Ediane Gomes, Sara McMann, and Ronda Rousey played a game of one-upmanship Friday as each took less than a minute to submit their respective opponent.
It started at the Blackeye Entertainment card in Fletcher, NC, when Ediane Gomes (7-2) came back from losing to Rousey via armbar in 25 seconds in March by defeating Kat Alendal with an anklelock in 42 seconds. Not to be out done, Olympic silver medalist in wrestling McMann (2-0) got an armbar on Olympic bronze medalist weightlifter Julie Malenfant in 32 seconds.
Meanwhile in Calgary, Canada, after all the drama leading into the fight between Rousey and Charmaine Tweet (Rousey was offered a Strikeforce match, but was unable to get out her contract with the Hard Knocks Fighting Championships), it only took 49 seconds for her to armbar Tweet. Expect Rousey to announce she is signing with Strikeforce in the next week.
Back at the Blackeye card, Glena Avila defeats Angelica Brotherton via armbar at 4:01 of round 3 in her pro debut, which gained them Fight of the Night honors. Avila was undefeated in the amateur ranks and is looking to be a rising star in the 115 pound ranks.
Vanessa Mariscal goes 2-0 with a win over Colleen Schneider via rear naked choke at 1:40 of round 3.
The northeastern U.S. had two female fights scheduled. Sarah Maloy had fell down some stairs before her American Fight Organization match with Katie Merrill, and had to withdraw from the fight. Maloy had a pinched nerve in her back, but should be okay.
Finally, Munah Holland improves to 2-1 when she defeated Marissa Caldwell via TKO at 1:00 of round 2 at the Ring of Combat card in Atlantic City, NJ.
It is a loaded weekend across the country and around the world for women’s MMA.
Besides the big four matches at the Blackeye Entertainment card and the Ronda Rousey verse Charmaine Tweet in Calgary, five more matches are there to pick up the slack for the canceled Strikeforce matches.
Friday June 17
Marissa Caldwell (1-1) and Munah Holland (2-4) both look to respark their pro careers after suffering losses at the Ring of Combat 36 at the Tropicana Casino in Atlantic City, NJ, which will be streamed live at GoFightlive.tv for $10.
The American Fight Organization will crown its first 125 pound champion as Sarah Maloy (2-1) will face a debuting Katie Merrill at their Summer Brawl 2 card in Mansfield, MA. The match will be streamed for free on the AFO MMA website.
Saturday June 18
Deep in the heart of Texas (Amarillo), hometown girl Chelsea Colarelli (4-2) hopes to continue a 3 fight win streak when she faces a debuting Nohime Dennisson. Dennisson, a pro boxer, trains out of Jackson/Winkeljohn gym in Albuquerque.
On the other side of the globe, history is about to be made. In the first women’s match in mainland China’s history, Tiffany VanSoest will be facing Sanda practitioner Tang “Don King” Jin in the first ever women’s MMA fight in mainland China’s history, happening at a mixed kickboxing/MMA event hosted by WBC Muay Thai. VanSoest, out of the Combat Sports Academy in the Bay area, has fought kickboxing matches in China in the past. This will be both fighters MMA debut.
Because all the women’s matches on the Strikeforce on Saturday doesn’t mean the weekend isn’t still a big one for the female fighters.
Blackeye Entertainment has a solid fight card in Ashville, NC with ten fighters looking to get the attention of the major promotions.
The headline bought features Olympic silver medalist in wrestling Sara McMann in her second pro match against Canada’s Olympic weightlifter Julie Malenfant. McMann was able to get a 40 second armbar submission win in her first pro match last month, and looks for it to be two in a row. Malenfant is coming off a TKO loss and is looking to bounce back.
Also on the card, former Strikeforce competitor Colleen Schneider (left) will face Vanessa Mariscal. Schneider is coming off a 17 second TKO win this past month, and Mariscal is coming off a two year absence from the cage.
After going 6-0 in her amateur career, Oregon’s Glena Avila (right) makes her pro debut against Taekwondo black belt Angelica Brotherton fromJacksonville, FL.
Norwegian and Bay Area fighter Kat Alendal also is coming off a two year abse
nce to face Ediene Gomes. Ske lost a unanimous decision to Julie Kedzie before going into semi-retirement. Gomes is coming off a quick submission loss to Olympic judoka Ronda Rousey.
GoFightLive.tv will hopefully stream the event Friday night starting at 5 p.m. pacific, but if for some reason they can’t get the live feed, they will air a recorded version on June 19. If you are in the Fletcher, NC area, you can see the matches live at the Expo Center. Tickets are available at http://blackeyepromotions.com/tickets.html.
COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO. – With just over a year until the Olympic debut of women’s boxing, a talented group of women will descend on Colorado Springs for the 2011 USA Boxing National Championships. For the first-time ever, one event will serve as a qualifying tournament for the U.S. Olympic Team Trials for both male and female athletes with the top four finishers in the three female Olympic weight classes and 10 men’s divisions clinching the critical qualifying spots. Both the participant numbers and talent level on the women’s rosters reflect the importance of the tournament with a record-breaking 36 athletes slated to compete in the female lightweight division…
An excellent two days boxing at the 2011 English Elite Female Championships in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire (population 67,500),close to Sherwood Forest saw Hartlepool Catholic club boxer Amanda Coulson win her fourth 60kg title with a convincing 21:14 win over Lynn BC’s Ruth Raper on Sunday…
Strikeforce head Scott Coker stated this week that he still has no clue why Carano’s doctor didn’t clear her for Saturday’s match, and that more tests maybe coming. If so, it may take a while before we see Carano in the cage.
DALLAS – Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos, who’s arguably the top female fighter in MMA today, still is without a contract.
The management team for Strikeforce current women’s middleweight champion hasn’t been able to strike a new deal with company officials.
Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) he has no updates on the negotiations, but he’s optimistic a deal will get done and the 145-pound champ will be back in the cage…
Olympic Bronze medalist judoka Ronda Rousey has a goal – to face Strikeforce 145 pound champion Cyborg Santos by the end of the year. However she has a big obstacle in her way, Canadian Muay Thai champ Charmaine Tweet this Friday in Calgary at Hard Knocks Fighting Championships.
#10 ranked 145 pounder Rousey went 3-0 in the amateur ranks, have yet seen the second minute before submitting her opponents with armbars. In her pro debut in March, she only took 25 seconds to submit contender Ediane Gomes to break into the rankings.
Tweet will be the first world class striker Rousey will have faced. With a 11-1-1 record in kickboxing, Tweet is making her pro debut after winning her amateur MMA debut by first round guillotine submission May 28 at the Saturday Night Fights card in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada.
According to an article on MMARising.com, Rousey was offered as a replacement for Gina Carano for Strikeforce card in Dallas this weekend, but due to contractual obligations with HKFC and GoFightLive; the decision was to have Rousey face Tweet. (This match was booked three months ago.)
Strikeforce is interested in signing the winner of the match, so the stakes are big for both fighters coming in.
Hard Knocks Fighting Champions card will be this Friday at 7 p.m. pacific at Century Casino in Calgary, Canada, and is streaming for $10 on GoFightLive.tv.
Time is ticking; the more it does, the better prepared I’m going to be. In a little less than two weeks, on June 25th, I will be showcasing my skills in Denver, Colo., at the Grizzly Rose.
The Beatdown MMA 110 lb. Championship is what I am striving toward. There are two shows in Denver that day; however they are at separate times. So Colorado MMA fans can get a full daily allowance of Mixed Martial Arts on June 25th…
The vr0d and I headed over to El Niño Training Center last Friday to talk to the female reps of Gilbert Melendez’s Skrap Pack. Kat Alendal, Colleen Schneider, and Amanda Lucas were set to do a little sprawl and brawl pro sparring. We caught up with them beforehand to check on how training was going and their upcoming fights….
2010 Girls S-Cup champ RENA (15-3-1) will try to repeat as she faces Shoot Boxing women’s champ Ai Takahashi, Valkyrie MMA champ Mei Yamaguchi, and WPMF & WMC mini flyweight world champion Erika Kamimura at SHIBUYA-AX in Tokyo Japan Aug. 19.
The soon-to-be 20 year old RENA defeated Takahashi in last year’s final, but Takahashi defeated RENA in a rematch June 5, winning the Shoot Boxing women’s title.
Valkyrie champ Yamaguchi is a veteran of the S-Cup, and is currently ranked #3 in the 115 pound division of the Women’s MMA Unified Rankings.
Kamimura, who is only 19, has gather several titles around the world, including Italian two-time J-Girls World Queen Tournament, and had beaten RENA in an exhibition match in April. She holds an impressive record of 18-1 in kickboxing.
The winner of the Girls S-Cup will represent Japan in the World S-Cup tournament in 2012.