July 4th has long since been synonymous with food, festivities and fireworks, however one can expect those fireworks to continue throughout the entire month as no fewer than 12 fighters ranked in the Top-10 by the Women’s MMA Rankings will square off against one another.
On July 9th at Cage Warriors 43, 3rd ranked Super Flyweight, Rosi “The Surgeon” Sexton (12-2) battles hard hitting and 6th ranked, Sheila “The German Tank” Gaff (9-4-1) for the Cage Warriors 125-pound Women’s Championship. The winner will not only receive a shiny new belt, but she will also announce herself as the number one threat to division queen-pin, Tara LaRosa.
Jewels 15th Ring takes place on July 9th and features a stacked card of top talent including 3rd ranked Flyweight Mei Yamaguchi (8-2-1) taking on 9th ranked, Seo Hee Ham (8-4). Also on the card, 4th ranked Bantamweight, Roxanne “The Happy Warrior” Modafferi (15-7) takes on 8th ranked, Hitomi “Girlfight Monster” Akano (17-8). Modafferi and Akano were first set to face off at SRC: “Soul of Fight” on December 30th, but the bout was scrapped at the last minute after Modafferi fell ill.
Its a battle of knock-out artists at Strikeforce Challengers 17 on July 22nd as 2nd ranked Bantamweight, Sarah Kaufman (13-1) slugs it out with 6th ranked, Liz “Girl-Rilla” Carmouche (5-1). Kaufman has totaled 10 of her 13 wins via form of knock-out, while 3 of her 5 wins has come the same way for Carmouche. Both fighters lone defeat came at the hands of Strikeforce Champion, Marloes Coenen and a victory here should put the winner as the number one contender for another title shot.
On July 30th at The Cage Inc. in North Dakota its a contest of submission aces as 3rd ranked Bantamweight, Shayna “The Queen of Spades” Baszler (14-6) puts her TCI Women’s title on the line against 7th ranked, Alexis Davis (9-4). This bout is a rematch from one of the top women’s fights of 2010 in which Baszler scored a razor-thin and somewhat contentious unanimous decision over Davis.
July 30th will also be the date when #1 ranked Bantamweight and Strikeforce Champion, Marloes “Rumina” Coenen (19-4) defends her title against number one contender and 5th ranked Miesha “Takedown” Tate (11-2) at Strikeforce: Fedor vs Henderson. Coenen became champion when she submitted then previously unbeaten Sarah Kaufman on October 9, 2010. In March, Coenen was successful in her first title defense against Liz Carmouche. Carmouche was a late replacement for Tate who was forced to withdraw from the bout after suffering a knee injury during training, which caused a bit of contention between Tate and Coenen. Now, four months later, they look to not only settle their differences in the cage, but to stake their claim as the top Bantamweight in the world.