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.
The matches are expected to stream on their UStream for $15.
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.
In other pro bouts:
- At Valor 8 in Launceston, Tasmania (which will stream on GFL.tv for $15 at 1 a.m. pst/4 a.m. est Satruday) Tammy Taylor faces Zoie Shreweis.
- Across the Tasman Sea at XFC Australia – Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, Jessy Rose-Clark takes on Kate Da Silva
- Tamikka Brents battles Bobbi-Jo Dalziel at Pro Fighting Series 3 in Sarnia, Canada
- At Triple A MMA in Castle Rock, CO, Nohime Dennison fights Natalie Roy
- Natasha Creger takes on Celine Haga at Global Knockouts in Jackson, CA
- At Irongirl MMA in Brazil, Carina Damm faces Elaine Albuquerque
- In a pair of bouts at Strong Fight Combat in Brazil Renata Santos battles Fernanda Silva and Bianca Reis fights Carolina Raposo da Silva
Goddesses of War in Port Richey, FL will have a seven fight all female card, spotlighting up and coming talent in amateur divisions
- Allison Ainley vs. Hannah Fitzpatrick
- Mary Kate Hayes vs. Amber Rodriguez
- Robin Wissman vs. Shalyn Cook
- Desiree Wilson vs. Victoria Fernandez
- Nikki Berry vs. Carla Thomas
- Gillian Robertson vs. Kristi Vorce
- Tanya Greenlee vs. Amy Sica
In other amateur MMA bouts:
At Gladiators of the Cage in Pittsburgh, PA, Melissa Gasdick faces Rikki Shutsa
Annalie Mendoza takes on McKell Shurtliff at The Clash in North Logan, UT
At Dynasty Combat Sports in Nebraska City, Nebraska Tara Nelson fights Casi Jo Lee (115)
Ashley Jane battles Bior Guigni at ECFC 1 in Lowell, Massachusetts
At Hard Knock Fights in Calgary, Alberta, Canada (Which will stream on GFL.tv for $15 on Friday at 5 p.m. post/8 p.m. est) Kayla Matton takes on Katie Saull
Amy Coleman battles Evva Johnson at Volunteer Brawl in Knoxville, TN
In boxing this weekend:
- In a pair of bouts in Tampa, Florida, Chevelle Hallback faces Dominga Olivo and Noemi Bosques takes on Elizabeth Anderson
- Heather Hardy dukes it out with Jackie Trivilino in Brooklyn, New York
- In Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, Sheena Kaine battles Lynell House
- Ashleigh Curry fights Melisenda Perez in Saint Joseph, Missouri