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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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“Countdown to UFC 175″ takes us behind the scenes with women’s bantamweight champion “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey and challenger Alexis “Ally-Gator” Davis as they prepare for their championship bout this Saturday night (July 5) inside the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.

Countdown to UFC 175: Ronda Rousey vs Alexis Davis

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10305328_10152461481086276_2942911185071141182_nJUNE RESULTS

Sunday – 1st
- Gisele Moreira defeats Ariane Lipski via Unanimous Decision at NCF 21

Friday – 6th
- Andria Wawro defeats Jessy Miele via RNC at :19 of round 1 at Reality Fighting 52

- Rosa Acevedo defeats Kyra Batara via Unanimous Decision at RFA 15

Saturday – 7th
- Jaquelline Santana defeats Jessica Suelem via Unanimous Decision at Barracão Fight Championship 3

- Polyana Viana defeats Deborah Ribeiro via TKO in round 1 at Talento Uruara Fight 1

- Nikki Smith defeats Christianna Daniels via RNC in round 1 at Shamrock FC: Devastation

- Silvana Gomez Juarez defeats Mayerlin Rivas via Armbar at 3:13 of round 3 at XFCi5

Cage Warriors 69
- Joanna Jedrzejczyk defeats Rosi Sexton via KO at 2:36 of round 2
- Kerry Hughes defeats Amanda Kelly via TKO at 4:56 of round 2

DFC: Beatdown 11
- Sarah Schneider defeats Amber Stautzenberger via Unanimous Decision
- Delaney Owen defeats Shannon Gunville via Armbar at 2:45 of round 1

Bitetti Combat 20
- Viviane Sucuri defeats Poliana Botelho via TKO in round 3
- Ilara Joanne defeats Yelka Torres via TKO in round 1

Sunday – 8th
- Agnieszka Niedzwiedz defeats Julia Stoliarenko via TKO at 2:51 of round 3 at Fighters Arena 9

Saturday – 14th
- Natalie Roy defeats Brittany Horton via TKO in round 1 at Triple A MMA 7: Rock–Stars

- Celine Haga defeats Natasha Creger via Armbar at 1:00 of round 1 at Global Knockouts

- Valerie Letourneau defeats Elizabeth Phillips via Split Decision at UFC 174

- Bobbi-Jo Dalziel defeats Tamikka Brents via TKO at :42 of round 3 at Pro Fighting Series 3

- Elaine Albuquerque defeats Carina Damm via Unanimous Decision at Irongirl MMA

- Desi Rahayu defeats Ella Tang via Unanimous Decision at One FC: Era of Champions

- Karine Silva defeats Dayse Nascimento via TKO in round 1 at Aspera FC 8

- Jessy Jess defeats Kate da Silva via TKO in round 2 at Xtreme FC 21

Strong Fight Combat
- Fernanda Silva defeats Renata Santos via Unanimous Decision
- Graziele Ricotta defeats Carolina Raposo via KO at :47 of round 1

Thursday – 19th
- Kelly McGill defeats Leslie Rodriguez via TKO at 1:33 of round 1 at Tachi Palace Fights 19

Friday – 20th
- Izabela Badurek defeats Marzena Horoszko via RNC at 1:48 of round 1 at Thunderstrike Fight League 5

Saturday – 21st
- Kirstin Murphy defeats Allanna Jones via TKO(doctor stoppage) at 5:00 of round 2 at Shogun Fights 10

WSOF 10
- Jessica Aguilar defeats Emi Fujino via Unanimous Decision
- Ashlee Evans-Smith defeats Marciea Allen via TKO at 3:01 of round 3

Friday – 27th
- Kaline Medeiros defeats Brigitte Narcise via Unanimous Decision at CES MMA

- Cortney Casey defeats Tomo Maesawa via TKO(corner stoppage) in round 1 at PXC 44

Saturday – 28th
- DeAnna Bennett defeats Colleen Schneider via RNC at 3:02 of round 1 at Showdown Fights 14

- Katlyn Chookagian defeats Rebecca Heintzman via Unanimous Decision at CFFC 37

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

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