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

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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.

Jewels: “15th Ring” Bout Order and Weigh-in Results

By Tim Peterson – WMMA Today

JEWELS 15 has ten matches July 9 in Japan including top ranked fighter:

Hitomi Akano (#8 Unified Rankings 135 pounds – pictured left) vs. Roaxanne Modafferi (#4 Unified Rankings 135 pounds – pictured right)

Megumi Fujii (#2 ranked 115 pounds – Unified Rankings) vs. Mika Nagano


Hiroko  Yamanaka (#2 ranked 145 pounds – Unified Rankings) vs. Esui

Complete weigh-in results and photos are up on WMMA Today.

Weigh-in Results – Kim Couture and Sheila Bird Throwdown in Calgary Tonight

The multi-time Canadian grappling champion Sheila Bird (136)looks to make it 2-0 in MMA as she takes on journeywoman fighter Kim Couture (134.5) at Ax Combat 1 Evolution in Calgary, Canada.

Bird made an impressive pro debut this past getting a TKO victory this past March. Couture is coming off a loss to Munah Holland via decision and seeks to try get momentum going again with a win.

Strikeforce’s 135 pound Division – the Most Solid One in the Company

There is a lot of hype around that idea that Women’s MMA needs Cyborg Santos and Gina Carano in order to be successful in Strikerforce. Though both are top fighters in the 145 pound division, Zuffa is hedging their bets by hiring some of the best in the 135 pound division.

In what will be the most competitive and heated women’s match so far under the Zuffa banner, Strikeforce champion Marloes Coenen (#1 in the Unified Rankings) will face Strikeforce Grand Prix champion Miesha Tate (#5 in the Unified Rankings). Coenen, coming off one of the biggest comebacks in women’s MMA history, has been in a war of words with Tate, who pulled out of their match back in March due to a knee injury. A lot of people are telling us to expect an angry Coenen – something that Tate must be weary of.

Even after this fight is over, several contenders are waiting in the wings as Strikeforce has two other 135 pound matches scheduled for July. July 22nd’s Strikeforce Challengers in Vegas features a match of two former title challengers.

Sarah Kaufman (#2 in the Unified Rankings) lost her title to Coenen this past October, but was able to fight in her home country of Canada on the AFC card in April, defeating journeywoman fighter Megumi Yabushita by TKO.

Her opponent is Liz Carmouche (#6 in the Unified Rankings) is coming off a heartbreaking loss to Coenen this past March. Carmouche dominated Coenen for most of the match, but Coenen was able to get triangle choke to get the victory. This should be an exciting, well booked match, and the winner will be back in the hunt for a title shot.

Strikeforce in Chicago July 30 will also feature a top contenders’ match. One of the legends in the sport Julie Kedzie (# in the Unified Rankings) will make her Strikeforce debut against Alexis Davis (#7 in the Unified Rankings). Kedzie has faced a who’s who of the WMMA, including Carasno, Kaitlin Young, Shayna Baszler, and Tonya Evinger. Davis is the former Raging Wolf champion, facing Evinger, Baszler, and Elaina Maxwell. The winner should be next in line for a title shot.

The list continues with Germaine de Randamie and Amanda Nunes (#3 in the 145 pound division in the Unified Rankings), who both fight at 145 and 135 pounds. One fight who is not signed to Strikeforce is Shayna Baszer (#3 in the Unified Rankings), who has been on a 4-0 win streak since her loss to Kaufman, but is expected to get an offer in the next few months.

With several other fighters also on the verge of being signed to the division, the 135 pound division is the most competitive division in Strikeforce male or female. Watch them to make an impact in the next few months.

Maiju Kujala Forced to Withdraw From Cage Warriors 43 Bout Due To Injury

By Tim Peterson – WMMA Today 

The injury bug has struck the Cage Warriors 43 card again. Just a couple weeks ago, a concussion during training forced Rosi Sexton out of her scheduled CWFC Women’s Super Flyweight Championship bout against Sheila Gaff. Now, an injury to Maiju Kujala has forced her to withdraw from her bout against undefeated Simona Soukupova as well. The injury was disclosed by Kajala on her Facebook page…

(Read more at WMMA Today)

Fight Video plus WFighter’s Post Fight Interviews with Jessamyn Duke and Autumn Richardson


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.) got post fight interviews with both combatants.

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