It wasn’t the most entertaining match, but the five rounds for the Jackson’s MMA women’s title was about respect, and both fighters had plenty of it for each other.
At Jackson’s MMA Series 4 at the Hard Rock Casino in Albuquerque, NM, Julie Kedzie defeated Kaitlin Young via unanimous decision (50-45, 49-46, 49-46) to become the first Jackson’s MMA Women’s champion.
This wasn’t the first time they fought, but do legal reasons we can’t tell you who one the first time around. (If you surf the web, you can however.)
It was a long feeling out process throughout the fight, with both competitors giving short flurries of strikes and pummeling against the fence. It wasn’t until the fifth when we saw Julie Kedzie take Young down; but Young was actively working submissions on her back.
Although we had it a closer fight in our score cards, the judges gave the unanimous decision (50-45, 49-46, 49-46) to Kedzie.
In other matches on the card:
Tuff-n-uff amateur MMA vet Tsui-Jen “Soo Bee Doo” Cunanan gets her first win as a pro over Jackson’s MMA own Kelley Renee via majority decision. Renee had multiple sub attempts throughout the match, as Cunanan dominated the striking department. One judge scored it 29-29 draw, with the other two scoring 29-28 on their cards.
Jodie Esquibel made an impressive pro-debut in the Strawweight division by defeating Brittany Horton via TKO at 3:59 of round 1. Esquible out-boxed Horton throughout the round. A huge head kick toppled Horton, which lead to some ground and pound and the referee stoppage.
In amateur action, 43 year old grandmother and NAGA grappling champ Beckie Lobb showed off her striking skills in her TKO win over Katrina Branchal. Lobb used some of her jiu-jitsu in the first round to try to secure a triangle choke, but it was all boxing in rounds 2 & 3, with Lobb utilizing the right hook in a showcase of some striking skills. A barrage of punches ended the fight standing at 2:36 of round 3 as the referee stopped the contest.
It wasn’t the comeback that Erin Toughill expected.
At the Freestyle Cage Fighting 46 card in Shawnee, OK, Ashley Sanchez beats Toughill by unanimous decision. Sanchez was also returning to the cage after a two year absence, having fought at 135 pounds her last outing in a unanimous decision loss to Sarah Schneider. Sanchez goes 2-2, while Toughill receives her first loss on seven years.
In a tightly contested contest, Avery Vilche defeated Sarah Maloy by unanimous decision to earn her second win of her career. Maloy drops to 2-1 in her pro career.
Amanda Lucas didn’t fight as her opponent Heather Martin came in overweight. Martin initially weighed in at 178 pounds for the 165 pound contest, and wasn’t able to drop to 173 pounds to satisfy the Okalahoma State Athletic Commission or the 163 pound Lucas. Plans are in the works to have Lucas fight in another organization in June.
She is one of the best 115 pound amateur fighters, but maybe turning pro soon. The undefeated Tuff-n-uff MMA 115 champ Ashley Cummins defeated Jocelyn Lybarger via verbal submission (armbar) at 1:43 of round 1 in Vegas.
Cummins got a takedown early. As Lybarger tried to stand-up after a scramble, Cummings attempted a triangle choke, and transitioned to an armbar. Cummins stated on our podcast that she has been offered a position on Team USA in the MMA Sports Federation this summer, and soon after, she will be turning pro. Lybarger stated in an interview with us that she has some more fights lined up.
Speaking her Jocelyn Lybarger, her twin sister Jillian Lybarger was victorious over Mahlee Rahn via unanimous decision earlier in the card. Jillian got hit with 3 low blows in the match by Rahn unintentionally, which resulted in Rahn being deducted a point. Jillian was able to out strike Rahn through the pain, and land a solid punch in the closing round. Rahn secured a choke at the very end, but Jillian was able to survive until the bell. Jillian picks up her improves to 4-3.
In the 145 pound division, Samantha Mosqueda get her first win as an amateur, defeating Rachael Millard via unanimous decision in a dominate performance. It was all takedowns and sub attempts for the “Muay Thai Machine”, as well as outboxing Millard. Mosqueda and Tuff-n-uff 145 pound champion Taylor Stratford have already agreed to title a match, with a date being announced in the next few weeks.
In other action:
Valérie Létourneau defeated Julie Malenfant via TKO 2:15 round 2 at Ringside MMA 10 in Montreal (thanks to @davesimonmma on twitter)
Plus Ashley Cummins retains her title, and Beckie Lobb impressive in debut.
(Left – Tuff-n-uff Champ Ashley Cummins Photo Courtesy Tuff-n-uff/Ray Kasprowicz)