Weekends are often frantic affairs for fight fans around the world. MMA takes over, and if you’re a fan of other scrappy sports like boxing and kickboxing as well, every weekend during the 52-week annual calendar is packed with regulated combat.
Even the most dedicated MMA hermit would struggle to keep track of all the fights that take place away from the major leagues each weekend. We have you covered here at MMA Wreckage, with our women’s MMA watchlist.
Before we get into what is upcoming, here’s what went down over the past weekend.
In Lima, Peru, Yuneisy Duben improved to 3-0 as a professional with a second round stoppage of Regina Casana at Inka FC 31. Also on the same card Alejandra Fernandez defeated Luz Huarcaya and Mariana Soria beat Terry Quispe in a pair of amateur prelims.
Valerie Soto defeated Miki Rogers via TKO at Atlas Fights 36. The win improved Soto’s pro record to 3-2 and solidified her status as a solid prospect.
Cristina Crist submitted Shannon Goughary in the second round of the Peak Fighting 2 main event on Saturday. The armbar victory was Crist’s first professional win.
On Sunday, Japanese boxing legend turned mixed martial artist Emiko Raika dispatched unproven Brazilian Gleicielen Farias in under a minute. With the submission victory, “Fujin” improved her record to 10-6.
Friday July 26
Future FC 7
Clube Atletico Indiano, Sao Paulo, Brazil
The weekend’s action kicks off in Sao Paulo, Brazil on Friday with Maria Silva (3-0) and Jainne Lais (6-0) putting their undefeated records on the line at strawweight.
Both fighters have found opponents hard to come by in 2019 after strong showings in the previous calendar year. Now someone’s “0” has to go on Friday night.
Future Fighting Championships has quickly become a top proving ground for emerging women’s talent in Brazil. As such, the intriguing scrap between Silva and Lais on Friday is another nice fit for Future FC’s promotional mould.
Shooto Brasil 93
Vivi Arena, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Stepping into the cage with Aline Sattelmayer (12-12) is a right of passage for Brazilian prospects. The 28-year-old veteran has served as an important developmental opponent for many of the region’s top prospects during her seven-year professional career.
Kalindra Faria, Livia Renata Souza, Herica Tiburcio, Polyana Viana, Amanda Ribas and Virna Jandiroba all sit on Sattelmayer’s record, which reads like a who’s who of Brazilian MMA.
Next to step up to the tough challenge is Daniele Maria da Silva (7-3), a 10-fight pro who recently had a six-fight win streak snapped by Julia Polastri in May.
How Silva rebounds from that loss against one of Brazilian MMA’s most notable gatekeepers will tell us everything we need to know about the 30-year-old’s remaining potential.
Saturday July 27
Battlefield FC 2
Seraton Grand Macau Hotel, Macau
Despite her modest numerical record as a pro, Vanessa Melo (9-5) has put a solid run together in the 125 and 135 pound divisions. The Brazilian has won six of her last seven fights, including a 2015 win against “Meatball” Molly McCann.
Opposing Melo in Macau on Saturday is a true women’s MMA original. Jan Finney (11-13) has shared the cage with some of the best fighters on the planet. Her defeats, of which there are many, usually come against top class opposition.
Miesha Tate, Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino, Holly Holm and Valentina Shevchenko are all future hall of famers who defeated Finney. That has been the story of the 39-year-old’s career. Finney usually beats average opponents, but has come up short against the sport’s best.
Melo probably sits somewhere in between those levels, which makes their bout on Saturday an intriguing proposition.
Eternal MMA 46
Melbourne Pavilion, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
The professional debuts of Australian flyweights Chelsea Hackett (0-0-1) and Danielle Hayes (0-1) did not go to plan.
Hackett fought to a majority draw with Mel Zeman in May, while Hayes came up short against Caitlin McEwen last year. Now the two meet in Melbourne on Saturday looking for their first pro MMA win.
Hackett transitioned from Muay Thai to MMA earlier this year, and is a former WBC International Lightweight champion, and three-time Australian champion.
Stvanice, Prague, Czech Republic
Four women will make their MMA debuts in Prague on Saturday at Oktagon 13. Katerina Klinderova faces Eva Borodacova, while Petra Batthyany meets Ivana Haskova. Both fights take place at bantamweight.
The bouts are the product of Oktagon MMA’s reality show, Projekt Y. Two Czech fighters — Klinderova and Haskova — meet two Slovaks — Batthyany and Borodacova — in the semi-finals of the competition.
The show has taken untrained amateurs and attempted to turn them into professional fighters. From 400 potential candidates, four were chosen to compete, culminating in the semi-finals this weekend and a show final some time in September.
Clube Atletico Juventus, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Two Brazilian warriors face off in Sao Paulo on Saturday at different stages in their development. Mayra Cantuaria (5-3-1) and Jenny Gotti (4-2) both enter the cage at SFT 14 knowing that a win will push them one step closer to earning bigger opportunities.
Cantuaria is coming off an impressive submission of Emiko Raika in April, and will be hoping to make it three wins in a row on Saturday. The 30-year-old has faced solid competition throughout her career and is more battle-tested than her opponent.
Jenny Gotti is still a work in progress, but one with some promise. The 23-year-old had won four straight against modest opposition before losing via split decision against Daiana Torquato in April.
Sunday July 28
Saitama Super Arena, Tokyo, Japan
While RIZIN’s brand of outlandish Japanese MMA is hardly minor league, the fact remains that to the majority of the sport’s fan base in the United States anything other than the UFC is seen as lower level.
That same fan base may apply a similar perception to Seo Hee Ham (20-8), who fights Tomo Maesawa (12-9) on Sunday. As an undersized strawweight “Hamderlei” went 1-3 under the UFC’s promotional banner, losing some questionable decisions along the way.
Since then Ham has reaffirmed her status as a top atomweight, becoming the best in the world in the smallest major women’s weight class. Should she defeat Maesawa on Sunday, a third fight with all-time-great Ayaka Hamasaki is a must.
Also on the card “King” Reina Miura (11-2) meets Invicta FC veteran Stephanie Egger (3-1). Miura’s character has been a big hit in Japan, but the 23-year-old has struggled when faced with better competition, losing notably to Cindy Dandois and Kaitlin Young.
Be sure to check back in with MMAWreckage next week for the results of all these bouts, and the list of upcoming scraps away from the big leagues.