MMA: Tate vs Rousey on Showtime, Pink Fight Debut in Brazil, JEWELS “18th Ring” Fight Announced & More

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It’s pretty easy to tell what’s going to headline Strikeforce‘s “Tate vs. Rousey” event on March 3. Miesha Tate is set to defend her Strikeforce Bantamweight Championship against Ronda Rousey. Rousey is a 2008 Olympic Games Bronze Medalist in the sport of Judo and has never once lost in her MMA career.

Also announced for the card is a rematch between Sarah Kaufman vs. Alexis Davis. Davis made her mixed martial arts debut in April 2007 in a match against Kaufman but was knocked out in the third round. Kaufman has only lost once in her entire MMA career, when she submitted to an armbar applied by Marloes Coenen in a fight that took place in October 2010.

“Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey” takes place on March 3rd, 2012 at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. It will air at 10pm ET on Showtime.

Check out an interview Miesha Tate recently gave to MMA H.E.A.T’s Karyn Bryant about her upcoming bout.

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Undefeated rising star Ashley “Smashley” Cummins scored another victory on January 28th when she edged out Stephanie Frausto at NAAFS: Caged Fury 16 in Morgantown, West Virginia by unanimous decision.

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Pink Fight MMA held its debut event on January 29th, 2012 in Porto Seguro, Bahia, Brazil.

The event, said to have been very successful, played host to eight fights and featured some of the country’s top female prospects.


* Kalindra Faria def. Elisabete Tavares by unanimous decision
* Juliana Aguiar def. Weyde Ventura by unanimous decision
* Herica Tiburcio def. Alessandra Silva by unanimous decision
* Kaká “Naja” def. Antonia “Maguila Gorilla” Deize by unanimous decision
* Vanessa Barbosa def. Jennifer Klieger by unanimous decision
* Aline Sério def. Mylla Torres by TKO in 27 seconds
* Christiane Schmitz def. Rosana “Chun-Li” Albuquerque by TKO at 2:56 during round 3
* Jennifer Maia def. Tatiane Aguiar by armbar submission at 1:17 during round 2

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Japan’s all-female promotion JEWELS has announced the first bout for their March 3 “18th Ring” event. ‘Future Princess’ Mika Nagano will take on ‘Special Attack Angel’ Emi Fujino, whom made her JEWELS debut at the “17th Ring” event in December 2011.

Both women have actually also previously dabbed in the world of professional wrestling. While both have wrestled for Ice Ribbon (debuting August 23 and August 15, 2009, respectively), Nagano also debuted for STARDOM in January 2011.

JEWELS’ “18th Ring” event will be held at the Shin-Kiba 1st Ring in Shinkiba, Japan on March 3rd, 2012.

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Strikeforce veteran Elaina Maxwell and pound-for-pound standout Tara LaRosa will both be in action at Resurrection Fighting Alliance 2: “Yvel vs. Alexander” on March 30th, 2012 in Kearney, Nebraska. Both women await confirmed opponents.

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Much like Stacy Keibler and Kelly Kelly, you can vote for Gina Carano to be a part of Maxim’s Hot 100 for 2012.

In other Gina news, she’s receiving much praise for her role as Mallory Kane in the action-thiller film Haywire (directed by Steven Sodenbergh).

MMA-wise, Carano hasn’t fought since her famous bout with Cristiane Santos (also known as Cris Cyborg) in August 2009. The result of this fight has recently been thrown into question after the shocking announcement made in January that Cris Cyborg had tested positive for stanozolol – an anabolic steroid – after her December 2011 Strikeforce decimation of Hiroko Yamanaka (Cyborg defeated Yamanaka by TKO at just sixteen seconds into the first round), which has led many to wonder whether all Cris’ wins have been tainted.

Cyborg has since been suspended for a year and fined $2,500.

Says Santos on the matter, “I would like to sincerely apologize to Strikeforce, the Zuffa organization, Hiroko Yamanaka and my fans for my failed drug test. I am ultimately responsible for everything I put in my body, and at the end of the day, there is no excuse for having a prohibited substance in my system.”

Despite her expression of regret, Santos has so far maintained her innocence, stating that the failed test resulted from “a dietary supplement that I was assured was safe and not prohibited from use in sports competition.”

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  • DjayDay

    Gina Corano <3 This woman is a beast, She held her own against Santos, whom we now know has been on sterioids. I have a feeling if they call Cyborg on that fight as well Gina may fight for Strikeforce again. I know it probably left a bad taste in her mouth.

  • Teri

    God knows how much I love Carano. This woman has yet to put on a boring fight, and to this day I’ve yet to see a female with striking as impressive as hers. Like Djayday said, she’s a fucking beast. I hope she hasn’t forgotten how talented she is and isn’t too sucked into this movie business shit (as much as I loved Haywire). It’s a shame Cyborg tested positive – can’t say I was surprised.

    Carano vs Vera plz. (of course if Carano ever managed to drop down to 135)

    • trishfan11

      Gina’s always had weight cutting issues. So dropping another 10 pounds to get to 135 would be hard for her. I think Marloes Coenen has pretty good standup since she comes from Golden Glory. Would love to see Gina and Marloes go at it.

    • DjayDay

      Carano vs Vera would be an effing slug fest. Those two can throw punches. I love Kerry Vera, mostly because she kicked Kim Coulture’s ass. I have always disliked her.

      • Teri

        Oh Kim… I can see this girl going fight after fight until someone finally puts her in a wheelchair. At this point in the game, she should call it quits considering she has yet to improve on her striking and her defense is well, still awful.

        Oh, and her fight with Vera was fucking hilarious. Kim looked confused as hell while Kerry went on to knock her the fuck out.

        • DjayDay

          Aha, the last sentence made me die of laughter. but in all seriousness, I remember me and my Dad checking the fight out and we both Kim would wreck Kerry. As soon as that fight ended, you know after, Vera put her fist threw Kim’s face, me and my dad were in shock that Kim even lasted 2 seconds with her ridiculous defense.

          I swear it’s gonna take that one rookie girl to put her out for good.

        • trishfan11

          I got to give Kim props for having the toughness to continually go in there. But she shouldn’t fight anymore unless she has gotten better or she’s sure that her opponent doesn’t know much about fighting.