Question of the month
Should I keep the "World of WMMA" name or just keep it simple with WMMA: What to watch this month? I hate making titles.
I'm back for the October Edition of WMMA: What to Watch
A lot of solid WMMA action this month after a barren September.
So I’m probably gonna talk in length about this fight here. (And looks like I did)
Oct. 10 – 300 Sparta MMA 2
#12 Carina Damm vs. Yelka Torres
Should be an easy win for Damm. Torres is Peru’s hometown chick, but she has basically no experience ( a 1-0 Thai record). Damm recently missed weight against new UFC signee, Jessica Eye, but was able to knock her down with an awkward head kick. In addition, she tested positive for PEDs for the 2nd time in her career. Which is hilarious cause only weeks later she competed in Brazil, winning by TKO, then the following month losing by armbar.
Fun fact: Carina Damm has only twice in Brazil. Once in 2005, and just recently to #11 Flyweight Kalindra Faria.
Oct. 11 – Legacy 24
Holly Holm (4-0) vs. Nikki Knudsen (2-1)
Holm is fresh off knocking the absolute fuck out of Allana Jones with a Cro Cop-esque left head kick. Would have been even better if she walked-off instead of follow up with punches, but… still badass. Holm has really blossomed into a full-fledged kick boxer despite her legendary boxing career.
Oct. 12 – MMA Super Heroes 2
#11 Kalindra Faria (11-3-1) vs. Juliana Aguiar (7-3)
This is the finals for the promotions flyweight grand prix. Faria took out, prolific cheater, Carina Damm, in the 1st round with an armbar that was akin to Benson/Pettis 2. It looked too easy. There appeared to be bad blood with Faria holding the submission a little longer, and Damm retaliating with a couple right hands after the ref separated them.
Aguiar was in a b o r i n g fight in her semifinal bout. Clinching on the cage, working for the takedown with not much of anything going on. She’s on a 5 fight win streak and all her loses are too Vanessa Porto, former Invicta Flyweight title challenger.
Oct. 12 – CFA 12 (airs on AXS TV)
Totally looking forward to more Fallon Fox comment discussion when this fight draws near.
And if you know Evans-Smith, it’s probably from this.
- Nina Ansaroff vs.TBA
Ansaroff isn't on my radar, but she's on TV and has finished her last 4 fights, after starting her career 1-3.
Oct. 16 – Pro FC 50
Pannie Kianziad vs. Milana Dudieva
This fight was postponed from its August 25th date, due to main eventer, Aleks Emelianenko, getting injured. And here’s what I said before:
"Kianzad is a 3-0 Featherweight fighter, and in the extremely shallow 145 division she has made her way on to a few top 10 rankings. Dudieva was last seen losing out to eventual UFC fighter, Jessica Andrade. Fun fact: Kianzad tried out for the Miesha/Ronda TUF season. That is all I know."
Oct. 18 – XFC 26 (airs on AXS TV)
- #17 Heather Clark (5-4) vs. Brianna Van Buren (1-1)
Clark is one of my favorite prospects fighting out of ABQ, New Mexico. She had a tough time with the reach and submissions of just crowned XFC strawweight champ, Stephanie Eggink (link to September report). But, she showed she can be a top 10 115lber, giving #7 Felice Herrig her toughest fight at strawweight. Van Buren’s loss is also at the hands of Eggink.
- Courtney Casey vs. Pearl Gonzalez (Title Fight)
I’m only putting this here because it airs on the same card as Heather Clark. Both of these girls have extensive amateur backgrounds, but only 3 pro fights between them. I know Casey from this flying armbar in her final amateur fight. I’m not familiar with Gonzalez, but she has a loss to newly signed Invicta fighter, #8 Munah Holland.
Oct. 25 – PXC 40
PXC puts on its third WMMA fight and features two of the most experienced 115lbers in the game today. Yamaguchi gave Megumi Fujii a hell of a fight on Christmas Eve 2012, despite the loss. Vidonic is very inconsistent. One night she’s getting absolute rolled on by Felice Herrig and the next night she almost takes a decision from #2 Strawweight Jessica Aguilar from her back! All of PXC’s women fights have been at 115lbs. It’ll be interesting if they start stocking up on more 115 talent, and have a fighter exchange relationship with Invicta.
These are fights that have broadcast availability that I haven’t already listed:
Sherilyn Lim/Ann Osman – Oct.18 – ONE FC 11 – Airs on OneFC.livesport.tv for $11
- The last time One FC held a women's bout, the reception was hugely positive.
Hannah Stephens/Amanda Kelly – Oct.5 – Cage Warriors 6 – Airs on MMAJunkie.com FREE
- I'm interested in seeing Kelly make her MMA debut. She has a storied Muay Thai career with wins over Julie Kitchen and Joanna Jedrzejczyk, currently #10 Flyweight in WMMA.
And keep an eye on two UFC women’s fights this month as well:
A big one for the bantamweight rankings between #2 UFC ranked Sarah Kaufman and debuting #1 flyweight by many publications, Jessica "Evil" Eye. Personally, I have Kaufman ranked #4, behind Zingano and Tate. This will be on UFC 166, October 19, on the prelims portion for Fox Sports 1.
A little on Evil Eye: She’s on a 7 fight winning streak, stacking her claim as the best flyweight in Bellator and other regional promotions. And, yes, you are reading that right, she has done her best work as a flyweight, but she cuts weight from 145lbs, which is more than Miesha Tate. Her game is mostly a stick and move, rarely taking it to the ground, and has a nice jab by MMA standards. Her 7 fight win streak climaxed against Zoila Frausto, where she showed what she could do if a fighter tried to match her blow for blow.
I’m not gonna spoil it, but it was a gorgeous finish
I'll have the September recap in a day or few