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There has been huge debates on what women’s weight classes are sustainable or not.
This year I decided to give you a glimpse of the current and future health of the divisions broken down. Since I did both amateur and pro stats this time around, I can give you some insight into what I have been seeing and calm down some worries.
Continue reading 2018 First Half Stats in The Womens’ Divisions Part 3: Atomweight Breakdown
Very few promotions make it to their 30th event.
Saturday InvictaFC will reach the milestone as it looks to crown a new atomweight champion. Jinh Yu Frey will get her second chance to hold the gold when she takes on Finland’s Minna Grusander.
The co-main event will see a possible contender for the vacant featherweight title as Russia’s Helena Kolesnyk faces Felicia Spencer.
This will also be the promotional debut of former UFC athlete Heather Jo Clark as she faces Brazil’s Kinberly Novaes. Continue reading InvictaFC 30 Primer
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I have compiled amateur results over the years, but this has been the first time I have broken down the amateur stats.
It was popular demand and questions about the future health of the women’s divisions that got me to do this for the first year. We will dig into the weight divisions in part 3. I haven’t done this in past years because getting complete results for the amateurs was a hassle, as previously discusses in part 1. I suspect a dozen or so results have not been posted in the major databases, so with expect a small margin of error.
Since this is our first time, we can’t compare past years, but can at least compare the pro stats. Continue reading 2018 First Half Stats in the Women’s Divisions Part 2: The Amateurs
Photo Courtesy Dave Mandel, Invicta FC
This year, I decided to dig a bit deeper.
After many questions about the strength of the women’s divisions by fans and MMA pundits, I tabulated debuts after a year absence, as well as added amateur results, which will be expanded upon in part 2 of this three part series.
The third part will dive deeper in each divisions to give you a glimpse of the current health and the future. Continue reading 2018 First Half Stats in the Women’s Divisions Part 1: The Pros
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It was hero’s welcome as Bellator Champion Ilima-Lei Macfarlane went down the escalator at the Pechenga Casino and Resort this past Friday in front of her crowd of family, friends, and fans.
The champ estimated a good sixth of the crowd was there to cheer her on in the first defense of her recently won title. Many women were wearing her signatire flower in their ears to show support. The live fans were not alone in their support, as Bellator announced nearly 800,000 people watched the fight from the comfort of their own homes. Continue reading Bellator’s Flyweight Division Shines as Ilima-Lei Macfarlane Becomes Breakout Star
It has been a few months since Leslie Smith was let go of her contract from the UFC. The reasons why this happened is one of controversy.
For those who don’t know the story, Smith was scheduled to face Aspen Ladd at UFC Fight Night in Atlantic City, New Jersey in April, but Ladd missed weight. Smith saw this as a break, since her contract with the UFC would be up if she fought Ladd. Smith would agree to fight Ladd at a catch weight if the UFC would extend her contract for one more fight after Ladd, so she could negotiate a new multi-fight deal. The UFC decided to simply drop Smith and pay her out. Continue reading Leslie Smith Talks Future; Championing Fighters’ Rights Movement
With it being the mid point of 2018, Project Spearhead has made some major progress.
The first goal of the organization is to determine the status of the UFC fighters as employees or independent contracts. By definition, there is mounting evidence that they are employees, due to the Reebok fight kits (essentially uniforms), the adherence to a code of conduct, the use of UFC equipment, and a set schedule. Another point is fighters are exclusive to the UFC can cannot fight elsewhere.
If found that fighters are employees, they can organize and form a Fighters’ Association or union, similar to other top sports such as the NFL and MLB.
With the exit of Leslie Smith from the UFC led her to file a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board that she was let go from her contract over heading Project Spearhead pushed the timetable up to render a decision. Continue reading Leslie Smith: “A Union Would Benefit the UFC”
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Friday night at the Pechenga Casino in Temecula, California Bellator will have its 201st offering that will air on the Paramount Network and the Bellator App.
The main event features Ilima-Lei Macfarlane defending her title for the first time against Colombian Alejandra Lara. Both made weight for the title fight with Macfarlane tipping the scales at an even 125 and Lara at 124.6.
The second bout of the main card could see the next title challenger as Valerie Letourneau (126) faces Kristina Williams (125.4).
The only preliminary female bout sees the return of Keri-Anne Melendez (116) face Hawaii’s Tiani Valle (114.5) in a strawweight tilt. This will stream on the Bellator App.
There was to be another preliminary fight between the undefeated Kristi Lopez and Paola Ramirez, but Ramirez came in at 9.67 pounds over the flyweight limit, and the match was scrapped. Lopez weighed in officially at 125.5 pounds. She will most likely keep her fight purse.
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It has pretty much came full circle for champion Ilima-Lei Macfarlane as she has come back to the place she started her Bellator career.
The undefeated flyweight will defend her title against Colombia’s Alejandra Lara Friday night at Pechenga Casino in Temecula, California. The champ is expect a huge crowd of supporters, as she is within striking distance of her home gym in San Diego. Continue reading Video – Ilima-Lei Macfarlane Defends on Home Turf; Talks Female Fighter of the Year Nomination
It seemed inevitable that new Bellator star Valerie Letourneau would be fighting the champion next, but that wasn’t the case.
Instead of facing Ilima-Lei MacFarlane, Letourneau is now facing young newcomer and upset queen Kristina Williams at Bellator 201 Friday night in Temecula, California. Continue reading Video – Valerie Letourneau Disappointed in Not Getting Title Shot; Wants Bellator Canadian Return
With a win Friday night, Alejandra Lara could have the distinction of being the first person in Colombia to be a world champion in MMA.
Lara will be in her first main event at Bellator 201 in Temecula, California against champion Ilima-Lei MacFarlane, and has been preparing with Mexico’s Team Grasso.
Lara talked to the media Thursday about her camp, representing Colombia, and her talents as an aerial and pole dancing.
It has been a year since Keri Melendez fought, but she is ready to get back into action. as she faces Hawaiian Tani Valle at Bellator 201 in Temecula, California Friday night.
Having fought both in the Bellator cage and the Bellator ring, the striker is looking to take more opportunities in MMA and hopes Bellator brings in a strawweight division soon. Continue reading Video – Keri Melendez on Balancing Family & Training