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The MRS (WMMA & WBoxing News) – Mar. 21

Miscellaneous News

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Porto
Porto

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.

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Holm - Courtesy NMCombatSports.com
Holm – Courtesy NMCombatSports.com

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.

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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.

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bravo melo breakdown

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)

The event will stream on XFCMMA.com March 29th.

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InvictaFC vet Stephanie Frausto will face Stephanie Skinner in a Muay Thai bout at 408 Fights “Battle of the Bay 2” card this coming Friday March 28th in San Jose.

There are going to be another 6-7 female Muay Thai fights on the card as we hear.

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Australia’s Arlene Blencowe (3-4) will look to even her record as she takes on Kenani Mangakahia at FWC 17 April 12. Mangakahia (2-1) is coming off a first round TKO over Belinda Sedgwick.

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Undefeated Pannie Kianzad will be back in the cage May 3rd at Superior Challenge in Sweden against a yet to be named opponent.

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Ashlee Evans-Smith will be featured on HBO’s “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel” April 22.

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Rugilo
Rugilo
Salmimies

Amateur Finnish MMA fighter Suvi Salmimies (1-0-1) is battling in a new arena. Salmimines is on Finland’s version of “The Voice” and has made it past the battle rounds.

You can watch her last performance here.

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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.

You can listen live here on Sunday.

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Rumors

Gadelha
Gadelha

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.

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We can tell you Zoila Fruasto and Norma Center have no plans on trying out for TUF 20.

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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.

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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.

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Schedule Fights

Lansberg & Deleaney
Lansberg & Deleaney

Pro MMA

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.

The match will stream on Cage Warrior’s facebook at 11:45 a.m. pst/2:45 p.m. est.

In a non-streamed amateur bout, Anna Elmose will face Sinead Kavanagh.

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Fallon Fox looks to recover from her first loss as she takes on Heather Bassett in a bantamweight match at XFO 50 in Chicago Friday night. Both Fox (135.4) and Bassett (134.5) made weight.

Fox (3-1) was a finalist in the CFA featherweight tournament losing to Ashlee Evans-Smith in the finals. Fox had finished all her pro opponents before the loss.

Bassett (1-0) mad her pro debut this past August, getting the submission over Breea Gilbert. Bassett went 4-2 as an amateur.

Word is that Kelly Warren maybe out due to an unforeseen medical condition and will not face Pearl Gonzalez at the event.

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In other pro MMA action:

  • At Storm Damage 4 in Australia, Ginny Conners faces Rachel Head
  • Iryna Shaparenko takes on Kamila Porczyk at KSW 26 in Poland
  • Dora Perjes battles Eleonora Tassinari at MMA Revolution in Hungary.

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Ammy MMA

In amateur action:

  • At Battle in the South in Wilmington, North Carolina, Mariah Smith takes on Michaela Seitter (125)
  • Christina Perez faces Kelsey Hundt at Rock Xtreme MMA in Corpus Christi, Texas
  • In North Logan, Utah at Clash MMA, Heidi Wollabaek battles Nicole Sontag (135)
  • At WFC in Las Vegas, NV, Kari Lichtenwalner fights Christine Ferea
  • Jessica Middleton faces Adrianna Lowrey  at Carnage 2 in Lawrence, Kansas
  • At All Star MMA in Montebello, CA, Elizabeth Johnson takes on Elizabeth Lebeau (145)

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Boxing

In Bielefeld, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany,  Alexandra Vlajk looks for her first titles as she faces Renata Domsodi for the vacant UBO, WBF International, and Hungary bantamweight championships.

Vlajk (5-0) made her pro debut last October and has rolled through her competition. She will face her toughest test in Domsodi (11-4) who has went 4-2 in her last six.

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Ji-Hye Woo will defend her IFBA World Super featherweight title against Jennifer Han in Gun San City, South Korea Sunday.

Woo (13-2) defeated Xu Chun Yan last April in her first title defense since winning the title in 2011. Han (10-2) has won back to back unanimous decision wins.

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Sonya Lamonakis and Tiffany Woodard will look for their first regional title as they battle for the vacant USA New York State heavyweight title in Queens, New York in a rematch.

Lamonakis (8-1-2) defeated Tanzee Daniel, recovering from her first loss of her career. Woodard (4-7-3) is looking to get back to her winning ways.

The two fights have fought twice before, with Lamonakis taking a majority decision in the first bout and a draw in the rematch.

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In other boxing action:

  • In Brooklyn, New York, Heather Hardy takes on Nydia Feliciano
  • In a pair of bouts in Benguet, Philippines, Norj Guro faces Rosemarie Cruz, and Carleans Rivas battles Oshiru Tamami
  • Ruth Stephanie Aquino dukes it out with Cristina Beatriz Cuevas in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • In Pointe-Claire, Quebec, Canada, Lucia Larcinese fights Jackie Trivilino
  • Adela Celeste del Carmen Peralta takes on Marisa Gabriela Nunez in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Also in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Karen Elizabeth Carabajal faces Lorena Noemi Gomez
  • Erin McGowan battles Sriphrae Nongkipahuyuth in Madeley, Western Australia, Australia
  • In Liege, Belgium Djemilla Gontaruk dukes it out Wendy Gervois
  • Jessica Belder fights Galina Gumliiska in Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • In Noginsk, Russia. Ekaterina Izotova takes on Agnes Draxler

The MRS (WMMA & WBoxing News) Mar. 14

Young defeats Johnston
Young defeats Johnston

Miscellaneous News

In pro MMA action from Wednesday, Michelle Young defeated Jennifer Johnston by rear naked choke at Alaska Fight Championships in Anchorage.

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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.

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In boxing in Podstrana, Croatia on Thursday, Manuela Zulj defeated Ana Boras by points.

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Two matches have been announce for Cage Warriors 67 in  Swansea, Wales April 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.

Both matches will be stream April 12, with Niedźwiedź versus Hewitt on MMAJunkie.com and Jackson versus Gaitan on Cage Warrior’s facebook.

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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.

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Iniong
Iniong
Yamaguchi
Yamaguchi

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 fighter Gina 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.

The match will stream on the PXC website for $15.

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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.

Lacroix
Lacroix

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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.

You can listen to the podcast here on Sunday.

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Rumors

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.

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White also stated The Ultimate Fighter 20 tryouts are still a go, but still on no date announced.

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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.

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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.

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Expect at least one more signing to Invicta to be announced next week. RFA is also expended more signings in the next few weeks.

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Expect XFC to make some announcements soon about a possibly ammy card in the U.S.

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Scheduled matches

Pennington & Andrade
Pennington & Andrade

Pro MMA

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.

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Faria & Serio Courtesy Wayne Camargo/RedeTV

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.

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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

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McLeod and Wells
McLeod and Wells

Ammy MMA

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.

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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

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Boxing

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.

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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