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The MRS (WMMA and WBoxing News) June 13

Miscellaneous News


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.

Frausto and Ould from 2010
Frausto and Ould from 2010

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.

You can listen the podcast live here on Sunday.


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.

Scheduled Fights

Latourneau & Phllips
Latourneau & Phillips


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 

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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

Gadelha and Lahdemaki to Kick off UFC Strawweight Division in July


As expected, #3 Unified ranked starwweight Claudia Gadelha won’t have to wait until after TUF 20 to make her octagon debut.

The InvictaFC vet will make history as one of the first female strawweights to step into a UFC cage as she will face Finnish fighter Tina Lahdemaki at UFC Fight Night July 16th in Atlantic City, NJ.

Gadelha (11-0) defeated Japanese superstar Ayaka Hamsaki a year ago at Invicta, handing the former JEWELS champion her first loss. She also has wins over InvictaFC signee Herica Tiburcio and UFC bantamweight Valerie Letourneau. Gadelha was supposed to face former InvictaFC champion Carla Esparza for the title last December, but a bacterial infection sidelined her the day of the fight. She also was to take part on the Ultimate Fighter 20, but since she could not consistently make weight for the six week taping of the show, she was signed to the main roister immediately.

Lahdemaki (5-0) will be dropping to 115 from 125 for the fight. In her last fight this past fall, she choked out Karla Benitez to the win. This will be her first fight outside of her native Finland.

The match joins Jessamyn Duke versus Leslie Smith on the card.

The event will air July 16 on Fox Sports 1.

The MRS (WMMA and WBoxing News) – June 6


Miscellaneous News

Milena Dudieva is out of her UFC debut against Valerie Latourneau, and Elizabeth Phillips has been tapped to fill the spot.

Phillips (4-1) is a training partner of TUF 18 winner Julianna Pena. With her debut a loss to InvictaFC star Miriam Nakamoto, Phillips went on a four fight win streak including three finishes. She defeated Katie Howard last month by decision.

Letourneau (5-3) lost to Roxanne Modafferi in a “get in the house” fight on TUF 18. Since then she got a 34 second TKO win over Jordan Moore a few weeks ago. She is currently training at American Top Team with InvictaFC’s Ediane Gomes, and TUF 20 participant Tecia Torres.

The match will take place at at UFC 174 June 14 in Vancouver, Canada,  will be a part of the televised prelims on Fox Sports 1.

UFC Tonight reported this week Cat Zingano will look to make her return to the UFC in September against Amanda Nunes at a yet to be announce event.

The XFC is going to announce their US plans Friday night. The promotion has been on hiatus since last fall when they lost their TV deal with AXS TV. XFC President John Prisco also stated Pearl Gonzalez will be defending her flyweight title in the fall.

Got some interest in the current stats so far this year.  In the pro ranks there has been 211 matches since the end of May with 39 more to go in June. Armbars (25) are leading the submissions. There were only 5 pure KOs this year so far, all of them by Brazilians.

We are asking amateur fighters to please check out our results page here and check to see if we are missing fights. As much as we try, sometimes promoters don’t get results to the major databases.

Goddesses of War will hold an all female amateur card June 14th in Port Richey, FL. The seven fight card will feature a two key featherweight matches as Allison Ainley take on Hannah Fitzpatrick and Mary Kate Hayes battles Amber Rodriguez.

In other bouts:

  • Robin Wissman vs. Shalyn Cook (135)
  • Desiree Wilson vs. Victoria Fernandez (135)
  • Nikki Berry vs. Carla Thomas (200)
  • Gillian Robertson vs. Kristi Vorce (115)
  • Tanya Greenlee vs. Amy Sica (155)

No word on if the event will be streamed.

Roshambo Pinweight (100 lbs) champ Shauna Carew will be defending her title against a yet to be named opponent July 26 in Australia.

Brazil’s Aspera Fighting Championship is planning a one night grand prix for strawweight and flyweight fighters for September. The promotion is looking for fighters from southern Brazil for the event. More info can be found on their facebook page.

OneFC has signed Russian kickboxer and Wushu champion Irina Mazepa. No word on when she will debut with the promotion, but she will fight at flyweight.

Finnish fighter Eeva Siiskonen, who has been out with a knee injury, will return to the cage at Carelia Fight 10 in Finland on September 6. Her opponent is to be announced.

We will be doing two podcasts this weekend.

The first will be a special Saturday night edition at 9 p.m. pst/Midnight eastern as we’ll will talk to Australian fighter Tammy Taylor about her upcoming fight at Valor MMA. You can listen live here Saturday.

The second will be at our usual time Sunday at 1 p.m. pst/4 p.m. est. We will be doing a round-table to discuss the InvictaFC-UFC Fight Pass Deal. You can listen live here.


With only three weeks until TUF 20 starts taping, people were asking about our running list of possibles for the open eight slots. Taking away fighters flat out saying they are out, fighters with less than three fights, those with losing records, and certain fighters taking fights since tryouts, here is our current list. The bold one we are wagering are in due to record and resume.

  • Nina Ansaroff
  • Heather Jo Clark
  • Aisling Daly
  • Lisa Ellis
  • Justine Kish
  • Jessica Penne
  • Kathina Catron
  • Claire Fryer
  • Paulina Granados
  • Helen Harper
  • Angela Magana
  • Randa Markos
  • Michelle Ould
  • Diana Rael
  • Tessa Simpson
  • Jocelyn Lybarger

Remember also there are two alternate spots up for grabs. When taping starts, we are expecting a lot of social media to accounts to go quiet since the fighters will be in isolation for six weeks. By process of elimination we should get an accurate list.

There is some speculation that Alexis Dufresne may not be able to make weight for her upcoming fight with Sarah Moras. Set at 135 pounds for July 6th, this past weekend she weighed in at 163 at the BJJ World Championships.

Upcoming Fights

Jedrzejczyk and Sexton
Jedrzejczyk and Sexton Courtesy Cage Warriors/Dolly Clew


Rosi Sexton returns to flyweight and her home promotion of Cage Warriors Saturday against an up and coming star in Joanne Jedrzejczyk. Both Sexton (125.1lbs) and Jedrzejczyk (122.9lbs) made weight.

Sexton (13-4) is coming off back to back decision losses in the UFC before she was dropped by the company. In her 12 year career, she was only defeated once at flyweight.

Poland’s Jedrzejczyk (5-0) is currently signed to Invicta and has yet to take defeat. Currently ranked at #5 in the Unified rankings, a win could give her a title shot in either Cage Warriors or Invicta.

Also on the card, Amanda Kelly (132.9lbs) and Kerry Hughes (133.6lbs) look to get back on the winning track after their first losses at Cage Warriors.

Sexton versus Jedrzejczyk will stream on the first main card on MMAJunkie.com at 10 a.m. pst/1 p.m. est. Kelly versus Hughes will stream on the Cage Warriors Facebook at 8:30a.m. pst/11:30 a.m. est.

The XFC will crown it’s first International tournament champs in Sao Paulo, Brazil Saturday.

In the 115 pound tournament, Vanessa Guimaraes will face Gloria Bravo. Guimaraes (3-2) defeated Marcela Yineris in the semi-finals. Bravo lost to Vanessa Melo in semi-finals, but Melo had to pull out of the finals due to injury.

The flyweight finals see Mayerlin Rivas battle Silvana Juarez. Venezuelan Rivas (1-0) defeated Daiana Torquato in her semi-final, while Argentinian Juarez (3-0) defeated Bianca Daimoni.

This will stream for free on XFCMMA.com Saturday night.

Batara and Acevedo Courtesy Gil Marintez
Batara and Acevedo Courtesy Gil Marintez

In other pro bouts:

  • At RFA in Culver City, California, Kyra Batara takes on Rosa Acevedo
  • Andria Wawro battles Jessy Miele at Reality Fighting in Uncasville, CT. This will stream on GoFightLive.tv for $15 Friday night.
  • In a pair of bouts at Beatdown MMA in New Town, ND, Amber Stautzenberger faces Sarah Schneider and Delaney Owen fights Shannon Gunville 
  • At Shamrock FC in St. Louis, MO, Christianna Daniels takes on Nikki Smith. In an amateur bout Rachel Stockholm battles Lisa Dale.
  • In a pair of bouts at Bitetti Combat in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Viviane Sucuri fights Pollyanna Botelho and Ilara Joanne faces Yelka Torres 
  • Polyana Viana takes on Deborah Ribeiro at Talento Uruara Fight in Brazil
  • Also in Brazil at Barracão Fight Championship Jaquelline Santana battles Jessica Suelem

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Tuff-n-uff will have their 20th anniversary card in Las Vegas, NV on Saturday with three female bouts.

In the finals of the strawweight tournament, Molly Wren-Holmes will face Jamie Moyle, with the winner getting an InvictaFC contract.

In two other bouts:

  • Kari Lichtenwalner takes on Liz Tracey
  • Cheyanne Vlismas battles Jianna Denizard

The fights won’t be stream, but the video is expect to be post a day or two after.


In other amateur bouts:

  • At Driven MMA in Ohio, Nichole Usko takes on Kayla Varney. This will stream on GFL.tv for $13.
  • Cassandra Durant faces Hannah Grable at Heavy Hands in Utica, New York
  • In a pair of bouts at Clan Wars in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Stephanie Quaile battles Fionnuala Malone and Leah McCourt fights Sarah Scott (155)
  • Abbey Frazier takes on Abetabet Ramirez at BlackoutFC in Fort Scott, Kansas


WBO, WBC, and WBA welterweight champion Cecilia Braekhus looks to continue her undefeated run by taking on  Jessica Balogun in Schwerin, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany. This will be a rematch of their 2012 fight.

Braekhus  (24-0) has faced a who’s who of the division including Chevelle Hallback, Mia St. John, and Anne Sophie Mathis.

Balogun (24-3) has yet to be finished and has 12 KOs to her credit.

In other pro boxing bouts:

  • In Tlaxcala, Mexico Ivoon Rosas and Alejandra Lopez will battle for for the vacant NABF female minimumweight title. Also on the card, Sandra Zamora dukes it out with Sandra Jimenez 
  • Momoko Kanda will fight Nongnun Mor Krungthepthonburi for the vacant WBC Asian Boxing Council minimumweight title, and Ana Pitao faces Naome Tacda in Manila, Philippines
  • In Pas-de-Calais, France, Amelie Blary takes on Mila Nicolic
  • Bintou Schmill battles Klaudia Vigh in Niedersachsen, Germany

Sexton Returns to Cage Warriors; Takes on Undefeated Jedrzejczyk


After taking a break from MMA, Rosi Sexton is ready to get back in the game on her home turf.

The former UFC fighter will take on undefeated Polish flyweight and InvictaFC signee Joanna Jedrzejczyk at Cage Warriors 69 in London, England June 7th. The promotion announced the fight Thursday.

Sexton (13-4) was one of the top flyweights in the world before going up to 135 when she signed to the UFC. She lost back to back decisions to UFC title contender Alexis Davis and Jessica Andrade respectfully before being let go. Sexton was on a three fight win streak before signing to the UFC. Sexton will drop back to 125 for the fight, and is undefeated under the Cage Warriors banner.

Jedrzejczyk (5-0) is coming off a win over Karla Benitez only a few weeks ago. The Polish fight has yet to taste defeat with two finishes to her credit.

The match will stream on MMAjunkie.com on June 7th.

Moras versus Dufresne Added to TUF 19 Finale


The Ultimate Fighter 18 semi-finalist Sarah Moras will finally get her octagon debut.

Moras will take on UFC debuter Alexis Dufresne at “The Ultimate Fighter 19” finale in Las Vegas July 6. The promotion announced the match Thursday.

Moras (3-1) has a win over TUF 18 winner Juliana Pena, which Pena avenged in the semi-finals of the show. Moras went undefeated as an amateur and finished in all of her pro wins.

Dufresne (5-0) has finished all of her opponents in the first round with her longest match being 2:20. She got a 45 second TKO over Kim Couture in February, and will look to make her bantamweight debut in the UFC.

The match is set to air on Fox Sports 1 on the preliminary portion of the card.

TUF 20 Tryout Interviews Part 3


Every fighter has their story and we were out at The Ultimate Fighter 20 tryouts to find some.

We were able to talk a majority of the fighters looking to put their name in MMA history and become UFC stars overnight. Here is the last set of interviews of some fighters you should know who maybe the first ever strawweight champion.

You can watch the first set here and the second set here.

Heather Clark (Watch Here)

Lisa Ellis (Watch Here)

Chelsea Bailey (Watch Here)

Jocelyn Lybarger (Watch Here)

Jillian Lybarger (Watch Here)

Maria Andaverde (Watch Here)

Charlene Gellner (Watch Here)

Tessa Simpson (Watch Here)


The MRS (WMMA & WBoxing News) – April 19

Miscellaneous News

In pro MMA action from Friday night, Lacey Schuckman submitted Melissa Meyers by rear naked choke 1:35 round 1 at Fight to Win MMA in Denver.

In Shoot Boxing in Tokyo, Japan, Rena Kubota defeated Seo Hee Im by KO (Standing Guillotine Choke) 2:50 round one, and Ai Takahashi defeated Matsukuma Kikukawa by TKO 2:04 round one.


Three female bouts are set for Finland May 17th, and an Invicta vet will co-main event the card.

Invicta strawweight title contender Katja Kankaanpää will fight in her home country as she takes on Ukrainian Alyona Rassohyna.

Kankaanpää (8-1-1) is coming off her first pro loss to UFC sognee Joanne Calderwood. She has notable wins over Aisling Daly and Mei Yamaguchi.

Rassohyna (8-2) is coming off four straight first round armbars and will be the first time she will fight in northern Europe.

Finnish standout Suvi Salmimies will look to impress as she takes on Yana Lyashko of Russia. The third match will feature Vuokko Katainen taking on Julia Borisova.

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HBO’s “Real Sports with Bryant Gumble” will feature a story about transgender MMA fighter Fallon Fox. It will include an interview with the first woman to beat Fox, Ashlee Evans-Smith.

The show will air Tuesday.

You can watch a preview here.

Andria Wawro will return to action June 6 as she will take on Jessy Miele at Reality Fighting 52 in the Mohegan Sun Arena in Connecticut.

One to the top featherweight prospects, Wawro (2-1 pro) won three of her 4 matches as an amateur. He last pro bout was last year with a unanimous decision win over Cassie Crisano.

Meile will make her pro debut after having her first and only amateur bout in 2009. The BJJ purple belt has traned in fighting for 8 years.

The fight will most likely be streamed on Go Fight Live for $10.

Universal Sports Network will be broadcasting the finals of the “US Open” freestyle wrestling tournament Saturday night in Vegas.

Here are the list of the finals:

  • Alyssa Lampe vs. Victoria Anthony (48 kg/105.5 lbs.)
  • Katherine Fulp-Allen vs. Whitney Conder (53 kg/112.25 lbs.)
  • Helen Maroulis vs. Sarah Hildebrandt (55 kg/121 lbs.)
  • Alli Ragan vs. Trinity Griffin (58 kg/128 lbs.)
  • Jennifer Page vs. Jenna Burkert (60 kg/132 lbs.)
  • Randi Miller vs. Veronica Carlson (69 kg/152 lbs.)
  • Jackie Cataline vs. Iris Smith (75 kg/165 lbs.)

The matches will air starting at 7 p.m. pst/10 p.m. est.


On Sunday at noon pst/3 p.m. est, we will talk to boxing champ Ana Julaton, who will make her MMA debut against Aya Saeid Saber at OneFC in the Philippines.

You can listen live here Sunday.


A Brazilian website is reporting the World Series of Fight is looking to book Cyborg Justino versus Holly Holm for sometime next year.

Justino is currently sign with Invicta, and she is at the end of her contract after her next match. InvictaFC president Shannon Knapp has told us that Justino will defend her 145 title against India Gomes in June.

As of now, Justino’s management has stated they are not interested in signing with the WSOF anytime soon.

Speaking of Invicta, Knapp is expected to make an announcement next week about the June event and a possible tv deal.

Should be noted the Fox and the UFC not only recognized InvictaFC in their graphics and commentary Wednesday, but they also used Invicta footage to pump up the fight between Sarah Kaufman and Leslie Smith. UFC and Fox never does this…

According to Dana White, Ronda Rousey requested to defend her title on the July 5th card. White noted that Cat Zingano was still dealing with “personal issues” and was the reason she wasn’t available. Miesha Tate stated this week she is picking Rousey to win over challenger Alexis Davis. Liz Carmouche refused to pick.

White also mentioned he is working on getting the Strikeforce fights on Fightpass. Due to a provision in their Strikeforce deal with Showtime, they aren’t allowed to air the complete fights anywhere. They would also need to edit sponsors out of the fights.

Scheduled Fights

tate carmouche weigh in 2Pro MMA

Fox will air it’s first female bout on national broadcast television as Miesha Tate and Liz Carmouche will face off in the co-main event on the “UFC on Fox 11” card in Orlando, FL. Both Tate (135.5) and Carmouche (135) made weight.

Both coming off losses, a win will get the one of them back in the title hunt.

The match will air on Fox Saturday night.

In other pro bouts:

  • At Kansas Fighting Alliance in Kansas City, MO, Trisha Clark takes on Amanda LaVoy
  • Crystal Stevens faces Rebecca Ruth at ShamrockFC in St. Louis, MO

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Steelfist will have seven amateur bouts plus one pro bout in Salt Lake City, Utah.

  • Rachel Kemker vs. Killastina Matatohi (pro heavyweight)
  • Rianne Whiting vs. Danielle Donaldson (ammy 135 title)
  • Charlene Donahue vs. Krystal Larson (150)
  • Brenda Enriquez vs. Carissa Merrill (120)
  • Buffy Ogden vs. Morghan Filler (145)
  • Becca Cater vs. Jennifer Snyder (125)
  • Jessica Bergstrom vs. Deane Dorn (195)
  • Palen Cornell vs. Ambur Madsen (125)

Watch the @WombatSports twitter feed for up to the minute results.

Lawrence & Wyatt
Lawrence & Wyatt

In other amateur bouts:

  • At Fight Hard MMA in St. Charles, MO, Susie Wyatt faces Ronni Lawrence
  • Kelly Wisecarver takes on Kayla Kipp at EAC in Fredericktown, Ohio
  • In Absolute Action MMA in Williamstown, Kentucky, Kia Peppard battles Desiree Wilson (135)
  • Jennifer Darr fights Stephanie Alba at NFC in Duluth, Georgia
  • In UFA in Denver, CO, Selina Valdez-Montoya faces Latrisha Breidenbach


Erica Anabella Farias will defend her WBC lightweight title against Delfine Persoon Sunday in West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.

Farias (19-0) is looking for her 20th win and her 9th defense of her title. Persoon (28-1) is looking to put a fourth belt around her waste, as she is the current WIBF, WBF, and WIBA lightweight champion.

In a pair of bouts Buenos Aires, Argentina, Julieta Andrea Cardozo faces Maria Cecilia Roman and Alicia Monica Machaca battles Laura Soledad Griffa 

Julianna Pena Talks Rehab; Return to the Cage

pena static tuf 01It was been a few months since Julianna Pena injured her knee during training for her next UFC fight. Although there have been stories back and forth about what happened, the “Venezuelan Vixen” seems to have taken the injury in stride and is working her way back to get to her next octagon appearance.

We caught up with Pena after cornering one of her teammates at Intense Cage Fighting’s event this past weekend.

Wombat Sports: How is the knee and rehab going?

Julianna Pena: Rehab is going great. I am doing it three times a week and it’s getting better every day.

Wombat: Are you still living with your parents while you are recovering?

Pena: I am not.

W.S.: Can you tell us a little about the accident and are you still training with the same team?

J.P.: You take a risk every time you train, and I got into a terrible wrestling accident. It happens. I am still with the same team and not going anywhere.

W.S.: What’s the timeline on the knee?

J.P.: A definite year.

W.S.: You are probably a bit anxious about getting back into the octagon…

J.P.: I am definitely being realistic about the situation and I don’t want to put the cart before the horse.

W.S.: Miesha Tate is currently at Xtreme Couture in Las Vegas. Any plans on going down to train with her before your next UFC fight?

J.P.: I have been offered to go down there and train and I am definitely going to take the advantage of that when the time comes. Right now my main focus is getting my knee and myself 100% health and we’ll talk training camps when that time comes.

W.S.: You have a great training partner in Elizabeth Phillips who is coming off a win. Tell us a little about her.

J.P.: Elizabeth is doing great. She is an animal and everyone needs to look out for her because she is going to hit the scene big in 2014.

W.S.: How has it been since the TUF house? Have you been recognized more?

J.P.: I have been offered to do shows and all sorts of events. Everything has been great since “The Ultimate Fighter” and was blessed to be a part of the show on a high caliber stage.

W.S.: Does UFC president Dana White stay in contact with you at all?

J.P.: I talk to him every so often. I am going to Vegas to have dinner with him in May when I go to see UFC 173.

W.S.: They just announced Ronda Rousey versus Alexis Davis. Any predictions?

J.P.: Who cares? Whoever has the belt I want it.