It was a busy weekend with two high profile grappling tournaments, a new champion was crowned, and Reid continues her roll.
Starting off with the National Pankration Championships in Santa Ana, CA, sponsored by Conquest MMA, Blood Brothers Inc., and Fightergirls.com – Senior division winners included Lightweight champion – Delecia Valasquez-Stump and Heavyweight Champion – V. Anglada.
For a complete list of women’s division winners, go to our forums.
Also this weekend was the U.S. team trials for the Fila World Grappling No-gi Championships where held in Phoenix. In what was the most competitive division of the trials, the 63 kg tournament saw four of the best grappler duke it out. In the first match of the round robin tournament, Miesha Tate outscored Shayna Baszler 9-4 in the opening match. Olympic Silver medalist Sarah McMann submitted Angelica Rein in her opening round match, with Tate and Baszler following her lead with their matches with Rein. McMann would defeat Tate via decision and Baszler would defeat McMann (Video Available) by decision.
Baszler’s two submissions wins her the tournament, with Tate taking second. Both earns their ticket to the world championships this December. Tara Larosa (59 kg) and Tori Adams (67 kg), earn their spots by default, with Felcia Oh (50 kg) (Video Available), and Stephanie Murata (55 kg) win their respective tournament. Complete results are available in the fourms.
In the mma world, Freestyle Cage Fighting crowns a new 125 pound champion as Sally Krumdiak (7-2) defeats Nicdali Calanoc (6-4) via Unanimous Decision at FCF 36.
Elena Reid (4-0) continues her unbeaten streak, as she defeats Masako Yoshida (16-15-5) via TKO at 2:35 of R1, Extreme Beatdown 5
And finally Jan Finney (5-7) get back on the winning track as she defeats a debuting Marissa Caldwell (0-1)via TKO in round 1 of the MMA BigShow: Full Force.