“Women’s MMA Today” gets you caught up on the week that was and the week that will be in women’s MMA.
–TUF 20 News–
Tryouts for ‘The Ultimate Fighter 20’ took place yesterday at the Palace Station Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The 36 fighters who attended were: Audrey Alvarez, Maria Andaverde, Nina Ansaroff, Chelsea Bailey, Kathina Catron, Angelica Chavez, Holly Cline, Heather Jo Clark, Aisling Daly, Sharice Davids, Lisa Ellis, Claire Fryer, Charlene Gellner, Paulina Granados, Helen Harper, Angela Hill, Jocelyn Jones-Lybarger, Justine Kish, Jennifer Liou, Kristi Lopez, Jillian Lybarger, Angela Magana, Randa Markos, Amy Montenegro, Melissa Myers, Michelle Ould, Jessica Penne, Tyra Parker, Mandy Polk, Diana Rael, Laura Salazar, Sarah Schneider-Chance, Tessa Rose Simpson, Danielle Taylor, Karina Taylor and Ashley Yoder.
Eight of these hopefuls will join the already selected cast of Carla Esparza, Alex Chambers, Felice Herrig, Bec Hyatt, Emily Kagan,, Rose Namajunas, Tecia Torres, and Joanne Calderwood. Paige VanZant, Claudia Gadelha and Juliana Lima, whose contracts were also acquired from Invcta, are no longer part of the cast. VanZant due to not meeting the minimum age requirement of 21, Gadelha determined she would be unable to continuously make the weight cut in such short period, and Lima’s lack of English ruled her out. All three still have UFC contracts and will be booked in non-TUF bouts.
To see last weeks results, (click here).
May 2 – Lynnell House “of Pain” (2-1) looks to rebound from a submission loss to Randa Markos in her last outing when she faces Stephanie “SNAFU” Essensa (1-0) at Havoc FC 5 in Alberta, Canada.
May 2 – At One FC: “Rise of the Heroes” in Manila, Philippines, world champion boxers Ana “The Hurricane” Julaton (0-0) and Jujeath “Bad Girl” Nagaowa make their pro MMA debuts against Egyptian kickboxing champion Aya Saeid Saber (2-3) and Jeet Toshi (2-1), respectively.
May 3 – Katie Howard (1-1) makes the first of three scheduled bouts this month when she goes up against Reagen Benedetti (1-0) at Cage Sport 30 in Tacoma, WA. Howard is also set to fight on the 16th and 30th.
May 3 – Cassie Crisano (1-1) travels to Brazil to make the first of her back-to-back fights against Glauciele Silva (0-0) at Olimpia Fight. Crisano is also slated to fight Beatriz Zambonini at Ring of Fire 9 next weekend.
May 3 – It’s a battle of top-10 featherweights when Sweden’s Pannie “Banzai” Kianzad (4-0) takes on Italy’s Annalisa “No Fear” Bucci (6-2) at Superior Challenge 10 in Helsingborg, Sweden and
May 3 – Princess of Pain in New Zealand plans to crown their first pro bantamweight champion. Competing for the prize in the round robin format will be Kate “Jiu-Jitseria” Da Silva (5-1), Charlene Watt (0-0) and Desiree Maaka (0-0). Amateur bouts round out the rest of the all-female fight card.
*Rankings info supplied by the Unified Women’s MMA Rankings.