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Legacy FC women’s champion Holly “The Preacher’s Daughter” Holm has at last signed a deal to compete for the world’s largest mixed martial arts organisation. The world-renowned former boxing superstar’s UFC signing was announced on Thursday and she may debut as early as this fall.

Talks between Holm’s manager and UFC brass broke down earlier this year when the two sides could not come to an agreement. However, with few title challengers remaining for UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey, the UFC now looks to Holm as a threat to Rousey’s crown.

To read the full article, (click here).

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Undefeated bantamweight star “Alpha” Cat Zingano makes her long-awaited return to the cage on September 27th at UFC 178: “Jones vs Gustafsson 2” in Las Vegas, Nevada. The former number one contender is scheduled to face Amanda “Lioness” Nunes in what will likely serve as a title eliminator.

Yahoo! Sports first reported on the 135-pound bout on Thursday. Zingano has been sidelined since April 2013 due to a serious knee injury and the tragic death of her husband. She stopped Miesha “Cupcake” Tate in her most recent fight. Nunes is 2-0 in the UFC with two first-round TKO wins.

To read the full article, (click here).

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Press Release – UFC FIGHT PASS, the UFC’s digital streaming service, is proud to announce UFCFIGHTPASS.com will be the place to see the eighth stacked card from the world’s leading all-female MMA promotion, Invicta Fighting Championships.

Invicta FC 8: ‘Waterson vs Tamada’ will stream live on UFCFIGHTPASS.com on Saturday, September 6, from the Municipal Auditorium, Kansas City, MO, and will be headlined by Invicta 105-lbs champion Michelle Waterson taking on Japnese contender Yusuko Tamada. The co-main event will see the vacant Invicta 115lbs title contested by Florida’s Stephanie Eggink and Finland’s Katja Kankaanpaa.

UFC chief content officer Marshall Zelaznik said: “When we launched UFC FIGHT PASS last December, we said that we would never rest in bringing the best value to our subscribers. The addition of live and archived Invicta programming is going to be of enormous interest to our existing subscribers and will bring in new subscribers, too.

“We’re very excited to have these two fights headline our first Invicta live event on FIGHT PASS. This is a little bit of history, as it is the first time the UFC has been involved with the broadcast of a promotion not owned and operated by the UFC’s parent company, Zuffa LLC.”

Invicta Fighting Championships president Shannon Knapp said: “This is a great day for my company. Since the start of Invicta, I’ve been committed to providing the biggest and best possible platform for women athletes and, with this distribution deal with UFC FIGHT PASS, Invicta will reach the most passionate MMA fans in the world.”

Knapp added: “This new beginning for Invicta starts with a stacked card on September 6. Michelle Waterson is an amazing champion, one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world, and she has a tough first title defense against a very experienced challenger in Yasuko Tamada. And both Stephanie Eggink and Katja Kankaanpaa are going to go all out to win the vacant 115lbs belt.

“Also on the stacked card we have Ediane Gomes dropping down to 135lbs to take on Tonya Evinger and we have our first 155lbs fight with Veronica Rothenhausler vs Charmain Tweet.”

Invicta FC 105-lbs champion Michelle “The Karate Hottie” Waterson added: “I feel like I just got a huge promotion at my job, fighting on UFCFIGHTPASS.com. I’m the type of fighter who can rise to the occasion and I can’t wait to show off all the improvements I’ve made to my game since my last fight in April 2013.

“I know my opponent has fought almost everybody in the division in Japan, has a lot of experience and has this real scrappy, southpaw jiu-jitsu style. It’s going to be a real challenge but I will be ready on September 6.”

The full fight card:

Michelle Waterson vs Yasuko Tamada (105lbs title)

Stephanie Eggink vs Katja Kankaanpää (115lbs title)

Ediane Gomes vs Tonya Evinger (135lbs)

Michelle Ould vs Deanna Bennett (125lbs)

Roxanne Modafferi vs Tara Larosa (125lbs)

Peggy Morgan vs Irene Aldana (135lbs)

Alexa Grasso vs Ashley Cummins (115lbs)

Veronica Rothenhausler vs Charmain Tweet (155lbs)

Jody Esquibel vs Jinh Yu Frey (105lbs)

JJ Aldrich vs Delaney Owen (115lbs)

Tickets will be available soon.

In addition, all seven previous Invicta events are now available on-demand on UFC FIGHT PASS here, allowing subscribers to check out fights featuring talents like Waterson, Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos, former Strikeforce champ Marloes Coenen, early-career fights of UFC stars like Alexis Davis, Cat Zingano and Liz Carmouche and most of the cast of the upcoming season of The Ultimate Fighter.

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MMARising.com – UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey wasted absolutely no time in securing her latest highlight-reel victory tonight at UFC 175: “Weidman vs Machida” in Las Vegas, Nevada. Rousey retained her UFC title by knocking out Alexis “Ally-Gator” Davis in a mere 16 seconds.

Just as she did against past opponents Sarah Kaufman and Sara McMann, Rousey prevented Davis from getting anything going right from the outset of the fight. She threw the challenger on her head and unloaded with punches on the ground until the brief bout was waved off just as quickly as it began.

Rousey (10-0-0) engaged in an early exchange of punches with Davis (16-6-0) as round one began and Davis landed two stiff jabs. That was the extent of her offence, however, as Rousey cracked her with a big right hook and a knee. Davis appeared to be stunned by the strikes and Rousey used one of her signature judo throws – a slightly modified kubi nage – to dump Davis on her head. From the scarf hold position, Rousey then landed a series of unanswered punches to Davis’s face until referee Yves Lavigne jumped in to rescue the barely conscious Canadian.

Tonight’s swift and dominant win again reaffirmed that Rousey is MMA’s premier female competitor and it appears less and less likely that she will be relinquishing her UFC title at any point in the near future. Following her victory, Rousey was asked whether she would be able to compete again at UFC 176 on August 2nd, but a hand injury suffered tonight required stitches and Rousey will not be ready in time.

Leading into the title tilt, Davis was seen as a formidable challenger for Rousey on the ground due to her jiu-jitsu pedigree, but Rousey ensured that she would not have to contend with Davis’s grappling abilities by dispatching the Canadian standout in a matter of seconds.

To get a full play-by-play of the event, (click here).

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At yesterday’s ‘Ultimate Media Day’, the additional eight participants for The Ultimate Fighter 20 were revealed. Joining Joanne Calderwood, Alex Chambers, Carla Esparza, Felice Herrig, Emily Kagan, Rose Namajunas, Bec Rawlings and Tecia Torres are:

Heather Jo Clark (6-4), Aisling Daly (14-3), Lisa Ellis (15-8), Angela Hill (1-0), Justine Kish (4-0), Angela Magana (11-6), Randa Markos (4-1) and former Invicta FC atomweight champion, Jessica Penne (11-2).

‘The Ultimate Fighter®: A Champion Will Be Crowned’ begins filming this week and kicks off with a two-hour series premiere on Wednesday, September 10, at 10pm ET on Fox Sports 1.

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Press Release – Former world title challenger Sara McMann returns to the Octagon on August 16 to face new signee and former Invicta FC bantamweight champion Lauren Murphy at UFC Fight Night 47 in Bangor, Maine.

An Olympic Silver medalist in freestyle wrestling, McMann raced out to a 7-0 MMA record before losing her challenge to women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey at UFC 170 in February. Now she will return to face another champion in the first Invicta FC titleholder, Murphy, whose 8-0 slate includes wins over Kaitlin Young, Sarah D’Alelio, and Miriam Nakamoto.

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Joanne Calderwood, Alex Chambers, Carla Esparza, Felice Herrig, Emily Kagan, Rose Namajunas, Bec Rawlings and Tecia Torres. These are the fighters we know will compete on season 20 of The Ultimate Fighter. Tomorrow we find out the remaining eight contestants.

As part of International Fight Week, coaches Anthony “Showtime” Pettis and Gilbert “El Nino” Melendez, as well as the entire cast will be at ‘Ultimate Media Day’ on Thursday at 1pm ET/10am PT for a Q&A session.

You can watch the press conference live (here).

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