Jessica Aguilar will make her first defense of her World Series of Fighting strawweight title against veteran Japanese fighter Emi Fujino at their 10th card in Las Vegas, NV June 21. The promotion announced the match Friday.
Aguilar (17-4) won the inaugural 115 title this past January with a first round submission win over Alida Gray. Currently on an eight fight win streak, Aguilar has wins over former InvictaFC champ Carla Esparza and legend Megumi Fujii.
Fujino (13-7) has won four of her last 6 fights and has wins over Mei Yamaguchi and Mika Nagano.
The match will air on the NBC Sports Network June 21.
Two more pro MMA bouts have been announced for Intense Championingship Fighting’s all female card May 16th.
The first will feature a rematch between two Oregon standouts Katie Howard and Robin Woods. Woods came back after a two year absence last year to defeat Howard by KO. This will be Wood’s pro debut.
Since the loss to Woods, Howard has had fought six more times, with two pro bouts. She won an unanimous decision in her pro debut, and is coming off a close split decision loss in her last bout with Glena Avila.
Fellow Oregonian Emily Corso will turn pro as she will take on Canada’s Lynnell House in a second pro bout announced this week. Corso went 8-0 as an amateur, all finishes. She has wins over Katie Howard and Amy Cadwell.
House had back to back KO wins to start her pro career before losing to Randa Markos in March.
The card will be main evented by InvictaFC vets Cassie Robb and Liz McCarthy.
We will have streaming info in the coming weeks. ICF will be live in Great Falls, MT May 16 and Wombat Sports will have complete coverage from weigh-ins to post fight.
Every fighter has their story and we were out at The Ultimate Fighter 20 tryouts to find some.
We were able to talk a majority of the fighters looking to put their name in MMA history and become UFC stars overnight. Here is the last set of interviews of some fighters you should know who maybe the first ever strawweight champion.
Every fighter has their story and we were out at The Ultimate Fighter 20 tryouts to find some.
We were able to talk a majority of the fighters looking to put their name in MMA history and become UFC stars overnight. We continue out interviews with another seven fighters you should know that are hungry to become the first ever the UFC strawweight champion..
Every fighter has their story and we were out at The Ultimate Fighter 20 tryouts to find some.
We were able to talk a majority of the fighters looking to put their name in MMA history and become UFC stars overnight. Over the next few days you will get to know some new faces as well as some established fighters who are wanting to grab the brass ring – the UFC strawweight title.
We also caught a glimpse of Bec Rawlings and Alex Chambers, who are in town to do paperwork ,promotional shoots, and medicals The rest of the official cast should be in (if they already aren’t) tonight.
What we are hearing is there will be 8 spots plus two alternates to be selected, most likely tonight so they too can do paperwork, a promotional shoot, and medicals. After the 10 are selected, they will go through a background check and then if all is clear, the 8 will enter the house with the rest of the cast come late June.
There was no word on when the UFC would be making the rest of the cast official. They told fighters and the press not to disclose anything during this week (in other words, no social media saying “I made it”.). So fans, don’t ask because they (and us) can’t tell you.
We got interviews with most of the hopefuls, which will be streaming shortly in the next few days. Additionally, we have interviews with Miesha Tate, Amanda Nunes, and Kyra Batara.
We can tell you also the already announced eight cast members will be in town next week for medicals. (Juliana Lima, Paige Van Zant, and Claudia Gadelha won’t be doing the show.) It will be a quick turnaround in terms of those eight chosen at tryouts who will be picked Monday night. There will be a total of 16 fighters in the TUF house.
If the UFC stands to form, we won’t know the rest of the cast until filming ends in late June/early July.
Make sure to follow our twitters @WombatSports & @Wmmanews for updates. We plan in posting some interview with the hopefuls and a few surprise guests.
Mei Yamguchi (11-7-1) will make her long awaited DEEP-JEWELS debut on the promotion’s 4th card May 18th.
The former Valkyrie champ is coming off back to back split decision losses at PXC, which could have gone either way. She dropped to 105 in her last fight and looked impressive at her new weight.
Yamagucho will face journeywoman Yukiko Seki (12-23) who is coming off a decision win last November over Madoka Ebihara.
The card will be main evented by Shizuka Sugiyama and Takayo Hashi battling for the inaugural D-J 135 title.
Charmaine Tweet hopes to average a loss May 21 as she takes on Anna Barone in Montreal, Canada.
Barone (2-3) KOed Tweet in 18 seconds in the first meeting in October 2011. Barone only fought once since then, losing to Kaitlin Young via doctor’s stoppage.
Tweet (4-4) was on a three fight win streak before debuting for Invicta last year, losing a decision to Julia Budd.
The fight will take place at 155 pounds and will main event the card. It is expected to be streamed.
Featherweight prospect and Dane Maria Hougaard Djursaa will look to gain some gold as she faces Italian Annalisa Bucci at European MMA May 23rd in Falconer Salen in Denmark.
Djursaa (5-4) is on a three fight win streak with wins over Jorina Baars and Alexandra Buch. Bucci (6-2) is on a five fight win streak, finishing all but one opponet during her streak. She will face undefeated Pannie Kianzad May 3 before taking on Djursaa.
No word on if the fight will be streamed.
The CJ Report did an interview with InvictaFC vet and former JEWELS 115 title holder Ayaka Hamasaki. She is currently rehabbing a nagging knee injury she had before her last fight with Claudia Gadelha. She went under the knife a month after her last fight and seems to be recovering well. She hopes to return in late summer or early fall for DEEP-JEWELS. Contrary to early reports, she stated a drop to 105 is an option, but she is sticking to 115 for now.
In the interview, she talked about the retirement of long time training partners Megumi Fujii and Htiomi Akano, and the current WMMA scene in Japan. You can watch it here.
Amateur prospect Sarah McLeod will make her pro debut May 16th at Prize Fighting Championship in Williston, North Dakota against Shawna Lang.
McLeod (7-5-1) has won her last three fights. Not much is know about Lang, but has a win over Brittany Weis in 2012. She has also fought for Fusion Fight Legaue out of Billings, MT.
World boxing champion Cecillia Braekhus has parted ways with her promoter according to an article on NRK Sports.
Braekhus has had problems with her promoter, Sauerland, for a while. She was waiting for her contract to be up to get rid of the promoter so she can fight more often and help pave the way to a possible superfight with Holly Holm.
The Americana MMA clothing line has announced they have put a $5000 KO bounty on UFC Champ Ronda Rousey.
The company specified that they will give the award to the first fighter who gets a knockout over the champ in a sanctioned fight.
Wimp2Warrior Season 2 is in the can and will debut in Australia in June. The series, which takes ordinary men and women and turn them into MMA fighters, will also post videos as the series progresses for foreign viewers. They are planning a third season, which will feature a U.S. vs. Canada cast.
As we mentioned several times before, Juliana Lima and Claudia Gadelha won’t be taking part in the Ultimate Fighter 20. A major reason is due to the language barrier. We are hearing that Gadelha will be making her octagon debut in Brazil in June.
InvictaFC vet Danielle West has stated she is dropping to 125 and is preparing a test cut in the next few weeks. She plans on returning to action in August.
Alexis Davis will spend part of her upcoming fight camp at Team Alpha Male to help with her wrestling.
ADCC and world BJJ champion Gabi Garcia stated she will make her MMA debut at Real Fighting Japan August 17 against a yet to be named opponent according to an article on DamadeFerro.com. She also mentioned being given an offer to fight for XFCi.
Two undefeated fighters will battle in Baltimore at UFC 172.
Ultimate Fighter vet Jessamyn Duke and Brazilian Bethe Correia are both seeking their second UFC win. Both came Correia (135) and Duke (135.5) came in on weight.
Duke (3-0; 1NC) is coming off a decision win over TUF castmate Peggy Morgan. She has been training with champion Ronda Rousey and Shayna Baszler to prepare for the fight.
Correia (7-0) is coming off a decision win over Julie Kedzie. She trains with the Pitbull Brothers of Bellator fame.
The fight will air on the televised prelims on Fox Sports 1 Saturday.
Kalindra Faria looks for her 11th straight win as she takes on Sanja Sucevic at XFC International in Sao Paulo ,Brazil.
Faria (14-3-1) made a successful transition strawweight in her lat outing, submitting Laura Balin in the second round at MMA Super Heroes. She has finished six of her last 11.
Sucevic (4-2) is coming off a loss last year to TUF 18 contestant Colleen Schneider at 125 pounds. She is making her way back to strawweight and has wins over Lena Ovchynnikova and Irene Cabello.
The fight will stream for free on XFCMMA.com Saturday.
In other pro bouts:
In a pair of fights at Spartan Combat League in Denver, CO, Brittney Elkin faces Amanda Bell and Shannon Sinn takes on Courtney Himes
Angela Hill makes her pro debut against Stephanie Skinner at USFFC in Winston-Salem, North Carolina
At DakotaFC in Fargo, North Dakota, Mariah Prussia battles Shannon Gunville
Pamela Boveda fights Elen Torres at Rhino Fight Combat 6 in Alto Parana, Paraguay
At Barracão Fight Championship 3 in Ponta Grossa, Brazil, Jessica Suelem dukes it out with Jaquelline Santana
Aline Sério faces Paula Baack at GSF in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
At Jason Fight Championship 1 in Brazil, Ana Maria Índia takes on Ilara Joanne
In amateur action this weekend:
In a pair of bouts at Gladius Fights 11 in Cortland, New York, Hannah Grable takes on Andrea Lee and Alyssa Vasquez faces Janice Meyer.
Ashley Jackson battles Nichole Usko at NAAFS – Akron, Ohio
At Warrior FC in Corbin, Kentucky, Elizabeth Richardson dukes it out with Alannah Arnett
Aspen Ladd fights Cynthia Calvillo at WCFC in Sacramento, California
At Rage in the Cage in Staffordshire, England, Anya Lynette Hynes takes on Amy O’Mara (120)
Sinead Kavanagh faces Aoifé Murphy at Cage Contender in Belfast, Northern Ireland
At FiveStar in Fort St. John, British Columbia, Canada, Robin Combs battles Elyse Stevenson
Yesica Yolanda Bopp is looking to be a two division champion as she takes on Daniela Romina Bermudez for the vacant WBO flyweight title in Rio Grande, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina.
Bopp (26-1) is the current WBO/WBA light flyweight champion having won the title last July. She successfully defended the title in December against Ana Fernandez.
Bermudez (16-2-2) is on an eleven fight win streak and hold belts at bantamweight and super flyweight.
Also on the card, Adela Celeste del Carmen Peralta faces Maria Angelica Ruiz.
Nicole Boss looks to defend her EBU lightweight title for the first time as she takes on Sopio Putkaradze in Berne, Switzerland.
Boss (11-4-2) in on a four fight win streak and won the vacant title with a decision win over Kremena Petkova in December.
Putkaradze (10-1-2) has won four straight and is looking for her first boxing title.
In other boxing action:
In a pair of bouts in Polanco, Distrito Federal, Mexico, Maria Ramirez takes on Sonia Osorio, and Viridiana Ramos faces Estefani Casilla
In bouts in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Ruth Stephanie Aquino fights Tamara Marianella Nunez and Stefany Bizquiazo battles Norma Elizabeth Diaz Caucota
In Panama City, Panama, Zuliana Mendoza dukes it out Jocelyn Edwards and Iliana Bonilla faces Zuseth Hoyte
Ericka Rousseau takes on Bilitis Gaucher in Charente-Maritime, France
In Saint-Maur, Indre, France, Jessica Tamara Vargas fights Cindy Bonhiver (122)
Anne Sophie Da Costa dukes it out Fleis Djendji in Saint-Just en Chaussee, Oise, France
In Haute-Vienne, France, Myriam Dellal faces Wendy Gervois (135)
Jessica Balogun takes on Edita Lesnik in Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
In Kielce, Poland, Ewa Brodnicka fights Kremena Petkova
Anna Donatella Hultin battles Karina Kopinska in Malmo, Sweden
In Buchs, Switzerland, Vivian Fontana dukes it out with Katarina Vistica
As you may know “The Ultimate Fighter 20” tryouts are this Monday and we are expected a solid turnout. Not surprising many have been vocal about making the trip to Vegas to get into what has become the most prestigious tournament in women’s MMA history.
Eight spots will be available for those lucky few who impress the UFC enough to vie for the inaugural strawweight title. (Julianna Lima, Claudia Gadhela, and Paige VanZant won’t be a part of the show and will fight in the UFC this summer.) The rest of the cast are expected to be in Vegas (not at tryouts) for medical evaluations.
Here is our list of 20 confirmed participants (in no particular order):
1) Jessica Penne – The former Invicta atomweight champion was a part of the Bellator strawweight tournament in 2010. She is the front runner for a spot due to experience and her reputation from Invicta.
2) Lisa Ellis – The one thing the house is missing now is a true vet, and Lisa Ellis fits the bill. The Bellator 115 tournament vet had a fight of the year contender against Penne at atomweight, and Ellis has went toe to toe with the two best fights ever at 115; Jessica Aguilar and Megumi Fujii.
3) Heather Clark – The XFC and Bellator vet is looking to continue her feud with TUF 20 signee Felice Herrig in the house. Clark had the upper hand over Herrig in the first round of their first encounter, until Clark suffered an arm injury in the second, which helped Herrig take the last two rounds. With a lot of screaming after the fight and no love lost, this rivalry could be a ratings-getter.
4) Aisling Daly – The Irish fighter is already in Vegas getting acclimated. One of the few people to defeat Jessica Eye, Daly looked impressive in her return to strawweight in January at Cage Warriors.
5) Nina Ansaroff – Current on a 5 fight win streak, Ansaroff has finished in all but one of her wins. She recently made her Invicta debut, getting the KO over Munah Holland. She trains out of MMA Masters with UFC fighter Amanda Nunes.
6) Kailin Curran – The PXC star has wins over Invicta vet Kaiyana Rain and JEWELS vet Emi Tomimatsu. She trains out of Reign MMA with Rachael Cummins and UFC star Jake Ellenberger.
7) Randa Markos – The top prospect out of Canada, Markos went 3-0 before her war with Justine Kish. She recently got her 4th win in a match with Lynell House a few weeks ago.
8) Jenny Liou – Liou has started her career with big wins over Jillian Lybarger and InvictaFC signee Rachael Ostovich.
9) Tessa Simpson – Handing Paulina Granados her first loss, Simpson started her pro career with back to back finishes.
10) Angela Hill – The Muay Thai specialist has yet to make her MMA debut but will still try out. She has decision wins at Lion Fights and New York’s Froday Night Fights promotion.
11) Amy Cadwell Montenegro – The Washington State strawweight had proved her superior ground game with back to back submission wins.
12) Paulina Granados – Granados was undefeated as an amateur and went 2-0 before losing a decision to the above mentioned Simpson.
13) Helen Harper – The British fight is currently fighting out of the Phuket Fight Team in Thailand, which is known for their striking. Harper finished in both of her wins last year.
14) Diana Rael – Rael has back to back finishes in her last two fights. Even though she is an atomweight, it maybe an advantage in terms of making weight every week.
15) Jocelyn Lybarger – Invicta vet Lybarger won her first two before losing to Sarah Alpar last year. She defeated Rosa Acevedo at RFA 14 a few weeks ago.
16) Jillian Lybarger – Jillian is coming off a pro debut decision loss and is hoping to join her sister in the house.
17) Brianna VanBuren – Having just recent defeated veteran fighter Patricia Vidonic, VanBuren has been on many people’s radar as of late. The XFC vet is strong and her wrestling is something to watch out for.
18) Justine Kish – The kickboxer turned MMA fighter has made waves with her win over previously undefeated Randa Markos-Thomas at RFA this past January. Kish started her career with back to back submissions.
19) Sharice Davis – Having an even record as a pro, she has a submission win over Nadia Nixon.
20) Katrina Taylor – One of the two “Ultimate Women’s Challenge” vets to try out (Heather Clark being the other) is coming off a three year absence from the cage, but has been continuing her training in MMA.
Eggink (4-1) is one of the top prospects in the strawweight division, having won the last year in a match against Angela Magana via triangle choke. She has wins over Heather Clark and Brianna VanBuren.
No word on when she will make her Invicta debut. InvictaFC 8 is targeted for June.
Miesha Tate has gotten her first UFC, defeating Liz Carmouche at UFC on Fox 11 in Orlando, Florida Saturday by unanimous decision.
Tate (14-5) looked a little sluggish in the first round, with Carmouche controlling the takedown and grappling game. Tate warmed up more in the second with her striking, despite getting taken down again by Carmouche and stifled on the mat.
Tate pushed forward in round 3, getting a takedown of her own and taking side control. Tate threatened with several chokes throughout the round, with Carmouche surviving a tight rear naked choke.
In the end, the judges gave Tate the nod 29-28 all.
Carmouche suffered a wrist injury and is on medical suspension until a doctor clears her. Tate is clear and a possible rumored fight Sarah Kaufman in a rematch in June ahead of her.
In other pro bouts:
At Kansas Fighting Allaince in Kansas City, MO, Trisha Clark def. Amanda LaVoy by submission (armbar) 4:44 round 1
Rebecca Ruth defeated Crystal Stevens by TKO round 1 at ShamrockFC in St. Louis, MO
At Fight to Win in Denver, CO, Lacey Schuckman submitted Melissa Meyers by rear naked choke at 1:35 round 1. In an amateur bout, Mallory Martin submitted Nekah Dmitreyva by armbar round 2
Steelfist Cage Fights in Salt Lake City, UT had an action packed set of female bouts this past weekend. In the only female pro bout on the card, Killastina Matatohi got the TKO over Rachel Kemker in round 1.
The amateur card saw:
Rianne Whiting defeating Danielle Donaldson by TKO round 2 to win the ammy 135 title
Charlene Donahue defeating Krystal Larson by TKO (retirement) round 2
Brenda Enriquez submitting Carissa Merrill by rear naked choke in round 1
Buffy Ogden defeated Morghan Filler by TKO round 2
Jennifer Snyder defeated Becca Cater by TKO (retirement) round 2
Jessica Bergstrom defeated Deane Dorn by TKO round 1
Ambur Madsen defeated Palen Cornell by TKO round 1
In other amateur bouts:
At MMA Finnish Championships, Tina Lähdemäki defeated Suvi Salmimies by TKO round 1
Ronni Lawrence defeated Susie Wyatt by unanimous decision at Fight Hard MMA in St. Charles, MO
At EAC in Fredericktown, Ohio, Kayla Kipp defeated Kelly Wisecarver by TKO 1:26 round 1
Jennifer Darr defeated Stephanie Alba by decision at Wild Bill Fight Night in Duluth, Georgia
At Capital City Cage Fights in Lansing, MI, Angela Jennings defeated Brittney Wellington by TKO round 1 to win the ammy 125 title.
Selina Valdez-Montoya defeated Latrisha Breidenbach by TKO (retirement) round 1 at UFA in Denver, CO
At Battle at the Bay in Anacortes, Washington, Shawn Dee Solosabal and Brittany Simms fight to a majority draw
Delfine Persoon has now four belts around her waste.
The WIBF, WBF, & WIBA lightweight champ defeated WBC champ Erica Anabella Farias in West-Vlaanderen, Belgium to become the #1 lightweight boxer on the planet.
A Brazilian website is reporting the World Series of Fight is looking to book Cyborg Justino versus Holly Holm for sometime next year.
Justino is currently sign with Invicta, and she is at the end of her contract after her next match. InvictaFC president Shannon Knapp has told us that Justino will defend her 145 title against India Gomes in June.
As of now, Justino’s management has stated they are not interested in signing with the WSOF anytime soon.
Speaking of Invicta, Knapp is expected to make an announcement next week about the June event and a possible tv deal.
Should be noted the Fox and the UFC not only recognized InvictaFC in their graphics and commentary Wednesday, but they also used Invicta footage to pump up the fight between Sarah Kaufman and Leslie Smith. UFC and Fox never does this…
According to Dana White, Ronda Rousey requested to defend her title on the July 5th card. White noted that Cat Zingano was still dealing with “personal issues” and was the reason she wasn’t available. Miesha Tate stated this week she is picking Rousey to win over challenger Alexis Davis. Liz Carmouche refused to pick.
White also mentioned he is working on getting the Strikeforce fights on Fightpass. Due to a provision in their Strikeforce deal with Showtime, they aren’t allowed to air the complete fights anywhere. They would also need to edit sponsors out of the fights.
Fox will air it’s first female bout on national broadcast television as Miesha Tate and Liz Carmouche will face off in the co-main event on the “UFC on Fox 11” card in Orlando, FL. Both Tate (135.5) and Carmouche (135) made weight.
Both coming off losses, a win will get the one of them back in the title hunt.
The match will air on Fox Saturday night.
In other pro bouts:
At Kansas Fighting Alliance in Kansas City, MO, Trisha Clark takes on Amanda LaVoy
Crystal Stevens faces Rebecca Ruth at ShamrockFC in St. Louis, MO
Steelfist will have seven amateur bouts plus one pro bout in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Rachel Kemker vs. Killastina Matatohi (pro heavyweight)
Rianne Whiting vs. Danielle Donaldson (ammy 135 title)
At Fight Hard MMA in St. Charles, MO, Susie Wyatt faces Ronni Lawrence
Kelly Wisecarver takes on Kayla Kipp at EAC in Fredericktown, Ohio
In Absolute Action MMA in Williamstown, Kentucky, Kia Peppard battles Desiree Wilson (135)
Jennifer Darr fights Stephanie Alba at NFC in Duluth, Georgia
In UFA in Denver, CO, Selina Valdez-Montoya faces Latrisha Breidenbach
Erica Anabella Farias will defend her WBC lightweight title against Delfine Persoon Sunday in West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.
Farias (19-0) is looking for her 20th win and her 9th defense of her title. Persoon (28-1) is looking to put a fourth belt around her waste, as she is the current WIBF, WBF, and WIBA lightweight champion.
In a pair of bouts Buenos Aires, Argentina, Julieta Andrea Cardozo faces Maria Cecilia Roman and Alicia Monica Machaca battles Laura Soledad Griffa