“Women’s MMA Today” gets you caught up on the week that was and the week that will be in women’s MMA.
– History was made at UFC 157 on Saturday night in front of a sold-out crowd at the “Ronda Center” in Anaheim, CA as “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey and Liz “Girl-Rilla” Carmouche became the first ever women to compete in the world-famous Octagon in the promotions 19-year history. Critics had questioned whether the women could carry an event as the headliners and the answer was a resounding yes! At the post-fight press conference, Dana White announced the attendance of 15,525 with a live gate of $1.4 million. The attendance figure is the highest of the UFC’s six Honda Center events to date, including UFC 121: Brock Lesnar vs Cain Velasquez (14,856 attendance) and UFC on FOX 1: Cain Velasquez vs Junior Dos Santos (11,607).
– In addition to Champion Ronda Rousey, Liz Carmouche, Miesha Tate, Cat Zingano, Alexis Davis and Sara McMann, it was announced that Sarah Kaufman, Julie Kedzie, Germaine de Randamie and Amanda Nunes were also apart of the ever-growing UFC women’s bantamweight division.
February 22 – Perhaps it was an omen of things to come on this historic weekend when Pearl Gonzalez (1-1) picked up the first win of her pro career via armbar at 4:56 of round one over Suzie “La China” Montero (1-2) at XFC 22: “Crossing the Line”.
February 23 – Kate “Shakedown” Bloomfield (1-2) also scored her first win as a pro with a first round rear-naked choke over Edwina White (0-1) at DC MMA: “Heartbreakers”.
February 23 – Kalindra Faria (8-3-1) stopped Aline Sattelmayer (2-1) via TKO at 2:19 of round two at Detonic Fight.
February 23 – Christina Tatnell (1-1) got a small measure of revenge with a third round submission victory over Shauna “Little Thunder” Carew (1-1) at Valor 4: “Supremacy”. Carew is teammates with Bec Hyatt, who had defeated Tatnell in her pro debut and
February 23 – In the first ever UFC women’s bout, “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey (7-0) retained her UFC Women’s Bantamweight title with a hard fought victory over Liz “Girl-Rilla” Carmouche (8-3) at UFC 157: “Rousey vs Carmouche”. The bout wasn’t without drama as Carmouche took Rousey’s back early in the round and threatened the champ with a neck crank. Although in intense pain, Rousey remained cool and freed herself by dumping Carmouche to the mat. From there Rousey went to work on the ground, softening Carmouche up with punches before transitioning into her trade-mark armbar. The end would come with just 11-seconds left in the round, running Rousey’s streak to 10 (7 as pro, 3 amateur) first round armbar finishes.
ESPN Post-fight: Ronda Talks Defending Title
February 28 – Pound-for-Pound Boxing Queen, Holly “The Preachers Daughter” Holm (2-0) returns to the cage to face Katie Merrill (1-0) at Bellator 91. This bout is part of the prelims and will be streamed on Spike.com starting at 8pm ET.
March 1 – Undefeated Lauren Taylor (4-0) takes on Jennifer Scott (2-2, 1NC) in the promotion’s first ever professional women’s bout at Legacy FC 18. This bout is part of the main card and will be televised on AXS.tv starting at 10pm ET.
March 1 – Nina “The Stina” Ansaroff (3-3) goes for her third win in a row against Trisha Clark (2-6) and Marciea “Black Widow” Allen (1-1) looks to bounce back from her first loss when she meets Ashleigh Curry (1-2) at Centurion Fights and
March 2 – CFA 10 features the first round of the 8-woman Featherweight Tournament. This event will be streamed on UStream.
The current matchups are:
Kelsey De Santis (0-0) vs Allanna “Hands of Stone” Jones (1-1)
Fallon Fox (1-0) vs Ericka Newsome (0-1)
Revelina “Nana” Berto (3-0) vs Peggy “The Daywalker” Morgan (1-0)
Tori Adams (1-0) vs Ashlee Evans-Smith (0-0)
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