Bellator MMA was one of the first major North American promotions to invest in Women’s MMA. Continue reading “Why Bellator should continue to invest in WMMA”
Heather “The Heat” Hardy (1-1 MMA) makes a return to the Bellator cage on Friday when she takes on heated rival Ana Julaton (2-3 MMA). Continue reading “Heather Hardy: “Fighting means fighting when you don’t want to fight anymore””
Last Sunday, at UFC Fight Night 124 in St. Louis, Mo., fight fans were treated to exciting WMMA action in four fights across three divisions. Continue reading “What’s next for the women of #UFCSTL?”
Saturday night, at UFC Fight Night 120 in Norfolk, Virginia, fight fans were treated to two exciting bouts in the strawweight division. To open the FS1 prelims, former Invicta FC strawweight champ Angela Hill took on American Top Team’s Nina Ansaroff. In a FOTN-worthy three round kickboxing war, Ansaroff was declared the winner via unanimous decision. Later in the night, Tatiana Suarez returned from injury in her first octagon appearance since winning TUF 23 to take on fellow unbeaten prospect, Viviane Pereira. Suarez used her high-pressure wrestling offense and superior grappling to control Pereira for all three rounds en route to a dominant decision victory.
So, what’s next for the women of UFC Fight Night 120?
Hill is a game fighter who never shies away from a brawl and consistently puts on exciting performances. After a strong start against Nina, Angela was on the receiving end of the more powerful strikes in rounds two and three. Despite alternating wins and losses in the UFC, Hill’s losses all come from top-tier competition (Namajunas, Torres, Andrade, Esparza). Her nasty clinch game and sound Muay Thai make her a tough out for anyone in the division. Two fights come to mind when considering Hill’s next bout— the fighter on the losing end of Felice Herrig vs Cortney Casey, or, a match vs UFC newcomer Livia Renata Souza. Herrig/Casey make for an exciting clash with Hill and a bout with Souza already has a story behind it.
Though Ansaroff’s octagon schedule has been somewhat inconsistent, she is constantly improving with every fight. Last night’s display was a perfect example of how far she’s come. She has a strong chin, she is able to string together powerful combinations, and she isn’t afraid to go to the ground. Similar to her opponent last night, Ansaroff is becoming known for putting on exciting performances and engaging in wild brawls. Nina mentioned getting back into the cage sooner rather than later and there are two options that make guaranteed exciting fights upon her return— the winner of Felice Herrig vs Cortney Casey, or, the winner of Randa Markos vs Juliana Lima.
Saturday night, Brazil’s Pereira was handed her first professional loss and it will be interesting to see how she bounces back from this. At only 5’1, Viviane’s going to find herself at a crucial reach and height disadvantage in nearly every match-up. The 24-years-old Brazilian, Pereira, has a lot of time to continue to develop. Perhaps a bout against TUF 23 alum Ashley Yoder would make for an exciting fight, giving one fighter the chance to get back in the winning column.
After a long lay-off due to injury, Tatiana Suarez made a triumphant comeback with a dominant performance. Suarez’s relentless grappling and overwhelming top pressure led her to clean unanimous decision sweep, almost capturing an arm bar finish in the third round. Post-fight, Suarez said she would like to stay active, eventually working her way toward the title. There are a lot of interesting fights for her in this division. The winner of Carla Esparza vs Cynthia Calvillo is an excellent fight for Suarez to test her grappling against a fellow elite grappler in the top ten of the division. Another fight that is intriguing for Suarez is fellow up-and-coming prospect, Brazilian striker Poliana Botelho. After a successful debut last month, Botelho is eager to get back into the octagon and work her way into the rankings as well.
What matches would you make for the women of UFC Norfolk?
This Friday in the Bellator 186 co-main event, Bellator will crown it’s long awaited inaugural women’s flyweight. Talented grappler and division front runner Ilima-Lei Macfarlane will take on the well-rounded Emily “Gordinha” Ducote in a highly anticipated rematch to capture the strap. Before Macfarlane and Ducote go to battle for the second time, scroll down to relive their first back-and-forth war.
Last weekend, at UFC Fight Night 118 in Gdansk, Poland, fight fans were treated to action in both the women’s bantamweight and strawweight divisions. In the early prelims, unbeaten Invicta FC star Aspen Ladd (6-0) made her UFC debut against Muay Thai specialist, Lina Lansberg (7-3). The first round was controlled by Lansberg in the clinch, however, the tides turned in the second round when Ladd secured a takedown. On the ground, Ladd advanced to full mount position where she rained down ground and pound (and primal screams) until the referee stepped in. Later that night, in the co-main event slot, Poland’s own Karolina Kowalkiewicz (11-2) snapped a two-fight losing skid with a dominant victory over Invicta FC vet Jodie Esquibel (6-3). Esquibel put up a valiant effort against the former title challenger but Kowalkiewicz’s striking output and constant pressure overwhelmed the debutante en route to a unanimous hometown decision victory.
So, what’s next for the women of UFC Gdansk? Continue reading “What’s next for the women of #UFCGdansk?”
As WMMA continues to evolve, the UFC’s first weight class for women is facing some changes. With the number three ranked contender, Julianna Peña, announcing her pregnancy and several current bantamweight fighters moving to the 125-pound division, the UFC is in need of some top 135-pound talent.
Below, we take a look at who’s leaving the bantamweight division, as well as explore some potential bantamweight signees. Be sure to sound in and let us know who you would like to see the UFC pursue!
Debate: Who do you think the UFC should sign to the bantamweight division and why? Continue reading “#WMMADebate: Who should the UFC sign to the bantamweight division?”
This Saturday, fight fans will be treated to action in both the women’s strawweight and flyweight divisions. On the FS1 prelims, Pearl Gonzalez will make her sophomore UFC appearance in a strawweight clash against promotional newcomer Poliana Botelho. Later that night on the main card, Kalindra Faria and Mara Romero Borella will make thier respective UFC debuts in the newly minted flyweight division. Check out WMMA Ranking’s predictions for UFC 216’s action below! Continue reading “#UFC216 WMMA Rankings Predictions”
Boxing champion Ana Julaton, who recently signed a multi-fight deal with Bellator, has her set her sights on a showdown with fellow boxing champion and rising Bellator star, Heather “The Heat” Hardy. Continue reading “Ana Julaton sets her sights on showdown with Heather Hardy in Bellator”
At UFC 215 on September 9th, the bantamweight division was on full display as fans were treated to three thrilling matches. To get the night started on the FS1 prelims, Sarah Moras (5-2) returned after a two-year Continue reading “What’s next for the women of #UFC215?”