather: The 145 Women’s Conundrum

We are on the verge of crowning three featherweight champions this year, and a lot of people have seen this as a problem.

The UFC’s announcement in December started it all as they announced they will crown their first 145 champion with Holly Holm versus Germaine de Randamie at UFC 208 February 11th in Brooklyn, New York. With Cyborg Justino possibly being under suspension by USADA and not having defended her title in the past year due to her UFC stint, Invicta will be crowning an interim champion this coming Saturday in Kansas City with Charmaine Tweet versus Megan Anderson. Continue reading Light as a Feather: The 145 Women’s Conundrum

2016 in the Women’s MMA Division by the Numbers

When we posted the half years numbers in July, we had our doubts we would reach more than 700 pro female bouts in MMA. The last six months exceeded expectation.

The last half saw 385 bouts with three months out of the six topping the most fights per month list. On average there was 13.5 bouts per week this year.

Here is a look back at 2016 as a whole by the numbers. Continue reading 2016 in the Women’s MMA Division by the Numbers

UFC Announces Featherweight Division – Holm vs. de Randamie to Vie for First Title

UFC President went through with his promise on creating a featherweight division, but the first champ won’t be Cyborg Justino.

Fox Sports reported Tuesday former bantamweight champion Holly Holm will face Germaine de Randamie for the initial UFC 145 title at UFC 208  February 11th in Brooklyn, New York.

Holm won the 135 title last year beating Ronda Rousey to become the second champion ever. Holm would lose the belt to Miesha Tate earlier this year, and is coming off a loss to Valentina Shevchenko.

Randamie (7-3) is coming off back to back finishes and has won four out of her past 5 fights.

The news comes as Cyborg Justino, the best fighter in the division, decided to take some time off to recover from a bad weight cut and sort out some personal issues. Justino says she will be able to come back in action in March.

With the new title and division, it is unlikely Justino will return to Invicta to defend her title. We expect an announcement in the coming weeks on the fate of that belt.

Ilima-Lei MacFarlane; From Serving Food to Serving Beatings

“I cried every time I watched that fight.”

That was Ilima-Lei MacFarlane explaining how she felt when watching her last fight with Rebecca Ruth at Bellator MMA. For MacFarlane, it was a high point in her continuing journey in MMA.

“It was a combination of a lot of thing. Being on one of the biggest card in Bellator history, having my family there watching, and the biggest reason was my coach Manolo (Hernandez) was in the hospital.”

“The win helped legitimize me in a lot of eyes including my own.”

Continue reading Ilima-Lei MacFarlane; From Serving Food to Serving Beatings

IMMAF European Open 2016 Coverage

Some of the best amateur female talent have descended in Prague in the Czech Republic for the second annual IMMAF European Open.

Competitors from over a dozen countries will look to shine on the amateur’s biggest world stage. Several World and European champions will look to face a fresh batch of hungry fighters to gain medals and put their names on the international stage. Continue reading IMMAF European Open 2016 Coverage

InvictaFc 20 Aftermath – What is next for the Athletes

It was a surprising ending to what has been a long 20 card journey for InvictaFC as a new champion was crowned in the bantamweight division.

Russia’s Yana Kunitskaya submitted champion Tonya Evinger to end her 9 fight win streak and take the belt, much to the shock of the MMA world. Kunitskaya improves to 10-2 with the win. Continue reading InvictaFc 20 Aftermath – What is next for the Athletes

Keri Melendez Talks Fight Training with her Husband; Going to 115

Photo Courtesy Bellator MMA

Keri Melendez put her dreams of fighting as a career on hold to raise a daughter, but this year she is back to living the dream.

She signed with Bellator early this year to do both kickboxing and MMA. She was a champion in kickboxing, but MMA was something she never ventured into. The good news is she has one of the best MMA fighters by her side.

Her husband is UFC star and former Strikeforce champion Gilbert Melendez. One of the better BJJ artists in the lightweight division, Gilbert has been watching her grappling sessions and has become her overall MMA coach.

Having two fighters in the household, it was learning curve to raising a family around fight camps.

“Right after my kickboxing bout, my husband had a fight four weeks later, so it was a little tough in our household,” Keri confessed to us.”I was lucky my mom was with us. She help out with our daughter and some of the chores that come from having a child.”

After the experience, Keri and Gilbert decided maybe it would be smart to schedule around their fights.

“I’ll take a break until my husband confirms his next fight,” Keri stated. “Then I will fight after he is done with his.”


Keri’s MMA debut comes at Bellator this weekend in San Jose, merely 30 minutes away from home. Gilbert and teammate Leslie Smith will be cornering her in what will be her biggest match to date.

The promotion has a budding flyweight division, which most thought would be where Keri would land. However…

“I usually fight at 120 in kickboxing,” Keri explained. “When I was offered opponents they said they would fight me at 115.”

Being a smaller fighter for the 125 division, Keri is looking for Bellator to possibly expand their female roster to strawweight.

“If everything goes to plan, I put on a great show, and get the W, maybe they will bring in more 115 pounders for me.”

You can watch Keri take on Sheila Padilla on Spike TV Saturday night.

You can listen to our full interview with Keri Melendez here.