Invicta Fighting Championships atomweight champ Jessica Penne will be defending her title against Michelle "the Karate Hottie" Waterson at Invicta FC 5, as reported on MMAJunkie.com radio. The fights are likely to take place in Irvine, California on April 13th, with a scrap between Vanessa Porto and Barb Honchak on the card as well. Rumors about Leslie Smith vs. Sarah Kaufman are floating around as well. We will post the official lineup once it is available.
On Wednesday the 16th, Nikki Knudsen will face Windy "Fancy Pants" Gore at AFC 96: Charity Fight.
And on Saturday the 19th, Amy Caldwell will fight Maria Andaverde at Rogue Fights.
FIGHTERS ONLY AWARDS
The only female recipient of the Fighters Only World MMA Awards was none other than Ronda Rousey, who beat nominees Jessica Aguilar, Sarah Kaufman, Sara McMann and Miesha Tate for Female Fighter of the Year.
Rousey was also nominated as the Charles 'Mask" Lewis Fighter of the Year, but lost to Jon "Bones" Jones, and Breakthrough Fighter of the Year, but lost to Chris Weidman, and her fight with Miesha Tate was nominated for Submission of the Year, but lost to Frank Mir vs. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (UFC 140).
Other female nominees for various awards included Shannon Knapp for "Leading Man of the Year," and Karyn Bryant for "MMA Journalist of the Year.'
TWO LLOYD IRVIN STUDENTS CHARGED WITH RAPING A TEAMMATE
Matthew Maldonado and Nicholas Schultz are being held without bail on rape charges after being caught on videotape "allegedly" raping a teammate on New Year's Eve.
This incident has brought out information about a 1990 case possibly involving Lloyd Irvin himself, in which someone with the same name (including middle initial) who attended the same college at the same time as the martial arts instructor himself was involved with a gang rape, although he was acquitted on a technicality, due to impotence at the time of the attack.
Lloyd Irvin has responded to the incident by issuing a press release, purchasing the domain LloydIrvinRape.com, and putting out a press release on PRWeb for a rape prevention course he is teaching.
Maldonado and Schultz are being charged with 1st and 2nd degree sexual assault. According to legal documents found on DCcourts.gov, the two men were offered a pre-indictment plea bargain and are "exploring their offer."
A preliminary hearing is scheduled to take place on Friday the 18th at 9:30 AM.
For more information, see http://www.fightopinion.com/2013/01/12/court-lloyd-irvin-students-rape/.
BRA AUCTION A SUCCESS
David Bayer, along with his daughter Emma and women's soccer player McCall Zerboni, recently organized a bra auction to raise money for the Kee-A-Breast Foundation. Participants included Julie Kedzie, Sara McMann, Bec Hyatt, Ronda Rousey, Liz Carmouche, Michelle Waterson, Sarah Goodlaxson, Felice Herig, Tecia Torres, Rachael Blaze, Emily Kagan, Cassie Crisano, Hitomi Akano, Sarah Moras, Ayaka Hamasaki, Katalina Malungahu, Amanda Bell, Cassie Robb, Laura Sanko, and even Arianny Celeste. Over $5000 was raised in the fight against breast cancer.