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Tuff-n-uff Strawweight Tourney Preview: Laura Uyeda

In the coming days, we will be previewing the upcoming Tuff-n-uff strawweight tournament. The winner will get a contract to InvictaFC.

The semi-finals will be April 11 in Vegas and can be seen online at GoFightLive.tv for $10.

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Arkansas’s Laura Uyeda is ready to make an instant impact on the national MMA scene.

Undefeated in her career, Uyeda is a blue belt in BJJ. She started her career with three first round finishes and is looking for win #6 against Molly Wren-Holmes and earn her ticket to the finals.


Wombat Sports:  How did you get started in MMA?

Laura Uyeda: I’ve competed in sports for most of my life; however, my experience with martial arts began four years ago at Westside MMA where I began training and competing in bjj.  I have a competitive spirit and I’m quick to learn.  I won my first Jiu-jitsu tournament after three weeks of training.  My coaches, Matt Hamilton and Roli Delgado, were interested in seeing how I would do in the cage.  After feeling the thrill of winning my first MMA fight, I just couldn’t stop and I now I want to see how far I can go in the sport.

Laura Uyeda 03Wombat: Can you tell us something about your gym and training partners and how they have been helpful in training?  We know one of the best BJJ female black belts Hillary Williams is a coach there…

Uyeda: There is an outstanding depth of experience at Westside MMA in Little Rock, AR.  We have coaches in judo, bjj, boxing, muay thai, etc., who are extremely knowledgeable in their areas of expertise.  They all help me implement techniques into my game to help me become a well-rounded MMA fighter.  No matter your goals, we all have something to contribute as teammates helping each other improve and achieve.

W.S.: These are going to be shorter two minute rounds versus the usual 3 minutes.  How are you preparing and is it something you are looking forward to?

L.U.: My preparation for the fight is similar to training for my previous three minute round fights.  I’m training to be active on my feet, on the ground, or wherever the fight takes me.  I’m definitely looking forward to it, because I know the fight is going to be fast pace and action packed.  There will be a sense of urgency to get in there and fight hard from beginning to end.  It will be a fun and exciting fight.

W.S.: The South has made huge strides in developing female talent as of late.  How do you feel female fighting is developing in your area?

L.U.: It’s exciting to see the growing awareness for women’s contributions to MMA, from more publicized promotions such as the UFC and Invicta FC to smaller local shows.  Gyms here are encouraging and supportive to women wanting to participate.  Fight shows are striving to find and promote female talent.  I only started fighting a little over a year ago; the fight opportunities I’ve had this past year were not available in the years before.  Now I am able to represent Arkansas in Tuff-N-Uff’s four women MMA tournament in Las Vegas and that’s a big deal.  I hope to encourage other up and coming fighters in my area.

W.S.: This is the first time you will be fighting outside the south versus some of the toughest amateur fighters.  How do you feel going into the tournament?

L.U.: Tuff-N-Uff is a well-respected fight promotion and I am excited to have been selected for this unique opportunity.  I currently have a 5-0 record, so I know that I am entering this tournament with solid fundamentals.  This is an extremely dynamic sport; however, and I know that I will be facing tough competitors each with her own strengths.  My biggest asset is my eagerness to learn, so I am ready to face new challenges, gain more experience, and grow as a fighter.  I am confident in my abilities and I am determined to win.

W.S.: What would it mean to you to win this tournament and fight for Invicta?

L.U.: I am ecstatic to have this opportunity to fight for Tuff-N-Uff with the chance to be part of Invicta FC.  Invicta FC has made great strides in the growth of women’s MMA.  It would be an honor for me to be among this elite group of female athletes and to take part in promoting the future growth of women’s MMA.  I want to represent the sport as a positive role model and be a successful representation of my Westside MMA family.

W.S.: Anything you want to add/thank?

L.U.: I want to thank my coaches and training partners at Westside MMA. Thank you to my family and friends who support me.

Weekend Results – Holm Earns First MMA Title; Dudieva Earns 10th Win

Courtesy Sherdog

Pro MMA

Holly Holm got her first piece of MMA gold this past Friday, but not without injury.

The undefeated striking phenom took home the initial Legacy 135 title in her hometown of Albuquerque, NM with a fifth round TKO over Brazilian standout Julie Werner.

Holm (7-0) would control most of the match in the center of the cage with her kickboxing, with Werner trying to work against the fence with knees. Holm broke her arm due to a blocked headkick in the first round, which wasn’t known to anyone besides Holm at the time.

Holm continued her offence in round two, almost finishing the fight with liver kicks to Werner. Rounds three and four saw Werner being the aggressor, but Holm’s punching was just too fast and was able to dodge most of Werner’s punches.

A head kick would drop Werner in round five, but it would a few punches on the ground would be needed to make the ref stop the contest at 1:50.

Holm stated she doesn’t have a timeline on a return as she is weighing her rehab options.

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Unbeaten bantamweight Larissa Moreira Pacheco continues to prove to be the top prospect not signed to a major promotion, getting a triangle choke submission win over Liziane Silveira at Jungle Fights in Brazil. The action packed fight which could be a contender for “Fight of the Year”.

In the first round, Pacheco and Silveira exchanged knees in the clinch early, as they were separated and Pacheco got the takedown. and transitioned to mount, securing an armbar. Silveira  powerbomed her way out, getting some ground and pound before Pacheco tried for a heel hook. They fought their way back up to the feet. Pacheco landed a knee that dropped Silveira right before the bell.

Both stated a striking war in the second round, with Pacheco’s accuracy battling Silveira’s power. Silveira would get a knee to the face of Pacheco, but Pacheco would fight through it. Pacheco got a takedown as the round ended.

Third round saw Pacheco get the body lock takedown on Silveira and would settle into a half guard. Pacheco landed some ground and pound and would be swept by Silveira, who would get some ground and pound of her own. Pacheco secured a triangle from bottom at the 2:25 for the tap.

Pacheco wins her 10th fight, none going the distance.

In another pro bout on the card, Mariana Leonardo submitted Edlaine França by armbar round 2.

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Milana Dudieva put herself back on the bantamweight map as she defeated Daria Chibisova to gain her second straight win.

Dudieva (10-3) had gotten the takedown and fought off an armbar and got the heel hook for the tap at 3:34 of round one.

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DEEP-JEWELS champ Seo Hee Ham made a successful homecoming getting a two round decision over fellow JEWELS vet Shino Van Hoose at RoadFC in Seoul, Korea. The #3 ranked Ham was dominate as expected, but VanHoose looked much improved throughout.

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In other pro bouts:

  • At Rumble at the Roseland in Portland, Oregon, Glena Avila defeated Katie Howard by split decision
  • In a pair of bouts at Arena Fight Night 3 in Brazil, Amanda Torres defeated Lucia Senna and Paula Baack defeated Mayara Ferreira Aguiar, both by unanimous decision 
  • Iman Darabi def. Veera Nykänen by unanimous decision at IRFA 6 in Sweden
  • At RespectFC 11 in Germany, Aitek Emadi defeated Anne Merkt by unanimous decision
  • In Wasilków, Poland at Exclusive Fight, Barbara Nalepka submitted Katarzyna Jakubczak by guillotine in 20 seconds.
  • Elaine Albuquerque defeated Carol Javali by unanimous decision at Cabo Fight Championship in Pernambuco, Brazil

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Ammy MMA

Howard and Avila Courtesy Paul Nelson
Howard and Avila Courtesy Paul Nelson

In ammy MMA action this weekend:

  • At the Midwest Fight Series in Indianapolis, Indiana, Danielle Ternet got the TKO over Beth Wright at 1:45 of Round 1
  • Sarah Payant defeated Sarah Jacobson by unanimous decision at Premire FC in Agawam, Massachusetts
  • In Dunfermline, Scotland at Art of Combat,  Helen Copus got the TKO over Tracey McFarlane at 1:12 of round 1
  • At Slugfest in Witkowo, Poland, Małgorzata Smaczniak defeated Zuzanna Zygmuńska by unanimous decision
  • Mayra Palestino defeated Dania Lopez by unanimous decision at No Limit Fighting in Madera, California
  • At AOL MMA in Plant City, Florida, Letrail Solomon submitted Cheyanne Vlismas by guillotine at 1:02 round 2 to win the 105 title

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Boxing

Courtesy Noti Fight

Maria Elena Maderna successfully defended her WBO lightweight title for the second time defeating Dalia Vasarhelyi in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Maderna (12-8-3) was able to get the TKO in round 3 and earned her third straight win.

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Kenia Enriquez earns her first boxing title, getting a 7th round TKO over Jolene Blackshear to win the vacant NABF light flyweight title in  San Diego, CA.

Enriquez (11-0) has gotten six KOs in her career and recently handed Noemi Bosques her first loss.

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Former WBC youth boxing title holder Mayela Perez gained her first major title as she defeated Alejandra Lopez by unanimous decision to win the vacant WBC Silver minimumweight title in Coahuila de Zaragoza, Mexico.

The former WBC Youth Super Flyweight and Minimumweight champ came back after a majority draw last year.

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In other pro boxing matches:

  • In Santa Fe, Argentina, Natalia Vanesa del Valle Aguirre defeated Victoria Noelia Bustos by unanimous decision
  • Jesica Espinal got the TKO over Johana Garcia in round 2 at Tegucigalpa, Honduras
  • In Chihuahua, Mexico, Ibeth Zamora Silva defeated Judith Rodriguez by unanimous decision
  • Iliana Bonilla defeated Zuseth Hoyte by unaimous decision in Santiago, Panama
  • In a pair of bouts in Slaska, Poland, Klaudia Szymczak got the TKO over Diana Borodka in round 1, and Karina Kopinska defeated Gabriella Roman by unanimous decision 
  • Angela Marciales defeated Angie Barca by unanimous decision in Barranquilla, Colombia
  • In Lombardia, Italy, Anita Torti defeated Monica Gentili by split decision

Rin Nakai to Take on Sarah D’Alelio at Pancrase in May

Nakai
Nakai
D'Alelio
D’Alelio

The best bantamweight in Japan will take on another InvictaFC vet in May.

Invicta’s Sarah D’Alelio announced Monday she will be the opponent for the undefeated Rin Nakai at Pancrase in Tokyo, Japan May 11.

Nakai (15-0-1) got her biggest win to date, defeating Invicta’s Tara LaRosa on Pancrase’s September card by majority decision. The eight year vet as 10 finishes in her 15 wins.

D’Alelio (7-5) is coming off back to back decision losses at Invicta, having wins over UFC’s Amanda Nunes and Invicta flyweight contender Vanessa Porto. She has fought on all but one of Invicta’s cards.

No word on if the fight will be streamed.

Robb versus McCarthy Set for ICF All female Card in May

McCarthy & Robb
McCarthy & Robb

The first match has been announced for Intense Cage Fighting’s all female card May 9th in Great Falls, MT.

In the co-main event, InvictaFC vets Cassie Robb and Liz McCarthy will clash in an atomweight battle.

Robb had a solid career as an amateur before making her pro debut at InvictaFC 4 in 2013. Having went 3-2-1 as an ammy, she came up short losing to Laura Sanko in her first pro fight. She is looking to even her record.

McCarthy (1-1) went 6-0 as an amateur before getting her first pro win against Jessica Philippus at InvictaFC 2 in 2012. She would a close split decision to Jodie Esquibel last year at InvictaFC 4.

The card will also feature a four woman flyweight tournament to crown the organization’s first ever female champ.

We will have more match announcements in the coming weeks. Wombat Sports will be on site for complete coverage of the event May 9 in Great Falls, MT.

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Miscellaneous News

We are happy to announce Intense Cage Fighting will be holding an all female card on May 9th in Great Falls, MT. The card will feature a four woman tournament to crown the first ever ICF flyweight champion.

Wombat Sports will be giving you complete coverage of the event including interviews, previews, and live results as it happens.

Stay tuned!


Tiburcio
Tiburcio

The new Unified rankings are out with only one change in the strawweight top 10.  With her win this past weekend,  InvictaFC signee Herica Tiburcio has entered into the list, taking the 10 spot. She bumps Bec Hyatt to #12.

You can read the complete April 2014 Unified rankings here.


Paige Van Zant has signed to the UFC directly and won’t be a part of the Ultimate Fighter.

The now 20 year old is one year shy of the 21 year old age limit due to alcohol being available in the house.

There are still unconfirmed reports that the Brazilians, Claudia Gadelha and Juliana Lima, will also be signed directly to the UFC and forego TUF 20, because of the language barrier.


UFC champion Ronda Rousey has gotten her way and will part with her management, at least partly.

Through arbitration, the California State Athletic Commission has released Rousey from a three year deal she made with Fight Tribe Management. However, this only bans Fight Tribe from getting fees from Rousey’s fight purses. Outside projects including her acting career, modeling, and promotional gigs are still in effect, but Rousey can fight that part of the contract in the California Superior Court; which her attorney Steven Bash intends on doing.


Two female fights are scheduled for Lappeenranta Fight Night 10 in Finland May 17. Vuokko Katainen will face Julia Borisova and Suvi Salmimies will take on a fighter to be determained.


Amateur prospect and WMMA Press Award winner Susie Wyatt will be back in action April 9th as she face Ronnie Lawrence at Fight Hard MMA in St. Louis April 19. Wyatt (7-3) has only been stopped once in her career. Lawerence is currently undefeated at 6-0 and has finished all her opponents.


Merrill
Merrill

On the Wombat Sports podcast at 1 p.m. pst/4 p.m. est, we will have amateur fighter Carissa Merrill, who will be a part of an historic half female and half male card in Utah.

You can listen here live on Sunday.


Rumors

Gina Carano stated on “The Arsenio Hall Show” this week she will be meet with UFC president Dana White next week to talk about a possible comeback.

You can watch her appearance here.


According to Holly Holm’s coach Mike Winkeljohn, Holly Holm’s management will try to go back to the bargaining table with the UFC after her match this weekend at Legacy. He says Holm is opening to fight InvictaFC featherweight champion Cyborg Justino and Holm’s management is looking to do a pay-per-view event if that happens.


Scheduled Fights

Pro MMA

Werner & Holm
Werner & Holm

Holly Holm will seek to get her first MMA title as she takes on Brazil’s Julie Werner at Legacy Fighting for their vacant bantamweight title in Albuquerque, NM which will air on AXS TV Friday night. Both fighters came on weight.

Holm (6-0) has knocked out five of her six opponents, going the distance in her last match against Angela Hayes in December

Julie Werner (7-3) is on a five fight win streak with her only losses to Vanessa Porto.


Pacheco & Silveira
Pacheco & Silveira

Undefeated Brazilian bantamweight Larissa Pacheco is looking for her 10th straight win as she faces Liziane Silveira at Jungle Fights 68 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Pacheco (9-0) has finished all her fights, with 5 submissions and 4 KOs. She is looking to sign with the UFC.

Silveira (2-0) is looking for the upset, with two first round wins of her own.


Glena Avila is looking to snap a two fight losing streak as she faces former amateur champion Katie Howard at Rumble at the Roseland in Portland, Oregon

Avila (2-2) got back to back armbar wins to start her pro career, and lost back to back decisions.

Howard (1-0) is coming off a decision win over Miriam Cardoso Cerqueira in February.


In other pro bouts:

  • At IRFA 6 in Sweden, Iman Darabi faces Veera Nykänen. This will stream live and free here at 9 a.m. pst/Noon est Saturday.
  • In a pair of bouts at Arena Fight Night 3 in Brazil, Amanda Torres takes on Lucia Senna, and Paula Baack battles Mayara Ferreira Aguiar.
  • Anne Merkt fights Aitek Emadi at RespectFC 11 in Germany
  • At Exclusive Fights IV in Wasilków, Poland, Barbara Nalepka faces Katarzyna Jakubczak. This will stream live and free here at 9 a.m. pst/Noon est Saturday.
  • At Cabo Fight Champioship in Pernambuco, Brazil, Carol Javali battles Elaine Albuquerque
  • Seo Hee Ham faces Shino VanHoose at Road FC in Seoul, South Korea
  • At ProFC 53 in Oblast, Russia, Annalisa Bucci takes on Milana Dudieva. This will stream for $10 at Epicentre.tv.

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Ammy MMA

In ammy MMA action:

  • In a pair of bouts at Premire FC in Agawam, Massachusetts, Sarah Payant faces Sarah Jacobson and Jessy Miele takes on Pam Sorenson
  • Devaney Clayton battles Bianca Rodriguez at XFC Louisiana – Ponchatoula, Louisiana
  • In Dunfermline, Scotland at Art of Combat, Helen Copus fights Tracey McFarlane
  • At Slugfest in Witkowo, Poland, Małgorzata Smaczniak faces Zuzanna Zygmuńska
  • Shauna Dicintio takes on Kirsten Scott at Heroes Combat League in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
  • At No Limit Fighting in Madera, California Dania Lopez battles Mayra Palestino (205)
  • Beth Wright fights Danielle Ternet at Midwest Fight Series in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • At AOL MMA in Plant City, Florida, Cheyanne Vlismas faces Letrail Solomon

Boxing

Maria Elena Maderna will look to defend her WBO lightweight title for the second time as she faces Dalia Vasarhelyi in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Maderna (11-8) won 7 of her past 8 fights, gaining the title last June. She defeated Diana Ayala by unanimous decision in her first title defense in December.

Vasarhelyi (7-4) is on a three fight win streak and is coming off a first round TKO over Veronika Hornyak last month.


In San Diego, California, Kenia Enriquez and Jolene Blackshear will battle for the vacant NABF light flyweight title.

The undefeated Enriquez (10-0) has five KOs to her credit, and is coming off an unimous decsion win over Noemi Bosques.

Blackshear (8-4) has won four of her past 6 fights and is coming off an unanimous decision loss to Maria Suarez.


In other boxing action:

  • In Lombardia, Italy, Anita Torti and Monica Gentili will fight for the vacant Italy lightweight title
  • Victoria Noelia Bustos faces Natalia Vanesa del Valle Aguirre in Santa Fe, Argentina
  • In Loir-et-Cher, France, Bilitis Gaucher takes on Laura Godbillon
  • Jesica Espinal battles Johana Garcia in Tegucigalpa, Honduras
  • In Chihuahua, Mexico, Ibeth Zamora Silva dukes it out with Judith Rodriguez
  • Zuseth Hoyte fights Iliana Bonilla in Santiago, Panama

Amanda Nunes Set to Face Sarah Kaufman at TUF Nations Finale

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Kaufman
Kaufman

The best Brazilian bantamweight is stepping up to take on Sarah Kaufman April 16 in Quebec City, Canada.

Several websites are reporting Amanda Nunes (9-3) will step in for an injured Shayna Baszler to the former Strikeforce title challenger at “The Ultimate Fight: Nations” finale which will air on Fox Sports 1.

Nunes is coming off back to back first round TKO wins in the UFC over Sheila Gaff and Germaine de Randamie. Kaufman (16-2, 1 NC) has won four of her past 6, with her last match with Jessica Eye being declared a no-contest.

Nunes was originally set to face Alexis Dufresne at UFC on Fox 11, but that match has been scrapped.

Tuff-n-uff Strawweight Tourney Preview: Molly Wren-Holms

In the coming days, we will be previewing the upcoming Tuff-n-uff strawweight tournament. The winner will get a contract to InvictaFC.

The semi-finals will be April 11 in Vegas and can be seen online at GoFightLive.tv for $10. 


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Undefeated California fighter Molly Wren-Holmes has finished her first 3 opponents within the first round. Her last fight saw her win an unanimous decision over Alyson Carvalho in January.

She will face fellow undefeated fighter Laura Uyeda in the semi-finals.


Wombat Sports: How did you get started in MMA?

Molly Wren-Holmes: I played sports all throughout high school. Once that was over and I began college at Cal Poly SLO, the everyday gym routine became really boring. At that point I started doing cardio kickboxing classes at my little brothers MMA gym and from there I was hooked. Eventually I made my way to practicing with the team, participating in grappling tournaments, pankration, kickboxing, and now MMA.

molly wren holmes 02Wombat: Your last fight was the first time you went the distance. Did you learn a lot form that fight?

Wren-Holmes: Of course I would have liked to have finished that fight, but it was definitely a good experience. If anything I was able to prove to myself that I can go the distance and still be successful.

W.S.: Can you tell us something about your gym and training partners and how they have been helpful in training?

MWH: I work with some of the best coaches and training partners out there. My coaches have really turned up my training and are willing to push me where I need to be in order to take my game to the next level. “Bigger, faster, stronger.” That’s what I strive to be and that’s where my coaches push me. Luke Riddering, Antonio Banuelos, Justin Frasure, Cruz Gomez, Eric Sandahl, Anthony Capelli and all of my amazing training partners are the reason I am where I am right now.

W.S.: These are going to be shorter two minute rounds versus the usual 3 minutes. How are you preparing and is it something you are looking forward to?

MWH: My last fight was also two minute rounds. It was a different pace, but time isn’t really a concern of mine. My coaches prepare me for whatever is put in front of me. Who wouldn’t look forward to punching faces!

W.S.: How is the weight cut going?

MWH: My last fight was a same day heavier catchweight bout, but I have fought at 115 twice before. No one likes the weight cut, but it will pay off. Everything is on point and I’ll be 115 come fight time.

W.S.:  What would it meant to you to win this tournament and fight for Invicta?

MWH: It would be a dream come true. Making my professional debut with one of the best WMMA platforms would be amazing. Not only would winning this tournament put me one step closer to my belt, but it would prove to myself that I’m doing what I’m supposed to be doing. I would love nothing more than to be involved with the Invicta promotion. They have done so much for WMMA and it would be an honor to be a part of it.

W.S.: Anything you want to add/thank?

MWH: Yes! Ridderings MMA, Pit Slo, CCSA, and Budo Ryu have all been there throughout this whole process. Like I said before, I couldn’t do this without my amazing coaches I mentioned previously. Casey Noland and Christina Riddering are two top WMMA athletes that have really supported me and taken me under their wings, I couldn’t thank them enough for that. Also my family, without them none of this would be possible. They are my biggest supporters and the best fans ever! A big thank you and shout out to my awesome sponsors; WingFoot Iskiate, CCSA, SCI Construction, Las Vegas Chapman DCJ, and AngryMade Fight Gear. I can’t wait to put on a great show, see you all there!

 

Boxing’s Ana Julaton Signs to OneFC; Makes MMA Debut in May

Julaton
Julaton

In what has become a solid trend, another world class boxer has decided to give the cage a try.

Former WBO and IBA Super Bantamweight boxing champ Ana Julaton has signed to Asia’s OneFC promotion and will make her debut as a MMA fighter May 2 in Manila, Philippines.

Julaton (13-4-1) has been in Vegas for the past year training boxing, but had started to pick up MMA when she had time. She originally started in Bok-Fu, a striking martial art, when she was a kid. She turned to boxing years later.

Her last boxing bout saw her get a majority decision win over Perla Hernandez in Mexico. Julaton states she will do both boxing and MMA, expressing she wants to stay busy.

The Filipino-American has been a solid draw in the Philippines in boxing, and OneFC is hoping it will translate when she enters the cage.

No word on who her opponent will be on the card or at what weight Jualaton will be competing.

The card also featured India’s Jeet Toshi taking on Filipina fighter Jujeath Nagaowa on the undercard, which will stream for free on the OneFC website.

Weekend Results: Brazilian Talent Shines as Porto & Tiburcio Earn Wins

Pro MMA

Faria vs. Balin
Faria vs. Balin

Brazil saw 11 female fights this weekend with the strawweights in all but one.

We start with a jam packed card at MMA Super Heroes in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

In the main event, Kalindra Faria (14-3-1) earns her 10th straight victory with a rear naked choke over Laura Balin. Faria was dominant in round 1 controlling Balin on the ground and continued control in round two, getting the rear naked choke to earn her second win in two weeks.

InvictaFC signee Herica Tiburcio (8-2) used her superior wrestling to outpoint Aline Sattelmayer to take the unanimous decision victory. Tirburcio have several huge takedowns during the match, and had some solid submission attempts throughout.

Balad
Balad

The undercard featured the MMA Super Heroes Strawweight Grand Prix, with Renata Baldan make an impactful pro debut and winning her first title.

Baldan would battle Bruna Wing in the semi-finals in what was a war on the feet. Baldan’s more accurate strikes gave her the edge and would get the unanimous decision to put her in the finals.

The other semi-final would see Michele Angelo get a devastating KO over Roberta Pereira da Silva Gomes. After a solid first round, Angelo, a right hand would drop Gomes to prompt a walk off KO in round 2.

In the finals, Baldan and Angelo started out in a slugfest, which saw Baldan taking the upperhand. Baldan would finish off Angelo with a series of knees to be crowned the strawweight champion.

In a reserve tournament bout on the card, Graziele Ricotta and Luciana Treze fought to a majority draw.


Meanwnile in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, a pair of bouts happened at Fatality Arena 6.

InvictaFC’s Vanessa Porto (17-6) had little problems with Ana Maria India in her bamtamweight battle. The #2 ranked 125er on the planet was able to outstrike Maria in a rematch from their 2006 battle. Maria tried to takedown Porto but was easily thwarted. Porto would take an unanimous decision.

In a strawweight match, Aline Serio was flawless against last minute replacement Mayara Aguiar. Serio was set to fight Bianca Daimoni but Daimoni had dropped out only hours before the match.

Serio’s striking was just too much for Aguiar, and it took 60 seconds for Serio to get the TKO victory.


Courtesy Pinoy Cage News
Courtesy Pinoy Cage News

Phillipina fighter Gina Iniong picked up her 3rd win as she got the split decision over veteran fighter Mei Yamaguchi at Pacific Xtreme Fighting.

Iniong (3-1) started quick with punches, which forced Yamguchi to clinch and Yamaguchi started to knee Iniong’s thigh. Iniong would reverse a takedown attempt by take top position. Yamaguchi would secure the armbar on Iniong from bottom, with Iniong trying the slam out of it several times. Iniong would finally fight free of the armbar and the first round ends.

Second round saw Yamaguhci get the takedown early and get back control. Iniong escaped and got it back to the feet, but Yamaguchi got another takedown and landed some ground and pound before Iniong fought her way back to her feet. Yamaguchi would continually attack Iniong’s thigh while hitting some punches to the face that caused Iniong’s nose to bleed. Iniong would get a throw over Yamaguchi and pin her against the cage. Yamaguchi would fight through and get to her feet to end the round strong with punches to Iniong.

The final stanza say a battle on the cage in the clinch. Yamaguchi would try to get a takedown, but Iniong would reverse and get some striking before a scramble to the feet. Yamaguchi would get a takedown and get some ground and pound as time expired.

One judge gave it to Yamaguchi 29-28, while two judges gave the fight to Iniong 29-28 and 30-27.

Yamaguchi intends to appeal the decision.


In other pro action:

  • In a pair of strawweight tournament bouts at XFC in Sao Paulo, Brazil,  Vanessa Guimaraes defeated Marcela Yineris by split decision and Vanessa Melo defeated Gloria Bravo by unanimous decision
  • At BAMMA in Commerce, CA, Kyra Batara submitted Misha Nassiri by armbar round 1 and Melanie Lacroix defeated Brooksie Bayard by unanimous decision (135)
  • Diana Atkin got the TKO over Michelle House by TKO in round 1 at Unity MMA in Edmonton, Canada
  • At Rumble On The River on Tulsa, OK, Erin McDougall defeated Jaymee Jones by unanimous decision
  • At Max Fights 19 in Fargo, ND, Mariah Prussia defeated Brandis Lafrombois by TKO 0:27 round 1
  • Holly Cline defeated Jen Aniano by unanimous decision at Extreme Combat Challenge – Muncie, Indiana
  • At Shooto Finland in Lahti, Vuokko Katainen got the first round TKO over Yana Lyashko
  • Natalie Roy defeated Nikki Lowe by TKO 1:40 round 1 at Triple A MMA – Santa Fe, NM. In an amateur bout, Lindsay Jones defeated Michelle Williamson by unanimous decision
  • In China at Kunlun Fights, Jin Tang defeated Song Xiaoqing by TKO 2:15 round 2.

Ammy MMA

Mallett Courtesy TXMMA.com/Mike Calimars
Mallett – Courtesy TXMMA.com/Mike Calimars

In amateur action:

  • In a pair of bouts at Epic Fighting in San Diego, CA, Maria Dominguez defeated Roesha Hightower by unanimous decision and Alyssa Garcia defeated Tushara Veerella by unanimous decision
  • At United Cage Fights in Merrionette Park, Illinois Debra Dunkel-Bartecki got the TKO in 17 seconds over Shantara Profit
  • In a pair of bouts at Caged Warriors 3 in Houma, Louisiana, Jamie Blanton go the TKO over Cammie Hoover in 22 seconds, and Ashley Milligan submitted Faith Charfauros guillotine in 58 seconds
  • Katie Vanderhoff defeated Christina Adams by unanimous decision at IT Fight series – Findlay, OH
  • At CCE in Pueblo, CO, Angela Hancock defeated Shawna Tyler by TKO 0:41 round 1
  • In a pair of fights at Cowboy Extreme Fighting in San Antonio, Texas, Fatima Mallett submitted Laurie Ashby by triangle round 2, and Dominique Gallegher-Gonzales defeatred Stephanie Builderback by decision
  • Elyse Stevenson submitted Amanda Pack anaconda choke) round 3 at BFL in Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada
  • In Shock ‘n’ Awe in Portsmouth, England, Molly McCann defeated Ameesha Bhudia by TKO 2:01 round 1
  • Corrie Ward defeated Madison Depiero by TKO round 2 at WFF in Chandler, Arizona

Boxing

Dionicius vs. Torres
Dionicius vs. Torres

A stacked card in Buenos Aires, Argentina happened over the weekend with four female bouts.

Debora Anahi Dionicius successful defended her IBF super flyweight title getting the 4th round TKO over Neisi Torres. Dionicius goes 16-0.

In other action:

  • Alejandra Soledad Morales def. Norma Elizabeth Diaz Caucota by unanimous decision  (118)
  • Vanesa del Valle Calderon def. Alicia Machaca by points  (126)
  • Julieta Cardozo def. Paola Gamarra by unanimous decision (118)

In boxing action this weekend:

  • In Brandenburg, Germany, Ramona Kuehne retains her WBO/WIBF/WBF super featherweight title by defeating Gina Chamie by unanimous decision
  • Mayra Alejandra Gomez defeated Carolina Marcela Gutierrez Gaite by split decision to win the interim WBO bantamweight title in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • In a pair of bouts in Cordoba, Argentina, WBO super bantamweight champion Marcela Eliana Acuna defeats Estrella Valverde by TKO round 6 and Yesica Patricia Marcos def. Silvia Fernanda Zacarias by unanimous decision
  • In Puy-de-Dôme, France, Farida El Hadrati got the TKO in round 2 over Cindy Bonhiver to win the vacant France light welterweight title
  • Elfi Philipps and Najat Hasnouni fought to a draw in Gent, Oost-Vlaanderen, Belgium
  • In Athens, Greece, Areti Mastrodouka defeated Claudia Ferenci by unanimous decision
  • Pasa Malagic defeated Sandra Zekic by TKO round 2 in Nyon, Switzerland

DEEP-JEWELS to Crown Bantamweight Champ

Sugiyama
Hashi
Hashi

The all female promotion DEEP-JEWELS has announced they will crown its first 135 champ May 18th in Tokyo, Japan. The CJ Report gave us a break down of the upcoming D-J 4 card.

Shizuka Sugiyama and Takayo Hashi will fight for the vacant title.

Sugiyama (11-3-1) is on a six fight undefeated streak including a win over Strikeforce vet Megumi Yabushita. The six year vet of the sport is coming off a first round TKO win over Mizuho Sato and a draw with Korea’s Ji-Yeon Kim.

Hashi (14-4) was on an eight fight win streak before losing to Sarah Kaufman for the inaugural Strikeforce 135 title. She dropped to 125 before losing to top stars Tara LaRosa and Cat Zingano. She got a decision over Roxanne Modafferi in 2012 before taking some time off and returning in March, like Sugiyama, getting a draw over Kim.

Other matches include Saori Ishioka (12-7) dropping to atomweight to take on Satomi Takano (3-3), and Yuko Kawabata (0-5) battling Naomi Taniyama (0-2), who are both looking for their first pro wins.

More matches are expected to be announced in the coming weeks. Word is DEEP-JEWELS will be streaming the matches on the UStream channel for a price yet to be determined.

Ammy Hot List – Mar. 2014

To feed to demand for promote up and coming amateur fighters on the rise, we at Wombat Sports have created the “Amateur Hot List”; fighters who have solid records and are “buzzworthy”.

The fighter must have fought in the last three months and won at least twice in a row to be mentioned.

Here is the scale:

  • Atomic: On the verge of being pro
  • Blazing: Undefeated or only one loss and on a roll
  • On Fire:: Several wins and a social buzz
  • Hot: Just won a fight and is being talked about

Atomic

Chookagian
Chookagian

Katlyn Chookagian (7-0) – One of the best unsigned talent at flyweight, she had four armbar wins to her credit.

Aspen Ladd (7-0) – Also one of the best flyweight around, Ladd is set to face Cynthia Calvillo in April.

Evva Johnson (7-1) – The flyweight has submitted her past 4 opponents.

Katy Collins (7-3) – The ShoFights flyweight champion has finished her past 5 opponents.

Sarah McLeod (7-5) – After a two year layoff, she made a successful flyweight debut in March and is on a three fight win streak.

Wendy Julian (6-0) – Current King of the Cage Strawweight champion and has finished in all of her fights.

Marissa Smith (6-0) – Having returned after a two year absence, she has finished all her opponents in the first round. The bantamweight will face Gina Begley in May.

Marina Shafir (5-0) The featherweight has submitted all of her opponents within the first round. She will be turning pro in April.


Blazing

Hannah Zeciri (4-0) – Having three of her wins in the first two months of 2014, the flyweight is set to make it five in a row against Becky Gullet in April.

Rach Wiley (4-1) – Has yet to taste defeat since her debut loss. Top lightweight talent in the amateur ranks.

Shannon Sinn Culpepper (5-1) – Since her first loss, the flyweight has won back to back fights.

Alyse Anderson (4-0) – The current TWC atomweight champion has finished in all but one of her fights. She is going to fight next month.


On Fire

Anne Malinoff (4-2) – After starting her career with back to back losses, she has finished in all but one of her wins at atomweight.

Laura Mejia (3-1) – After a year and a half layoff, Mejia won two straight at flyweight.

Nicole Ertzberger (3-1) – Ertzberger is coming off a two close decision wins at starwweight.

Allison Ainley (3-0) – The current Virago featherweight champ won the title with her first round TKO over Jessica Ehrnreiter.

Mercedes Chavez (3-0) Finished in her last two fights at batnamweight.


 Hot

Pam Sorenson (2-0-1) – With two submissions to her credit, the featherweight is fighting April 5 against fellow undefeated fighter Jessy Miele.

Genesia Williams (2-0) – Has back to back second round finishes at featherweight.

Cheri Muraski (2-0) – Has back to back submission wins in under a minute.

Bobbie-Jean Lewis (2-0) – Two first round armbar wins to start her career.

Hope Halava (2-0) – Made a successful lightweight debut at Virago with a decision win over Kendra Wilson.

Alexis Dufresne Signs to UFC; Faces Nunes in Orlando

Dufresne
Nunes
Nunes

Undefeated lightweight Alexis Dufresne has signed to the UFC and will face Amanda Nunes April 19th in Orlando, Florida. Several Brazilian MMA sites reported the news Saturday.

Dufrense (5-0) has finished all of her opponents in the first round with 2:20 the longest she ever been inside the cage competing. After two submission victories to start out her career, the BJJ standout got three straight TKOs. She trains out of Team Quest in California.

In the UFC title hunt, Amanda Nunes (9-3) is 2-0 in the UFC with wins over Sheila Gaff and Germaine de Randamie. Both were first round finishes.

The fight will be a part of the preliminary card of The UFC on Fox 11 card. On the main card, Miesha Tate will take on Liz Carmouche.

The prelims will air on Fox Sports 1.