Alicia Ashley Eyes 4th World Boxing Championship

New York, NY–Three-time world champion Alicia “Slick” Ashley brings her graceful moves to the Bronx on Saturday, July 23, 2011 in an effort to capture her 4th world championship.

Promoted by Joe DeGuardia‟s Star Boxing, Ashley (16-9-1) will face formidable opponent Christina Ruiz (6-3-1) on the “Knock Out Cancer” boxing show at the Hunts Point Produce Market in the Bronx…

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Kaitlin Young To Face Elaina Maxwell At CCF 6: Bushido

By Rob Sargent – MMA Rising

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 today…

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Videos and Photos from JEWELS 15 Via @BrittanyAnnMMA

By Brittany Decker –

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.

(Click here to read her results, see photos, and watch highlights from JEWELS 15 at Iron Forges Iron)

Is Amateur BJJ and Submission Grappling Tournaments Leaving Illinois?

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.

Podcast – MMA Fighter Sarah Maloy

Getting ready to fight for a title at the Freestyle Cage Fighting 48 event in Oklahoma, Sarah Maloy is planning to break into the rankings when she faces #5 ranked Sally Krumdiack.

Maloy, the Oklahoma native, will talk about her training coming into the fight, her experience at the G2 Summit, and her ambitions to climb the Super flyweight ladder.

Listen to her interview here:

Kim Couture vs. Sheila Bird Fall-Out – Calgary Combative Sports Commission Under the Gun

Photo by Charles Penner -

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.

Sara McMann Fights Raquel Pa’aluhi in August

The undefeated Sara McMann and Raquel Pa’aluhi will help kick off ProElite’s return on August 27 in Hawaii.

ProElite will hold it’s first card since it’s flagship EliteXC promotion folded in 2008. The Startus Media Group acquired ProElite’s assets and has resurrected the organization.

The Olympic Silver medalist McMann is 2-0 in pro MMA and has yet to see the second round. Hometown girl Raquel Pa’aluhi is coming in with a 2-1 record coming off a win in March over Nikohl Johnson.

No word yet on if this will be televised or streamed – but it is expected to be.

JEWELS Results – Hitomi Akano Beats Roxanne Modafferi in a Heated Battle; Fujii Dominates Nagano

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

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.

Video – Boxing Trainer Ann Wolfe From HBO’s Real Sports

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.

Photos & Video – Sheila Bird defeats Kim Couture With a Scissors Choke

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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.

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