Jewels: “15th Ring” Bout Order and Weigh-in Results

By Tim Peterson – WMMA Today

JEWELS 15 has ten matches July 9 in Japan including top ranked fighter:

Hitomi Akano (#8 Unified Rankings 135 pounds – pictured left) vs. Roaxanne Modafferi (#4 Unified Rankings 135 pounds – pictured right)

Megumi Fujii (#2 ranked 115 pounds – Unified Rankings) vs. Mika Nagano

and

Hiroko  Yamanaka (#2 ranked 145 pounds – Unified Rankings) vs. Esui

Complete weigh-in results and photos are up on WMMA Today.

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Weigh-in Results – Kim Couture and Sheila Bird Throwdown in Calgary Tonight

 
The multi-time Canadian grappling champion Sheila Bird (136)looks to make it 2-0 in MMA as she takes on journeywoman fighter Kim Couture (134.5) at Ax Combat 1 Evolution in Calgary, Canada.

Bird made an impressive pro debut this past getting a TKO victory this past March. Couture is coming off a loss to Munah Holland via decision and seeks to try get momentum going again with a win.

Strikeforce’s 135 pound Division – the Most Solid One in the Company

There is a lot of hype around that idea that Women’s MMA needs Cyborg Santos and Gina Carano in order to be successful in Strikerforce. Though both are top fighters in the 145 pound division, Zuffa is hedging their bets by hiring some of the best in the 135 pound division.

In what will be the most competitive and heated women’s match so far under the Zuffa banner, Strikeforce champion Marloes Coenen (#1 in the Unified Rankings) will face Strikeforce Grand Prix champion Miesha Tate (#5 in the Unified Rankings). Coenen, coming off one of the biggest comebacks in women’s MMA history, has been in a war of words with Tate, who pulled out of their match back in March due to a knee injury. A lot of people are telling us to expect an angry Coenen – something that Tate must be weary of.

Even after this fight is over, several contenders are waiting in the wings as Strikeforce has two other 135 pound matches scheduled for July. July 22nd’s Strikeforce Challengers in Vegas features a match of two former title challengers.

Sarah Kaufman (#2 in the Unified Rankings) lost her title to Coenen this past October, but was able to fight in her home country of Canada on the AFC card in April, defeating journeywoman fighter Megumi Yabushita by TKO.

Her opponent is Liz Carmouche (#6 in the Unified Rankings) is coming off a heartbreaking loss to Coenen this past March. Carmouche dominated Coenen for most of the match, but Coenen was able to get triangle choke to get the victory. This should be an exciting, well booked match, and the winner will be back in the hunt for a title shot.

Strikeforce in Chicago July 30 will also feature a top contenders’ match. One of the legends in the sport Julie Kedzie (# in the Unified Rankings) will make her Strikeforce debut against Alexis Davis (#7 in the Unified Rankings). Kedzie has faced a who’s who of the WMMA, including Carasno, Kaitlin Young, Shayna Baszler, and Tonya Evinger. Davis is the former Raging Wolf champion, facing Evinger, Baszler, and Elaina Maxwell. The winner should be next in line for a title shot.

The list continues with Germaine de Randamie and Amanda Nunes (#3 in the 145 pound division in the Unified Rankings), who both fight at 145 and 135 pounds. One fight who is not signed to Strikeforce is Shayna Baszer (#3 in the Unified Rankings), who has been on a 4-0 win streak since her loss to Kaufman, but is expected to get an offer in the next few months.

With several other fighters also on the verge of being signed to the division, the 135 pound division is the most competitive division in Strikeforce male or female. Watch them to make an impact in the next few months.

Maiju Kujala Forced to Withdraw From Cage Warriors 43 Bout Due To Injury

By Tim Peterson – WMMA Today 

The injury bug has struck the Cage Warriors 43 card again. Just a couple weeks ago, a concussion during training forced Rosi Sexton out of her scheduled CWFC Women’s Super Flyweight Championship bout against Sheila Gaff. Now, an injury to Maiju Kujala has forced her to withdraw from her bout against undefeated Simona Soukupova as well. The injury was disclosed by Kajala on her Facebook page…

(Read more at WMMA Today)

Fight Video plus WFighter’s Post Fight Interviews with Jessamyn Duke and Autumn Richardson

By: WFighter.com

Friday night at Tuff-n-uff, a new 145 pound champion was crowned as Jessamyn “The Gun” Duke got a unanimous decision victory over Autumn Richardson. Most of the nine minutes was on the ground, as Duke tried a half dozen submissions from the guard, and from Richardson’s back. (Video of the fight is at the bottom.)

WFighter.com got post fight interviews with both combatants.

The G2 Women’s MMA Summit – Photos Diary Days 2 & 3

Some of the best coaches and fighters from MMA put the attendees through their paces on the second day of the G2 Women’s MMA Summit.

The day started out with Strikeforce champion Cyborg Santos teaching striking at the Wand Fight Team gym. Fighter Kim Couture assisted in what was an intensive warm-up to the day.

Photo Courtesy Jeff Binn

At Throwdown, MMA Coach of the year Greg Jackson and Julie Kedzie gave a strategic seminar. Inspirational word from Jackson ended the seminar, with Kedzie following suit.

The afternoon sessions started with All-American wrestler and Bellator fighter Carla Esparza went through takedowns in MMA.

Image Courtesy Jeff Binn

Gerson Schilipacke went on to teach the attendees Chute Boxe methods that made many fighters champions.

After a full second day, Shayna Baszler taught some innovative and fun submissions to the attendees.

The night saw a huge UFC party at Lagasse’s Stadium hosted by Strikeforce champion Cris Cyborg Santos and Kim Couture. Some of the best fighters on the planet were there under one roof.

(To see some great photos of Day two – Jeff Binn posted them on his website:  http://jeffbinnsphotography.smugmug.com/2011MMA/G2-Fight-Summit-July-2-2011/17854528_b6BRPN#1365413070_c5TWSKr)

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The final day had three solid seminars to wind up the summit. Jessica Aguilar (one one foot none the less) did her seminar, teaching submissions. During a break, Aguilar and the attendees also got a lesson on a north-south choke from BJJ world champion Lana Stefanac.

Photo Courtesy Jeff Binn

Carla Esparza did another wrestling seminar, this time for all aspects of MMA.

 

Photo courtesy Jeff Binn

The Summit ended with Stefanie Guimares, Tami Caldwell, and Jessica Martinez doing a conditioning seminar. This includes playing shadow boxing dodgeball, and striking training.

(If you want to see more photos from day three via Jeff Binn click here: http://jeffbinnsphotography.smugmug.com/2011MMA/G2-Fight-Summit-July-3-2011/17876569_3Wt4H7#1367634585_JXDJF8P)

It was a great three days in Vegas, and the fighters, seminar instructors, attendees, and the organizers found this weekend a great experience. A major announcement is coming up later this week.

The G2 Women’s MMA Summit – Photos Diary Day 1

It was a surprising turnout for the G2 Women’s MMA Summit this weekend. Women from all across the country flew and drove in to take seminars from some of the best female fighters on the planet.

The summit opened at the Throwdown Training Center with Michele Gutierrez’s boxing seminar. Part of it was taped for an upcoming story for CNN.

Then world jiu-jitsu champ Lana Stefanac held a BJJ clinic. The next generation of fighters learned innovative submissions and did some grappling to test their skills.

Brazilian Olympic wrestling team member Stefanie Guitmaraes was next, and she put on a shoot wrestling clinic. The attendees learned about creating opportunities against the fence and on the mat.

The night was followed up by a trip to Tuff-n-uff Amateur MMA at the Cox Pavilion. Three fights were held and two new champions crowned. Jessamyn Duke took home a second belt (her first being the AAMMA title) as she defeat Autumn Richardson via unanimous decision in what was a hotly contested match. Richardson took down Duke at the openings of all three rounds, but Duke had many submission attempts off her back, and from Richardson’s back.

Katherine Davis & Kaiyana Rain go to majority draw in their match for the 115vpound title. Davis was deducted point for a headbutt, which several thought was accidental. Rain left the ring with a mouse under her left eye and a mouse above her right. The draw means that a rematch will be in order to crown a new 115 pound champion.

In the co-main event, a dominant Marciea Allen defeated Kari Lichtenwalner by unanimous decision for the Tuff 135 title. Allen outstruck Lichtenwalner with some huge power punches, which knocked her head around. Cyborg Santos presented the belt to Allen.

Sam Wilson presented a belt for Mia Hayes, who is battling cancer as we speak. The Might Mia Hayes belt will be a yearly tradition for the most inspirational fighter.

Day 2 will see Cyborg, Shayna Baszler, Carla Esparza, and Julie Kedzie teach the attendees more all around skills in the cage. Stay tuned…

Video Interview – Jessamyn Duke Talks Return to Tuff-n-uff

The last time Jessamyn Duke was in Tuff-n-uff, she found herself at the losing end of a decision in a ring. Friday night in the Tuff-n-uff cage, she predicts you will see a tougher and more experienced fight.

Wombat Sports talks to Duke on the eve of her title match with Autumn Richardson for the vacant 145 pound title about her AAMMA belt, her training, and heading back west to find some gold.

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