What’s Up in Women’s MMA (Updates)

With Amanda Nunes winning a very close split decision over Valentina Shevchenko at UFC 215 you may be itching for some more women’s combat. Which, akin to women’s professional wrestling, has grown exponentially in both popularity and talent in the last two years.

Joanna Jędrzejczyk in case you didn’t know, is still undefeated at 14-0 and is still untouchable with four-straight unanimous-decision victories. No one seems to be able to hang with Joanna for five rounds, unable to match the champ’s cardio and volume of strikes.

The Strawweight title holder will have to defend her belt once again against Rose Namajunas on the stacked UFC 217 card that features the return of GSP and Cody G defending his belt against Dillishaw.

We love Rose, but I still envision a pummeling at the hands of the Pole; prove us wrong Rose!

Sticking with the UFC, everyone’s favourite girl next door that can kick your ass, Karolina Kowalkiewicz will fight relatively unknown Invicta FC strawweight Jodie Esquibel. Esquibel is not even ranked, and although I don’t see it happening, a win for her would obviously be huge. The New Mexico native has won three of her last four fights.

That goes down Oct. 21st on the Donald Cerrone-headlined Fight Night.

We last spoke to Melissa Karagianis on MMA DNA 32 before her Aug. 12 fight for King of the Cage (KOTC) where we predicted she would become Atomweight (105) Champion…and she did!

Now, ‘Magic’ Melissa defends her new belt against Jayme Hinshaw, a 2-3 fighter who, if you check out her Instagram, is not a shy 115 lb-er. If she wins, she could provide a spark to popularize the division by talking some ish. However, Karagianis has come a long way to get where she is, and won’t hand over the belt easily at the Black Bear Casino Resort November 10th.

Speaking of the aforementioned MMA DNA episode, also featured was Cynthia Arceo. Arceo is simply a beast; and despite being incredibly nice when we spoke to her, she is easily one of the most physically impressive strawweights in North America and that should show when she fights KOTC Strawweight Champ Stephanie Frausto.

They’ll square off for the title Dec. 3rd in Ontario, California Arceo tells us, although the event has not been officially named so keep an eye out.

Cynthia ‘Sin’ is on a tear with three-straight KO wins, and my early prediction is that her size advantage will facilitate a similar outcome.

Rounding out our KOTC favourites is Katie Saull. You may remember her from when she had a nice, healthy beef with a fellow fighter on our show.

Saull, the consummate professional (possible new nickname?) will fight Kelly ‘Submachine Gun’ Vilarino as a ‘featured fight’, Oct. 7 at KOTC: Last Stand; see the card here, that is if you can navigate their less-than-stellar website.

Both fighters are looking for their first win, and assumedly Vilarino will be looking for recording artist ‘Machine Gun Kelly’ for stealing her name…or vice-versa.

Lastly, we’re still waiting on hearing something…anything about local favourite Lindsay Garbatt in terms of when TKO will schedule another fight in their women’s division.

Judging by the rankings, we will hopefully see her rematch with Ashley Nichols at TKO’s Night of Champions in December.


Unless our boy, TKO Pres. Stephane Patry pulls a rabbit out of a hat with a newcomer worthy of a title fight, that should be the fight to book.

Be sure to stay tuned for the next MMA DNA, airing October 10th.

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