2016 Olympic Judo Recap: Harrison Repeats & Calls it a Career

Seven gold medals were handed out in Judo the first week of the 2016 Olympics, with only one back to back champion.

Team USA’s Kayla Harrision finished in all of matches, with two armbar wins in the process. She defeated France’s Audrey Tcheumeo with one being in finals to win her second 78 kg gold. Continue reading 2016 Olympic Judo Recap: Harrison Repeats & Calls it a Career

Alexa Grasso Signs to the UFC; Faces Heather Clark in Mexico

The hottest strawweight prospect on the InvictaFC roster has finally made it to the UFC.

Undefeated Alexa Grasso (8-0) will fight in her home country of Mexico as she faces Heather Clark (7-5) at UFC Fight Night Mexico City November 5th. The match was reported by several news outlets Thursday, with her teammate Irene Aldana confirming the match on twitter.

Grasso is coming off a win over Jodie Esquibel at Invicta FC 18 this past month. With the win, Grass earned a title shot against champion Angela Hill, but has foregone it to get called up by the UFC.

Clark is coming off a loss to Karolina Kowalkiewicz after back to back wins on her official record.

The match will air on Fox Sports 1.

 

Wombat Watercooler August 4th

Cyborg Justino’s next fight will be in the UFC.

After wanting to defend her InvictaFC title next, she turned down a possible fight with Germaine de Randamie. The UFC, who still holds Justino’s contract, has other ideas. MMA Junkie is reporting up and coming fighter Lina Lansberg (see above) of Sweden will face Cyborg at UFC Fight Night 95 in Brasilia, Brazil September 24th. Continue reading Wombat Watercooler August 4th

Women’s Olympic Combat Coverage 2016

365 women from across the planet are heading to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to represent their countries in hand to hand combat sports in the Games of the XXXI Olympiad. Among the returning athletes are 13 gold medalists looking to repeat their success.

Team USA is stacked with talent with Boxing Gold Medalist Claressa Shields (see above) and Judo Gold Medlaist Kayla Harrison leading the way.

Wrestling will also introduce two more weight categories this year.

All Team USA female combat sports except Taekwondo will be broadcast on NBCSN (usually on tape delays and only featured matches). All sports will stream live on the NBC Sports app and NBCOlympics.com.

Action starts August 6th with the Judo’s 48kg championship. Continue reading Women’s Olympic Combat Coverage 2016

InvictaFC 18 Primer

Invicta heads back to home base in Kansas City, Missouri for the first time since September with their 18th offering.

For the first time, a title won’t be defended on an InvictaFC card but a new #1 contenders will be determined in the main event. Alexa Grasso returns to Invicta as she takes on Jodie Esquibel to determine a number 1 contender for the strawweight title. Continue reading InvictaFC 18 Primer

Frausto vs. Graf Announced for Glory Kickboxing 33

The third quarterfinal match in the Glory Kickboxing Bantamweight (122 pound) tournament.

Bellator MMA tournament champion Zoila Frausto (4-0 kickboxing;) will face Germany’s Daniela Graf (23-5-1 kickboxing/Muay Thai) in Trenton New Jersey on the promotion’s 33rd card September 9th. Glory announced the match Friday night. Continue reading Frausto vs. Graf Announced for Glory Kickboxing 33

Waterson vs. Daly; Kish vs. Moroz Announced

Two strawweight bouts have been announced for two upcoming UFC Fight Night events.

Michelle Waterson will return to the octagon as she faces Aisling Daly as the UFC heads to Hamburg, Germany September 3rd. The former InvictaFC champion Waterson (13-4) is coming off a win in her UFC debut with a third round rear naked choke submission over Angela Magana. Before her loss to Herica Tiburcio, she was on a six fight win streak. Continue reading Waterson vs. Daly; Kish vs. Moroz Announced

IMMAF Crowns 2016 World Champions

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Aleksandra Toncheva

Four fighters took home gold medals at the IMMAF World Championships Sunday in Las Vegas.

Coming off her 2015 IMMAF European strawweight title, Bulgarian Aleksandra Toncheva adds the IMMAF World title to her resume defeating Poland’s Aleksandra Rola by armbar in round 1. She also remains undefeated at 6-0, having only started fighting in November of last year. Continue reading IMMAF Crowns 2016 World Champions

Watch the TUF 23 Finale Weigh-ins here at 3 p.m. pst/6 p.m. est

The finals are set as Amanda Bobby Cooper and Tatiana Suarez will vie for the Ultimate Fighter Strawweight Tournament title Friday night. One will come out with a guaranteed UFC contract and many other prizes.

This is not to take away from what will be the biggest strawweight rematch in history as Joanna Jedrzejczyk defends her 115 title against Claudia Gadelha. Their 2014 affair was one of the best fights of the year and many taking sides on who won the match. The judges gave the split decision to Jedrzejczyk.

Weigh-ins start at 3 p.m. pacific/6 p.m. eastern. You can watch below.

Wombat Watercooler -Bellator, POP, and Invicta Adds Fights to a Busy Summer

No female MMA fighters made the ESPN the Body Issue this year, but women’s combat sports did get two representatives.

Olympians Adeline Gray (wrestling) and Claressa Shields (boxing; 2012 gold medalist) are both in the issue. Both will represent Team USA in Rio. Continue reading Wombat Watercooler -Bellator, POP, and Invicta Adds Fights to a Busy Summer

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