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Former Strikeforce Women’s Bantamweight Champion Miesha “Cupcake” Tate took one step towards regaining contender status with a three-round decision victory tonight at UFC Fight Night 52: “Hunt vs Nelson” in Saitama, Japan. Tate outpointed Bantamweight Queen of Pancrase Rin Nakai.

Showcasing her improved striking, Tate took an early lead on the scorecards in tonight’s main card bout thanks to her superior standup skills and solid takedown defence. Nakai had greater success with takedowns in the latter rounds, but struggled to mount offence and tasted defeat for the first time.

To read the full article, (click here).

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Team Pettis retained control of the fight picks tonight during Episode 2 of The Ultimate Fighter 20: “A Champion Will Be Crowned.” Scottish striker Joanne “JoJo” Calderwood picked up a Majority Decision victory over Team Melendez’s Emily Kagan in a bout more one-sided than scores suggest.

Calderwood, ranked at number two in this season’s all-female strawweight cast, showcased her superior striking against the #15-ranked Kagan in the opening round. She took Kagan down in round two and maintained a tight inverted triangle choke for over three minutes to secure the decision win.

To read the full recap of the show, (click here).

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One of the bantamweight division’s top prospects, Jéssica “Bate Estaca” Andrade, spoiled the Octagon debut of Jungle Fight champ Larissa Moreira Pacheco tonight at UFC Fight Night 51: “Bigfoot vs Arlovski 2” in Brasilia, Brasil. Andrade submitted Pacheco with her signature guillotine choke.

Pacheco, who turned 20 years old earlier this month, entered tonight’s main card bout on relatively short notice but with momentum on her side and an unblemished record. Andrade dominated the brief fight on the mat, however, and the talented rising star has now won three straight inside the Octagon.

To read the full article, (click here).

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The historic 20th season of The Ultimate Fighter officially debuted tonight and the all-female title tournament began with a significant upset. Canadian standout Randa Markos scored the first win for Team Pettis by defeating Team Melendez’s number one pick, Tecia “The Tiny Tornado” Torres.

For the first time in the show’s lengthy history, The Ultimate Fighter 20 will crown a UFC champion when the winner becomes the inaugural 115-pound UFC Women’s Strawweight Champion. Markos made a big statement with her victory over Torres and she now moves on to the quarterfinal round.

To read the full recap of the show, (click here).

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The historic 20th season of ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ featuring an all-female cast premieres tonight at 10pm eastern on Fox Sports 1. This season showcases 16 of the top female strawweights in the world vying to not only win the title of ‘The Ultimate Fighter’, but also to capture UFC Gold – as the winner will be crowned the first ever UFC women’s strawweight champion. Competing for the title are: Joanne Calderwood, Alex Chambers, Heather Jo Clark, Aisling Daly, Lisa Ellis, Carla Esparza, Felice Herrig, Angela Hill, Emily Kagan, Justine Kish, Angela Magana, Randa Markos, Rose Namajunas, Jessica Penne, Bec Rawlings and Tecia Torres.

Watch ‘TUF 20′ Promo, (click here).

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Invicta FC Atomweight Champion Michelle “The Karate Hottie” Waterson successfully retained her 105-pound title with a dominant victory tonight at Invicta Fighting Championships 8 in Kansas City, Missouri. Waterson put on a striking clinic and stopped Yasuko “Ikuko” Tamada late in round three.

In tonight’s co-main event, a new Invicta FC Strawweight Champion was crowned when Katja “Killer Bunny” Kankaanpää rallied to submit Stephanie “Snowflake” Eggink in the fifth round of a 115-pound title tilt. Tonya “Triple Threat” Evinger submitted Ediane “India” Gomes in bantamweight action.

To see the full results from Invicta FC 8, (click here).

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Weigh-ins for Invicta Fighting Championships 8 take place today at Aladdin Holiday Inn in downtown Kansas City, Missouri. Headling the event is an atomweight title bout between champion Michelle “The Karate Hottie” Waterson and former Valkyrie titleholder Yasuko “Ikuko” Tamada. In the co-main event, Finnish star Katja “Killer Bunny” Kankaanpää and former XFC champion Stephanie “Snowflake” Eggink clash for the vacant Invicta FC strawweight title.

Invicta FC 8 weigh-in results:
Atomweight title: Michelle Waterson (104.8) vs Yasuko Tamada (103.5)
Strawweight title: Katja Kankaanpää (114.0) vs Stephanie Eggink (114.7)
Bantamweight: Ediane Gomes (134.9) vs Tonya Evinger (137.3)*
Flyweight: Tara LaRosa (125.6) vs Roxanne Modafferi (124.9)
Flyweight: Michelle Ould (131.9)** vs DeAnna Bennett (125.4)
Lightweight: Charmaine Tweet (154.5) vs Veronica Rothenhausler (155.0)
Bantamweight: Peggy Morgan (133.5) vs Irene Aldana (135.1)
Strawweight: Ashley Cummins (115.7) vs Alexa Grasso (115.2)
Atomweight: Jodie Esquibel (105.9) vs Jinh Yu Frey (105.4)
Strawweight: Delaney Owen (114.2) vs J.J. Aldrich (115.1)

*Evinger has two hours to make 136.0 pounds.
**Ould has two hours to make 126.0 pounds.

Note: Any fighter who misses weight on her first try will be deducted 10% of her fight purse. If a fighter is still unable to make weight on her second try, the penalty increases to 25%.

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