Strikeforce champ Cyborg Santos a Free Agent – Negotiations Continue Though

June 26, 2010 was the last time we saw Strikeforce champ Cyborg Santos defend her title; outstriking Jan Finney. After that match, Cyborg contract was up. The championship clause in the contract stated she could not sign with any company outside if Strikeforce for one year.

Fast forward to June 26, 2011. With the Zuffa acquisition of Strikeforce and no opponents ready to face the champ, Cyborg is still negotiating with a new contract. She has options now, however. Being a free agent, she can now fight for other companies at will. In an interview with Tatame reported early this month Cyborg stated she had already been planning to fight in her native Brazil in August for an independent promotion there. This would be right around the time UFC Brazil is slated to happen.

With the new status as free agent, several other promotions have the opportunity to throw their hats in the cage to get one of the best pound for pound female fighters on the planet. It may also give Cyborg an advantage at the negotiation table.

Cyborg isn’t completely out of Strikeforce, as the negotiations continue. We will have more with Cyborg this weekend in our live coverage from the G2 Women’s MMA Summit.

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Tuff-n-uff Brings Three Female Title Fights Friday Night as Apart of the G2 Summit

Autumn Richardson
Jessamyn Duke

Tuff-n-uff Amateur MMA will make it’s second appearance at the Cox Pavilion this Friday with four great matches, including three female title matches. The event is also apart of the G2 Women’s MMA Summit.

Tuff-n-uff 145 pound champion Taylor Stratford has decided to turn pro, vacating her belt. Her last amateur opponent Autumn Richardson (3-3) will be competing against Absolute Action MMA champion Jessamyn Duke (3-1) for the belt on Friday.

SoCal’s Richardson is coming off two losses with two of the best amateur fighters in the before mentioned Stratford and current pro Ronda Rousey. Kentucky’s Duke fell in her first Tuff-n-uff outing, but has since been on a two fight win streak, winning the AAMMA title in April.

115 pound champ Ashley Cumming had also announced she is turning pro and vacated her title. Two newcomers Kathryn Davis (2-1) and Kaiyana Rain (1-0) will vie for gold. Rain is a prospect out of Fabricio Werdum’s Combat Team in Venice, CA, while Reno Combat Academy’s Kathryn Davis.

In the 135 pound division, Tsui-Jen Cunanan had turned pro in April and vacated her title. Marcia Allen (4-2) and Kari Lichtenwainer (1-2) will be making their Tuff-n-uff debut.

In addition, a special belt will be present to cancer survivor and MMA fighter Mia Hayes.

The weigh-ins for the Tuff–uff card will be 6 p.m. Thursday poolside at the Hooters Hotel and Casino in Vegas. The event itself will be Friday at the Cox Pavilion on the UNLV campus. Tickets are $23-$55. There will be a special rate for those attending the G2 Women’s MMA Summit. The event will not be streamed online.

MMA-Florida.com interviews pro fighter Carla Esparza

Carla Esparza at Bellator 46 - Courtesy Gals Guide to MMA

By Dave Bottomley – MMA-Florida.com

I was able to catch up with Bellator 115lb. fighter Carla Esparza after her tough, split decision loss to Jessica “JAG” Aguilar at Bellator 46 in Hollywood, Fl. this past weekend. After the fight she was visibly upset with the decision, but she was very gracious for allowing me to interview her afterwards. While we were talking, the CEO of Bellator, Bjorn Rebney, approached us and congratulated Carla on a great fight and asked her to stay busy, as he wants to see her back fighting in Bellator again…

(Read More at MMA-Florida.com)

New Amateur U.S. National Champions

Courtesy WBAN.com

2012 Olympian Amy Sowers photo courtesy AndrewKemmis.com

Six new national champions were crowned few minutes ago in Colorado Springs in the final day of the 2011 USA Boxing National Championship. The competition for non-Olympic weight division in women took place during the afternoon and in few minutes start at the Municipal Auditorium the three bouts in the Olympic weight 112 lbs., 132 lbs., and 165 lbs…

(Read more at WBAN.com)

Boxing – Odd twist to title bout

By MURRAY GREIG, QMI Agency for Canoe.ca

Jelena Mrdjenovich Courtesy Canoe.ca

There’s a bizarre storyline behind the Women’s International Boxing Association featherweight title fight on Friday at the Shaw Conference Centre — and it has nothing to do with it being the first world championship bout between a Serb and a Bosnian.

Rather, it’s about how the match came to be made between Edmonton’s Jelena Mrdjenovich (24-7-1, 12 KOs) and Irma Balijagic Adler of Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina (12-1, 5 KOs)…

(Read more at Canoe.Ca)

Podcast – Blackeye Entertainment Promoter Janet Martin

Promoter of the highly successful Blackeye Entertainment card this past month, Janet Martin is one of the major contributers to the upcoming G2 Women’s MMA Summit in Vegas July 1-3.

We talked to Mrs. Martin about the Summit, and where she sees women’s MMA future heading as a promoter and support of the sports.

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/wombatsports/2011/06/26/mma-promoter-and-g2-sponsor-janet-martin

Jessica Aguilar vs. Carla Esparza Tears up Bellator 46

Courtesy Dave Bottomley/MMA-Florida.com

On paper it was going to be a barn burner, and Jessica Aguilar (in Black) and Carla Esparza (in black and pink) didn’t disappoint.

The two slugged it out, took it to the mat, and everywhere in between at Bellator 46  at the Hard Rock Casino in Hollywood, FL Saturday night. At weigh-ins these two were friendly, but once the cage door shut, it was all business. Takedowns, low kicks, and boxing combos from both fighters kept the action heated in what was called a war by many on hand to see it.

With Aguilar’s hometown crowd behind her, JAG took a split decision victory over Esparza 30-27,28-29, 30-27. Aguilar goes to 11-4 and Esparza 5-2.

(To read a complete round by round description of the fight, go to WMMA Today.)

According to Gal’s Guide to MMA, Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney stated that the fight will either be posted online this week or aired at the next event. Rebney also stated that he was still undecided about the women’s 125 pound tournament for the fall; despite the fact he just signed top 125 pound Jessica Eye a few weeks ago.  He is also talking to a few more fighters in the division to join Bellator’s 125 pound ranks. (You got to think Roxanne Modafferi and Cat Zinagno are on that list, but that is speculation at this time.)

No female matches are scheduled as of yet for the rest of the summer season, but there is a rumor that Eye will be making her Bellator debut at Bellator 48’s card at the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Conn. on Aug. 20.

Post Fight Video & Photos – Julia Budd Grounds out Win over Germaine de Randamie at Strikeforce

Photos Courtesy Ester Lin/Strikeforce

The best way to avoid not getting knocked out – take your opponent to the ground. That was the lesson we learned last night.

Julia Budd defeated Germaine de Randamie via unanimous decision this past Friday at Strikeforce Challenegers 16 in Kent, WA.

Budd was coming off a devastating 14 second KO by Amanda Nunes and had been KO’ed by de Randamie before in kickboxing, so the now 2-1 MMA fighter decided she wasn’t going let that happen again; by out wrestling the Hollander, taking her down and keeping her on the mat for most of the 15 minutes.

Not to say that Budd came out of the match unmarked. In the third round, Randamie was able to land punches and knees to Budd taking the third round on points, but it wasn’t enough.  Budds wins via decision with 29-28 on all three score cards.

Budd did a post fighter interview with Strikeforce.com about her victory.

Elaina Maxwell and Angela Samaro Signed for King of the Cage in July

As the hot July summer gets loaded with female MMA matches, King of the Cage brings you what could be a barn burner.

Elaina Maxwell (5-4) will face the prospect Angela Samaro (3-1) at King of the Cage Shockwave July 23 at the Gold Country Casino in Oroville, CA just north of Sacramento.

Maxwell is coming off a decision win over Shana Olsen and looks to gain some momentum to generate some more marks in the win column. She holds a victory over newly signed Strikeforce fighter Alexis Davis.

Since her loss to top ranked Cat Zinagno in 2009, Samaro has finished her last two fights in the first frame, and is coming back to the cage after a year absence.

Tickets are available online at KingoftheCage.com and at the Gold Country Casino.

Video & Photos – Jessica Aguilar & Carla Esparza Ready for Bellator 46

Photo Courtesy Dave Bottomley/MMA Florida

Jessica Aguilar has had quite a year. Being in Japan when the major earthquakes hit this past March, JAG was supposed to have fought that weekend. Anxious to get back to fighting, she is facing Bellator vet Carla Esparza at Bellator 46 in Hollywood, FL Saturday. Aguilar weighed in at 113.75 pounds, and Esparza at 115.5 pounds. MMA-Florida’s Dave Bottomley was on-hand at the weigh-ins. (Video at bottom)

Jessica Aguilar

Aguilar is hoping with a win to face Bellator champ Zoila Frausto in a rematch of their controversial match last year.

Carla Esparza

Esparza, who lost to top 115 pounder Megumi Fujii last year, has been on a two win streak since then.

The match will be on the undercard of Bellator 46 card in Hollywood, FL. We’ll tweeting results @WombatSports on twitter Saturday night.

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