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UFC Women’s Strawweight Champion Carla “Cookie Monster” Esparza makes the first defense of her new title on March 14th at UFC 185: “Pettis vs dos Anjos” in Dallas, Texas. Esparza battles undefeated Polish striker Joanna Jędrzejczyk in the five-round co-main event on the card.

‘Countdown’ takes us insde the camps of champion Carla Esparza and No. 1 contender Joanna Jedrzejczyk ahead of their epic title clash.

Countdown to UFC 185: Carla Esparza vs Joanna Jedrzejczyk

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Sunday – 1st
– Park Ji-Hyae defeats Irie Miyu via TKO at 3:31 of round 2 at ROAD FC 21

– Taila Santos defeats Marta “Gladiadora” Souza via TKO in round 1 at Aspera FC 15

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– Jin Tang defeats Anastasia Rybalochko via TKO at :23 of round 1
– Jingnan Xiong defeats Lily Kazak via TKO at 1:22 of round 3

Friday – 6th
– Jocelyn Lybarger defeats Maria Rios via Unanimous Decision at RFA 23

– Jaymee Jones defeats Sharita Fane-Davis via RNC in round 1 at Xtreme Fight Night 22

– Katharina Lehner defeats Barbora Polakova via Unanimous Decision at Young Blood Night 3: War Zone

Saturday – 7th
– Susy Watson defeats Emily Fitchner via Unanimous Decision at Coga: Battle at the Bay 10

Thursday – 12th
– Danielle Taylor defeats Glena Avila via Split Decision at KOTC: Short Fuse

Friday – 13th
– Julia Budd defeats Gabby Holloway via Unanimous Decision at Bellator 133

Monday – 16th
– Delia Georgescu defeats Maia Buzas via TKO at :52 of round 1 at RXF 16

Friday – 20th
– Jemyma Betrian defeats Chandra Engel via KO at 4:03 of round 1 at LOP: Fight Night at Sportsmen’s Lodge

Saturday – 21st
– Karolina Kowalkiewicz defeats Kalindra Faria via Split Decision at KSW 30

– Irene Cabello defeats Laïla “Lilou Dallas” Sekaf via Armbar in round 1 at AFL 3

– Rosa Acevedo defeats Amanda Lovato via Armbar in round 2 at LCS 20

– Danella Eliasov defeats Zita Varju via TKO in round 1 at EFC 37

– Calie Cutler defeats Nikki Duncan via Armbar in round 2 at TXC: Legends 5

– Christina Jobe defeats Moriel Charneski via Unanimous Decision at KOTC: Public Enemy

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– Chelsea Bailey defeats Kaline Medeiros via Unanimous Decision
– Raquel Magdelano defeats Holly Cline via Unanimous Decision

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– Mei Yamaguchi defeats Miyoko Kusaka via KO(Knee To The Body) at 0:44 of round 1
– Mina Kurobe defeats Emi Tomimatsu by Split Decision
– Satomi Takano defeats Masako Yoshida by Unanimous Decision
– Tomo Maesawa defeats Yukiko Seki by Unanimous Decision

Sunday – 22nd
– Marion Reneau defeats Jessica Andrade via Triangle Choke at 1:54 of round 1 at UFC Fight Night 61

– Natalya Denisova defeats Svetlana Gotsyk via Unanimous Decision at Fight Star: Battle on Sura 3

Friday – 27th
– Valentina Shevchenko defeats Jan Finney via Unanimous Decision at Legacy FC 39

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– Cris Cyborg defeats Charmaine Tweet via TKO at :46 of round 1
– Alexa Grasso defeats Mizuki Inoue via Unanimous Decision
– DeAnna Bennett defeats Norma Rueda Center via Unanimous Decision
– Irene Aldana defeats Colleen Schneider via RNC at 1:05 of round 1
– Jamie Moyle defeats J.J. Aldrich via RNC at 2:20 of round 1
– Amy Montenegro defeats Brianna Van Buren via Unanimous Decision
– Christine Stanley defeats Laura Salazar via TKO at 2:59 of round 1
– Aspen Ladd defeats Ana Carolina Vidal via TKO at 4:21 of round 1

Saturday – 28th
– Satoko Shinashi defeats Emi Yamamoto via Armbar at 1:36 of round 1 at Deep: 71 Impact

– Suvi Salmimies defeats Karla Benitez via Unanimous Decision at CAGE 29

– Kate da Silva defeats Terissa Wall via Majority Decision at XFC 23

– Montserrat Conejo Ruiz defeats Diana Reyes via TKO in round 2 at UFL 5

– Juliete de Souza defeats Elisangela Oliveira via RNC at 4:12 of round 1 at Iron Man Vale Tudo 28

UFC 184
– Ronda Rousey defeats Cat Zingano via Armbar at :14 of round 1
– Holly Holm defeats Raquel Pennington via Split Decision

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

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UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey retained her title with another lightning-fast victory in the main event of UFC 184: “Rousey vs Zingano” tonight in Los Angeles, California. Rousey submitted top contender “Alpha” Cat Zingano with a straight armbar in just 14 seconds.

Rousey kept her perfect professional record and aura of invincibility intact with tonight’s slick submission win. In the co-main event, a potential future title challenger, Holly “The Preacher’s Daughter” Holm, made a successful UFC debut with a close decision win over Raquel “Rocky” Pennington.

To read the full article, (click here).

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Press Release – Invicta FC 12 will take place Friday, April 10 at a location yet to be announced. Headlining the event will be a strawweight title fight between Katja “Killer Bunny” Kankaanpää (10-1-1) and Livia Renata Souza (7-0).

Finland’s Kankaanpää captured Invicta gold at Invicta FC 8 in September with a fifth-round submission win over Stephanie Eggink. The 33-year-old has amassed 10 wins in her 11 career fights and will look to defend her 115-pound belt for the first time.

The Brazilian Souza will enter the contest with an unblemished, 7-0 record. Six of the 23-year-old’s wins have come via submission, including five in the first round. The fight with Kankaanpää will also be Souza’s promotional debut.

The promotion also announced that Invicta FC 13 will take place in Las Vegas, Nevada on Friday, July 10, as part of International Fight Week. Headlining the event will be a featherweight title fight between champion Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino (13-1, 1NC) and a yet to be determined challenger.

Cyborg successfully defended her 145-pound title at Invicta FC 11, stopping Canadian Charmaine Tweet in 46 seconds. The win marked the Brazilian’s third straight finish inside the Invicta cage.

Also slated for the July event is an atomweight title fight between Brazilian champion Herica Tiburcio (9-2) and Japan’s Ayaka Hamasaki (11-1). The pair were originally expected to meet at Invicta FC 9 last fall, but after that fell through, Tiburcio was rebooked for Invicta FC 10 where she submitted Michelle Waterson to capture the 105-pound strap.

Both events will stream live and exclusively on UFC Fight Pass.

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As most expected, Invicta FC Featherweight Champion Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino easily retained her title in the main event of Friday night’s Invicta Fighting Championships 11 card in Los Angeles, California. The champion destroyed challenger Charmaine “Not So Sweet” Tweet in just 46 seconds.

In the action-packed strawweight co-main event, Mexican rising star Alexa Grasso earned a Unanimous Decision win over Japanese prodigy Mizuki Inoue. DeAnna “The Argentine Assassin” Bennett and Grasso’s teammate, Irene Aldana “Robles”, also scored key victories on Friday’s main card.

To read the full results, (click here).

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Highly-touted prospect “Thug” Rose Namajunas looks to bounce back from her loss in the TUF 20 tournament final in December when she returns to action at UFC 187: “Jones vs Johnson” on May 23rd in Las Vegas, Nevada. Namajunas is set to face off against Nina “The Strina” Ansaroff on the card.

UFC officials announced the bout this week following a report from Combat Press. Namajunas submitted three opponents on TUF 20 before falling to UFC Women’s Strawweight Champion Carla “Cookie Monster” Esparza. Ansaroff’s five-fight winning streak was halted by a loss in her UFC debut.

To read the full article, (click here).

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A third women’s strawweight bout has been added to the upcoming UFC Fight Night 64: “Gonzaga vs Cro Cop 2” event on April 11th in Kraków, Poland. Former bantamweights Izabela Badurek and Aleksandra “Stitch” Albu drop down to 115 pounds and face off on the preliminary card.

UFC officials announced the fight this week. Badurek weighed in at 143 pounds for her most recent bout four weeks ago, which ended in a quick submission victory. Albu was originally set to make her UFC debut at 135 pounds in late 2013 before an injury forced her out of her planned fight.

To read the full article, (click here).