Jennifer Maia Submits Joanne Calderwood At UFC Fight Night 173Overcoming a short-notice opponent change, former Invicta FC champion Jennifer Maia earned one of the biggest victories of her MMA career tonight at UFC Fight Night 173: “Brunson vs Shahbazyan.” Maia submitted top flyweight contender Joanne “JoJo” Calderwood late in the first round.

Maia, who was originally slated to face Viviane Araujo on tonight’s card, showcased her strong submission skills in tonight’s fight with Calderwood. Working from the bottom, Maia trapped Calderwood in an armbar for the submission victory, and she now enters a short list of title contenders.

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UFC Fight Night 173: "Brunson vs Shahbazyan" Play-By-Play & ResultsThe Ultimate Fighting Championship returned to UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada tonight for UFC Fight Night 173: “Brunson vs Shahbazyan.” The event was headlined by a middleweight bout between veteran contender Derek Brunson and highly-touted unbeaten prospect Edmen Shahbazyan.

In the flyweight co-main event, Joanne “JoJo” Calderwood stepped in on short notice to battle former Invicta FC champion Jennifer Maia. Vicente “The Silent Assassin” Luque met Randy “Rude Boy” Brown in a featured welterweight matchup. MMARising.com has live play-by-play for the card.

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Invicta FC 41 Results: Montserrat Ruiz Submits Janaisa MorandinReturning from a lengthy injury hiatus, Mexico’s Montserrat “Conejo” Ruiz put herself back in strawweight title contention with a quick and dominant victory tonight at Invicta Fighting Championships 41 in Kansas City, Kansas. Ruiz submitted Janaisa “Evil Princess” Morandin in the brief main event.

In addition to Ruiz’s impressive win, the Invicta FC 41 card also featured a breakout performance from Erin “Cold Blooded” Blanchfield, who scored a dominant Unanimous Decision victory over Brogan “Killer Bee” Walker-Sanchez to solidify her spot as a top contender in the flyweight division.

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Invicta Fighting Championships 41 Live Play-By-Play & ResultsInvicta Fighting Championships showcased its latest all-female card tonight at Police Athletic League in Kansas City, Kansas. Invicta FC 41 featured a strawweight bout between Janaisa “Evil Princess” Morandin, who missed weight once again, and Mexican standout Montserrat “Conjeo” Ruiz.

In the flyweight co-feature, Erin “Cold Blooded” Blanchfield took on Brogan “Killer Bee” Walker-Sanchez, and Kaitlin “The Striking Viking” Young met the returning Latoya “Black Mamba” Walker in a featherweight matchup. MMARising.com has live play-by-play for tonight’s Invicta FC 41 card.

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Ayaka Hamasaki vs Tomo Maesawa Announced For Rizin FF 22Former Rizin FF titleholder Ayaka Hamasaki and Deep Jewels champion Tomo Maesawa will meet in a strawweight matchup on August 9th at Rizin Fighting Federation 22. The event, which is part of a two-day doubleheader, will take place at Pia Arena MM in Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan.

Rizin officials announced the bout today. Maesawa issued a challenge to Hamasaki this past week during Deep Jewels 29 and the fight was quickly put together. Rizin FF 22 also features a women’s super atomweight bout between Grand Prix winner Kanna Asakura and rising star Mizuki Furuse.

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Carla Esparza, Pannie Kianzad Victorious At UFC On ESPN 14Standout wrestler Carla “Cookie Monster” Esparza earned her fourth straight victory tonight at UFC on ESPN 14: “Whittaker vs Till” in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The former UFC Women’s Strawweight Champion edged out Marina Rodriguez in a closely-contested bout on tonight’s main card.

Also on tonight’s card, Pannie “Banzai” Kianzad put forth one of the best performances of her career in her bantamweight bout against Bethe “Pitbull” Correia. Kianzad scored a clear-cut Unanimous Decision victory over her Brazilian foe and has now posted wins in three of her past four fights.

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UFC On ESPN 14: "Whittaker vs Till" Live Play-By-Play & ResultsThe Ultimate Fighting Championship concluded its series of events on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates tonight with UFC on ESPN 14: “Whittaker vs Till.” The card was headlined by a middleweight bout between former champ Robert “The Reaper” Whittaker and Darren “The Gorilla” Till.

In the co-feature, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua faced Antonio Rogerio “Minotouro” Nogueira in a light heavyweight trilogy bout. Fabricio “Vai Cavalo” Werdum battled Alexander “The Mauler” Gustafsson in a featured heavyweight matchup. MMARising.com has live play-by-play for tonight’s UFC card.

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Miki Motono Wins Strawweight Title At Deep Jewels 29Rising star Miki Motono earned the biggest victory of her young MMA career tonight in the main event of Deep Jewels 29 in Tokyo, Japan. The AACC representative finished Asami “Akaringo” Nakai with first-round ground and pound to capture the vacant Deep Jewels Strawweight Championship.

Also on tonight’s card, Deep Jewels mainstay Shizuka Sugiyama overcame the challenge of Mika “Arami” Arai, finishing her smaller foe with an armbar late in a bantamweight bout. Ayaka Hamasaki and Emi Tomimatsu scored a 2-0 victory over Tomo Maesawa and Mizuki Furuse in tag-team grappling.

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