The UFC’s current streak of strawweight bookings continues in June.
Monday night, two bouts with three TUF 20 vets were announced. Tecia Torres looks to stay undefeated as she takes on Angela Hill in Mexico City June 13th at UFC 188, and Rose Namajunas looks to get back in the win column against Nina Ansaroff May 23rd at UFC 187 in Vegas.
Torres (5-0) defeated four UFC fighters in her past 4 fights; three in Invicta. In the TUF 20 tournament. Torres would lose to Randa Markos in the opening round, but would re-enter the tournament defeating Bec Rawlings. Torres would lose to champion Carla Esparza in the quarterfinals. Torres would win her UFC debut defeating Angela Magaña.
Hill (2-0) Made her MMA debut last year, having an extensive Muay Thai career. Hill would lose in the opening round of the TUF 20 tournament, but had a great performance over Emily Kagan in her UFC debut.
Namajunas (2-2) was undefeated as an amateur before winning back to back in Invicta. Her submission of Kathina Catron made headlines as the fastest submission in the womens’ divisions history. She would lose to Torres in Invitca before entering the TUF 20 house, where she lost in the finals to champion Carla Esparza.
Ansaroff (6-4) went on a five fight win streak before deciding to drop to 115 and join the UFC. She would lose to Juliana Lima in Ansaroff’s UFC debut.
No word on if Torres versus Hill will be on Fox Sports 1 or on the pay-per-view card. Namajunas versus Ansaroff will most likely air on Fox Sports 1.
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
With the full cast announced and inside the house, the The Ultimate Fighter 20 cast are ready to make tv magic and turn heads. Some of the more recent WMMA fans or those UFC fans that will be tuning in may not know the history between some of the fighters. Who are friends, who are foes, and who will be most exciting to watch.
Here is a primer of stuff to look out for come September when the show airs.
Team Mean Girls vs. The Natural Disasters
Felice Herrig has always been outspoken and a lightning rod for feuds. This includes her current beef with Heather Clark. Clark, who wanted to face Herrig, felt “The Little Bulldog” was dodging her, first because Herrig stated Clark needed to drop to 115 (which she did), and then Herrig signed to Bellator shortly after, looking like the match wouldn’t happen. Clark got her chance to fight Herrig in March of last year in Bellator. Clark broke her arm after a spectacular round 1, but kept going and, losing a split decision. As the final bell rang, Herrig got into Clark’s face screaming, and Clark took a swat at here (video here). To say there is no love loss is an understatement.
Herrig has become BFFs with Carla Esparza since the two fought in 2011. Esparza had signed to the same management company as Herrig shortly after. When Tecia Torres defeated Herrig, Esparza took little time to challenge Torres to a fight. Shortly after all were signed to TUF 20.
Herrig had given herself and Espraza the nickname “Team Mean Girls” on twitter since they were cast on the show. Bec Hyatt is also pals with the two and maybe a part of this clique going in.
Expect “The Hurricane” (Clark) and “The Tiny Tornado” (Torres) to watch each other’s back. We have dubbed them “The Natural Disasters”.
Angela Magana versus the World
Angela Magana has been known for some drama over the past few years. The best example was in the failed “Ultimate Women’s Challenge” reality show which never aired. We have heard some stories from various fighters on the show about her antics. The biggest thing to watch out for – Magana and Clark don’t like each other.
Some Other Connections to be Aware of
Justine Kish and Jessica Penne have been training with each other for the past year, and even came out to tryouts together.
Emily Peters-Kagan and Clark were teammates at Jackson’s MMA before Clark left to train in Vegas.
There was a little beef between Alex Chambers and Bec Hyatt a few years ago, but that has been squashed when we spoke to the two at the TUF 20 tryouts.
Rose Namajunas is under the same management as Herrig and Esparza.
Herrig has trained with coach Anthony Pettis before.
We won’t have to wait until September to find out who made the Ultimate Fighter 20 house.
The UFC announced this week they will be doing a media day Thursday to reveal the full TUF 20 cast, including the eight fighters that have been chosen from the tryouts this past spring. The current announced list of participants that were signed from Invicta is Tecia Torres, Bec Hyatt, Felice Herrig, Carla Esparza, Alex Chambers, Rose Namajunas, Emily Peters-Kagan, and Joanne Calderwood.
Those possibles (that didn’t announce they were out or have had fights/having fight upcoming) include:
Heather Jo Clark
Remember only eight on this list will be announced as part of the show. Those italicized are the ones we are speculating are in due to record, experience, and performance.
While we await the upcoming announcement for Invicta, fighters are still climbing the ladder and making their names known. Most divisions saw some movement this month.
In the featherweight (145) division – with her win over Annalisa Bucci, undefeated Pannie Kianzad moves up a spot to #4, exchanging places with Faith Van Duin. Bucci was able to recover a few weeks later with a win over Maria Hougaard, which moved Bucci from #10 last month to #6 this month. Hougaard drops a spot to #7 with the rest of the top ten last month dropping a spot.
Pancrase bantamweight (135) champion Rin Nakai remains undefeated at 16-0-1 and gains a solid win over InvictaFC’s Sarah D’Alelio breaks into the top 10. Evinger drops to #11 and D’Alelio drops off the list completely.
The flyweights (125) stay pat this month.
Strawweight (115) Katja Kankaanpää gains another win and recovers from her only loss of her career with a win this month, prompting her to take the #5 spot on the list. This bumps Ayaka Hamasaki (now #6) and Tecia Torres (now #7) down a spot.
Due to inactivity, atomweight (105) Cassie Rodish has dropped off the top 10, prompting Sadae Numata to move from #10 to #9. Saori Ishioka enters the list at the 10 spot after making her way back to MMA after a two year absence with a win. Diana Rael is also off the list due to inactivity, and Gina Iniong is added to the list.