Press Release – MMA Cartel managment group is announcing that consensus top 10 women’s strawweight fighter, undefeated Karolina Kowalkiewicz has signed a contract with the UFC and is awaiting her first bout for the American organization.

7-0 as a professional, Kowalkiewicz remained the highest ranked fighter outside the UFC but now enters the fray in the Octagon looking to improve on her record.

“Dreams are there to meet them and I am one step closer to meet my dreams. Now my goal is to be a strawweight UFC champion and I will face anyone who will try to stop me. I can’t wait my Octagon debut that will be later this year. I am already in a good shape and starting preparation for my first UFC bout.”

The 29-year old from Poland holds victories over Kalindra Faria, Simona Soukupova and Mizuki Inoue. In 2013 she became the first and only female champion of KSW, Poland’s top MMA organization and also fought for Invicta FC in the United States. She has gained a reputation for a very exciting fighting style having won performance bonuses for three of seven professional bouts.

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



Press Release – Invicta Fighting Championships today announced the signings of five fighters to its roster.

Returning to the promotion after a three-year absence will be veteran atomweight Lisa Ellis (15-10). The 32-year-old has faced some of the biggest names in the sport, including former Invicta champion Jessica Penne, MMA legend Megumi Fujii and fellow Invicta veterans Felice Herrig and Bec Rawlings.

Joining Ellis in the 105-pound ranks will be Hungary’s Dora Perjes (7-1) and Russian-born American Julia Jones (4-0). Perjes has stopped all seven of her career wins via submission, while Jones recently picked up her fourth straight win by defeating Paulina Granados.

Brazil’s Aline Santos De Assis Serio (9-5) is the latest addition to the strawweight division. Fighting out of Rio de Janeiro, Serio has stopped five of her nine wins by way of strikes.

Also bolstering the 115-pound division will be Serio’s countrywoman, Amanda Limborco Alcantara Ribas (5-0). The unbeaten 21-year-old has finished four of her five wins inside the first round.

Bouts for the new roster additions have not been finalized at this time. Check InvictaFC.com for future updates on all five fighters.



Fast-rising strawweight star “12 Gauge” Paige VanZant is set to headline her first UFC card on December 10th at UFC Fight Night 80 in Las Vegas, Nevada. VanZant battles standout striker Joanne “JoJo” Calderwood in the 115-pound main event, which will stream live on UFC Fight Pass.

VanZant signed a new deal with the UFC earlier today and she takes a big step up in competition to face Calderwood, who has won two of her three UFC fights. The UFC Fight Night 80 card also features a second women’s strawweight matchup between prospect Kailin Curran and Emily Kagan.

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Invicta FC Bantamweight Champion Tonya “Triple Threat” Evinger’s title was not on the line, but she picked up a decisive second-round stoppage win tonight at Invicta Fighting Championships 14 in Kansas City, Missouri. Evinger destroyed Pannie “Banzai” Kianzad in the non-title main event.

In tonight’s catchweight co-feature, DeAnna “The Argentine Assassin” Bennett eked out a controversial Unanimous Decision victory over former Invicta FC Strawweight Champion Katja “Killer Bunny” Kankaanpää, and Roxanne “The Happy Warrior” Modafferi easily defeated Mariana Morais.

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Invicta Fighting Championships 14 takes place Saturday night from the Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, Kansas and streams LIVE on UFC FightPass starting at 8pm ET. Before tomorrow night’s festivities, the fighters took to the scales for the official weigh-ins.

– Tonya Evinger (135.2)* vs Pannie Kianzad (136.7)*
– Katja Kankaanpää (115.6) vs DeAnna Bennett (117.4)**
– Roxanne Modafferi (124.9) vs Mariana Morais (125.9)
– Rachael Ostovich (125.8) vs Andrea Lee (125.0)
– Cindy Dandois (145.6) vs Megan Anderson (145.1)
– Jamie Moyle (115.6) vs Sharon Jacobson (116.0)
– Jinh Yu Frey (105.8) vs Liz McCarthy (105.4)
– JJ Aldrich (115.7) vs Rosa Acevedo (118.2)***
– Aspen Ladd (125.7) vs Amanda Bobby Cooper (125.1)
– Rachel Wiley (155.0) vs Felicia Spencer (155.3)

*Evinger made 135 on second attempt, she will be fined 15%. Kianzad will not attempt to re-weigh, she is fined 25% and the fight is now a five-round non-title fight.
**Bennett will not attempt to re-weigh, she is fined 25%.
***Acevedo will not attempt to re-weigh, she is fined 25%.

Note: Fighters who miss weight on their first attempt will have 15% of their purse deducted. If a fighter still is unable to make weight on her second attempt, the penalty increases to 25%.


Sarah Kaufman

Former Strikeforce Women’s Bantamweight Champion Sarah Kaufman makes her long-awaited return to action on December 19th at UFC on FOX 17: “Dos Anjos vs Cerrone 2” in Orlando, Florida. Kaufman is set to face multi-time Muay Thai world champ Germaine “The Iron Lady” de Randamie.

UFC officials confirmed the bout today following an initial report from The Orlando Sentinel. Kaufman looks to rebound from a submission setback in her April trilogy fight against fellow Canadian Alexis “Ally-Gator” Davis. De Randamie got herself back on track with a stoppage win at UFC 185.

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One of the UFC’s top female stars, “12 Gauge” Paige VanZant, picked up her fourth straight victory in a featured strawweight fight tonight at UFC 191: “Johnson vs Dodson 2” in Las Vegas, Nevada. VanZant dominated TUF 20’s Alex “Astro Girl” Chambers en route to a third-round submission win.

VanZant was in complete control of tonight’s bout from start to finish and she overwhelmed Chambers with strikes that ultimately set up the finish. In bantamweight action, Raquel “Rocky” Pennington avenged a past loss by submitting Jéssica “Bate Estaca” Andrade on the preliminary card.

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