MILANA DUDIEVA REPLACES JESSY JESS, THREE FIGHTS ADDED TO INVICTA FC 26

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Vanessa Porto Meets Milana Dudieva at Invicta FC 26

Just Added:
Strawweight: 
Amy Montenegro (8-2) vs. Virna Jandiroba (11-0)
Atomweight: Amber Brown (6-4) vs. Tessa Simpson (5-2)
Flyweight: Christine Ferea (1-1) vs. Karina Rodríguez (5-2)

Kansas City, Mo. – Invicta Fighting Championships today announced a flyweight replacement and three new bouts for Invicta FC 26, streaming live from the historic Scottish Rite Temple in Kansas City on Friday, Dec. 8.

Former title challenger Vanessa Porto (18-8) has a new opponent at Invicta FC 26, an opening created after Jessica-Rose “Jessy Jess” Clark was removed from the flyweight match-up. UFC veteran Milana Dudieva (11-6) will take Clark’s place in the bout, stepping up on a month’s notice against the top-ranked contender.

Strawweight submission specialist Virna “Carcará” Jandiroba (11-0) looks to keep her undefeated record intact against veteran Amy “The Resurrection” Montenegro (8-2).

Of Jandiroba’s nine career submissions, six have come inside the first round. Montenegro enters the contest having won five of her last six bouts, including a “Fight of the Year” contender against Celine Haga at Invicta FC 21 in January.

Plus, atomweights Amber “The Bully” Brown (6-4) and Tessa “The Typhoon” Simpson(5-2) square off in an attempt to re-enter the 105-pound title picture.

Coming off a first-round finish of Bárbara Acioly in July, Mexico’s Karina Rodríguez (5-2), takes on dangerous striker Christine “Misfit” Ferea (1-1), last appearing in a back-and-forth brawl against kickboxing champion Tiffany Van Soest at Invicta FC 23.

Invicta FC 26 is headlined by flyweight champion Jennifer Maia (14-4-1) defending her belt against undefeated challenger Aga “Kuma” Niedźwiedź (10-0).

The current card for Invicta FC 26 can be found below:

Flyweight Title Bout: Jennifer Maia (14-4-1) vs. Aga Niedźwiedź (10-0)
Strawweight Bout: MIZUKI (12-4) vs. Janaisa Morandin (9-1)
Flyweight: Vanessa Porto (18-8) vs. Milana Dudieva (11-6)
Strawweight: Amy Montenegro (8-2) vs. Virna Jandiroba (11-0)
Atomweight: Amber Brown (6-4) vs. Tessa Simpson (5-2)
Flyweight: Christine Ferea (1-1) vs. Karina Rodríguez (5-2)

Additional bouts for Invicta FC 26 will be announced shortly.

Invicta FC 26 streams live and exclusively on UFC FIGHT PASS at 7 p.m. CT on Friday, Dec. 8. Tickets for Invicta FC 26 are on sale now at Ticketfly.com.

For more information about Invicta Fight Championships, visit invictafc.com.

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WHAT’S ON THE MINDS OF THE STARS OF UFC 215®: JOHNSON vs. BORG?

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UFC 215 LIVE FROM ROGERS PLACE IN EDMONTON, CANADA ON SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 9

Edmonton, Canada: On Saturday, September 9, UFC® flyweight world champion and pound-for-pound great Demetrious Johnson will look to keep his belt a record 11th time and pass legend Anderson Silva in the record books for most successful title defenses.  Johnson, the only champion the division has ever known, squares off against surging prospect Ray Borg who is relishing the opportunity to play spoiler on this historical evening.  Adding to the excitement is a co-main matchup, which pits champion Amanda Nunes versus Valentina Shevchenko for supremacy in the women?s bantamweight class.  Originally scheduled to clash in July, anticipation has built to crescendo as fans finally get to see two of the most fearsome strikers go head to head.  Ahead of the highly anticipated UFC® 215: JOHNSON vs. BORGthese four fighters set to feature in the headlining bouts share their thoughts and predictions:

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EDMONTON, AB – SEPTEMBER 06: (L-R) UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson and Ray Borg pose for the media during the UFC 215 Ultimate Media Day at Rogers Place on September 6, 2017 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Demetrious Johnson:

I expect a war. Ray Borg is tough, he’s young and you always expect a war. I’ve always expected wars in any of my fights.

On breaking the record?

I don’t think about it a lot and I don’t let it weigh on me. As an athlete, you have to stay focused and you have to go out there and execute what you’ve been doing in the gym for eight or 10 weeks. Once I solidify that and attain it, ask me at the press conference.

It doesn’t make more nerves.  I’ve wrestled in front of people like that. I’ve also fought in front of sold out crowds before. But I’m absolutely grateful that the people in Canada have come out and shown their support and sold the place out.

I got my ESPY. It came that Wednesday when I got back home. I put Dave Lockett in charge and Dave got it for me. I’m happy about it. It showed up in a box, in the mail. It’s right next to my Black Panther mask.

On Borg saying he wants to win more?

I think the last 10 men have had the same mindset. See how far that got them?

On Borg saying he’ll grant DJ a rematch if he wins?

That’s very generous. Wilson Reis said the same thing.

On what fans can expect watching him fight?

Probably one of the greatest mixed martial artists to ever do it. I’m very fluid in my transitions, I can fight anywhere and I’ve beat the best.

On saying DJ’s run isn’t as impressive as Anderson’s?

How can you say Joseph Benavidez is not better than Nate Marquardt? Kyoji Horiguchi is over there kicking ass in Japan. I think Kyoji Horiguchi has a better skill set than Dan Henderson. Dan Henderson only has a right hand bomb and wrestling. Let’s go down the line. How can you say John Dodson doesn’t have a better skill set than Chael Sonnen? Really? Let?s not f**king kid ourselves guys. John Dodson is an amazing athlete. I could just go down the list. Like I said, that’s just the public perceiving certain things.

Ray Borg

I think he knows it’s not going to be an easy fight for him. I’m going to be in his face for 25 minutes, if it goes that long. I’m not going to stop and I’m not going to give up. It’s going to be a night of hell. I think he knows I possess different strengths than a lot of his former opponents. I think he knows he’s in for a rough night.

On Demetrious?

I think what makes DJ unique as a fighter, people are going to say his cardio — which it is — but I think what people don’t give him credit for, something that’s hard to do in a fight, is his I.Q. He has the ability, in the middle of a fight, to change things to not lose. If he’s getting taken down with single legs he has the I.Q. to fix it on the spot. It’s something we’ve prepared for going into this fight.

I think I’m prepared for everything he brings to the table. He really isn’t going to show me anything or do anything to me that I haven’t seen before; that I haven’t prepared for or seen in sparring or in a fight. No matter what he changes in his outlook on the fight or no matter what he does in the fight, I feel like I’ll be prepared in those positions.

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EDMONTON, AB – SEPTEMBER 06: (L-R) UFC women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes of Brazil and Valentina Shevchenko of Kyrgyzstan pose for the media during the UFC 215 Ultimate Media Day at Rogers Place on September 6, 2017 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Amanda Nunes

I don’t know why people put MMA on another level or a different category. If a soccer player feel like his calf muscles (are hurt), he sits and waits until he?s 100 percent. Nobody talks shit about him because they know what he’s feeling. Why can’t MMA be like that? This is a sport as well. We have to use our whole body. We’re not only running or using just our hands or legs. I made the right decision. I’m the best on the planet right now and I’m a target for a lot of people. I’m ready to go through everything because I’m the champion.

I’m focused, I love training and I love stepping into the Octagon and doing my best. I think every time I step in there, eventually people are going to remember everything that I did. This is normal. It is what it is and you have to move forward. I always move forward, whatever happens in my career.

This fight is awesome.  I think the other opponents fall into Valentina’s game plan. This makes it difficult to for the other girls to beat Valentina. You have to make Valentina fight your game plan. You have to be smarter than her.  I am and she knows that I am. That’s why she says all those weird things. She knows I will beat her. I’m better than her everywhere and I will prove that Saturday.

On struggling later in fights?

People who have been watching me they think this is my weakness. I fought Valentina and I beat her before. Ronda (Rousey) was the same thing and people were wrong. I can’t say anything I have to show it.

Valentina Shevchenko

Now she can find any excuse in the world.  Why was she feeling so bad? She cut too much weight in 24 hours. I don’t believe in this reason of sinuses or anything else. It’s very unbelievable.

I have my point of view and I have my opinion. I will not change my mind because she has demonstrated a few times how easy she changes her mind. She’s acting like she’s dependent on the fans and what they want to hear.

Her cardio doesn’t matter because I’m not thinking about this fight in that context.  No, I will win this fight because of everything. I was preparing for this fight very hard. I had very great training in my preparation for this fight. I will do all my best to fight with all my heart and think about nothing more. She can be confident for now, but once the door closes in the Octagon it will be totally different.

Just one prediction: I will do everything to win this fight.

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For more information or current fight news, visit ufc.com. All bouts live and subject to change.

Tickets for UFC® 215: JOHNSON vs. BORG go on sale Friday, July 28 at 10 a.m. MT and are priced at $379.75, $253.16, $126.58, $94.94, $63.29, (plus additional fees). Tickets are available for purchase via Ticketmaster.ca and limited to eight (8) per person.

UFC® 215: JOHNSON vs. BORG will be available live on pay-per-view on Saturday, September 9 at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT on UFC.TV, iN DEMAND, DirecTV, DISH Network, Vubiquity, and in Canada on BellTV, Rogers, Shaw Communications, Sasktel, and Canal Indigo for a suggested retail price of $49.99 US/CAN for Standard Definition and $59.99 US/CAN for High-Definition.

Since 2008, the UFC has staged 23 events in the Great White North, across nine different cities — Calgary, Halifax, Montreal, Ottawa, Quebec City, Saskatoon, Toronto, Vancouver and Winnipeg. Edmonton now becomes the 10th Canadian city to host a UFC card. UFC events have set single-day event gate records in five Canadian venues: Calgary’s Scotiabank Saddledome (UFC 149), Montreal’s Bell Centre (UFC 124), Ottawa’s The Arena at TD Place (UFC Fight Night), Toronto’s Rogers Centre (UFC 129) and Winnipeg’s MTS Centre (UFC 161).

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Combate Americas Announces Multi-Year Partnership, Sept. 15 Fight Card

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COMBATE AMERICAS ANNOUNCES
MULTI-YEAR, LIVE TELEVISION EVENT PARTNERSHIP WITH 
FAST-GROWING LEISURE OPERATOR HYBRID ONE
IN REDLANDS, CALIFORNIA

Partnership kicks off with explosive, nine-bout MMA fight card for Mexican Independence Day 
From The Amphitheater at Splash Kingdom on Friday, Sept 15

Tickets for “Combate Americas: El Grito en La Jaula” on sale at Ticketon.com

NEW YORK – August 29, 2017 – Combate Americas announced today that it has partnered with Southern California-based leisure operator Hybrid One to produce multiple, live televised Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) events in California’s Inland Empire, beginning with a nine-bout fight card for Mexican Independence Day, at The Amphitheater at Splash Kingdom Waterpark in Redlands on Friday, Sept. 15.

“Combate Americas: El Grito en La Jaula,” the event that kicks off the partnership, will air live on Azteca America in the U.S. and on ESPN Latin America at 10 p.m. ET, and will be headlined by a featherweight (145 pounds) matchup between ferocious, 26-year-old rising star Jose “Froggy” Estrada (3-1) of Oxnard, Calif. and gritty battler Izic “Lionheart” Fernandez (2-3) of Santa Ana, Calif.

In the women’s atomweight (105 pounds) co-main event, former Eddie Bravo protégé Kyra “Mogwai” Batara (6-4) of Las Vegas, Nev., fresh off her second-round submission victory over 12-time Spanish National Judo Champion Vanesa Rico, will make a quick return to La Jaula, the Combate Americas cage, where the 22-year-old will face off with Jenna Serio (3-2) of New York, N.Y.

Priced from $40, tickets for “Combate Americas: El Grito en La Jaula” are on sale at Ticketon.com.

“We are excited to partner with Hybrid One, and continue the rapid expansion of our live event series to yet another market in Southern California, beginning with a phenomenal fight card in honor of Mexican Independence Day,” said Combate Americas CEO and Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) co-founder Campbell McLaren.

“We acquired Splash Kingdom in April of this year with the vision of transforming it into the Inland Empire’s leading entertainment destination.  Today’s partnership with Combate Americas represents a significant step toward realizing that vision,” said Hybrid One co-founder and co-owner Ryan Sauter. 

Following the kick-off event on Sept. 15, Combate Americas expects to return to the Redlands venue in December.

A second women’s atomweight matchup at “Combate Americas: El Grito en La Jaula” will pit two professional debut competitors – Brenda Enriquez (0-0) of Salt Lake City, Utah against Shyann Farmer (0-0) Alamogordo, N.M.

The 28-year-old Enriquez is coming off a stellar amateur career during which she amassed a 7-1 record, with 6 of her victories coming by way of either (T)KO or submission.

Farmer is a 24-year-old upstart who collected an amateur record of 4-1.

Elsewhere on the fight card, undefeated, emerging star Rafael “Gifted” Garcia(4-0) of Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico will make his second start in La Jaula and face off with three-time Combate Americas veteran Marcos “El Matador” Bonilla (4-4) of Los Angeles, Calif. in a featherweight contest.

In a battle between unbeaten lightweights (155 pounds) Javier “Habanero” Garcia (2-0) of Covina, Calif. will take on Guillermo Gonzalez (3-0) of San Bernardino, Calif.

Fresh off his first-round submission victory at Combate Americas on May 5Ralph “The Spyder Monkey” Acosta (17-12) of Riverside, Calif. will collide with Cub Swanson student Gareth De La Cruz (6-1) of Palm Springs, Calif.

Doors at The Amphitheater at Splash Kingdom Waterpark open at 6 p.m.  The first bout will begin at 6:30 p.m.

COMPLETE “COMBATE AMERICAS: EL GRITO EN LA JAULA” FIGHT CARD

Featherweight Main Event (Live on Azteca America and ESPN Latin America):
Jose Estrada vs. Izic Fernandez

Atomweight Co-Main Event (Live on Azteca America and ESPN Latin America):
Kyra Batara vs. Jenna Serio

Preliminary Card:
Featherweight:  Rafael Garcia vs. Marcos Bonilla
Lightweight:  Javier Garcia vs. Guillermo Gonzalez
Atomweight:  Brenda Enriquez vs. Shyann Farmer
Flyweight:  Ralph Acosta vs. Gareth De La Cruz
Flyweight:  Isaac Camarillo vs. Heber Castillo
Catchweight (140 pounds): Angel Gonzalez vs. Julio Aguilera
Middleweight: Santiago Diaz vs. Alex Thompson

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INVICTA FC 24 ADDS PAM SORENSON VS. HELENA KOLESNYK, MIRANDA MAVERICK VS. GABBY ROMERO

Pam Sorenson vs. Helena Kolesnyk

and Miranda Maverick vs. Gabby Romero Added to Invicta FC 24 Fight Card

Bantamweights Raquel Pa’aluhi and Yana Kunitskaya moved to August event

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Kansas City, Mo. – Eight bouts have been booked for Invicta FC 24, completing the fight card set to take place on Saturday, July 15.

After having two opponents withdraw, Ukranian featherweight Helena “Pretty” Kolesnyk (5-0, 1 NC) has been rebooked, making her Invicta FC debut opposite Pam “Bam” Sorenson (5-2), who steps in on short notice.

In the co-main event, Missouri product Ashley “Smashley” Cummins (5-3) seeks her third straight victory against former atomweight contender Jinh Yu Frey (5-2) of Texas.

The bout between bantamweight contender Raquel “Lionheart” Pa’aluhi (6-5) and recent title challenger Yana “Foxy” Kunitskaya (9-3, 1 NC) has been rescheduled for August following an injury sustained by Kunitskaya.

Finally, 20-year-old Miranda “Fear The” Maverick (2-0) looks to remain undefeated in a strawweight match-up with newcomer Gabby Romero (2-1).

Invicta FC 24 is headlined by the promotional debut of UFC veteran Milana Dudieva (11-5) and fellow flyweight Mara “Kunoichici” Romero Borella (10-4, 1 NC).

The eight-fight card for Invicta FC 24: Dudieva vs Borella can be found below:

Flyweight: Milana Dudieva vs. Mara Romero Borella
Atomweight: Jinh Yu Frey vs. Ashley Cummins
Featherweight: Pam Sorenson vs. Helena Kolesnyk
Flyweight: Karina Rodríguez vs. Bárbara Acioly
Strawweight: Miranda Maverick vs. Gabby Romero
Strawweight: Sunna Rannveig Davidsdottir vs. Kelly D’Angelo
Featherweight: Felicia Spencer vs. Amy Coleman
Strawweight: Mallory Martin vs. Tiffany Masters

Invicta FC 24: Dudieva vs Borella streams live and exclusively via UFC FIGHT PASS on Saturday, July 15 at 7 p.m. CT.

Tickets for Invicta FC 24: Dudieva vs Borella, priced at $50, $35, or $25, are on sale now via Ticketfly.com.

For more information about Invicta Fight Championships, visit invictafc.com.

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