Weeks after her release from the WSOF, Jessica Aguilar has signed to the UFC.
The current #2 strawweight on the planet will face the #3 fighter Claudia Gadelha in what could be a title eliminator at UFC 160 August 1 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Combate was the first to report the news and was later verified by MMAFighting.com.
Aguilar (19-4) has won 10 straight and defended her WSOF title twice. Having a notable win over the legend Megumi Fujii, she has only lost twice in her career.
Gadelha (12-1) is coming a close loss to current UFC champion Joanna Jędrzejczyk. She defeated current InvictaFC champion Herica Tiburcio and former JEWELS champion Ayaka Hamasaki during her career.
The fight will most likely air on the preliminary card on Fox Sports 1. UFC 190 will be headlined by champion Ronda Rousey defending her bantamweight title against Bethe Correia.
Amy Montenegro defeatd Diana Rael by TKO in round
2 at King of the Cage in Idaho.
Ava Knight defeated Guadalupe Martinez by unanimous decision to win the vacant WBC International flyweight title in Washington D.C.
Tyrieshia Douglas gains the vacant WIBA World bantamweight title with an unanimous decision win over Christina Ruiz in Baltimore, MD
In Westbury, New York, Amanda Serrano defeated Carla Torres by TKO round 1
In amateur MMA action at Gladiator Fighting Association in Topeka, KS:
Tabby Patterson def. Cara Jo Wesemann by unanimous decision to win the 145 title
Julie Murray def. Katherine Grasshopper by TKO 1:18 round 2
Savannah Self def. Alexis Cheatham by TKO 2:32 round 2
Jessika Brown def. Jennifer Dunn by KO 0:23 round 1
Holly Holm is out of her match with Raquel Pennington at UFC 181 next month.
Holm has suffered a neck injury and will be taking it “day by day” to see if it will heal on its own. No word if Pennington will get another opponent.
Also in the injury front, UFC Strawwweight Tina Lähdemäki has to undergo shoulder surgery and will be out for 9 months.
After losing to Randa Markos, Tecia Torres advanced to the quarterfinals of “The Ultimate Fighter 20” tournament by defeating Bec Rawlings by unanimous decision. Torres will face former InvictaFC champion Carla Esparza in the next round.
The episode itself drew 578,000 live viewers – one of the best ratings of the season. Wednesday’s broadcast saw the most drama and cattiness of the episodes thus far.
Next week, Randa Markos and Felice Herrig square off in the quarterfinals.
The Princesses of Pain female fighting promotion will return to action November 29 will a docket of exciting fights.
The main event will feature Kate da Silva defend her 60 kg title against Dawn Chalmers.
In other pro bouts:
Tairi Ford vs Gaela Nixon
Gentiane Lupi vs Alex Sorthis
Hera Tamati vs Catherine Drinnann
Charlene Watt vs Bridget Lords
Barbara Verlinden vs Tracey Burns
More matches to be announced soon.
A pair of bouts have been announced for OneFC December 5 in Manilla, Philippines.
Ana Jualton looks for her second win of her MMA career as she takes on Egypt’s Walaa Abas, while local favorite Jujeath Nagaowa will battle Tharoth Sam of Cambodia.
Two new fighters have signed to Invicta.
Texas’s Tessa Simpson signed this past week. The 3-1 atomweight returned to action last year with a win over Paulina Granados.
German strawweight Daniela Kortmann signed Thursday to the promotion, The first from Germany yo be signed, she went 3-1 as an amateur and won her pro debut in 2012.
World Series of Fighting President Ray Sefo told us during the WSOF conference call Thursday to expect more expansion of the women’s division in 2015. Sefo stated “timing” had a lot to do with not doing it this year. (We can only assume he meant TUF 20.)
He also is looking to develop a bantamweight division.
However, XFC is not too pleased with Kalindra Faria signing to the promotion.
XFC has filed a lawsuit against WSOF in the US over the Brazilian strawweight. Faria had signed an exclusive contract with the XFC before signing to WSOF. Faria will face WSOF champion Jessica Aguilar Saturday. More on that below.
Come December 22, Ashlee Evans-Smith will be able to “seek other opportunities” as her “6 month inactive clause” in her WSOF contract will kick in.
Despite her ACL and meniscus tear, Heather Clark is insisting she will still fight on the TUF 20 finale.
The UFC will make it’s debut in Mexico City, Mexico with a much anticipated scrap in the bantamweight division.
Jessica Eye (10-2; 1NC) and Leslie Smith (7-5-1) look to make their way up the 135 division rankings as they will be the featured bout on the UFC prelims on Fox Sports 1 Saturday. Both tipped the scales at 134.
Eye is coming off a loss to Alexis Davis, while Smith is coming off a win over Jessamyn Duke. Both seem acclimated to the higher altitude and look to entertain the fans in Mexico.
The #1 ranked Jessica Aguilar will defend her WSOF title for the second time against the #8 ranked Kalindra Faria in Tampa, FL Saturday, which will air on NBC Sports Net. Both Aguilar (115) and Faria (114.8) came in on weight.
Aguilar has won 9 straight including her title win over Alida Gray and her title defense over Emi Fujino. With The Ultimate Fighter 20 almost ready to crown a champion, Aguilar need a solid win the stay at the top.
Faria is riding an 11 fight win streak and is looking to make an instant impact at 115. She has finished in 5 of her last 11 wins and is ranked in both the flyweight and strawweight divisions.
Cage Warriors will crown its first women’s bantamweight champion in London, England Saturday, in a fight that will stream on MMAJunkie.com.
Sweden’s Pannie Kianzad and Finland’s Eeva Siiskonen will duke it out for initial 135 title. Both Kianzad (134.8) and Siiskonen (134.3) came in on weight.
Kainzad (6-0) is undefeated having finished Megan van Houtum in her CWFC debut. This will be the debut of Siiskonen in the promotion, having two finishes t her credit.
Also on the undercard, Anna Elmose (134.6) will take on Emma Delaney (135.7).
MMA Super Heroes will feature another tournament heading to their card in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
In the strawweight grand prix semi-finals, Camila Lima takes on Virna Jandiroba and Aline Sattelmayer faces Marília “Chocolate” Santos. The winners will square off later that night for the tournament crown. Howver, Santos came in at 125 pounds, so may have disqualifed herself from the finals.
In a non-tounament bout, Ariane Lipski battles Daiane Firmino in a strawweight encounter.
Cortney Casey looks for her third profession win as she takes on Gina Iniong at PXC in Manila, Philippines. This will stream on PXC’s livestream channel.
Arizona’s Casey (2-1) won her PXC debut this past June. The former Tuff-n-uff amateur champion has finished in both of her pro wins.champion.
Hometown fighter Iniong (3-1) is coming off a very close split decision over veteran Mei Yamaguchi at her last PXC bout.
In other pro MMA bouts:
At LegacyFC in Houston, TX, Stephanie Alba takes on Maria Lopez
In a pair of pro bouts at Sugar Creek Showdown in Hinton, OK, Amber Stautzenberger faces Delaney Owens and Jade DeHaas fights Anita Rodriguez. In an amateur bout Wendy Simmons battles Emily Ducote
Stephanie Bragayrac takes onm Mariana Moraes at Explosion MMA in Curitiba, Parana, Brazil
At USA MMA in Lafayette, Louisiana, Jazmine Hargrave faces Brooksie Bayard
Intense Cage Fight returns to Great Falls, MT and will feature an amateur flyweight bout between Hannah Kampf and DJ Morrision.
Wombat Sports will be there live to cover the fight, so follow us @WombatSports for results.
In other amateur action:
In a pair of bouts at Steefist MMA in Salt Lake City, Utah, Mallory Rogers takes on Brenda Enriquez and Alysa Westergard faces Chelsya Howard
At Ultimate Beatdown in Johor Bahru, Malaysia, Samantha Tan battles Goh Shee Han
Morgana Silva fights Vitoria Ferreira at Gladiator CF in Curitiba, Parana, Brazil
In Chertsey, Surrey, England at Too Much Talent, Louise Hiller takes on Samantha Taylor
At A-Town Throwdown in Austin, MN, Cynthia Bottelberghe faces Jessica Fresh
Sereina Comstock battles Megan Wallace at IFC Fight Night in Owensboro, Kentucky
In Sacramento, California at West Coast FC, Ashley Medina fights Melissa Wang
At Spartan Combat League in Loveland, Colorado, Samantha Gilliland takes on Kathryn Yost
Tori Nelson (c) vs. Victoria Cisneros – WIBA welterweight title & vacant UBF World welterweight title
Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico
Alejandra Marina Oliveras (c) vs. Erica Anabella Farias – WBC World light welterweight title
In other boxing action:
In Daegu, South Korea Hye Soo Park takes on Dorkmaipah Kiatpompetch
Anahi Esther Sanchez battles Betina Gabriela Garino in Buenos Aires, Argentina
In action from this morning, Ann Osman defeated Aya Saeid Saber by TKO 3:15 of round 1 at OneFC in Kuala Lumpur.
Jessica Aguilar’s fight with Kalindra Faria is most likely off.
XFC president Myron Molotky was surprised when World Series of Fighting announced the title bout last week, since Faria was under an exclusive contract with the XFC. Faria’s management failed to ask permission from the XFC for the fight, and the XFC is now refusing the bout to happen.
This is a disappointment to fans, who see Faria as the one opponent not signed to the UFC or Invicta that could give Aguilar a run for her money.
WSOF and Faria’s management have yet to make a statement.
Conflict MMA will have an all female amateur card November 8 in Columbia, South Carolina.
In the main event will feature amateur prospects Alyssa Vasquez taking on Alexa Conners for the promotional bantamweight title, while the co-main will see Jennifer Darr taking on Ashley Samples for the vacant strawweight title.
Also announced, Charity Walker will battle Andy Nguyen. We are expecting more fights to be announce this coming weeks.
Molly Dupertuis announced on ProWMMA Now that she will be hang up the gloves after her fight with Nichole Rainey November 22 at V3 Fights in Nashville, Tennessee. A lingering shoulder injury is forcing her to retire but she wanted one more fight, win or lose.
Germany’s Katharina Lehner will take on Sandra Redegeld November 29 at “It’s Lanna Time II” in Bochum, Germany.
For the year, we should be passing 415 pro female MMA fights by the end of October. This will surpass last year’s total and we are projecting 530 fights by the end of the year.
Sunday at 9:30 a.m. pst/12:30 p.m. est on the podcast, we will talk to Jessica Richer, who will be participating in the Tuff-n-uff lightweight tournament. We will also discuss training with Team Hurricane Awesome and Liz Carmouche.
With the already announced Cyborg Justino on InvictaFC 10, Charmiane Tweet announced she will also be a part of the card. Rumors are Irene Aldana, Vanessa Porto, and Jennifer Maia will also be in action.
We told you last week that Sara McMann stated she was close to getting a match with Miesha Tate. This past week, however, Bethe Correia has challenged Tate. Tate responded she is more than willing to fight her.
Having been doing boxing matches the past year, Jen Tate maybe returning to the cage soon.
In what was supposed to be a fight at a catchweight of 152, Jozette Cotton and Holly Lawson will now battle at 167 pounds at Bellator in Council Bluffs, Iowa, which will stream on Spike.com. The prelims start at 4 p.m. pst/7 p.m. est.
Cotton came in at 167 pounds, 15 pounds over the agreed weight and will forfeit 20% of her fight purse to Lawson. Lawson decided to take the fight despite the weight difference.
This will be the first female fighter under the Bellator banner since Scott Coker took over as president of the promotion. The last female bouts Bellator held were in March 2013.
ADCC World Grappling champion and undefeated fighter Michelle Nicolini will make her US MMA debut against InvictaFC vet Norma Rueda Center at LegacyFC in Albuquerque, NM which will air on AXS TV.
Nicolini (2-0) has back to back armbar wins in the first round. A black belt in jiu-jitsu, she is considered one of the top submission grapplers on the planet.
Center (2-1) went undefeated as an amateur and won her first two matches before losing to TUF 20 competitor Joanne Calderwood at Invicta. Training at Jackson-Winkeljohn’s MMA, she has a solid wrestling background.
In other pro bouts:
In a pair of bouts at XKO in Arlington, Texas, Amber Stautzenberger takes on Kathina Catron and Alice Yauger faces Jessica Armstrong
In Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada at Rumble in the Cage 50, Erin McDougall battles Lynnell House
Lena Ovchynnikova fights Madagmaa at Diamond Fight in Singapore
In a pair of fights at Provincial FC in London, Ontario, Canada, Bobbi Jo Dalziel faces Anna Barone and Kara Kirsh takes on Ashley Nichols.
Laura Balin battles Luly Silva at Gladiatores MMA in Brazil
At Grappler Fight Night in Mińsk Mazowiecki, Poland, Wiola Szewczyk fights Klaudia Key Ćwiek (135)
In amateur MMA action:
At United Combat League in Peoria, Illinois, Jenna Fox takes on Katherine Richter
Tiia Kohtamäki faces Minna Grusander at Lohja Fight Night in Lohja, Finland
At Texas Premier Ammy in Midland, Texas, Kenia Rosa battles Ruby Diaz
Lisa Cain fights Casey McGuire at Bluegrass Brawl in Lexington, Kentucky
In pro boxing action:
In Tucuman, Argentina, Cecilia Sofia Mena battles Aline de Cassia Scaranello for the WBC Latino featherweight title
Argentina (FAB) flyweight champion Florencia Roxana Canteros defends her title againt Leonela Paola Yudica Andino in Buenos Aires, Distrito Federal, Argentina
Yohana Belen Alfonzo and Angela Marciales will fight for the vacant WBC Latino super featherweight title in San Luis, Argentina
In a pair of bouts in Panama City, Panama, Maria Milano faces Iliana Bonilla and Zuliana Mendoza takes on Jojahiny Ortega
In Dzierzoniow, Poland, Ewa Brodnicka dukes it out with Jekaterina Lecko
Daniella Smith battles Suzie Ketchley in Northcote, New Zealand
In Mazowiecki, Poland, Ewa Piatkowska fights Zsofia Bedo (140)
Debora Anahi Dionicius dukes it out with Maria Magdalena Rivera in Buenos Aires, Argentina
Jessica Aguilar will have a fight on her hands as she will takes on Brazil’s Kalindra Faria at World Series of Fighting 15 in Tampa, FL November 15. The match was announced Monday.
Considered the #1 ranked strawweight on the planet, Aguilar (18-4) dominated Emi Fujino in her last title match and continues her 8 fight win streak.
Faria (15-3-1) will be a tougher challenger to Aguilar’s title, having won 10 straight and has been undefeated at 115. She is the highest ranked competitor that isn’t signed to the UFC or Invicta. A win would give her the top spot in the rankings, putting her on several promotions radars.
Jessica Aguilar has successfully retained her WSOF 115 title but faced one of her toughest opponents to day.
Aguilar’s striking proved to be the defining factor in the fight, almost finishing her opponent Emi Fujino twice. Fujino may have been down in the cards, but would not quit even after being bloodied and almost choked out in a head and arm choke. Aguilar took the decision 50-44, but Fujino continues her streak – never being finished in a fight.
Aguilar extends her win streak to 9, taking home $35,000 (includes a $17,500 win bonus).
On the preliminary card, Ashlee Evans-Smith came back from being down two rounds to defeat Marciea Allen in what was both fighters promotional debut.
Both were tentative in the first 2 rounds with Allen using punching combos to gain the striking advantage. Smith stepped up her game in round 3, getting the takedown and using a crucifix to pound out a victory at 3:01.
Smith remains undefeated as a pro, improving to 3-0.
In other pro matches:
At Shogun Fights in Baltimore, MD, Kirstin Murphy defeated Allanna Jones by TKO (doctor’s stoppage) 5:00 round 2
Izabela Badurek submitted Marzena Horoszko by rear naked choke at 1:48 of round 1 at Thunderstrike Fight League in Lublin, Poland
In Ammy MMA action this past weekend:
At LegacyFC in Bossier City, LA, Andrea Lee defeated Valerie Aspaas by unanimous decision
Amberlynn Orr submitted Auttumn Norton by triangle choke round 2 at V3 Fights in Memphis, TN
At Belts of Honorious in Austin, Texas, Roxanne Ceasear defeated Fatima Mallett by unanimous decision
A pair of title matches happened in Vienna, Austria Saturday. Eva Voraberger won the vacant WIBF and WBF super flyweight title, getting the unanimous decision over Nonggift Onesongchaigym. Voraberger improves to 18-3.
Oezlem Sahin def. Buangern Onesongchaigym by KO round 6 to win the vacant WIBF/African Boxing Union/GBU minimumweight titles. Sahin improves to 18-0.
Judith Rodriguez breaks a five fight losing streak and get the upset TKO win over champion Aniya Seki in round 2 to win the WBC Silver super flyweight title in Glattbrug, Switzerland. Rodriguez gives Seki her first loss in nine fights.
In other boxing action:
In Buenos Aires, Argentina, Julieta Andrea Cardozo defeated Lilian Dolores Silva by unanimous decision
Sara Lahaye KOed Anastasia Krupitskaja in round 1 in Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhône, France
In Northbridge, Australia, Louisa Hawton KOed Wiilaiwan Namuanghchan in round 1
Tania Enriquez defeated Diana Gonzalez by unanimous decision in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico
Jessica Aguilar will make her first defense of her World Series of Fighting strawweight title against veteran Japanese fighter Emi Fujino at their 10th card in Las Vegas, NV June 21. The promotion announced the match Friday.
Aguilar (17-4) won the inaugural 115 title this past January with a first round submission win over Alida Gray. Currently on an eight fight win streak, Aguilar has wins over former InvictaFC champ Carla Esparza and legend Megumi Fujii.
Fujino (13-7) has won four of her last 6 fights and has wins over Mei Yamaguchi and Mika Nagano.
The match will air on the NBC Sports Network June 21.