Yesica Bopp to defend against Anastasia Toktaulova


Buenos Aires star Yésica “La Tuti” Bopp (24-1, 11 KOs), the reigning world  junior flyweight champion of the World Boxing Association (WBA) and  World Boxing Organization (WBO), will defend both of her titles  against American-based Russian, Anastasia Toktaulova (14-11, 2 KOs) on  Friday, July 19, in Avellaneda, Buenos Aires, Argentina. The event will  be staged by OR Promotions, and televised live by TyCSports. Bopp  returns for the first time since her decision loss to Mexico’s Yesica Chavez,  the current silver champion of the World Boxing Council (WBC).

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Jessica Penne vs Nicdali Rivera Calanoc

Jessica Penna returns...

Jessica Penna returns…

Former Invicta FC Atomweight Champion Jessica Penne will return to the cage as she takes on Nicdali “The Night Queen” Rivera-Calanoc at Invicta Fighting Championships 6 on July 13th in Kansas City, Missouri.

Penne became the first champion in Invicta FC history when she submitted Naho “Sugi Rock” Sugiyama at Invicta FC 3 in October, but she was defeated in a stunning upset by Michelle “The Karate Hottie” Waterson in her first title defense. Rivera-Calanoc is hot and cold but is coming off a win over Angelica Chavez at Invicta FC 2.

 Penne (10-2-0) moved down to the 105 pound atomweight division after suffering her first career loss in late 2010. Her first fight in the new weight class ended in a dominant first-round submission victory, but Penne soon found that few opponents were willing to face her. She made her Invicta FC debut on the new promotion’s inaugural card and stopped battle-tested veteran Lisa Ellis in the third round to set up a fight with Jewels titleholder Sugiyama for the first Invicta FC title. Penne won via second-round triangle choke to garner the vacant belt.

In her last bout, Penne put her title on the line against Waterson in the main event of Invicta FC 5. MMA experts saw Penne as the odds on favorite to win the fight, but Waterson threatened with numerous submission attempts in the first two rounds and finally forced Penne to submit to an armbar midway through round four.

Rivera-Calanoc (8-6-0) spent much of the early portion of her career competing at 125 pounds, where she became a champion for Freestyle Cage Fighting. In 2011, she moved down in weight to 115 pounds and engaged in a competitive bout with current Bellator star Felice “Lil’ Bulldog” Herrig, and later opted to move down even further to compete as an atomweight. Rivera-Calanoc’s first fight at 105 pounds ended in a submission defeat at Invicta FC 1, but she returned to action three months later and posted a clear-cut Unanimous Decision win over Chavez.

In addition to the atomweight contender’s bout between Penne and Rivera-Calanoc, bantamweight fan favourite Leslie “The Peacemaker” Smith will also be in action on the Invicta FC 6 card. Smith awaits an opponent for her main card matchup. She is coming off of a Fight of the Night-winning performance at Invicta FC 5, in which she was very narrowly edged out by former Strikeforce champion Sarah Kaufman.

Invicta Fighting Championships 6 takes place on July 13th at the Ameristar Casino Hotel in Kansas City, Missouri. The event is headlined by a pair of championship fights.

Bec Hyatt vs. Mizuki Inoue

Mizuki Inoue

Mizuki Inoue

Ever popular Bec Hyatt will face Japanese up and comer Mizuki Inoue at the Invicta Fighting Championships 6 to be scheduled for late June or July. Inoue is unknown outside of her native Japan but is highly touted. Making her big stage debut against Bec Hyatt, however, will be a tall task. Inoue’s professional record stands at 5-1 and is still a teenger. She debuted in Jewels in 2010 at the age of 16. Her only loss is a close decision to reigning Jewels Lightweight Champion Ayaka Hamasaki. Her most impressive win to date is over the explosive Aussie Alex Chambers, so Inoue will look to make it 2-0 against the Australians.

Inoue is well versed in both striking and the ground game.

Hyatt at 5-2, is of course one of the most popular faces in female mma right now after a strong showing as a late minute replacement against Carla Esparza. This bout will either propel Hyatt toward a rematch with Esparza or elevate Inoue as a serious threat to the throne currently occupied by the “Cookie Monster.” 

Paulina Granados comes to Legacy FC20

Paulina "Firefox" Granados

Paulina “Firefox” Granados

Paulina “Firefox” Granados is slated to face Maria Lopez at the Legacy Fighting Championships 20 on May 31st in Corpus Christi. Granados is 2-0 as a pro coming off an undefeated amateur career. Granados defeated Sarah “The Midget” Lagerstrom in her pro debut.  She then dropped down to 105 pounds for her March 23rd pro debut in front of her hometown Corpus Christi fans and posted a clear-cut Unanimous Decision victory over Washington native Sarah “The Midget” Lagerstrom.

Rena Kubota returns on April 20th

Shootboxing Queen Rena Kubota

Shootboxing Queen Rena Kubota

Rena Kubota returns to the ring to face Muay Thai ace Du Peiling on an April 20th ShootBoxing Card in Tokyo.

It will be an eight month layoff for Kubota and four months since she had foot surgery. Peiling is a highly touted Taiwanese national known for her striking ability. 

Kubota is the home team, however, as she has become the Japanese version of Gina Carano. She has won back to back  Girl S Cup Titles took a year off while Erika Kamimura won in 2011 would return last year to defeat all of her opponents including MMA contender Mei Yamaguchi. Peiling, on the other hand, is debuting under shoot boxing but should adapt well because of her fighting style and experience in muay thai.  In what little I’ve seen of Peiling she varies her attack quite well and should pose a stern challenge to the reigning Japanese queen Kubota.


New Mexico’s Victoria Cisneros = Keeping Busy

Victoria Cisneros, the female version of  Emmanuel Burton

Victoria Cisneros, the female version of Emmanuel Burton

Victoria Cisneros has signed to fight Althea Saunders on April 19th. This will be the second fight for Cisneros in this month of April. Cisneros has a record of 9-13 while Saunders has a 3-0-1 record.


Yesica Bopp vs. Jessica Chavez

What is it about female combat athletes that enables them to get such nice asses?

What is it about female combat athletes that enables them to get such nice asses?

June 1st is the date for this clash as the undefeated Yesica Bopp faces a live opponent in Jessica Chavez IN Mexico. Bopp has journeyed outside her native Argentina only twice before and did defeat native Yesenia Castrejon in her native land. Bopp is moving up in weight to the flyweight division to fight for the vacant WBC title while Chavez herself is on a ten fight win streak. These two have fought before, back in 2009 and Bopp outmaneuvered and outpunched Chavez. Should be more of the same here as both fighters have improved but Bopp has improved more.

Kathina Catron vs Rose Namajunas

Kathina "Kill Switch" Catron

Kathina “Kill Switch” Catron

Kathina Catron is 2-1 as a professional but has a 5-0 amateur record dating back to October of 2011. She stands 5’3” and weighs in at a squat 135 lbs. She fights out of Oklahoma. Nicknamed the “Kill Switch”, I found the following videos on her:

Catron definitely shows some resolve her in weathering the early storm of Katy Collins. Collins does manage to take her down once in the early going. But Catron turns the table and is clearly the hungrier and more determined fighter. Her punches are non-stop at the end of a quick but very hard fought bout.

In the fight above Amber Powell tries to apply the headlock/hip toss a la Katy Collins and is equally unsuccessful as Catron defends well. The “Kill Switch” ends up subbing Powell with a guillotine that is nicely applied. Some of Catron’s techniques have a schoolyard quality but she is game and aggressive.

Rose “Thug” Namajunas can be seen in the highlight video below. There are a couple of sequences where she is toying with a ridiculously overmatched opponent in what looks to be a kickboxing/tough woman contest…I can’t tell.

As you can see she has excellent repertoire kicks but appears to be a bit of an arm puncher (from what little I’ve seen). Her talent is unmistakable and she places all of her shots well as you can see in the video here:

Namajunas seems to have more cage intelligence while Catron seems to go on pure intuition and aggression. These two appear physically equal but I always go with whom I perceive to be the smarter fight and that seems to be Namajunas. PREDICTION: Rosa Namajunas by decision.

She has looks that belie her "Thug" nickname, Rose Namajunas is a fighter to watch.

She has looks that belie her “Thug” nickname, Rose Namajunas is a fighter to watch.

Chantall Martinez vs. Alicia Ashley

Chantall Martinez looks to become a champion in her own right as she takes on Alicia Ashley on April 20th in her native Panama.


 Chantall Martinez is responsible for administering two defeats to the lovely Ogleidis Suarez. After suffering an 0-2 start, Martinez has been on a tear and has only lost to the elite level Jackie Nava. This bout is for the WBC super bantamweight title.

Alicia Ashley is a Jamaican native that has only recently come into her own. She’s riding a four bout win streak and annexed the super bantamweight title with a win over Christina Ruiz in July of 2011. She has made one defense since then to local favorite Maria Elena Villalobos.

“Slick” Alicia will be hard pressed to make it out of Panama with the belt.



Cecilia Braekhus vs. Mia St. John

Cecilia Braekhus will face Mia St. John for the unified welterweight titles on April 13th at the Arena Nord, Frederkshavn, Denmark.

Cecilia Braekhus, the best female boxer today?

Cecilia Braekhus, the best female boxer today?

Braekhus’ record is unblemished in 21 fights with 5 knockouts. She’s coming off a unanimous decision victor over former Holly Holm conqueror Anne Sophie Mathis last September.

St. John is still competing despite being a prehistoric 45 years old. She has a 5-7 record in her last 12 fights, dating back to 2005 when she was shut out by Holly Holm in Albuquerque. St. John was particularly brutalized back in March of 2010 by Rola El Halabi but returned two years later to face Christy Martin in a rematch of their 2002 scuffle (Martin won by decision). This time St. John was able to turn the tables and get a unanimous duke in her favor.

Stating the obvious here, but St. John is way too long in the tooth to compete with Braekhus. Fortunately for “The Knockout”, Braekhus is not a power puncher. Nonetheless, this has shut out decision written all over it.

There was some controversy leading up to this bout as Braekhus defied an order by the WBC to defend her titles against Holly Holm. There is some internet fuel that states Braekhus was ducking Holm, but she explained herself in an interview that Holm did not want to leave Albuquerque. Braekhus stated she offered to fight her in Germany or Denmark but refused to fight her in her backyard. Holm’s promoter states that the problems for this fight concern purse, TV rights and location but “mostly purse”.

Doesn’t look like Holm-Braekhus will happen anytime soon. Both camps have adopted a stance of “you need us more than we need you.” Not really a huge demand for this fight but there is a *want* among hardcore women boxing fans. Holm looks to be turning her attention to the bigger money world of female MMA while Braekhus seems to be the type of competitor who is content with fighting in Europe.

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