Amanda LaVoy Upsets Michele Gutierrez; Cat Zingano Retains Title

707_lgPlus Jewels MMA’s double header and Felice Herrig’s battle with Nicdali Calanoc.

Sometimes underdogs do have their day.

Amanda LaVoy snapped a four fight losing streak this weekend by defeating Michele Gutierrez via doctor’s stoppage at the XFO 39 card in Chicago.

In the first round, Gutierrez and LaVoy traded blows to open the contest, with Gutierrez being the more effective striker.

She was able to knock down LaVoy twice, but LaVoy hung in there, land some shots to Gutierrez’s left eye, causing a cut, which was swollen by the end of round 1.

In the second round, LaVoy was able to land some Muay Thai knees that opened a huge gash on the side of Gutierrez’s head. The doctors called off the contest at 24 seconds of round two. The cut would later require 26 stitches to close.

In other action on the card, Felice Herrig made her hometown proud, getting a unanimous decision victory over Nicdali Calanoc-Rivera. Herrig was able to take the back twice in the fight, with Calanoc battling the rear naked choke up until the final buzzer. All three judges scored it 30-27 for Herrig, who improves to 5-3.

#4 ranked 125 pounder Cat Zingano retians her Fight 2 Win 130 pound title as she defeated Takayo Hashi via KO slam in the third round at the Fight 2 Win Outlaws event in Denver.

Zingano controlled most of the striking throughout the fight, with Hashi do some clinch work on the cage. In the third, Zingano was able to get an inverted triangle, but Hashi escaped. After some grappling, Zingano chose to let the fight come to the feet. Hashi tried to jump into guard, but Zingano powerbombed her to the mat, knocking Hashi unconscious. The referee stopped the fight at 4:42 of round 3.

Hashi was able to leave the cage under her own power. Zingano improves to 6-0.

Across the pacific, JEWELS did a double header card to help benefit the Japanese Tsunami victims. It had grappling, kickboxing, and MMA, but here are the MMA results.

On the JEWELS 14 card:

#1 Strawweight Naho “Sugi Rock” Sugiyama solidified her position at the top, as she defeated the #3 ranked Misaki Takimoto via rear naked choke at 4:06 of round 1.

In an upset Sachiko Yamamoto defeated #7 Strawweight Miyoko Kusaka via Unanimous Decision, which is sure to gain her a spot in the June rankings.

and

Mika Nagano defeated Emi Murata via Armbar at 1:14 round 1.

In the earlier “JEWELS 13” card:

Yukiko Seki defeated Yuka Okumura via Split Decision
Megumi Morioka defeated Asami Higa via Unanimous Decision
Sadae Suzumura defeated Anna Saito via Technical Submission (Armbar) at 2:10 of Round 2
Esui defeats Chisa Yonezawa via TKO (Doctor Stoppage) at 5:00 of Round 1

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