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Two of the most accomplished fighters prepare to go at it, plus six other women prepare to show their skills in the cage. If you look into the beginnings of Women’s MMA, few names stick out like Julie Kedzie and Kaitlin Young.
They were there when Bodog and Hook’n’Shoot were at the top of their games, and both have impressive wins under their belts.
Now, they finally are facing each other.
Kedzie (15-8) is a staple of Jackson’s MMA ever expanding women’s team, while Young (4-4), who defeated a young Miesha Tate four years ago, is looking to get back on the winning track.
Kedzie weighed in officially at 134.6 and Young at a stout 135.8.
Also on the card, Beckie Lobb makes her amateur debut verses Katrina Branchal at 135 pounds. Lobb, the 43 year old grandmother, look fit and strong, weighing in at 135.2 pounds, while her much smaller opponent held at 127 pounds.
Tuff-n-uff amateur MMA veteran T.J. Cunanan (121.4) makes her pro debut versus Jackson’s own Kelley Renee (125.3).
And rounding out the night will be two debuting Strawweight fighters in Brittany Horton (105) and Jodie Esquibel (105).
All the matches will be streamed live for $10 on the Jackson’s MMA Series website.
The 145 pound amateur standout is hoping to learn and approve in her match this weekend.
When Jessamyn Duke hit the scene last year, she had some great credentials behind her. Having trained in both kickboxing and jiu-jitsu for five years, Duke came in with an impressive win in her debut with a ground and pound win last year at the “Absolute Action MMA: Battle Against Breast” cancer event.
Duke had faced a solid in wrestler in Ashlee Evans-Smith in the Tuff-n-uff 145 tournament January in Vegas, giving Duke her biggest test so far, and Smith would get a unanimous decision.
Duke faces another wrestler in Sarah Cook at the Absolute Action MMA 145 anniversary show this weekend in Florence, KY. If she wins, she will gain her first title as an amateur.
Duke took some time to talk to Fightergirls about her upcoming match and her learning curve as an amateur fighter.
Fightergirls: Did you learn a lot in your last match?
Jessamyn Duke: I always make sure that none of my losses are in vain. Rather than make excuses about why it happened, I go back to the gym and evaluate myself and work on improving my game. I know that I am not the perfect fighter, far from it, and I am taking advantage now while I’m an amateur to fill in the holes in my game rather than trying to play catch up once I go pro. In my last fight, I learned that I wasn’t quite big enough to be as competitive as I would like to be in the 145lb weight division. I was out-muscled with brute strength in my last fight and I swore that would never happen again.
Fightergirls: How is training going into this fight? Working on anything in particular?
Duke: Training leading up to this fight has been much different. I took a few months and worked purely on gaining size and strength. I got on a serious weightlifting routine and got on a special diet that consisted of lots and lots of calories. I cut out almost all of my cardio and focused on gaining some mass. I’m naturally an ectomorph, which means that my body resists weight and muscle gain. I had to really shock my system into gaining some serious mass and I was successful. I knew about this fight 1 month in advance. I kept the heavy lifting up but reintroduced the cardio training. Lots of running and conditioning work helped bounce my cardio right back to where it was.
As far as technical training goes I am always improving both my stand up and my ground game. Since my opponent is a wrestler, I have naturally been working lots of anti-wrestling techniques but I make sure that I consistently improve in all areas.
FG: How much do you know about your opponent?
JD: My opponent, Sarah Cook, is mainly a wrestler. I have seen her fight twice and I feel comfortable with my opponent. She is 5’4″ and has a record of 2-1.
FG: Any plans to fight again after this match? If a return to Tuff-n-uff in the works?
JD: I will be fighting as much as I can this year. I need all the experience I can get. A return to tuff-n-uff is definitely in my future. If I didn’t have the fight this weekend I would have been fighting in tuff-n-uff next weekend. It’s quite possible that while I’m filming the reality show in Vegas that I’m going to be apart of that I will get the chance to fight again for Tuff. I look forward to it.
The Absolute Action MMA Anniversary show will be at Midwest Sports Complex in Florence, KY this Saturday. Fights start at 7 p.m. eastern. You can also watch the stream online live by going to for $10.
Four of the top female mma journalists and an upcoming Strawweight fighter weigh-in on the surprising news over the weekend.
It came as a shock Saturday morning when news broke about Zuffa, the parent company of the UFC, buying out Strikeforce MMA. When it comes to women’s MMA there are few bigger than the San Jose based promotion. One of the major questions asked throughout the women’s mma community is what will happen to the division in the future? Dana White, the UFC President, is not a fan of women’s mma fights stating that, “There aren’t enough good fights out there.”
White went on record saying that Strikeforce would be its own separate entity, and Scott Coker, the President of the company, would still be in charge of the day to day operations. “Business as usual,” was White’s continued comments throughout the interview he conducted with Ariel Helwani of MMA Fighting.
However, the future is still uncertain. Fighter girls has gather four of the top women’s mma journalists, plus up and coming strawweight fighter Sarah Goodlaxson to talk about the historic buyout in a special Fighter girls News. Besides Goodlaxson, the panel includes:
Fightergirls News Editor MarQ Piocos Yael Grauer Lacey Neher And Kristin Ursy of Women’s MMA Round-up
Marloes Coenen retains the Strikeforce title by the skin of her teeth, Tara LaRosa vs. Carina Damm announced, plus more news. Marloes Coenen defended her Strikeforce title in dramatic fashion against Liz Carmouche
Sheila Bird FILA Grappling Champ Being on top of the grappling world, multi-time FILA champ Sheila Bird sets her sights on MMA. She is one of the toughest submission fighters on the planet, and she is debuting in the cage this Friday.
Sheila Bird has won multiple world championships in FILA, and just recently won Gold at the World Combat Games in Bejing China this past August. Now she is set to take on MMA, as she faces another debuting MMA fighter, kickboxer Tanya Byrne, at the Unified MMA 7 event in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
Sheila Bird FILA Grappling Champ
She talked to us on Fighter girls News about her transition to MMA.
Bird’s motivation is similar to what Olympic Silver medalist Sara McMann had told us a few months ago, she wanted a new mountain to climb.
“I wanted to stay motivated,” Bird admitted. “After the last tournament that I was in, in Bejing, China at the World Combat Games, I really excited about training my striking again and I started to do that for a month or two and I said ‘I need a little bit of a change.’”
Bird is based out of Calgary’s BDB Martial Arts, and is currently training with UFC fighter Nick Ring. The gym is well rounded, and although she has been training grappling most of her career, the transition into doing kickboxing was something that didn’t take long to overcome.
“Getting hit never bothered me,” Bird expressed. “It helps is you aren’t gun shy right off the bat, you are more likely to do it. That’s how I transitioned; getting into kickboxing, and now I’m putting it all together.”
A lot of top notch grapplers that Bird competed against in the past are in the sport of MMA, including the afore mentioned Sara McMann and Shayna Baszler. If there is one fighter that Sheila Bird looks towards as an example of being able to do MMA and grappling, it’s Tara LaRosa.
“I really respect her as an MMA fighter,” Bird admitted. “I am thinking about talking to her before my fight this weekend and hear any words of advice she has to say.”
“I really respect her work effort.”
It is expected the Bird will be making a huge impact in the 135 pound division. She admitted that she still has a ways to go, however. With this match Friday, she is hoping to take that first step into her new and hopefully successful career.
“I am making MMA my priority, but I am taking it one fight at a time,” Bird stated. “I am fully expecting that I get in the cage on Friday, I’m going to have a fight, and I am going to love it. I am going to come out of there really pumped.”