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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.

Anissa Meksen Leads Pack in Awakening Muay Thai Awards

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Meksen

French fighter Anissa Meksen had an impressive 2014 and began 2015 with three Awakening Females Muay Thai Awards.

Over half the fans voted to give Meksen the Fighter and Inspirational Fighter of the Year Awards. She also took home KO of the Year with her knockout over Adi Ordem.

Meksen notably won the Enfusion Reality Show this past year.

Fight of the Year went to Jorina Baar’s amazing performance over Cyborg Justino at Lion Fights.

Other winners include Caley Reese (Personality), Dakota Ditcheva (Newcomer) and Janice MacAulay (Amateur).

Enfusion took home Promotion.

In the media area, Wombat Sports took 5th in its first year. Rosy Hayward’s Muay Thai Group on Facebook took the Media Resource honor and 8 Limb’s blogger Sylvie von Duuglas-Ittu took home the “Reporter” honor.

You can read the complete list of winners here.

Jorina Baars returns to Lion Fights; Faces American Casey Bohrman

Bohrman
Baars
Baars

Jorina Baars shocked the world this year with her Muay Thai clinic over MMA champion Cyborg Justino. After some re-negotiations, she is back to defend her Lion Fights title.

Baars (36-0) will take on Philadelphia’s Casey Bohrman February 20th at Foxwoods Casino in Connecticut, which will air live on AXS TV. The match will serve as the main event.

Baars was supposed to defend her belt this past October, but pulled out last minute due to “ongoing contract negotiations”. Baars hasn’t fought since defeating Justino this past March by unanimous decision to win the first ever Lion Fight welterweight title.

Bohrman (8-5) is coming off a 15 month absence to get back into a trianing camp. Her last fight saw her defeat Sandra Bastian by unanimous decision in September 2013.

The fight will air on AXS TV February 20th.

Muay Thai Friday – November 21

Recent Fight Results

Miklasova
Miklasova

On November 14th marked the GirlsPower 60 kg tournament in Liepaja, Latvia.

Anna Tatjana Lie Norum of Norway by decision took home the title after defeating Ivana Miklasova of Slovakia  in the finals. Tatjana would decision Denmark’s Pernille Schjønning in the quarterfinals and get the first round knockout over Latvia’s Karina Jarjomenko in the semi-finals.

Here is the complete tournament results:

Quarterfinals:

  • Seda Duygu Aygun (Turkey) def. Elina Nilsson (Sweden) by decision
  • Ivana Miklasova (Slovakia) def. Daorung Samrong (Thailand) by decision
  • Anna Tatjana Lie Norum (Norway) def. Pernille Schjønning (Denmark) by decision
  • Karina Jarjomenko (Latvia) def. Ratnadiptee Shimpi (India) by decision

Semi-finals:

  • Ivana Miklasova def. Seda Duygu Aygun by KO round 2
  • Anna Tatjana LieNorum def. Karina Jarjomenko by KO round 1

Final:

  •  Anna Tatjana Lie Norum def. Ivana Miklasova by decision

In other action on November 14th:

  • Beckie Hodge (Wales) def. Laura Williams (Jersey) by decision and Tanya Merret (Wales) def. Hayley Battrick (Jersey) by decision in Jersey, British Isles.
  • In KalareStadium, Chiang Mai Thailand, Marilyn (Singapore) defeats Sao Muang Pai (Thailand) Marilyn by knockout round 4

On November 15:

  • Angelique Pitiot (France) def. Anke Van Gestel (Belgium) by 5th round TKO due to doctor’s stoppage
  • In  New Zealand, WMC champion Gentiane Lupi defeated WKBF champion Natalia Teller by decision to win the New Zealand Welterweight tile.
  • Juliana Rosa (Brazil) defeated Ella Tang (Malaysia) by points in Malaysia

News

The-future-of-AwakeningAwakening Fighters are continuing their kickstarter campaign for an all female event next summer in London, England. The event, which will be headlined by Julie Kitchen and Lindsay Haycraft, will also have several possible bouts including Lucy Payne versus Irina Mazepa and Paola Cappucci versus Aleide Lawant. If successful, the event will stream worldwide.

The kickstarter is looking to raise $30,000 to help with the initial costs of the event. A $12 pledge would give you the event stream for free, with greater contributions getting seats to the event, DVDs, and replica belts.

The fund raising effort ends December 4, so donate at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/rew-mitchell/awakening-one-kitchen-vs-haycraft to get female Muay Thai the platform it needs to grow.


wck dec 2014WCK Muay Thai has announced back to back cards coming in December in California.

On December 4th, the promotion has four female fights set for the “Ultimate Showdown” card at the Tachi Palace Casino.

MMA star Zoila Frausto will battle Lindsey Marino in the co-main event on the card. Frausto’s sister Stephanie will take on Alexis Asher. Day Day Davis will face Janet Todd and Crystal Parrish will take on a yet to be named opponent.

Two days later at the Hollywood Park Casino, WCK will hold its “Cali 6” card.

Three IAMTF California title fights are set as Natalie Morgan faces Ariana Gomez, Emily Griffen battles Lisa Mauldin, and Cristine Conners squares off with Casandra Costello. In non-title bouts, Amanda De Rose fights Colleen Saylor and Vanessa Gonzalez dukes it out with Irene Tosta.


The trailer for the new all female season of Enfusion was released and the action itself looks pretty crazy. You can watch it here.


Upcoming Fights

tiffany vansoest keilholtz nov 2014Tiffany VanSoest will look to take the  57kg Enfusion World Title from champion Denise Kielholtz Sunday in The Netherlands.

VanSoest (10-1-1) won back to back fights after losing to Caley Reece for the Lion Fights title. She will have a tough task on her hands  with Kielholtz (36-2) who hasn’t lost in the past two years.

The event will stream for free at Enfusionlive.com at 11:30 a.m. pst/2:30 p.m. est Sunday.


Maxwell and Smith Courtesy Brauzen
Maxwell and Smith Courtesy Bauzen

The world famous Madison Square Garden in New York City will host Victory Muay Thai’s 7th card Friday night with three female bouts.

Gabi Maxwell and Gianna Smith will battle for the promotion’s 105 title, while Nicole Richiusa takes on Jess Cacagnaro. In amateur MMA, Katalina Morales squares off with Viktoria Makarova.

No word on if this will be streamed.


Lion Fights will feature a non-televised amateur bout on it’s card Friday.

Boston’s  Elizabeth Silveira will take on Whippany, NJ’s Emily Back at  Foxwoods Resort Casino in Connecticut.


Also this weekend:

  • Caro Abe takes on Michaela Michl at “Heroes Fight Night” in Berlin.
  • At Fast and Furious in Spain, Orellana Alejandro battles Marta Ruzzu

In action next weekend:

  • In Telford, England at Muaythai Unleashed, Christi Brereton (Eng) takes on Helen Wilson (Sco)
  • Aoife Murphy (Ire) faces  Katrin Dierheimer (Germany) and Ferial Ameeroedien(Ire/SA) battles Adi Rotem (Nl) at Enfusion in Dublin, Ireland
  • In Bratislava,Slovakia at W5,  Lucia Kraijkovic (Slovakia) squares off against Julia Berezikova (Rus), Ilona Wijmans (Nl) dukes it out with Thanyokorn Sor Thamachak (Thailand), Natalia Dyachkova (Rus) fights Veronika Petrikova (Slovakia), and Anastasia Yankova (Rus) faces Daniela Graf (Ger)
  • Meryem Uslu (Ger) battles Samantha Van Doorn (Nl) in The Netherlands

 

OKG Showcases Future of Women’s Muay Thai in Vegas

Ochoa Courtesy Fight Life Media
Ochoa Courtesy Fight Life Media

One Kick Gym held a Muay Thai card Saturday night and six girls stepped up to test their skills.

All the female fighters were under 18 and the event was sanctioned by the United States Muay Thai Association (USMTA). Most of the girls were from local gyms, many that feature predominantly Muay Thai training.

In the only female title match on the card, Tiffany Yago of Las Vegas Krav Maga defeated Martinez Muay Thai’s Jasmine Ortiz by unanimous decision in a 105 pound contest.

Syndicate MMA’s  Paris Cesena made a successful debut over Hardknox Gym’s Alluah Nelson, winning by unanimous decision.

In the only finish in the female fights, Aiyanna Ochoa of Martinez Muay Thai defeated PHD’s Taylor Mussay by first round TKO.

This was OKG’s 4th card and they hope to continue to help develop the future of women in combat sports.

Fight Life Media has complete coverage of the card on their Facebook page.

Awakening Fighters Planning All Female Muay Thai Card Next Year; Kitchen to Return to Action

The-future-of-AwakeningBritish based Women’s Combat site Awakening Fighters has announced their intentions on hold an historic all-female Muay Thai card for Summer 2015 in England. The event will stream worldwide.

A kickstarter campaign will commence to help with start up costs. They are looking to raise at least $50,000, with contributors getting discounted tickets or free streams for the event.

The kickstarter campaign will launch November 3rd.

Julie Kitchen will return from retirement for one night only to fight Lindsay Haycraft on the card if a certain amount of funds are raised by December 2. The goal is 4,000 pre-sales of streams and tickets. Exact prices will be posted when the kickstarter launches.

“Thank you to Awakening and I wish them success with the kickstarter, I hope each fan will make a donation to help contribute to Awakenings first show ever, there is only a 30 day window to make this happen, and all support is needed,” Kitchen stated in the press release. “I hope there is enough support to make this event happen and set my destiny to step in the ring again. If you are unable to make the event you can pre order your stream viewing very soon to support the campaign.”

“It really is a novel approach to securing the funding to put on such an event,” Haycraft added. “The event will be fan funded with a kick-starter campaign from you the fans by pre-ordering the live stream.  Women’s fighting has always faced so many uphill struggles and now you, the fan, can make a real impact.  I can not even begin to put into words how excited I am to be a part of such an event!  Julie and I have very different styles and I am so excited to test myself against a legend.”

Fighters from seven different countries will be represented on the card. Female Muay Thai expert and Awakening Reporter of the Year Rosy Hayward will be on commentary, with multi-sport star Maureen Riordon as the ring announcer.

Awakening Fighters has helped promote women’s Muay Thai through awarding fighters with Awakening World titles and helped promoters match make and market female bouts for their cards.

We will have more information as the Kickstarter campaign starts on November 3rd.

Muay Thai Thursday – Aug. 21

Ughi vs. Manakon
Ughi vs. Manakon

Results

In results from the past few weeks:

August 16

  • At WCK’s Cali 5 in Inglewood, CA, Lindsey Marino defeated Kate McGray by points
  • In England, Laura Baugh defeats Marina Zueva by points
  • Chantal Ughi def.  Baison Manakon by points in  Bangkok,Thailand

August 14th

  • Jazmine Gallate def. Moddang by points in Phuket,Thailand

August 13th

  • In Chiang Mai, Chantal Ughi def. Petlanna Pettonphueng by points

August 12th

  • At the Queen’s Birthday card in Bangkok,Thailand, Yan-Li Gong def. Keenphet Mor Rattana Bundit by decision and SylvieVon Duuglaas Ittu def. Saya Ito on points

News

Kickboxing and Shoot Fighting star Erika Kamimura has announced she has to retire due to a long term illness.

The 21 was impressive as a teenager, getting wins over Muay Thai staples Mai and Little Tiger. She would go on to win the J-Girls Mini Flyweight Championship and the WPMF Women’s Mini Flyweight Championship.

She ends her career with a 28-3 combined kickboxing/shootboxing record.

We wish her the best in her retirement.


sylvie 02If you missed out on our interviews with Muay Thai fighter and blogger Sylvie Von Dugglas Ittu, you can listen to them at the links below. We talked about a range of topics including equality in Muay Thai, her history in the sport, and her win at the Queen’s Cup.

Part 1

Part 2


Upcoming Fights

In fights this weekend:

  • In Bosnia and Herzegovina for the 63.5 kg WKNI nternational Kickboxing PRO/AM title Sanja Ostojic faces Daniella Elteto
  • Alicia Pestana faces Gentiane Lupi in New Zealand
  • In China, Wang Kehan faces Van Ti Ya and Mao Ning takes on Maria Lobo
  • Michaela Michl battles Chali Saab and oi Yan-Wu(Ch) fights Katia Tsovgan (Gre) in Hong Kong

Jorina Baars to Defend Lion Fight Title Against Anke Van Gestel

Van Gestel
Van Gestel
Baars
Baars

After making headlines around the world, Jorina Baars is back in action at Lion Fights September 5th in Las Vegas. She will defend her welterweight (147) title against Belgium’s Anke Van Gestel.

Baars (36-0-1 Muay Thai/K-1) turned heads defeating MMA superstar Cyborg Justino at Lion Fights this past March. With 18 years worth of training, Baars was unable to find fights in Muay Thai for three years before the fight with Cyborg. The Dutch fighter dominated the fight and became an overnight sensation.

Van Gestel (30-5-3 Muay Thai/K-1) has notable wins over Ilona Wijmans and Claire Haigh. She recently defeated Lindsay Sheer in May at Enfusion.

The match will air on AXS-TV September 5th.

Muay Thai Thursday – July 31

vs. Ashdown
Ovchynnikova vs. Ashdown

Results

In results from the past few weeks:

On July 26:

  • In Cyprus at a WKU card, Tita Groueva def. Ismailova
  • For the WBC World interim 105 title, LittleTiger defeated Faa Chiang Rai SorSaguntong by split decsion in Pattaya, Thailand
  • Victoria Lomax defeated Gemma Coast by points in England
  • Aaliyah Sahotto defeated Yui Takada by points

On July 19th:

  • At WCK Muay Thai at the Morongo Casino and Resort and Spa in Cabazon, CA., Lena Ovchynnikova won the WBC Muaythai World Super-flyweight title (115lbs/52.16kg) over Ruth Ashdown by unanimous decision .
  • For the Kombat League world 48kg title, Sara Donghi defeated Cecile Rodrigues.

On July 18:

  • GongLi Yue (China) def. Sawsing sor. Sopit by points

News

wck cali 5 posterWCK MuayThai will hold a card August 16th at Hollywood Park Casino in Inglewood, CA.

InvictaFC MMA vet Zoila Frausto looks to win her first piece of Muay Thai gold as she takes on Lindsey Marino for the WBC National Featherweight (126 pounds) Title. Frausto is undefeated since starting her pro Muay Thai career last year. The Texas native Marino has won back to back since turning pro and is also seeking her first title.

Also on the card, local favorite Marie Choi will battle Janet Todd for the IAMTF California superflyweighht (115 pounds) title. Two other female bouts are set as Emily Griffen faces Amanda De Rosa and Fatima Garnica dukes it out with Christine Conner.


Two title matches are set for Hong Kong on August 25.

For the WMC I-1 championship, Michaela Michl will take on Chali Ssab. Also Wu Hoi-Yan will battle Katia Tsovgan (Greece), for the WKBC I-1 championship.


In Wellington, New Zealand, hometown fighter Gentiane Lupi will take on Alicia Pestana August 23rd.


Natasha Skye has posted an interview with Australian star and WKBF champion Claire Baxter. You can read it here.


Upcoming Fights

The WMC 60 kg world title will be on the line Monday as Irina Mazepa faces ChommaneeTaehiran in Saint-Tropez, France.

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

Muay Thai Thursday – July 3, 2014

Courtesy Emanuel Rudnicki
Reece vs. Yildiz Courtesy Emanuel Rudnicki

Weekend Results

In action this past weekend:

  • Caley Reece defeated Dilara Yildiz by points in Australia.
  • Also in Australia, KimTownsend defeated Nuengsian Sitpolek by points
  • Sheena Widdershoven defeated Lauren Huxley by TKO (eye injury) end of round 1
  • Sylwia Juskiewicz defeated  LenaOvchynnikova by points in Poland

News

If you missed out on the results of the Thai Boxing Association amateur tournament, go here. It showcased some of the best amateur fighting talent in North America.


 

The Ultimate Fighter 20 MMA show has several Muay Thai connections in the house.

Among them, Angela Hill (2-0 pro, 14-0 ammy Muay Thai), Justine Kish (WMC 59kg world champion, 14-1 pro Muay Thai), European Muay Thai champion Joanne Calderwood, Fight Girls reality show vet Felice Herrig and amateur Muay Thai champion Tecia Torres. Angela Magana has been training in Thailand for the past year.


Tiffany Van Soest will be heading to Holland November 23rd as she will make her Enfusion Muay Thai debut against Denise Kielholtz. The fight will be for the promotion’s 57 kg title and will stream only in the European markets online. Kielholtz is 36-2 in Muay Thai and is the current champion.

Van Soest is fighting Friday night – more on that below.


Huyer and Van Soest Courtesy Seventh Core Sports
Huyer and Van Soest Courtesy Seventh Core Sports

Upcoming fights

Friday night, Tiffany Van Soest looks to continue her way back to the Lion Fights title as she takes on Sindy Huyer in Las Vegas.

Van Soest (9-1-1) came off her title loss to defeat Lucy Payne in May. Italy’s Huyer (36-6) is on a two fight winning streak and was a runner-up in the Muay Thai Angels tournament.

In action on the untelevised undercard, Christine Ferea faces Amanda Jones and Fanny Tommasino takes on Gabriela Carillo.

The Van Soest versus Huyer fight will air on AXS TV Friday night.


An all female Muay Thai card is set for Freyming Merlebach, France.

In the main event,  Marisa Pereira will face Maëlle Bet in a 51 Kg class A bout.

In other matches:

  • Nicosia Shanell vs. Deniz Dermican 53.5 kg class B
  • Cindy Silvestre VS Vanessa Dewaele 57kg
  • Roxane Collignon vs Shana Verlinde 60kg
  • Natasha Solis Hamann VS Jessica Jeannin 47 kg
  • Emilie Bour vs. Valentine Gomes  57 kg

In other action this weekend:

  • In Spain, Victoria Lomax (Sp) faces Diler Akar (Turkey) and  Sarai Medina (Sp) takes on Matice Erdogan (Turkey)
  • Kate da Silva will make her pro Muay Thai debut against Baby Nansen in Porirua, New Zealand

 

 

The MRS – (WMMA & WBoxing News) June 20, 2014

Miscellaneous News

Quick reminder to check out our sponsors MMA Somnia and xxIonxx performance bands. Make sure to shop at these places as they continue to support Wombat Sports.


In pro MMA action Thursday, Kelly McGill defeated Leslie Rodriguez via TKO at 1:33 of round 1 at Tachi Palace Fights 19. You can see the finish here.


In pro MMA action Wednesday at Arena Nightmare in Brazil, Elen Torres defeated Claudiana Dos Santos by TKO 4:20 round 1


In boxing action in Buenos Aires, Distrito Federal, Argentina Thursday, Fernanda Soledad Alegre def. Roxana Beatriz Laborde by unanimous decision.


Marina Shafir has her second pro match booked as she will take on Nikita Netjes at Chaos At The Casino 5 in Inglewood, CA August 10. Shafir got her first win as a pro on the promotion’s 4th card this past April.

Netjes has back to back losses and is coming back after a year’s absence.


Glena Avila will return to action August 22 as she faces Stevie VanAssche at Excitefight in Marysville, WA. Avila (3-2) won in her most recent bout this past April, getting a split decision win over Katie Howard.  VanAssche (1-1) won by first round TKO in her last fight.

No word on if this will be streamed.


 

Jordan Gaza has announced she is retiring from MMA a few weeks. No clear reason was given on why she decided to hang up the gloves, but this past week it was revealed Gaza is pregnant.

The pro MMA fighter was 1-1 as a pro and looked like she had a good career ahead of her before deciding the retire. We will her the best.


 

Aleksandra Albu popped up on Fox Sports and has told the website she is planning to drop to 115 as she isn’t built for the 135 division. She is still sidelined with an “undisclosed injury” but is waiting for a doctor’s clearance to train and fight.


The officials have been announced for the upcoming title match between UFC champion Ronda Rousey and Alexis Davis. The referee will be Yves Lavigne, with judges are Derek Cleary, Doug Crosby, and Sal D’Amato.


Alex Chambers got her fight license in Nevada this past week and is official for TUF 20.


Jay-Z’s “Static” series did a short piece on the feud between Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate. You can watch it here.

While you are at it, here is a trailer of “Expendables 3” with a clip of Rousey fighting in a night club. Yup, Gina Carano did this as well.


With the release of the EA Sports UFC game this week, several fantasy fights were released, including Cat Zingano taking on the champ. You can watch it here.


Reminder to pre-order your copy of “A History of Women’s Boxing”. The book details this beginnings of women in the “sweet science” and digs into the roots of women’s combat sports.

Go here to order. If you use the promotional code 7A3AUTHF, you will save 25%.


rosy hayward 02This Sunday on the podcast we will talk to Muay Thai fighter and award winning journalist Rosy Hayward. The British fighter runs the best source for women’s Muay Thai in the world, the Female Muay Thai group on Facebook.

You can listen here live Sunday at 1 p.m. pst/4 p.m. est.


Rumors

With former Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker being announce the new president of Bellator, Coker will most likely bring back at least one women’s division to the company. Don’t expect this until at least next year as he tries to “right the ship” and reorganize the promotion.


Combate America states it will launch a female division in the fall. The promotion, which is targeted for the Latino audience, was started by UFC co-founder Campbell McLaren. It currently airs on Mun2 in the U.S.


If you didn’t catch it in last week’s column, XFC will be having an event in the fall and is expected to have Pearl Gonzales defending her title.


Sara McMann’s manager has stated Sarah Kaufman’s camp have refused several dates given to them for a possible fight. He states that Kaufman is “ducking her”. McMann has put out an open challenge to the UFC bantamweight division.


Holly Holm, Paige VanZant, and Juliana Lima are all expected to announce fights soon.


Scheduled Fights

Pro MMA

Aguilar and Fujino Courtesy WSOF
Aguilar and Fujino Courtesy WSOF

World Series of Fighting strawweight champion Jessica Aguilar will defend her title for the first time as she takes on Japan’s Emi Fujino in Las Vegas Saturday. The match will air on NBC Sports Net, with the main card starting at 6 p.m. pst/9 p.m. est.

Aguilar (17-4) is on an eight fight win streak, winning the belt in her last outing with first round submission win over Alida Gray.

Fujino (13-7) is coming off a loss to Mizuki Inoue by decision, but has won 5 of her last eight fights.

Both Aguilar (114.8) and Fujino (115) came in on weight. Herb Dean will be refereeing the bout with Adalaide Byrd, Caro Uso, and Glenn Trowbridge as judges.

Another bout on the card sees the WSOF debut of CFA featherweight tournament champion Ashlee Evans-Smith taking on InvictaFC vet Marciea Allen. Smith (2-0) got attention on the national scene defeating Fallon Fox in the CFA finals. Smith will be dropping to 135 for the contest. Allen (3-1) has won back to back fights.

Smith came in at 135, while Allen tipped the scales at 137.8. Allen will have to drop 1.8 pounds in two hours or else give up some of her fight purse.

The match will be a part of the prelims, which will stream on MMAJunkie.com Saturday at 3 p.m. pst/6 p.m. est.


In other pro bouts:

  • At Thunderstrike Fight League in Lublin, Poland, Izabela Badurek takes on Marzena Horoszko (125)
  • Kirstin Murphey faces Allanna Jones at Shogun Fights in Baltimore, MD

Ammy MMA

In amateur action:

  • At V3 Fights in Memphis, TN, Amberlynn Orr faces Auttumn Norton
  • Roxanne Ceasear takes on Fatima Mallett at Belts of Honorious in Austin, Texas
  • At LegacyFC in Bossier City, LA, Andrea Lee battles Valerie Aspaas
  • In a pair of bouts at Mansion Fights in North Hollywood, California, Maria Dominguez takes on Elizabeth Rodriguez and Mayra Palestino battles Marelyn Svoboda

Boxing

A pair of title bouts are set for Vienna, Austria Saturday.

WIBF super flyweight champion Eva Voraberger looks to add on more belts to her collection as she takes on Thailand’s Nonggift Onesongchaigym for the vacant  WBF super flyweight titles. Voaberger (17-3) will also be defending her WIBF title. She got a first round KO over Fleis Djendji in her last fight this past December.

Nonggift  (6-1-1) hasn’t lost a fight since her pro debut.

The other title fight sees Oezlem Sahin battling Buangern Onesongchaigym for the vacant WIBF/WBF/GBU minimumweight titles.  Sahin (17-0-1) is the former interim WIBF light flyweight champion. Buangern (11-6-1) is looking for her first title.


 

Aniya Seki looks to defend her WBC Silver super flyweight title for a second time as she faces Judith Rodriguez in Glattbrug, Switzerland. Seki (24-2) is a two division champion, holding belts in the bantamweight division as well. She has won seven straight.

Rodriguez (6-7) is looking to snap a four fight win streak and win her first title.


In other boxing bouts:

  • In Cluj-Napoca, Romania Maiva Hamadouche takes on Klaudia Vigh
  • Julieta Andrea Cardozo faces Lilian Dolores Silva in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • In Northbridge, Australia, Louisa Hawton battles Wiilaiwan Namuanghchan
  • Tania Enriquez dukes it out with Diana Gonzalez in Ensenada, Mexico