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Interview MMA Fighter Tanya Vlahac

Interview MMA Fighter Tanya Vlahac Tanya Vlahac pro female MMA fighter interview lets talk to this fighter girl and see all the information on female MMA.

Hello Tanya,
I am Angus Fox, Debi Purcell asked me to conduct an interview with you so we can let the world know whats been going on with you, and get us all the status of your injury. Let’s get started!

Interview MMA Fighter Tanya Vlahac

Just for the record, though its not polite, can you tell us all how old you are?

(Laughing) I turn 48 on Dec. 18th. Angus, I’m laughing because when I was in my 30’s I looked like I was in my 40’s. I weighed over 200 pounds. Now, people are shocked when I tell them my age. It sometimes hurts me in business because people don’t realize my experience.

Interview MMA Fighter Tanya Vlahac
Interview MMA Fighter Tanya Vlahac

About Tanya Vlahac

* Lets get a little background information on you. How to you start fighting mma?

I was living the corporate life in Montreal, my hometown. I had my bachelor’s degree and was working on my masters degree, eating crappy food, working long hours – but I had the “right” clothes!!

I met my coach, Pete Tremblay, when he was hired to work for the same company I was working for. He would talk to me about martial arts, and about health and fitness and it captivated me. He had a management style that I had never seen before. Being the stuck-up wanna-be academic, I was determined to “research” the sources of Pete’s management style.

So Pete and I ended up working on many of the same projects, because our areas of expertise were complementary. As we talked more, Pete started lending me martial arts books. He also suggested I go try some martial arts clubs, and I did try different clubs: aikido, boxing, and judo.

Tanya Vlahac The Fighter

I started to change my lifestyle. But I changed it dramatically. Right around this time, my husband-to-be died of a heart attack at the age of 43. I quit my job, moved to another province, and became business partners with Pete and his wife, Sandy. We opened up a gym/martial arts school.

After training for seven years, I wanted to have one MMA fight.
Because of my age, I wasn’t thinking of fighting more than once. So, if I was going to fight only once, I wanted to fight the best. At that time, the best was Judy Neff. Judy and I fought in the IFC under Paul Smith, in Fresno, California in 2001. We were the only females on the card. The fans were unbelievably enthusiastic. I got hooked.

* What do you do to stay in such phenomenal shape? What is your training schedule like?

Thanks for saying “phenomenal” shape; that’s very nice of you.
Actually, it’s pretty easy for me right now to stay fit because I am part owner of Total Fitness, which, as I mentioned, is a gym/martial arts school. I can organize my training around the times I teach kids and do personal training sessions.

The one thing I will admit I am weird about is my eating. I follow a fanatical low-fat, high complex-carbohydrate, protein diet (I have to add “protein” because for some reason a lot of people assume I am a vegetarian – I guess because they see all the vegetables I eat.)

Just ask anyone who goes out to a restaurant with me – I special-order to the point they roll their eyes and try to pretend they don’t know me. I have one cheat day a week. That usually means I still eat clean, but I eat a LOT more than usual. I haven’t eaten butter for 12 years; I’ve eaten maybe 10 french fries in that time-twenty cookies. OK, maybe a piece of cheesecake or two. Weird, I admit it.

Tanya Valahac Fight Training

The rest of my lifestyle seems very normal, to me. Four days a week I train 45 minutes on weights (split routine: bench, squat, military press, stuff like that, nothing fancy).
I run 8 kilometers (5 miles) every day.
I train MMA 1-2 hours per day.
Pre-fight, that usually goes to 4 hours per day.
And, I try to get 9-10 hours of sleep.

* Recently, while training for the Hook and Shoot tournament, you suffered a pretty serious injury. Can you tell us what happened?

Hindsight is always 20/20 vision. The Monday before the Nov. 19th Hook n Shoot tournament, I really nailed one of my sparring partners. My arm felt funny, but no pain or anything. The evening after the weigh-in, Pete and I were having something to eat at one of the restaurants in Evansville, and the waitress said, “Nice arms, let’s see you flex.” I couldn’t flex my right biceps. The next morning, I went (actually, Pete dragged me) to the Deaconnes Trauma Centre where I saw an orthopedic surgeon who ordered an MRI.

My right biceps tendon was completely ruptured at the distal end. I had to have surgery, which took place here in Ottawa (10 long days after I got home – don’t get me started on the Canadian medical system). The surgeon drilled two holes in the bone in my forearm, placed two pins and secured my biceps tendon. He told me that the tendon was so shredded he had to pull it pretty tight before he could get healthy tissue, so it’s going to be hard at first for me to straighten my arm. But with good physiotherapy, it shouldn’t be a problem.

* How is your recovery coming?

It’s going very well. For the first three weeks, I will have to rest completely; the arm is immobilized in a half-cast. You should see it.
It’s completely atrophied, and just hangs there, like it belongs to some other person’s body.

Following three weeks of immobilization, I will be working on range-of motion exercises (“exercise” is a bit of a stretch, no pun intended. I’ll support my hand and move it up and down at the elbow joint. The fancy name is “passive resistance” exercise). That’ll last about eight weeks. Then load-bearing exercises.

In three months, I can train. Three to six months after that, I will be able to start training for a fight. (My coach is going to read this, so I had to quote the official line. The way I really feel is that this injury is rare and I believe these timelines apply to research using a bunch of old men, so how can anyone know what I will be able to do and when? But don’t tell my coach I said that!)

* As a fighter, I’m sure its incredibly difficult for you not to train, what are you doing to keep busy while recuperating?

You can say that again. I have been doing the stationary bike every day for 30 minutes – hard! I am not allowed to run outside (in the snow – might slip, they say). As of this week, I started bag work, but only using my left side. I attend all martial arts classes, and I’m visualizing like crazy.

Pete quotes a study that shows the best athletic performance comes from a 75% visualization, 25% physical practice, so I am encouraged by the value of visualization.

I still teach the kids martial arts classes, and some of the adult classes. For the more physical group fitness classes I usually teach, I do the parts I am allowed to do (like crunches, stretches) and call out the rest.

That’s how I’m keeping busy. It also takes me an eternity to floss my teeth with only one hand, put on deodorant, shave my legs, get dressed, open jars, and type on the computer. So that’s keeping me pretty busy, too!

* As a woman fighter, you face many unique challenges that many of your male counterparts do not.

The only “unique” challenge I am confronted with is that no one understands what I do. When I try to explain it, the response I usually get is, “Oh yeah, my six-year-old nephew does that, too! He’s a black belt in taekwondo (or karate).”

I don’t have tattoos, a shaved head and eyebrow piercings, dress in black, or ride a motorcycle. People assume that’s the deal if you’re a “fighter.” But I bet Rich Franklin gets that kind of reaction, too (NOT that I’m comparing myself in any way to someone of his athletic ability!!) so I don’t think it’s a uniquely female challenge.

I can’t think of a single other “challenge” that I face as a woman that a 135-pound man wouldn’t also face, including being taken seriously.

* How do you maintain the drive to be the best?

I try not to be a zero in anything. Keep my circle round, as my coach would say. In MMA, you work ground, and your stand-up gets weak. You focus on your stand-up, and your strength, say, declines. You hit the weights, and then all hell breaks loose at home or at work, because you’re spending too much time away at the gym. So I suppose the impetus to be the best comes from constantly working and re-working this balancing act.

* With Roxanne Modeferi’s impressive victories over Jen Howe, and Julie Kedzie winning the whole boat at hook and shoot, the landscape in womens mma is changing. What challenges still await Tanya Vlahac?

The women are getting younger and more technical, but I have the advantage of the mental game. Not to say you can’t be young and mentally tough. I’ve just been doing it longer, I’ve lived some life, and I have the advantage that comes with age and experiences. Fitness-wise, I can hold my own against most people, and I think my mental toughness makes me train harder than someone who takes their fitness for granted. The new fighters are technically amazing – but I still think fighting is 90% a mental game.

So to answer your question, what challenges still await me? Well, I’m not ready to stop fighting any time soon. I thought I was in the best shape of my life for Judy Neff. A month ago in Evansville, I KNOW I was in the best shape of my life, and technically better than ever. I want to see what I can do next time around. Exactly what event or which fight that will be, I don’t know, but I’ve just had something taken away that I always took for granted. When I’m back, it’ll be with a vengeance, because I will value the opportunities that come my way more than ever before.

* Who do you want to fight next?

I never got to fight Molly Helsel because of this injury. I like her attitude, and I respect her fire. I sat beside her Mom and brother at Hook n Shoot and they’re really good people. So I’d be willing to fight Molly some day. But I haven’t really thought about it much. Let’s see what happens next year, when I’m back in fighting shape.

* What fighters inspire you to train hard and do what you do?

Tanya Vlahac Coaches and Trainers

Pete Tremblay, my coach. He doesn’t fight any more, but I’ve seen some of his fights from 25 years ago, and, man, they were crazy back then!!!! Of the pro fighters, you can guess I’d name this person: Randy Couture, for the sheer no-quit in him. Rich Franklin, for talent and brains and the self-effacing, and highly successful, disposition he showed as a coach on the T.U.F. television series. Females? Debi Purcell. Love her athletic talent, her unpretentious personality, the fact that she naturally and unabashedly promotes femininity as well as fighting ability, and for what she’s done as an advocate for women MMA fighters. I hope the women coming up realize how much Debi has done to pave the way for them, and I hope they show her the respect and recognition she deserves.

* Any advice for other women who are looking to start training nhb?

Stop limiting yourself with false ideas. Human beings have walked the earth for a few thousand years – if our bodies were that fragile, we wouldn’t have survived this long. Train hard, suck it up. If you have a coach who treats you differently than he or she treats the guys, find a new coach. Watch what the guys of your weight can do, and try to do it, too, to the very best of your ability. If you have your period, shut up. Just train. Wanna know how I really feel (smiling)?

* Thanks for a great interview. Anyone operating behind the curtain you want to thank? Any sponsors who have helped you become the fighter you are today?

Jeff Osborne from Hook n Shoot. Jeff is one of the classiest people I’ve had the privilege to meet (and you sure get to meet a lot of people in this business.) Jeff Osborne had the guts to do Revolution, Evolution, and the latest “first”, the Women’s Grand Prix, a tournament-style MMA event. He’s put a lot on the line to advance women MMA fighters.

Thank you, Angus, for your interest, and for asking all those great questions. It was a pleasure for me. My friends say I talk too much, so thank you for actually asking me to talk – instead of shutting me up!!
Big hello to you and all my friends in the States.
As you guys know, you can’t talk to a Canadian, “aye”, without hearing something about the weather: So I’ll give you an update. We’re looking at minus 20 degrees today, and expecting 12 inches of snow overnight. Hope you guys are nice and warm! Take care.

Tanya Valahac Passed Away

Hi Everyone, Tanya passed away this morning at 7:35 a.m. at the Ottawa General Hospital. There will be visitation at the Barker Funeral Home in Carleton Place Thursday March 22nd from 2:00 to 4:00 and from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m… The funeral will be on Friday March 23rd (a correction) at 1:00 p.m. with a reception at the Carleton Place Heritage following. I was by her side; she has been fighting an incredible battle for the last week. She was diagnosed three weeks ago with stage IV bone cancer that has metastasized to her lungs. Tanya was taken to the hospital last Sunday. (They suspected blood clotting in her lungs.) Clotting is common among cancer patients.

Last Monday her condition got steadily worse, on Tuesday they called the RACE team from ICU, her left lung had collapsed. They placed a drain in her left chest cavity, draining 3 liters of fluid (almost 3/4 of a U.S. gallon.) Her condition improved remarkably within minutes. Her lung re-expanded and she could breath normally again. Her symptoms returned Wednesday morning. They mentioned that they may have to place a drain on the right side. They sent her for a CT scan. The Doctor called me out and showed me her CT scan from Sunday and compared it to Wednesday. What they though was fluid on the right side was a tumor the size of a softball. IT WAS NOT THERE ON SUNDAY!!! It had grown in 4 days.

The other tumors in her lungs were now the size of golf balls instead of pees. The Doctor mentioned that they have never seen a cancer this aggressive. Friday she started slurring her words. I asked the Oncologist whether she was being over medicated. He said no, the medication only takes away the feeling of drowning. Her lungs were failing and It was the lack of oxygen getting to her brain, like being trapped in a coal mine that was causing her symptoms. Sunday she became non responsive. Monday they pulled her IV, feeding tube and discontinued her anti-biotic and blood thinners. She was not in pain, the morphine kept her comfortable.

You would have been proud of her courage, her strength. She fought way beyond anything I could have done. To have your lungs fail is the most horrific thing that could have happened to anybody. She was a true warrior. She turned 49 on December 18th, 2006. Her mother died of the same cancer. She asked that no one mourn her death, that we could only celebrate her life. Tanya, all I can promise is; When I feel weak I will remember your strength. When I feel tired I will remember your resilience. When I feel scared I will remember you courage. But most of all I will remember you!

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Amanda Buckner Vs. Tara La Rosa

Amanda Buckner Vs. Tara La Rosa
Amanda Buckner Vs. Tara La Rosa

Amanda Buckner Vs. Tara La Rosa In Atlantic City, November 5th the stage is set for a night of great fights; of particular interest, Amanda Buckner vs. Tara La Rosa.
This is one that female fight fans have been waiting for; two ring-experienced women with solid technique finally face each other in MMA.

Placing 2nd and 3rd in ADCC, these women bring not only a repertoire of submissions, but knock-out power and both can push an aggressive pace. Amanda Buckner shares a few words with us now…

Heather: Tara’s got a similar record, losing only to the very tough Jennifer Howe. She’s been fighting for a few years, just like you and has won most of her fights via submission, just like you. How are you preparing?

Amanda: I’m preparing for this fight the same way I always do. I train mostly two times a day, sometime three and sometimes one. I have made one interesting change to my training in that I’ve adopted a new way of doing my strength and cardio. Since July, Jay and I have been doing Crossfit. For anyone that hasn’t heard of it, you can check out It’s really intense stuff. So I do Crossfit in the morning and do sport specific stuff at night (lots of sparring, both vale tudo and kickboxing with takedowns). As the fight has gotten closer I’ve added some sprinting and stuff like that on days when Crossfit isn’t quite so intense.

Amanda Buckner Vs. Tara La Rosa

Heather: Crossfit is a great program! Have you noticed a difference in your strength and conditioning since July?

Amanda: I’ve noticed a huge difference from using this program. This biggest difference I’ve noticed is in my functional strength. If i did a bench press test or something like that I’m not sure if my 1 rep max would have changed at all but if you had some way to test a person’s strength while actually doing MMA training my gains would be huge. This is exactly what I was hoping to get from Crossfit so I’m really happy with that.

Heather: Sounds like it’s working for you. Core strength or what you called ‘functional strength’ is so important in our sport. I’m especially interested in how diet affects competitive athletes. You’re a vegetarian, right? How do you feel about the philosophy that more protein = more muscle?

Amanda: I am a vegetarian and have been for about 12 years now. As far as the whole protein thing I think that people believe they need a lot more protein than they do. The way I try to eat is pretty simple; I try to get around 30 grams of carbs, and 21 grams of protein per meal. I always add in some fat as well, something like almonds or avocado. I don’t measure out my food or anything, that’s just a sort of guideline. Oh, and I guess a big thing for me is that I try and get almost all my carbs from fruits and vegetables. I do have trouble not eating sweet things so that is always a challenge for me.

Heather: Amanda, I’m not sure if you know this but you’re one of those people that exude a sort of greatness. Like, ”ooooh, Amanda Buckner, she’s big, strong, really tough.” You, as you said in an interview a few years back, ‘cut your teeth’ on some of the toughest fighters and went on to submit each of your following opponents. (I say that clearing my throat, of course.) What I find so delightful about you is that you are very genuine; really thoughtful in all your actions. You’re a person of your word. What words can you give us about your upcoming fight?

Amanda: First of all, thank you for all the kind things you said. I can’t say I feel any differently about fighting Tara than I have anybody else I’ve fought. One of the things that has been great for me about the path I have taken in fighting is that winning and losing has lost its importance. I’m the first to say that winning is definitely a better feeling but losing doesn’t feel so much like the end of the world like it has in the past. The result of this is that I really feel like I can go in there now and fight each fight with nothing held back. I can come in with a fast and aggressive pace and if I get caught oh well on to the next fight. I think feeling like this makes me fight closer to my potential and makes me more dangerous to the people I fight. I am excited to fight Tara in the sense that I think that this match up is great for women’s fighting. I think we need more fights between two skilled women if we’re ever going to change people’s minds about how women can fight. I think Tara and I will both come to put on a great fight and will bring out the best in each other.

Heather: I love your philosophy about winning & losing. The fight, itself, is the destination and the journey there is what truly changes us and makes us grow, not necessarily the loss or the win that defines us as fighters. Again, a lot of us are really looking forward to this match up. You both bring so much to the table.

Thanks so much for taking time away from your gym and training to share a few words! I won’t wish you luck, who needs it, just go do your thing and represent us girls well. I know you will!

Amanda: Thank you for taking the time to do the interview. Also, thanks to Sprawl and my team at the Academy of MMA.

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Muay Thai Fights, WCK @ Victorville

Muay Thai Fights, WCK @ Victorville
Muay Thai Fights, WCK @ Victorville

It’s time to rock n’ roll…. thanks for the support…hope to see you there…WCKMy name is Debi Purcell, I am a Mixed Martial Arts fighter under Marco Ruas and hostess of a new web site,
We are a resource for female fighters and NHB/MMA event promoters. We are doing what we can to help our end of the sport grow by trying to be a comprehensive source of information for all parties, including fans and sponsors.

Muay Thai Fights, WCK @ Victorville

We hope that we will continue to push the boundaries of the sport and make it a viable option for women, as well.. I am extending the invitation to have any female fighters you may have to fill out their profile on the site,They can do it directly from the site.

Also for promoters or academies to post news or upcoming events with females in them.,We are currently working on our own clothing line that will include women’s fight and training wear, as well of talking to other distributors about selling videos from our site. We have gotten a positive response from everyone that has heard about or seen what we are doing and would love to have your support as well.
Much Thanks,
Debi Purcell

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Laila Ali Vs. Erin Toughill

Laila Ali Vs. Erin Toughill
Laila Ali Vs. Erin Toughill

Laila Ali Vs. Erin Toughill Last night Erin Toughill and Laila Ali boxed in Washington D.C. on a Showtime Presentation for Ali to defend her WIBA Light Heavyweight Championship belt Last night on Pay Per ViewBoth women looked very professional but Toughill lost at the end of the third round with ONLY 1 second to go.

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2005 ADCC Women’s Write-Up

2005 ADCC Women's Write-Up
2005 ADCC Women’s Write-Up


2005 ADCC Women’s Write-Up Leka Vieira said, “This is an experiment…” Well on Saturday, May 28, 2005, the so-called experiment would be put to the test. Women have fought so hard to try and be put on the same pedestal as the men for many events. Continually they have fallen short. Sure, there is the WNBA. But that league has struggled since the women are not dunking and playing above the rim. It’s unfortunate, but most Americans probably cannot accept the differences between men and women in basketball, even though they are quite comparable. But in grappling, the women have proven themselves to be just as fierce, entertaining and competitive as the men.

2005 ADCC Women’s Write-Up

So, could the women of the ADCC prove to be entertaining as the men? The answer is a resounding YES! Since the women were squaring off at the same time as the men, and most of the time the focus was on the men, I’m sure many spectators will have to wait to see the women’s fights on the ADCC DVD before they realize what they’ve missed.

Gazzy Parman vs Leticia Ribeiro Okay, here we go. The first-ever women’s event at the ADCC, and it is up to Leticia Ribeiro and Gazzy Parman to kick-off the show. Going into this event, many believed Gazzy would be the women’s ADCC lightweight champ. Time would soon tell if that was to be the case. Both of the women are familiar with fighting in big events. Ribeiro is a Mundial veteran and champion while Gazzy has more than a few victories under belt as well. Leticia and Gazzy shake hands and it’s on. History is made. The two feel each other out with several tie ups. Gazzy appearing to be the bigger of the two tried several head snaps but could not take Leticia down. Leticia finally shoots in but to no avail, Gazzy’s sprawls and goes for a headlock. She works her way around to Leticia’s back and after a scramble, Gazzy ends up in Leticia’s guard. No points scored. Time runs out and they will now go into overtime. Regulation was spent mostly on the feet, neither of the girls taking too many chances for fear they might end up in a less-than-favorable position. And why not? This is for the big money.
The first overtime is a little more aggressive by both players. Again, the tie-ups and head snapping. Leticia looked to end this with a takedown attempt, but again Gazzy sprawls and works toward the back of Leticia. More guard play from Leticia. Times up. On to the second overtime.
In second OT, Leticia shoots in and then pulls guard. She tries to sweep Gazzy, but Gazzy uses her balance well and fights off the sweep attempt. Gazzy tries to pass the guard while Leticia defends.
Times up and we go to the judges’ score card. Gazzy moves on to the next round. Unfortunately, pulling guard is an infraction and Leticia lost a point for that.

2005 ADCC Women’s Write-Up

Leka Vieira vs. Roxanne (Roxy) Modaferri Another favorite in the lightweight division was Leka Vieira. She squares off with Roxanne Modaferri. The women circle around the mat clinching and trying to get the ever-so-precious underhooks. Roxanne, not happy with the standup, pulls guard. Instantly, she pulls off a triangle attempt. She holds off closing it for a second, then Leka pulls her head out just enough to avoid the submission. Roxanne switches from the triangle to an uma plata. Leka gets her balance and sits on Roxanne while Roxanne holds on dearly to the uma plata attempt. Could Roxanne pull off the upset? Leka is a veteran and would show why. Leka uses her untrapped arm to pull down on the foot of Roxanne hoping for a calf crunch or ankle submission, but to no avail. Leka waits patiently for a window of opportunity. If she could some how get her arm out, she would be in a perfect position for an arm-bar. Well, Leka somehow gets the arm out and spins for the armbar. Roxanne holds on for dear life, but inevitably the grip was broken and Leka gets the submission. Leka gets her first victory at ADCC, but now faces her grappling nemesis, Gazzy Parman, in the next round.

Megumi Fuji vs Rima Haddad
After a little scrambling, Megumi gets position beats Rima with a quick armbar to advance to the semis.

Kyra Gracie vs Erica Montoya
After a failed takedown by Kyra, Erica shoots in for a takedown of her own. Unfortunately, Kyra was waiting with a guillotine choke. Kyra held on tightly and applied a tight guard to make the guillotine even more difficult to escape. Well, after much time and with resounding resilience, Erica finally gets her head out of the choke. The two scramble for position with Kyra landing in Erica’s half guard. The whistle would blow and Kyra would win on points advancing to the semi finals.

Megumi Yabushita vs. Amanda Buckner
Right out of the Japanese pro wrestling circuit comes Megumi Yamashita. Well, not really, but she did wear clothing that looked more like she was going to a party rather than fighting at the ADCC. We would see soon that Megumi may have not been a pro wrestler, but rather, a pretty damn good takedown artist. After a quick modified judo throw, Megumi looks for the armbar. Buckner somehow gets to Megumi’s back in the process and goes for a rear naked choke. Megumi looked helpless while being attacked, but defended the rear naked well. Amanda tried to get her hooks in, but Megumi would have nothing of it. Amanda abandons her rear naked attempt and goes for an armbar. Megumi flips over and picks Amanda up while Amanda still holds onto the armbar. Megumi slams (it was legal to slam your opponent, as long as it was to release a submission attempt) Amanda which made Amanda give up the armbar. Megumi ends back up in Amanda’s guard. Amanda then takes Megumi’s back. All of this happened before the time where points were being counted in the match. They ended up back on their feet. Megumi attacked with another one of her great takedowns. Amanda scrambled only to end up back in Megumi’s guard. The two would fight intensely for the remainder of regulation with the victory going to Megumi, 7 – 0.

Marloes Coenen vs. Yuki Kondo Kubota
The two begin their confrontation with both of them trying to gain a good clinch. At one point it appeared that the two were slap boxing as they were working for the clinch. Merloes, tired of the pugilistic approach, Merloes pulls guard. Merloes immediately tried for a back sweep. After some stand up and more ground fighting, Merloes ends up with a knee bar, moving to the next round.

Camila Gilstein vs. Stacy Cartwright
After some stalking by both fighters, Camila ends up in Stacy’s guard. Stacy quickly sets up a triangle, then switches to an armbar. Camila tries to spin out, but Stacy still holds on and submits Camila.

Juliana Borges vs. Hannette Stack
Juliana wins on points and advances to the next round. —————————————–

So the first round of the women’s division is complete, the women take a break. Since there are 5 times the amount of men in this competition, one of the men’s division takes a strong hold on Mat #1, the mat the women were using. —————————————–

SEMI-FINALS Leka Vieira vs. Gazzy Parman
Well, now we have two of the favorites in the lightweight division squaring off. There is no love lost between these two. The last time they squared off was a gi fight few years back, where Leka won on points after a great battle between two of the best female grapplers in the world. The two square off. Leka pulls into a hook – sweep. Once she has Gazzy on her back, Leka immediately tries to pass Gazzy’s guard. One of the most difficult tasks for anyone, is to pass Gazzy’s guard… male or female. Leka almost passes then you see Gazzy’s remarkable guard recovery come into play. Gazzy then gets a sweep which is immediately countered by an uma plata attempt by Leka. Gazzy somehow pulls out a knee bar attempt while escaping the uma plata. Gazzy immediately goes for a toe hold. A submission Gazzy nearly caught Leka with at their last meeting. It looks like Leka is going to be submitted, but then she goes for a footlock herself. Gazzy’s footlock looks more secure than Leka’s. Leka decides to abandon her footlock and tries spinning out. While doing so, it opens up Gazzy to try a more devastating submission, a heelhook. Gazzy’s now working to lock in the heelhook. She holds onto this submission attempt for dear life. The whistle blows, signaling the end of regulation. A lost opportunity for Gazzy.
Overtime begins. Leka shoots in and Gazzy immediately catches Leka in a headlock and tries to take Leka down. Leka counters and hooks Gazzy’s foot and takes her down instead. Leka then passes Gazzy’s guard. Leka would fight off any point scoring and submission attempts by Gazzy to get the win. Leka advances to the women’s under 60kg. finals.

Megumi Fuji vs. Kyra Gracie
Kyra Gracie pulls guard and attempts an immediate back sweep. She is unsuccessful. Eventually, Megumi settles down into Kyra’s guard. Kyra puts on a body triangle and appears to be waiting for the 5 minutes to be up so she could start working for points. As Megumi tripods in Kyra’s guard, Kyra slips in a triangle. She then switches from the triangle to an armbar and submits Megumi. Kyra moves on into the finals to fight Leka for the first ADCC under 60kg. women’s title.

Juliana Borges vs. Megumi Yabushita
Megumi and Juliana stalk each other for awhile, until Megumi finally tries one of her judo type throws. Juliana blocks it, counters and lands on top of Megumi. Juliana then takes Megumi’s back. Juliana would go on to win by points and move on to the finals of the 60kg+ division.

Merloes Coenen vs. Stacy Cartwright
Stacy beats Merloes and moves on to the finals against Borges.

Kyra Gracie vs. Leka Vieira – Under 60kg

Kyra Gracie would have to be considered the underdog against the cagey veteran Leka. But Kyra would have her own opinions on that. They begin feeling each other out and Leka shoots in for a takedown. Kyra sprawls. Back to the feet, Kyra tries an ankle pick then tries cutting the corner and Leka steps away. Kyra and Leka tie up and are close to going out of bounds when Kyra takes Leka down. I was sure they would start them standing up, but the referee determined that the take down was legit and in bounds. They restarted with Leka on her back and Kyra in Leka’s half guard. Leka would end up turtling and Kyra took her back. Kyra tries for an armbar but the Leka would manage to escape. Kyra would later get an uma plata attempt to a sweep. Leka would then try to footlock her with her free hand. Leka would get her arm out and they went back to their feet. Leka pulls guard and tries her rubber guard against Kyra. Leka would hold Kyra in this position for quite a while. All the while Kyra blocking Leka’s other leg so as not to get triangled. Kyra eventually gets out of the rubber guard and they both scramble to their feet. Kyra would jump up and take Leka’s back while standing. Kyra would not be able to finish Leka, but would win on points, 8 – 0.

Juliana Borges vs. Stacy Cartwright – 60kg

This fight starts uneventful with the two standing not really taking any shots at each other. Finally Stacey pulls guard. Juliana passes her guard and would eek out the win.

After all is said and done the ladies put on a great show and hopefully the officials at ADCC will consider them a permanent part of the tournament from now on. One can only hope that this showing will encourage more women to engage in grappling, thus making the women’s division larger than its current 16 competitors. Hats off to the ladies!

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Sabrina Cohen Fights 101 Rounds

Sabrina Cohen
Sabrina Cohen

Sabrina Cohen Charity Event – 101 Rounds of MMA

One of Wales’ top female martial arts fighters has fought 101 rounds against men in tribute to her father who died of cancer when she was young.

Sabrina Cohen raised money for a cancer charity during the five-hour Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) challenge.

Charity Event – 101 Rounds of MMA

One of Wales’ top female martial arts fighters has fought 101 rounds against men in tribute to her father who died of cancer when she was young.

Sabrina Cohen raised money for a cancer charity during the five-hour Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) challenge.

Sabrina Cohen Fights 101 Rounds

The 22-year-old firefighter, from Cardiff, had been training three times a day, five days a week to prepare.

It is thought to be the first time that such an event has been staged in the sport.

Sabrina Cohen fought 101 two-minute rounds as part of her challenge – a normal MMA fight has three rounds between three and five minutes long.

“I watched my father fight so hard to spend as much time as he could with his family, and so I want to fight hard as a tribute to him,” she said.

“He was a huge inspiration in my life.”

Sabrina’s father Meir died of a brain tumour when she was nine years old. She had planned to fight 100 rounds, but in the end did 101, saying the final one was dedicated to her father’s memory.

“The idea of staging this event came as a bit of a daydream to me, I was doing rounds with some of the guys and thought it would be cool to do 100…so I did” she said before the event at the Cardiff MMA in Ocean Way.

“I just thought it would be an excellent way of raising money, so every penny I get will be going to Macmillan Cancer Relief and the firefighters’ benevolent fund. The other reason I wanted to do it was to get some positive publicity for MMA. We have too often read about the “brutality” of the sport written by journalists who have already decided the spin before researching the subject, even swaying some councils to ban cage events. We have all felt the pressures of negative publicity at some point and we all know this really sucks. I get really pissed off with it sometimes. We had some major coverage on the local news, making front page news in one of the papers, and I think we hit the headlines about 7 times with full page articles both before and after the event. We were on bbconline, real radio, red dragon radio, radio BBC Wales and my phone is still ringing so we have more publicity in the pipelines and it is ALL positive publicity and because it’s such an interesting sport it has really caught the attention of the public in a good way.”

Speaking on Monday, Sabrina said she was “battered” but happy with the outcome of the event.

“It went really well. I’m bruised this morning, completely battered. I’ve hardly made it out of bed this morning, that’s without taking into account the hangover!

“It looked like I had been in a car crash.”

She spent five-and-a-half hours in the ring in total, fighting about 30 challengers, for one or more rounds at a time, despite sporting a knee injury before the fighting began.

“Some of the more hard-core guys I train with regularly did about 10 or 11 rounds with me. The thing that kept me going after about round 76 was the prospect of getting very, very drunk afterwards. A few of us went to watch a cage event straight after, I couldn’t even hold my pint with my left hand it was so painful. I spent the night cuddling a glass of rum and an ice-pack…very lady-like!

“It looks like I’ve raised £800-£1,000,” she said.

She now plans to hold the event annually.

“I’d definitely do it again – maybe not this week though! I feel great that it’s done but I can’t wait to do it again next year.”


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Fighter girlsEvent: Lekka Viera Vs Nori Avellen (Grappling Games Final)

Cindy Magdelena vs Rebecca Faber,Here are some lost pics from fightergirls. we thought you would like. Event took place on 2-4-04, Nori Avelen won the tournement, competitors were Lekka V. Nori. A Cindy M and Rebecca F.

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Grappling Games Pictures

Fighter girlsEvent: Cindy Vs Rebecca ( Grappling Games )

Cindy Magdelena vs Rebecca Faber, Here are some lost pics from fightergirls we thought you would like. Event took place on 2-4-04, Nori Avelen won the tournement, competitors were Lekka V. Nori. A Cindy M and Rebecca F.