A PRIDE rules bout between Kaitlin Young and Elaina “Beef” Maxwell has been added to the newly-rescheduled Colosseo Championship Fighting 6: “Bushido” card on September 3rd in Sangudo, Alberta, Canada. A source close to the negotiations confirmed the fight with MMARising.com today…
The National amateur light flyweight boxing champ Amy Sowers is now apart of the US national team and #1 in her division after her win a few weeks ago in Vegas. We’ll talk to her about win, her career, and her aspirations in the sport.
It was an epic card this past weekend as JEWELS 15 was held in Tokyo, with several ranked fighters including Megumi Fujii, Hitomi Akano, Roxanne Modafferi, and Seo Hee Ham fought it out in the MMA ring.
Iron Forges Iron reporter Brittany Decker was on had to cover the event, and took photos and posted some video highlights.
The G2 Women’s MMA Summit has brought a lot of memories for all involved. For those who want to take in the weekend once again; or couldn’t attend and want to see what they missed out on; the gals over at Women’s MMA Round-up has posted the first 14 minutes of a two part video summary of the summit.
On Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn’s desk is a bill that could cripple Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and submission grappling tournaments in the state.
Illinois House Bill 1490 would put all full contact martial arts, pro and amateur, under one banner, and all fighters and promoters must be licenses by the Illinois State Athletic Commission; as well as officials.
This bill wants to make sure all martial arts, including Brazilian jiu-jitsu, will be under their regulation. (Olympic boxing, Tai Kwon Do, and judo events plus collegiate and high school wrestling is exempt from the bill.) Amateur kickboxing would also be included in the bill.
What this means for Promoters:
They must register for a promoter’s license from the state:
They must hire security for events
They must have an ISAC approved physician on hand at events to clear fighters
They must pay 5% of revenues to the State
What this means for amateur fighters:
They must register with the state as an amateur athlete
They must take a physical
They may need to pay a registration fee to the state
Several promoters are already trying to find other options for events they planned in theChicagoare during this summer. NAGA has changed their venue to East Chicago,Indianato avoid the new law, while the International BBJ Federation is looking to relocate their event in August.
In the long run, the state may have shot itself in the foot, having scared off a growing revenue stream. The bill, however, is yet to be signed by the Governor Quinn.
The Calgary Combative Sports Commission has two messes to clean up after the Sheila Bird and Kim Couture fight this past Friday.
After Couture was choked out with a scissors choke by Bird Friday, it took referee several seconds before he stopped the fight. CCSC Chairman Shirley Stunzi stated to MMA Weekly that the investigation in the bout’s stoppage is underway and that no further comment would be made until its conclusion.
In an interview with Fallout MMA this weekend, Couture stated she “had been through worse in fights” and was fine.
Another incident that came up involved Couture’s suspension by the New Jersey Athletic Commission from this past October. MMA Junkie reported that Couture was medically suspended indefinitely due to strikes to the head in her match with Munah Holland Oct. 23 on the Ring of Combat card in Atlantic City, and could only be cleared after a CT-scan. Couture had surgery this past February to repair a broke jaw, and had a clean CT scan following. Her doctor faxed medical documents to the NJSAC to clear her to fight the day before the fight, but it was too late for the NSJAC to clear Couture to fight.
CCSC was aware of this and proceeded with the fight. Couture is still under medical suspension from the NSJAC and could face more disciplinary action. The CCSC may also see some sanctions from the Association of Boxing Commissions for allowing the fight to happen.
The CCSC will be putting out a press release on both incidents when their investigations have concluded.
They could have used a round 3, but #8 ranked Hitomi Akano came out on top in a rescheduled match with #4 ranked Roxanne Modafferi at JEWELS 15 in Tokyo.
It was a very close first round as they battled on the ground and on the side of the cage. Modafferi was able to get top close to the end of the first round.
Akano would bounce back in the second round, with the two exchanging punches on the mat (Akano in top position) and even had dueling leg locks at one point. Akano was able to get a takedown, and had a guillotine in place before the end of round two.
The judges scored both round for Akano, who goes up in the 135 pound rankings.
In a one-sided affair #2 ranked 115 pounder Megumi Fujii defeated Mika Nagano by decision; #9 ranked Seo Hee Ham climbs up the top ten of the 115 pound division with a win over #3 ranked Mei Yamaguchi; and #3 ranked 145 pounder Hiroko Yamanaka was able to get a second round armbar on Esui.
For complete play by play and match results – go to MMARising.com.
JEWELS next card will be Sept. 11 as they kick off a historic Strawweight tournament. Seven of the top ranked 105 pounders (48 KG) will be involved, including the #1 ranked Naho “Sugirock” Sugiyama. The semi-finals and finals will be contested in December.
She is tough, mean, and one of the most successful trainers in boxing.
Ann Wolfe trains both males and females fighters to get the big paydays and title shots. As much as you try to put a wall in front of her, she bulldozes right through it. Check out this story courtesy of “Real Sports with Bryant Gumble” and you’ll see why Wolfe could be the toughest woman around.
Grappling world champion Sheila Bird went 2-0 by defeating Kim Couture via submission at AX Combat 1 in Calgaray Friday night. Video at bottom)
Bird and Couture exchanged heavy shots to open the first round.
After the clinch, Bird was able to gain side control, getting in some strikes that bloody Couture.
Bird was able to secure a leg scissors to choke out Couture.
Even though Couture tapped out, the ref failed to notice and Couture was in the choke for another 10 seconds becoming unconscious. It took the fans and a member of the Calagary Athletic Commission to get the ref to stop the fight. Couture was spasming and unconscious for at least another 30 seconds.
Couture regained consciousness and seemed okay. She walked out under her own power.
Bird ends up winning at 1:48 of round 1. She wins submission of the night honors.