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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

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 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.

WMMA Press Awards 2015 Sponsor and Promotion Nominees

ASFW-AwardFor the 6th year, the WMMA Press committee honors those who help fighters showcase their skills; promotions and sponsors.

Six journalists that cover the female divisions of MMA will vote on the award:

With more and more MMA promotions holding female bouts, the list of nominees gets tougher and tougher to narrow down. Six stood out for having over a dozen female bouts.

Here are the promotional nominees:

  • Invicta
  • King of the Cage
  • Princesses of Pain
  • UFC

In tough times, sponsors help pick up the slack. From gear to financial sport for training and medicals, they are an integral part of helping these athletes thrive.

The committee has nominated six of these companies:

  • Dragon Do
  • Fight Chix
  • MMA Road Hog
  • Sicchic
  • Sports Foods
  • xIonx

The committee will vote on the winners next week.




XFC Announces Young Guns Tournament; Upcoming Bouts

XFC_Final_Logo_rgb_wt_bgXFC is looking to develop local Brazilian talent, and is helping organize a tournament to do so.

The National Confederation of MMA (CNMMA) will be overseeing the “Young Guns” tournament, which will start with the southwest regional December 3-6th with the event finals to be a part of the XFC’s card on December 5th. There are five weight categories: 48kg/106lbs; 52kg/115; 56kg/124 lbs; 61 kg/135 lbs; and 66 kg/145 lbs. Fight must have a three professional fights and must be between the ages of 18-24.

The winner of the regional will qualify for the national tournament and get a chance to sign with the XFC.

The December 5th XFC card will also feature the flyweight semi-finals between Brazil’s Jady Menezes and Croatia’s Mellony Geugjes.

Before we hit December, XFC has announced three female bouts for their November 28th card.

Undefeated Viviane Pereira looks to win the strawweight title by taking on Vanessa Guimarães.

The promotion will also starts its flyweight tournament as the Czech Republic’s Magdalena Sormova (3-0) takes on Brazil’s Hellen Bastos (2-2) and England’s Molly McCann (1-0) faces Brazil’s Vanessa Melo (4-4).

The event will stream on the XFC facebook page.


XFC Adds 115 tournament bouts; Silva vs. Santos to September card

da Silva
da Silva

Three additional bouts have been added to stacked XFC card in Sao Paulo, Brazil September 19th.

New Zealand’s Kate da Silva will make her promotional debut against Marilia Santos. Silva (9-2) has won four of her last 5 bouts, with 5 submissions to her credit. Santos (4-0) had finished her first three professional fighters and won a razor thin majority decision over Aline Sattelmayer.

The night will also spark another strawweight tournament for the promotion.

Germany’s Sheila Gaff will return to action after a two year absence to take on Antonia Silvaneide Marretinha. Gaff (8-6) will drop for the first time to 115 after losing back to back in the UFC at 135 pounds. Gaff would win three straight at flyweight before entering the UFC. Marretinha (4-2) was the runner-up of the XFC season 2 flyweight tournament. She would lose to Poliana Botelho in the finals.

The other semi-final sees Russia’s Julia Borisova take on Brazil’s Ilara Joanne. Borisova (3-1) lost in the opening round of the XFC season 2 flyweight tournament. She has a noatable win over China’s Jin Tang. Joanna (2-2) has won back to back fights, including an 18 second rear naked choke finish in her last bout.

The three bouts join the flyweight title match between season 1 tournament winner Silvana Juarez and season 2 winner Poliana Botelho.

Most of the matches will stream for free on September 19th.

XFC Signs Gaff, Fryer, and Wennergren


XFC has continued its female roster with several fighters cross the planet.

Sheila Gaff announced Tuesday she has signed with the promotion. The UFC vet also announced she was dropping to strawweight in per promotional debut, which is yet to be determined.

Germany’s Gaff (8-6) had won three straight including a 10 second KO over Jennifer Maia before entering the UFC. Having gone up from flyweight to bantamweight, she lost back to back fights.

Joining Gaff is Australia’s Claire Fryer (4-1) and Sweden’s Linn Wennergren (2-1), both who have back to back wins. Fryer will enter the 3rd season strawweight tournament while Wennergren will be heading for the flyweight grand prix.

No word on when the fighters will make their promotional debuts.

Yes, XFC is “Still a Thing” and One you Need to Know About

Silvana Gomez 02
Flyweight tournament champ Silvana Gomez

Maryna Moroz will make her UFC debut this weekend against Joanne Calderwood. To many, the undefeated Moroz is an unknown fighter, but to those who have been following the resurgence of XFC, she is very familiar. Moroz won her opening round XFC tournament match by armbar before signing to the UFC.

Moroz is not the only fighter who fought under the XFC banner making a name for herself. Kalindra Faria who faced Jessica Aguilar for the WSOF title earlier this year has also fought in the XFC.

For those who haven’t been following our site that long, or who have missed the stories we have had about the talent rich XFC, let me catch you up on what has been a promotion rebuilt for the better.

After the XFC lost its deal with AXS, a major shift happened behind the scenes. Seeing the direction the XFC was heading post AXS, ownership and investors replaced most of the management, with Edward Jung taking over as CEO and Myron Molotky taking over as President. TJ Alcock (Director of Communications) and Brook Alcock (Director of Marketing) are two of the few to stick around.

With new management came a new direction and a new location for cards: Brazil. It was a radical shift from the many B and C leagues in the US to the wild west of the Brazilian market. Having secured a tv deal with Rede TV, they also changed their look, marketing strategy, and overall format to a more old school Bellator tournament-style event. The changes have been effective as major sponsors, including Snickers, have climbed on board. The organization also set up a live stream for fans not in Brazil to enjoy the action (although we wish they had some English commentators).

What has been beneficial to the female divisions has been the depth of talent the XFC has brought in worldwide. Not only Brazilians, but fighters from the US, India, Ukraine, Finland, and Argentina have been brought in to take part of the new XFC.

As it stands now there have been four tournaments, with three champions crowned: Silvana Gomez (season 1 flyweight); Vanessa Guimaraes (season 1 strawweight), and Poliana Botelho (season 2 flyweight).  Viviane Pereira and Vuokko Katainen will square off for the season 2 strawweight tournament title soon. Botelho and Pereira will square off soon to crown a XFC 125 champ soon as well.

The promotion has been promising a return to the US and expansion into Europe sometime in the next year. For now, the promotion is developing stars and doing its part to increase the women’s divisions across the planet.

XFC has become strong and is a great example how a promotion can re-invent itself. Some of the next stars of the women’s divisions are coming from the XFC, and that’s a great thing.


April 2015 Rankings – Jedrzejczyk Reigns Supreme

joanna-flagApril comes with two divisions with some top 5 changes.

Newly crowned Joanna Jedrzejczyk has shaken up the top 10 in the strawweights as she takes #1, a spot held by Jessica Aguilar for over two years. Aguilar drops to #2.

The former champion Esparza drops from #2 to #4, with Claudia Gadelha gaining at spot at #3. The rest of the division stays pat as a slew of strawweight matches happen in April.

With her win over Julie Werner at XFC1, flyweight Julia Berezikova enters the top 10 at #4, pushing the rest of the top 10 down a spot.

Featherweight, bantamweight, and atomweight saw no changes.

With Invicta 12 ahead and a bunch of UFC matches, expect some interesting changes come May.

You can see the complete April 2015 Unified WMMA Pro Rankings here.

Wombat Watercooler February 28

Grass vs. Inoue Courtesy Esther Lynn/InvictaFC
Grass vs. Inoue Courtesy Esther Lynn/InvictaFC


If you missed InvictaFC 11 Friday night here are the quick results:

  • Cris Cyborg defeats Charmaine Tweet via TKO at :46 of round 1 to retain the featherweight title
  • Alexa Grasso defeats Mizuki Inoue via Unanimous Decision
  • DeAnna Bennett defeats Norma Rueda Center via Unanimous Decision
  • Irene Aldana defeats Colleen Schneider via rear naked choke at 1:05 of round 1
  • Jamie Moyle defeats J.J. Aldrich via rear naked choke at 2:20 of round 1
  • Amy Montenegro defeats Brianna Van Buren via Unanimous Decision
  • Christine Stanley defeats Laura Salazar via TKO at 2:59 of round 1
  • Aspen Ladd defeats Ana Carolina Vidal via TKO at 4:21 of round 1

Grasso and Inoue got “Fight of the Night”, with Aldana and Justino taking home “Performance of the Night” honors.

MMA Rising has a full recap here.

The gals at WMMA Round-up have interviews with Grasso (video here) and Aldana (video here).

Justino Courtesy Esther Lynn/InvictaFC
Justino Courtesy Esther Lynn/InvictaFC

At the Invicta 11 post fight press conference, president Shannon Knapp announced the dates and the main events for the next two Invicta cards.

InvictaFC 12 will take place April 10 and will be headlined by Katja Kankaanpää defending her strawweight title against Livia Renata Souza. No word on location as of yet.

InvictaFC 13 will be headlined by Cyborg Justino defending her featherweight title against an opponent to be named later. Also, Herica Tiburcio will defend her atomweight title against Ayaka Hamasaki. The card will be a part of “International Fight Week” in Vegas and will stream on UFC Fight Pass July 10.

The UFC held its “Welcome to the Show” presser Saturday morning which featured all the champions defending their title on the next few cards, as well as main event fighters. UFC strawweight champion Carla Esparza and Joanna Jedrzejczyk were on the dais.

Karyn Bryant reported to the fans that Lorenzo Fertitta would only sign Cyborg Justino if she fought a bantamweight fight outside the UFC. White was skeptical this would happen, but was very impressed by Justino’s performance Friday night.

White was also impressed with Alexa Grasso and Mizuki Inoue, stating “This fight should have been in the UFC”. The crowd popped when the fight was mentioned, and White plugged it again later on in the press conference.

When asked about Grasso, Esparza complimented the performance and thought Grasso “should be in the top 10” and wouldn’t be surprised if she was her in the UFC soon.

Esparza also stated she would like to fight on a card in Mexico City.

Finally, White stated the flyweight division was still “a ways away” from being in the UFC.

White stated on the InvictaFC stream that the gate for Saturday night’s UFC 184 ppv was 2.4 million. Champion Ronda Rousey took a lower guarantee in return for part of it, which will bank her around a million for the fight, This will be one of the highest salaries for a female fighter in MMA history.

XFC has announced some signings this week.

World Series of Fighting vet Katlyn Chookagian will make the trip to Brazil soon, as well Dutch fighter Mellony Geugjes. Geugjes is supposedly still under Invicta contract. We will have more info in the coming week.

In another pro fight on Friday, Valentina Shevchenko defeated Jan Finney by unanimous decision at Legacy and improved her record to 10-1.

Wombat Watercooler – Feb. 6

Casey Courtesy Combat Lifestyle
Casey Courtesy Combat Lifestyle

Invicta has signed two familiar names in the WMMA community.

PXC vet  Cortney Casey (3-1) is the former Tuff-n-uff flyweight champion and has finished in all of her wins as a pro.

Stephanie Skinner (4-5) is coming off a win over Kyra Batara by split decision at RFA this past November. She has won back to back.

Both were signed to XFC and was “released” by the promotion this past month.

In turn, XFC made two signings these past few weeks.

Australian kickboxer Claire Fryer (4-1) will be entering the promotion’s third season strawweight tournament. The four year vet’s only loss was to UFC fighter Alex Chambers.

Entering the season 3 flyweight tournament is New Zealand’s Kate Da Silva (8-2). She won the Princesses of Pain round robin flyweight tournament this past year, and was runner up in the Storm Damage tournament.

After suffering two losses and missing weight twice, Alexis Dufresne has been cut from the UFC. Her camp is telling us she will be going up to featherweight, so it will be intersting to see if Invicta or Bellator picks her up.

Cage Warrior’s bantamweight title contender and undefeated fighter Agnieszka Niedzwiedz announced this past week she is pregnant. She will be out for a year.

Season 3 of Australia’s “Wimp2Warrior” has started. Twenty women who have never fought will try to make the show, many who have never seen MMA. Forty men will joined them.

At the end of the season, those who make it through the several months of training will fight in a MMA card.

You can see a preview here.

society 9 bSunday at 1 p.m. pst/4 p.m. est. we will be talking to Lynn Le of Society Nine, a new gear company that is hoping to revolutionize women’s fighting.

You can listen live here. 

You can contribute to her cause (and get some great gear) by going to the Society Nine Kickstarter here.

Wombat Watercooler – January 22

Due to the time it takes to put together a MRS column, we have decide to split it into a few new reports. The first is the “Wombat Watercooler” which will be the places for rumors and miscellaneous newsworthy bites we find out during the week.

Cyborg and Knapp
Cyborg and Knapp

We are all waiting for a date for InvictaFC 11, which is looking like March. Last we heard, the promotion was “finalizing” the card.

As we mentioned in earlier articles, it is expect that Cyborg Justino will defend her featherweight title on the card, and Ayaka Hamasaki is rumored to fight at the event as well.

Speaking of Cyborg, UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta has stated his company is back in talks to bring her to the octagon.

Bethe Correia has answered Sarah Kaufman and the two verbally agreed to fight. They are awaiting approval by UFC matchmaker Sean Shelby and then a date and place.


XFC released a statement “firing” several of its fighters.

The most notable is flyweight champion Pearl Gonzalez. The promotion stated they offered her several matches to defend her title in Brazil but she had refused. Gonzalez’s camp hasn’t made an official statement, but they seem happy to be out of the contract with the promotion.

Same can be said of Cortney Casey, who’s management stated she was “being held hostage” under the contract. Casey had fought for PXC since her last XFC match.

Other fighters let go were Andrea Lee, Stephanie Skinner, Angelica Chavez, and Andy Nguyen, all who have fought and/or signed with different promotions since the XFC was restructured and moved operations to Brazil.

Paige VanZant has been doing the media rounds to promote her fight. She did Good Day New York this last week (watch here) and the MMA Hour Tuesday (watch here).

Zoila Frausto will be dropping to 115 once again and is campaigning to be signed to the UFC. The Bellator strawweight tournament winner has notable wins over Megumi Fujii and Jessica Aguilar.

Marina Shafir will be attending a Bellator  card soon and is expected to meet up with CEO Scott Coker for a possible fight deal.

Kickboxing world champion Denise Kielholtz stated she is preparing to crossover to  MMA. The Enfusion World Champion will be training with Bellator’s Marloes Coenen to make her in cage debut sometime this year. She will most likely fight at flyweight.

BJJ standout Gabi Garcia finally has a date for her MMA debut. March 28 at Jungle Fight in São Paulo, Brazil the mutli-time world BJJ champion will face a yet-to-be-named opponent. It is expected she will fight at 185 pounds.

Suvi Salmimies will be fighting at CAGE 29 in Helsinki, Finland Feb. 28. Opponent to be announced.

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
  • 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
  • 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

The MRS (WMMA and WBoxing News) Nov. 28

In action Friday morning, Suvi Salmimies and Isabelle Pare fight to a draw at Cage 28 in Finland.

In the second quarterfinal of TUF 20, Jessica Penne defeated Aisling Daly by decision after a third extension round. You can read MMA Rising’s report in the fight here.

Next Wednesday, the finally two quarterfinal matches as Carla Esparza faces Tecia Torres in a match a year in the making, and Rose Namjunas takes on Joanne Calderwood.

Irene Alana has an unknown illness and is out of InvictaFC 10 next weekend against Marion Reneau. A replacement has yet to be named.

mma super heroes 8 dec 2014Two female bouts have been announced for MMA Super Heroes last card of 2014.

Tournament winner Renata Baldan looks to recover from her first loss as she takes on unbeaten Luciana Treze in a strawweight contest, and Karina Santana de Oliveira looks to gain her second win as a pro against flyweight prospect Mariana Leonardo.

Australia’s XFC (not to be confused with XFC International) will start its flyweight tournament February 28, 2015 in Brisbane.

The opening round features Terissa Wall (1-0) taking on Kate Da Silva (7-2) and Jaz Walker (1-0 ammy) battling Hera Tamati (0-1).

We wish a speedy recovery to InvictaFC vet Jasminka Cive as she is battle a staph infection.


Still some heavy rumors that InvictaFC 11 will be in Denver.

Scheduled Fights


Thompson and Da Silva
Thompson and Da Silva

Princesses of Pain is back as they are set for their all female MMA card this weekend in New Zealand.

In the main event, champion Kate da Silva will start her drop in weight classes, taking on Rhiannon Thompson in a 132 pound catchweight bout.

In the co-main event, Tairi Ford and Gaela Nixon duke it out in a flyweight contest.

All fighters made weight.

In other matches on the card:

  • Gentiane Lupi vs Alex Sorthis
  • Hera Tamati vs Catherine Drinnann
  • Charlene Watt vs Bridget Lords
  • Barbara Verlinden vs Tracey Burns

You can watch a preview of the card here.

Amateur standout Roma Pawelek will make her long awaited pro debut as she takes on the undefeated Ashleigh Heustis at Beatdown in Newtown, ND.

Also on the card, InvictaFC vet Kathina Catron battles Rachael Smith.

In other pro bouts:

  • In a pair of bouts at It’s Lanna Time 2 in Germany, Katharina Lehner takes on Sandra Redegeld, and Ania Fucz faces Cinja Kiefer
  • Karine Silva battles Sarah Silva at AFC 14 in Lages, Brazil

Ammy MMA

In amateur action:

  • In a pair of bouts at Spar Star in Inglewood, CA, Danielle Mack fights Farren Romero and JaShonna Owens faces Selena Lorigo
  • Jady Larissa takes on  Paula Eletrica at Copa Striker’s House 44 in Brazil

Brækhus  and Retzke
Brækhus and Retzke


Pound for pound queen Cecilia Braekhus will defend her four titles this weekend in Frederiksberg, Denmark.

The 26-0 WBA/WBO/WBC/IBF World welterweight champion will take on #1 contender Jennifer Retzke.

Retzke (15-1-1) has only lost once in the past 4 years. She is the current IBO welterweight champion, but will not be defending her title.

Both Brækhus (64.6 kg) and Retzke (66 kg) made weight.

Also on the card,  Klara Svensson will defend her  interim WBC World light welterweight title against Lucia Morelli.

In Guanajuato, Mexico, Jessica Gonzalez will defend her interim WBC World female bantamweight title for a second time against Magali Rodriguez.

Gonbzalez (5-1) won the title last year, and is coming off a split draw to Estrella Valverde this past August. Rodriguez (14-5-1) is coming off a TKO win over Marisela Landa in August and is looking for her first win.

In other boxing bouts:

  • In Buenos Aires, Argentina, Fernanda Soledad Alegre takes on Ana Laura Esteche
  • Enis Pacheco faces Paola Rojas in Montelibano, Colombia
  • In Samobor, Croatia, Ivana Habazin battles Galina Gumliiska
  • Megan Ouvrard fights Cyrielle Hebert in Charente-Maritime, France