After back to back losses, Jessamyn Duke is ready to get her career back on track as she takes on Elizabeth Phillips at UFC on Fox July 25th. MMA Fighting broke the news Thursday.
Duke (3-2) has won her first three pro fights at Invicta before heading into TUF 18. She lost to Raquel Pennington on the show in what was the “Fight of the Season”. Duke would win her official UFC debut over Peggy Morgan. She lost to current title challenger Bethe Correia by decision, and lost by TKO to Leslie Smith in her last outing.
Phillips (4-3) won four straight before entering the UFC. She has since lost two close split decisions. She is a teammate of UFC fight Juliana Pena.
Long time Russian MMA standout Milana Dudieva will look to make an immediate impact in the UFC as she heads to China to face Elizabeth Phillips. The match is planned to take place at UFC Fight Night Macao August 29 according to several sources.
Dudieva (10-3) is a five year vet of the sport, racking an eight fight win streak after her first loss. She has wins over Sheila Gaff and Danielle West with six submissions to her credit.
Phillips (4-2) was on a four fight win streak before losing a last minute bout to Valerie Latourneau in both fighter’s official UFC debuts. Teammate of TUF 18 winner Juliana Pena, she finished in 3 of her four wins.
The fight will stream on UFC Fight Pass August 29. The monthly service is $10.
DEEP-JEWELS has announced their next card. The promotion’s 5th event will take place August 9th in Tokyo. The news was broke for the US audience by the CJ Report.
No matches were announced, but will mark the return of 115 champion Ayaka Hamsaki. Hamasaki had surgery on her knee after her last fight, a loss to current UFC signee Claudia Gadelha at Invicta last July. It is susepcted Hamasaki will be defending her D-J title against either 115 tournament winner Emi Tomimatsu or InvictaFC vet Mizuki Inoue. Both are set to fight on the card.
Other announced for event include Naho Sugiyama, Miyoko Kusaka, Yuko Ohya, and Tamaki Usui.
Joeclyn Lybarger has signed a multi-fight deal with RFA. The promotion announced the signing Thursday. Lybarger (3-1) won her RFA debut with an unanimous decision over Rosa Acevedo in April.
Julie Kedzie is moving to Kansas City to fulfill her role as a full time matchmaker, commentator, and consultant for Invicta. With the move, she leaves her long time home of Albuquerque and her coaching and mentoring job at Jackson’s MMA. In the eight years at Jackson’s, she started one of the most recognized and accomplished female MMA teams in the country.
We look forward to her continuing efforts to improve and expand Invicta and it’s roster.
Interesting state we were discussing on twitter this week. Currently Invicta’s women’s divisions has more countries represent than the UFC’s women’s division.
Invicta (10): USA, Mexico, Canada, Brazil, Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Netherlands, Finland, and Poland
UFC (8): USA, Canada, Brazil, Australia, Scotland, Russia, Netherlands, and Finland
The UFC number could increase by two countries if Helena Harper (England) and Ais “The Bash” Daly (Ireland) is added to TUF 20.
Jessica Aguilar stated during a conference call for the World Series of Fighting 10 that she is being paid on par with the male champions under contract with the promotion. She has two more fights on her contract, including her upcoming title fight with Emi Fujino June 21 in Vegas, which will air on NBS Sports Net. She express she is going to “see what happens” after the contract expires to decide to stay with WSOF or look for other offers.
Aguilar has been doing vlogs to chronicle her training and life coming up to her defending her belt. You can watch them here.
Michelle Ould and Zolia Frausto have buried the hatchet. The two head a heated war of words in 2010 and was one of the most heated rivalries in WMMA. Four years later, tempers have mellowed and the two told us that hostilities are over.
For those who missed out, several connections between the Miss USA pageant and the world of female combat sports.
The winner, former Miss Nevada Nia Sanchez, is a black belt in Tae Kwan Do. Miss Virginia had wrestled for nine years on the boy’s team.
With Sanchez’s new role as Miss USA, Tuff-n-uff ring girl Stephanie Ann Cook is the new Miss Nevada.
On the podcast Sunday at 1 p.m. pst/4 p.m. est. we will have Brigitte Narcise, who will be facing Kaline Medeiros at CES in Lincoln, RI June 27.
Cage Warrior’s head Graham Boylan stated during a post event interview last weekend he is planning on doing an all female card (or two) by the end of the year. He has 29 female fighters under contract.
We are getting word that the reason Rin Nakai may not being coming to the U.S. to fight anytime soon is because of a lagging knee problem. Under US rules knee pads and taping are not allowed.
Two UFC newcomers will square off on FX Network in the US as a part of the UFC 174 prelims in Vancourver, Canada Saturday. Both Latourneau (134.5) and Phillips (135) made weight.
Canadian and TUF 18 vet Valerie Letourneau will be taking on last minute replacement American Elizabeth Phillips. Letourneau (5-3) won her last official fight in May 2013 with a 34 second TKO over Jordan Moore. Phillips (3-1) is riding a three fight win streak.
OneFC will once again have a female match as Malaysia’s Ella Tang will face Indonesia’s Desi Rahayu in Jakarta, Indonesia. This will stream on OneFC.com for $10 and will start at 2 a.m. pacific/5 a.m. est Saturday mourning.. Both made weight at 133 pounds for their bantamweight contest.
Milena Dudieva is out of her UFC debut against Valerie Latourneau, and Elizabeth Phillips has been tapped to fill the spot.
Phillips (4-1) is a training partner of TUF 18 winner Julianna Pena. With her debut a loss to InvictaFC star Miriam Nakamoto, Phillips went on a four fight win streak including three finishes. She defeated Katie Howard last month by decision.
Letourneau (5-3) lost to Roxanne Modafferi in a “get in the house” fight on TUF 18. Since then she got a 34 second TKO win over Jordan Moore a few weeks ago. She is currently training at American Top Team with InvictaFC’s Ediane Gomes, and TUF 20 participant Tecia Torres.
The match will take place at at UFC 174 June 14 in Vancouver, Canada, will be a part of the televised prelims on Fox Sports 1.
UFC Tonight reported this week Cat Zingano will look to make her return to the UFC in September against Amanda Nunes at a yet to be announce event.
The XFC is going to announce their US plans Friday night. The promotion has been on hiatus since last fall when they lost their TV deal with AXS TV. XFC President John Prisco also stated Pearl Gonzalez will be defending her flyweight title in the fall.
Got some interest in the current stats so far this year. In the pro ranks there has been 211 matches since the end of May with 39 more to go in June. Armbars (25) are leading the submissions. There were only 5 pure KOs this year so far, all of them by Brazilians.
Goddesses of War will hold an all female amateur card June 14th in Port Richey, FL. The seven fight card will feature a two key featherweight matches as Allison Ainley take on Hannah Fitzpatrick and Mary Kate Hayes battles Amber Rodriguez.
In other bouts:
Robin Wissman vs. Shalyn Cook (135)
Desiree Wilson vs. Victoria Fernandez (135)
Nikki Berry vs. Carla Thomas (200)
Gillian Robertson vs. Kristi Vorce (115)
Tanya Greenlee vs. Amy Sica (155)
No word on if the event will be streamed.
Roshambo Pinweight (100 lbs) champ Shauna Carew will be defending her title against a yet to be named opponent July 26 in Australia.
Brazil’s Aspera Fighting Championship is planning a one night grand prix for strawweight and flyweight fighters for September. The promotion is looking for fighters from southern Brazil for the event. More info can be found on their facebook page.
OneFC has signed Russian kickboxer and Wushu champion Irina Mazepa. No word on when she will debut with the promotion, but she will fight at flyweight.
Finnish fighter Eeva Siiskonen, who has been out with a knee injury, will return to the cage at Carelia Fight 10 in Finland on September 6. Her opponent is to be announced.
We will be doing two podcasts this weekend.
The first will be a special Saturday night edition at 9 p.m. pst/Midnight eastern as we’ll will talk to Australian fighter Tammy Taylor about her upcoming fight at Valor MMA. You can listen live here Saturday.
The second will be at our usual time Sunday at 1 p.m. pst/4 p.m. est. We will be doing a round-table to discuss the InvictaFC-UFC Fight Pass Deal. You can listen live here.
With only three weeks until TUF 20 starts taping, people were asking about our running list of possibles for the open eight slots. Taking away fighters flat out saying they are out, fighters with less than three fights, those with losing records, and certain fighters taking fights since tryouts, here is our current list. The bold one we are wagering are in due to record and resume.
Heather Jo Clark
Remember also there are two alternate spots up for grabs. When taping starts, we are expecting a lot of social media to accounts to go quiet since the fighters will be in isolation for six weeks. By process of elimination we should get an accurate list.
There is some speculation that Alexis Dufresne may not be able to make weight for her upcoming fight with Sarah Moras. Set at 135 pounds for July 6th, this past weekend she weighed in at 163 at the BJJ World Championships.
Rosi Sexton returns to flyweight and her home promotion of Cage Warriors Saturday against an up and coming star in Joanne Jedrzejczyk. Both Sexton (125.1lbs) and Jedrzejczyk (122.9lbs) made weight.
Sexton (13-4) is coming off back to back decision losses in the UFC before she was dropped by the company. In her 12 year career, she was only defeated once at flyweight.
Poland’s Jedrzejczyk (5-0) is currently signed to Invicta and has yet to take defeat. Currently ranked at #5 in the Unified rankings, a win could give her a title shot in either Cage Warriors or Invicta.
Also on the card, Amanda Kelly (132.9lbs) and Kerry Hughes (133.6lbs) look to get back on the winning track after their first losses at Cage Warriors.
Sexton versus Jedrzejczyk will stream on the first main card on MMAJunkie.com at 10 a.m. pst/1 p.m. est. Kelly versus Hughes will stream on the Cage Warriors Facebook at 8:30a.m. pst/11:30 a.m. est.
The XFC will crown it’s first International tournament champs in Sao Paulo, Brazil Saturday.
In the 115 pound tournament, Vanessa Guimaraes will face Gloria Bravo. Guimaraes (3-2) defeated Marcela Yineris in the semi-finals. Bravo lost to Vanessa Melo in semi-finals, but Melo had to pull out of the finals due to injury.
The flyweight finals see Mayerlin Rivas battle Silvana Juarez. Venezuelan Rivas (1-0) defeated Daiana Torquato in her semi-final, while Argentinian Juarez (3-0) defeated Bianca Daimoni.
This will stream for free on XFCMMA.com Saturday night.
In other pro bouts:
At RFA in Culver City, California, Kyra Batara takes on Rosa Acevedo
Andria Wawro battles Jessy Miele at Reality Fighting in Uncasville, CT. This will stream on GoFightLive.tv for $15 Friday night.
In a pair of bouts at Beatdown MMA in New Town, ND, Amber Stautzenberger faces Sarah Schneider and Delaney Owen fights Shannon Gunville
At Shamrock FC in St. Louis, MO, Christianna Daniels takes on Nikki Smith. In an amateur bout Rachel Stockholm battles Lisa Dale.
In a pair of bouts at Bitetti Combat in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Viviane Sucuri fights Pollyanna Botelho and Ilara Joanne faces Yelka Torres
Polyana Viana takes on Deborah Ribeiro at Talento Uruara Fight in Brazil
Also in Brazil at Barracão Fight Championship Jaquelline Santana battles Jessica Suelem
Tuff-n-uff will have their 20th anniversary card in Las Vegas, NV on Saturday with three female bouts.
In the finals of the strawweight tournament, Molly Wren-Holmes will face Jamie Moyle, with the winner getting an InvictaFC contract.
In two other bouts:
Kari Lichtenwalner takes on Liz Tracey
Cheyanne Vlismas battles Jianna Denizard
The fights won’t be stream, but the video is expect to be post a day or two after.
In other amateur bouts:
At Driven MMA in Ohio, Nichole Usko takes on Kayla Varney. This will stream on GFL.tv for $13.
Cassandra Durant faces Hannah Grable at Heavy Hands in Utica, New York
In a pair of bouts at Clan Wars in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Stephanie Quaile battles Fionnuala Malone and Leah McCourt fights Sarah Scott (155)
Abbey Frazier takes on Abetabet Ramirez at BlackoutFC in Fort Scott, Kansas
WBO, WBC, and WBA welterweight champion Cecilia Braekhus looks to continue her undefeated run by taking on Jessica Balogun in Schwerin, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany. This will be a rematch of their 2012 fight.
Braekhus (24-0) has faced a who’s who of the division including Chevelle Hallback, Mia St. John, and Anne Sophie Mathis.
Balogun (24-3) has yet to be finished and has 12 KOs to her credit.
In other pro boxing bouts:
In Tlaxcala, Mexico Ivoon Rosas and Alejandra Lopez will battle for for the vacant NABF female minimumweight title. Also on the card, Sandra Zamora dukes it out with Sandra Jimenez
Momoko Kanda will fight Nongnun Mor Krungthepthonburi for the vacant WBC Asian Boxing Council minimumweight title, and Ana Pitao faces Naome Tacda in Manila, Philippines
In Pas-de-Calais, France, Amelie Blary takes on Mila Nicolic
Bintou Schmill battles Klaudia Vigh in Niedersachsen, Germany