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. interviews pro fighter Carla Esparza

Carla Esparza at Bellator 46 - Courtesy Gals Guide to MMA

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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…

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New Amateur U.S. National Champions


2012 Olympian Amy Sowers photo courtesy

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…

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Boxing – Odd twist to title bout


Jelena Mrdjenovich Courtesy

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.

Jessica Aguilar vs. Carla Esparza Tears up Bellator 46

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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 about her victory.

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