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)…
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.
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.
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.
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)
Aguilar is hoping with a win to face Bellator champ Zoila Frausto in a rematch of their controversial match last year.
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.
ShoFights amateur MMA will be featuring five great female bouts tonight in Branson, MO.
In the main event, ShoFights lightweight champion Courtney Stowe (156) will face challenger Katherine Ritcher (154). The 5-2 Stowe has won her last two bouts in under 90 seconds, but Richter (4-3) is hungry for a win having dropped her last three.
In the co-main event, ShoFights Flyweight champion Andrea Whitney will face Christina Fulton. Since losing her first fight Whitney has been on a four fight win streak. Fulton (1-1) looks to comeback from a loss this last month.
In a possible contenders match for the lightweight title, Edwina White (154.4) faces Rachael Kidder (154.4). White (1-0) is returning to the cage after a year off. Kidder will be making her cage fighting debut. White (1-0) is returning to the cage after a year off. Kidder will be making her cage fighting debut.
In the flyweight division, Sharita Davis (1-1) faces Sheila Ainsworth.
And in the Super Flyweight division, Kyla Potter (2-0) faces Alex Stobbe (2-11).
ShoFights “Ladies Night” will be tonight at the Manison Theater in Branson, MO and tickets are still available. Doors open at 7 p.m. and fights start at 8 p.m.