DEEP-JEWELS has announced Wednesday an eight woman grand prix that will start February 21 to crown a new 106 champion. The title was vacated by Seo Hee Ham when she signed to the UFC late last year.
Among the announced participants are former Valkyrie champion and veteran fighter Mei Yamaguchi (12-8); and the former interim D-J 115 champion Emi Tomimatsu (8-9). Tomimatsu will be making her atomweight debut in the tournament.
Also slated to take part in the tournament: Tomo Maesawa (4-4), Ayaka Miura (1-1), Satomi Takano (4-5), Mina Kurobe (4-0), Yukiko Seki (13-24), and Masako Yoshida (18-20). A reserve bout has also been announced between Miyoko Kusaka (5-8) and Miki Araki (nee Pan Hui) (1-0).
Conspicuous by their absences are former 106 champion Naho Sugiyama and current #2 Unified ranked atomweight Ayaka Hamasaki. Hamasaki’s non-participation fuels speculation she will be fighting on the next InvictaFC card; if not in a title match, a match that would be a title eliminator. Sugiyama has also fought under the Invicta banner and could see action as well.
We will have complete coverage of the pairings and the event in the coming weeks.
Japanese MMA on New Year’s Eve has been a tradition for the past decade. This year, DEEP MMA will have the honor of bring a card to the Tokyo crowd.
DEEP will borrow talent from it’s sister organization DEEP-JEWELS to bring four female bouts on the card.
InvictaFC vet Ayaka Hamasaki will take on former Valkyrie champion Mei Yamaguchi in an atomweight bout.
Hamasaki (10-1), the former D-J 116 champion, looked impressive in her return to the ring as she defeated former atomweight champion Naho Sugiyama this past August. Hamasaki’s only loss was to UFC title contender Claudia Gadelha.
Yamaguchi (12-7) rebounded from close decision losses to gain a first round choke over Yukiko Seki at DEEP-JEWELS in May.
Fresh off her win a few weeks ago, WSOF vet Emi Fujino (14-8) will take on Emi Tomimatsu (8-8), who is also coming off a win this month.
Returning MMA legend Satoko Shinashi (30-2-2) looks to keep the comeback going taking on Rika Hamada (1-0).
Rounding out the card, Japanese bantamweight Shizuka Sugiyama (12-4-1) looks for her second straight win as she battles former boxing champion Emiko Raika.
Another female bout maybe added as Satoko Shinashi has asked for a fight against Korean star Song Ga-Yeon .
The event will be in a cage versus the traditional ring.
No word on if the event will stream or air in the U.S.
One of the top pound for pound boxers on the planet was in negotiations with the promotion since the beginning of the year. Having started her career undefeated with six finishes, Holm will have a big step up in competition in the UFC.
No word on when she will debut with the promotion.
Sufficed to say the possible match between her and boxing champion Cecilia Braekhus for the fall is now got going to happen.
Justino has hired Tony Aponte to help with the cut. Aponte has helped BJ Penn and Heath Herrig in their weight cuts. No word on an opponent as of yet.
Justino was set to defend her featherweight title against Ediane Gomes, but both have decided to drop to 135. Knapp is not sure of the status of the title. If all goes to plan, Justino will fight again next year at 135.
With Justino out for the promotion’s 9th card, it looks like Barb Honchak will defend her title and main event.
We will have more information next week. Wombat Sports will have live coverage of InvictaFC 8 in Kansas City the first week of September.
The match bewteen Shayna Baszler and Bethe Correia has been moved to UFC 177 on August 30 in Sacramento, CA after cancellation of UFC 176. The fight is expect to be on the Fox Sports 1 prelims.
InvictaFC vet Duda Yankovich is in stable condition after suffering a stroke this past Wednesday in Brazil. Her coach, Rodrigo “Minotauro” Nogueira, was there when the stroke happened and rushed her to a hospital after doctor’s advice. They found her middle cerebral artery was obstructed.
She is currently in the ICU hooked to machines, but conscious. She is doing much better according to her US manager and thanks the fans for their thoughts and prayers via text with him.
We hope for a complete recovery.
Experienced martial artist Kirstie Gannaway has signed to OneFC. Currently residing in Singapore, the Australian native has over eight years of training, but has yet to step foot in a cage competitively. She won a contract OneFC at an open tryout and is training at Evolve MMA, OneFC’s training facility. She is the third female to sign to OneFC. No word on when she will debut.
Before she stepped into the octagon this past Sunday, the UFC let Sarah Moras know that with a win or not she would have another UFC match due to Alexis Dufresne not making weight. No word on if this is another one fight contract.
Finland’s Eeva Siiskonen will face France’s Isabelle Pare in a bantamweight match at Carelia Fight 10 in Imatra, Finland Sept. 6.
The Girls S-cup is set for August 2.
The tournament, which combines kickboxing with standing submission, is an annual event and has sparked the careers of many Japan fighters.
This year they will have two tournaments with some highly touted prospects and vets of the Japanese fight scene.
In the 48 kg tournament will be 16 year old Yukari Yamaguchi, two time Shootbox high school champ Mio Tsumura, and MMA veteran Mei Yamaguchi. A fourth participant has yet to be named. Yamaguchi is training partners with InvictaFC vet Mizuki Inoue.
Multi-time champ Rena Kubota will look for another title as she takes on international talent in an eight women “World S-Cup” torunament. Among those announced for the bracket are Lorena Klijn and Christina Jurjevic.
More fighters are expected to be announced in the coming weeks.
Congratulations to Amanda Lucas. She gave birth to a healthy baby boy, Felix, Thursday at 8 pounds 3 oz.
This Sunday at 1 p.m. pst/4 p.m. est we will talk to MMA fighter Hadley Griffith. The Oregion native is looking to make her mark against the undefeated Emily Corso.
UFC president Dana White told reporters this week that Felice Herrig got into a fight on set of TUF 20. He failed to mention who was the other person involved, but our guess is Heather Clark. You can read why here. Herrig is still on the show.
With Cyborg set for InvictaFC 10, expect Barb Honchak to defend her 125 belt at InvictaFC 9.
High touted amateur prospect Taylor Stratford is looking to make her pro debut by the end of the year. Having been sidelined for over a year due to injury, her only loss was to Ronda Rousey. Rousey stated in interviews she feels Stratford is the top prospect at 135.
After her loss to Takayo Hashi, DEEP-JEWELS fighter Shizuka Sugiyama has decided to move to flyweight.
In a very rare event, there is no pro WMMA fights this weekend.
Legacy Amateur Series will feature three female bouts in Austin, Texas.
The main event will feature Colbey Northcutt (3-1) taking on Amy Coleman (5-1) for the bantamweight title. In a pair of strawweight fights, Ashley Milligan battles Bi Nguyen and Sijin Kurian faces Jordan Carmona.
In other amateur action:
At 24/7 Entertainment in Midland, Texas, Shyann Farmer fights Kenia Rosa
Jamie Mix takes on Cindy Benitez at RCWC in Garden City, KS
At Caged Warrior Championship in Larose, Louisiana, Takara McGilbra battles Jamie Blanton (155)
Amanda Pack fights Jesse Brennan at BFL in Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada
At Archangel Worldwide in Riverside, CA, Kelly Vanhoy takes on Elizabeth Rodriguez
Anna Dempster faces Kola Shippentower at Rumble at the Roseland in Portland, OR
At Premier FC 16 in Agawam, MA, Lisa Blaine fights Sarah Click
Paola Ramirez battles Michelle Motter at Fight Club OC in Costa Mesa, CA
Maureen Shea will be looking for a second weight class title as she takes on Angel Gladney in Oxnard, CA for the vacant IFBA super bantamweight title.
Shea (23-2) was a sparring partner for Hillary Swank on “Million Dollar Baby” and racked up 11 KOs in her career. She is currently the NABA featherweight champion and on a ten fight win streak.
Gladney (8-9-1) is looking to snap a two fight losing skid. She went on a seven fight unbeaten streak to start her career.
In Indio, California, Chantel Cordova and Patricia Alcivar will battle for the vacant NABF super flyweight title. Both coming off losses, Cordova (12-5-1) and Alcivar (7-2) will be looking for their first Continental title.
In other boxing action:
In a pair of bouts in Sofia, Bulgaria, Teodora Bacheva takes on Ivana Yaneva and Kremena Petkova battles Galina Gumliiska
Jennifer Hamann faces Ariel Beck in Shelton, Washington
In Grand Forks, North Dakota, Sonya Three Fox fights Concha Ross