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.

Top Five Female Fighters Zuffa Needs to Sign

With the Strikeforce acquisition by Zuffa, Strikeforce head Scott Coker promised that the women’s division would still be a part the organization. However, when the merger happened, all the fighters needed to be resigned. There are still several Strikeforce fighters that have not been offered to sign with Zuffa that have been with the company last year.

With that in mind, these are the top five fighters we feel should be signed to Strikeforce.

5) Elaina Maxwell

Maxwell has faced some of the best in the business and held her own. Although she lost to Shayna Baszler this past November, Maxwell rebounded and got a unanimous decision over former Strikeforce competitor Shana Olsen this past April.




4) Hitomi Akano

The runner-up in the Strikefore Grand Prix last year, Akano proved her worth with current title challenger Miesha Tate in a decision and was able to sub Carina Damm on the same night. Trained by one of the top female fighters on the planet Megumi Fujii, Akano is set to face Roxanne Modafferi at the JEWELS card July 9.




3) Rin Nakai

The 10-0 phenom from Japan is looking to make the jump to the U.S. With three TKO and four submission wins Nakai has outgrown the competition overseas and is a true character when it comes to promoting herself.



2) Shayna Baszler

Ever since her decision loss to Sarah Kaufman, Baszler has been undefeated, gaining three submission wins and a close decision with Alexis Davis. Before the acquisition, Baszler had won the Freestyle Cage Fighting tournament, which offered the winner a Strikeforce contract. Her contract has yet to be picked up by Zuffa.




1) Cyborg Santos

You read that right. The Strikeforce 145 pound champion has yet to get the call from Zuffa to be resigned. Being one of the biggest stars in women’s MMA today, it’s hard not to see value in resigning the champ. Cyborg hasn’t seen action since her title win against Jan Finney a  year ago. The match completed the terms of her contract, and the champ wants a match bad, as do the line of competitors who want to face her.

Holly Holm Solid in Win – Faces Anne Mattis in December

Cisneros (left) and Holm (right) at Weigh-ins

It looked a lot like their first fight, and the cards reflected it.

IBA champion Holly Holm gains her 30th win of her career, defeating Victoria Cisneros by unanimous decision (100-90 on all three score cards) in a rematch of their 2009 bout. The match aired locally on Terefutura, and was the first female bout to main event of the network’s Solo Boxeo series.

Holm was always one step ahead of Cisneros, keeping her from rallying at any point during the fight. Cisneros technique had improved and had a great chin, but Holm stuck to her game plan and got the decision.

It was announced that Holm would be facing French fighter and WIBA champion Anne Mattis (23-1) at the Route 66 Casino. It is not know if either or both titles will be on the line. There is speculation that Holm may take a MMA fight in the mean time.

Taylor Stratford Dominant in Her Last Amateur Bout

If there is one fighter who is ready for the pros, it’s the now 10-1 Taylor Stratford.

A few weeks ago, the top ranked Stratford had announced she was turning pro after her match this past Friday and that she had gained Bud Light as a sponsor. (Ironically, the 19 year old fight cannot partake in the beverage.)

Startford, the Ultimate Reno Combat champion face Autumn Richardson for the belt Friday night, which was a lopsided win. Having dominated most of the match, Stratford gained a unanimous decision victory (49-47, 50-46, 50-46) .

It is not known when Stratford’s first pro match will be, but Ultimate Reno Combat has just announced that they have partnered with Takedown Entertainment to bring pro fights to their card. It’s also unknown if Stratford’s title will become pro or be vacated.

However, Stratford’s 145 pound Tuff-n-uff title will be vacated and the winner of the Autumn Ricarhdson vs. Jessamyn Duke match July 1 will be the new champion.

Holly Holms Faces a Game Victoria Cisneros in Rematch Tonight

Holm and Cisero Face Off at Weigh-ins Courtesy NMBoxing

It might be a mismatch, but even underdogs have their day.

The IBA Light Welterweight champion Holly Holm will rematch journey woman fighter Victoria Cisneros at the Route 66 Casino tonight near Albuquerque, NM.

Holm is on an incredible 29-1-3 record and hasn’t lost since 2004. Cisneros (5-11-2) has lost her past three fights by decision, with her last one being a split decision loss. She has only been TKOed once, lossing the other ten by decsion.

Cisneros first fought Holm in December 2009, literally getting called out of the crowd when Holm’s opponent dropped out at the last minute. Cisneros took Holms the distance, but lost all but one round. With six weeks to train, who knows?

Holm is still the odds on favorite in the match, but expect some great action as Cisneros has something to prove, and Holm wants to once again impress the hometown crowd.

Takedown Entertainment Inks Deal with Ultimate Reno Combat MMA

Ultimate Reno Combat is taking a huge step up.

Takedown Entertainment, a public traded company, as acquired UNC’s past and future fight videos and will invest in getting the promotion to gain more professional fights. Takedown sites the URC commitment to women’s MMA as a major factor in the decision. Takedown also acquired rights to several MMA promotions including Scrap Live out of North Carolina, Fight 2 Win out of Colorado, and Freedom Fights out of Canada.

URC champion Taylor Stratford is set to face Autumn Richardson this weekend in her last match as an amateur (which will be live on, and with the new deal, it won’t be surprising if the 19 year old phenom will stick around Reno a bit longer.

Strikeforce Champ Cyborg Santos Slams Tito Ortiz

Strikeforce Cyborg Santos is a powerhouse in women’s MMA, but you can’t truly appreciate it until you see it on a former UFC champ.

MMA H.E.A.T reporter Karyn Bryant posted this video today of Tito Ortiz and Cyborg sparring back in 2009 at Cleber Luciano’s gym in Huntington Beach. It sparks memories of the Sarah Kaufman slam of Roxanne Modafferi. as Cynorg slams Ortiz, but this time Ortiz holds on to get an armbar sub on her.

This past weekend, Cyborg showed her skills, throwing a few opponents around the mat at the BJJ World Championships. Cyborg is in limbo as Zuffa is still has yet to sign her back on and get her defending her title.

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