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Wombat Watercooler: Dern Gets Next Opponent; RoadFC Announces All Female Promotion

BJJ superstar Mackenzie Dern has her next challenge in MMA.

The black belt will face Katherine Roy at Legacy Fighting Alliance in San Antonio, Texas March 10th. It will air on AXS TV.

Dern is coming off a highlight reel submission over Montana Stewart in October and is currently 2-0 as a pro. Continue reading Wombat Watercooler: Dern Gets Next Opponent; RoadFC Announces All Female Promotion

Dern & Cordeiro Win ADCC Women’s Titles

Under 60kg Medlaists
Under 60kg Medlaists

It was a day of upsets and close matches as new ADCC World Champions where crowned.

Highlighting what was a spectacular year was Mackenzie Dern, who faced 2013 champion Michelle Nicolini in a hard fought match in the finals. They ended the match ties, but a penalty point for Nicolini sealed the win for Dern who wins her first under 60kg ADCC World title. This was the first time an American has won the title.

Dern defeated Beatriz Mesquita by points in the semi-finals. Nicolini defeated Tammy Musucemi in the other under 60kg semi-final.

Musucemi would get the rear naked choke over Mesquita to take the bronze.

Ana Laura Cordeiro became the new 2015 over 60kg champ defeating Jessica Oliveira by points in the finals.

2013 champion Gracia got upset in the semi-finals, losing to Oliveira. Garcia would gain the bronze via referee’s decision over Amanda Santana.

Here are the complete results:

Under 60kg

Finals

  • Mackenzie Dern def. Michelle Nicolini via points, 4-4 (1 penalty for Nicolini)

Bronze Medal Match

  • Tammy Musucemi def. Beatriz Mesquita via rear naked choke

Semi-finals

  • Michelle Nicolini def. Tammy Musucemi
  • Mackenzie Dern def. Beatriz Mesquita via points

Over 60kg

Finals

  • Ana Laura Cordeiro def. Jessica Oliveira via points

Bronze medal match

  • Gabi Garcia def. Amanda Santana via referee decision

Semi-finals

  • Jessica Oliveira def. Gabi Garcia via referee decision
  • Ana Laura Cordeiro def. Amanda Santana via points

ADCC 2015 Day 1: Nicolini and Garcia Advance

Nicolini Courtesy Sherdog
Nicolini Courtesy Sherdog

Day one of the ADCC grappling championships saw both 2013 champions advance.

Michelle Nicolini is one step closer to a repeat as she got the tap over Japan’s Rikako Yuasa in the opening match of the under 60 kg tournament. Mackenzie Dern was able to get a tap via toehold over Norway’s  Kethe Engen. Team USA’s Tammi Masumeci upset Brazil’s Ana Michelle Tavares by points to make her way to the semi-finals, while Brazil’s Beatriz Mesquita armbarred fellow Brazilian Mayra Mazza to complete the quarterfinals.

Two time champ Gabrielle Garcia made her way into the semi-finals, as did fellow Brazilian Ana Lauta Cordeiro. US phenom Amanda Santana got a decision win to make her way into the semi-finals. In an upset, 2013 runner up Marysia Malyjasiak was defeated by Brazilian Jessica Oliveira.

Day two will see the semi-finals and finals.


Day 1 Results

Under 60kg

  • Michelle Nicolini def. Rikako Yuasa via submission
  • Tammi Masumeci def. Ana Michelle Tavares via points
  • Mackenzie Dern def. Kethe Engen via toehold
  • Beatriz Mesquita def. Mayra Mazza via armbar

Over 60kg

  • Gabrielle Garcia def. Alison Tremblay by armbar
  • Jessica Oliveira def. Marysia Malyjasiak via points
  • Ana Lauta Cordeiro def. Sophia Nordeno
  • Amanda Santana def. Fernanda Mazelli by points

Day 2 Semi-finals

Under 60kg

  • Michelle Nicolini vs. Tammi Masumeci
  • Mackenzie Dern vs. Beatriz Mesquita

Over 60kg

  • Gabrielle Garcia vs. Jessica Oliveira
  • Ana Lauta Cordeiro vs. Amanda Santana

 

ADCC World Championship Brackets Announced

Nicollini
Nicollini

The ADCC is back and this time in the home country of Brazilian jiu-jitsu.

The bi-annual no-gi world championship invitational will start Saturday in Sao Paulo with sixteen women vying for two titles.

Michelle Nicollini looks for her second straight title in the under 60 kg category, with a surging Mackenzie Dern looking for her first ADCC World title.

In the over 60 kg bracket, Gabrielle Garcia looks for the three-peat with Poland’s Marysia Malyjasiak looking to better her second place finish in 2013.

The quarterfinals and semi-finals will stream live Saturday on Budovideos.com starting at 5:30 am pst/8:30 a.m. pst. The finals will stream Sunday starting at 6:30 a.m. pst/9:30 a.m. est. It is $25 for each indivitual day or $35 for both.

Here are the opening round matches:

Female -60kg

  • Michelle Nicolini vs. Rikako Yuasa
  • Ana Michelle Tavares vs. Tammi Masumeci
  • Mackenzie Dern vs. Kethe Engen
  • Beatriz Mesquita vs. Mayra Mazza

Female +60kg

  • Gabrielle Garcia vs. Alison Tremblay
  • Jessica Oliveira vs. Marysia Malyjasiak
  • Ana Lauta Cordeiro vs. Sophia Nordeno
  • Fernanda Mazelli vs. Amanda Santana

Video: Watch Glamour MMA’s Grappling Tournament Matches

11377222_842758899146212_6300319310010523728_nGlamour MMA in Oregon is setting itself to be the next big all women’s fighting organization.

Last month, they made their debut in Portland with a grappling tournament that say some of the best MMA prospects around, including Invicta signee Roma Pawelek and Strikeforce vet Stephanie Webber.

Here are the video links to the matches:

150 pound Tournament

Finals

  • Leah Taylor vs. Stephanie Webber (video)

Semi-finals

  • Leah Taylor vs. Ashleigh Force (video)
  • Roma Pawelek vs. Stephanie Webber (video)

Quarterfinals

  • Roma Pawelek vs. Serena DeJesus (video)
  • Leah Taylor vs. Katie Ericson (video)
  • Ashleigh Force vs. Patty Elliot (video)
  • Stephanie Webber vs. Anna Dempster (video)

130 title

  • Roma Pawelek vs. Tess Velo (video)

180 title

  • Stephanie Webber vs. Kola Willingham (video)

 

Artemis Film Festival to Spotlight Women’s Fight Documentaries & Films

 

artemis-film-festival 3There has been many films that have covered female fighting in one form of another for the past fifty years; from documentaries to major motion pictures.

The new millennium and the increase of female participation in combat sports has saw growth in to many of these stories being told.

The Artemis Film Festival is looking to highlight these stories as they are currently working their first event for April 2015.

They have started an Indie Go Go campaign to help get the event going.

We talked to the organizers Sean Newcombe and Melanie Wise about their inspiration for the festival and how women’s combat sports have been a big part of it.


Wombat Sports: How did the idea of the Artemis Film Festival come about?

Artemis Film Festival: The idea came about through inspiration, really. We have all been devoted to female action films from the standpoint of the sheer joy we have for physically strong female characters, but also from the standpoint of our passion for having a positive effect on the image of women in film and culture. We’ve all been completely focused on writing and creating female action films. We thought that having a film festival focused on female action heroes would allow for people who share our passion for strong female characters to celebrate this genre. We also felt it would be an opportunity to spotlight the power of women in our culture.

We wanted the festival to be a place where the legions of fans who love female action heroes could go and enjoy a array of great films in one place and at one time. (Female action films are a $3 billion industry, so this is not a niche.) The fact that such a festival had never been done before boggled our minds.

By showcasing such films, we could also draw attention to women as heroes, fighters and leaders, rather than as long-suffering wives, dutiful assistants and victims. We hope that we could help change the narrative of how women are portrayed in film.

Lastly, film often reflects and influences how we see ourselves, and celebrating these films, we hope, will help positively influence how women and girls perceive their power and status in culture.

Wombat: Can you tell us about the festival?

Artimis: We plan to show both classic female action films such as “Aliens” and “Kill Bill” and also showcase new films by unknown filmmakers in our festival competition. We want to be a venue that encourages new and unknown filmmakers to make female action films. If there’s an outlet for such films, they are more likely to be made.

We are also going to have an awards ceremony for films in competition and give awards to the women who are both pioneers and stars in female action films made by Hollywood. We have sent many invites to well-known female action stars and expect to hear from them soon. Also, we want to honor stuntwomen, athletes (women’s mma, of course) and female first-responders, such as military women.

W.S.: The culture has shifted in both entertainment and sports in term of female roles. What are you thoughts about the societal change?

AFF: There’s has been a shift in reality, in our everyday lives, but there has not necessarily been a shift in how that reality is portrayed in the media. While Hollywood has recently realized the power of the female action film market, they’ve been slow to broaden their portrayals of women to reflect the dynamism and power that can be seen in women in every aspect of our culture. We hope that our festival will help prod a faster shift to not only more roles for women in film (right now less than one out of every three speaking characters in a Hollywood movie, on average, is female), but to stronger, better roles for women.

W.S.: What kind of reaction have you seen among the female fight community?

AFF: The response from women, generally, has been extraordinary! The women we’ve heard from both in social media and in daily life has been completely positive, passionate and vocal.

With respect to the women’s mma community, we have not heard a lot, unfortunately. We’d love to hear more from them because we are huge supporters of womens mma! We love the sport and we’d love to celebrate it at our festival. Women’s mma is at the forefront of positively shifting societal images of female physical power. (Invicta FC and Tuf 20 are just two examples of that positive shift.) We want to honor that.

W.S.: You have an indie go-go started to make this event happen. What benefits can people expect for supporting the festival?

AFF: They can expect to see a festival which will properly honors the female action genre in a manner it deserves. We’d like our festival to have as broad a reach as possible so that we can include as many of the great films and as many of the women who are part of this cultural gender shift as possible.

Our crowdfunding is intended to allow us to show more classic films, more films from new, unknown filmmakers in the competition and offer a chance to honor the kind of women we mentioned above. We’d also like to make sure that the experience of the people who attend the festival is as comfortable and enjoyable as possible.

By crowdfunding we feel that we can offer a broader, bolder festival.

W.S.: Anything you want to add?

AFF: We want this festival to be fun, but we also want to open minds. The empowerment of women is at the center of what this festival is about. It’s the soul of it, in fact.

Also, we’d like to say that we love your blog and are big supporters of women’s combat sports!

Thank you for allowing us to talk with you about our festival!

Help us Create a New Wombat Sports

writers-wantedAs I explained in my open letter, I am looking to change Wombat Sports to what it was initially meant to be. I can’t do this on my own, and that;s where you come in.

We are looking for contributors to help with writing articles and covering certain combat sports. You would also get to interview talented athletes in those sports.

The main contributors we are looking for is in women’s boxing, Muay Thai, freestyle wrestling, and BJJ. (We already have some people interested in covering the WMMA portion of the site). The cool things is I have the tools to gain news and info for these sports, just not the time to write it up. You can “learn on the job” if you aren’t an expert on these topics; but being curious is the key thing.

You can learn more about what I am expecting and what benefits come with being a part of Wombat Sports here.

2014 World No-Gi Champions Crowned

Blue Belt Open Weight Courtesy IBJJF
Blue Belt Open Weight Courtesy IBJJF

Azusa, CA played host this past weekend to the IBJJF No-gi championships which saw over 20 champions crowned.

Former InvictaFC champion Lauren Murphy was able to take home a first place in the Blue Belt Middleweight division, while InvictaFC vet Raquel Paaluhi took home the Blue Belt openweight title.

You can see results below. (We left out all non-contested weights).


Black Belt

Feather

  • First – Mackenzie Lynne Dern – Gracie Humaita
  • Second – Karen Deisy Antunes Souza – CheckMat

Middle

  • First – Luiza Monteiro Moura da Costa  – PSLPB Cicero Costha
  • Second – Nyjah Michea Easton – Team Lloyd Irvin
  • Third – Leanna M Dittrich  – Fight Sports

Heavy

  • First – Andresa Correa – Alliance
  • Second – Sijara Jihan Eubanks – Team Lloyd Irvin

Open

  • First – Gabrielle Lemos Garcia – Alliance
  • Second- Mackenzie Lynne Dern – Gracie Humaita
  • Third – Leanna M Dittrich – Fight Sports
  • Third – Luiza Monteiro Moura da Costa – PSLPB Cicero Costha

Brown Belt

Light Feather

  • First – Jeanette Helene Flannery – Alliance
  • Second – Kristina Sofia Puruganan Barlaan – Brasa CTA
  • Third – Linda Lindstram – Dynamix Fighting Sports
  • Third – Helene Wenger – Malicia Team

Feather

  • First – Emilie Maxine M. H. Thylin – Gracie Humaita International
  • Second – Jaqueline de Moraes Amorim – CheckMat

Light

  • First – Charlotte von Baumgarten – Alliance
  • Second – Patrícia Maria N. Fontes dos Santos – CheckMat
  • Third – Laura Hondorp – Gracie Barra
  • Third – Nicole DeMelo-Inacio – Gracie Barra

Middle

  • First – Ana Beth Lowry – PSLPB Cicero Costha
  • Second – Jennifer Modesta Recinos – Gracie Humaita Del Mar

Middle Heavy

  • First – Alexis Brooke Du Fresne – CheckMat
  • Second – Ashley Easton Proctor – Gracie Barra

Open

  • First – Jaqueline de Moraes Amorim – CheckMat
  • Second – Alexis Brooke Du Fresne – CheckMat
  • Third – Ana Beth Lowry – PSLPB Cicero Costha
  • Third – Nicole DeMelo-Inacio – Gracie Barra

Purple 

Light Feather

  • First – Maria Henderson – JCBJJ
  • Second – Kyra Batara – Cavalcanti BJJ – Carlson Gracie Las Vegas
  • Third – Melissa Chua – Cascao BJJ Las Vegas
  • Third – Cristina Natalia Shepler – Bruno Bastos Association

Middle

  • First – Renata Marinho Moreira – Alliance
  • Second – Marion Elizabeth Reneau-Perez – Cleber Jiu Jitsu
  • Third – Ursula Pinto – Icon Jiu-Jitsu
  • Third – Elizabeth Marie Carmouche – 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu

Open Class

  • First – Jaqueline de Moraes Amorim – CheckMat
  • Second – Alexis Brooke Du Fresne – CheckMat
  • Third – Ana Beth Lowry – PSLPB Cicero Costha
  • Third – Nicole DeMelo – Inacio – Gracie Barra

Blue Belt

Middle

  • First – Lauren Marie Murphy – JCBJJ
  • Second – Ane Svendsen – Norway
  • Third – Yanelisa Reyes – Radical Jiu Jitsu
  • Third – Christa Cassis – Gracie Barra

Middle Heavweight

  • First – Ambar Villagrán – CheckMat
  • Second – Raquel Dayne Kaleialoha Paaluhi – Maui Jiu-Jitsu
  • Third – solange reyner – Gracie Barra
  • Third – Laura Barker – Gracie Barra

Open Class

  • First – Raquel Dayne Kaleialoha Paaluhi – Maui Jiu-Jitsu
  • Second – Ambar Villagrán – CheckMat
  • Third – Lauren Marie Murphy – JCBJJ
  • Third – Crystal Demopoulos – GF Team

 

Grapplers Quest Superfight Tourney Shines in Vegas

From left to right: Eubanks, Easton, Stikk, Miele, and Leve
From left to right: Eubanks, Easton, Stikk, Miele, and Leve

Grapplers’ Quest puts on an annual event at the UFC Expo that brings wrestling and BJJ talent from across the planet to test their skills at all levels in submission grappling. At this year’s event, GQ had a revolutionary idea.

The promotion held it’s first submission only all female Superfight tournament over the weekend. The competitors would have twenty minutes to sub their opponent, with a one minute respite after at half time and no points given. If no one subbed in the time allotted, a six minute overtime would commence with points rules.

Sixteen women enter the tournament with some familar names (Cat Zingano and Rachael Cummins) and some talent to look out for (16 year old Amanda Leve and pro MMA fighter Jessy Miele). Lloyd Irving black belt Nyjah Easton would win the tournament.

The highlight was Cat Zingano’s 14 second flying armbar over Liz Exell (video here).

Here are the complete results:

First round

  • Monique Cabrera def. Jennifer Perez by heelhook
  • Cat Zingano def. Liz Exell by flying armbar
  • Amanda Leve def. Rachael Cummins by rear naked choke
  • Pati Fontes def. Gillian Silver by armbar
  • Jesse Miele def. Chelsea Donner by americana
  • Ila Erickson def. Viviana Velez by armbar
  • Bre Stikk def. Jamie Guyer by armbar
  • Nyjah Easton received a bye

Quarterfinals

  • Nyjah Easton def. Monique Cabrera by straight armbar
  • Jesse Miele def. Pati Fontes by bicept slicer
  • Cat Zingano def. Amanda Leve by anklelock
  • Ila Erickson def. Bre Stikk by armbar

Semi-finals

  • Jessy Miele def. Ila Erickson by gullotine
  • Nyjah Easton def. Sijara Eubanks by submission

(Cat Zingano left due to UFC commitments)


Consultation

  • Sijara Eubanks def. Amanda Leve by kimura

Finals

  • Nyjah Easton def. Jessy Miele by armbar

The MRS – July 4, 2014

In action from Thursday at Tuff-n-uff, Shannon Reid defeated Autumn King by split decision.


Bennett
Bennett

Deanne Bennett has signed to Invicta.

The undefeated flyweight just defeated Colleen Schneider this past weekend, but MMA Rising is reporting Bennett had signed to the promotion a few weeks ago. Bennett also has a win over TUF 18 winner Julianna Pena. She is currently ranked #8 in the Unified rankings.

No word on when she will debut with the promotion.


The International MMA Federation tournament started this week with several female bouts. The finals will happen Saturday at the UFC Expo.

Here are the results so far. (Sorry for no countries or weight classes – they weren’t listed.)

  • Aleksi Nurminen def. Daniele De Santis by TKO (Strikes) 1:28 round 2
  • Amanda Ribas def. Micol Di Segni by unanimous decision
  • Aleksandra Milczarek def. Lisa Engelke by submission 2:03 round 2
  • Amanda Lino def. Andrea Whitney by TKO (Strikes) 2:21 round 1

Rachel Abou Abdallah and Florence Berthet received byes.


Grapplers Quest will have a all female superfight tournament Saturday at the UFC Expo in Vegas. It will be no time limit until someone taps. UFC fighter Cat Zingano and pro MMA flyweight Rahcael Cummins are set to take part.

Here is the quarterfinal bouts. Winner will be crowned the same day.

  • Nyjah Easton vs. Jennifer Chareunvong
  • Jennifer Perez vs. TBA
  • Cat Zingano vs. Liz Exell
  • Ila Erickson vs. Rachael Cummins
  • Pati Fontes vs. Gillian Silver
  • Chelsea Bainbridge Donner vs. Jessy Miele
  • Vivian Velez vs. Amanda Leve
  • Bre Stikk vs. tba

Betrian
Betrian

Kickboxing and Muay Thai champion Jemyma Betrian will make her transition to the MMA in August. Betrian (29-2-1 Muay Thai; 35-2-1 overall kickboxing) will face a yet-to-be-named opponent at Choas at the Casino 5 August 10 in Inglewood, CA.

She KOed Christi Brereton in her last match this past month at WCK Muay Thai in Temecula, California. She is currently training with UFC champion Rhoda Rousey. She will be fighting at strawweight.

The main event will feature Marina Shafir taking on Nikita Netjes. No word on if this will be streamed.


Lívia Renata Souza will be staying busy this summer before her fall debut in Invicta. Souza is fighting on Aug 21 against França Godoy at X-Fight MMA in Sao Paulo Brazil.


Cage Warriors did a great retrospective on Rosi Sexton this past week. It covers her promotional career from her first fight to her retirement from the sport this past month. You can watch it here.


Tweet
Tweet

On the podcast Sunday at 1 p.m. pst/4 p.m. est, we will be talking to Charmiane Tweet who is looking to return to Invicta, preparing for her boxing debut, and started to invite fighters from across North American to train with here.

You can listen live here on Sunday.


Rumors

InvictaFC 8 is now looking at a September date. Most likely date is September 20, the same day Miesha Tate will face Rin Nakai in Japan. Since that card will be on Fight Pass (and out of the country), would make sense to help promote the channel.


By the looks of it, UFC fighter Leslie Smith maybe an assistant coach for TUF 20. Gilbert Melendez and Smith have trained a great deal together.


Upcoming Fights

Pro MMA

Rousey and Davis
Rousey and Davis

UFC champion Ronda Rousey has her toughest challenge to date (in her own words) against Alexis Davis Saturday at UFC 175.

The fight has become about “BJJ vs. Judo”, as Judo black belt Rousey wants to prove her art is better than BJJ. Davis is a black belt in Japanese and Brazilian jiu-jitsu, and feels her skills on the ground will be able to negate the armbar, and she will tap Rousey.

Both weighed in Friday, with Rousey (135) and Davis (135) both coming in on weight.

The match will serve as the co-main event and will be live on ppv Saturday.


On Sunday, Sarah Moras and Alexis Dufresne will make their octagon debuts at The Ultimate Fighter 19 finale in Vegas live on Fox Sports 1.

Moras  has a win over TUF 18 winner Juliana Pena, which Pena avenged in the semi-finals of the show. Moras went undefeated as an amateur and finished in all of her pro wins.

Dufresne (5-0) has finished all of her opponents in the first round with her longest match being 2:20. She got a 45 second TKO over Kim Couture in February, and will look to make her bantamweight debut in the UFC.

The match is set to air on Fox Sports 1 on the preliminary portion of the card.


In other pro bouts:

  • At Elite Warrior Challenge in Roanoke, VA, Rachel Sazoff faces Allison Haynes
  • Taila Santos takes on Geisyele Nascimento at UOC 1 in Panara, Brazil

Ammy MMA

In the only ammy fight (besides the IMMA Federation tournament) Jemma Jacques battles Katy Horlick at ICE FC in Manchester, England


Boxing

Shannon O’Connell and Bronwyn Wylie will battle for the vacant WIBA super bantamweight title in Victoria, Australia.

O’Connell (9-3) will be dropping in weight for the bout, having been the WBF featherweight champion. She has five KOs to her credit.

Wylie (3-2) is looking for her first world title.


In other boxing action:

  • In Athens, Greece, Maria Semertoglou faces Jekaterina Lecko
  • Arely Mucino takes on Samson Tor Buamas in Guadalupe, Nuevo León, Mexico

xIonx Joins Wombat Sports as a Sponsor

XionX_LogoWombat Sports seals another partnership as xIonx has signed on as a sponsor.

Dr. Howard Fidler, DC, the Director of Sports Performance for the company, has worked with some of the best sports athletes including Mike Tyson, pro wrestlers, golfers, and Olympians. His work with MMA fighters, including many female fighters, have gained “Doc Howie” a reputation as a go-to for pain relief and body alignment.

The xIonx bands were tested the man himself, giving them to his patients hoping to debunk it like some of those other performance bands on the market. Athletes proved the bands work; giving them improve energy, fell less fatigued, and helps with muscle soreness and faster recovery. As a user myself, I can attest the band has helped me with balance and the occasional headache.

If you you press the link and buy a band, part of the proceeds goes back to us to help us expand coverage on the site. xIonx always helps support female fighters in multiple ways.

Welcome to the family xIonx and Doc Howie!

Wombat Sports Partners with MMA Somnia

mma somina logo whiteWombat Sports is proud to announce it’s newest sponsor MMASomnia.com.

MMA Somnia is dedicated helping female fighters getting what they need to succeed. They sell women’s boxing, MMA, and Muay Thai gear and we felt that they fill a much needed spot in terms of helping the sport succeed.

We encourage our readers to give ourselves and MMA Somnia suggestions on what they would like to see them carry so we can help them grow and give you the tools you need.

When you shop at MMA Somnia via our link, Wombat Sports will get a commission so we can continue to expand coverage.

Please help support us and MMA Somnia as we both try to make female fighting even better.