Larissa Pacheco To Face Jéssica Andrade At UFC Fight Night 51Unbeaten Jungle Fight Women’s Bantamweight Champion Larissa Moreira Pacheco will make her long-awaited Octagon debut on September 13th at UFC Fight Night 51: “Silva vs Arlovski 2” in Brasilia, Brazil. The 19-year-old meets fellow rising star Jéssica “Bate Estaca” Andrade on the card.

Globo.com first reported on plans for the fight this week. Pacheco steps in to replace Andrade’s original opponent, Valérie “Trouble” Létourneau, who was forced to withdraw due to a knee injury. Pacheco and countrywoman Andrade have combined to score 19 stoppage wins in their careers to date.

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Erika Kamimura Announces Retirement From Combat SportsMulti-time kickboxing and shoot boxing world champion Erika Kamimura, one of the most skilled female strikers in Japan, has been forced to retire from combat sports due to a long-term incurable illness. The 21-year-old announced the news during a press conference on Monday in Tokyo.

Kamimura first began experiencing health issues shortly before her lone Sengoku appearance at “Soul of Fight” in late 2010. She opted to fight on and has since captured four world titles including the vacant Rise Queen Championship in September, but now retires at the height of her career.

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Weekend Recap: Ga Yeon Song Stops Emi Yamamoto At Road FC 17Highly-touted atomweight prospect Ga Yeon Song kicked off her mixed martial arts career with a dominant first-round TKO victory on Sunday night at Road Fighting Championship 17 in Seoul, South Korea. Song stopped fellow pro debutant Emi Yamamoto in the card’s 105-pound main event.

Song, who has appeared on South Korean television shows and formerly served as a Road FC ring girl, received a massive ovation from the crowd in attendance. The 19-year-old overwhelmed Yamamoto with her ground and pound and she now appears poised to become Road FC’s next big star.

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Sara McMann Edges Out Lauren Murphy At UFC Fight Night 47Olympic silver medallist Sara McMann bounced back from the first defeat of her mixed martial arts career with a close decision victory tonight at UFC Fight Night 47: “Bader vs St. Preux” in Bangor, Maine. The standout wrestler edged out former Invicta FC Bantamweight Champion Lauren Murphy.

McMann scored takedowns in all three rounds and she kept Murphy pinned down on the mat for prolonged stretches, but Murphy was very active with elbows from her back. She had her greatest success in the final round, but it was not enough and McMann took a Split Decision win on the scorecards.

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UFC Fight Night 47: "Bader vs St. Preux" Play-By-Play & ResultsThe Ultimate Fighting Championship came to the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor, Maine tonight for UFC Fight Night 47: “Bader vs St. Preux.” The event was headlined by a five-round light heavyweight showdown between 205-pound contenders Ryan “Darth” Bader and Ovince “OSP” St. Preux.

Also on the card tonight, Ross “The Real Deal” Pearson battled former top title contender Gray “The Bully” Maynard in a lightweight bout. Tim “The Barbarian” Boetsch took on Brad Tavares in a featured middleweight fight. MMARising.com has play-by-play for the UFC Fight Night 47 main card.

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Saya Ito vs Haru Tajima Title Rematch Booked For Tenkaichi 7315-year-old “Muay Thai Genius” Saya Ito and former J-Girls Mini Flyweight Champion Haru “Taj Mahal” Tajima are set to face off for a second time on September 7th at Tenkaichi 73 in Koza, Okinawa, Japan. Ito and Tajima will meet in a rematch for the WPMF Japan Women’s Pinweight Championship.

Tenkaichi officials announced plans for the fight this week. Ito and Tajima initially met in May at Tenkaichi 71 where Tajima, who was competing for the first time since late 2010, prevailed via a razor-thin Unanimous Decision. Ito now looks to avenge the close loss and capture another title next month.

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Bellator Signs Marloes Coenen & Julia Budd, Bout Set For Late 2014Under the leadership of former Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker and respected matchmaker Rich Chou, Bellator is set to bring female fighters back to its roster. Former Invicta FC featherweight stars Marloes “Rumina” Coenen and Julia “The Jewel” Budd have both signed with Bellator for 2014 debuts.

Bellator officials announced the signings today and also revealed plans for Coenen and Budd to face each other later this year on a Spike-televised card. Coenen has not fought since July 2013 when she was stopped again by Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino. Budd won all four of her Invicta FC bouts.

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Sylvie Von Duuglas-Ittu Defeats Saya Ito At Queen's Cup In ThailandFighting for the second time in three days, Sylvie von Duuglas-Ittu scored one of the biggest wins of her Muay Thai career on Tuesday night at the prestigious Queen’s Cup in Bangkok, Thailand. Von Duuglas-Ittu defeated 15-year-old “Muay Thai Genius” Saya Ito in a five-round bout on the card.

Ito got off to a strong start on Tuesday, but von Duuglas-Ittu weathered the early storm from the Japanese star and Ito began to slow down as the fight progressed. Von Duuglas-Ittu took advantage by landing a series of knees in the clinch in rounds four and five en route to an impressive decision victory.

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