Former Srikeforce champ and InvictaFC vet Marloes Coenen (145.6) returns to action as she takes on Australian Arlene Blencowe (145.8). Coenen (22-6) has won 5 of her last seven fights, including a thrid round submission in her Bellator debut. Blencowe (6-4) has won four straight including a win over InvictaFC’s Faith Van Duin. She is also a world boxing champion.
Also at featherweight, Adrienna Jenkins (144.4) takes on Lissette Neri. Jenkins (18-6) recently came back after a five year absence from the sport. She is looking to come back after a loss to Blencowe.
Neri (6-2) is coming off a 38 second TKO win earlier this year. She was on a six fight win streak before losing back to back fights to Jessica Miele.
In the lone female flyweight bout, Arizona’s Maria Rios (125.4) takes on San Diego Combat Academy’s Ilima-Lei Macfarlane (125.2). Rios (2-2) won her first 2 pro fights and is looking rebound. Macfarlane is coming off a 10 second KO in her pro debut.
All the bouts will stream on Spike.com starting at 4:45 pst/7:45 est.
As 2014 ends, many of the top fighters stay at #1 with some fighters moving weight classes.
With Pannie Kianzad’s drop to 135 and inactivity at 145, all the featherweights with the exception of #1 ranked Marloes Coenen moved up a spot. Maria Hougaard re-enters the list at #10.
With Kalindra Faria and Nina Ansaroff’s UFC debuts at strawweight, they drop off the flyweight list. DeAnna Bennett (4) and Juliana Werner (5) move up a spot respectively. Zoila Frausto (6), Aline Serio (7), and Elaine Albuquerque (8) all move up two sports. Debuting in the top 10 are undefeated flyweights Reina Cordoba (9) and Marina Moroz (10).
Due to inactivity, Sadae Numata leave the atomweight top 10. With Saori Ishioka loss, she drops to #9. Naho Sugiyama (6), Yasuko Tamada (7), and Catherine Costigan (8) move up two spots. Cassie Rodish re-enters the top ten.
The bantamweight and strawweight top 10s stays pat to close out the year.
With Invicta 10 approaching, and the UFC crowning its first strawweight champion, we suspect 2015 will begin with a lot of shifting in the rankings.
After a busy weekend of about two dozen pro WMMA fights across the world, we have seen some interesting changes to Unfiied rankings.
Since InvictaFC 9 happened Saturday, the Unified Committee decided to include Saturday’s results. However, the DEEP-JEWELS results on Monday morning will be included in December’s rankings.
Also several inactive fighters have been dropped off the list…
InvictaFC champion Cyborg Justino has been left off the featherweight rankings due to inactivity. Bellator’s Marloes Coenen regains the top spot after her win over Annalisa Bucci. The undefeated Pannie Kianzad is now #2 in the division, followed by Bellator’s Julia Budd (#3) and Invicta’s Faith Van Duin (#4).
Bucci’s loss to Coenen drops her a spot to #6, and Talita Nogueira takes her place at #5. Maria Hougaard’s loss to Amanda Bell drops her out of the top 10, with Bell debuting at #9.Tweet (#8) and Gabrielle Holloway (#10) round out the featherweight top 10.
The top 5 in the strawweights remain the same this month (TUF 20 fighters are exempt from dropping out); however, Karolina Kowalkiewicz’s win over Mizunki Inoue at Invicta gains the Polish fight the #6 spot. Inoue drops to #10.
Lacey Schukman’s inactivity in the atomweight division drops her out of the rankings, giving Jodie Esquibel the #5 spot after her win over Nicdali Rivera-Colonac this past weekend. The rest of the top 10 remains the same.
Bantamweight stays pat this month.
Several flyweight fighters will be dropping this month and in December to strawweight, so we expect some major changes come the end of the month.
As speculation starts in terms of who will face who in the upcoming Invicta cards, several story lines have been developing recently or lingering for years.
For those recent fans to the women’s divisions and not aware of these, we complied a list for some rivalries to look out for.
Cindy Dandois and Marloes Coenen
Cindy Dandois made her MMA debut in what was then the biggest WMMA upset of all time. Dandois defeated former Strikeforce champion Marloes Coenen by unanimous decision in 2009. Dandois is planning on dropping to 135 in Invicta and looks to make the transition to the UFC. Coenen, still stinging from a loss to Cyborg Justino, would love to avenge the loss and a drop would get be back in the title hunt at bantamweight.
Michelle Ould and Zoila Frausto
Before Miesha Tate and Ronda Rousey, the most heated rivalry in WMMA was between Michelle Ould and Zoila Frausto. Their first meeting ended with Ould suffering an injury that sidelined her from competition for over a year. Ould soon blamed the humidity and sweat for the difficulty in fighting Frausto (they were fighting outside during the summer) and has wanted to avenge the loss. Frausto, who was already on Ould’s case at weigh-ins, took offence to some of Ould’s comment and a war of words broke out post fight. Even though the beef has cooled a bit several years later, there is opportunity for these two to resolve their issues.
Roxanne Modafferi and Tara LaRosa
This is a friendly rivalry that has brought some of the best matches to the cage. The two veterans and good buddies prove that you can see a great fight without any malice or hatred towards your opponent. LaRosa took their first fight in 2006 by unanimous decision. Four years later, Modafferi would avenge the loss by a split decision over LaRosa, a match the would win “WMMA Match of the Year” for 2010. Four years later, fans want to see the rubber match between the two and Invicta would be a meaningful place to settle the series.
Marina Shafir and the featherweight division
Marina Shafir may not be signed to InvictaFC yet, but it’s hard not to see the rising star of the 145 division not be a part of the top female promotion in the world. Either way Shafir has a target on her back.
The major one is the current featherweight champion Cyborg Justino, who sees a win over Shafir as way to get UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey’s attention and goat her into a fight. Shafir state she wanted several fights first, but Cyborg was the ultimate goal.
Shafir doesn’t have an easy road ahead of her. Two other featherweights are wanting their shot at the rising prospect. Tuff-n-uff featherweight tournament champion Jessica Zomchik was on the way to facing Shafir, but Shafir decided to turn pro. Zomchik recently turned pro as well, and is still pursuing a match with Shafir.
Current InvictaFC signee Tamikka Brents has stated she wants make a name for herself getting a win over Shafir.
Lauren Murphy and Miriam Nakamoto
An injury ended their first match, but the bickering has heated up more since the match. Nakamoto felt she was winning until the injury, while Murphy felt she was taking the uphand. Without a clear winner, both have been on social media thowing verbal jabs at each other. We are still waiting for Nakamoto to heal up, which won’t be until at least the end of the year.