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Former Strikeforce champion Sarah Kaufman overcame two late opponent changes and earned her first UFC victory tonight at The Ultimate Fighter Nations Finale in Québec City, Québec, Canada. Kaufman defeated Leslie “The Peacemaker” Smith in a bantamweight rematch from Invicta FC 5.

Unlike in the first fight, which Kaufman won via a razor-thin and contentious Split Decision, she was in control of tonight’s rematch from start to finish. Kaufman landed crisp punches throughout the three-round battle and she mixed up her strikes effectively en route to a well-earned decision victory.

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PRESS RELEASE – XFC International today announces that it has secured an exclusive agreement with seasoned contender, Strawweight Kalindra Faria. Faria joins a list of elite mixed martial artists from XFC International tournament fighters and SuperFight contenders to recently sign with the world’s fastest growing MMA promotion.

Kalindra Faria is considered to be one of the most fierce Brazilian female fighters, and is an impressive Muay Thai fighter coming to XFCi with a 10 fight winning streak. Since her debut in 2009 in MMA, she has won fourteen bouts against three loses and one draw in her impressive career, earning her a spot as one of the finest female fighters in the Strawweight division.

 
An experienced fighter in the MMA scene, Faria (14-3-1) will compete inside the XFC Hexagon against Sanja Sucevic (4-2), the impressive Strawweight from Serbia, on XFCi 4, live from Sao Paulo, Brazil on REDE TV! and UOL.

Myron D Molotky, XFC International President, commented “We are very pleased to add Kalindra Faria to our growing female roster of XFC International fighters. XFC is proud to have Kalindra represent the Next Generation of MMA superstars.”

“Kalindra is currently ranked #5 in the flyweight division in the world, according to Unified Women’s Mixed Martial Arts, and we expect that her move to Strawweight will make a dramatic change in that division as well” Molotky continued.

With an impressive record, complete with submissions and all out battles, Kalindra will now have the opportunity to showcase her immense skills on the big stage for the world to see in the XFC Hexagon.

Eduardo Duarte, XFC International MatchMaker, added “Kalindra is one of the most technical female MMA fighters in Latin America, and recognized worldwide as a top contender in this highly competitive division. Kalindra will have the opportunity to pursue her dream to continue challenging the top fighters worldwide in the XFC Hexagon.”

XFCi 4 will take place live from Sao Paulo Brazil, on April 26, 2014 at 00:30am Brasilia time/ 11:30pm Eastern Standard time on REDE TV!.

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

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“Women’s MMA Today” gets you caught up on the week that was and the week that will be in women’s MMA.

–Results–

To see last weekend’s results, (click here).

–Upcoming Bouts–

April 16 -  Leslie “The Peacemaker” Smith (6-4-1; 0-0 UFC) and Sarah Kaufman (16-2, 1NC; 0-0, 1NC UFC) slugged it out for three rounds in their first encounter at Invicta FC 5, resulting in a very contentious Split Decision victory for Kaufman. One year later and on short notice, Smith looks for redemption against her former foe at TUF Nations Finale: “Canada vs Australia”. This bout is part of the preliminary card and will be televised on Fox Sports 1 staring at 5pm ET.

April 19 -  Hannah “The Last Ronin” Zeciri (0-0) meets Rebecca Ruth (0-0) in their pro debuts at Shamrock FC: “Revenge” in St Louis, MO and Trisha Clark (2-7) faces Amanda “Red Fox” LaVoy (2-5) at KCFA 10 in Independence, MO.

April 19 -  Rachel “The Riot” Kemker (1-2) takes on Killastina “Killa” Matatohi (0-0) at Steelfist Fight Night 24: “New Era” in Salt Lake City, Utah. This all-female fight card also includes 7 amateur bouts and

April 19 -  Former title contenders Miesha “Cupcake” Tate (13-5; 0-2 UFC) and Liz “Girl-Rilla” Carmouche (9-4; 1-2 UFC) look to get back in the title picture in a pivotal matchup at UFC on Fox 11 in Orlando, FL. This bout is part of the main card and will be televised on Fox starting at 8pm ET.

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

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UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey will make the next defence of her title on July 5th at UFC 175: “Weidman vs Machida” in Las Vegas, Nevada. The unbeaten judoka faces Canadian jiu-jitsu ace Alexis “Ally-Gator” Davis in what will likely serve as the co-main event.

UFC President Dana White announced the title fight on Friday night, which ended weeks of speculation regarding a potential matchup between Rousey and former Strikeforce title challenger Gina “Conviction” Carano. Rousey and top contender Davis each picked up victories at UFC 170 in February.

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Bantamweight Queen of Pancrase Rin Nakai returns to action to face off against arguably her toughest opponent to date on May 11th at Pancrase 258 in Tokyo, Japan. The undefeated champion is set to battle Invicta FC contender Sarah “The Monster” D’Alelio in a non-title bout on the card.

D’Alelio first announced her participation in the fight earlier this week and Pancrase officials confirmed plans for the matchup on Thursday. Nakai became the inaugural Bantamweight Queen of Pancrase in late 2012 and she most recently defeated Tara LaRosa at Pancrase 252 in September.

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A dislocated thumb has forced Amanda “Lioness” Nunes out of her short-notice fight with Sarah Kaufman at The Ultimate Fighter: “Nations” Finale on April 16th in Québec City, Québec, Canada. Kaufman will now square off against Leslie “The Peacemaker” Smith in a rematch from one year ago.

UFC officials announced the change this evening. Smith and Kaufman first met at Invicta FC 5 this past April when Kaufman prevailed via a razor-thin and contentious Split Decision. She was set to face Shayna “The Queen of Spades” Baszler in eight days, but now battles Smith for a second time.

To read the full article, (click here).

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“Women’s MMA Today” gets you caught up on the week that was and the week that will be in women’s MMA.

–Results–

To see last weekend’s results, (click here).

–Upcoming Bouts–

April 9 -  Rafaela Garcia (0-0) makes her pro debut against Bruna Vargas (1-0) and Carolina Karasek (2-0) takes on Nanda Gadea (1-1) at Octagon Fighting Championship 2 in Brazil.

April 11 -  Jocelyn “Lights Out” Lybarger (2-1) looks to rebound from a decision loss in her last outing when she meets Rosa Acevedo (1-0) at RFA 14 in Cheyenne, WY. This event will be televised on AXS.tv starting at 10pm ET.

April 12 -  Brianna “Tha Bull” Van Buren (2-1) battles Katie Casimir (1-2) at Rogue Fights in Redding, CA.

April 12 -  In Brazil, Naiara “Guerreira” Pereira (1-0) takes on Jackeline Sales Ferreira Leite (0-0) at Arena Combat 2 while Rosangela dos Santos (0-0) and Fabrina Vanessa (0-0) meet in their pro debuts at Rolim Fight Combat 2.

April 12 -  World Boxing Champion Arlene “Angerfist” Blencowe (3-4) returns to the cage to face Kenani “Madhouse” Mangakahia (2-1) at Fightworld Cup 17 in Queensland, Australia.

April 12 -  At Cage Warriors 67 in Wales, Monica Gaitan (1-0) meets Kate Jackson (4-2) and Gemma Hewitt (1-0) takes on unbeaten prospect Agnieszka “Kuma” Niedzwiedz (5-0). This event streams live on Facebook and MMAjunkie and

April 12 -  Marina “The Supernova From Moldova” Shafir (0-0) makes her highly anticipated pro debut against an opponent yet to be named at Chaos at the Casino 4 in Los Angeles, CA.

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

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