In MMA action these past few days:
- Priscila Souza submitted Cristina Mejia by rear naked choke in round 3 at PFC 16 in Peru
- At Bitetti Combat in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Viviane Pereira KOed Nicleide Machado in round 1
In boxing action Thursday in Panama City, Panama, Lourdes Borbua defeated Zuliana Mendoza by unanimous decision.
Quick update on Jessica Eye. Eye had a blood thinner in her system for a pre-existing condition when she fought Sarah Kaufman and was why the Texas commission fined her. Eye will be paying the fine and the UFC won’t be taking any actions and supports Eye.
“Ultimate Fighter 18″ fighter Peggy Morgan has announced on twitter she has been cut by the UFC.
Amateur flyweight Andrea Lee has signed to the XFC. The promotion announced the signing Thursday.
Lee (5-3) won three of her last four fights, having an extensive background in boxing. She took home the Louisiana Golden Gloves title and is undefeated in Muay Thai.
Lee had hinted to us on the Wombat Sports podcast about the signing, and tells us she is going to be very busy in the next few months with more amateur fights and the possibility of a MMA based reality show this summer. She is in no hurry to fight in the XFC, wanting to gain experience before cashing in on the big opportunity.
Lee will face last minute opponent Shanna Young this weekend at GFA in Alexandria, LA.
Australian Belinda Sedgwick announced on Facebook this past week she has been forced to retire due to an injured back.
Sedgwick was supposed to fight Christina Tatnell at Valor MMA February 15, but the doctor found a bulged disc in Sedgwick’s spinal lumbar vertebrae and advised her to retire.
Sedgwick will still be involved in the sport, helping match make the upcoming Princess of Pain card.
We wish her the best in her retirement.
With Sedgwick’s retirement, Helen Malone will step up to take on Tatnell on the Valor card February 15.
Malone (2-0) is coming off back to back stoppages and is returning after a year and a half absence from the sport.
Tatnell (3-1) went 3-0 in 2013, with a submission and TKO win.
Several changes this week on the upcoming DEEP Jewels card February 16 in Tokyo.
Mika Nagano was set to have a retirement match, but has had to withdraw due to being pregnant.
Added to the card is Roxanne Modafferi protege Brittany Ann Decker, who will face Haruka Kojima in a grappling match.
ViragoFC adds two more bouts this week for their first all female amateur card March 8 in Kentucky.
- Sarah Swain vs. Dominique Berry
- Septien Johnson vs. Mary Kate Hayes
Kalindra Faria looks to improve her win streak to nine as she will face Argentina’s Laura Balin at MMA Super Heroes in São Paulo, Brazil March 30. The match is the first of 6 female bouts announced for the card.
Faria (12-3) will be dropping to strawweight for the bout, having competing recently at flyweight. She finished her last 5 opponents, including three armbar submissions.
Balin (4-1) has yet to be finished and won her first four fights by finishes. She lost to Vanessa Guimaraes by decision last year.
We are expecting more female bout to be announced in the coming weeks, as the card will feature talent from Argentina and Brazil.
The fight will stream for free outside of Brazil, with the link being posted on the MMA Super Heroes facebook page March 30.
Arena Combat Brazil announced a bantamweight match between Naiara Guerreira and Wanessa Oliveira April 12 in Goiania, Brazil.
TUF 20 fighter and InvictaFC vet Joanne Calderwood has signed to Mano Management. The company also represents UFC fighter Alexander Gustafsson.
Even though she has yet to have a movie premier, Ronda Rousey has signed up to take on two more movie roles according to Variety.
The UFC champ will tackle another action film in “The Athena Project”, which is based on a New York Times book by Brad Thor. The book is about an elite team of female Delta Force soldiers on the hunt for a terrorist. Rousey stated she was a fan of the book and campaigned to be a part of the film.
Rousey will also be a part of the upcoming “Entourage” movie, which is a film continuation of the HBO series. No word on what kind of role she will have in it; be it a cameo of herself or playing a love interest.
Rousey is also expected to be a part of the Expendables spin off “The Expendibelles”, which will continue her role from “The Expendibles 3″.
No word on if Gina Carano will be a part of any of the action films, but we would hope they would consider it.
Speaking of Carano, if you missed her appearance on Fox’s “Almost Human” you can watch the episode on Hulu.
On the Wombat Sports podcast Sunday, we will talk to North Carolina strawweight Nicole Hunt Ertzberger about her uypcoming amateur bout with Amy Bybee.
Add Ais “The Bash” Daly to the list of people trying out for TUF.
Bantamweight fight Rosanna Garcia is set to return to MMA this June.
Van Soest & Reece Courtesy Lion Fights
Lion Fights 57 kg champion Tiffany Van Soest and challenger Caley Reece both came in on weight for their title bout Friday night in Vegas, which will air live on AXS TV. The fight will main event the card.
On the undercard, Megan Laura will take on Fanny Tommasino, and Krystal Khorge will also be in action.
XFC is holding their first international card in Sao Paulo, Brazil this Saturday which will stream on XFCmma.com for those outside of Brazil.
Two female fights as the promotion starts its flyweight tournament.
- Salvana Gomez Juarez vs. Bianca Daimoni
- Maryerlin Rivas vs. Daiana Torquato
Claudia Rey looks for her thrid pro win as she takes on pro debuter Kessyne Mara at Nitrix Champion Fight in Camboriú, Brazil. This will stream for free on Sportv.globo.com Saturday.
In other pro MMA bouts:
- In a pair of bouts at CageSports MMA in Tacoma, WA, Katie Howard takes on Miriam Cardoso and Regan Bennedetti faces Cheryl Chan
- Rebecca Heintzman battles Rachel Sazoff at CFFC 31 in Atlantic City, NJ. This will stream on GFL.tv for $15.
- In Emerald, Australia at UCU 2, Jessy Jess Rose will take on Zoie Shreiweis
- Jenny Silverio faces Julia Jones at Fight Time 18 in Ft. Lauderdale, FL
U of MMA returns to Hollywood, CA with two female bouts.
TUF 18 assistant coach and Ronda Rousey’s training partner Marina Shafir will look to keep her undefeated first round submission win streak alive as she faces Nicole Upshaw.
Two bantamweights will make their MMA debuts as Amanda Jones takes on Roxanna Pinotti.
In other amateur MMA bouts:
- At VFC in Junction City, Kansas, Autumn Lamle takes on Rachel Wiley
- Audrey Alvarez faces Lindsey Marino at Rocks Xtreme MMA in Robstown, Texas
- In North Hollywood, California at Mansion Fights 14, Elizabeth Rodriguez battles Tatiana Suarez
- At HFC 19 in Valparaiso, Indiana, Elane Santiago faces Anne Malinoff for the 105 title
- Nichole Usko battles Nichole Dodson at RFO in Polk, Ohio
- In Myrtle Beach, NC at Warefare MMA, Andy Nguyen takes on Melissa Timmers
- Monica Franco faces Kenai Sebala at Just Scrap in Hilo, Hawaii
- At World Combat Series in San Jose, CA, Melissa Wang battles Saray Perez
Irma Garcia looks to defend her WBA bantamweight title for the thrid time as she takes on Nazly Maldonado in a rematch in Huixquilucan, México
Garcia (8-1-1) is coming off a majority decision win this past November over Magali Rodriguez.
Maldonado (1-3) is looking avenge a loss to Garcia and win her first world title.
WBO minimumweight champion Su-Yun Hong will defend her belt against Mako Yamada in Chuncheon, South Korea.
Hong (9-0) has five finishes to her credit and is looking for her thrid successful title defense.
Yamada is undefeated at 5-0.
In Binan City, Laguna, Philippines, Gretchen Abaniel and Nongnun Mor Krungthepthonburi will battle for the vacant WIBA minimumweight title.
Abaniel (13-5) won three of her last four fights and is looking to regain the title after losing it in 2011.
Krungthepthonburi (2-0) is looking for her first ever world title.
In other boxing action:
- In Chicago, Illinois Kristin Gearhart takes on Allanna Jones
- Xenia Jorneac battes Marianna Gulyas in Bayern, Germany
- In Brussels, Belgium, Sanae Jah faces Nevenka Mikulic