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Wombat Watercooler: Paraguay Holds All Female Card; UFC Adds Torres vs. Namajunas Rematch

Patricia Alujas vs Pucca Gonzalez
Alujas vs Gonzalez Courtesy Anne Cha/Kuna Fight

Sunday night, Paraguay’s Fight Kuna promotion made history as they held the first ever all female card in the country.

The main event featured Paraguay trained Stephanie Bragayrac getting a submission win over Argentina’s Yazmín Marzo. The rest of the 10 fight card established some new stars in South America.

Here are the complete results:

  • Stephanie Bragairac def. Yazmín Marzo by submission (Guillotine Choke) 1:13 round 1 (140)
  • Alicia Andino def. Veronica Grenno by Unanimous Decision (115)
  • Patricia Alujas def. Silvia ‘Pucca’ Gonzalez by Disqualification round 3 (115)
  • Emilce Ortiz def. Anita Cardozo by KO 1:45 round 3 (110)
  • Monica Quiroga def. Ruth Roa by KO 3:45 of round 2 (115)
  • Angelica Bordon def. Charline Acosta by TKO 2:30 round 2 (130)
  • Laura Patino def. Beatriz Acosta by Unanimous Decision (110)
  • Sally Ortigoza def. Claudina Candia by TKO 4:55 round 1 (135)
  • Araceli Roja def. Katherin Souludre by submission 2:10 round 1 (120; amateur bout)

At World Series of Fighting in Tokyo, Japan, Japanese fighting legend Hisae Watanabe made a successful return to MMA, defeating Ye Ji Lee by TKO at 3:00 of round 2.

Watanabe (20-6) hadn’t fought MMA in nine years, but she came in like she hasn’t missed a step. The KO specialist racked up her 12th finish by that method and will look to make an impact in the atomweight division.

In the other female bout on the card, Ukraine’s Anna Bezhenar got her second win as a pro, defeating Singapore’s May Ooi by unanimous decision.


In other pro action this past week:

  • At Dragon House in San Fransico, California Jaimelene Nievera defeated Charlene Gellner by leglock round 2. In an amateur bout,  Edna Martinez defeated Maritza Sanchez by split decision
  • In Fight Night Kotka, Finland Eeva Siiskonen and Irén Rácz fought to a draw
  • At 100% Fight in France, Maguy Berchel and Maria Casanova fight to a draw

Holly Holm has taken more World MMA Awards than any other fighter.

Holm won four trophies, including Upset, Newcomer, Knockout, and Female Fighter of the Year at the ceremony this past weekend at the Venetian in Las Vegas.

The ceremony will air on Friday on Fox Sports 2.


Rose Namajunas vs Tecia Torres
Courtesy Esther Lin/InvictaFC

It is a rematch everyone wants to see, and it will be in the UFC.

Tecia Torres will looks to keep her record undefeated as she takes on Rose Namajunas on April 16 in Tampa, Florida. The match could see the next contender for the strawweight title.

Torres (7-0) is coming off a win over a late replacement in Jocelyn Jones-Lybarger in December. She is officially 3-0 in the UFC.

Namjunas (4-2) has won back to back fights, with her only losses to Torres and Carla Esparza.

The two first squared off at InvictaFC 6 in 2013, with Torres taking the unanimous decision win.

Also announced for the card, Raquel Pennington (6-5) is looking for her second straight win against former title challenger Bethe Correia (9-1).

Both matches will air on Fox Network April 16.


Jessica Aguilar and Juliana Lima have agreed to a fight. Rumor is UFC 198 in Brazil May 14.

Aguilar (19-5) was on an 11 fight win streak before losing her UFC debut to Claudia Gadelha. Lima (8-2) is coming off back to back wins.


The Ultimate Fighter 23 has started shooting this past week, with “Get in the House” matches. The cast has yet to be announced, but won’t surprise us if they are revealed during UFC 196 fight week.


Multiple WMMA Press Award winner Angela Lee will be back in action February 20th as she takes on Rebecca Heintzman at One Championships in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Lee (4-0) has submitted all of her pro opponents with her first three in the first round. She won the “Submission of the Year” with a twister over Natalie Gonzales-Hills.

Heintzman (2-1) was undefeated as an amateur and is coming off a decision loss to Katlyn Chookagian.

Both fighters have signed multi-fight deals with the promotion.

The fight will stream on OneFC.com.


Top atomweight Mei Yamaguchi will return to PXC to take on Tessa Simpson in Guam March 18th.

Yamaguchi (15-8-1) has won three straight since her drop to 105. She had lost back to back razor thin split decision at PXC.

Simpson (3-1) is coming off a decision win over Paulina Granados at Legacy.

The match will stream on PacificXtremeCombat.com March 18th.


Jessy Rose Clark will look to get back on the winning track by taking on Australian kickboxing star Jade Thomson at Brace MMA March 26th.

Clark (5-1; 1NC) is coming off a loss to Pannie Kianzad at Invicta this past July after winning three straight.

Thomson will be making her MMA debut after winning multiple regional Muay Thai titles. She also has a background in karate and is a purple belt in jiu-jitsu.

The fight will stream on UFC Fight Pass March 26th.


InvictaFC vet Maria Hougaard Djurssa will look to get back in the win column taking on Lina Lansberg at Odense Fight Night in Denmark March 12th.

Djurssa (5-6) has lost back to back fights including her InvictaFC debut in 2014. She has wins over  Alexandra Buch and Jorina Baars.

Lansberg (5-1) lost her pro debut to  Pannie Kianzad but has yet to lose since. A win could put her on the map for Invicta or the UFC.


XFC announced Silvana Juarez versus Julie Werner on March 19 in Sao Paulo. More matches to be announced in the coming weeks.


Zoila Frausto will make her return to Tachi Palace Fights February 18th in Lemoore, California. No word on an opponent.

Wombat Watercooler January 8th

All of the WMMA Press Award nominees have been announced and the committee will be voting on winners next week. We will have details on where you can hear who won next week.

To see the complete list of nominees click here.


12508946_10156343157340317_8640589319416683672_nHolly Holm and Miesha Tate are getting their wishes.

The UFC relented on their plans to have the UFC champ wait until UFC 200 to defend her belt and will defended it at UFC 197 against Tate. They will co-main the card.

Speculation is the event will take place March 6th in Vegas, but the UFC isn’t on the docket for the NSCA meeting next week. That could change.


In the mean time, Ronda Rousey will be keeping herself busy until she is fully healed.

After her first heartbreaking loss, Rousey will try to not only cheer herself up but make people laugh January 23rd on NBC, becoming the first MMA fighter to host Saturday Night Live. Rousey will also be in the upcoming Sports Illsutrated Swimsuit Issue and filming a few movies.


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Smith

Ashlee Evans-Smith is off suspension and will return to the UFC to take on Marion Reneau at UFC Pittsburgh February 21. Reneau lost a decision to eventual champion Holly Holm in her last outing, while Smith lost her debut to Raquel Pennington.

The match joins Sarah Moras versus Lauren Murphy on the card, which will air n Fox Sports 1.


Bellator has added a female bout to their January 29th event in Fresno, California.

Ilima-Lei Macfarlane will take on promotional debuter Amber Tackett on the undercard in a flyweight bout.

MacFarlane (2-0) is coming off a split decision win over Maria Rios in her Bellator debut. Tackett (1-1) recently return to action this past October, defeating Corina Herrera by decision.

The match will stream on Spike.com January 29th.


Two bantamweight prospect will duke it out in February as well. England Kerry Hughes will face Ireland’s Sinead Kavanagh at BAMMA 24 in Dublin, Ireland.

Hughes (2-1) is coming off a year’s absence after a TKO win over Amanda Kelly.

Knockout specialist Kavanagh (1-0) was a finalist int eh IMMAF world tournament last year and won her pro debut in 17 seconds.

Catherine Costigan is expected to also fight on the show.

The match will be streamed and we will have details in the next few weeks on how to watch.


After an eight year absence from MMA, atomweight Hisae Watanabe will return to action.

The shootbox and kickboxing legend will face Korea’s Ye Ji Lee at World Series of Fight’s Global Championship card in Tokyo, Japan February 7th.

Watanabe (19-6) started her MMA career in 2002 and announced her “retirement” from MMA in 2007, although she has fought two exhibition bouts in 2010 and 2012. She fought in shootboxing and kickboxing until 2010 before taking a break to start a family.

The 16 year old Lee is coming off her first pro loss in MMA but was able to hold her own in her debut.

No word on if this will be streamed.


Two matches to look out for this weekend:

Two of the top flyweight prospects, Katlyn Chookagian (5-0) and Isabelly Varela (7-0), will square off for the initial CFFC flyweight title in Atlantic City, New Jersey Saturday. The match will air on CBS Sports Net at a future date, but GoFightLive will stream the event live for $17.

Jamie Colleen will defend her King of the Cage pro 115 title against Calie Cutler in Carlton, Minnesota. The match will air on MAv TV at a future date.

Watch our twitter @WombatSports for up to the minute results.

2014 WMMA Press Award Winners

wmma-awards-2014-light-bg-300x300Over the next week, the WMMA Press Committee will be awarding their 2014 award winners.

Member websites will be giving the away the awards via written stories and podcasts.

The members include:

The awards will wrap up with Pro WMMA Now giving away the “Fighter of the Year” award on Monday January 19.

We will update the list (and links to acceptance interviews) as each website awards the recipients.

Here are the winners:

Fighter of the Year

Winners of the divisional awards will be eligible

Featherweight of the Year

  • Amanda Bell (3-0 in 2014) – winner
  • Megan Anderson (4-0 in 2014)
  • Latoya Walker (2-0 in 2014)
  • Jessy Miele (3-1 in 2014)

Bantamweight of the Year

  • Ronda Rousey (2-0 in 2014) – winner
  • Bethe Correia (2-0 in 2014)
  • Tonya Evinger (2-0 in 2014)
  • Pannie Kianzad (3-0 in 2014)

Flyweight of the Year

Strawweight of the Year

  • Katja Kankaanpää (2-0 won Invicta title)
  • Carla Esparza (1-0; won UFC title)
  • Jessica Aguilar (3-0 in 2014)
  • Joanna Jedrzejczyk (3-0 in 2014 @ 115) – winner (read more here)

Atomweight of the Year

Fan Favorite Fighter

Fight of the Year

  • Paige VanZant vs. Kalin Curran
  • Catherine Costigan vs. Irene Cabello
  • Katja Kankaanpää vs Stephanie Eggink
  • Herica Tiburcio vs Michelle Waterson – winner (read Tiburcio’s acceptance speech on DaMadeFerroMMA.com)
  • Randa Markos vs Jessica Penne
  • Renata Baldan vs. Michele Ângelo
  • Cat Zingano vs. Amanda Nunes
  • Jéssica Andrade vs. Raquel Pennington

Knockout of the Year

Submission of the Year

  • Hérica Tibúrcio defeats Michelle Waterson via Guillotine Choke at Invicta FC 10 – (Video on UFC Fight Pass)
  • Reina Cordoba defeats Anely Jimenez via Key Lock at CRF 14 – (Video here)
  • Jessy Miele defeats Lissette Neri via Scraf Hold Armlock at Gladiator Challenge – (Video here)
  • Kirstie Gannaway defeats Adek Omar via Triangle Choke at ONE FC 22 – (Video here)
  • Milana Dudieva def. Daria Chibisova via Heel Hook at ProFC 53 – (Video Here)
  • Katja Kankaanpää def. Stephanie Eggink via Darce Choke at Invicta FC 8 – (Video on UFC Fight Pass) – winner (read more here)
  • Raquel Pennington def. Ashlee Evans-Smith via Bulldog Choke at UFC 181 – (Video on UFC Fight Pass)
  • Luana Souza def. Kelly Katiussy via Keylock at X-fest 7 – (Video here)

Newcomer of the Year

  • Katlyn Chookagian (2-0 ammy; 2-0 pro in 2014)
  • Andrea Lee (3-1 ammy, 2-1 pro in 2014) – winner (listen to her accept the award here)
  • Emily Corso (4-0 pro in 2014)
  • Jamie Moyle (3-0 ammy, 1-0 pro in 2014)
  • Amanda Ribas (2-0 ammy, 3-0 pro)
  • Danielle Taylor (4-0 pro)
  • Jenny Lou Shiver (3-1 pro)
  • Jessy Miele (3-1 pro)

Amateur of the Year

  • Brenda Enriquez (3-0 in 2014)
  • Ilima-Lei Macfarlane (3-0 in 2014)
  • Hannah Zeciri (4-0 in 2014)
  • Robin Wissmann (3-0)
  • Amanda Lino (6-0) – winner (Lino acceptance speech and interview)
  • Sarah Jamila (3-0)
  • Alyse Anderson (3-0)
  • Alexa Connors (3-0)

Promotion of the Year

  • Invicta
  • DEEP-JEWELS
  • Princesses of Pain
  • XFC
  • MMA Super Heroes
  • Cage Warriors
  • UFC – winner (read more here)

Sponsor of the Year

Headline of the Year

  • Invicta Inks Deal with UFC Fight Pass
  • Bellator Adds Featherweight Division
  • UFC crowns Strawweight champion in Carla Esparza – winner (read more here)
  • XFC announces female tournaments
  • MMA Super Heroes Debuts with Female Tournament

Legacy Award

Inspirational Fighter

Weekend Results: Eye Defeats Smith; Aguilar Retains & Kianzad Gains a Title

Pro WMMA

Courtesy Yahoo Sports
Courtesy Yahoo Sports

Jessica Eye looked impressive in her win against a very game Leslie Smith at UFC 180 in Mexico City, Mexico, which aired live on Fox Sports 1.

Eye’s striking proved to be the factor in the fight, as Eye damaged Smith’s ear. After the first round, the doctor looked at the ear and let it go on. In round two after a heated striking exchange, the referee paused the fight and the doctor declared the damage to the ear was too much to continue, much to the dismay of Smith. Officially, Eye defeated Smith by TKO at 1:30 of  round 2.

Eye improves to 11-2-1.


Courtesy WSOF
Courtesy WSOF

The top strawweight on the planet has defended her title and position in the rankings.

Jessica Aguilar took Kalindra Faria to a unanimous decision win at WSOF 15 in Tampa, FL which aired on NBC Sports Net.

Faria hung in the pocket with the champ, but was out classed by Aguilar’s precision striking. The final round saw Faria push for the win, but it was too little too late.

Aguilar hands Faria her first loss in 11 fights and improves to 19-4.


Courtesy Dolly Clew/Cage Warriors
Courtesy Dolly Clew/Cage Warriors

Cage Warriors has crowned its first bantamweight champion.

Undefeated Pannie Kianzad (7-0) defeated last minute replacement Eeva Siiskonen by unanimous decision to win the initial 135 title in London, England. Siiskonen, who took the fight on 10 days notice, was able to get a tight armbar attempt in the opening stanza, but the striking was the key throughout the rest of the match to give Kianzad the win.

It is expected Kianzad first title defense will be against the fighter Siiskonen replaced, Agnieszka Niedzwiedz, next year.

In a preliminary bout, Anna Elmose defeated Emma Delaney by TKO 0:19 round 1.


Jandiroba vs. Lima Courtesy MMA Super Heroes
Jandiroba vs. Lima Courtesy MMA Super Heroes

MMA Super Heroes returned to action as they crowned a strawweight tournament champion.

Virna Jandiroba submitted Camila Lima by rear naked choke in round 2 in what was the tournament final.

Marília Santos came in over weight for the tournament and and faced Aline Sattelmayer. If Sattelmayer would have won, she would have advanced. However, Santos won by unanimous decision but would not advance due to the weight discrepancy.

In a non-tourmanet match, Daiane Firmino defeated Ariane Lipski by TKO round 1.


In other pro bouts:

  • At PXC in Manila, Philippines, Cortney Casey submitted Gina Iniong by rear naked choke round 1
  • In a pair of pro bouts at Sugar Creek Showdown in Hinton, OK, Delaney Owens submitted Amber Stautzenberger by rear naked choke 4:05 round 4 to win their 115 title and  Anita Rodriguez defeated Jade DeHaas by TKO (doctor’s stoppage broken nose) 5:00 round 4 to win their 135 title. In amateur action, Emily Ducote defeated Wendy Simmons by TKO 1:05 round 1  
  • At LegacyFC in Houston, TX, Stephanie Alba submitted Maria Lopez by rear naked choke round 1
  • Mariana Moraes submitted Stephanie Bragayrac by head and arm choke round 1 at Explosion MMA in Curitiba, Parana, Brazil

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In amateur action:

  • At ICF in Great Falls, MT, Hannah Kampf defeated DJ Morrision by unanimous decision. You can watch the match here.
  • In a pair of bouts at Steefist in Salt Lake City, Utah, Brenda Enriquez submitted Mallory Rogers by rear naked choke round 1 and Chelsya Howard defeated Alysa Westergard by TKO round 1
  • Jessica Fresh submitted Cynthia Bottelberghe by armbar 0:46 round 3 at A-Town Throwdown in Austin, MN
  • At West Coast FC in Sacramento, California, Ashley Medina defeated Melissa Wang by unanimous decision
  • Samantha Gilliland defeated Kathryn Yost by TKO 0:42 round two at Spartan Combat League in Loveland, Colorado
  • At Gladiator CF in Curitiba, Parana, Brazil, Morgana Silva and Vitoria Ferreira fought  to a draw (125)

Pro Boxing

Tori Nelson gained another world welterweight title as she defeated Victoria Cisneros by unanimous decision to win the vacant UBF belt in Fairfax, Virginia. Nelson also successfully defended her  WIBA welterweight title

Nelson (13-0-3) has yet to taste defeat.


In Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico, Erica Anabella Farias defeated Alejandra Marina Oliveras by split decision to gain the WBC World light welterweight title.

Farisa (21-1) is the former WBC lightweight champion and snaps Oliveras’s 12 fight win streak.


A new IBF World super bantamweight champion was crowned in Cordoba, Argentina as Yulihan Luna Avila defeated Carolina Marcela Gutierrez by unanimous decision for the vacant title.

Avila (12-2) wins her first world championship.


In other pro boxing action:

  • In Kotka, Finland, Eva Wahlstrom defeated Fatuma Zarika by unanimous decision
  • Hye Soo Park defeated Dorkmaipah Kiatpompetch by unanimous decision  in Daegu, South Korea
  • In Buenos Aires, Argentina, Anahi Esther Sanchez defeated Betina Gabriela Garino by unanimous decision
  • Debora Rengifo defeated Luzmeri Zacarias by TKO in Turmero, Venezuela
  • In Pathum Thani, Thailand, Kanittha Kokietgym defeated Saobangrajan Kkp by unanimous decision

Jessica Aguilar Maintains Number 1 Status; Looks for WSOF Win to Cement it

Courtesy WSOF
Courtesy WSOF

The current number 1 ranked strawweight on the planet isn’t in the UFC, and it doesn’t bother Jessica Aguilar one bit.

The World Series of Fighting champion is defending her title Saturday against the #8 ranked Kalindra Faria. Many people have criticized Aguilar’s spot as the top fighter at 115, but with a win over former InvictaFC champions Carla Esparza (who is in the The Ultimate Fighter title tournament) the WSOF champion seems justified.

“I am the best”, Aguilar told us on the WSOF conference call Thursday. “I’ve proven myself… People have seen me beat the best of the best in our sport.”

Many fans may not be familiar with Faria, but the Brazilian is currently ranked in both the flyweight and strawweight divisions and is riding an 11 fight win streak. When we asked about the WSOF bringing in Faria, a top 10 fighter, Aguilar responded:

“I want to fight the best and it goes to show a lot of people don’t know who Kalindra Faria is. She is top ranked. There is still a lot of talent out there that are top ranked that are out there. The WSOF is doing a great job of finding top opponents for me. I’m ready to take another challenge and prove myself.”

The title match will air live on NBC Sports Net Saturday at 6 p.m. pst/9 p.m. est.

Official weigh-ins will be streamed on WSOF.com at 11:30 a.m. pst/ 2:30 p.m. est Friday.

 

The MRS (WMMA & WBoxing News) October 24

Miscellaneous News

In action Friday morning, Brogan Walker defeated YooJin Jung by unanimous decision at PXC 45 in Guam.


Jessica Eye versus Leslie Smith has been moved to the main card at UFC 180 in Mexico City, Mexico November 15\, so it will be on PPV rather than Fox Sports 1.


Brazil’s Osvaldo Paqueta announce the nominees for their Female Fighter of the Year award.

Nominees include Herica Tiburcio (InvictaFC), Jennifer Maia (InvictaFC), Kalindra Faria (XFC/WSOF),  Karine Silva (XFC), and Livia Renata Souza (InvictaFC).

Voting for the Brazilian award will start in December.


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Letson

Leah Letson has decided to forego the Tuff-n-uff tournament and pursue a pro career. She will take on Christina Jobe at King of the Cage in Carlton, MN November 22.

Letson (5-0) has three finishes to her credit, while Jobe (5-4) has finished in all but one of her amateur bouts.

Letson will be on the Wombat Sports podcast Sunday at 1 p.m. pst/4 p.m. est. You can listen live here.


Two other pro bouts were also announced this week.

  • Breea Gilbert and Carolyn Biskup will look for their first pro wins at Hoosier Fight Club in Valparaiso, Indiana November 8th.
  • Poland’s K-1 champ Ania Fucz will look for her second MMA win as she takes on 1-1 Cinja Kiefer at Lanna Time II in Bochum, Germany November 29.

In amateur bouts announced this week:

  • On November 8th, Nikki Duncan takes on Chelsi Westdorp in a flyweight bout at Vertex MMA in Cadillac, MI.
  • November 22 at Total Warrior Combat in Lansing, MI  Alyse Anderson will defend her atomweight title against Danielle Huff.

InvictaFC is running a instragram MMA costume contest with the winner getting V-mode headphones, an autographed InvictaFC 9 poster, or an InvictaFC sweatshirt.  More details here.


Cassie Rodish is auctioning off her fight outfit from RFA 19 for Stop Cancer the Marni Fund. You can make your bid here.


If you haven’t noticed – Sqor, the upstart social media platform, has been using the cast of TUF 20 to promote it. The fighters have been getting good sums of money in the deal, with Felice Herrig banking $10,000.


Finnish fighter Vuokko Katainen, who lost in the opening round of the XFC flyweight tournament by majority decision, has signed a six fight deal with the promotion.

Swedish fighter Linn Wennergren will join her at XFC. She will make debut with the promotion November 22.


The GFight Women’s MMA summit will return in 2015. More details will be forthcoming but you can check out updates and give us some input by joining the GFight facebook group.


Rumors

Jessica Aguilar told Ariel Helwani on the MMA Hour podcast that her fight with Kalindra Faria is still on. She also re-confirmed two more matches on her contrast including the Faria fight and she will be able to “test the waters” to be signed elsewhere when it’s up.


Add Livia Renata Souza to the list of possibles for InvictaFC 10 in December.


Scheduled Fights

Pro MMA

Coenen and Bucci
Coenen and Bucci

Former Strikeforce champion Marloes Coenen will make her Bellator MMA debut Friday night in Mulvane, KS as she takes on Italian MMA star Annalisa Bucci. Both Coenen (145.9) and Bucci (145.2) made weight for the 145 pound bout that will air on Spike TV.

Coenen (21-6) is coming off her second loss to Cyborg Justino in Invicta, and looks to help jump start the women’s featherweight division in Bellator.

Bucci (7-3) is coming off a win over InvictaFC’s Maria Hougaard Djursaa. This will be her US debut.


MMA Super Heroes will have an one night atomweight tournament Saturday in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

In semi-final bouts:

  • Amanda Torres takes on Bianca Reis
  • Arielle Souza faces Janaisa Morandin

The tournament will stream for free on EI Nordeste youtube channel at 7:30 est/4:30 pst Saturday.


WMMA pioneer Satoko Shinashi will return to action after a six year absence from the sport to take on Ye Jin Jung at DEEP in Tokyo, Japan Sunday.

Shinashi (29-2-2) is a 13 year veteran of the sport, and holds the record for most armbar submission wins. She is the former DEEP atomweight champion. She took time off to start a family, but decided to return to competition.

Korea’s Jung will make her pro debut after having several amateur MMA bouts under RoadFC. The 15 year old also has some kickboxing experience.


In other pro bouts:

  • At PLMMA 41 in Legionowo, Poland, Barbara Nalepka takes on Izabela Badurek
  • At DFC Fall Brawl in Frago, ND, Summer Bradshaw battles Mariah Prussia
  • In a pair of bouts at Gladiator Challenge in San Diego, CA, Lissette Neri fights Jessy Miele and Bryanna Fissori faces Catalina Madril
  • Rachael Short takes on  Zhen Wei at MIMMA in Malaysia
  • At Strikers House Cup in Brazil, Mariana Morais battles Geisielli Nascimento (125)

Ammy MMA

WMMA returns to South Africa as Fightstar MMA will feature an amateur MMA bout.

Iris Rodrigues will look for her second win as she takes on the debuting Shana Power. Rodrigues won her MMA debut with a unanimous ddecisionover Santa-Marie Venter.


In other amateur bouts:

  • In a pair of bouts at Fight to Win in Glendale, Colorado, Brittany Boone takes on Hanna Schaefer while Grace Cleveland faces Cady Kinzie
  • Małgorzata Smaczniak battles Agnieszka Więcek at Memoriał Pawła Kamińskiego in Gniezno, Poland
  • At RUF in Parker, Arizona, Valerie Quintero fights Erika Norato and Nicole Sontag takes on Terry Rucker
  • Amber Ortiz faces Brittany Simms at Midtown Throwdown in Eugene, OR

Boxing

Yazmin Rivas will defend her WBC World bantamweight title against Susie Ramadan in Durango, Mexico.

Rivas (30-8) won the title in June with an unanimous decision win over Alesia Graf. She has won 7 of her last eight fights.

Also on the card Alondra Garcia will duke it out with Maria Salinas


In Nagano, Japan WBA atomweight champion Ayaka Miyao will defend her title for the 6th time taking on Satomi Nishimura.

Miyao (18-5) has held the title since 2012, and hasn’t been beaten since 2010. Nishimura (7-1) is looking for her first world title.


In other pro boxing bouts:

  • NABF flyweight champion Chantel Cordova will defend her title against Gloria Salas in Pueblo, Colorado
  • In London, United Kingdom, Marianne Marston and Marianna Gulyas will duke it out for the vacant Malta (MBC) International super bantamweight title
  • Ana Lozano faces Liliana Palmera in Barranquilla, Colombia
  • In Cataluña, Spain, Daniele Limone takes on Abigail Medina
  • Adela Celeste del Carmen Peralta battles Cristina Beatriz Cuevas in Santa Fe, Argentina

Jessica Aguilar to Defend WSOF Title Against Kalindra Faria

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Aguilar
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Faria

Jessica Aguilar will have a fight on her hands as she will takes on Brazil’s Kalindra Faria at World Series of Fighting 15 in Tampa, FL November 15. The match was announced Monday.

Considered the #1 ranked strawweight on the planet, Aguilar (18-4) dominated Emi Fujino in her last title match and continues her 8 fight win streak.

Faria (15-3-1) will be a tougher challenger to Aguilar’s title, having won 10 straight and has been undefeated at 115. She is the highest ranked competitor that isn’t signed to the UFC or Invicta. A win would give her the top spot in the rankings, putting her on several promotions radars.

The match will air on NBC Sports Net November 15.

The MRS (WMMA and WBoxing News) – October 3, 2014

Miscellaneous News

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Taylor

In action Thursday night:

  • At King of the Cage in Highland, CA, Danielle Taylor defeated Maria Andaverde by unanimous decision, Taylor goes 4-0 as a pro.
  • Naomi Staller defeated Cinja Kiefer by TKO in round 1 at German Cagefight Championship
  • At Circuito de Lutas Fight Night 4 in Brazil, Ketlen Vieira defeated Juliana Leite via TKO at 1:36 round 2

Cage Warriors has announced two more female bouts on their upcoming cards.

At Cage Warriors 73 in Newcastle, England on November 1, Spain’s   Irene Cabello (1-2) will take on Germany’s Vanessa Reinsch (1-1) in an atomweight match. This will be Reinsch’s promotional debut.

Two weeks later, Denmark’s Anna Elmose will battle Emma Delaney in an bantamweight contest at Cage Warriors 74 in November 15 in London, England. This will be Elmore pro debut and her first cut to 135.

Cage Warriors 74 will also feature the crowning of its first bantamweight champion in a match between Agnieszka Niedzwiedz and Pannie Kianzad.

Both the Cabello versus Reinsch and Elmore versus. Delaney match will be streamed on the Cage Warrior’s facebook page as a part of their preliminary card. Niedzwiedz versus Kianzad will be streamed on MMA Junkie.


XFCi will start their strawweight tournament November 1 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Participants to be announced in the coming weeks.


Rumors

Expect an announcement on WSOF champion Jessica Aguilar’s next opponent next week. It will be her toughest test she has had in a long while.


Angela Hill has been stating she will be on the TUF 20 finale card in December.


Scheduled Fights

Pro MMA

India’s Super Fight League will make it’s US debut with two female bouts in Tacoma, WA Saturday.

Colleen Schneider will make the first defense of her SFL flyweight title against Brenda Gonzales. Schneider (5-5) won four straight before losing to DeAnna Bennett at Showdown Fights in June. Gonzales (5-1) has finished in all but one of her wins and her only loss was to UFC fighter Rina Nakai.

Also on the card, Cheryl Chan and Hadley Griffith look to get their records back on track.

The fights will stream live and free on the Super Fight League’s Youtube channel.


In other pro bouts:

  • In a pair of bouts at Magic City Mayhem 4 in Fargo, ND, Ashleigh Heustis takes on Shannon Gunville and Mary Charbonneau faces Raquel Leeper
  • At Steelfist 28: Intensity in Salt Lake City, UT, Killastina Matatohi battles Heather Martin
  • Gabrielle Holloway fights Marciea Allen at King of the Cage in Slaon, Iowa
  • At Melo International in Brazil, Leona Machaito takes on Thais Machado
  • Graziele Ricotta faces Tabatha Ricci at BRFC in Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • At Diamond Fight in Singapore, Lena Ovchynnikova battles Madagmaa

Ammy MMA

In amateur action:

  • At Aspera FC in Sao Jose, Brazil, Marina Rodriguez faces Fabiane Schmitt
  • Nachi takes on Kanna Asakura at Vale Tudo Japan on Tokyo, Japan
  • At NAAFS in Canton, OH, Jessica Dinch battles Meghan Joyce (115)
  • Lauren Braccia fights Sadee Monserrate Williams at Dead Serious in Rahway, New Jersey
  • In a pair of bouts at Cage Wars in Grand Junction, Colorado Amanda Nold faces Nicole Upshaw and Rachel Liverman takes on Jasmine Higgs
  • At XFO in Rockford, Illinois, Shelby Hungness battles Brittany Giddings and Shaena Cox fights Ricarda Gomes

Boxing

In boxing action:

  • In Diciembre, Panama, Nataly Delgado faces Maria Milano (108)
  • Pasa Malagic takes on Borislava Goranova in Basel, Switzerland
  • In Buenos Aires, Argentina, Karen Elizabeth Carabajal battles Maria Soledad Capriolo
  • Noemi Bosques fights Ivana Coleman in Tampa, Florida

 

 

 

 

 

The MRS (WMMA News) – September 19

Miscellaneous News

In action Thursday at Circuito de Lutas Fight Night in Brazil, Arielle Souza submitted Graziele Ricotta by triangle choke 4:25 round 2.


Courtesy UFC
Rakoczy Courtesy UFC

We have been getting a lot of questions about TUF 18 finalist Jessica Rakoczy and we got some answers for you.

Shannon Reid talked to her this week and gave us an update. She is back in Hamilton, Canada with family and is still training. She is hoping to be back in the cage soon.

She relayed a message to her fans that she thanks them for their support.


The Ultimate Fighter 20 finale has a date and location officially.

It was announced the card would be December 12 at the Hard Rock Casino in Las Vegas. The main event will crown the first ever UFC strawweight champion. It won’t be an all female card as they just booked a male bout for the card.

It will air on Fox Sports 1.


Nicollini
Nicollini

Multi-time world BJJ champion Michelle Nicolini will make her U.S. MMA debut against InvictaFC vet Norma Rueda Center at Legacy FC 36 in Allen, TX October 17.

Nicolini (2-0) won the ADCC Submission grappling world championships as well as a seven time BJJ world champion. She has finished both of her MMA opponents by first round armbars.

Center (2-1)  was a collegiate wrestler and currently trains at the legendary Jackson/Winkeljohn’s MMA in Albuquerque, NM. Going undefeated as an amateur, she lost a decision at InvictaFC 6 to TUF 20 competitor Joanne Calderwood.

The fight is expected to air on AXS TV October 17.

Angelica Chavez versus Natalie Roy will also be on the card.


Coming off a win over Ana Julaton, Ann Osman will return to action at OneFC’s card in Kuala Lumpur against Egypt’s Aya Saeid Saber.

Malaysia’s Osmond (1-1) got her first win in a close split decision with Julaton last month. She started with a split decision loss.

Saber (2-4) lost to Julaton in both fighter’s promotional debuts.

The fight will stream on OneFC.com October 17.


Super Fight League’s US debut will be in Tacoma, WA October 4 and will feature a veteran of the promotion.

SFL flyweight champion Colleen Schneider will face Marion Reneau in a non-title bantamweight bout. Schneider (5-5) went 3-0 for the India based promotion, defeating Sanja Sucevic for the title. She was on a four fight win streak before losing to DeAnna Bennett in June.

Reneau (4-1) has finished in all of her wins and is one of the hot prospects in the bantamweight division.

The card will stream for free on their youtube channel.


Danielle Taylor is looking for her 4th straight win taking on Maria Andaverde October 2nd at King of the Cage in Highland, CA.

Taylor (3-0) went 5-1 as an amateur and has two finishes as a pro. She has wins over Jillian Lybarger and Nikki Lowe.

Andaverde (1-2) is looking to even her pro record after going 4-4 as an amateur.

The match will be taped for broadcast at a later date.


Fightstar MMA out of South Africa will have a female bout on their October 25th card.

Namibia’s Iris Rodrigues, who is coming off a win over Santa-Marie Venter, will take on MMA debuter Shana Power.


Four amateur strawweight prospects will be in action on November 8 at Conflict MMA.

Alexa Conners (4-1) will face Alyssa Vasquez (6-3) and Andy Nguyen (6-10) will battle Charity Walker (4-2).

No word on if the card will be streamed.


World Series of Fighting champion Jessica Aguilar will be back in action November 15. No word yet on an opponent or a location. The match will air on NBC Sports Net.

For those interested, it will be Aguilar’s third fight on her four fight contract with the promotion. Aguilar has the option of leaving WSOF if she is still champion after her contract expires.


Spaniard  Minerva Montero has inked a five fight deal with Cage Warriors.

Montero (1-1) is expected to drop to bantamweight for her promotional debut. No word on when that will be.


Japanese standout Satoko Shinashi will return after a six year absence to fight at DEEP October 26 in Tokyo.

Shinashi (29-2-2) has 20 wins by armbar and 23 submissions overall. She took some time off to have a family, but with a growing atomweight division, which is more of a natural weight class for her, it is expected she will make an immediate impact with a win.


MMA Super Heroes will crown an atomweight champion on their next card. More info about participants, location, and date coming soon.


The International MMA Federation announced they inked a three year deal with the Fight Network to air their annual amateur tournaments. Their first was this year happened during the UFC Expo in Vegas and will be the first to air on the network.

The tournaments bring talent from all over the world to help establish an universal amateur circuit and to help get MMA into the Olympics.


The awarding winning documentary “Glena” that followed Portland’s Glena Avila through the trials and tribulations of being a single mom and a MMA fighter will air on Showtime this month. It will air September 25 and will be available on demand September 26.


The UFC did a great feature on Cat Zingano ahead of her match with Amanda Nunes. You can watch it here.


MMA Somnia is running a contest giving away pairs of boon boxing gloves. You can enter here.


Rumors

Word is Gina Carano wants to drop to 135 to fight Ronda Rousey.


Ronda Rousey told reporters in Brazil she wants to face Bethe Correia in Brazil. She also is leaning toward Cat Zingano as the next contender for her title, and wants to defend her title on the January 3 card in Vegas.


Scheduled Fights

rin miesha weigh in 01Pro MMA

Japanese sensation Rin Nakai will make her UFC debut early Saturday morning ass she takes on fan favorite Miesha Tate in Tokyo, Japan. Both came in on weight for their battle.

Nakai (16-0-1) has wins over InvictaFC vets Tara LaRosa and Sarah D’alelio. She has six submissions to her credit and is trained in judo.

Tate (14-5) is coming off a win over Liz Carmouche earlier this year after back to back losses.

The fight will air on UFC Fight Pass starting at 12:30 a.m. pst/3:30 a.m. est on the the main card of the event. Follow us on twitter @WombatSports for updates.


In other pro bouts:

  • At Combat Xtreme in Las Lunas, New Mexico, Angelica Chavez takes on Stephanie Skinner
  • Jessy Miele battles Cassie Crisano at Premier FC 17 in Worcester, Massachusetts. In an amateur bout, Sarah Payant faces Sarah Click
  • At Circuito Talent 13 in Campinas, Brazil, Livia Renata Souza fights Camila Pitbull
  • Rachel Sazoff and Allison Haynes square off at PA Cage Fight 19 in Pennsylvania
  • At KOTC in Rancho Cucamonga, CA, Leah Letson takes on Moriel Charneski
  • Suvi Salmimies will faces Roksana Prucnal at Lappeenranta Fight Night in Kuopio, Finland. In amateur bouts, Tinja Lesonen battles Heli Siltala and Johanna Toivanen squares off with Inka Auvinen
  • At the Hill Fighters 3 in Brazil, Elen Torres faces Chayani Mendes
  • Evva Johnson battles Priscilla Brownfield at Hardrock MMA in Somerset, Kentucky. In amateur action, Gina Begley takes on Ashley Rickard
  • At Prestige FC in Ft. McMurray, Canada, Sarah Mcrann battles Fairlynn Smallchild
  • Jenna Serio squares off with Jill Valenzuela at Ring of Combat in Atlantic City, NJ
  • At GFA Fights in Bossier City, Louisiana, Andrea Lee faces Kim Colbert. In an amteur bout, Candice Maricle battles Jessica Tidwell 
  • Michelle Platenik takes on Nayara Hemily, Fatality Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Ammy MMA

In amateur action:

  • At NAFC in  Milwaukee, Wisconsin Jennifer D’Acquisto takes on Rashelle Cook
  • Jessica McNeil faces Gemma Sheeman at Heroes Combat League in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
  • At AFL in Atlantic City, New Jersey Charmaine Rosario battles Jillian Mulderig
  • Elizabeth Rodriguez squires off with Aiko Ewing Mosley MMA in Pomona, California
  • At Defiant FC in  Midland, Texas, Sanaz Khamisi fights Megan Runnels and Yuri Medina faces Trinity Williams 

The MRS (WMMA and WBoxing News and Results) – Aug. 26

Miscellaneous News

Walker
Walker

InvictaFC continues its signing spree with the announcement of LaToya Walker (145) and Jozette Cotton (155) to the roster.

Walker (3-0) went undefeated as an amateur and will fight in September against Anita Rodriguez at Sugar Creek Showdown.

Cotton (4-0) has finished three of her four opponents as a pro and also undefeated as an amateur.


InvictaFC President Shannon Knapp told Cage Side Submissions that Ayaka Hamasaki and Mizuki Inoue will be on InvictaFC 9. A third Japanese fight is yet to be announced.


To clarify what was going on in terms of Marloes Coenen and Julia Budd and InvictaFC, Coenen’s Invicta contract expired a while ago and Budd was a “fight-to-fight” basis.


InvictaFC vet Jocelyn Lybarger will return to action for RFA October 10 facing Rebecca Gullet.

Lybarger (3-1) is coming off a decision win over Rosa Acevedo. Gullet is coming off a TKO win over Mandy Polk.

The bout is expected to air on AXS-TV.


On the heels of XFC’s success in Brazil, John Prisco has resigned as the president of the promotion.

Several sources tell us that investors are seeing better results in Brazil than the are in the U.S. due to a tv deal and better sponsors. There has been rumors of folding the US portion entirely. There is no word on if the proposed Florida card in October will happen or the status of the XFC US based fighters.


With Kalin Curran signing to the UFC, PXC has signed Brogan Walker to their flyweight division. Walker is the first female fighter from Guam to compete professionally. She will face Korea’s Yoo Jin Jung at PXC 45 in Guam October 17.


Paige VanZant announced she has a spine injury and had to move back to Reno in order get health insurance. She is supposed to face Kailin Curran at UFC Fight Night in Halifax, Nova Scotia October 4th but is now pushed to UFC’s card in Houston, TX November 22.


InvictaFC signee Amanda Bobby Cooper will be out for a few months due to a ACL injury. She is set to go under the knife September 5.


The UFC did a piece on the resurgence of Japanese MMA that feature DEEP-JEWELS stars Shizuka Sugiyama and Brittany Decker. You can watch it here.


World Series of Fighting champion Jessica Aguilar and InvictaFC fighter JJ Aldrich were both on recent episodes of Spike TV’s “Gym Rescue”. Aldrich was in episode 1 and Aguilar in episode 2. You can watch the show here.


Rumors

With the current expansion in the bigger weight classes at Invicta, Tuff-n-uff maybe doing a 145 and 155 tournament with the winner getting a pro contract with Invicta.


Expect the InvictaFC 9th card to be outside of Kansas City. Sights are set for early November for the card.


Michelle Ould is possibly looking to drop to 115 after her fight with DeAnna Bennett at InvictaFC 8.


Scheduled Fights

Pro MMA

Courtesy UFC
Courtesy UFC

Milana Dudieva got her first UFC in Macao, China as she defeated Elizabeth Phillips by split decision at UFC Fight Night 48 which aired live on UFC Fight Pass.

Dudieva pushed forward while Phillips circled. Phillips was able to control the fight on the ground and had thought she had taken the decision, but the judges saw in Dudieva’s favor. This is the second close decision Phillips lost in the UFC.

After the fight, the UFC pulled one of the judges due to incompetence in judging.


Kianzad vs. Houtum Courtesy Dolly Clew/Cage Warriors
Kianzad vs. Houtum Courtesy Dolly Clew/Cage Warriors

Bantamweight prospect Pannie Kianzad remains undefeated as she took on a tough Megan van Houtum at Cage Warriors in Amman, Jordan. Houtum used her judo to gain an edge in round one, but it was Kiazad’s striking that would be the factor in round two to take the TKO win at 2:17. Kianzad improves to 6-0.

Lina Akhtar Länsberg outstruck Laura Howarth in Lansberg’s TKO win. Howarth didn’t come out for round 2, later siting “her head wasn’t in the fight”.


In what was a “Knockout of the Year” candidate, Christine Stanley landed an impressive spinning head kick to Katie Anita Runyan, ending the fight in only 5 seconds at the Xplode Fight Series in San Diego, CA. You can watch the video here.


Two Thai fighters made history being the first women from Thailand to face each other in MMA. Suwanon Boonsorn submitted Kaewjai Prachumwong by armbar in round 2 at Full Metal Dojo in Phuket, Thailand.


In other pro bouts:

  • At MMA Summer Showdown in Tulalip, WA, Glena Avila defeated Stevie VanAssche TKO by (retirement) in round 1. In an amateur bout, Mari Mata submitted Anjela Pink by armbar 1:26 round 2
  • Livia Renata Souza submitted Edlaine Godoy by armbar round 1 at X-Fight 9 in Brazil
  • At Samurai Combate 6 in Brazil, Ingrid Lasmim defeated Betina Baino by TKO round 2
  • Jennifer Maia defeated Elaine Albuquerque by unanimous decision to win the 125 title at Circuito Talent 11 in São José dos Pinhais, Brazil
  • At Shooto in Rio, Brazil, Luciana Pereira defeated Mariana Morais by unanimous decision
  • Marina Moroz submitted Jin Tang by armbar round 1 at Kunlung Fights in China

Ammy MMA

Sarah Jamilia was crowned the new Tuff-n-uff bantamweight champion in Mesquite, NV, as she handed Kaytlin Neil her first loss as an amateur getting the unanimous decision. Jamilia improves to 3-0.

Emily Whitmire improves to 3-4 as she defeated Cheri Muraski by split decision in a flyweight bout.


In other amateur bouts:

  • At SHP in Meridian, Mississippi, Kayla Stricker defeated Rhonda Russell by TKO 0:55 round 2
  • Katherine Roy defeated Fatima Mallett by unanimous decision to win the 115 title at Cowboy Extreme Fighting in San Antonio, Texas
  • At RMMA – New Orleans, Louisiana, Felicia Spencer defeated Macy Chiasson by unanimous decision
  • Randee Morales sunmitted Alyssa Garcia by rear naked choke at 1:00 round 1 at Jackson MMA Series in Pueblo, Colorado

Boxing

Hallback vs Cisneros Courtesy Full Access Photography
Hallback vs Cisneros Courtesy Full Access Photography

Chevelle Hallback gains the vacant World Boxing Federation welterweight title with her 8th round TKO win over Victoria Cisneros in Tampa, Florida. Hallback gets back to back TKO wins and improves to 30-8.


A trio of bouts happened in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

WBO female super bantamweight champion Marcela Eliana Acuna got the unanimous decision victory over Edith Soledad Matthysse to retain her title.

In other actions Erica Anabella Farias defeated Roxana Beatriz Laborde by TKO round 3 and Vanesa Lorena Taborda defeated Johana Belen Gimenez by majority decision.


In other boxing action:

  • In Coacalco, México, Mexico, Jessica Chavez defeated Melissa McMorrow by unanimous decision to win the vacant WBC International flyweight title. Also Celia Roman defeated Anely Hernandez by points 
  • Momoko Kanda defeated Nongnun Mor Krungthepthonburi by TKO round 4 to win the vacant WBC Asian Boxing Council minimumweight title and Naome Tacda defeated Aisah Alico by TKO round 2 in Manila, Philippines
  • In Rochester, New York, Ivana Coleman defeated Michelle Cook by unanimous decsion to win the vacant USA New York State super bantamweight title
  • Yamila Esther Reynoso and Daniela Elizabeth Quinteros fight to a majority draw in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • In Chivilcoy, Argentina, Ada Esther Nieborg knocked out Angela Mercedes Cabrera in round 2
  • Sindy Amador and Anahi Torres fight to a split draw in Corona, California
  • In Fort Worth, Texas, Rachel Vidal defeated Jasmine Clarkson by unanimous decision
  • Pasa Malagic defeated Suzana Radovanovic by points in Brcko, Bosnia And Herzegovina
  • In a pair of bouts in Sofia, Bulgaria, Gloria Vasileva defeated Ivana Yaneva by TKO round 2 and Ana Simeonova knocked out Tsvetana Konstantinova in round 2 (112)

Open Letter to New WMMA Fans – A New World to Discover

Santos Courtesy Astra Fight Team
Santos Courtesy Astra Fight Team

I have been wanting for a while to write to the new influx of fans that came during the Rousey/UFC era and welcome you to what I have been writing about for the past 6 years.  Love her or hate her, Ronda Rousey had driven in you guys and gals into the fold and not complaining one bit about it.

I should also recognize those fans who have came along as Invicta started to gain steam and are realizing how these ladies’ passion and drive translates in a cage. As strong and talented as they are on the inside of the cage, many are more than happy to take a picture with a fan or answer a tweet.

I sometimes feel, however, you are only getting part of this picture. The UFC is by no means WMMA as a whole, and there is a world load of talent put there that not only helped develop the sport to where it is today, but new talent we could see become the next superstars.

I have been obsessed with the women’s divisions for a while now, and have dedicated my life to covering every aspect. I know you may have lives (unlike me) and may not have the time I do to watch many, many hours of fights and research many new and upcoming fighters. My hope for this site is to educate you in less time.

I also want to open your eyes to the talented that isn’t in the UFC quite yet and those fighters who are pioneers before Dana White would have ever thought about bring female fighters in. WMMA is more than Ronda Rousey, and without those who came before her and those gals that actually dared to want to face Rousey, she wouldn’t be where she is today.

Don’t get me wrong, Rousey deserves a lot of credit to bringing the women’s divisions in the UFC. Without fighters like Shayna Baszler, Tara LaRosa, Gina Carano, and yeah even Miesha Tate, Rousey wouldn’t have even considered going into MMA. There are many gals that paved the way for her to take it to the next level. Feel free to look up old fights and see how these fighters set the table and made the women’s divisions acceptable in the MMA world. I recommend Julie Kedzie versus Gina Carano first and work your way from there.

The early part of the year has been slow in terms of the UFC and Invicta, but you may have missed out on some developing international talent making waves of their own. Brazil’s MMA Super Heroes and the XFC have been streaming female fights and many were well worth watching. DEEP-JEWELS, who can trace their linage back over a decade, has finally started to stream in the US, and with talent like Seo Hee Ham, Mizuki Inoue, and Ayaka Hamsaki, they will continue to send talent to Invicta.

Cage Warriors has invested a lot in their women’s divisions as well.  I am already seeing stars in atomweight Catherine Costigan and bantamweight Agnieszka Niedzwiedz, plus Joanna Jedrzejczyk just signed to the UFC. They too stream female fights (for free) and well worth a watch on a Saturday afternoon.

If you have ever thought about watching Invicta, now is a great time. You know all those strawweights that just signed to the UFC, and more than half of the bantamweights? Invicta developed them. The promotion doesn’t see any signs of slowing as they replenished their 115ers already and look to beef up their 135ers shortly. By the way, there are more divisions out there including the 105ers, the 125ers, and 145ers. Invicta’s 155 division will give a lot of power as well once it starts on the next card and goes to show the growth of WMMA as a whole.

Amateur women’s divisions are growing and have been over the past four years. Many organizations such as Tuff-n-uff and NAAFS has done a great job of promoting great up and coming talent, and several organizations like Survivors’ Fighting Alliance are going to make new stars we could be seeing in the UFC in the coming years. Remember, access to female fights could be easy as driving a few minutes to your local arena. Take it in live too.

You have come in at a great time for the sport. With more fights and more access, if you have an hour or two a month you could easily see more action on cards that aren’t under the UFC banner. Be open to seeing new fighters no matter what weight class or promotion. Many streams are free, with some worth wild ones at only $10.

If you have questions feel free to ask. If you see a fighter I need to take a look at, tell me. I am going to give you as much info as possible to when and where fighters are fighting and if you can watch on stream.

Again, welcome to the WMMA world and take it all in. Thank you for supporting these fighters and helping make this sport as popular as it’s been.