Top 10 Fighter Rankings Update For December 2017“Thug” Rose Namajunas made the most of a big opportunity and scored a thrilling victory on November 4th at UFC 217 in New York City, New York. Namajunas knocked out the previously unbeaten Joanna Jędrzejczyk in quick fashion to become the new UFC Women’s Strawweight Champion.

Capping off weeks of competition, Nicco Montaño upset veteran Roxanne “The Happy Warrior” Modafferi at the The Ultimate Fighter 26 Finale to become the inaugural UFC Women’s Flyweight Champion. At Bellator 186, Ilima-Lei “The Iliminator” Macfarlane also captured 125-pound title gold.

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Satomi Takano Defeats Tomo Maesawa In Deep Jewels 18 Trilogy BoutPerennial contender Satomi “Sarami” Takano earned another shot at the Deep Jewels Atomweight Championship with a hard-fought decision victory today at Deep Jewels 18 in Tokyo, Japan. Takano defeated long-time rival Tomo Maesawa for a third time in the closely-contested main event.

Takano, who previously bested Maesawa in 2015 and again earlier this year, has won four of her past five fights and will now seek to avenge a 2014 defeat when she challenges Deep Jewels champion Mina Kurobe. Also at Deep Jewels 18, highly-touted judoka Kana Watanabe stopped Hikari Sato.

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UFC 218: “Holloway vs Aldo 2” Live Play-By-Play & ResultsThe Ultimate Fighting Championship came to Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, Michigan tonight for UFC 218: “Holloway vs Aldo 2.” The event was headlined by a UFC Featherweight Championship rematch between Max “Blessed” Holloway and former titleholder José “Scarface” Aldo.

In tonight’s co-main event, Alistair Overeem battled Francis “The Predator” Ngannou in a heavyweight contender’s matchup. At flyweight, Henry “The Messenger” Cejudo met Sergio “The Phenom” Pettis, and TUF 26 coaches Eddie Alvarez and Justin “The Highlight” Gaethje clashed at 155.

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Deep Jewels 18 Live Play-By-Play & ResultsDeep Jewels showcased its 18th all-female fight card on Sunday afternoon at Shinjuku FACE in Tokyo, Japan. The event was headlined by a trilogy bout between Satomi “Sarami” Takano and Tomo Maesawa, who met for a third time to determine a future Deep Jewels atomweight title challenger.

In Sunday’s catchweight co-main event, Yukari Nabe took on Yurika Nakakura. Yuko Kiryu faced Kyu Kitano in an atomweight matchup, and highly-touted judoka Kana Watanabe made her Deep Jewels debut against Hikari Sato at flyweight. MMARising.com has live play-by-play for the card.

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Deep Jewels 18 Weigh-In Results & Pre-Fight InterviewsWeigh-ins for Deep Jewels 18 took place earlier today in Tokyo, Japan. Sunday’s 11-fight card is headlined by a trilogy bout between long-time rivals Satomi “Sarami” Takano and Tomo Maesawa, which will determine a future title challenger for the Deep Jewels Atomweight Championship.

Deep Jewels 18 also features a number of promotional debuts including that of powerful judoka Kana Watanabe, who is regarded as one of the top prospects on the Deep Jewels roster. Full weigh-in results, as well as pre-fight comments from Maesawa and Watanabe, are included below.

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Rose Namajunas Knocks Out Joanna Jędrzejczyk, Wins Title At UFC 217“Thug” Rose Namajunas shocked the mixed martial arts world tonight with a sensational victory at UFC 217: “Bisping vs St. Pierre” in New York City, New York. Namajunas stopped previously unbeaten titleholder Joanna Jędrzejczyk to become the new UFC Women’s Strawweight Champion.

While some had predicted that Namajunas’s best success would come on the ground, it was instead her striking skills and underrated power that propelled her to a quick and dominant win over Jędrzejczyk, who had done her best to antagonise Namajunas with trash talk leading up to the bout.

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Top 10 Fighter Rankings Update For November 2017Former UFC title challenger Karolina Kowalkiewicz held on to her top-five spot in the women’s strawweight rankings with a dominant decision victory at UFC Fight Night 118 in Gdańsk, Poland. The Polish star easily defeated former Invicta FC contender Jodie Esquibel in the night’s co-main event.

Undefeated bantamweight prospect Aspen Ladd also scored a key victory on the UFC Fight Night 118 card, as she stopped Lina “Elbow Princess” Länsberg in the second round. At KSW 40, Ariane “Violence Queen” Lipski retained her flyweight title by quickly submitting challenger Mariana Morais.

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TUF 26 Episode 8 Recap: Emily Whitmire Finishes Christina MarksOvercoming a rib injury, Emily Whitmire posted a quick submission victory during tonight’s eighth episode of The Ultimate Fighter 26: “A New World Champion.” Team Gaethje’s Whitmire concluded the elimination round by finishing Team Alvarez’s Christina Marks with a first-round armbar.

Whitmire dominated the brief bout on the ground en route to the impressive victory, and her win propelled Team Gaethje into a 5-3 lead after the first round of the gruelling competition. The quarterfinal round of TUF 26 begins during next week’s episode, and all four matchups were revealed tonight.

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