This week’s “Women’s Fight Night” show is up and features news from the past week and an interview with Heraea Marketing’s Gigi Rock. We give you some insights on how marketing and the media need to change in order to make women’s sports popular.
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Gonzales and Nakai
Japanese fighter Rin Nakai has some good insight in an article she did for Punch Drunk Gamer. She talks about the reasons she feels the women’s divisions participation are declining in Japan. Middle Easy has the statement posted here.
Nakai will be facing will be back in action this weekend at Pancrase in Toyko as she will take on King of the Cage vet Brenda Gonzales.
Pancrase’s Bantamweight champ Nakai (13-0-1) has yet to taste defeat, avenging her only draw last December to Danielle West, getting a decision win. Nakai hasn’t fought outside of Japan, with Gonzales being only her second Western opponent. She won’t be defending her title in the match.
King of the Cage champ Gonzales (4-0) has finished three of her four opponents via TKO. This will be her first trip overseas, and her first outside of KOTC.
Also on the card, #9 Unified ranked strawweight Emi Fujino will take on 2-0 American Amber Brown.
The fight will stream live on UStream for $10 on early Sunday morning at 1 a.m. pacific/4 a.m. esatern.
Mei Yamaguchi will take on Seo Ye Jung at JEWELS 24th ring May 25th in Tokyo. #8 ranked strawweight Yamaguchi (10-5-1) is coming off a loss to #2 ranked strawweight Megumi Fujii this past December.
Jung is coming off a pro debut loss to #10 ranked strawweight Mizuki Inoue in March.
The main event will be Naho Sugiyama defending her 106 pound title against Seo Hee Ham. It is expected that the rest of the JEWELS card will be revealed next week.
InvictaFC strawweight champ Carla Esparza was featured in LA Weekly, call her one of their “Fascinating Angelenos of 2013″. You can read it here.
Amateur Brittany Dugas current Cage Honor flyweight champion, is set to fight on June 1 in Scott City, MO against CSC champ Jessica Laubacker in a title for title match. Dugas is currently undefeated and taking this fight two weeks ahead of her bout with Susie Wyatt at ShamrockFC in St. Louis.
Amateur strawweight Lauren Foley will be back in action June 21 against Christine Daniels at WXC in Southgate, MI. It will be for the promotion’s 115 title.
For those interested, the all female “Gladiatrix Rising” amateur card that was set for this weekend has been postponed for this fall.
This weekend on the Wombat Sports podcast, we will talk with CFA tournament semi-finalist Ashlee Evans-Smith ahead of her match with late replacement Anna Barone. You can listen live here at 1 p.m. pacific/4 p.m. eastern Sunday.
In an interview with MMA Fighting this week, Showtime Sports executive Stephen Espinoza stated he wants MMA back on the network. With the success of Strikeforce, especially in the women’s divisions, Showtime is prime to get another promotion in, and one of the front runners is InvictaFC. Should be noted that Espinoza expressed that they haven’t talk to the promotion yet, and InvictaFC president Shannon Knapp expressed to us she still wants some creative control over the events.
The partnership seems like a natural fit, but only time will tell if an offer will be made.
In an interview with a Finnish website, #6 Unified ranked strawweight Katja Kankaanpää (8-0-1) stated will be fighting at InvictaFC 7 in the fall. We are also speculating undefeated flyweight Ericka Almeida will also be on the card.
In amateur action, Oregon’s FCFF will put their ammy flyweight champ against their ammy strawweight champ as Katie Howard will take on Emily Corso at Rumble at the Roseland 71 May 18. Corso’s 125 belt will be on the line.
Strawweight champ Howard (3-2) is coming off a loss to 125er Robin Woods this past March. Howard won the 115 belt this past January with a decision win over Kyra Batara.
Corso (6-0) is coming off a rear naked choke submission win over Amy Cadwell this past October.
In another title match, Hillary VanOrnum will take on Myndi Stalnaker for the vacant light heavyweight title.
Leanne Foster will take on Whitney McMillin in a third female bout.
Gladney & Vincent
In boxing, undefeated Shelly Vincent looks to claim her first title as she takes on Angel Gladney for the vacant WIBA bantamweight title in Lincoln, Rhode Island Friday night. Vincent (8-0) has taken unanimous decsion in all of her fights. Gladney (8-7) is coming off a split decision win and is also looking for her first title.
Katy Wilson Castillo will be defending her IBF super bantamweight title for the second time as she takes on Zenny Sotomayor in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic Saturday. Castillo won the title last August with a unanimous decsion win over Ada Velez. She recently defeated Grecia Nova this past December in a non-title match. Sitimayor is coming off a TKO loss this past November.
WBC Flyweight title holder Renata Szebeledi will defend her title for the first time against Shindo Go in Wakayama, Japan. Szebeldi (19-9) won the title defeating Simona Galassi this past October. Go (11-2) is looking to regain the belt after losing it to Mariana Juarez. Go would win her last bout with Gabriela Gonzalez by decision.
In pro MMA bouts:
- At Warmia Heroes in Olsztyn, Poland, Joanna Jedrzejczyk (2-0) will face England’s Kate Jackson (4-1).
- Ligiane Coelho takes on Roberta Paim at JVT 4 in Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
In ammy MMA bouts
- At Fight Night 7 in Lewiston, ME, Maria Rios faces Janice Meyer, while Fernanda Araujo taked on Adrianna Gomez.
- Alexandra Rouleau faces Nancy Coderre at BFL 36 in Drummondville, Quebec, Canada.
- In Montreal, Quebec, Canada at Victory MMA, Tricia Gaucher and Sophie Blais will duke it out
In other boxing action
- In Rio Negro, Argentina, Betiana Patricia Vinas will defend her WBC Silver female featherweight title
- Nikolay Potapov faces Abigail Medina in Klimovsk, Russia
- Eastern Cape, South Africa sees Unathi Myekeni taking on Simone Da Silva Duarte