A second female bouts has been announced to the UFC’s return to Houston, Texas October 3rd.
TUF 20 finalist Rose Namajunas will return to action as she takes on fellow castmate Angela Hill at UFC 192. The promotion announced the fight Monday.
Namajunas (2-2) submitted all of her opponents in her wins during the show, but came up short and lost in the finals to Carla Esparza. Namajunas still holds the record for the fastest armbar submission in the women’s divisions history.
Accomplished striker Hill (2-1) is coming off a decision loss to Tecia Torres. Hill would win her official UFC debut with a decision win over Emily Kagan.
The match joins Jessica Eye versus Julianna Peña on the card.
The bout will most likely air on Fox Sports 1 October 3rd.
The UFC’s current streak of strawweight bookings continues in June.
Monday night, two bouts with three TUF 20 vets were announced. Tecia Torres looks to stay undefeated as she takes on Angela Hill in Mexico City June 13th at UFC 188, and Rose Namajunas looks to get back in the win column against Nina Ansaroff May 23rd at UFC 187 in Vegas.
Torres (5-0) defeated four UFC fighters in her past 4 fights; three in Invicta. In the TUF 20 tournament. Torres would lose to Randa Markos in the opening round, but would re-enter the tournament defeating Bec Rawlings. Torres would lose to champion Carla Esparza in the quarterfinals. Torres would win her UFC debut defeating Angela Magaña.
Hill (2-0) Made her MMA debut last year, having an extensive Muay Thai career. Hill would lose in the opening round of the TUF 20 tournament, but had a great performance over Emily Kagan in her UFC debut.
Namajunas (2-2) was undefeated as an amateur before winning back to back in Invicta. Her submission of Kathina Catron made headlines as the fastest submission in the womens’ divisions history. She would lose to Torres in Invitca before entering the TUF 20 house, where she lost in the finals to champion Carla Esparza.
Ansaroff (6-4) went on a five fight win streak before deciding to drop to 115 and join the UFC. She would lose to Juliana Lima in Ansaroff’s UFC debut.
No word on if Torres versus Hill will be on Fox Sports 1 or on the pay-per-view card. Namajunas versus Ansaroff will most likely air on Fox Sports 1.
Friendships, feuding, fighting, and farts fill episode four of “The Ultimate Fighter”.
We open the show with Team Melendez, who has lost three straight fights. Melendez sees the light at the end of the tunnel, as their top seeds minus Tecia Torres are still intact.
Team Pettis has a guest coach for a few days in Uriah Faber, someone the team gushes over. Faber names Joanne Calderwood “The KO Whisperer” and sees her as a favorite to win the tournament. He also sees promised in Carla Esparza, who’s wrestling credentials are profiled. They also highlight the friendship between Felice Herrig and Esparza, something that has been going on since Espraza beat Herrig several years ago.
Angela Hill is a big underdog coming in being the #16 seed and having only one professional bout. She seemed primed for an upset however. Hill has over 16 pro Muay Thai bouts and the coaches hope takedown defense and her striking will give her an edge.
At the house, Hill’s flatulence has being coming a running joke. Angela Magana called Hill a “martial fartist”.
During a training sessions, Heather Clark injured her knee, and decided to ride a bike the next practice, much to the disdain of Magana. When Clark decides to soak in an ice bath, Magana starts a screaming at her to get out of the tub.
Justine Kish, who has never fought at 115, is having problems dropping weight and has been jogging and doing extra exercise to compensate. If she doesn’t make weight, she could be cut from the UFC. There maybe an out, however, as Kish is start to have problems with her surgically repaired knee.
We head into the the fight, which starts with Hill keeping her distance and staying to stuff takedowns. Espraza was able to get one eventually and took Hill to the mat. After a scramble, Espraza gained mount and pinned Hill down. Esprza took Hill’s back soon after for a rear naked choke attempt, but Hill fought it off. Hill fought back to her feet, but Esparza took the back standing and sunk in the rear naked choke for the tap at 3:41 of round 1.
Since last fall, XFC’s main focus shifted from the US to Brazil. After a long wait, the promotion will be returning to the their hometown with three female bouts this fall.
On MMA Madhouse’s Cage Zombies radio, XFC’s John Prisco announced they will hold a card in late August/early September in Tampa, FL at the Sundome. The co-main event is expected to be Pearl Gonzalez defending her title against a yet to be named opponent.
Also on the card, XFC vet Cortney Casey will take on Angela Hill. It is expect this will be Casey’s debut at strawweight.
Highly touted amateur fight Andrea Lee will make her pro debut taking on seasoned vet Suzie Montero.
No word on if the event will be televised. We should have more details in the coming weeks.