“Women’s MMA Today” gets you caught up on the week that was and the week that will be in women’s MMA.
– Cage Warriors and MMAjunkie announced an exclusive live event partnership for 2012. This means that all 16 Cage Warrior events will be streamed LIVE and FREE on the MMAjunkie website, including the highly anticipated 4-woman 125-pound tournament featuring Rosi Sexton, Aisling Daly, Sheila Gaff and an opponent yet to be announced.
1-21 Olympic Silver Medalist and 9th ranked Bantamweight, Sara McMann (5-0) used her superior wrestling skills to dominate submission specialist and 5th ranked Hitomi “Girlfight Monster” Akano (18-9) at ProElite 3: “Grove vs Minowa”. McMann was relentless with her takedowns and powerful slams, then working her ground-n-pound from top position. Akano was active from the bottom and attempted several submissions, but McMann stayed calm and defended well and was never really in any danger. All three judges saw it in McMann’s favor, 30 x 27.
Sara McMann Post-Fight Interview
1-21 In the main event at the Jackson’s MMA Series 7, Michelle “Karate Hottie” Waterson (9-3) made her triumphant return to the cage against 8th ranked Strawweight, Diana “Dynamite” Rael (3-2). Earlier in the night, Waterson’s team-mate Jodie Esquibel (2-0) picked up her second win with a unanimous decision victory over Amy Riehle (0-2). In amateur action, Emily Kagan scored a split decision victory over Cortney Casey.
1-21 Anita “El Tigre” Rodriguez (5-2) got back on the winning track by defeating Liz Carreiro (5-9) via unanimous decision at KOTC: “Total Destruction”. Carreiro has now dropped four in a row, albeit to top level competition.
1-21 Trisha Clark (2-5) picked up her second win over Maia Kahaunaele (0-1) via unanimous decision at C3 Fights: “January SlamFest”.
1-27 After close to a two-year hiatus, Marion Reneau (1-0) returns to action to battle Julia Avila (0-0) at The Warriors Cage: “Impact”.
1-28 Kyoko Kimura (1-0) meets Mizuho Sato (6-5) at Pancrase: “Progress Tour 1”.
1-28 Ashley “Smashley” Cummins (1-0) looks to stay unbeaten as she faces off with Stephanie “Macaquinha” Frausto (2-3) at NAAFS: “Caged Fury 16”.
1-29 Naoko Omuro (11-8-4) takes on Yuko Kawabata (0-3) at DEEP: “Fujisan Festival”.
**Rankings info supplied by the Unified Women’s MMA Rankings.