As Strikeforce 135 pound champion Marloes Coenen takes on Miesha Tate for her belt, two possible contenders for the title will be featured July 30’s undercard.
Fighting veteran Julie Kedzie, who is #9 in the Unified Rankings, will face former Raging Wolf champion and #7 ranked Alexis Davis at Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson in Chicago.
Davis (9-4) has faced some of the best in the world, and has a win over Tonya Evinger. She lost a close split decsion to Shayan Baszler last year at Freestyle Cage Fighting, which was a match of the year candidate.
Kedzie (16-8) has been a staple of women’s MMA since the early days of the sport, and is hot off a win against Kaitlin Young. Kedzie faced Gina Carano in the first ever female televised bout in 2007, which garnered fight of the night honors. She is also the leader of one of the most successful women’s MMA team in the country at Jacksons/Winkeljohn in Albuquerque, NM.
The match will take place during the preliminaries, and will air on HDNet July 30.
Before she steps into the Strikeforce cage against Julia Budd Friday, WMMA Round-up caught up with Germaine de Randamie. Randamie talks about her previous outing with Budd in kickboxing, her desire to stay at 135 after this fight, and another Holland native, Strikeforce 135 pound champion Marloes Coenen.
Long-time pound-for-pound queen Megumi “Mega Megu” Fujii will return to Jewels on July 9th when she faces promotional star Mika “Future Princess” Nagano for the second time. The featured bout will be part of a stacked Jewels: “15th Ring” card at Shinjuku FACE in Tokyo, Japan…
I recently had the chance to have a quick Chat with Lacey Schuckman. If you’ve been hiding under a rock and you don’t know who Lacey is, you’re in for a treat. She is a beast in her division, which is a mere 110lbs, and to most seems like it would be impossible for anyone of her stature to do any real damage. However, you would be sadly mistaken to jump into a cage with Lacey expecting not to get bullied around…
Olympic Bronze medalist judoka Ronda Rousey has yet to see a second minute and was able to dismantle Charmaine Tweet quickly in 49 seconds. Rousey got one takedown, but was unable to hold Tweet. After some striking, Rousey took down Tweet again and it’s was elementary from there.
If you want to learn from one of the best pound for pound Women’s MMA fighters in the world, here is your chance.
Strikeforce 145 pound champion Cyborg Santos was just announced as one of the 14 fighters giving seminars at the G2 Women’s MMA Summit July 1-3 in Las Vegas. With an impressive 10-1 record, she is seen as a true representative of the sport. Out of the Shooto Boxe gym in San Diego, this is your chance to learn from the champ.
Santos joins fellow Strikeforce fighter Julie Kedzie; Bellator fighters Jessica Aguilar & Carla Esparza; and pro-fighters Shayna Baszler and Michele Gutierez as seminar instructors.
The cost of the G2 Summit is $120. For a complete list of seminars and to sign-up please go to http://G2Fight.com.
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.