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Old 03-22-2013, 11:07 AM   #1 (permalink)
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WMMA Roundup: April 2013


WMMA has been on the scene ever since the beginning of the sport itself, it dates back that far. We just never knew it, or never paid that much attention to it. It was always there, but the Randy Coutures’, the Chuck Liddells’, got the headlines, the major sponsorships, the TV/Film cameos, they got it all. The ladies? Fought on the regional scene, the undercards.

The girls shall be denied no longer. Their time has come and several MMA promotions have upcoming WMMA fights that are destined to catch the eye of the casual fan, and quench the thirst of the avid WMMA follower.

April 2013…… WMMA hit the MMA scene with a bang!

So here’s the breakdown.


April 4th we head to Revel, Atlantic City, New Jersey for Bellator 95

Jessica ‘Evil Eye’ vs ‘The Perefect Storm’ Munah Holland.
Jessica is coming off of a stunning Submission victory over Bellator Champ Ziola Frausto Gurgel, it took less than a minute for Eye to stun the reigning champ and lock in a standing arm triangle. Putting the submission specialist out cold at the 58-second mark. Jessica Eye is looking to improve on her 9-1 record, which also includes a 3-0 record in Bellator.

Munah Holland is rebounding off of a loss against the always dangerous Michelle Ould, and no better opportunity could have presented itself. Coming into the fight with a rather modest 5-2 record, Holland has the better profile wins overall, with a victory over the likes of Kim Couture, and KO wins over Marianna Kheyfets, and Carina Damm.

Prediction: Jessica Eye via Decision.



April 5th we head to Ameristar Casino Hotel, Kansas City, Missouri for Invicta FC 5

This card is so stacked so I will bold my predictions for the main card:
-Jessica Penne vs Michelle “The Karate Hottie” Waterson [Atomweight Championship]
- Vanessa Porto vs Barb “Little Warrior” Honchak [Flyweight Championship]
- Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos vs Fiona Muxlow
- Sarah Kaufman vs Leslie “The Peacemaker” Smith
- Zoila “The Warrior Princess” Gurgel vs Jennifer Maia
- Kaitlin Young vs Lauren Taylor
- Julia “The Jewel” Budd vs “Miss” Mollie Estes.
- Bec “Rowdy” Hyatt vs Jasminka Cive

The biggest talking point of the card is the Invicta debut of Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos, a deadly and controversial figure in MMA, Cyborg is in my opinion, a big favourite to be wearing Gold this year (providing all PED tests come back clean for her). Her original opponent Ediane “India” Gomes pulled out with an injury. And that is a shame as she posed an interesting matchup for the returning Santos. Fiona Muxlow is a fine fighter, but her last fight against Coenen was a very one-sided affair and this upcoming scrap has the odds stacked heavily against her. And rightly so.

Muxlow is a fine grappler, with 3 of her 6 victories coming by submission.

This will not be her night in a standup war, and on the ground you’d have to think Cyborgs’ brute strength and devastating top-game will overwhelm Muxlow early on.
This is one of Invicta FC’s finest cards to date, and potentially paves the way for Coenen/Santos II.
WMMA Elite Penne, Waterson, Honchak, Kaufmann and Gurgel also feature on the card.


April 13th we have the TUF17 Finale.

This card not only bookends an intriguing and entertaining TUF17 by crowning it’s winner, but it also paves the way for the following Ultimate Fighter.
For the first time ever, a season of the Ultimate Fighter will be coached by two females. On one side we have the reigning champion Ms. Ronda Rousey, and on the other we have one of the two WMMA combatants on the TUF17 Finale Card.
Miesha ‘Cupcake’ Tate will take on Cat ‘Alpha’ Zingano on the events Main Card.
Zingano enters the fight with a perfect 7-0 record, coming off of a 2nd round submission win over Raquel Pennington at Invicta 3. Zingano has 3 KO/TKO wins to add to her 3 Submissions wins. So she is no slouch on her feet, to go with that BJJ Black Belt of hers.

Tate is a stern test for Zingano. Tate has fought on the big stage that was Strikeforce, she has faced the best WMMA had to offer her for opposition. Depositing of the likes of Elaina Maxwell, Zoila Frausto Gurgel, Hitomi Akano, Julie Kedzie and her come-from-behind Title victory over Marloes Coenen. Tate has already fallen into the trap of the Rousey 1st round armbar and will be looking for redemption in a big way, and what better stage than on an Ultimate Fighter finale.

Prediction: Tate via Decision, Tate has the submission victories to her name, but will not have the luck of putting Zingano away, Cat will put up a hell of a fight for Tate, but a fight that ‘Cupcake’ could take.


TUF18 Announcement:
I had a rollercoaster of emotions when the announcement was first made. I was first so happy and elated that WMMA got not only the platform to fully perform to the height of their abilities, but they’d finally get the TUF treatment and gain noteworthy exposure as a result.

Then it dawned on me, they’d be sharing the house with Men?.....why? This season could have been equally entertaining if the Men and Women were housed separately. Do they NEED to be in the same house together? Is it essential they share accommodation in a house that is season, after season, victim to drunken vandalism and shenanigans? It screamed of the kind of setup that WMMA should NOT be subjected to….car-crash TV!

I’ve joked on Twitter about how this season may well have been sponsored by Durex and Clear-Blue Pregnancy Kits. But I hope that coaches Rousey and Tate/Zingano, Dana White, and FOX keep a close eye on how the Women are presented on the show, how the Men behave and view and treat the Women, and keep the action in the cage. As I have said before, if anything, this season will easily weed out the ‘Focussed’ and ‘Dedicated’ from the ‘Easily Distracted’.

Sensationalist post-production could lead to WMMA being viewed as a joke if they are subjected to oversexed editing and portrayal.

We round off April with a trip to Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey, for UFC 159.

Sara McMann takes on heavy hitting Sheila Gaff.

Gaff comes into the fight with 6 KO/TKO victories and also 4 Submission victories. 1st round maulings of Jennifer Maia, Aisling Daly and Hanna Sillen put Gaff firmly on the WMMA map. Controversy over faking glove taps to achieve quick KO’s and underground rumblings of a PED issue didn’t put Zuffa off getting Sheilas’ ink on a UFC contract.

McMann comes into the fight with tested grappling credential, 3 decisions wins accompany her 3 submission wins. Her opposition reads like a who’s who of WMMA talent. Tonya Evinger, Raquel Pa'aluhi, Hitomi Akano and Shayna Baszler her last 4 victories.
Brute force and KO Power vs smothering and nullifying MMA grappling.

Predicion: McMann: 2nd round submission.


April gives us so much WMMA action, I hope this coming month sees WMMA catch the hearts of the casual and dedicated MMA fan alike, and hope that all this great exposure and action will not be sullied with a badly-treated TUF18.
WMMA has so much to give; if you want to catch it at its peak…April is the month.


Events worth checking:
March 30, 2013 – Jewels: “23rd Ring”
April 4, 2013 – Bellator 95
April 5, 2013 – Invicta Fighting Championships 5
April 13, 2013 – Cage Warriors Fighting Championship 53 (Joanne Calderwood vs. Sally Krumdiack )
April 13, 2013 – The Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale
April 19, 2013 – XFC 23: “Louisville Slugfest” (Angelica Chavez vs Angelica Chavez)
April 27, 2013 – UFC 159: “Jones vs Sonnen”
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Old 03-22-2013, 01:40 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Great breakdown. Excited to see women in the sport. Hopefully in a year to two I'll be one of them
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Old 03-22-2013, 01:52 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks we've seen women in SF and they've had one UFC fight, but with all this activity next month it will put it on the map for sure
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I don't have time to read it right now but it looks like a fun piece to read, I'll hit it up later.
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Great read... Let's see how it all pans out
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http://www.mmarising.com/news/2013/0...ut-on-april-4/

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Top-ranked flyweight Jessica “Evil” Eye has sustained a serious back injury and has been forced to withdraw from her fight against Munah “The Perfect Storm” Holland at Bellator 95 on April 4th in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Eye discussed details of the injury with MMARising.com this weekend.

Eye, who has fought through injuries including a broken foot in the past, was left unable to walk or train due to the severity of the back injury. She incurred damage to the sacral vertebrae in her lower back and will undergo shots and therapy in hopes of making her return to the Bellator cage this summer.


Eye (9-1-0) ascended to the top of the women’s flyweight division in December when she choked out Zoila “The Warrior Princess” Frausto Gurgel in just 58 seconds at Bellator 83. She had looked to post her seventh straight win in the bout with Holland (5-2-0), but will now be sidelined for an undetermined amount of time. Eye previously fought veteran Angela Magana to a three-round Unanimous Decision victory in August despite competing with a broken foot that had significantly limited her ability to train for the bout. This time, however, Eye knew that she would be unable to fight on.

“This [injury] happened on Sunday when I was doing Greco-Roman [wrestling],” Eye says. “It’s been back and forth for me this whole week. I’ve been depressed and I tried to push through it as much as possible. I’m a fighter and that’s what I do, so if I can’t fight, who am I? I’ve never not been able to fight through an injury, but this one really stopped me and that’s kind of hard for me.”

Eye’s back had been giving her trouble during training for nearly four weeks, but it was not until Sunday that the problem became much worse. When her back went out, she was unable to walk or stand up straight. She immediately began cortisone shots and anti-inflammatory shots into the muscles to try to alleviate the condition, which was diagnosed as a damaged S1 vertebrae and SI joint. Eye states that insufficient rest time and stretching may have played a part in the development of the injury.

“I’m literally going every day of the week to one of my three different doctors,” Eye notes. “I’ve got a sports massage therapist, a physical therapist and my main doctor. If I’m not seeing one, I’m seeing another one, and that’s how it was all throughout this week. For the next three weeks, it’s going to be physical therapy. I’m going to start swimming again and I’ll see if I can begin walking on the treadmill. I don’t anticipate that I’ll be back to full MMA training for at least a month.”

Eye is hoping to be able to make a return to action in the upcoming Bellator Summer Series. If she cannot get on a Bellator card, she hopes that the promotion will allow her to fight for the Ohio-based North American Allied Fight Series, where she began her career as an amateur in 2008. Eye is also focused on staying active in grappling tournaments if fight opportunities in MMA are limited.

“I’m a little scared about what’s going to happen because I just don’t know,” she says. “It’s kind of like going to work every single day and then not knowing when you’re going to get a paycheque. It’s very petrifying, especially when you’re like me and you’ve devoted all of your time and energy into being the best that you can be in this sport. And let’s face it, I’m not making six-figure paycheques.”

Prior to suffering the back injury, Eye had never before pulled out of a fight. Being reliable is a crucial character trait to Eye and she extended condolences to her opponent, Holland, who may now be left without a fight. Eye has been on the other side of the equation on multiple occasions and has endured fight cancellations and changes. However, she knew that it would not be fair to herself, her fans or to her opponent to come into the fight at a level that would be far shy of her best.

“For all I know, Munah could be having the most standout training camp and everything, and here I am struggling to get through it,” Eye says. “How fair is that to me and to my career for all of the hard work that I have put in? I don’t want to lose on a stupid mistake. I feel like that’s kind of what happened with me against [Aisling] Daly and I refuse to not take that into consideration. I deserve a fair and honest training camp just like any other female fighter.”

After a week of anxiety and depression over the injury, including briefly contemplating whether it was worth it to continue on in MMA, Eye says that she has begun to feel better about the situation and is optimistic about the future going forward. Positivity and inspiration to her fans have both been key factors in Eye’s rise to become one of the most popular female fighters in the sport. She has resumed interacting with her many supporters and will soon release a video documenting her injury recovery.

“We’ll see how these next few months play out,” Eye says. “I’m a firm believer that everything happens for a reason, so maybe there was a reason behind all of this. I will come back stronger.”
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Damn that sucks I really like watchimng her fight, always puts on a good fight!
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Didn't Jessica have her back broken in a car accident?

Man, once your back been severely damaged you have problems with it for the rest of your life, back problems are the hardest problem to fix.

I hope she's ok and makes a full recovery.
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From what I saw on her twitter it was a back injury, but happened in training. She tweeted me saying she'll be back soon, hope it is soon

Update:

Julia Budd is now facing “Miss” Mollie Estes.

“Miss” Mollie Estes holds a modest 1-1 Pro record with a TKO Loss to Randi Miller at Invicta 1, and a more impressive 7-1 Amateur Record.
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Great write up Liza! It's awesome we have someone around here keeping such a sharp eye on WMMA! I fully intended to rep you but apparently I have to spread a little bit... I'll get to you soon though.
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