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2014 Half Year Report – Pro WMMA Stats by the Numbers

Letourneau vs. Phillips Courtesy UFC
Letourneau vs. Phillips Courtesy UFC

We are over half way done with 2014 and we are looking at yet another spurt in growth of the women’s pro divisions of MMA.

We are one pace to to reach the 600 mark as the last half of the year tends to be the busiest, and the expectation of Invicta coming back in the fold.

As much as thing change, some trends continue from our year end stats report for 2013.

Here are some of the stats we found interesting. We stopped the calculations at June 30, so none of this past weekend’s action are included in the half year totals. If you want to know a stat that we haven’t listed make sure to ask us on twitter – @wmmanews or simply comment below.


245: Number of pro MMA fights up to June 30. Last year it was 178 fights, which included 2 InvictaFC cards. So far an 18% increase in fights.

153: Total amount of finishes this year either. This beats decisions, which came in at 90. That is a 62% finish ratio. There was also 2 disqualifications so far this year.

91: Number of first round stoppages. By far the most popular round to win a fight, beating out the second (36), and the third (19).

73: Amount of fights at flyweight, which saw the most action in the first half of 2014. In second was strawweights (65) and bantmaweights (62) came in third.

34: Armbar submissions so far this year. It edges rear naked chokes by 2.  Unusual submissions this year include a heel hook (Milana Dudieva) and a neck crank (Mariana Leonardo).

31: Total countries this year so far to have a pro fight. The country with the most pro fights was the US (82) followed by Brazil (66).

19: Most fights by a promotion so far. That distinction goes to DEEP-JEWELS who have held three cards so far this year. MMA Super Heroes is second with 8, XFC with 7, and UFC, Cage Warriors, and Princesses of Pain tied with 6.

1: Number of UFC fights with finishes. Champion Ronda Rousey surprised the world with a TKO win over Sara McMann in February. Every one of the other five UFC fights in the last 6 months went to decision.

July 2014 Rankings – Fly and Feather See Movement

Jedrzejczyk
Jedrzejczyk

With her win over Rosi Sexton at Cage Warriors, Joanna Jedrzejczyk moves from #5 to #4 in the flyweight rankungs this month. With Jedrzejczyk now signed to the UFC, she will most likely drop off the list next month as she will be dropping to strawweight.Julia Berezikova is off the list due to inactivity. The pushes spots 7-10 from June up a spot, with  Viviane Pereira entering the list at #10.

At featherweight, Ashlee Evans-Smith has dropped off the list due to due dropping to 135 in her fight this past month. Latoya Walker moves up to #9 and Kate Da Silva enters the list at #10.

The rest of the divisions stay pat in the top 10.

We are expecting major changes in August as some fighters haven’t fought in a year and several fighters changing weight divisions for TUF 20.

You can read the complete July 2014 rankings here.

Andrea Lee vs. Susie Montero Announced for XFC 28

lee monteroAndrea Lee will make her long awaited pro debut under the XFC banner against Susie Montero. The match was announced via a XFC press release Monday.

Lee (7-3) just won over the weekend at Legacy’s amateur series over Valerie Aspaas. Lee has finished in all but two of her wins and is touted as one the rising flyweight prospects.

Montero is coming off an unanimous decision win over Allanna Jones in February. Montero lost to XFC champion Pearl Gonzalez and is looking to get back in the title hunt.

XFC 28 is set to take place in Tampa, FL this fall. It is expected to be broadcast. The promotion is expected to make more announcements in the coming weeks.

The MRS – (WMMA & WBoxing News) June 20, 2014

Miscellaneous News

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In pro MMA action Thursday, Kelly McGill defeated Leslie Rodriguez via TKO at 1:33 of round 1 at Tachi Palace Fights 19. You can see the finish here.


In pro MMA action Wednesday at Arena Nightmare in Brazil, Elen Torres defeated Claudiana Dos Santos by TKO 4:20 round 1


In boxing action in Buenos Aires, Distrito Federal, Argentina Thursday, Fernanda Soledad Alegre def. Roxana Beatriz Laborde by unanimous decision.


Marina Shafir has her second pro match booked as she will take on Nikita Netjes at Chaos At The Casino 5 in Inglewood, CA August 10. Shafir got her first win as a pro on the promotion’s 4th card this past April.

Netjes has back to back losses and is coming back after a year’s absence.


Glena Avila will return to action August 22 as she faces Stevie VanAssche at Excitefight in Marysville, WA. Avila (3-2) won in her most recent bout this past April, getting a split decision win over Katie Howard.  VanAssche (1-1) won by first round TKO in her last fight.

No word on if this will be streamed.


 

Jordan Gaza has announced she is retiring from MMA a few weeks. No clear reason was given on why she decided to hang up the gloves, but this past week it was revealed Gaza is pregnant.

The pro MMA fighter was 1-1 as a pro and looked like she had a good career ahead of her before deciding the retire. We will her the best.


 

Aleksandra Albu popped up on Fox Sports and has told the website she is planning to drop to 115 as she isn’t built for the 135 division. She is still sidelined with an “undisclosed injury” but is waiting for a doctor’s clearance to train and fight.


The officials have been announced for the upcoming title match between UFC champion Ronda Rousey and Alexis Davis. The referee will be Yves Lavigne, with judges are Derek Cleary, Doug Crosby, and Sal D’Amato.


Alex Chambers got her fight license in Nevada this past week and is official for TUF 20.


Jay-Z’s “Static” series did a short piece on the feud between Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate. You can watch it here.

While you are at it, here is a trailer of “Expendables 3” with a clip of Rousey fighting in a night club. Yup, Gina Carano did this as well.


With the release of the EA Sports UFC game this week, several fantasy fights were released, including Cat Zingano taking on the champ. You can watch it here.


Reminder to pre-order your copy of “A History of Women’s Boxing”. The book details this beginnings of women in the “sweet science” and digs into the roots of women’s combat sports.

Go here to order. If you use the promotional code 7A3AUTHF, you will save 25%.


rosy hayward 02This Sunday on the podcast we will talk to Muay Thai fighter and award winning journalist Rosy Hayward. The British fighter runs the best source for women’s Muay Thai in the world, the Female Muay Thai group on Facebook.

You can listen here live Sunday at 1 p.m. pst/4 p.m. est.


Rumors

With former Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker being announce the new president of Bellator, Coker will most likely bring back at least one women’s division to the company. Don’t expect this until at least next year as he tries to “right the ship” and reorganize the promotion.


Combate America states it will launch a female division in the fall. The promotion, which is targeted for the Latino audience, was started by UFC co-founder Campbell McLaren. It currently airs on Mun2 in the U.S.


If you didn’t catch it in last week’s column, XFC will be having an event in the fall and is expected to have Pearl Gonzales defending her title.


Sara McMann’s manager has stated Sarah Kaufman’s camp have refused several dates given to them for a possible fight. He states that Kaufman is “ducking her”. McMann has put out an open challenge to the UFC bantamweight division.


Holly Holm, Paige VanZant, and Juliana Lima are all expected to announce fights soon.


Scheduled Fights

Pro MMA

Aguilar and Fujino Courtesy WSOF
Aguilar and Fujino Courtesy WSOF

World Series of Fighting strawweight champion Jessica Aguilar will defend her title for the first time as she takes on Japan’s Emi Fujino in Las Vegas Saturday. The match will air on NBC Sports Net, with the main card starting at 6 p.m. pst/9 p.m. est.

Aguilar (17-4) is on an eight fight win streak, winning the belt in her last outing with first round submission win over Alida Gray.

Fujino (13-7) is coming off a loss to Mizuki Inoue by decision, but has won 5 of her last eight fights.

Both Aguilar (114.8) and Fujino (115) came in on weight. Herb Dean will be refereeing the bout with Adalaide Byrd, Caro Uso, and Glenn Trowbridge as judges.

Another bout on the card sees the WSOF debut of CFA featherweight tournament champion Ashlee Evans-Smith taking on InvictaFC vet Marciea Allen. Smith (2-0) got attention on the national scene defeating Fallon Fox in the CFA finals. Smith will be dropping to 135 for the contest. Allen (3-1) has won back to back fights.

Smith came in at 135, while Allen tipped the scales at 137.8. Allen will have to drop 1.8 pounds in two hours or else give up some of her fight purse.

The match will be a part of the prelims, which will stream on MMAJunkie.com Saturday at 3 p.m. pst/6 p.m. est.


In other pro bouts:

  • At Thunderstrike Fight League in Lublin, Poland, Izabela Badurek takes on Marzena Horoszko (125)
  • Kirstin Murphey faces Allanna Jones at Shogun Fights in Baltimore, MD

Ammy MMA

In amateur action:

  • At V3 Fights in Memphis, TN, Amberlynn Orr faces Auttumn Norton
  • Roxanne Ceasear takes on Fatima Mallett at Belts of Honorious in Austin, Texas
  • At LegacyFC in Bossier City, LA, Andrea Lee battles Valerie Aspaas
  • In a pair of bouts at Mansion Fights in North Hollywood, California, Maria Dominguez takes on Elizabeth Rodriguez and Mayra Palestino battles Marelyn Svoboda

Boxing

A pair of title bouts are set for Vienna, Austria Saturday.

WIBF super flyweight champion Eva Voraberger looks to add on more belts to her collection as she takes on Thailand’s Nonggift Onesongchaigym for the vacant  WBF super flyweight titles. Voaberger (17-3) will also be defending her WIBF title. She got a first round KO over Fleis Djendji in her last fight this past December.

Nonggift  (6-1-1) hasn’t lost a fight since her pro debut.

The other title fight sees Oezlem Sahin battling Buangern Onesongchaigym for the vacant WIBF/WBF/GBU minimumweight titles.  Sahin (17-0-1) is the former interim WIBF light flyweight champion. Buangern (11-6-1) is looking for her first title.


 

Aniya Seki looks to defend her WBC Silver super flyweight title for a second time as she faces Judith Rodriguez in Glattbrug, Switzerland. Seki (24-2) is a two division champion, holding belts in the bantamweight division as well. She has won seven straight.

Rodriguez (6-7) is looking to snap a four fight win streak and win her first title.


In other boxing bouts:

  • In Cluj-Napoca, Romania Maiva Hamadouche takes on Klaudia Vigh
  • Julieta Andrea Cardozo faces Lilian Dolores Silva in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • In Northbridge, Australia, Louisa Hawton battles Wiilaiwan Namuanghchan
  • Tania Enriquez dukes it out with Diana Gonzalez in Ensenada, Mexico

Weekend Results: Jedrzejczyk Cements 125 Ranking; Moyle Wins Tuff-n-uff Tournament

Pro MMA

Joanna Jedrzejczyk got the biggest win of her career at Cage Warriors Saturday as she KOed veteran Rosi Sexton.

Jedrzejczyk (6-0) outstruck Sexton, dropping her towards the end of round 1. Sexton survived, and tried to take it to the ground in round 2, eventually taking half guard. Jedrzejczyk was able to stall and get it back to the feet. With a sharp right hook, Jedrzejczyk knocked Sexton into semi-unconsciousness and the ref stopped the contest in round 2.

The #5 Unified flyweight, who is currently signed with Invicta, cements herself as a possible title challenger to champion Barb Honchak. Word is, however, she may drop to 115.

In the other bout on the card, Kerry Hughes battled Amanda Kelly is a war on the feet. Hughes’s right hands made the difference as she was able to get the TKO in round 2.


Courtesy XFC
Courtesy XFC

Silvana Juarez has had the comeback of the year so far, coming from losing two rounds to get the submission win over Mayerlin Rivas in round 3 to win the XFC International flyweight tournament crown.

Rivas’s striking kept Juarez at bay and eventually opened up her up. The doctors let the fight continue, and as Rivas continued to battle in guard, Juarez was able to secure a tight armbar to get the tap.

Juarez stays undefeated at 4-0. You can watch the finish here.

The strawweight tournament final between Vanessa Guimarães and Gloria Bravo was cancelled when Bravo passed out backstage.


In other pro bouts:

  • At RFA in Culver City, California, Rosa Acevedo defeated Kyra Batara by unanimous decision
  • Andria Wawro submitted Jessy Miele by rear naked choke in 20 seconds at Reality Fighting in Uncasville, CT
  • In a pair of bouts at Beatdown MMA in New Town, ND, Sarah Schneider defeated Amber Stautzenberger by unanimous decision and Delaney Owen submitted Shannon Gunville by armbar round 1 
  • Polyana Viana defeated Deborah Ribeiro by TKO round 1 at Talento Uruara Fight in Brazil
  • In two bouts at Bitetti Combat in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Viviane Sucuri defeated Pollyanna Botelho by unanimous decision and Ilara Joanne defeated Yelka Torres by TKO round 1
  • At Shamrock FC in St. Louis, MO, Nikki Smith submitted Christianna Daniels by rear naked choke in 4:53 round 1. In an amateur bout, Rachel Stockman def. Alicia Guest by TKO round 1

Ammy MMA

Jamie Moyle is the newest member of the InvictaFC roster.

Moyle defeated Molly Wren-Holms in the Tuff-n-uff strawweight tournament finals to earn the contract Saturday night at the promotion’s 20th anniversary event.

Moyle continued to move forward and try for takedowns throughout the fight, while Holms was defending most of the contest. Moyle got a few takedowns in round one, but Holms was able to block in the later rounds. In the end, Moyle took the unanimous decision win.

In other matches on the card, Liz Tracey submitted Kari Lichtenwalner by rear naked choke at 1:09 of round 1 and Jianna Denizard defeated Cheyanne Vlismas by unanimous decision (115)


In other amateur MMA bouts:

  • In a pair of bouts at Clan Wars in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Stephanie Quaile defeated Fionnuala Malone by TKO round 1 and Leah McCourt submitted Sarah Scott by armbar round 1
  • Yessie Ramirez defeated Abbey Frazier by unanimous decision at BlackoutFC in Fort Scott, Kansas
  • At Fusion Fight League in Billing, MT, Sonya Wilson defeated Kristina Buford by TKO round 1

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Cecilia Braekhus has won her 25th straight bout and remains undefeated as she gets the unanimous decision over Jessica Balogun to retain the WBO/WBC/WBA welterweight title in Schwerin, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany.

Braekhus stated after the fight she wants Ivana Habazin next so she can gain the IBF crown and sweep the table.


An all female boxing card happened in Eastern Cape, South Africa Saturday.

In the main event Noni Tenge (14-1) defeated Oxandia Castillo by majority decision to win the interim WBA welterweight title. The win could see Tenge face Braekus in the near future.

Also on the card:

  • Nozwelethu Mathontsi def. Lisbeth Sivhaga by points to win the vacant South Africa female light flyweight title
  • Nwabisa Mbopa def. Rita Mrwebi by split decision to win the vacant South Africa female super middleweight title

In others boxing matches:

  • In Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhône, France, Karine Rinaldo defeated Marianna Gulyas by TKO round 1 to win the vacant EBU female super bantamweight title
  • In two matches in Manila, Philippines, Momoko Kanda defeated Nongnun Mor Krungthepthonburi by unanimous decision to win the vacant WBC Asian Boxing Council minimumweight title and Naome Tacda defeated Ana Pitao by TKO round 1 
  • Yarley Cuadrado defeated Celia Ramos by unanimous decision in Monteria, Colombia
  • In  Pas-de-Calais, France Amelie Blary defeated  Mila Nicolic by TKO (retirement) round 1
  • Bintou Schmill defeated  Klaudia Vigh by TKO round 3 in Niedersachsen, Germany
  • In Bangkok, Thailand, Anrey Onesongchaigym KOed Irada Sithsornram in round 3

XFC Set for Fall Return to US; Three Female Bouts on the Docket

gonzalez xfc belt
Gonzalez

Since last fall, XFC’s main focus shifted from the US to Brazil. After a long wait, the promotion will be returning to the their hometown with three female bouts this fall.

On MMA Madhouse’s Cage Zombies radio, XFC’s John Prisco announced they will hold a card in late August/early September in Tampa, FL at the Sundome. The co-main event is expected to be Pearl Gonzalez defending her title against a yet to be named opponent.

Also on the card, XFC vet Cortney Casey will take on Angela Hill. It is expect this will be Casey’s debut at strawweight.

Highly touted amateur fight Andrea Lee will make her pro debut taking on seasoned vet Suzie Montero.

No word on if the event will be televised. We should have more details in the coming weeks.

XFC International Officially Signs 6 More Female Fighters to Roster

XFCi5-Tale-of-the-Tape-Guimaraes-v-Melo-450x300After announcing last month their signing top strawweight prospect Kalindra Faria, XFC International has inked deals with six more female fighters according to a press release.

Faria’s last opponent, Serbian Sanja Sucevic, has also signed a long term deal with the promotion. The Super Fight League vet is 4-3 with her last loss being to Faria.

Among the other international talent the promotion signed to contracts include Vanessa Melo (Brazil), Vanessa Guimaraes (Brazil), Silvana ”La Malvada” Juarez (Argentina), Mayerlin Rivas (Venezuela) and Gloria Bravo (Chile).

XFCi also announced the female flyweight tournament final between Rivas and Juarez and the strawweight tournament final between Guimaraes and Melo will take place on their June 7th card, which will stream on XFCMMA.com.