Undefeated Swedish standout Pannie “Banzai” Kianzad captured her first major MMA title with a clear-cut Unanimous Decision victory tonight at Cage Warriors Fighting Championship 74 in London, England. Kianzad defeated Eeva Siiskonen to become CWFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion.

Tonight’s inaugural CWFC 135-pound women’s title fight was originally set to feature Kianzad against Polish teen Agnieszka “Kuma” Niedzwiedz, but Niedzwiedz was forced to withdraw due to an injury. Siiskonen stepped in on very short notice, but Kianzad’s superior striking propelled her to victory.

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Former Strikeforce Women’s Bantamweight Champion Miesha “Cupcake” Tate makes her return to the Octagon on January 31st at UFC 183: “Silva vs Diaz” in Las Vegas, Nevada. Tate is set to face off against Olympic silver medallist Sara McMann in a featured bantamweight bout on the card.

Tate has rebounded with back-to-back victories this year since suffering her second loss to UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey in December. McMann also came up short against Rousey, but she got back on track by defeating Invicta FC champ Lauren Murphy in August.

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Making the most of a second opportunity, Tecia “The Tiny Tornado” Torres picked up a hard-fought win during tonight’s eighth episode of The Ultimate Fighter 20: “A Champion Will Be Crowned.” Torres defeated former ally “Rowdy” Bec Rawlings by Unanimous Decision in a competitive matchup.

Torres and Rawlings began the competition together on Team Melendez, but Torres, who was upset in her initial qualifying bout, was brought back into contention and moved to Team Pettis when Justine Kish suffered an injury. With the win over Rawlings, she moves on to the quarterfinal round.

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Press Release – Invicta Fighting Championships announced the full fight card for Invicta FC 10: Waterson vs Tiburcio, which will stream live and exclusively on UFC Fight Pass from the Arena Theatre in Houston on Friday, December 5.

In the night’s headline bout, Invicta FC atomweight champion Michelle Waterson (12-3) will face Brazilian challenger Herica Tiburcio (8-2).

Waterson is coming off the first defense of her title, a TKO victory over Yasuko Tamada (15-9) in September. The win marked the champion’s 10th finish in 12 career victories.

Tiburcio, currently riding a three-fight winning streak, was slated to make her promotional debut at Invicta FC 9, but visa issues forced her off the card. Six of the 22-year-old challenger’s career wins have come via submission.

Red hot bantamweight contender Tonya Evinger (14-5), coming off a first-round submission of Ediane Gomes, meets Belgium’s Cindy Dandois (5-1) in the co-headline bout.

The full fight card for Invicta FC 10 can be found below:

Atomweight Title Fight: Michelle Waterson (12-3) vs Herica Tiburcio (8-2)
Bantamweight: Tonya Evinger (14-5) vs Cindy Dandois (5-1)
Flyweight: Vanessa Porto (17-6) vs Roxanne Modafferi (16-11)
Flyweight: Jennifer Maia (9-3-1) vs DeAnna Bennett (5-0)
Featherweight: Charmaine Tweet (6-4) vs Faith van Duin (4-1)
Bantamweight: Irene Aldana (4-1) vs Marion Reneau (4-1)
Featherweight: Peggy Morgan (2-2) vs Andria Wawro (3-1)
Strawweight: Alexa Grasso (5-0) vs Alida Gray (4-1)
Atomweight: Jinh Yu Frey (2-1) vs Cassie Robb (0-2)
Flyweight: Rachael Ostovich (1-1) vs Evva Johnson (1-0)

Tickets for Invicta FC 10 are on sale now and can be purchased at the venue box office, via charge-by-phone by calling 713-772-5900 or online at arenahouston.com.

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



Deep Jewels Featherweight Champion Seo Hee Ham will become the first Korean female fighter to compete inside the world-famous Octagon when she makes her UFC debut in the coming months. Ham, who is set to move back up to strawweight, signed with the UFC at the beginning of November.

Ham’s UFC signing was first announced by Road FC officials earlier this week and MMARising.com learned of additional aspects of the deal through a source with knowledge of the situation. Ham recently retained her 48kg Deep Jewels title by submitting Saori “Shooting Star” Ishioka on Monday.

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Highly-touted prospect “Thug” Rose Namajunas notched the first victory for Team Melendez during tonight’s seventh episode of The Ultimate Fighter 20: “A Champion Will Be Crowned.” Namajunas put her team on the board by submitting Team Pettis’s Alex “Astro Girl” Chambers late in round one.

Both fighters felt pressure leading up to tonight’s elimination round bout, as Chambers was tasked with keeping Team Pettis’s perfect record intact and Namajunas looked to end Team Melendez’s disappointing losing streak. In the end, Namajunas dominated the fight and was very emotional in victory.

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Deep Jewels Featherweight Champion Seo Hee Ham retained her 48kg title with a second-round submission victory tonight at Deep Jewels 6 in Tokyo, Japan. Ham finished long-time rival Saori “Shooting Star” Ishioka with an armbar midway through the second round of their main event trilogy fight.

Elsewhere on tonight’s card, recent WSOF title challenger Emi “Kamikaze Angel” Fujino returned to her winning ways with a Unanimous Decision victory over grappling specialist Ayaka Miura. Top star Shizuka Sugiyama picked up her second win over Yurika Nakakura in a competitive rematch.

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