Ashlee Evans-Smith To Face Raquel Pennington At UFC 181With former boxing champ Holly “The Preacher’s Daughter” Holm sidelined due to a neck injury, CFA women’s featherweight tournament winner Ashlee Evans-Smith has stepped in to battle Raquel “Rocky” Pennington at UFC 181: “Hendricks vs Lawler 2” on December 6th in Las Vegas, Nevada.

UFC officials confirmed the change today following an initial announcement from Pennington’s team on Tuesday. Evans-Smith remains unbeaten in her pro career and she most recently earned a TKO victory in June. Pennington looks to rebound from a close loss to Jéssica “Bate Estaca” Andrade.

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TUF 20 Episode 9 Recap: Randa Markos Submits Felice HerrigCanadian standout Randa Markos became the first semi-finalist with a quick submission victory during tonight’s ninth episode of The Ultimate Fighter 20: “A Champion Will Be Crowned.” Markos submitted rival Felice “Lil’ Bulldog” Herrig with a scarf hold armlock in the first round of their quarterfinal bout.

Tensions rose between Markos and other Team Pettis members, including Herrig and top seed Carla “Cookie Monster” Esparza, over a disagreement regarding training schedules during tonight’s episode. Markos did not let the drama affect her and she became the first woman to submit Herrig in MMA.

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Yamaguchi vs Kira, Yoshimi vs Saito Set For J-Nexus TournamentJ-Girls has booked a one-night 46kg tournament for the upcoming J-Nexus 2014 card on December 20th in Tokyo, Japan. 2014 Shoot Boxing Japan Girls S-Cup winner Yukari Yamaguchi takes on J-Girls Pinweight Champion Chihiro Kira in one semi-final, while Yoshimi battles Fuka Saito in the other.

Yamaguchi won the inaugural 48kg all-Japan Girls S-Cup tournament in August and she remains unbeaten in her pro career. Kira captured J-Girls gold with a close decision win in July. The winners of the Yamaguchi-Kira and Yoshimi-Saito bouts will meet in the tournament final later in the night.

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Rena Kubota Set To Face Isis Verbeek On November 30 In TokyoFour-time Shoot Boxing Girls S-Cup Champion Rena Kubota is set to face one of her toughest opponents to date on November 30th at the 2014 Shoot Boxing World S-Cup in Tokyo, Japan. Kubota meets 19-year-old WPKL Women’s Flyweight Champion Isis “Fight Queen” Verbeek in a 50kg bout.

Kubota most recently won three fights in one night to claim her fourth Girls S-Cup title on August 2nd. She is currently riding a 12-fight winning streak and is one of the top female strikers in Japan. Verbeek has won 40 of her 45 kickboxing matches and now makes her shoot boxing debut on the card.

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Jessica Aguilar Outpoints Kalindra Faria, Retains Title At WSOF 15WSOF Women’s Strawweight Champion Jessica “Jag” Aguilar retained her title with a five-round Unanimous Decision victory tonight at World Series of Fighting 15: “Branch vs Okami” in Tampa, Florida. Aguilar defeated Brazilian rising star Kalindra Faria in a competitive bout on tonight’s main card.

Faria, previously under an exclusive deal with XFC who announced today that they will be suing WSOF for breach of contract, was delayed en route to Florida due to visa issues. The talented fighter got to the U.S. and put on a strong showing in defeat, but Aguilar took home a well-deserved victory.

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Jessica Eye Defeats Leslie Smith At UFC 180 In Mexico CityIn one of the best performances of her career, Jessica “Evil” Eye earned her first official UFC victory tonight at UFC 180: “Werdum vs Hunt” in Mexico City, Mexico. Eye excelled on the feet en route to a second-round TKO win over Leslie “The Peacemaker” Smith when the doctor stopped the bout.

Eye started strong and never let up in tonight’s bantamweight battle. She held a clear edge in speed in the striking exchanges and opened a bad cut on Smith’s cauliflowered ear in round one. Smith’s ear got even worse in round two and the fight was stopped on the advice of the cageside doctor.

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UFC 180: "Werdum vs Hunt" Live Play-By-Play & ResultsThe Ultimate Fighting Championship came to Mexico City Arena in Mexico City, Mexico tonight for UFC 180: “Werdum vs Hunt.” The card featured a UFC Interim Heavyweight Championship matchup between top title contenders Fabricio “Vai Cavalo” Werdum and Mark “Super Samoan” Hunt.

In other action tonight, Jake “The Juggernaut” Ellenberger took on Kelvin Gastelum in the welterweight co-feature. Ricardo “The Bully” Lamas battled Dennis “The Menace” Bermudez in a featherweight bout with potential title implications. MMARising.com has live play-by-play for the UFC 180 card.

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Pannie Kianzad Defeats Eeva Siiskonen, Wins Title At CWFC 74Undefeated Swedish standout Pannie “Banzai” Kianzad captured her first major MMA title with a clear-cut Unanimous Decision victory tonight at Cage Warriors Fighting Championship 74 in London, England. Kianzad defeated Eeva Siiskonen to become CWFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion.

Tonight’s inaugural CWFC 135-pound women’s title fight was originally set to feature Kianzad against Polish teen Agnieszka “Kuma” Niedzwiedz, but Niedzwiedz was forced to withdraw due to an injury. Siiskonen stepped in on very short notice, but Kianzad’s superior striking propelled her to victory.

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