ROAD FC recently announced the introduction of two new female weight classes for its “XX” offshoot.
The ROAD FC XX Heavyweight Division will feature fighters from Featherweight (145lbs) all the way up to Welterweight (175 lbs) while the ROAD FC XX Openweight Division will feature fighters from Middleweight (180 lbs) on up. ROAD FC plans to showcase fighters from across the globe, with plans to eventually introduce a world title belt for both divisions.
The organization is set to host an all-female event on December 23 which will be headlined by an atomweight world title fight between reigning champion Seo Hee Ham and challenger Jinh Yu Frey. Several fights in the new ROAD FC women’s “heavyweight” and “openweight” divisions are expected to be announced for the event in the near future.
WMMA Rankings takes a look at eight women who could be set to join the ROAD FC XX Heavyweight Division, featuring women from Featherweight (145 to 150lbs) all the way up to Welterweight (175 lbs).
Reina (7-0) is the number-one ranked women’s welterweight fighter in the world. Since making her professional debut in November 2016, the 21-year-old has remained very active, picking up notable victories over the likes of Shayna Baszler, Kristin Handel, Crystal Stokes, as well as the much larger heavyweight competitors in Lei’D Tapa and Jazzy Gabert. The “King” currently fights for RIZIN and DEEP JEWELS, many fighters from both organizations have also fought for ROAD FC which makes Reina a real possibility for the new division.
Dalziel (3-0) has been away from competition for over one year. Prior to her hiatus from the sport, she was the number-one ranked 155-pound lightweight fighter in the world thanks to her 2016 upset victory over Jozette Cotton. The Canadian made her professional debut in June 2014, knocking out Tamikka Brents in the third round following some heavy knees in the clinch. She followed up in March 2016, knocking out Invicta FC veteran Andria Wawro in just 30 seconds via a head kick. Her most recent showing was in October 2016, when she defeated Cotton via unanimous decision.
Patterson (5-3-0) has been competing as a professional mixed martial artist since the year of 2002. She has won four of her last five, which includes first round stoppages over Tamikka Brents, Erica Grover and Kate Bloomfield. ‘Primal’ is currently the No. 2 ranked lightweight fighter in the world, behind Jozette Cotton whom she lost to via a close decision this past September. The 33-year-old is scheduled to take on Moriel Charneski at the RCC 14 event on December 29.
Khautova (2-0) is the number-two ranked women’s welterweight fighter in the world and currently competes for the Russian based organization, ‘Fight Nights Global’, as part of their women’s 165-pound division. The 30-year-old made her professional debut in May 2015, knocking out Daria Radionova in the second-round. She made her return to the cage this past April, winning a unanimous decision over Kazakhstan’s Zamzagul Fayzallanova, who was considered the heavy favorite leading into the fight and is a black belt in Judo. Khautova believes she is the best in the world at welterweight.
Svetlana Khautova on Social Media: Facebook
Fayzallanova (2-1) is a 25-year-old fighting out of Astana, Kazakhstan. She fought her first two pro fights with the Alash Pride FC organization, picking up decisions victories over Barchinaya Uzginbaeva and Liana Jojua. The Astana Patriot product signed with the Fight Nights Global organization earlier this year and received the first setback of a career, losing a unanimous decision to Svetlana Khautova. Despite the loss, Fayzallanova is still one of the most promising competitors in the 145-175 pound weight range and would make a great addition to ROAD FC’s new division.
Zamzagul Fayzallanova on Social Media: Facebook
Tynanes (1-0) is a welterweight fighter who trains at the Jesus is Lord gym in Hawaii, along with Invicta FC star and TUF 26 cast member, Rachael Ostovich. She made her professional debut this past March for the Alaska FC organization which airs on UFC Fight Pass, choking out Avril Straub in the very first round. Prior to making the move to MMA, Tynanes, who was undefeated as an amateur, already had a background in combat sports, being a former collegiate/freestyle wrestler who placed second at nationals during her first year in college, she is also a black belt division naga championship winner. Tynanes is scheduled to take on Holli Salazar at the AFC 136 event on January 17th, airing live on UFC Fight Pass.
Kasymova (1-0) is a boxer from Kyrgyzstan who made her professional MMA debut at the ‘WEF 36: PROFFIGHT 14’ event this past March. She was victorious in her debut, knocking out Yulduz Mamatkulov in the very first-round. Not much is known about this exciting welterweight contender, however she certainly demonstrated her knockout ability in her professional debut and would definitely make for a dangerous addition to the ROAD FC 145-175 division.
Begimjan Kasymova on Social Media: N/A
Stokes (0-1) is a close friend and training partner of UFC featherweight champion, Cris Cyborg. She made her professional MMA debut this past October, losing a unanimous decision to King Reina. Despite the loss, Stokes showed a lot of promise and has expressed interest in taking more fights. The 38-year-old, who stands at 6’0, competed as a gymnast for 20 years, as well as serving eleven years as a United States Marine. She currently plays Women’s Professional Football as a Defensive End for the San Diego Surge and has been training in MMA for several years now.
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