135-Pound Women's Grand Prix Begins Jan. 30

Kaitlin Young, Shayna Baszler, Jan Finney and Jennifer Tate are among the EliteXC and Strikeforce veterans slated to compete in an eight-woman tournament beginning Jan. 30 at Freestyle Cage Fighting 39 in Shawnee, Okla.

Additionally, the event is expected to be headlined by current Strikeforce title contender Erin Toughill. MMAFighting.com has learned that Toughill's opponent in the works is Romy Ruyssen, and the promotion is campaigning for the event to air on HDNet.

In one of four 135-pound bouts, Baszler, who served as current Strikeforce champ Cris Cyborg's first opponent in the US, will look to showcase her grappling skills against Smack Girl veteran Megumi Yabushita.

Young will fight fellow EliteXC veteran Jennifer Tate. Young is most known for fighting Gina Carano in the first female MMA fight to air live on network television. Her claim to fame is knocking out three opponents in one night to win the HOOKnSHOOT Women's Grand Prix in 2007. Tate, who holds a win over Tonya Evinger and was featured on a ShoXC card in 2007 against Baszler, last fought in November 2008, taking a split decision against Sarah Schneider.

Schneider is also on the card, facing Adrienna Jenkins, a prospect who has quietly compiled a 16-2 record in six years of fighting. Formerly of Miletich Martial Arts, she now trains at RoundKick Gym in Urbandale, Iowa.

A longtime competitor for the FCF, Liz Carreiro will face Finney, who was victorious in both her fights last year.

The four winners on Jan. 30 will meet in semifinal bouts on March 27 to determine finalists to crown a FCF Women's Grand Prix champion on June 12.

More from MMA Fighting

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join MMA Fighting

You must be a member of MMA Fighting to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at MMA Fighting. You should read them.

Join MMA Fighting

You must be a member of MMA Fighting to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at MMA Fighting. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_5349_tracker