WMMA Today gets you caught up on the week that was and the week that will be in women’s MMA.
It is with great sadness that I report the passing of “Mighty” Mia Hayes this weekend. Battling breast cancer with the same courage and determination that helped her build a perfect 3-0 record inside the cage, Mia became an inspiration to all that knew her. She was only 35 and leaves behind a husband and 7 children. If you’d like to make a donation to help the family, a PayPal account has been set up: firstname.lastname@example.org
*Photo and video courtesy of Lacey Neher – realwomenandmensmma.com
10-21 Overcoming a slow start in round one, Marianna “The Crushen Russian” Kheyfets (4-0) would take control with excellent counter-striking and late takedowns in route to an unanimous decision win over Molly “The Maulinator” Helsel (8-13-1) at XFC 14: “Resurrection”. The three judges would score the contest for the American Top Team standout: 29-28, 29-28 and 30-27.
10-28 Lauren “The Pirate” Taylor (3-0) meets Julia Griffin (2-2) for the vacant ACF 145-pound Women’s Championship at Alaska Cage Fighting: “Tribute to Veterans”. (updated)
10-29 Amanda “Powerhouse” Lucas (2-1) makes her return to the land of the rising sun to meet Mika “Hari” Harigai (6-24-1) at Deep: “Cage Impact 2011” and
10-29 Katalina Malungahu (0-0) makes her professional debut against “Vicious” Valery Barney (5-0) at BCP: “Cage Wars 10” in Grand Junction, CO.
**Rankings info supplied by the Unified Women’s MMA Rankings.