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Women’s MMA blood, sweat, tears

Women’s MMA blood, sweat, tears Women’s mixed martial arts has come a long way since Fighter girls started the worlds first women’s MMA website and store in 2001. Back then there were only a handful of women doing MMA so fights were hard to get and getting on the men’s cards were almost impossible!

Women’s MMA blood, sweat, tears

The Fighter girls website has always been free for everyone to read news, Chat with the fighters, and even throw some low blows haha. This was long before facebook, twitter, and all the fun social media that the worldwide web has to offer now. Fighter girls has this history locked into their website for those that are interested in reading the history and knowing some of the first pioneers of women’s MMA

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I have a lot of respect for the female fighters and what each one of them had to go through to be considered a female MMA fighter from the start most women were thought of a troll on the forums and guys would make fun and even say things that were not really nice! Fighter girls website became the home for these women and men who wanted to get away and talk women’s MMA without being degraded or called names. I know most people like to follow the current news and who is on top of the world in women’s MMA but if you would still like some women’s MMA history there is only one site that has it Fightergirls.com the first and original women’s MMA website since 2001.

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The original women’s mixed martial arts website

The original women’s mixed martial arts website Founded in 2001 Fighter girls® is and was the first women’s mixed martial arts website and clothing line just for women. Today this site still remains free for women and girls to post news, blogs, fighter profiles and much more! At the time female MMA and martial arts was really new and there was not much for social media so people came to the site to post pictures and chat on the Fighter girls forum.

The original women’s mixed martial arts website

Fighter girls has kept these pages up and there is some really great history in the site for those who want to see the good, bad, and the ugly! All in all I think it as the good because these great people that came to the site and posted made the history and paved the women’s mixed martial arts what it is today! Today websites have popped up all over the Internet and bringing great stories and news keeping the women’s MMA alive and growing stronger!

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I hope you come by and read some of these great stories this site has to offer and sure make comments on the posts that we now have open to our viewers or if you are a female that competes or trains feel free to post your free profile page! History has to start somewhere so welcome to the original women’s mixed martial arts website Fighter girls founded in 2001 by pro fighter Debi Purcell.
For more information on Debi Purcell please visit www.debipurcell.com

The original women’s mixed martial arts website

Many companies make claim to being the first women’s martial arts MMA company but Fighter girls® still holds that title founded in 2001 by pro fighter Debi Purcell for women to post and talk women’s MMA. Although times have changed and many people use twitter,Facebook and other means to do social network Fighter girls still has its free Women’s MMA website for those that want to read the history of women’s mixed martial arts. Some of the women fighters you might not have even known their names or their struggles to make women’s MMA what it is today. So if you would like to know some history of these women warrior’s come by and read the posts and news articles on the Fighter girls website for women’s Martial arts MMA!
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Looking for the first women’s martial arts MMA clothing company? Fighter girls® have been around since 2001 making women’s clothing and gear for just women! The facts are we are the originals the first no questions asked the leader! Fighter girls loves competition in the women’s MMA because no one can produce the quality products that come from Fighter girls brand. We start by sourcing our fabric and manufacturing in the USA because we are a USA company! Fighter girls still keeps its strong values and supports our USA workers and products!

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Women’s MMA social media

Women’s MMA social media Many women who do martial arts ask the Fighter girls staff how to get social media to find fights places to train and sponsorship. Here are some ways of doing this to help get sponsorship’s or find a great place to train. Fighter girls offers free fighter profile page for women who do martial arts this is not just limited to pro fighters but armatures also. Grappling, boxing, kick boxing and the list goes on and on.

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Fighter girls receives a bunch of e mails wanting sponsorship so We hope this will help you to get a Fighter girls sponsorship. Having a great profile on our site is the start and getting people to come and comment on your page. Being active to the site or company you want sponsorship is important!
Let Fighter girls help you out for free with your own page! Link your Facebook , twitter and all your social media to our new and improved website so that when people are searching for women’s MMA fighters this will get your name up on the front page.
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Julie Kedzie Ready for Invicta FC

Julie Kedzie Ready for Invicta FC Julie Kedzie, commentator for Invicta FC and such an exciting fighter herself, took some time (5:00am that is..) to shoot some answers back at me about the upcoming Invicta FC event this weekend, her involvement as commentator, her fight with Miesha Tate, and whatever is next for her and women’s MMA.

EW: wow! So much has changed since we were roomies in CA! Talk about your growth as a fighter and a person through this women’s MMA journey. What keeps you going? What some of your goals may be? etc.

Julie Kedzie female fighterAbout Julie Kedzie

JK: It’s funny–that summer was, what, eight years ago…?, but I’m reminded of it time and again when I’m asked how I “got my start”. The truth is, it’s been a craaazy journey since we were training in California. I’ve had tremendous opportunities, disappointments, and successes and really grown as both a fighter and a person. At this point, with a successful and happy niche on an amazing team, a great commentary position with Invicta and a Strikeforce contract, it’s a good time to reflect and be grateful about my career.
After 27 professional bouts, I sometimes think people should look at me as an example of “what not to do” as a fighter (i.e taking last minute fights, believing everything I’m told by reality tv producers, managers and shady promoters, in addition to fighting EVERYONE without a thought of my record)…but I really wouldn’t trade a thing! What keeps me going, and what has always kept me going, is this insane relentless belief that female fighters are going to succeed. I’m serious; despite all the naysayers and haters, we continue to thrive and exceed the limitations/expectations that are placed on us. My goal? I want to keep this belief up! I want to keep working as a fighter and supporter of the female fight community until the doubts of the mainstream public are made obsolete!

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EW: With Invicta 3 this weekend, are you excited? I love hearing you commentate btw! How did this opportunity come about for you? How was the transition from fighter to commentator?? I think it’d be somewhat of a tough job, like an improv comedian or something 🙂

JK: Thank you! I love doing commentary and I hope to be a member of the Invicta crew for as long as they are around!
I was totally daunted before the first show and to be honest, even by this third show, I have the jitters. I am extremely grateful to Shannon Knapp for giving me this opportunity, because it’s always been one of my goals to be an active voice in the female fight community and I don’t do well on social media and forums (I can’t type fast enough to keep up with arguments, haha). I believe that transitioning from fighter to commentator is bit of a challenge, because what fighter hasn’t watched a fight and thought, “man, i wish I was in there!”?
But I am very lucky–there is a steady flow of media at the gym I work at and I have gotten the opportunity to see how good interviews and speeches are prepared and delivered and how to use one’s voice. Plus, I have been in the sport for kind of a while and have had the chance to either train or scrap with MANY of the fighters. It gives me a nice insight!

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EW: What fights are you excited for on this card?

JK: honestly think this card is going to be action packed from start to finish! I’m really excited for the main event–Penne v Sugiyama is a pretty sick match-up. And the rematch between Young and Smith is guaranteed to be fireworks, as well as Waterson and Schuckman. Also, seeing vets like LaRosa and Baszler is always a pleasure.

EW: Invicta FC and Strikeforce seem to have taken over women’s MMA, very exciting! What do you think is ahead for women’s MMA? What are some fights you’d like to see? Who would you like to match up with?

JK: The sky’s the limit for women’s MMA…I think there is SO MUCH in store for us, thanks to both the hard workers and superstars of the sport that have changed the opinions of so many doubters. I think the continued relationship between Strikeforce and Invicta will set the example for other promotions to book female fighters, as they almost always bring a new level of excitement to a fight card.
Future match-ups? I’d love to see a bout between Tate and Zingano; Rousey and Cyborg; Honchak and LaRosa.
For myself, I sort of want to fight everybody. I’d love a rematch with Tate (that was a fun fight!), maybe a shot at Cyborg (if she drops to 135 or meets at a catchweight) and then maybe a drop to 125 to test out that talent pool!

EW: You had a great fight against Miesha Tate, I think I saw even a tweet come thru from Dana White on how impressed he was with you… How do you feel with that fight, your growth as a fighter, what’s next!?

JK: I feel like the real Julie Kedzie emerged in that fight–the one my coaches and teammates have believed in for so long, and I’m going continue to make that happen in the future fights. In 2011, I fought some of the worst, most boring fights of my career, and it took lot of coaching, self-examination and mental training to get myself to believe what I’m capable of. In the fight with Tate, I found a moment where I felt nothing but the pure happiness of opening up and letting myself perform. Now that I’ve proved to myself that I’m capable of it, it’s time for me to take the reigns and make it happen with a victory haha!

Thanks, Julie! You are truly an amazing person!

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Ronda Rousey fighter UFC champ

Come check out his women mma news Ronda Rousey fighter UFC champ Two-Episode Installment to Premiere Wednesday, Aug. 8 at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME® NEW YORK (July 10, 2012) — Emmy® Award-winning SHOWTIME Sports® will produce a new edition of the new documentary series ALL ACCESS with an all-encompassing look at women’s mixed martial arts (MMA) sensation Ronda Rousey.

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Wednesday, Aug. 8 at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME®

The east coast NEW YORK (July 10, 2012) — Emmy® Award-winning SHOWTIME Sports® will produce a new edition of the new documentary series ALL ACCESS with an all-encompassing look at women’s mixed martial arts (MMA) sensation Ronda Rousey. The first episode will premiere on Wednesday, Aug. 8 at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME®. The second episode will premiere on Wednesday, Aug. 15 at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT, just days before Rousey defends her STRIKEFORCE® Women’s Bantamweight title against No. 1 challenger and former champion Sarah Kaufman.

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A little about Rousey’s meteoric rise to MMA stardom, SHOWTIME Sports cameras have been following her to capture footage for ALL ACCESS: Ronda Rousey. From the gym to the cage and the makeup chair to the red carpet, Rousey is sharing her most intimate moments, granting virtually unfettered access including her historic and revealing photo shoot with ESPN The Magazine for the cover of their ‘Body Issue’ which was announced Tuesday.

About Rhonda Rousey

“When we were creating the concept of ALL ACCESS, I felt Ronda was a perfect person to showcase for the fans. Her fiery personality and her drive, coupled with her Olympic background and dominance in women’s MMA, was deserving of this type of spotlight,” said Stephen Espinoza, Executive Vice President and General Manager, SHOWTIME Sports. “Not only is Ronda a captivating athlete in the cage, but she is attracting a great deal of attention for a relatively young sport. With ALL ACCESS: Ronda Rousey, viewers will not only get a glimpse into Ronda’s life but also into the world of women’s MMA.”

UFC Female Champion Rhonda Rousey

UFC champ Rousey as the current torch holder for women’s MMA, ALL ACCESS: Ronda Rousey will include a look back at the sport’s history through a series of interviews with Gina Carano, Cris Cyborg, and other influential females who have helped pave the way for women like Ronda.

ALL ACCESS: Ronda Rousey will re-air multiple times on SHOWTIME, SHOWTIME EXTREME and be available on SHOWTIME On Demand.

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Fight Camp Finding an MMA Gym

Fight Camp Finding an MMA Gym
Fight Camp Finding an MMA Gym

Fight Camp Finding an MMA Gym The hardest part of training a fight sport is getting started. Showing up at the gym, meeting the coaches and other fighters, learning the techniques and humbling yourself to be a student are all part of the process of learning a new sport (this could obviously apply to any sport). But before you can begin training, you must first find a gym. And in my experience vetting potential gyms can be a grueling and irritating process, especially for women.

Finding A Gym And Martial Arts For Females

Most MMA gyms tend to fall into two distinctly different camps.  The first will try to push all women towards their ‘fitness’ classes and away from the application-based fighting sessions.  The other type will force everyone, male or female, to jump into the training program geared towards experienced athletes in order to create more punching bags for their current fighters.  This binary system, of course, has some grey area, but it is important to be aware of these two primary thrusts.  In one they want to limit you because you are a woman, in the other they don’t give a shit who you are as long as they can practice kicking the shit out of you.

Fight Camp Finding an MMA Gym

This may be an over simplification or perhaps I am being extremely hyperbolic, so let’s talk about how to choose a gym.  MMA is a growing sport; there are schools cropping up all over the country and the world. While this increasing popularity is excellent for the sport it also creates an atmosphere ripe for fakery and confusion. For example, many fitness-based facilities offer “MMA Fitness” as a reworking of outdated Tae Bo materials. Finding an appropriate MMA gym requires research and dedicating time to visit potential gyms that should offer the following:

Basic Female Martial Arts Training:

A good MMA gym for newbies will teach basic boxing, kickboxing, wrestling and submission wrestling techniques.  One of the MMA gyms where I used to train offered no technique, so anyone new just had to watch and emulate the other fighters.  The result was a whole lot of ugly, even from the so-called seasoned fighters at the gym.  Every once in a while I took pity on some poor bastard and showed them how to do a hook, but I was one of the few who did.

Basic Female Gym Hygiene

I am all for ugly, underground gyms…I own one.  But there is a world of difference between a simple gym and a cesspool.  Ringworm may be a standard fixture in the life of any wrestler or MMA fighter, but there are other, more dangerous bacteria to be reckoned with.  Staph can be devastating, even deadly, and mats that are not cleaned regularly can easily transport the infection to an exposed back or leg.  So how do you tell (beside the freaking obvious) if a gym is too unsanitary for you?  When you visit a gym, check out their bathroom.  Your mother was right; people can tell a lot about your habits by visiting the bathroom.

Good Female Instruction

Many people choose gyms based on the fight record of the primary instructor.  However, quite often those big-named instructors never appear at any training session.  Also, the greatest fighters do not necessarily make the best teachers. Inversely, fighters with a less than stellar record may be excellent coaches i.e. Freddie Roach.  Instead, choose a gym that has an instructor that you can talk to and who seems genuinely interested in your well-being.  Although as a beginner you may be working with more experienced students rather than the primary instructor, it is still important that the head-boss is concerned with the health and happiness of his or her clients. One of the best ways to learn about an instructor is to talk to the other students.  A person can tell you how awesome they are all day long, but doesn’t it seem more legitimate when someone else confirms it?  A good instructor will have students who are ready to rave about them.  Watching a class or training session, if possible, is also helpful.

Class Structure

A lot of women start training combat sports under the assumption (or desire) that they will never have to work with men.  They will choose gyms that have all female classes and stay away from the “guys class” which in most gyms is not necessarily restricted to men but devoid of women.  If this is what you need to feel comfortable, go for it.  However, I think there comes a point where in order to grow, you need to move beyond your comfort zone and train with the best fighters in your gym, be they male or female. When you start out, look for a gym that has the type of classes and potential training partners that best suit your needs. If you feel wary of working out at a gym with no female training partners, convince a girlfriend to start with you.
Another concern is sparring, which, depending on the school where you train, can be compulsory or non-existent.  I think that everyone should spar, but look for a place where they introduce you to sparring rather than just throw you in the mix.  Again, all this is based on the overall instruction and how they see their clients:  as potential fighters, fodder for pros or as individuals.

Final Thoughts On Female Martial Arts Training

Finding a MMA gym is a process but with the exponential growth of the sport, there are more gyms than ever offering excellent instruction. Although the relationship undoubtedly will change if you continue at one gym, ultimately, you are potentially a client and should vet each school accordingly. Do not be afraid to ask questions and take your time looking for the perfect gym for you.*

*When looking for a gym, you are in charge. However, once you start there is only one thing you need to do: shut up and train.

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Nicdali Rivera-Calanoc Fighter girl of the Month

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Nicdali Rivera-Calanoc Fighter girl of the Month

Nicdali Rivera-Calanoc Fighter girl of the Month This month’s featured “Fighter Girl of the Month” is Nicdali Rivera-Calanoc from Tulsa, OK. Her next upcoming fight will be in Invicta 2 versus Angelica Chavez at atomweight (105 lbs.) All month we will be featuring interviews, pics, videos and more on Nicdali!

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Fighter Girl of the Month Molly Dupertuis

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Fighter Girl of the Month Molly Dupertuis

Fighter Girl of the Month Molly Dupertuis Fighter Girls is happy to kick off our “Fighter Girl of the Month” with the very talented Molly Dupertuis for the month of June! Molly’s next fight is June 23rd versus Hannah Fitzpatrick at 135# on the Absolute Action MMA Card in Belfry, KY. All month Fighter Girls will be featuring interviews, videos, pics, and more in support of our “Fighter Girl of the Month”.

Fighter Girl of the Month Molly Dupertuis

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Interview Marianna Kheyfets

Fightergirls interviews Marianna Kheyfets. We’re talking with Marianna Kheyfets, a 135lb MMA fighter for XFC. Her pro record is 1-0, and she is looking to go 2-0 this Friday in Tampa, Fl at XFC 13: Unstoppable. The fight will be broadcast live on HDNet.

Fightergirls: Hi Marianna. Thank you for taking the time to talk with fightergirls.com. We really appreciate it. Can you tell us where you’re from, where you train, and how you got started in competing in MMA?

Marianna Kheyfets: Hello Again! I’m a 25 year old MMA fighter from Stamford, CT and I train out of American Top Team/Best Way BJJ in Danbury, CT. I started training MMA with American Top Team in Florida before moving back to CT last year but before then I practiced different martial arts as a kid and competed in kickboxing.

Marianna Kheyfets

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Marianna Kheyfets

FG: Your first pro fight was an impressive win over Kim Couture. Then you were injured before your second pro fight. Can you tell us what the injury was and how you’re feeling now?

MK: Yes, I was looking forward to fighting Marissa Caldwell in beautiful North Cyprus but couldn’t compete due to a neck injury. Thankfully I’m feeling 100% now and am so excited to fight her this Friday in Tampa!

FG: Your opponent for XFC’s Unstoppable on Dec 3rd in Tampa has a 2-2 record and is coming off a decision loss to Jessica Eye, another up and coming fighter in the 125lb division. Have you seen any of her fights? And what are you expecting her to bring to the cage for your match?

MK: Marissa is a talented fighter and I expect her to bring nothing less than her best on Friday night. I want to fight tough girls so this is a great match up for me. She’s experienced, tough and dangerous off her back. I’ve seen her fights online and I’ve prepared accordingly. I haven’t seen the Jessica Eye fight but from what I read…it was a battle.

FG: You compete in a very tough 135lb division. What goals have you set for yourself and who would you like to face in the future?

MK: This fight will be at 130 pounds and I expect to be fighting in the 125 pound division from here on out. I know there are plenty of great girls at this weight and I will be putting on more muscle and continuing to lean out so 125 pounds is where I would feel the most comfortable. There isn’t anyone in specific I’d like to fight at the moment. I just want to continue to be matched with technical, tough girls who want to put on a great show.

FG: The 125lb division also has many talented fighters. Would you possibly consider fighting in both the 135 and 125 pound divisions as this fight is a catch weight of 130?

MK: I don’t think I’d take another fight at 135. Kim Couture was much bigger than I was in my first fight and taller as well. I will continue to train and get bigger, stronger and leaner and cut to 125 in the future.

FG: The women’s side of MMA is rapidly growing in popularity, as it should. There are more women entering the cage and more fans following. Where do you see it going from here?

MK: It’s growing rapidly and will continue to grow. More and more talented fighters are emerging and finding their way to the gym to learn MMA. Not only is it a great workout and will transform your body but it’s challenging mentally and physically. The moment I started learning BJJ I was hooked and Muay Thai is equally as fun. As we can all see…more and more woman are finding the same addiction. The fans always find women’s fights entertaining so that helps a lot too.

FG: We again want to thank you for your time in answering our questions. And we wish you the best of luck. Is there anyone out there you wish to say hello to or thank (sponsors, etc.)?

MK: Thanks for having me! I’d like to shout out my team! American Top Team and Bestway BJJ in Danbury CT! My Coach Rob Cipriano, My friends and family in Stamford CT and my sponsors — Warriorclass MMA, Brawl and Maul, Elmer’s Dinner, Devito Chiropractic and Lyn Academy of Martial Arts.

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Shana Olsen Rock Solid Contender

Making her Strikeforce debut, Shana Olsen tries to make way to a title match with Cyborg Santos.With hardly any American contenders for Cyborg Santos’s 145 pound title, Shana Olsen is hoping to fill the void left by former U.S. contender Erin Toughill.

We got a chance to talk to Olsen on Fighter girls this week to talk about preparations for her fight verses Canadian kickboxer Julia Budd at Strikeforce Challengers in Fresno, CA airing on Showtime this Friday.

Shana Olsen, currently ranked #6 in the Unified rankings,

Shana Olsen
Shana Olsen

Is coming off a win in one of the top female mma matches of the year, defeating fellow contender Yoko Takahashi this past April at the CFX card in Minneapolis.

Coming into the fight, Shana Olsen sees that defeating contenders in the division is more than just working her way up the ladder. She also sees it as an opportunity to take on the world’s best 145 pounders.

“Both (Strikeforce) belts right now are held by international fighters,” Olsen observed. “Right now in the top ten I am one of the few fighters out of the U.S. It’s a huge thing. It’s such an international weight class now.”

Julia Budd, a champion in Muay Thai, has the distinction of being the only woman to beat Gina Carano in kickboxing. Although Olsen is expecting Budd to stick to her guns and keep the fight standing, Olsen is aware that Budd has been competing in Grappler’s Quest to round out her game. Olsen, however, feels she has all the tools, whether they are standing or going to the ground.

“Everyone is like ‘You know she is a striker; she’s a Muay Thai fighter,’” Olsen stated. “That is my background too. I’m a striker. I train with Sergio Cunha, a world class Muay Thai fighter and instructor out of Chute Box in Brazil.”

“I have boxing. I have Muay Thai. I have wrestling, and I have jiu-jitsu. I come in with a more complete game I feel.”

This will be the first time Olsen has been on national television, and sees this as an opportunity to show the world that she is the rock solid contender for the Strikeforce 145 pound title.

“I am hoping to get myself out there to the public and let them see me fight,” Olsen expressed. “I want people to say ‘She should be the next one.’ I want everyone out there to be like, ‘Yeah, this girl can beat Cyborg,’”

Make sure to come back Friday, as Fightergirls will have video interviews from Strikeforce Challengers in Fresno.

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