Ashlee Evans-Smith has automatically advanced in the CFA featherweight tournament as her opponent Anna Barone forfeited by being overweight. Barone didn’t officially hit the scales and we may not know how far she was over the 145 pound weight limit.
Smith will now face the winner of Fallon Fox versus Allanna Jones in the tournament finals. The two square off Friday night at the CFA card in Miami, FL with will be live on AXS-TV. Transgender fighter Fox is coming off a TKO win in her quarterfinal bout against Erica Newsome, while Jones is coming off a decision win over Kelsey De Santis. Both made weight with Fox at 144 pounds, while Jones came in a 145 even.
Smith told us on the Wombat Sports podcast that she would face Fox in the finals if she won. She also predicted that Jones would upset Fox.
After they announced the title match for their strawweight title match with Stephanie Eggink versus Angela Magana for their September 6 card in Albuquerque, the XFC announced they have also rescheduled Angelica Chavez taking on Stephanie Skinner as a feature bout on the card.
Tuff-n-uff has announced they are planning an eight woman ammy 145 tournament for the fall. The tournament will begin Sept. 20th, with the semi-finals on Oct. 11th, and the finals on Nov. 29th. Their previous featherweight tournament several years ago featured now-UFC champion Ronda Rousey, CFA tournament finalist Ashlee Evans-Smith, and top amateur fighter Taylor Stratford.
Awakening female fighting has started to post feature videos of several of Britain’s best talent. Among them include Ashley Nichols, Kate Jackson, and Annabelle Shoob. They have also posted videos of their last month’s kickboxing event. You can watch the videos here.
FILA has announced their amateur women’s wrestling rankings this week. You can checkout the list at TheMat.com.
This Sunday on the Wombat Sports podcast, we will talk to InvictaFC fighter and former college wrestler Jess Philippus about the current changes in the FILA amateur wrestling rules, the future of women in the sport, and the current fallout of “Atchley Gate”. You can listen here at 1 p.m. pacific/4 p.m. eastern.
In the wake of what we are now calling “The Atchley Gate” scandal, a lot of people have been taking action.
InvictaFC stated Thursday they plan to launch the “Fighting for a Living” series on their website. It will feature information, advice, tips and resources on a variety of topics for Female Fighters written by Invicta FC Staff and respected, knowledgeable professionals in the industry.
We will have a press release in the next few weeks about another resource fighters will get in terms of legal help.
Several of the fighters that left Addison Management are starting to get tons of offers from other managers in the business. We at Wombat Sports will be doing a series of articles on the next few weeks with some of the more respected managers in the sport to help restore some faith in their profession.
In the main event #3 Unified ranked atomweight Naho Sugiyama will defend her 106 pound title against Seo Hee Ham. Also on the card, #8 ranked strawweight Mei Yamaguchi takes on Korea’s Seo Ye Jung. American ex-patriot Jade Marie Anderson will also be in action taking on Yurika Nakakura. Mika Nagano versus Takumi Umehara rounds out the MMA matches.
A four woman tournament is set for the No Compromises 2 card in Hamburg, Germany. In the semi-finals, Alexandra Buch faces Jannie Schmits, while Jessy Schwarz takes on Anne Merkt. The winners will face each other later in the evening.
Jocelyn Lybarger looks for her second profession win as she takes on Jessica Kennett at King of the Cage in Scotsdale, AZ. Lybarger debuted last year with a decision win over Cheryl Chan. Kennett lost in her pro debut last year.
BRACE MMA in Brisbane, Australia will see Kerry Barrett take on Arlene Blencowe. Barrett won her pro debut at the BRACE all female card last year, while Blencrowe lost her pro debut earlier this year.
Disorderly Conduct MMA has three bouts Friday in Omaha, NE. In a pro bout, Jessica Halverson hopes to get back on the winning track as she takes on Kate Bloomfield. Halverson (3-2) is coming off a TKO loss to Tamminka Brents, while Bloomfield (1-2) is coming off her first pro win – a submission over Elshaddai Cleffman.
In amateur action, Raina Mendez takes on Stephanie Watts, and Brenda Rodriguez faces Tera Carper.
Rounding out the pro bouts, Herica Tiburcio, coming off a loss only two weeks ago, will take on Aline Sattelmayer at Start MMA 1 – Sao Pauli, Brazil.
In Amateur MMA action:
- In two matches at King of the Cage in Las Vegas, NV, Cheyenne Jewel takes on Veronica Luna, and Tiffanie Easley faces Molly Wren-Holmes.
- In Atlantic City, NJ, Clarissa Padua takes on Bryanna Fissori at AFL 41. It will stream live on GFL.tv for $10.
- At Hard Knock Fights in Estevan, Saskatchewan, Canada, Lynnell House faces Victoria Chadwick and will stream live on GFL.tv for $10.
In Amsterdam, Holland, Push it to the Limit kickboxing will have two female bouts with Joy de Bruin taking on Alesha Smol and Tiffany van Welie facing Ibitsem Atea.
In White Plains, NY, the undefeated boxer Ronica Jeffrey looks for another title as she takes on Olivia Gerula for the interim IWBF International Women’s Boxing Federation featherweight title. Jeffery (12-0) currently is the NABF and WBC silver featherweight champion. Gerula (13-13-2) is hoping to break a three fight losing streak. The match will stream on GFL.tv for $10.
In other boxing action:
- Carolina Raquel Duer and Sabrina Maribel Perez square off for the vacant WBO female bantamweight title in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
- In Sheridan, CO, MMA fighter Avery Vilche looks for her second boxing win as she takes on Liza Amaya.
- WBC super flyweight champ Zulina Munoz defends her title against Soledad Macedo in Leon, Guanajuato, Mexico.