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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.

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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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With Shayna “The Queen of Spades” Baszler sidelined due to a training injury, former Strikeforce champion Sarah Kaufman has received a new opponent for The Ultimate Fighter: “Nations” Finale on April 16th in Québec City, Québec, Canada. Kaufman now faces Amanda “Lioness” Nunes.

Globo and Tatame first reported on the fight change today. Baszler was forced out of the planned rematch with Kaufman this week. Nunes was originally booked to face unbeaten Octagon newcomer Alexis Dufresne at UFC on FOX 11 on April 19th. Dufresne now remains without an opponent.

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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 4 – Holly “The Preacher’s Daughter” Holm (6-0) goes for her seventh consecutive win when she faces Brazil’s Julie Werner (7-3) at Legacy 30 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. This event will be televised on AXS.tv starting at 10pm ET.

April 5 – After two close decision losses, Glena “Heartless” Avila (2-2) looks to get back in the winners circle against Katie Howard (1-0) at Rumble at the Roseland 77 in Portland, Oregon.

April 5 – Finland’s Veera Nykänen (0-0) makes her pro debut against Iman Darabi (1-0) at IRFA 6 in Sweden while fellow countrywomen Anne Merkt (2-1) and Aitek Emadi (0-1) collide at Respect FC 11 in Germany.

April 5 – Amanda Torres (3-1) takes on Lucia Senna (0-0) and Paula Baack (0-2) meets Mayara “Dojo” Aguiar (0-3) at Arena Fight Night 3 in Brazil.

April 5 – Also in Brazil at Jungle Fights 68, Larissa Pacheco (9-0) looks to catch the eye of the UFC brass with her tenth consecutive victory within the distance against Liziane Silveira (2-0).

April 6 – Deep Jewels Atomweight Champion Seo Hee Ham (12-5) competes in her home country for the first time in her MMA career against Shino VanHoose (3-2) at Road FC – Korea 3 in Seoul, South Korea and

April 6 – Italy’s Annalisa “No Fear” Bucci (6-2) faces off with Milana Dudieva (9-3) at ProFC 53 in Russia.

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

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Deep Jewels Featherweight Champion Seo Hee Ham competes in her home country for the first time in her MMA career at Road Fighting Championship Korea 3: “Nations Fight: Korea vs Brazil” on April 6th in Seoul, South Korea. Ham is scheduled to face teen prospect Shino VanHoose on the card.

The 105-pound bout between Ham and VanHoose was officially confirmed this week following an announcement from VanHoose. Ham has won three straight fights and captured Jewels title gold in May. VanHoose recently relocated to the U.S. and she competes for the first time since late 2012.

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