Women's MMA has actually come a long way

In the closing seconds of the UFC s marketing video Amanda Nunes: All in, the video footage cuts to a birthday celebration that Nunes and her girlfriend Nina Ansaroff are going to.The assembled group is comprised completely of fighters who work at the American Top Team gym in Coconut Creek, Fla. They also all happen to be women.It’s an image that reveals just how far the organization has actually come between UFC 100 in 2009 and UFC 200 next weekend.

Nunes will be difficult Miesha Tate for the women s bantamweight title in Las Vegas on July 9, and said the female-friendly training environment is a big part of the gym’s appealIt’s great. Prior to, I never ever trained with the ladies and now my girlfriend is at the gym and I train with her and the gym is so full, stated Nunes, who was born and raised in Brazil but transferred to the U.S. to advance her fighting career. For sure it’s a delighted place and the girls are constantly there which makes me pleased.

In addition to Nunes and Ansaroff, American Top Team likewise functions as an online for Canadian straw weight Valerie Letourneau, Tecia Torres, Jessica Aguilar and Carina Damm.It wasn’t all that long ago that UFC president Dana White was stating women would never fight in the company. Even after female fighters got into the UFC, there was a remaining perception amongst some cynics that the company had only welcomed women into the combating fold as a way to profit from the taking off appeal of Ronda Rousey.

And yet, here we are today. Rousey has run out action since losing to Holly Holm last November, and the women s bantamweight division was turned on its head again when Tate submitted Holm to win the belt a couple months later.That opened up the door for Nunes, and the 28-year-old has together with Tate had her face plainly sprinkled on marketing products for what is forming up to be the greatest fight card in UFC history.

Now all she has to do is win.Miesha is very difficult and hazardous because she can do a great deal of damage in the battle, however I believe I can beat Miesha everywhere, Nunes said. Yeah, I’m much better than her all over.On a card that includes a smash hit light-heavyweight title fight in between Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier, along with Brock Lesnar’s return versus Mark Hunt and an interim featherweight title battle between Jose Aldo and Frankie Edgar, the women’s bantamweight champion match hasn’t been given top-billing at UFC 200.

It will still be third-to-last on the fight card and will act as the lead-in to the Hunt-Lesnar bout. Throughout his preliminary UFC run, Lesnar brought numerous thousands of new fans to the sport thanks to his time in the WWE, and that’s most likely to occur once again on July 9.

For new fans tuning in specifically for Lesnar, that implies that Nunes fight with Tate could function as a very first taste of what the women s divisions need to offer. It’s a huge minute, and while Nunes is taking pleasure in the big-fight feel in the lead-up to the match, she appears entirely unfazed by the scope of the celebration.I realize huge fights and I’m like whatever, Nunes said. I’m really excited, I’m prepared. Now it’s going to take place.

MALDONADO APPEALS

Fabio Maldonado isn’t taking the result of his loss to Fedor Emelianenko lying down.The Brazilian was handed a loss by judges in his June 17 battle against the Russian legend, regardless of thoroughly dominating Emelianenko in the preliminary of their three-round showdown.

While the Russian returned to win the next 2 rounds, Maldonado s group is making a convincing case that he was so dominant in the first round that it need to have been scored 10-8, which would have resulted in a draw.All three judges were Russian, and while Maldonado s first appeal was rejected, MMAFighting.com is reporting that his group has connected to the World MMA Association in an effort to obtain the choice reversed. In a letter to the organization, Maldonado s manager made his case.We were incredibly amazed to have discovered that all the judges of the bout were Russian and they all are used by no other than Fedor Emelianenko, who is the president of the Russian MMA Union that approved these judges, composed Stefano Sartori, who handles Maldonado.

QUICK TURNAROUND

A transfer to Bellator seems to have revitalized Matt Mitrione.The former UFC heavyweight will be back in action in mid-July, just a couple weeks after he knocked out Carl Seumanutafa in his debut for the organization.

Bellator had announced that Mitrione would be handling Oli Thompson on their July 16 card in the instant consequences of his launching, but there were concerns about whether he would prepare because he took a couple big shots prior to scoring the KO.But apparently the 37-year-old passed his medical and will be ready to go.

 

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