Sara McMann and Raquel Pa'aluhi fought last night on the ProElite Arlovski vs. Lopez card in Hawaii. The two ladies put on a war with McMann winning by key lock in the third round. Yes, I just gave away the results, but it is one of the best female fights this year so, you have got to watch it from beginning to end. Congrats go out to both ladies for an awesome fight!
Kendall Grove def. Joe Riggs via submission (guillotine choke) - Round 1, 0:59
Andrei Arlovski def. Ray Lopez via TKO (punches) - Round 3, 2:43
Reagan Penn def. Paul Gardiner via submission (rear-naked choke) - Round 1, 1:10
Mark Ellis def. Jake Heun via submission (rear-naked choke) - Round 2, 2:29
Sara McMann def. Raquel Pa'aluhi via submission (armlock) - Round 3, 2:53
Drew McFedries def. Garrett Olson via TKO (punches) - Round 2, 4:04
Kaleo Gambill defeated Sale Sproat via TKO (strikes) at 1:31 of round 1
Dustin Barca defeated Reno Remigio via TKO (doctor stoppage) at 5:00 of round 2
Brent Schermerhorn defeated Jesse Kaala-Akana Lundgren via TKO (punches) at 1:38 of round 1
Joey Palamia defeated Chad Thomas via decision
Anderson Silva Def. Yushin Okami TKO Strikes 2nd round
Mauricio “Shogun” Rua def. Forrest Griffin by TKO (Strikes) at 1:53, R1
Edson Barboza, Jr. def. Ross Pearson by Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28), R3
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira def. Brendan Schaub by TKO (Strikes) at 3:09, R1
Stanislav Nedkov def. Luiz Cane by TKO (Strikes) at 4:13, R1
Preliminary Bouts (On Spike TV):
Thiago Tavares def. Spencer Fisher by TKO (Strikes) at 2:51, R2
Rousimar Palhares def. Dan Miller by Unanimous Decision (29-27, 30-27, 30-25), R3
Paulo Thiago def. David Mitchell by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27), R3
Raphael Assuncao def. Johnny Eduardo by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27), R3
Erick Silva def. Luis Ramos by TKO (Strikes) at 0:40, R1
Yuri Alcantara def. Felipe Arantes by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28), R3
Yves Jabouin def. Ian Loveland by Split Decision (27-30, 29-28, 29-28), R3
Amanda Lucas (2-1) competed at Deep 55: Impact yesterday in Japan. Lucas defrated Hiruku Shinohara (6-8) via armbar at 4:37 of the first round.
Shinohara's corner threw in the towel on her behalf. Hiruku was none to happy with her corner, chastising them for not giving her the chance to defend the armbar. Sounds like Drama! Congrats to Amanda on the win!
The UFC Middleweight belt is on the line tonight when Anderson Silva steps in the stage opposite Yushin Okami. Silva is the overwhelming choice when you ask fans who they predict will win. I must say I don't think Okami has what it takes to dethrone Silva, but as I say over and over and you already know, this is MMA. One of the most unpredictable sports in the world. Silva will most definately have the hometown advantage in this case. Join us here on this website for Live Chat during the fights at 8pm EST when the prelims on Spike are aired. Go to the "Join Chat" icon on the bottom right corner of the website. You can sign in through Facebook or twitter. Free and easy! I hope to see you there!
Marloes Coenen announced on Inside MMA tonight that she is moving on after her release from Strikeforce by becoming the first fighter signed to Blackeye Promotions WMMA division. In an article from earlier tonight I announced the news to read about it and see the new HL video click here:Marloes Signs w/ Blackeye. Coenen has gone back to Amsterdam for now but she will return on October 1st to Blackeye Promotions Breast Cancer Beatdown to make an appearance and then to fight in 2012.
Coenen Released this statement:
“ I am very excited to have the opportunity to be part of Blackeye Promotions, as they have an honest passion for the sport and are genuinely committed to building a platform for women in MMA. Equality for women in this sport is a cause close to my heart and important to the generations of women fighters that will compete after me. I am happy to be signed with a promotion that not only supports this quest for equality, but is dedicated and committed to making a difference.”
Marloes Coenen announced tonight on Inside MMA that she has signed with Blackeye promotions. A MMA fight organization out of North Carolina. Recently, Coenen was released from Strikeforce after Zuffa let all the Golden Glory Fighters go over a business dispute. The former Women's 135lb champ's fans and the whole of the MMA community were in shock over the release. The news of Coenen's release came within the week after she lost her title to the current champ, Miesha Tate. Strikeforce's loss is Blackeye Promotions gain and Blackeye released this statement about signing Coenen to the Blackeye Family
"All of us at Blackeye Promotions are proud to welcome Marloes Coenen to the Blackeye WMMA Division. Ms Coenen is the first female fighter signed to the Blackeye WMMA Division. We are honored to be working with Ms. Coenen and her management Golden Glory as we gear up for the inaugural 2012 season of the Blackeye WMMA Division. Ms. Coenen has had a successful career as a top level female MMA fighter and not only brings her elite talent as a fighter to the Blackeye WMMA Division, her exemplary character and enjoyable personality is representative of the quality of female MMA fighter we are looking for to be a competitor in our WMMA Division. Ms. Coenen will enter the Blackeye Cage in early 2012 to not only to face the challenge of a worthy opponent, but she will be making history by creating a path for all female MMA fighters to follow toward their aspirations of being a Blackeye World WMMA Title Holder."
As a WMMA advocate I am delighted at the news that another fight org is seeing value in female fighters and they are in the process of creating a women's division when others won't. Thank you Blackeye Promotions!
To celebrate Marloes Coenen's new adventure with Blackeye, I created this video.
Strikeforce's reigning Women's 145lbs champ, Cris "Cyborg" Santos has officially re-signed with the promotion after a long negotiation period. Fans have been waiting and wondering when or if we would see Cyborg fight again. It's been over a year since she fought Jan Finney and she kept herself busy by putting on seminars, making appearances and competing in BJJ tournaments. (successfully) On her website, criscyborg.com an official release was posted:
From Cris Cyborgs Management:
Cris is ecstatic to be staying under the Zuffa umbrella for another year. She would like to thank Strikeforce and Zuffa for the opportunity to prove she is the best 145lb Woman in the world. Cris has been training and is ready to step back into the cage to defend her Strikeforce belt.
According a source who knows the champ personally, Cris will be fighting more than likely in November and her contract is for four fights. As for who her opponent will be we can only speculate, but the name Rousey has been thrown around. Hopefully we will hear sooner than later.
This Friday Blackeye Promotions an MMA organization based out of North Carolina will make a big announcement this Friday night on HDNet's Inside MMA. (check your local listings) This announcement could change the landscape of women's MMA for a long time coming.
Blackeye has been working on building up it's arsenal of female fighters and hoping to become the new home for women's MMA. Blackeye will put on their Breast Cancer Beatdown on October 1st with proceeds going to It Ain't Chemo a charity that focuses on various cancers and is a name well known in the MMA Community. Inspired by MMA Fighter, Mighty Mia Hayes, (pictured on the left) who has stage 4 breast cancer, the Breast Cancer Beatdown will feature fights such as Roxanne Modafferi vs. Barb Honchak. The card is still taking shape and it is finalized we will release the full list.
Back to the issue at hand, the announcement coming on Friday night will be exciting and will propel Blackeye into the national spotlight. I can't say much, but let's just say a top name in MMA will be joining the Blackeye family. This fighter's name so exciting you will be scrambling to make it to a Blackeye event in the future. So, tune into Inside MMA to find out the exciting news then check back to facebook/twitter and this website to see a new video highlighting the focus of the announcement.
As most of us know MMA Coach Shawn Tomkins passed away from a heart attack in his sleep on August 14, 2011. He was only 37 years old. If you don't know much about him, this video is a precious glimpse into his life on the MMA stage and behind the scenes.
Real Women and Men's MMA is very saddened by the news of his passing and MMA has lost a great friend. Many prayers go out to Shawn's Wife, Family, Team and Friends.
Kristin and Veronica from WMMA Roundup break down the controversial fight between Ronda Rousey and Sarah D'Alelio. I am posting this because I believe this is the best explanation of what went down and I completely agree with every word.
Hoosier mixed martial artist Chris Lytle ended is career on a high noet last night at the UFC on Versus 5. He defeated Brit, Dan Hardy with a guillotine choke in the 3rd round. The fight as a whole was a great one. Both men walked away with battered faces and bodies which served as proof that the two welterweights had just fought a war. Most of the fight was a boxing match and never really went to the ground until the final seconds where, Lytle secured the choke to which Hardy could not escape.
Hardy was at risk of being cut from the UFC, but Zuffa is rewarding him for his hard work during the fight by staying his contract at this time.
Lytle did what a lot of MMA fighters don't. He chose to finish his career on his own terms and not at the hands of a promotion. Best of luck to him in his future endeavors as a family man, Fireman and politician.
Here are the complete and official results from last nights action.
Chris Lytle def. Dan Hardy via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 3, 4:16
Ben Henderson def. Jim Miller via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-26)
Donald Cerrone def. Charles Oliveira via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 3:01
Duane Ludwig def. Amir Sadollah via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Jared Hamman def. CB Dollaway via TKO (strikes) – Round 2, 3:38
Joseph Benavidez def. Eddie Wineland via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Ed Herman def. Kyle Noke via submission (heel hook) – Round 1, 4:15
Ronny Markes def. Karlos Vemola via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Jim Hettes def. Alex “Bruce Leroy” Caceres via submission (rear naked choke) – Round 2, 3:12
Cole Miller def. TJ O’Brien via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 2, 2:38
Jacob Volkmann def. Danny Castillo via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Edwin Figueroa def. Jason Reinhardt via TKO (strikes) – Round 2, 0:50
Strikeforce Fighter, Sarah D'Alelio released a statement early this morning addressing the controversial stoppage of her fight with Ronda Rousey.
In the wake of the controversial stoppage of my Strikeforce fight, I would like to thank my family, my CSA/FTCC Team, my sponsors (ALL OF THEM), and my Monster Diehards and new fans for the out pouring of support and concern. I would like acknowledge the athletic effort, competitive spirit and sportsmanship of my opponent Ronda Rousey. Ronda, you are a great fighter and I hope you continue with your success in Strikeforce. I want to let EVERYONE know that I am 100% physically ok!! No damage at all!
With that being said, a little information about the fight and how I felt it went down; I did not physically or verbally tap to signal my submission to my opponent's armbar attempt. My opponent communicated to the referee what she believed was my verbal signal, but the referee did not ask for my conformation of a verbal submission. The sound I did make was a sound of physical exertion as I started to defend against my opponent's submission attempt. I was not injured or in physical distress at any time. The win for my opponent as well as the disapproval of the premature stoppage was vocalized by the fans in attendance. Though I did not want the disapproval directed at my opponent, I felt like the fans rallied in my defense and were unified in acknowledging that we, as female fighters, were not given the opportunity to display the athletic fortitude commonly allowed to male fighter in similar submission and physically challenging situations. I feel that the ref in his action of the premature stoppage made a statement of criticism of not only of the physical abilities of female fighters, but a judgment of our heart and desire to persevere though the physical punishment of MMA fighting. We are STRONG both in our hearts and physically capability. Although there will NOT be a rematch between Rousey and myself, I am moving forward from this experience to continue my training to be prepared for the next Strikeforce fight. Which I know is just in the NEAR future. THANK YOU EVERYONE FOR BELIEVING.
Well said Sarah, Well said! You are the epitome good sportsmanship. As always we here at Real Women and Men's MMA wish you all the best.
Strikeforce Challengers 18 is in the books and it wasn't without controversy. The big topic of the night amongst MMA fans is the Rousey vs. D'Alelio fight. The fight was over within 26 seconds of the opening bell. Rousey was having a slight problem getting D'Alelio down on the canvas so she transitioned into a flying armbar. She seemed to have the armbar secure, but D'Alelio was still working on getting out of it. Rousey looked at the ref, Steve Mazzagatti and said, "She tapped". Mazzagatti then, stopped the fight. D'Alelio from the second the fight was stopped protested the stoppage saying, "I never tapped". She stated that she never said tap, just aaahh! from the armbar being put in. The crowd instantly reacted with a resounding BOO!
Depending on who you ask, they will tell you the armbar was deeply set in and there was no way she was getting out. Others will tell you, Sarah was defending the armbar and there was a chance she would have wiggled out. Some people say that a fighter screaming out in pain warrants a stoppage. After watching the fight, Mazzagatti stopped the fight after Rousey tells him that (she thought at the time) D'Alelio verbally tapped and she felt her arm pop. Had the ref given D'Alelio the chance maybe she would have gotten out. As we all know, this is MMA, and the possibilities are endless when it comes to the sport.
This isn't the first time a Rousey fight ended with her opponent protesting the finish. Earlier this year when Rousey was still an amateur, she fought for the 145lbs. Tuff-N-Uff championship. She caught Taylor Stratford in an armbar pretty quickly and the ref stopped the fight immediately. Stratford wasn't given a chance to even work out of it or tap. These circumstances make me wonder if some Male MMA refs are quick to stop a female fight because they don't want to see a women get hurt.
Take the Jan Finney vs. Cris Cyborg fight for instance. When everyone was calling for the female ref to stop the fight, she let it go until she knew the strong willed and badly beaten Finney was officially unable to defend. Had the Ref been a male, it is a possibility the fight would have been stopped minutes earlier.
Rousey celebrated at first, but when she realized something was wrong her demeanor changed and she seemed confused as well. Either way it's still a victory for the 145 lbs. rising star. D'Alelio showed great spotsmanship asking the fans to stop booing when the results were given and Rousey's hand was raised. The fans would like to see a rematch, and I would have to agree. I say rematch and if there is another armbar no one say a word unless the submittee taps.
I'm not trying to take away from Rousey's performance. She is amazing on the ground and quickly becoming a submission expert that reminds me of the great Megumi Fujii. She has a bright future and let's hope her fights are more clearly ended in the future.
The other fights on the card weren't bad, but I have to give props to Derrick Mehmen. The light heavyweight fighter showed amazing heart after he was badly cut above the left eye. After round one of his fight with Roy Jones Jr. his left eye was badly swollen after a flying knee delivered by Jones. A heel to the face a little opened a cut above the same eye and Mehman's chances of winning were slowly looking slim. Mehmen dominated rounds 2 and 3 despite having blood covering himself, his opponent and the canvas. He got the win in the end. Doctors did watch the cut, but decided to let the fight keep going. A part of me wonders if the same would have happened in this case
if it were two females fighting.
The main event fought between Jorge Gurgel and Joe Duarte was a very close fight and once again depending on who you talk to you will get an opinion agrreeable with the judges or against them. The two traded the domination in the fight. Where Gurgel landed low kicks and caught Duarte with some strikes, Duarte had some nice double jabs and takedowns. Duarte pulled off the unanimous decision win. I'm a little surprised it wasn't a split decision.
The other fights on the main card were pretty uneventful with Nathan James and Pat Healy winning their fights by decision, respectively.
Joe Duarte def. Jorge Gurgel by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28), R3
Nathan James def. Danillo Villefort by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28), R3
Pat Healy def. Eric Wisely by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28), R3
Ronda Rousey def. Sarah D’Alelio by Verbal Submission (Armbar) at 0:25, R1
Derrick Mehmen def. Roy Jones, Jr. by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28), R3
Gian Villante def. Keith Berry by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27), R3
Nah-Shon Burrell def. Lukasz Les by TKO at 2:30, R2
Mike Bronzoulis def. Chad Leonhardt by TKO at 1:30, R3
Milton Vieira def. Sterling Ford by Submission at 4:49, R1
This Friday, Strikeforce Challengers 18 will take place in Las Vegas with Jorge Gurgel vs. Joe Duerte in the main event. Being a WMMA Advocate I am looking at Sarah D'Alelio vs. Ronda Rousey as my main event of the evening. Whether you remember or not, Sarah D'Alelio was set to fight Gina Carano back in June, but Carano wasn't medically cleared by her doctor to fight. Strikeforce scrambled and tried to bring the undefeated and former Judo Olympian, Ronda Rousey (2-0) in to replace Carano, but a prior commitment kept her from stepping in. The winner, of the featherweight fight possibly earn a title shot at Cyborg sometime in the future.
Sarah "The Monster" D'Alelio trains at Combat Sports Academy in Dublin, California and the thirty year old made her Pro debut in early 2010 and she has fought four times since. She defeated Sarah Oriza, Colleen Schneider, Melissa Steele, Raquel Pa'Alui in the first four fights of her pro career and suffered her first pro loss to Julie Kedzie at Jackson's Series 3 back in December of 2010. Sarah is known as a powerful fighter and a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu ace with three of her wins coming by way of submission.
She had a very successful amateur career as well with a 5-1 record and she moved to pro when their were no more amateur opponents to test her. D'Alelio has been training in MMA for over three years and if the winning records she has amassed in that short time still has you questioning why she is signed on at Strikeforce, well then just watch her fight Friday night to answer that question.
D'Alelio inked a three fight deal and is the first female fighter to sign a contract under the Zuffa ownership of Strikeforce, which makes her a history maker in the MMA community. I had the privilege of asking Sarah D'Alelio some questions back before when she was set to fight Carano and recently before she left for Vegas.
LN: Tell us about yourself and how you got your start in MMA?
Sarah: Well I just moved to San Jose from Olympia WA, where I trained for 3 years with BJJ of Olympia. I don't really have an epic story about how I got my start in MMA, I just went into the gym one day and told them I wanted to fight, and so it began.
LN: How does it feel to be the first female to sign a contract with Zuffa?
Sarah: It hasn't sunken in completely just yet. I always thought it would be Cyborg. I'm still shocked that its actually happening for any female, but I NEVER thought I would be the first. But that's not really my main focus right now. I have a training camp to prepare for.
LN:What are your strengths?
Sarah: Jiu Jitsu, and I've been described as hillbilly strong before. That might have something to do with the fact that I did indeed grow up on a farm.
LN: You've fought at both 135 and 145. Do you prefer one weight class over the other?
Sarah: In all honesty I prefer 145 because cutting weight sucks and its stupid. That's my only reason and I'm sticking with it
LN:What has been the biggest obstacle you have come upon on your MMA journey?
Sarah:Ugh. I got an ear infection right before the start of my last training camp for my fight against Julie and had to go on antibiotics 3 times. And the ear infection never went away because I stupidly kept training instead of taking time off to let the antibiotics work. And I was on them for the fight. It was a mess. It was one of the most painful things I've experienced in recent memory. It's why I moved to San Jose. California is a significantly drier climate then the Pacific Northwest.
LN: Where do you see the future of women's MMA going in Strikeforce now that Zuffa has taken ownership?
Sarah: Obviously if Zuffa is signing me they're going to be signing other women, so it's clear that women's MMA is already growing exponentially. People will just be seeing more female fights.
LN: Who do you look up to?
Sarah:Anyone who can teach me how to be a better fighter. Not just my coaches. It could be the random white belt at the gym who schools me on the ground or the amateur kickboxer who teaches me a thing or two about cutting angles. People who are inexperienced but have good instincts and natural talent can do some pretty amazing things.
LN: How has your training been going?
Sarah: Trainings been great! The best camp I've ever had(aside from it being 5 months long) ha:)
LN: Who will be in your corner?
Sarah: Kirian Fitzgibbons, Taylor Mccorriston, and Elaina Maxwell will be my corner.
LN:What is your level of excitement coming into this fight.
Sarah:I'm pretty excited and loose, ready to hurry up and fight already :) like I said, long training camp.
LN: What is your routine the day of a fight?
Sarah:My routine is wake up early for some food and then immediately get my hair cornrowed. And then I sleep as long as possible before its time to leave for the warmup area. Pretty simple, but it works well for me:)
LN: Parting words?
Sarah: To all the people who say women shouldn't be fighting.....if you dislike it so much, DON'T WATCH.
Thank You Sarah for answering my questions and best of luck!
Main Card (Live on PPV) -Rashad Evans def. Tito Ortiz via TKO (strikes) - Round 2, 4:48
-Vitor Belfort def. Yoshihiro Akiyama via TKO (strikes) - Round 1, 1:52
-Constantinos Philippou def. Jorge Rivera via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
-Rory MacDonald def. Mike Pyle via TKO (punches) - Round 1, 3:54
-Brian Ebersole def. Brian Hallman via TKO (strikes) - Round 1, 4:28
Preliminary Bouts (Televised on Spike TV)
-Alexander Gustafsson def. Matt Hamill via TKO (punches) - Round 2, 3:34
-Chad Mendes def. Rani Yahya via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Preliminary Bouts (Streamed via Facebook)
-Ivan Menjivar def. Nick Pace via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
-Johny Hendricks def. Mike Pierce via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
-Mike Brown def. Nam Phan via unanimous decision (29-27, 29-28, 29-28)
-Rafael Natal def. Paul Bradley via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)