Two fights will be televised Saturday, with one being the first female MMA fight in Fox broadcast TV’s history.
Liz Carmouche will take on newcomer Jessica Andrade at UFC on Fox 8 in Seattle, Washington. The fight will open the main card, and will be the first time since 2008 a female bout will air on network TV. Gina Carano versus Kelly Kobold was the last time a fight was aired on network TV via CBS.
Besides being the first female fight on Fox, it will also be the first time two gay fighters will go at it on national TV.
Carmouche (8-3) is coming off a loss to current UFC champ Ronda Rousey and is looking to get back into the title hunt. The 21 year old Andrade (9-2) is coming off a submission win over Milana Dudieva in Russia this past April and wants to make an impression in her U.S. debut.
Consequently, one of the first fighters to step into the cage on a major cable network, Julie Kedzie, will make her long awaited UFC debut against Germaine de Randamie to open the preliminary card. The fight will air on FX at 2 p.m. pacific time.
Kedzie (16-11) is coming off a submission loss to title contender Miesha Tate, while Randamie (3-2) is coming off a decision win over featherweight Hiroko Yamanaka.
Ronda Rousey will go Hollywood, as she will join an all star cast in “Expendables 3″. The film is expected to be out next year, which means filming will start this fall. UFC President Dana White gave the go ahead for Rousey, saying it won’t effect her upcoming title match with Meisha Tate on December 28. The match will co-main event UFC 168.
Gina Carano’s has been announced to play superhero Avengelyne in a movie based on the comic book. No word on when filming will start, as they are still looking for a writer.
No word on when her film “In the Blood” will be out, but is expected to be a late 2013-early 2014 release.
Should be noted Carano tweeted Julie Kedzie the best of luck in her fight this weekend, and stated that she’d be watching.
DEEP JEWELS has announced their entire card for their re-launch August 31 in Tokyo, Japan.
Japan MMA Rules
- Celine Haga (5-11) vs Sadae Numata (4-1) [48kg/106 lbs]
- Mika Nagano (13-8) vs Akiko Naito (6-12) [52kg/115 lbs]
- Emi Fujino (12-6) vs Hyo Kyung Song (0-2) [52kg/115lbs]
- Yasuko Tamada (14-8-3) vs Yukiko Seki (11-22) [46kg/101.5 lbs]
- Masako Yoshida (16-18-5) vs Satomi Takano (2-1) [48kg/106 lbs]
- Yasuko Mogi (3-8) vs Yuko Oya (5-3) [53kg/117 lbs]
- Megumi Sugimoto (debut) vs Takumi Umehara (1-1) [52kg/115 lbs]
Modified MMA Rules (no ground and pound)
- Sachiko Fujimori vs Sumire Takahashi (55kg/121 lbs)
- Rikako Yuasa vs Mizuki Inoue (52kg/115 lbs)
- Kozue Nagashima vs Ji Yun Kim (57.5kg/127 lbs)
- Rena Matsuda vs Rumina Kurihara (52kg/115 lbs)
Another match announced in Japan sees WPMF Mini Flyweight Champion Erika Kamimura and J-Girls Mini Flyweight Champion Momi face off to crown the first ever RISE kickboxing champion September 13 in Tokyo, Japan.
In Russia, Milana Dudieva will take on Pannie Kianzad at ProFC August 25. Dudieva (8-2) went on a four year, eight fight undefeated streak until she lost to UFC signee Jessica Andrade this past April. Kianzad (3-0) made her pro debut in 2012, and was able to finish her last two opponents.
This fight is expected to be stream. We will have more information in the weeks ahead.
Inside MMA announced this week that Fallon Fox and Ashlee Evans-Smith will fight for the CFA featherweight tournament title on Oct. 12, which will air on AXS TV. No word on where the card will take place.
You can add bantamweight Alexandra Buch as one of the signees to Cage Warriors. This brings the total of fighters signed to 19.
Saturday on the podcast, we will talk with pro debuter Heather Bassett as she prepares to take on Breea Gilbert at King of the Cage in Las Vegas Aug. 31.
If you haven’t yet, we recommend you read our post with InvictaFC president Shannon Knapp. It dispelles and confirms several rumors from the promotion.
Courtesy Lion Promotions
Tiffany Van Soest (7-0) looks to become the first ever Lion Fight Flyweight Muay Thai champion Friday night on AXS TV when she takes on British fighter Lucy Payne (20-5). Both tipped the scales at 125 pounds.
On the non-televised undercard, Genesis Bravo will face Angela Hill in an amateur bout.
Across the pond in Devon, England, Christi Brereton will take on Amy Pirnie at Chaos kickboxing.
A pair of pro buts are set for Rocktagon MMA in El Paso, TX.
- Alida Gray (1-0) looks for her second pro in as she takes on Jessica Kennett (0-2) who is looking for her first.
- Stacey Sigala will make her pro debut as she faces Jazmine Quezada (1-2). Quezada won her first bout as a pro last month.
At KMMA in La Paz, Bolivia, hometown girl Jessica Vargas will make her pro debut against Peru’s Critina Mejia (0-1).
Across the border in Sao Paulo, Brazil at X-Fight MMA, Aline Sattelmayer looks to snap a two fight losing streak as she faces Livia Renata Souza (1-0). Souza won her pro debut with a first round armbar in March.
Amber Brown (2-1) makes her return to Pancrase MMA in Tokyo, Japan as she will take on Kikuyo Ishikawa(9-3). Brown suffered her first pro loss this past May against Emi Fujino. Ishikawa is on a three fight winning streak.
Sugar Creek Showdown will feature two matches in Hinton, OK.
In pro action, the SCS atomweight champion Jinh Yu (1-0) will defend her title as she takes on Darla Harris (3-2). Yu won the title this past April with a first round rear naked choke win over InvictaFC vet Meghan Wright. Harris is coming off back to back losses to Diana Rael and Lacey Schuckman.
In an amateur bout, Madison Dodd faces Nicole Duffy.
In amateur MMA action:
- Hannah Cifers will face Roya Darvishian for the Fight Lab strawweight title in Charlotte, North Carolina
- At Shock n’ Awe MMA in Portsmouth, England, Kirsty Davis faces Jess Offermans
Amador vs. Blackshear Courtesy NotiFights,com
In Ontario, CA, the undefeated Sindy Amador (10-0) will duke it out with Jolene Blackshear (7-3) for the interim WIBA light flyweight title. Amador came in at 107 lbs., and Blackshear at 106 lbs..
Natalia Smirnova (5-0) and Veronika Hornyak (3-0) looks for their first titles as they will fight for the vacant WIBA/GBU lightweight belts in Kaspiysk, Russia
In other boxing action:
- In North Bergen, NJ, Nydia Feliciano faces Crystal Hoy
- Jessebelle Pagaduan and Carleans Rivas will battle for the vacant Philippines GAB minimumweight title in Manila, Philippines
- In Lincoln, RI, Marcia Agripino fights Vanessa Greco