Friday, July 21, 2017

Foxy Friday from Mireika Edwards

Let's get this weekend started with some stunning images from MMA knockout Mireika Edwards. Here's hoping we see Mireika cageside again soon! Until then give her a follow and shout out on Instagram and Twitter. Have a great weekend!

Posted on July 21, 2017 by www.babesofmma.com

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Invicta FC 24 Goes Down Tonight in Kansas City

Invicta FC 24 returns to the Scottish Rite Temple in Kansas City, Missouri tonight! Tickets are available via Ticketfly or you can watch all the action live on UFC Fight Pass starting at 8 PM ET. Check out the full fight card listed below and send a shout out to your favorite fighters via Twitter by clicking on their names.

FIGHT CARD

Milana Dudieva (11-5) vs. Mara Romero Borella (10-4, 1 NC)
Jinh Yu Frey (5-2) vs. Ashley Cummins (5-3)
Pam Sorenson (5-2) vs. Helena Kolesnyk (5-0, 1 NC)
Karina Rodríguez (4-2) vs. Bárbara Acioly (4-0)
Miranda Maverick (2-0) vs. Gabby Romero (2-1)
Sunna Rannveig Davíðsdóttir (2-0) vs. Kelly D’Angelo (2-0)
Felicia Spencer (2-0) vs. Amy Coleman (2-1)
Mallory Martin (1-1) vs. Tiffany Masters (2-0)

Photos courtesy of Invicta FC.

Posted on July 15, 2017 by www.babesofmma.com

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Fighter Babe Miranda Maverick Returns to the Cage this Saturday

Fighter babe Miranda “Fear The” Maverick (2-0) returns to the cage this Saturday for Invicta FC 24 in Kansas City, Missouri. A dedicated Christian, big sister of two wonderful kids, daughter of her biggest hero and puts 100% effort into everything she does. Currently a BJJ blue belt in the MMA flyweight division and fighting out of the Springfield Fight Club in Springfield, Missouri. We recently caught up with Miranda prior to her big fight this Saturday for the interview below to learn a little more about her.

How did you get involved in MMA and how long have you been training?

-My father rough-housed with me and my sibling as I grew up, but I began learning jiu-jitsu as we started watching MMA on television. During the first female fight held in the UFC when Ronda Rousey fought, my dad mentioned that I could pursue a sport such as MMA, to which I scoffed. However, for purposes of seeing if I was good and to learn self-defense, as soon as I was old enough to drive, I began going to a gym to learn BJJ. Once I started excelling in the sport, I decided to begin competing, so I switched gyms and went to Springfield Fight Club at 16 years old, where I still train today. As soon as I turned 18, I began training MMA, not just BJJ, and had my first fight within weeks. The passion and rush I felt has stayed with me ever since!

What's a typical training week like for you?

-I basically live in my gym, which is Springfield Fight Club. I train about 3 times a day, 5 days a week during fight camp, train Saturday morning, and typically take Sunday off. Monday and Wednesday are focused more on nogi BJJ, while Tuesdays and Thursdays are more focused on kickboxing and traditional BJJ in the gi. Fridays are the hardest practices, where everything goes. It is more of a fighter-based class with everything mixed and transitioning together. Saturdays are more of a wrestling style. On the side I will do sprints, jog to the gym from college or ride my bicycle, lift weights, and do strength and cardio sessions before practice. The hot tub and sauna are regular visits as well!

Tell us about your upcoming fight, who you're fighting and where?

-My next fight is this coming Saturday, July 15th at the Scottish Rite Temple in Kansas City, Missouri on the Invicta FC 24 card. It will be against black belt and world champion in BJJ, Gabby Romero.

What is your best experience as a fighter? What is your worst?

-Getting a call from Invicta to make my pro début with them and sign a contract after just turning 19 was by far one of the highlight moments of my life. My best experience during fighting though is the feeling I get every time I win but the most awesome experience was my most recent fight when my father grabbed the cage and I ran to him only to hear his cheers of excitement. As any onlooker could see, I got a little emotional. However, my worst experience as a fighter did not elicit the same emotion. With a high as good as getting your hand raised at the end and feeling all of your hard work accumulate into something great, the low of losing is just as impacting. My first, and only, loss thus far was when I was an amateur and was flown out to Colorado. The intention for me going up there was to give their local girl a step up before going pro. Unfortunately, I obliged. It was a horrible feeling after losing by decision, and I have worked on everything mentally and physically since to keep that from happening again.

What advice would you give to other women who are reading this interview and want to get started in MMA?

-As a female myself, I find BJJ and MMA to be very important for self-defense and I would encourage any person, not just women, to at least learn basics. However, getting punched in the face is not for everyone, but knowing a ground game to fend off attackers or even the workout that comes with practicing a sport such as mixed martial arts is wholly beneficial. I say: try it, stick to it. You are always going to have someone better than you, just be better than yourself and grow every day! If you are a woman already interested in fighting, my advice is to do something that is different, be unique, if you want to be recognized. And get used to being the nail; in practice, I am typically the smallest, one of the weakest, and usually the only woman, which actually helps me. Don’t get discouraged by losses, especially in practice. Training with bigger stronger better people makes women your own size much easier to handle.

What or who are your inspirations in MMA and life?

-In life, my daddy is the biggest inspiration for me! My father has made a successful life for himself with the blessings God has granted him, despite the challenges he faced throughout. He is always there to guide me in the right direction and has always been my number one and my best friend and protector. However, in the MMA world, Georges St. Pierre has amazing technique and style, Brian Stann has my utmost respect for his devotion to the military, charities, and the Lord, along with any others who spread their Christianity by living right. Tecia Torres is also a great athlete in the women’s division, and I like Miesha Tate’s attitude and dynamic fighting style.

How do you enjoy your free time when not training or fighting?

-What free time!? Actually...I currently attend Drury University, double-majoring in psychology and sociology while finishing my undergraduate studies within three years. I am on the Drury Honors Program, and am also a member of the Drury Men’s Wrestling Team. I work full time at Cracker Barrel currently as a waitress, but those are kind of required. The rare instances I do get free time, it is spent with my family on our farm, planning for the future, alone drawing for my business Art of the Maverick, writing, or reading a book, or with my head on my pillow taking advantage of sweet sleep. And I’m always up for participating in any kind of athletic outdoorsy activity too, especially one involving competition or hands-on combat.

Lastly before we let you go we would love to hear about your future plans and let you send some shout outs.

Any future plans or dreams?

-I am going straight to a doctorate program from my bachelor’s. I will study industrial psychology and the end game is to become a business consultant, become a lead in the marketing and advertising side of business, or perhaps even delve into human resources. In the MMA world, my life dream is to be the UFC world champion of the strawweight and/or flyweight division!

Any shout outs you would like to make?

-My dad is the most influential person to me at every turn, but to give credit where credit is due, my two main coaches and corners from Springfield Fight Club have helped mold this glob of clay. Nathan Stamburski is the man who has orchestrated the fine points of getting me into MMA, as well as trained me from rock bottom in standup, figuring out all my flaws and weaknesses, and capitalizing on them before my opponent does. Brett Welcome, my other coach, on the other end of the martial arts spectrum, in my mind anyway, is the person who critiques my ground game, and always plays the role of father-figure, trying to point out negatives and reality to keep me focused. All of my other coaches and training partners have shown me enormous amounts of support as I continue to climb the ladder, assisting me in pushing myself and improving my game in every aspect.

-I want to thank my sponsors: Hayabusa, GRRRL, Fighter Alias, Persuasive Apparel, Midtowne Dental, MMA Roadhog, Waldron Realty, Gillispie Concrete, and other friends who have donated time, funds, and gear to helping me move on in my MMA career!

-And as always, Glory to God!

Thank you very much for your time Miranda and good luck on fight night! Click here for more event information including tickets and send your shout outs to Miranda on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter!

Posted on July 13, 2017 by www.babesofmma.com

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Nunes vs. Shevchenko 2 Tonight

The highly anticipated rematch between UFC women's bantamweight champion Amanda "The Lioness" Nunes (14-4) and Valentina "Bullet" Shevchenko (14-2) goes down tonight at UFC 213! In their first match-up at UFC 196, Nunes won by unanimous decision. Will she win again or will there be a new champion crowned tonight? Catch this event at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas or watch the PPV starting at 10 PM ET. Good luck ladies!

Photo courtesy of the UFC.

Posted on July 8, 2017 by www.babesofmma.com

Friday, July 7, 2017

TUF 25 Finale Stacked with Great Women's MMA Fights Today

Tune in early today for The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale preliminaries featuring a trio of explosive ladies fights live from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Tecia "The Tiny Tornado" Torres (8-1) and Juliana "Ju Thai" Lima (9-3) will kick off the UFC Fight Pass early preliminaries at 6 PM ET. Jessica "Evil" Eye (11-6, 1 NC) will welcome Aspen Ladd (5-0) to the Octagon in the Fox Sports 1 preliminaries starting at 7 PM ET followed by a scrap between Angela "Overkill" Hill (6-3) and Ashley "The Spider Monkey" Yoder (5-2). Good luck ladies!

Photos courtesy of WMMA Fight and Cage of Bones.

Posted on July 7, 2017 by www.babesofmma.com

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Sexy Sunday from Shelly Scarlet

It might be the end of the week so here's some motivation going into next week from MMA and boxing ring girl Shelly Scarlet! If this redheaded knockout doesn't perk you up we don't know what will. For the latest on Shelly give her a follow and shout out on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Posted on July 2, 2017 by www.babesofmma.com

Sunday, June 25, 2017

The Ladies of UFC Fight Night 112

UFC Fight Night 112 brings us another Sunday event from the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma featuring two excellent women's strawweight fights today. First up on the Fox Sports 2 preliminaries starting at 7 PM ET former UFC strawweight champion Carla "Cookie Monster" Esparza (12-4) will throw down with rising contender Maryna "Iron Lady" Moroz (8-1). Then on the Fox Sports 1 main card starting at 9 PM ET Felice "Lil Bulldog" Herrig (12-6) takes on undefeated Justine Kish (6-0).

Photos courtesy of the UFC and Iron Beard MMA.

Posted on June 25, 2017 by www.babesofmma.com

Friday, June 23, 2017

Colbey Northcutt Makes her Professional MMA Debut Tonight at LFA 14

After a short amateur MMA career (3-1) followed by a hiatus for college, Colbey Northcutt has returned to the sport and will make her professional MMA debut tonight versus Courtney King at Legacy Fighting Alliance 14 in Houston, Texas at the Arena Theatre. Get your tickets from Combat Tickets or watch the main card live on AXS TV starting at 9 PM ET. Send your shout outs to Colbey on Instagram and Twitter.


Photos courtesy of Colbey, Hannah Robinow and Legacy Fighting Alliance.

Posted on June 23, 2017 by www.babesofmma.com

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Cheyanne Vlismas Defends her Tuff-N-Uff Strawweight Title this Saturday

Babes of MMA sponsored fighter Cheyanne "The Warrior Princess" Vlismas returns to the Tuff-N-Uff cage this Saturday night to defend her strawweight title against Crystal Demopoulas. Send your shout outs to Cheyanne on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Good luck Cheyanne!

More event information including ticketing can be found through Tuff-N-Uff. Pack the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas this Saturday night!


Photos courtesy of Cheyanne, Infamous Graphix, Joe Pic Photography and Tuff-N-Uff. Video courtesy of Heidi Fang of the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Posted on June 15, 2017 by www.babesofmma.com

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Meet MMA Babe Monika Cozlin

Say hello to MMA babe Monika Cozlin! This knockout sports mahogany, black and blonde-hair, is 5’8”, 115 lbs, measures 32D-26-36 and calls Los Angeles, California home.

Monika has graced the cages and rings for Fight Club OC, Golden Boy Promotions/Tecate and WKC. She has practiced boxing, Krav Maga and recently took up Jiu-jitsu. Her favorite fighters include Conor McGregor, Fabricio Werdum, Ronda Rousey, Selina Flores and Oscar De La Hoya.

Outside the world of martial arts Monika is a print, television, and promotional spokes model as well as an emcee. Her extensive print and television work includes bikini, lingerie, fitness modeling, automotive and motorcycle. She has also appeared on several TV shows, participated in runway shows and bikini contests. Her promotional modeling background includes spokes model, emcee, hosting, presenter and platform narrator, ambiance and atmosphere model, ring girl, grid girl and demo model.

For more on MMA babe Monika Cozlin give her a follow and shout out on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Posted on June 11, 2016 by www.babesofmma.com