Rousey & Carmouche Courtesy MMAFighting.com
Dana White did an interview with ESPNW and stated Saturday night’s UFC title bout between champion Ronda Rousey and Liz Carmouche is outdrawing the first heavyweight title fight between Junior Dos Santos and Cain Velasquez at the same venue; the Honda Center in Anaheim. There are about 100 seats away from being sold out as of this posting, with only cheap seats remaining.
He also expressed his interest in possibly signing five more bantamweights in addition to the 10 he has already signed. (Four of the ten signed are still a mystery.)
You can watch White’s interview with ESPNW here.
The UFC did a great intro video to those fans who are new to the women’s MMA divisions going to Rousey vs. Carmouche on Saturday. You can watch it here.
You can also see the third and final installment of UFC PrimeTime: Rousey vs. Carmouche here.
UFC 157 weigh-ins are this evening (Friday) at 4 p.m. pst/7 p.m. est. and will be streamed on Youtube. If you missed out, we will be posting video late Friday evening.
Cat Zingano, Alexis Davis, Miesha Tate, & Sara McMann
News came out this week Miesha Tate and Cat Zingano were supposed to fight on the UFC’s card in Sweden, but the UFC Europe vice president decided against it due to it being “too sexy” for Sweden. The promotion moved it to the Ultimate Fighter Finale in Vegas. The match will serve as the co-main event.
Ironically, two female bouts are scheduled for Sweden in March – Lina Eklund versus Marzena Wojas at IRFA 4 in Stockholm, Sweden, and Pannie Kianzad versus LJ Adams at Heroes Fighting Championship in Halmstead, Sweden.
InvictaFC has announced they are doing random drug testing from now on at their events. The drug testing was in the works for some time now, and InvictaFC presdient Shannon Knapp stated it has nothing to do with Cyborg Santos signing to the promotion. Fighters will be tested shortly after weigh-ins and the promotion will be covering the cost.
You can read more about the drug testing by going to MMARising.com.
Speaking of Cyborg, it came to light this week that the UFC offered to pay Cyborg to fight on the InvictaFC cards, something that her and her management turned down.
XFC has upgraded the match between Stephanie Eggink and Angela Magana from a title qualifier to crowning its first strawweight champ on April 19 on AXS TV.
If you didn’t catch it on the Wombat Sports twitter account this week, Heather Clark is still with XFC and was given permission to take on Felice Herrig at Bellator March 28.
We tweeted a few weeks ago about amateur fighter Tori Meldrum having to be hospitalized after getting an illegal spike to the head Feb. 2 in Billings, MT. Meldrum has nothing broken, but is still trying to get feeling back to her left side of her body.
Fusion Fight League has released video of the match and you can watch what happened here.
Boxing champ Holly Holm told us on the podcast this week that she was offered to fight at InvictaFC 4, but turned down the offer due to her boxing match this past December. She feels, however, she will make her way to the promotion sometime this year.
We will have Jordan Gaza on the Wombat Sports podcast on Sunday at 1 p.m. pacific/4 p.m. eastern.
Robot Combat League premiers this Tuesday with Amanda Lucas behind the helm of a mechanized fighter. SyFy has already leaked the episode online if you don’t want to wait that long.
Speaking of Bec Hyatt, she is continuing her press tour down under with an appearance on Channel 7 Sunrise in Sydney, Australia. You can watch it here.
Matches announced his week include Yumi Matsamoto versus Pam Venegas in an ammy bout at U of MMA March 3 in Hollywood, CA. It will air on AXS TV.
The JEWELS 23rd Ring added two more bouts for their March 30th card in Tokyo. Former InvictaFC title contender and #2 Unified ranked atomweight Naho Sugiyama will take on Celine Haga, and Yasuko Mogi faces Takumi Umehara.
Also can report InvictaFC vet Sarah Moras (3-1) will take on Ann Barone (2-3) in a pro bout at Wreck MMA March 28 in Quebec.
Sarah Kaufman and Julie Kedzie will be in attendance at UFC 157. They maybe two of the four mystery fighters the UFC has signed but has yet to announce. Both were still under Strikeforce contracts when the promotion closed.
Montero & Gonzales Courtesy XFC
Several big fights this weekend.
Before the big match Saturday, Friday sees Pearl Gonzalez taking on Suzie Montero at XFC live in Charlotte, NC. The bout will air on AXS TV.
Saturday sees the first ever UFC women’s bout, with the #1 ranked Unified bantamweight Ronda Rousey defending her 135 title against #6 ranked Liz Carmouche. The fight will be on pay per view.
Earlier Saturday In Launceston, Tasmania, Shauna Carew faces Christina Tatnell at Valor 4: Supremacy.
Also Saturday, Kalindra Faria and Aline Sattelmayer battle it out In Brazil for Detonic Fight MMA. No Compromises FC in Bremen, Germany with feature Katharina Albinus taking on Hatice Ozyurt.
In amateur MMA action Saturday, Julia Jones faces Kendra Kelly at Valley Beatdown in Mt. Vernon, WA.
Among the boxing bouts hits weekend:
- Friday – Carolina Rodriguez vs. Daiane Ribeiro for the vacant WBA bantamweight title in Santiago de Chile, Chile
- Saturday – Tammie Johnson vs. Gloria Ramirez in Shelton, WA
- Saturday – Delfine Persoon vs. Fatuma Zarika in West-Vlaanderen, Belgium
Several matches going on in two of the world’s most populous cities.
Shoot Boxing returns to Tokyo, Japan with three bouts scheduled Friday.
- Mio Tsumura vs. Momi
- Mina vs. Mio Tsumura
- Ai Takahashi vs. Hyo Kyung Song
Meanwhile, New York, NY has the Take On Muay Thai XIX card, with Angela Hill taking on Ariana Gomez. It will stream for $15 on Go FightLive.tv.
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