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.
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.
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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Vanessa Porto has inked a new long term deal to InvictaFC.
One of the top flyweights in the planet, Porto (16-6) is currently ranked #2 in the world at 125. Her most recent win was over Zolia Frausto this past December on Invicta’s 7th card.
“I’m very happy to sign this long-term deal with Invicta,” Porto stated in a press release. “They have treated me very well in the past and I want to make Invicta my home for a long time to come. I’m very grateful to have an opportunity to prove myself in the best women’s MMA organization in the world. Hopefully I’ll get my chance at the Invicta belt soon.”
Porto will be fighting outside of Invicta in her home country of Brazil against Ana Maria next weekend.
The UFC and Holly Holm could not reach a deal this past weekend. Money seemed to the sticking factor.
Holm still has a title fight coming up against Juliana Werner at Legacy April 4th live on AXS TV.
On a side note, UFC president Dana White stated he has not been in talks with Gina Carano.
Women’s MMA Round-up did a great little breakdown and some helpful hints about the upcoming Ultimate Fighter 20. If you are planning to go down to try out or just want a quick refresher on what is going down watch the video here.
We are hearing that if you have a winning record,and only have 1 pro fight you can try out.
We will have more about TUF 20 in the rumors section below.
XFC International continues it’s promotion of female talent with two strawweight bouts set for March 29.
Chile’s Gloria Bravo (1-1) will face Brazil’s Vanessa Melo (2-2)
Columbia’s Marcela Yineris (pro debut) takes on Brazil Vanessa Guimaraes (2-2)
On Sunday at 1 p.m. pst/4 p.m. est on the podcast, we will talk to Muay Thai fighter Prairie Rugilo who will fight on the Friday night Fights live stream next week. Rugilo established “Team Girl Fight” and is a member of the New Jersey Martial Arts Hall of Fame.
We are getting word from our sources that Claudia Gadelha and Juliana Lima might be immediately signed to the UFC and not participate in “The Ultimate Fighter 20”.
The reason we are hearing is Fox Sports 1 has a problem with the language barrier with the two Brazilian signees.
Gadelha has tweet she hasn’t heard anything on her end, but that may just mean she hasn’t gotten word yet.
This would increase the spots available during the tryouts to seven. We may see one more spot open as well due to another issue. We will have more about this next week.
Saturday, we will be doing a scouting report on who is going officially and who we expect to see there. Wombat Sports will be covering the tryouts in Vegas April 27-28.
We can tell you Zoila Fruasto and Norma Center have no plans on trying out for TUF 20.
OneFC president Victor Chua is stating we may see former boxing champ Ana Julaton make her MMA debut soon. Julaton has been doing some cross training and OneFC has expressed interest in signing her.
RFA matchmaker Scott Cutbirth stated on the Pro WMMA Now podcast they do have both UFC and Invicta outs in their contracts. He also stated he is open to a 155 division.
Lina Akhtar Lansberg and Emma Delaney are ready to go for their bantamweight contest at Cage Warriors in Ballerup, Denmark Saturday. Lansberg (134.9) made weight, while Delaney (138.5) came in 3.5 pound over. Delaney will give up 40% of her purse.
England’s Delaney (0-1) is coming off a split decision loss to Laura Howarth at Cage Warriors in December. Sweden’s Lansberg (1-1) will make her Cage Warriors debut, coming off her first win as a pro over L.J. Adams.
In pro MMA action from Wednesday, Michelle Young defeated Jennifer Johnston by rear naked choke at Alaska Fight Championships in Anchorage.
In Tuesday in boxng action, Saemi Hanagata got the 5th round TKO over Satomi Nishimura to win the vacant OPBF mini-flyweight title in Tokyo, Japan.
In boxing in Podstrana, Croatia on Thursday, Manuela Zulj defeated Ana Boras by points.
Two matches have been announce for Cage Warriors 67 in Swansea, WalesApril 12.
Undefeated bantamweight and teen prodigy Agnieszka Niedźwiedź will look for her 6th straight win as she takes on CWFC debuter Gemma Hewitt. Poland’s Niedźwiedź (5-0) finished her first four opponents before winning a decsion over Kerry Hughes in her CWFC debut. Hewiit (1-0) will make her bantamweight debut, coming off a pro debut win over Chloe Hinchliffe this past November.
The other bout sees two CWFC debuters as England’s Kate Jackson taking on Spain’s Monica Gaitan in a flyweight bout. Jackson (4-2) is looking to rebound from a TKO loss last May. Gaitan (1-0) made her pro MMA debut last October getting a unanimous decision win.
Thursday Sherilyn Lim came in seven pounds overweight for her possible bout with Ann Osman at OneFC on Friday morning. Even though Lim attempted to lose the weight, she was very dehydrated and came in 5 pounds over. The ,match was scrapped.
Former Valkyrie champion Mei Yamaguchi will make her much anticipated atomweight debut at PXC 43 in Pasig City, Philippines March 29. She will face Philippine fighterGina Iniong.
Yamaguchi (11-6-1) is celebrating her 7th year in MMA and has faced some of the best strawweights on the planet. She is coming off a split decision loss to Patricia Vidonic in her PXC debut. Yamguchi has notable wins over Emi Fujino and Mika Nagano.
Iniong (2-1) debuted for PXC last November, getting a TKO win.
UFC champion Ronda Rousey is looking to split from her current management company according to an article by Sherdog.com.
Rousey has gotten legal representation to get out of her contract with Fight Tribe Management, with her attorney stating that the contract won’t hold up under California law. No word on why Rousey wants to part with the company.
The company only handles her fight career, and doesn’t handle her booming acting career. Fight Tribe has asked for arbitration to come to a resolution over the contract. If the arbitration doesn’t work, they could see themselves in court.
More on this story as it develops.
On the podcast Sunday at 1 p.m. pst/4 p.m. est, we will talk to Melanie Lacroix who is coming off a long absence from the sport to face Brooksie Bayard at BAMMA USA March 28th.
UFC president Dana White stated during a press scrum this week he is going to meet with Holly Holm this week to possibly get her into the UFC. According to an interview with Holm’s manager on Sherdog.com, he is asking the UFC for a title fight and a six figure contract. We will see how that goes.
White also stated The Ultimate Fighter 20 tryouts are still a go, but still on no date announced.
Ronda Rousey stated she would be open to facing Gina Carano for the UFC title right away because she feels she earned it for all she has done to help the sport. She also stated she would be open to face Carano at a catchweight of 140. We await Cyborg’s response to this.
We should have an announcement about the upcoming Tuff-n-uff strawweight tournament in the next few days. The four participants have been selected and the winner will get an Invicta contract.
Expect at least one more signing to Invicta to be announced next week. RFA is also expended more signings in the next few weeks.
Expect XFC to make some announcements soon about a possibly ammy card in the U.S.
Two up and coming bantamweight Jessica Andrade and Raquel Pennington will battle on the UFC 171 televised prelims. Both made weight Friday.
Andrade got her first UFC win over veteran fighter Rosi Sexton, after stumbling in her pro debut against Liz Carmouche. Pennington lost in the semi-finals of “The Ultimate Fighter” season 18 and got her first official UFC win over Roxanne Modafferi.
The match will air on Fox Sports 2 Saturday.
Also on Saturday, XFC Intentional will feature a strawweight bouts Saturday on their live stream. Kalindra Faria will take on Aline Serio in a rematch of their 2012 encounter. Faria won the first fight by unanimous decision at flyweight. Both fighters made weight Friday.
Faria (12-3-1) is making her strawweight debut and is on an eight fight win streak, finishing her last six. Serio (7-4) has gone 4-1 since her loss to Faria and will also make her strawweight debut.
The match will be the co-main event and will stream for free on XFCMMA.com.
In other pro action:
At PLMMA 29 in Poland, Lena Tkhorevska faces Anna Moldavchuk
In a pair of bouts at Victory Iron Girls in Brazil, Gisele Moreira battles Kessiny Mara and
Helaine Ribeiro takes on Karine Silva
Deise Rocha fights Priscila de Souza at Gladiator CF in Curitiba, Parana, Brazil
Flyweight Sarah McLeod is looking for her third straight win as she takes on Rebecca Wells at VictoryFC in Ralston, Nebraska. Both fighter make weight.
McLeod is coming off a year and a half absence from the cage. She won 3 of her last four bouts, with a submission win in her last match over Alexandria Stobbe. Wells has only lost by decision and has a win by submission.
In other ammy bouts:
At Gladiators of the Cage in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Jaime Chesney takes on Christina Cherkes
Katy Collins battles Katherine Farrow at ShoFights in Branson, MO. The fight will stream on GoFightLive.tv for $15.
In Colorado Springs, CO at NMEF, Selina Valdez-Montoya faces Lauren Metcalf
Undefeated Catherine Phiri is looking for her first world title as she takes on Pia Mazelanik for the vacant WBC Silver bantamweight title in Lusaka, Zambia.
Phiri (7-0) has finished her last two opponents, and won the vacant African Boxing Union female bantamweight title in September last year.
Mazelanik (13-5-1) got a TKO in her last bout, and won four of her last 6.
On other boxing matches:
At Hauts-de-Seine, France, Maiva Hamadouche faces. Floarea Lihet
Mikayla Nebel takes on Christina Fuentes Hamilton Township, New Jersey
In a pair of bouts in Tucuman, Argentina, Guadalupe Maria Antonia Maldonado dukes it out with Soledad del Valle Frias and Leonela Paola Yudica Andino battles Vanesa Lorena Taborda
Irma Sanchez faces Yazmin Ortega in Los Cabos, Baja California Sur, Mexico
In Tapachula, Chiapas, Mexico, Joselyn Arroyo Ruiz takes on Leidis Martinez
Ewa Piatkowska dukes it out with Dasa Gabova in Arlamow, Poland
In Sopron, Hungary, Alexandra Gorog battles Csilla Nemedi