Rousey vs. Tweet to Showcase Promising 145 Pounders

Olympic Bronze medalist judoka Ronda Rousey has a goal – to face Strikeforce 145 pound champion Cyborg Santos by the end of the year. However she has a big obstacle in her way, Canadian Muay Thai champ Charmaine Tweet this Friday in Calgary at Hard Knocks Fighting Championships.

#10 ranked 145 pounder Rousey went 3-0 in the amateur ranks, have yet seen the second minute before submitting her opponents with armbars. In her pro debut in March, she only took 25 seconds to submit contender Ediane Gomes to break into the rankings.

Tweet will be the first world class striker Rousey will have faced. With a 11-1-1 record in kickboxing, Tweet is making her pro debut after winning her amateur MMA debut by first round guillotine submission May 28 at the Saturday Night Fights card in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada.

According to an article on, Rousey was offered as a replacement for Gina Carano for Strikeforce card in Dallas this weekend, but due to contractual obligations with HKFC and GoFightLive; the decision was to have Rousey face Tweet. (This match was booked three months ago.)

Strikeforce is interested in signing the winner of the match, so the stakes are big for both fighters coming in.

Hard Knocks Fighting Champions card will be this Friday at 7 p.m. pacific at Century Casino in Calgary, Canada, and is streaming for $10 on

Shayna Baszler vs. Alexis Davis Rematch July 30

It was one of the closest matches of women’s MMA last year, and we will get to see it a second time.

Raging World Champion and #7 ranked 135 pounder Alexis Davis will take on #3 ranked Shayna Baszler at the Battle at the Borders card at Dakota Magic Casino in Hankinson, ND July 30.

Baszler defeated Davis in the Freestyle Cage Fighting Women’s Grand Prix semi-finals in Oklahoma in March of last year, with several fans having Davis won the fight.

The match will do a lot to convince Strikeforce in signing the winner.

Also on the card – Casey Noland will fight Nina Ansaroff.  No word yet on if it will be streamed live.

“Little” Patricia Vidonic’s Road to the Championship Blog: Hard Work Pays Off

By Pro MMA Now

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Time is ticking; the more it does, the better prepared I’m going to be. In a little less than two weeks, on June 25th, I will be showcasing my skills in Denver, Colo., at the Grizzly Rose.

The Beatdown MMA 110 lb. Championship is what I am striving toward. There are two shows in Denver that day; however they are at separate times. So Colorado MMA fans can get a full daily allowance of Mixed Martial Arts on June 25th…

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The Ladies Of The Skrap Pack Are Ready To… Skrap

By Women’s MMA Round-up

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The vr0d and I headed over to El Niño Training Center last Friday to talk to the female reps of Gilbert Melendez’s Skrap Pack. Kat AlendalColleen Schneider, and Amanda Lucas were set to do a little sprawl and brawl pro sparring. We caught up with them beforehand to check on how training was going and their  upcoming fights….

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Shoot Boxing Announces Girls S-Cup 2011

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Four champions, one Girls S-cup title.

2010 Girls S-Cup champ RENA (15-3-1) will try to repeat as she faces Shoot Boxing women’s champ Ai Takahashi, Valkyrie MMA champ Mei Yamaguchi, and WPMF & WMC mini flyweight world champion Erika Kamimura at SHIBUYA-AX in Tokyo Japan Aug. 19.

The soon-to-be 20 year old RENA defeated Takahashi in last year’s final, but Takahashi defeated RENA in a rematch June 5, winning the Shoot Boxing women’s title.

Valkyrie champ Yamaguchi is a veteran of the S-Cup, and is currently ranked #3 in the 115 pound division of the Women’s MMA Unified Rankings.

Kamimura, who is only 19, has gather several titles around the world, including Italian two-time J-Girls World Queen Tournament, and had beaten RENA in an exhibition match in April.  She holds an impressive record of 18-1 in kickboxing.

The winner of the Girls S-Cup will represent Japan in the World S-Cup tournament in 2012.

Bellator Open Tryouts on Saturday in Hollywood, FL

Want to fight on national TV?

Bellator Fighting Championships will be holding open tryouts this Saturday at the Seminal Hard Rock Casino in Hollywood, FL.  Females fighters are welcome to try out.

Registration starting at 1 p.m. EST and tryouts beginning at 2 p.m. EST. All fighters from the state of Florida will be eligible to win a spot on the undercard of Bellator 50, which take place on September 17th from the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. Non-Florida fighters are encouraged to tryout and will be scouted for other potential future roster openings. In addition to eligible aspiring fighters, the tryouts are open to media.

Fighters must bring MMA gloves, boxing gloves, an athletic protector, and a mouthpiece. There will be no live striking, but there will be live grappling. The tryouts are only open to professional fighters and they must be prepared to present their ID. Fighters must also be an unrestricted free agent and cannot have any contractual obligations to another mixed martial arts promotion.

Patricia Vidonic vs. Lacey Schukman Scheduled for June 25th

The Little faces the Ladie in Denver.

“Little” Patricia Vidonic will face Lacey “The Ladie” Schuckman for the vacant 110 pound title in the main event at the Beatdown MMA card at the Grizzle Rose on June 20.

Both Vidonic (3-1) and Schuckman (6-3) are coming off a submission victories; Vidonic via armbar over Kyane Hampton; and Schuckman with a real naked choke win over 105 pound contender Diana Rael.

Women fighting for inclusion in MMA

Cyborg and Coenen Face Off Courtesy Ester Lin

By Robert Sargent of for USA Today

As mixed martial arts continues to rise in popularity around the world, talented female fighters have received opportunities to compete alongside male counterparts on major television networks such as Showtime and CBS.

But that might soon change after MMA promotion Strikeforce, a leading supporter of female fights and fighters, recently was acquired by Zuffa LLC, which owns the industry’s leading organization, the Ultimate Fighting Championship…

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Amanda Serrano Wins NABF Title With First Round TKO

Amanda Serrano made her New York City debut an explosive one with an overwhelming TKO of Jennifer Scott at 1:46 of the first round of a featured bout on a six fight card, jointly promoted by DiBella Entertainment and Gary Shaw Productions at Roseland Ballroom on Saturday night. With the win Serrano takes over the NABF super featherweight title.

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Biggest Question in Women’s MMA – “Why hasn’t Zuffa Signed Cyborg?”

Strikeforce champion Cyborg Santos has been waiting on the sidelines for a year now to be resigned, and with the Zuffa purchasing the Bay Area company, the biggest question remains on if the champ will be resigned and if so, when.

Cyborg vs. Finney June 2010

Officially, Cyborg’s contract obligation ran out after the Jan Finney match in June of last year, and a lot of the reason why she was not resigned was because Strikeforce simply ran out of challengers. As the rest of 2010 and the beginning of 2011 came around, challengers have come out of the woodwork. Initially that was Julia Budd, then Amanda Nunes came on the scene. Germaine de Randamie, the kickboxing phenom, has signed with the promotion and has a great shot of matching Cyborg on her feet. So, lack of challengers is no longer an excuse.

When Zuffa came in, they didn’t resign all of the Strikeforce roster and roughly 4-6 of the fighters are under a Zuffa contract rather than their original Strikeforce contract. Zuffa is still on the fence about the women’s division, despite the fact that Strikeforce head Scott Coker stated the division will continue. The purse strings still lie with Zuffa, so it’s up to them to decide to resign Cyborg.

What is taking so long? A few theories have been floating around the internet. The first is that Zuffa isn’t interested in resigning Cyborg at all, because they don’t know what to do with her. Another is that she was asking for too much money. Personally, my theory is that Zuffa is still waiting for a proper challenger to get built up to face Cyborg, and it would be a waste of money to have her on the roster until then.

With Gina Carano’s delayed comeback, and the several matches scheduled to build both the 135 and 145 pound divisions, there are no slots available for the champ to defend her title. The best case scenario would be Sept. 10 with either the winner of Carano vs. D’Alelio (which is rumored for July 30) or the winner of the Julia Budd vs. Germaine de Randamie match on the June 24 card.

Until then, the women’s MMA fans will just have to wait.

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