Upcoming WMMA Matches for July

By Tim Peterson – WMMA Today

Tim Peterson has the schedule for the Women’s MMA matches for July. A lot of fights with ranking implications and televised fights.

To see the schedule – click here: http://wmmatoday.wordpress.com/upcomingevents/

 

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Top Stars Compete At Jewels: “15th Ring”

By Tim Peterson – WMMA Today

Jewels: “15th Ring” takes place on July 9th at Shinjuku FACE in Tokyo, Japan and is quite possibly the most stacked card in WMMA history. A total of ten fighters ranked by the Unified Women’s MMA Rankings will compete at this event…

(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.

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.

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)

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