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Cris Cyborg Talks Legacy; Making the Women’s Divisions Better

Photo courtesy: BELLATOR MMA / LUCAS NOONAN

It was 2011 when Cris Cyborg was in Las Vegas for the GFight Summit, doing an all women’s seminar.

A decade and several belts later, she is still helping the next generation of female fighter and encouraging girls to start training in combat sports.

“For me it’s very special when I see the girls. ‘I started training after I saw you fight Gina Carano’,” Cyborg told us in a sit down interview this past week. “I am very blessed. After the fights the girls still talk to me (about fighting). It wasn’t big at the beginning but now I can leave a little bit more (of a legacy). A lot of people like to watch women in MMA which makes me very happy.”

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Nação Cyborg Celebrates 10th Card with All Female Event

Cris Cyborg and her family are celebrating their 10th card with a trio of female title bouts.

Nação Cyborg‘s all female event is set for October 21st in Bocaiuva do Sul, Parana, Brazil and opens up “Breast Cancer Awareness Month”. The main event features atomweight champion Aline Pires (4-4) defending her title against 3-1 Elisandra “Lili” Ferreira.

Update; InvictaFC and Legacy FC vet Nicolle Caliari (4-2) was going to face Mayara “Cangaceira” Reis (6-2-1) for the vacant strawweight title. (See pictures above) but Caliari has dropped out of the fight due to weight issues.

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Future Stars – Abigail Alvarez

If we are talking about the future of the women’s divisions of MMA, look no further than the IMMAF.

Their youth divisions for athletes under 18 have provided a secure environment to grow and learn. It also gives them an opportunity to prove their skills against others and win championships.

In the coming weeks we are highlighting some of these athletes.

Abigail Alvarez took home gold at the IMMAF Youth World Championships in Bulgaria representing One Legacy Training Center and Barreto BJJ lin San Diego, California. A second generation fighter, she is coached by her father Christian along side Victor Barreto and Victor Cubillas. She fell in love with Muay Thai at a young age, but took a while until she could train striking martial arts. Since then she is finding success in all aspects of the sport.


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Sweden’s Female Team Takes Most Medal at IMMAF World Cup

Sweden has established itself as the new hotbed of female talent in MMA.

The team took home five medals with three of them gold at the IMMAF’s World Cup in Prague Czech Republic the week for September 11. Germany would take home three medals.

The event featured some of the best up and coming amateur talent in MMA in Europe.

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Future Stars – Andrea Frisque

If we are talking about the future of the women’s divisions of MMA, look no further than the IMMAF.

Their youth divisions for athletes under 18 have provided a secure environment to grow and learn. It also gives them an opportunity to prove their skills against others and win championships.

In the coming weeks we are highlighting some of these athletes.

Andrea Frisque got the silver at the 2021 IMMAF Youth Championship in Bulgaria, which solidified Kihon MMA even more as a hotbed for young talent. Having trained in taekwondo at a young age, Frisque soon met Coach Eddie Bates and transitioned into MMA and has been training in it for five years.


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Future Stars – Alexis Hazelton

If we are talking about the future of the women’s divisions of MMA, look no further than the IMMAF.

Their youth divisions for athletes under 18 have provided a secure environment to grow and learn. It also gives them an opportunity to prove their skills against others and win championships.

In the coming weeks we are highlighting some of these athletes.

Alexis Hazelton is coming off a bronze medal at the 2021 IMMAF Youth Championship and is proving to be the future of the MMA Gold gym in El Dorado Hills, California. Under her coach Jim West, she is also a teammate of current UFC star Aspen Ladd. Hazelton isn’t one not to learn from one coach, as she also trains boxing at Mike Guy Boxing, Muay Thai with  with Jake  Douangdara, and strength and conditioning with Coach Doug Casebier at Our House Fitness. Not to mention is a part of the Folsom High School and Mad Dawg Wrestling Club.


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Future Stars – Hannah Wagstaff

If we are talking about the future of the women’s divisions of MMA, look no further than the IMMAF.

Their youth divisions for athletes under 18 have provided a secure environment to grow and learn. It also gives them an opportunity to prove their skills against others and win championships.

In the coming weeks we are highlighting some of these athletes.

A Gold medalist at the 2021 IMMAF Youth Championship in Bulgaria, Hannah Wagstaff is a second generation martial artist trained by her father Christopher at Kihon MMA in Desert Hot Springs, California. Along with coach Eddie Bates, Hannah made a quick impression on the world stage at flyweight.


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FUTURE STARS – Allison Keenan

If we are talking about the future of the women’s divisions of MMA, look no further than the IMMAF.

Their youth divisions for athletes under 18 have provided a secure environment to grow and learn. It also gives them an opportunity to prove their skills against others and win championships.

In the coming weeks we are highlighting some of these athletes.


Coming off a bronze medal finish in the IMMAF World Youth Championships in Bulgaria, 14 year old Allison Keenan is providing a vision of where USA’s female athletes are heading. She is training out of Kihon MMA in  Desert Hot Springs, California under coach Eddie Bates.

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IMMAF Youth Championships Crowns Girls’s Medalists

The IMMAF continues its efforts to bring the sport of MMA to the Olympics with holding its youth event this past weekend in Sofus, Bulgaria.

Girls in 18 divisions and a dozen countries came to prove their skills as the future of MMA. Each division has separate rules which can be found here.

Teams USA took home eight medals in the girls’ divisions with Abigail Alvarez, Hannah Wagstaff, and Lariah Gill all taking home gold medals.

The Ukraine took home the most female medals with 16.

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2020/2021 OLYMPIC JUDO RESULTS

Photo: International Judo Federation

Judo has seen more popularity with two time Gold medalist Kayla Harrison and Bronze medalist Ronda Rousey crossing over to MMA.

Judo is the most popular Olympic sport to see women cross over to MMA over the years, and has been a breeding ground of stars both men and women.

There are seven weight categories for women, the most for any Olympic hand to hand combat sport.

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