UFC World Press Tour has been going on the past week, and champion Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate have been “stealing the show” over the guys. This lies in the fact the feud has hit an all time high.
It started Monday in Los Angeles, where the champ flipped the bird to Tate on stage. Rousey seemed a bit more irritated than usual, with Tate seeming to brush off Rousey’s comments.
Two parts worth noting:
- Welterweight champ George St. Pierre has changed his mind about women fighting in the cage, having had educated himself to the sport.
- When asked about is are the best fighters not signed to the UFC, Tate recommended InvictaFC title contender Leslie Smith, while the champ endorsed Taylor Stratford, who had faced Rousey at Tuff-n-uff in 2011. Rousey was Stratford’s only loss.
The last stop on the tour for Rousey and Tate is in Chicago Friday.
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The Women’s Boxing Network is working on a petition to get the Summer Olympics to open up more women’s divisions. You can read more on their website.
A bit behind on this, but Valérie Létourneau will take on Cassie Crisano October 5th at Québec Mixed Martial Arts League 1 in Québec City, Québec.
Another fight announcement sees Christina Tatnell taking on Belinda Sedgwick at Valor MMA in Launceston, Tasmania November 31.
In Sydney, Australia, Tam Ward will take on Janice Yee at Brace MMA September 21.
Undefeated amateur bantamweight fighter River Jones has signed to InvictaFC. The Bristish Columbia native is 6-0 and has 4 TKO wins to her credit. It is expected she will make her pro debut at InvictaFC 7 in October.
On Sunday at 1 p.m. pacific/4 p.m. eastern we will talk to MMA debuter Amanda Benjamin ahead of her fight with Mary Hayes at Absolute Action MMA August 10.
UFC champ Ronda Rousey is tight lipped about why she was thinking she was being replaced in the first episode on “The Ultimate Fighter”. UFC president Dana White gave a little light on the subject, telling MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani that a verbal argument ensued between himself and “Rousey’s Hollywood lawyer” about certain things she wanted in order to do the show.
Rousey admitted she won’t be watching the show as she will be in Bulgaria filming “Expendables 3″. It also sounded like she isn’t too happy about how she will appear on the show.
At UFC 163 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Amanda Nunes will make her UFC debut against Sheila Gaff. The fight will air on FX.
Nunes (7-3) is coming off a decision loss to Sarah D’Alelio at InvictaFC 4, while Gaff (10-5-1) is coming off a first round loss to Sarah McMann.
Across the pond at UCMMA in London, England, Kerry Hughes will take on LJ Adams. Hughes will make her pro debut after going 3-0 in the amateur/semi-pro ranks. Adams (1-1) is coming off her first pro loss; losing a decision to Lina Akhtar Lansberg.
At NAAFS in Carrolton, Ohio, Gina Begley is looking for her 4th win as she faces Katlyn Chookagian. Begley (3-1) is coming off a submission win over Shannon Culpepper in March. Chookagian (2-0) won both her fights with armbars.
Amateur wrestler Danielle Hobeika will return to the cage as she will face Sarah Payant for the Premier Fight League flyweight title in Agawam, MA. Hobeika (1-0) is coming off a three year absence from the cage, having taken up kickboxing matches recently. Payant (3-2) had won three straight, finishing all her opponents.
Also in Ammy MMA action:
- At GE Fights in Terre Haute, IN Cassondra Palmer takes on Holly Bartley
- Maria Rios will face Valerie Aspaas at Fight Night 9 in Biddeford, Maine
- Rock Xtreme MMA in Corpus Christi, Texas sees Audrey Alvarez battle Dee Nodarse
- At Kansas Fighting Allaince in Kansas City, KS Alex Stobbe faces Sella Rube
Munoz & Ramirez
In Toluca, México, Zulina Munoz will defend her WBC super flyweight title against Maribel Ramirez. Munoz has yet to taste defeat in 22 fights, while Ramierez is coming off back to back losses and looking to redeem her loss to Munoz. This will air on Fox Espanol.
Rola El Halabi is looking to win the vacant WBF light welterweight title as she faces Dalia Vasarhelyi for the vacant championships in Baden-Württemberg, Germany. Halabi is coming off her ever loss, losing a majority decision to Lucia Morelli. Vasarhelyi is coming off a unanimous decision loss.
In Whitehall, New York, Melissa St. Vil will take on Sarah Kuhn for the IWBF welterweight title. St. Vil is undfeated in her past 5 fights, and Kuhn is coming off a split decision win over Nicole Woods.
Brandenburg, Germany will see Jennifer Retzke and Florence Muthoni duke it out for the vacant IBO welterweight title. IBF champ Retzke is looking for her second belt, having had back to back TKOs. Muthoni has won eight straight.
In other boxing matches
- In Panama City, Panama, Sayda Mosquera takes on Veronica Taylor
- Gabriela Bouvier battles Romina Elizabeth Alcantra in Buenos Aires, Argentina
- Miami, Oklahoma sees Tiffany Alexander fighting Sheena Chaney