Undefeated strawweight stars Claudia “Claudinha” Gadelha and Joanna Jędrzejczyk are set to collide in a top contender’s bout on December 13th at UFC on FOX 13: “Dos Santos vs Miocic.” The FOX-televised fight card is scheduled to take place at the US Airways Center in Phoenix, Arizona.

UFC officials confirmed plans for the matchup on Friday following an initial report from BJJ black belt Gadelha kicked off her UFC career with a Unanimous Decision victory over Tina “Jelly Bean” Lähdemäki in July. Jędrzejczyk defeated Juliana “Ju Thai” de Lima Carneiro at UFC on FOX 12.

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After more than six years away from the sport, Deep Women’s Flyweight Champion “Princess” Satoko Shinashi makes her long-awaited return to MMA on October 26th at Deep: “69th Impact” in Tokyo, Japan. Shinashi battles South Korean teen Ye Jin Jung in a 45kg bout on the card.

Deep officials announced the fight on Monday. Shinashi was one of MMA’s top pound-for-pound female fighters prior to leaving the sport in late 2008 in order to focus on family life. The diminutive grappler seeks her 30th career victory when she takes on 15-year-old kickboxer Jung this Sunday night.

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Former Deep Jewels Interim Lightweight Champion Emi Tomimatsu is set to make her Road FC debut on November 9th at Road Fighting Championship 19 in Seoul, South Korea. Tomimatsu faces off against South Korean striker Hyo Kyung Song in a featured strawweight bout on the event’s main card.

Road FC officials announced the matchup earlier this week. Tomimatsu became the first Deep Jewels 114-pound champion in February, but she lost the belt to Mizuki Inoue in an August rematch. Song most recently picked up her first pro MMA victory by stopping Hazuki Kimura at Road FC 16.

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Former pound-for-pound boxing queen Holly “The Preacher’s Daughter” Holm is set to make her long-awaited Octagon debut on December 6th at UFC 181: “Hendricks vs Lawler 2” in Las Vegas, Nevada, against TUF 18 alum Raquel “Rocky” Pennington.

Holm, 33-2-3 in boxing, is unbeaten in seven pro MMA bouts with six of those wins via knockout. In her last bout in April, a TKO win over Juliana Werner, Holm suffered a broken forearm. Now 100% healthy, Holm faces arguably her toughest opponent to date in Pennington. “Rocky”, a hard-nosed striker in her own right, owns ‘TUF house’ victories over Tonya Evinger and Jessamyn Duke. In her official Octagon debut on ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ Finale, she defeated Roxanne Modafferi but came up short in her most recent bout, a close split decision loss to Jessica Andrade.


WSOF Women’s Strawweight Champion Jessica “Jag” Aguilar is set to make the next defence of her title on November 15th at World Series of Fighting 15 in Tampa, Florida. Aguilar faces top-ranked Brazilian contender Kalindra Faria, who has won 11 straight fights and makes her WSOF debut.

USA Today Sports first reported on plans for the title fight today. Aguilar captured the 115-pound WSOF title in January and retained the belt with a Unanimous Decision win in June. Faria has torn through the competition in Brazil and she is now one of the strawweight division’s fastest rising stars.

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Former Strikeforce champ and top Invicta FC contender Marloes “Rumina” Coenen is set to make her Bellator featherweight debut on October 24th at Bellator 130 in Mulvane, Kansas. Coenen will face off against Italian rising star Annalisa “No Fear” Bucci in a featured matchup on the card. first reported on the planned fight on Tuesday. Coenen joined the Bellator roster this summer alongside Julia “The Jewel” Budd and others when Bellator restored a women’s division. Bucci has won six of her past seven fights and she makes her North American debut for Bellator.

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Former Invicta FC Strawweight Champion Carla “Cookie Monster” Esparza showed no signs of ring rust in an impressive first-round submission victory during tonight’s fourth episode of The Ultimate Fighter 20: “A Champion Will Be Crowned.” The top-ranked Esparza defeated Angela “Overkill” Hill.

Esparza’s victory extended Team Pettis’s lead to 4-0 over Team Melendez, which has thus far struggled in the elimination round. Ranked #1 and seen by many as a favourite to win the competition, Esparza overcame nerves and a lengthy layoff en route to a quick victory over the #16-ranked Hill.

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