Widely regarded as the number one ranked boxer in world, Holly Holm has decided to hang up the 8 ounce gloves and step back into the cage. Holm, an 18-time world champion in three separate divisions, will be leaving boxing following her fight against Mary McGee to concentrate on Mixed Martial Arts full time. Holm explained that her “passion’s just going to MMA”. Her transition couldn’t come at a better time as the sport of Mixed Martial Arts is finally starting to embrace female fighters.
At Invicta FC 5, Michelle “The Karate Hottie” Waterson entered the cage as an underdog against the number one ranked Atomweight fighter in the world and reigning Invitca FC Atomweight Champion, Jessica Penne. At the time Penne boasted a 3 – 0 record at Atomweight, with a total record of 10 – 1; that loss coming from her bout with Zoila Gurgel, which she fought at flyweight (125lbs). After four rounds, Waterson clinched victory, gutting through a tough round 3, submitting Jessica Penne via armbar.
UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St-Pierre will be appearing in Captain America: The Winter Solider as Batroc the Leaper. I was temped to pose that as a question because I’m sure only diehard Captain America fans have any idea who he is. Well, prior to this announcement that is. If Batroc was traded as stock I’m sure his handful of fans, and that’s being generous, would be commanding ‘Tony Stark money’ now. But I digress, Batroc the Leaper is a mustache twirling French mercenary who’s a master of the French kick boxing style, known as Savate.
As expected, Ronda Rousey added yet another arm to her growing collection with a first round armbar on UFC Bantamweight challenger Liz Carmouche. However, unlike her previous bouts, Ronda Rousey’s victory was not all smooth sailing. Liz Carmouche took Ronda’s back early on in the fight, forcing Ronda to fight off a standing rear naked choke. Carmouche had a painful crossface on Ronda and looked like she was only moments away from gaining an upset victory. My heart was literally pounding in my chest as Ronda valiantly fought Carmouche’s submission attempt and regained control of the fight. Once Ronda got a hold of Carmouche’s arm it was business as usual and Ronda improved her record to 7-0, successfully defending her UFC title.
The “Girl-Rilla” Liz Carmouche is preparing for not only the biggest challenge of her career but easily the most high profile fight in the history of women’s mixed martial arts. While Ronda Rousey is constantly in the news circuit, Liz Carmouche is significantly less known. So let’s get to know the “Girl-Rilla” a little bit better.
After going undefeated with two victories last year, Michelle “The Karate Hottie” Waterson has been scheduled to square off against the Invicta FC Atomweight (105lbs) Champion, Jessica Penne. “The Karate Hottie” made her debut in Invicta FC last October winning a hard fought battle over Invicta FC veteran, Lacey Schuckman, improving her record to 10-3.
Phenomenal Judo + The Gift of Gab + Not Bad To Look At = The phenomenon that is “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey. More specifically, these are key ingredients as to why Ronda Rousey has become a pioneer in Women’s Mixed Martial Arts. Ronda Rousey and the challenger to her bantamweight title, Liz Carmouche are poised to make UFC history. They’ll not only be the first women to fight inside the Octagon but they’ll also become the first women to fight for a title in the UFC and even more notable, headline a UFC Pay-Per-View! When UFC President Dana White announced that a women’s division would be added to the UFC I was excited and pleased to see Dana White do a 180 on his stance against women fighting in the UFC. That said, I did not anticipate that Ronda Rousey would be headlining a Pay-Per-View and have main event status over the likes of Dan Henderson, Lyoto Machida and Urijah Faber. I assumed that her fights would get co-main event status or even headline a Fox broadcast but I appreciate the faith that Dana White has in Ronda Rousey’s star power and her prowess as an athlete. Sharing the spotlight is the lesser known #7 ranked bantamweight, Liz “Girl-Rilla” Carmouche. Carmouche has…
Ever since UFC President Dana White pulled a 180 with his stance on having women fight in the UFC, there has been buzz about if and when a women’s division would actually be made official. Less than a month ago, TMZ broke the news to the world that Ronda Rousey would be the first woman signed to fight for the UFC. Dana White finally made an official announcement a couple of days ago.