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Fusion Fight League to Hold First Sanctioned WMMA Matches in Montana

11133756_10152891143713284_1542222862049369707_nMontana is one of the rare states where there isn’t an athletic commission, but MMA is legal. Fusion Fight League decided to do something about it.

The promotion announced last week they are bringing in an independent commission to sanction all its fights Friday in Billings, Montana. This will make the card the first ever sanctioned MMA event in the state’s history.

The sanctioning comes as the FFL has what will be two of the biggest pro female MMA bouts Montana has seen.

In the main event, MMA Legend and pioneer Tara LaRosa will take on Katie Howard in a catchweight fight.

LaRosa (21-5) has only been stopped once in her 13 plus year career. She went on a 15 fight win streak in five years, having beaten stars such as Shayna Baszler, Roxanne Modafferi , and Julie Kedzie.

Portland’s Howard (3-4-1) is looking for the upset and get what will be the biggest fight of her career.

The other match sees two rising stars at atomweight as Celine Haga takes on Kyra Batara.

Haga (6-12) has made one of the biggest career comebacks in MMA history, having won five of her last 6. Having fought in the far east most of her career, she is now training at the legendary Jacoksn’s MMA gym.

Batara (1-2) is looking for her second win as a pro after back to back heartbreaking decision losses. Having won titles as an amateur, the wrestler wants to look good to make it to the next level of her career.

Among the amateur bouts announced, Sonya Wilson will take on Tasha Fourstar, Sahsa Fourstar will face Sierra Suits, and Jade Buckskin battling Ireland Moran.

Tickets are still available here for those in the Billings area Friday.

The promotion also announced the event will be streamed on Fusionfightleague.com for those not able to come in.

Wombat Sports will be on location for this historic card for weigh-ins on Thursday and the event Friday. Follow us @WombatSports on Twitter for up to the minute coverage.

LaRosa vs. Howard added to Fusion Fight League Mega Event


InvictaFC vet and MMA legend Tara LaRosa will return to the cage May 15th as she takes on rising star Katie Howard at Fusion Fight League in Billings, Montana. The match was announced Thursday.

LaRosa (21-5) is a pioneer in the women’s divisions, having started her career in 2002. She would go on a 15 fight win streak during her run, having notable wins over Alexis Davis, Roxanne Modafferi, and Shayna Bazsler. She has only be finished once in her career. She will be dropping to 120 pounds for the first time.

Oregon’s Howard (3-4-1) is looking to get her career back on track after a unanimous decision loss to Kathina Catron.  She has wins over Amy Cadwell Montenegro and Emily Corso.

The match joins Kyra Batara versus Celine Haga on the card. More matches to be announced in the coming weeks.

ICF All female Card Adds Howard vs. Woods; Corso vs. House

10300005_736028093085594_4137924597777576269_nTwo more pro MMA bouts have been announced for Intense Championingship Fighting’s all female card May 16th.

The first will feature a rematch between two Oregon standouts Katie Howard and Robin Woods. Woods came back after a two year absence last year to defeat Howard by KO. This will be Wood’s pro debut.

Since the loss to Woods, Howard has had fought six more times, with two pro bouts. She won an unanimous decision in her pro debut, and is coming off a close split decision loss in her last bout with Glena Avila.

Fellow Oregonian Emily Corso will turn pro as she will take on Canada’s Lynnell House in a second pro bout announced this week. Corso went 8-0 as an amateur, all finishes. She has wins over Katie Howard and Amy Cadwell.

House had back to back KO wins to start her pro career before losing to Randa Markos in March.

The card will be main evented by InvictaFC vets Cassie Robb and Liz McCarthy.

We will have streaming info in the coming weeks. ICF will be live in Great Falls, MT May 16 and Wombat Sports will have complete coverage from weigh-ins to post fight.