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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Miesha Tate To Face Sara McMann At UFC 183 In JanuaryFormer Strikeforce Women’s Bantamweight Champion Miesha “Cupcake” Tate makes her return to the Octagon on January 31st at UFC 183: “Silva vs Diaz” in Las Vegas, Nevada. Tate is set to face off against Olympic silver medallist Sara McMann in a featured bantamweight bout on the card.

Tate has rebounded with back-to-back victories this year since suffering her second loss to UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey in December. McMann also came up short against Rousey, but she got back on track by defeating Invicta FC champ Lauren Murphy in August.

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TUF 20 Episode 8 Recap: Tecia Torres Defeats Bec RawlingsMaking the most of a second opportunity, Tecia “The Tiny Tornado” Torres picked up a hard-fought win during tonight’s eighth episode of The Ultimate Fighter 20: “A Champion Will Be Crowned.” Torres defeated former ally “Rowdy” Bec Rawlings by Unanimous Decision in a competitive matchup.

Torres and Rawlings began the competition together on Team Melendez, but Torres, who was upset in her initial qualifying bout, was brought back into contention and moved to Team Pettis when Justine Kish suffered an injury. With the win over Rawlings, she moves on to the quarterfinal round.

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