Press Release – Cage Warriors Fighting Championship will crown its first ever women’s bantamweight world champion on Saturday, November 15, 2014.

The title will be on the line when undefeated duo Pannie Kianzad and Agnieszka Niedwiedz clash over five rounds at CWFC 74 at the Copper Box Arena in London’s Olympic Park.

Kianzad (6-0), who hails from Helsingborg in Sweden, will go into the championship bout on the back of her third-round TKO stoppage of Megan van Houtum last weekend at CWFC 71 in Amman.

The 22-year-old holds other notable victories over current UFC fighter Milana Dudieva, Bellator’s Annalisa Bucci and fellow CWFC bantamweight contender Lina Akhtar Lansberg.

“I’m really proud and excited to be fighting to become the first ever Cage Warriors women’s bantamweight world champion,” said Kianzad, a Rumble Sports team-mate of current CWFC welterweight world champion Nicolas Dalby.

“I’ll be looking to represent my team as best I can, and I look forward to putting on an exciting fight in London in November.”

In her most recent Cage Warriors outing, Niedzwiedz (7-0) picked up a submission-of-the-night win against Gemma Hewitt at CWFC 67 in Swansea back in April.

A native of Katowice in Poland, 19-year-old Niedzwiedz has taken all but one of her wins by stoppage, with two submissions and four by TKO.

Niedzwiedz said: “Pannie Kianzad is a very good fighter and I may need the two extra rounds to stop her. We’ve both earned this chance and we’ll show everyone some world-class women’s MMA in London.

“We’re both young and determined, but I’m younger and more determined. Pannie, you asked for this fight, and I’m looking forward to showing you how much of a mistake that was.”

Cage Warriors 74 will mark CWFC’s first ever event at the Copper Box Arena, which hosted handball at the 2012 Olympic Games and has since staged several large boxing events, as well as being the current home of British Baskteball League team London Lions.

“After a number of sell-out London events at The Forum in Kentish Town over the past couple of years, we’re excited to be bringing Cage Warriors to the Copper Box,” said Cage Warriors CEO Graham Boylan.

“The card for Cage Warriors 74 is going to be something special, but I’m really looking forward to seeing Pannie and Agnieszka fight to make history as our first women’s bantamweight champion.

“They’re two worthy contenders but one of them is set to taste defeat for the first time on November 15. The eyes of the MMA world will be on this one and I can’t wait for it.”



Press Release – The roster additions continue for Bellator as the promotion has added the #6 ranked featherweight in the world as Annalisa Bucci (7-3) has joined Bellator and will compete in the United States for the first time in her career.

“I feel extremely honored, excited and thankful to be part of the first group of females, fighting for Scott Coker in the new Bellator MMA Women’s Division,” Bucci said. “I cannot find the right words to truly express how I feel. This is more than a payoff for years of hard work, love and dedication to this sport. This is a dream come true!”

Known for her dangerous kickboxing and Muay Thai, Bucci has become synonymous for pushing the pace and keeping her opponents on their heels, and is simply known as “No Fear” within MMA circles.

With the signing, Bellator now has a collection of four of the best featherweights in the sport, as Bucci joins the #2 ranked Marloes Coenen, #3 ranked Julia Budd, and #8 ranked Talita Nogueira.

*Rankings info supplied by the Unified Women’s MMA Rankings.



For the second straight time, Marina “The Iron Woman” Moroz played the role of spoiler on Sunday night at Kunlun Fight 8 in Xining, Qinghai, China. The Ukrainian rising star submitted China’s top female fighter, Jin “The Fighting Rose” Tang, in round one of a featured flyweight bout on the card.

Moroz, who upset highly-touted prospect Feier Huang in her Kunlun Fight debut in June, survived an early onslaught from Tang on Sunday and took top position in a scramble on the mat. She then transitioned to a straight armbar that forced Tang to submit for only the second time in her career.

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Russian veteran Milana Dudieva earned a close decision victory in her long-awaited Octagon debut tonight at UFC Fight Night 48: “Bisping vs Le” in Cotai, Macau. The powerful judoka narrowly outpointed American prospect Elizabeth Phillips in a bantamweight bout on tonight’s preliminary card.

As she often does, Dudieva gave up top position repeatedly in scrambles on the ground, but she stayed active from her back with submission attempts. Phillips landed minimal ground and pound throughout the fight and she was punished for her perceived passivity by two of the three cageside judges.

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Swedish rising star Pannie “Banzai” Kianzad kept her undefeated record intact with a third-round TKO victory tonight at Cage Warriors Fighting Championship 71 in Amman, Jordan. Kianzad stopped Dutch opponent Megan van Houtum with ground strikes in a 140-pound catchweight bout.

Also on the card, Kianzad’s countrywoman and former foe, Lina Akhtar Lansberg, earned her third straight victory by stopping Laura “Hot Head” Howarth. Lansberg dominated the brief fight and did considerable damage with standing elbow strikes that forced Howarth to retire after round one.

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Press Release – Just days after Bellator President Scott Coker reinstated the women’s division to Bellator by bringing in top featherweights Marloes Coenen and Julia Budd, Bellator has a new addition to the roster as Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu ace Talita Nogueira (6-0) has joined the promotion. Currently ranked in the Top 10 Featherweight rankings, the multiple-time jiu-jitsu champion will now call Bellator home and is excited about what the future has in store.

“Joining Bellator is like a dream come true,” Nogueira said. “Since I began my MMA career I wanted to compete in a promotion like Bellator so I want to thank Scott and Rich for bringing back women’s MMA to Bellator and I promise I will train harder than anyone to put on entertaining fights for Bellator.”

Beginning her MMA career in 2009, “Treta” was a spotless 4-0 before walking away from MMA to focus exclusively on jiu-jitsu. In 2013 Nogueira returned to MMA and collected two more first round submission victories, and now has the opportunity to compete inside the Bellator cage on Spike TV.

“We are always excited when we can bring in a talent like Talita to the organization,” Coker said. “This is just the beginning for women’s MMA here at Bellator. We want to make a very serious commitment to this division, and this is just the start.”

*Rankings info supplied by the Unified Women’s MMA Rankings.



Unbeaten Jungle Fight Women’s Bantamweight Champion Larissa Moreira Pacheco will make her long-awaited Octagon debut on September 13th at UFC Fight Night 51: “Silva vs Arlovski 2” in Brasilia, Brazil. The 19-year-old meets fellow rising star Jéssica “Bate Estaca” Andrade on the card. first reported on plans for the fight this week. Pacheco steps in to replace Andrade’s original opponent, Valérie “Trouble” Létourneau, who was forced to withdraw due to a knee injury. Pacheco and countrywoman Andrade have combined to score 19 stoppage wins in their careers to date.

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