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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.

The MRS (WMMA & WBoxing News) – April 5

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

Nunes
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. 


molly wren holmes

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.

TUF 20 Tryouts Scouting Report

Penne
Penne

Since a date has been established for “The Ultimate Fighter 20” tryouts, many are wondering who will be trying out and who could be the front runners.

Fighters that are pro with a winning record are eligible to try out, which makes for quite a list. We are also hearing a rep from Invicta and RFA will be there to scout talent, which will bring even more opportunities to the 115 hopefuls.

I decided not to include the 1-0 fighters on the list since a lot of strawweights are in that category. If you are keeping count, add about 15 to the possibles below.

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Officially Going

Jessica Penne (11-2) – The former Invicta atomweight champion was originally offer to be a part of the cast, but decided to decline it. Since then, Penne has changed her mind and is set to be the front runner for one of the spots.

Aisling Daly (14-5) – One of the few people to have a win over current UFC signee Jessica Eye, Daly looked great at 115 against Karla Benitez this past December at Cage Warriors.

Heather Clark (6-4) – 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.

Lisa Ellis (15-8) – The one thing the house is missing now is a true vet, and Lisa Ellis fits the bill. The Belltor 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.

Nina Ansaroff (6-3) – 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.

Randa Markos-Thomas (4-1) – 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.

Claire Fryer (4-1) – The Australian prospect has been a well known name in kickboxing and has fought MMA since 2009. Teammates with TUF 20 cast member Bec Hyatt, her only loss was to cast member Alex Chambers. Fryer has back to back TKO wins in her last two fights. 

Amy Cadwell (3-0) – The Washington State strawweight had proved her superior ground game with back to back submission wins.

Jocelyn Lybarger (2-1) – Invicta vet Lybarger won her first two before losing to Sarah Alpar last year. She is hoping to be 3-1 when she tries out, as she faces Rosa Acevedo at RFA 14 April 11.

Brianna VanBuren (2-1) – 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.

Jennifer Liou (2-0) – Liou has started her career with big wins over Jillian Lybarger and InvictaFC signee Rachael Ostovich.

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Lena Ovchynnikova (9-3) – Having started her MMA career in 2006, the kickboxer turned MMA fighter went 8-0 to start her career with 7 submissions.

Nicdali Calanoc (8-7) – An eight year vet of the sport and a fan favorite, Calanoc is looking to string together some wins and to revitalize her career.

Karla Benitez (11-6) – Spain’s top female fighter, she is a seven year vet of the sport and has faced some of the best international fighters. She has won three of her last 5 and started her career 6-0.

Lynn Alvarez (6-3) – A seven year vet of the sport, Alvarez looked like a fighter in her prime getting a first round submission over Amber Stautzenberger in January. Her only losses are to current WSOF champ Jessica Aguilar, former Invicta champ Carla Esparza, and XFC title challenger Angela Magana.

Angela Magana (11-6) – Magana has wins over InvictaFC champ Barb Honchak and WSOF champ Jessica Aguilar in her 7 year career.

Manjit Kolekar (6-0) – The flyweight from India has finished all of her opponents and has came in a few pounds light in all her matches.

Diana Rael (5-3) – 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.

Marianna Kheyfets (5-1) – has been MIA from the sport since her loss to Munah Holland in 2012. Kheyfets was a growing star at XFC before the loss, and we won’t be surprised if she shows up to make her much anticipated return to the cage.

Kathina Catron (4-3) – The InvictaFC vet had finished in three of her 4 wins.

Simona Soukupova (4-3) – The InvictaFC vet got a notable win over Cassie Roddish. She has finished in all of her wins.

Justine Kish (4-0) – 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.

Ashley Cummins (3-2) – Undefeated as an amateur, Cummins lost a close split decision TUF cast member Emily Kagan. Cummins is looking for redemption and the opportunity to rematch Kagan and Joanne Calderwood. 

Tessa Simpson (3-1) – Handing Paulina Granados her first loss, Simpson started her pro career with back to back finishes.

Kailin Curran (3-0) – 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.

Daizy Singh (3-0) – The best female strawweight fighter out of India, Singh had back to back submission wins to start her pro career last year.

Livia Von Plettenberg (2-1) – The Austrian fighter has made the move to Portland, Oregon and Team Quest and is a vet of InvictaFC. She took TUF cast member Joanne Calderwood the distance and is tough as nails.

Rachael Cummins (2-1) – Getting back to back armbar wins, Cummins has found her stride as a pro. The Tuff-n-uff vet trains out of Reign training center with UFC star Jake Ellenberger and PXC’;s Kalin Curran.

Paulina Granados (2-1) – Granados  was undefeated as an amateur and went 2-0 before losing a decision to the above mentioned Simpson.

Lynnell House (2-1) – House suffered her first loss in a barn burner with Randa Markos-Thomas in Canada last month. House had back to back finishes to start her pro career.

Michelle Nicolini (2-0) – ADCC grappling world champion and a BJJ black belt,  Nicolini has back to back first round armbars.

Rebecca Heintzman (2-0) – Having gone undefeated as an amateur, Heintzman has looked impressive in her two pro wins.

Helen Harper (2-0)- The British fight is currently fighting out of the Phuket Fighgt Team in Thailand, which is known for their striking. Harper finished in both of her wins last year.

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Fighters with 1-1 records…

  • Cortney Casey
  • Liz McCarthy
  • Nohime Dennison
  • Jordan Gaza
  • Kaela Banney
  • Sharice Davids
  • Thea Wolfe
  • Hadley Griffith
  • Stacey Sigala

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Not Trying Out

  • Zoila Frausto
  • Norma Center
  • Amber Stautzenberger
  • Patricia Vidonic
  • Jodie Esquibel
  • Sarah Alpar
  • Glena Avila
  • Lacey Schuckman