Weekend Recap: Mio Tsumura, Mina & Chihiro Imoto VictoriousTwo-time Shoot Boxing JKS48 tournament champion Mio Tsumura returned to her winning ways with a Unanimous Decision victory on Saturday night at Shoot Boxing 2014: Act.4 in Tokyo, Japan. The talented fighter outpointed Tribelate champion Hana Date in a three-round matchup on the card.

Earlier in the night, Shoot Boxing postergirl Mina scored a much-needed Majority Decision victory over Date’s teammate, Nori. On Sunday night at Gladiator 75 in Nagoya, Aichi, Japan, 17-year-old kickboxer Chihiro Imoto earned her 141st win by defeating Miyu Irie in a flyweight title fight.

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Livia Renata Souza Submits Camila Lima At Talent MMA Circuit 12Undefeated strawweight rising star Livia Renata “Livinha” Souza scored a quick and impressive title victory tonight at Circuito Talent de MMA (Talent MMA Circuit) 12: “Campinas 2014″ in Campinas, São Paulo, Brazil. Souza submitted veteran Camila “Camilinha Pitbull” Lima in just 47 seconds.

Souza, who is already signed to Invicta FC and may debut for the promotion before the end of the year, made short work of Lima in tonight’s 115-pound championship co-main event. She countered an early clinch by jumping on Lima’s back and locking on a standing rear-naked choke for the tapout win.

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Miesha Tate Defeats Rin Nakai At UFC Fight Night 52 In SaitamaFormer Strikeforce Women’s Bantamweight Champion Miesha “Cupcake” Tate took one step towards regaining contender status with a three-round decision victory tonight at UFC Fight Night 52: “Hunt vs Nelson” in Saitama, Japan. Tate outpointed Bantamweight Queen of Pancrase Rin Nakai.

Showcasing her improved striking, Tate took an early lead on the scorecards in tonight’s main card bout thanks to her superior standup skills and solid takedown defence. Nakai had greater success with takedowns in the latter rounds, but struggled to mount offence and tasted defeat for the first time.

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UFC Fight Night 52: "Hunt vs Nelson" Live Play-By-Play & ResultsThe Ultimate Fighting Championship returned to Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan tonight for UFC Fight Night 52: “Hunt vs Nelson.” The event was headlined by a five-round heavyweight showdown between hard-hitting contenders Mark “Super Samoan” Hunt and Roy “Big Country” Nelson.

Also on the card, Myles “Fury” Jury took on Takenori “Fireball Kid” Gomi in the lightweight co-feature. Yoshihiro Akiyama battled Amir Sadollah and former UFC title challenger Miesha “Cupcake” Tate welcomed Rin Nakai to the Octagon. MMARising.com has live play-by-play for the main card.

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TUF 20 Episode 2 Recap: Joanne Calderwood Defeats Emily KaganTeam Pettis retained control of the fight picks tonight during Episode 2 of The Ultimate Fighter 20: “A Champion Will Be Crowned.” Scottish striker Joanne “JoJo” Calderwood picked up a Majority Decision victory over Team Melendez’s Emily Kagan in a bout more one-sided than scores suggest.

Calderwood, ranked at number two in this season’s all-female strawweight cast, showcased her superior striking against the #15-ranked Kagan in the opening round. She took Kagan down in round two and maintained a tight inverted triangle choke for over three minutes to secure the decision win.

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Mio Tsumura vs Hana Date, Mina vs Nori Date Set For September 20Two-time Shoot Boxing JKS48 tournament champion Mio Tsumura looks to rebound from only the second defeat of her career when she returns to the ring this Saturday night at Shoot Boxing 2014: Act.4 in Tokyo, Japan. Tsumura is set to face off against Tribelate champ Hana Date on the card.

Tsumura most recently fought her way to the finals of the inaugural Shoot Boxing Japan 48kg Girls S-Cup in August, where she was defeated by Yukari Yamaguchi. Also on Saturday’s Shoot Boxing card, promotional postergirl Mina takes on Hana’s teammate, Nori Date, in a 58kg bout.

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Jéssica Andrade Submits Larissa Pacheco At UFC Fight Night 51One of the bantamweight division’s top prospects, Jéssica “Bate Estaca” Andrade, spoiled the Octagon debut of Jungle Fight champ Larissa Moreira Pacheco tonight at UFC Fight Night 51: “Bigfoot vs Arlovski 2” in Brasilia, Brasil. Andrade submitted Pacheco with her signature guillotine choke.

Pacheco, who turned 20 years old earlier this month, entered tonight’s main card bout on relatively short notice but with momentum on her side and an unblemished record. Andrade dominated the brief fight on the mat, however, and the talented rising star has now won three straight inside the Octagon.

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UFC Fight Night 51: “Bigfoot vs Arlovski 2” Play-By-Play & ResultsThe Ultimate Fighting Championship came to Nilson Nelson Gymnasium in Brasilia, Brazil tonight for UFC Fight Night 51: “Bigfoot vs Arlovski 2.” The event was headlined by a heavyweight rematch between Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva and former UFC Heavyweight Champion Andrei “The Pitbull” Arlovski.

Also on the card tonight, Gleison Tibau took on Piotr “Pletwal” Hallmann in the lightweight co-feature. Leonardo Santos faced Efrain “Hecho en México” Escudero and Jéssica “Bate Estaca” Andrade battled Jungle Fight champ Larissa Moreira Pacheco. MMARising.com has play-by-play for the card.

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