Hisae Watanabe, Anna Bezhenar Win At WSOF Global Championship 2Former Deep Women’s Lightweight Champion Hisae Watanabe made a triumphant return to MMA action tonight at World Series of Fighting Global Championship 2 in Tokyo, Japan. Competing for the first time since late 2007, Watanabe stopped Ye Ji Lee in round two of an atomweight bout.

Watanabe’s lengthy hiatus from the sport did not appear to have an impact on her power, and she picked up her 12th knockout victory with tonight’s stoppage. Also on the card, Anna Bezhenar took a Unanimous Decision victory over the previously unbeaten May Ooi in a strawweight matchup.

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Tecia Torres vs Rose Namajunas Rematch Set For UFC On FOX 19Undefeated strawweight standout Tecia “The Tiny Tornado” Torres faces a familiar foe on April 16th at UFC on FOX 19: “Nurmagomedov vs Ferguson” in Tampa, Florida. Torres is set to face off against TUF 20 finalist “Thug” Rose Namajunas in a featured rematch on the FOX-televised main card.

UFC officials announced the matchup tonight following an initial report from MMAFighting.com this week. Torres handed Namajunas her first pro loss in the pair’s initial meeting at Invicta FC 6 in July 2013. Namajunas rebounded from her UFC title loss in late 2014 with back-to-back wins this past year.

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UFC Fight Night 82: "Hendricks vs Thompson" Play-By-Play & ResultsThe Ultimate Fighting Championship returned to the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada tonight for UFC Fight Night 82: “Hendricks vs Thompson.” The event was headlined by a welterweight showdown between Johny “Bigg Rigg” Hendricks and Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson.

Also on the card tonight, Roy “Big Country” Nelson faced off against Jared “The Big Show” Rosholt in the heavyweight co-feature. Ovince “OSP” St. Preux took on Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante in a light heavyweight matchup. MMARising.com has live play-by-play for the UFC Fight Night 82 main card.

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Top 10 Fighter Rankings Update For February 2016After recovering from a third serious knee injury, Dominick “The Dominator” Cruz made a triumphant return to the Octagon on January 17th at UFC Fight Night 81. Cruz edged out bitter rival T.J. Dillashaw to become the new UFC Bantamweight Champion, and he takes over the top spot at 135 pounds.

In other action in January, Invicta FC Featherweight Champion Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino retained her title with a first-round knockout of challenger Daria Ibragimova at Invicta FC 15, and Invicta FC strawweight champ Livia Renata “Livinha” Souza stopped DeAnna “The Argentine Assassin” Bennett.

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Shino VanHoose vs Jenny Silverio Announced For RFC 36 In FloridaAtomweight prospect Shino VanHoose makes a quick return to action on February 26th at Real Fighting Championships 36: “Resurrection” in Tampa, Florida. The 20-year-old, who made her Invicta FC debut this month, is set to face off against local standout Jenny “The Phoenix” Silverio on the card.

Real FC officials announced the matchup this week. VanHoose, who began her career in Japan and recently relocated to the United States, looks to rebound from a short-notice submission setback at Invicta FC 15. Miami’s Silverio has won three straight fights including her Real FC debut in July.

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UFC On FOX 18: "Johnson vs Bader" Live Play-By-Play & ResultsThe Ultimate Fighting Championship came to Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey tonight for UFC on FOX 18: “Johnson vs Bader.” The event was headlined by a five-round light heavyweight contender’s bout between recent title challenger Anthony “Rumble” Johnson and Ryan “Darth” Bader.

Also on the card tonight, Josh “The Warmaster” Barnett faced “Big” Ben Rothwell in the heavyweight co-feature. Iuri “Marajo” Alcantara took on Jimmie “El Terror” Rivera, and “Super” Sage Northcutt met Bryan “Bam Bam” Barberena. MMARising.com has live play-by-play for the main card.

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Bethe Correia vs Raquel Pennington Planned For UFC On FOX 19Recent UFC title challenger Bethe “Pitbull” Correia looks to rebound from the first loss of her career when she competes on April 16th at UFC on FOX 19 in Tampa, Florida. Correia is expected to face TUF 18 semi-finalist Raquel “Rocky” Pennington in a featured bantamweight clash on the card.

Ag. Fight first reported on the targeted fight on Friday. Correia suffered a 34-second knockout loss in her August title fight against then-champion “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey at UFC 190. Pennington avenged a past loss by submitting Jéssica “Bate Estaca” Andrade in their UFC 191 rematch.

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Amanda Nunes vs Valentina Shevchenko Added To UFC 196 CardTop-ranked bantamweight contender Amanda “Lioness” Nunes steps back into the Octagon on March 5th at UFC 196: “Dos Anjos vs McGregor” in Las Vegas, Nevada. The hard-hitting Brazilian takes on multi-time kickboxing world champion Valentina “Bullet” Shevchenko in a featured matchup.

UFC officials announced the fight on Thursday. Nunes has won four of her five UFC bouts and she most recently submitted former title challenger Sara McMann in August. Shevchenko won her short-notice UFC debut this past month when she defeated former Strikeforce champion Sarah Kaufman.

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