The past few fight camps for Arlene Blencowe has been a trek. Having to fly from her native Australia to the United States has been daunting but a worth wild effort in her title match with Cris Cyborg this past October.
After the loss to the champion, Blencowe made the decision to split her camp between her home gym and one of the most famous ones in MMA – Jackson/Winkeljohn in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She has been at Jackson’s for eight weeks ahead of her fight with Dayana Silva, which will take place at Bellator 262 on Friday live on Showtime. There was a specific motivation for Blencowe to go to Albuquerque.
The great thing about female fighters is the ability to connect with their fans. We have now made it easier to find your favorite fighter on the popular social media platforms.
With the constant expansion of fighters not only on twitter, but instagram and facebook, we decided to update out twitter page to be a full blown social media resource for fans. We researched hundreds of athlete from across the planet for the update. We also removed some due to inactivity and changed twitter handles if the fighter did so.
From now on you can go to the top of the page under “Female Fighters on Social Media” and click “WMMA on Social Media”. We will be updating the other combat sports in the coming months.
In what has become a talent filled division over multiple organizations, one strawweight got the edge over the rest. UFC title contender Joanna Jedrzejczyk takes the WMMA Press Award “Strawweight of the Year” for 2014.
The WMMA Press Association have announced their 2014 Award nominees.
This is the the longest running awards for the female divisions of MMA as we enter our 6th year. Six websites from across the planet are a part of the committee this year which is a cross section of women’s MMA experts:
The committee will vote for all but one of the awards. The Fan Favorite Award’s voting is open to the public and you can vote here. The “Might Mia Hayes Inspirational Fighter of the Year” winner will also be announced, as well as the recipient of the “Legacy Award” – going to an individual who had helped the sport grow.
Emily Corso has been waiting six months to make her pro debut. The wait paid off two fold.
After Ariel Beck’s opponent got a case of strep throat the day before the fight, Corso was offered to face the local star barring any injures against her first opponent Lynnell House. Never one to back down from a challenge, she agreed.
Even though the House match ended in some controversy, House was able to at least get some piece of mind with the submission over Beck.
Corso went 9-1 as an amateur and is now 2-0 as a pro. All her wins by finishes.
We talked to Corso after the fights to discuss the evening’s events and her future as a pro flyweight.
Brazilian Fighter Kalindra Faria has inked a multi-fight deal with XFC according to a press release Wednesday.
Faria (14-3-1) is considered one of the top 5 best strawweights not signed to the UFC. She made her debut at 115 this past March with a win over Laura Balin at MMA Super Heroes. She fought for XFC a two weeks before, getting an unanimous over Aline Serio.
Faria is set to take on Serbian fighter Sanja Sucevic (4-2) at XFCi 4 Sao Paulo, Brazil April 26, which will stream on XFCMMA.com.