Category Archives: womens mma

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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2020/2021 Olympic Taekwondo Results

Taekwondo has been in the Olympics since 1988 and is the oldest hand to hand combat sports in the Olympics.

Two time Gold Medalist Jade Jones of Great Britain will be looking for her third Olympic championship, while 2016 medalists Tijana Bogdanović (Silver; Flyweight), Panipak Wongpattanakit (Bronze; Flyweight) and 2012 medalist Paige McPherson (bronze; welterweight) will be looking for their first.

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2020/2021 Olympic Boxing Results

Photo: Team USA’s Naomi Graham courtesy “Stars and Stripes”

We were delayed a year but no shortage of enthusiasm as we head into our third Olympics with the women’s divisions of boxing.

Several veterans from 2016 including middleweight Silver Medalist Nouchka Fontijn (NET), flyweight Bronze Medalist Ingrit Valencia (COL), lightweight Bronze Medalist Mira Potkonen, and a return 2012 flyweight Bronze Medalist Mary Kom.

This year adds two weight divisions with welterweight (64 kg/141 lbs) and featherweight (54 kg/120 lbs).

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Arlene Blencowe Looking to Fellow Boxers to Improve MMA Game

The past few fight camps for Arlene Blencowe has been a trek. Having to fly from her native Australia to the United States has been daunting but a worth wild effort in her title match with Cris Cyborg this past October.

After the loss to the champion, Blencowe made the decision to split her camp between her home gym and one of the most famous ones in MMA – Jackson/Winkeljohn in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She has been at Jackson’s for eight weeks ahead of her fight with Dayana Silva, which will take place at Bellator 262 on Friday live on Showtime. There was a specific motivation for Blencowe to go to Albuquerque.

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InvictaFC New Deal Gives More Reasons for Fans to Cheer

Courtesy Dave Mandel/InvictaFC

It was a major move for Shannon Knapp as her creation InvictaFC was sold to Anthem Sports and Entertainment.

Knapp told us in a phone interview she didn’t come into this decision lightly. Her biggest priority was seeing her athletes get a bigger stage. After a lot of research and negotiation, signing with Anthem was the best possible deal for all involved.

Anthem itself partly owns AXS-TV – Invicta’s new broadcast home. AEG, which is known for it’s event venues and live event productions is also a partner in AXS-TV as is billionaire Mark Cuban.

While Invicta is under the Anthem umbrella, the fans will be getting more of what they have come to love.

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