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Veteran featherweight contender Julia “The Jewel” Budd is set to make her Bellator debut on February 13, 2015 at Bellator 133 in Fresno, California. Budd battles undefeated Brazilian rising star Talita “Treta” Nogueira in a featured matchup on the event’s main card, which airs live on Spike TV.

Bellator officials confirmed plans for the bout today following an initial report from Globo.com this past week. Budd is coming off of a 4-0 run for Invicta FC and she signed with Bellator earlier this year. Nogueira has knocked out or submitted all six of her foes to date and also makes her Bellator debut.

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Multi-time Muay Thai champion Joanna Jędrzejczyk earned the biggest victory of her MMA career tonight at UFC on FOX 13: “Dos Santos vs Miocic” in Phoenix, Arizona. The Polish striker edged out BJJ black belt Claudia “Claudinha” Gadelha in a women’s strawweight title eliminator.

Gadelha controlled significant portions of tonight’s fight on the ground and she threatened with submission attempts from top position, but the standup exchanges went in Jędrzejczyk’s favour. She dropped Gadelha late in round one and did just enough to eke out a hard-fought Split Decision victory.

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Former Invicta FC champion Carla “Cookie Monster” Esparza made history once again tonight in the main event of The Ultimate Fighter 20 Finale in Las Vegas, Nevada. Esparza submitted highly-touted rising star “Thug” Rose Namajunas to become the inaugural UFC Women’s Strawweight Champion.

Tonight’s championship fight capped off the first all-female season of The Ultimate Fighter, which featured 16 of the top female strawweights in MMA. Also tonight, another former Invicta FC champion, Jessica Penne, earned a hard-fought Split Decision victory over Randa Markos on the main card.

Quick Results:
– Carla Esparza defeats Rose Namajunas via RNC at 1:26 of round 3
– Jessica Penne defeats Randa Markos via Split Decision
– Felice Herrig defeats Lisa Ellis via Armbar at 3:05 of round 2
– Heather Clark defeats Bec Rawlings via Unanimous Decision
– Joanne Calderwood defeats Seo Hee Ham via Unanimous Decision
– Tecia Torres defeats Angela Magana via Unanimous Decision
– Aisling Daly defeats Alex Chambers via Armbar at 4:53 of round 1
– Angela Hill defeats Emily Kagan via Unanimous Decision

To read the full recap of the event, (click here).

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‘The Ultimate Fighter 20: A Champion Will be Crowned’ Finale takes place Friday night at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas and will be shown LIVE on Fox Sports 1 starting at 7pm ET. In the headliner, Carla Esparza (9-2) faces Rose Namajunas (2-1) for the inaugural UFC women’s strawweight title, but before tomorrow night’s festivities begin, the fighters took to the scales today for the official weigh-ins.

MAIN CARD (FOX Sports 1, 9pm ET)
– Rose Namajunas (115) vs Carla Esparza (115) – inaugural UFC strawweight title
– Charles Oliveira (147)* vs Jeremy Stephens (146)
– Daron Cruickshank (156) vs K.J. Noons (156)
– Yancy Medeiros (155.5) vs Joe Proctor (156)
– Randa Markos (116) vs Jessica Penne (115.5)

PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1, 7pm ET)
– Felice Herrig (115) vs Lisa Ellis (115)
– Heather Jo Clark (115.5) vs Bec Rawlings (116)
– Joanne Calderwood (116) vs Seo Hee Ham (114.5)
– Tecia Torres (115.5) vs Angela Magana (115.5)

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC FightPass, 6pm ET)
– Alex Chambers (114.5) vs Aisling Daly (118)**
– Emily Kagan (116) vs Angela Hill (115.5)

* Oliveira has one hour to reach the featherweight max of 146 pounds.
** Daly has one hour to reach the strawweight max of 116 pounds.

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Former Invicta FC champion Carla “Cookie Monster” Esparza and fast-rising star “Thug” Rose Namajunas will face off for the inaugural UFC Women’s Strawweight Championship on Friday at The Ultimate Fighter 20 Finale in Las Vegas. Both women moved on with key wins during TUF 20 Episode 12.

In the first of two semi-finals during tonight’s episode, Esparza showcased her much-improved boxing skills en route to a Unanimous Decision victory over friend and training partner Jessica Penne. Namajunas earned her spot in the championship final by submitting Randa Markos in the first round.

To read the full episode recap, (click here).

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Raquel Pennington

 
TUF 18 semi-finalist Raquel “Rocky” Pennington scored an incredible come-from-behind victory in a featured bantamweight bout tonight at UFC 181: “Hendricks vs Lawler 2” in Las Vegas, Nevada. Pennington choked out CFA champion Ashlee Evans-Smith at the very end of the first round.

Evans-Smith controlled the majority of tonight’s fight and she opened a cut on Pennington’s forehead with a series of knees in the clinch. In the final 15 seconds of the round, Pennington locked on a standing bulldog choke that rendered Evans-Smith unconscious on the mat just as the bell sounded.

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Grappling ace Hérica Tibúrcio scored the biggest win of her young MMA career in the main event of Invicta Fighting Championships 10 tonight in Houston, Texas. The 21-year-old Brazilian submitted Michelle “The Karate Hottie” Waterson to claim the Invicta FC Atomweight Championship.

Tibúrcio showcased her submission skills throughout tonight’s 105-pound headliner and she had Waterson in danger on multiple occasions before finishing the bout with a third-round guillotine choke. In the bantamweight co-feature, Tonya “Triple Threat” Evinger mauled Cindy “Battlecat” Dandois.

Quick Results:
– Hérica Tibúrcio defeats Michelle Waterson via Guillotine Choke at 1:04 of round 3
– Tonya Evinger defeats Cindy Dandois via Armbar at 1:23 of round 2
– Roxanne Modafferi defeats Andrea Lee via Split Decision
– DeAnna Bennett defeats Jennifer Maia via Unanimous Decision
– Peggy Morgan defeats Andria Wawro via Unanimous Decision
– Alexa Grasso defeats Alida Gray via TKO at 1:47 of round 1
– Jinh Yu Frey defeats Cassie Robb via RNC at 2:36 of round 1
– Rachael Ostovich defeats Evva Johnson via Split Decision

To read the full event recap, (click here).

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