Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Women in MMA, some good and not so good news.

Jungle's own Adis Alvarez 

Today's days, people tend to relate MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) to the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship).  Mr. Dana White has achieved what no other promoter had been able to achieve.  He has put MMA in the global map. Thanks to him, MMA is now  considered a mainstream sport. This is a fact. And for those of us who own and operate  MMA schools, these are exciting times. MMA is not some abstract subject anymore. In our schools we have great students, who in time will become great martial artists. Including talented female martial artists.  Still, MMA is not perceived in the same way Karate or Taekwondo are.Karate and Taekwondo schools  tend to have a more neutral feel to them, gender wise. MMA schools are for the most part full of guys, so, female students can feel somewhat uneasy about joining in the classes. There are also some other issues affecting female martial artists. For instance, there are not many promoters putting on female martial artists in their fight cards. Also, with the UFC franchise buying in  STRIKEFORCE -which had been steadily promoting female fighters in their cards- some worried about the impact the buyout could have in the female fighting world. There is the ULTIMATE FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIP  TV reality show, males only. TV channels are showing MMA fights all the time.  There are TV shows with plenty of  MMA male commentators, mostly males. We have seen famous fighters, Florian, Mir, Shamrock, to name a few, become TV commentators, but for the most part, female martial artists are not being showcased as they should, in their own right.  We at Jungle, are doing our part, by giving our students excellence in training, we are hoping  to make exceptional martial artists and practitioners, males as well as females. 

We at Jungle are posting the article about the all female fight card that will be held on the 28th of this month in Kansas CIty, Kansas.  On the same day, two of students will be fighting at an event, one of these students is a female martial artist. We will share with our readers all the information, in our next post.
MMA is growing very nicely, every day and with it, many women are becoming  interested in practicing it and learning about it. With this post today about the INVICTA FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIPS, we are going to begin an exploration in the history of women in the world of Martial Arts.We hope you accompany us in this journey of discovery. Feel free to give us your feedback about this or any other subject you find interesting. Enjoy the reading. 

Royce Gracie UFC SHOCKER – Breaking MMA News

A spinal injury sustained during training has forced Shana Nelson to withdraw from her scheduled bantamweight (135 pounds) match up with Sarah D’Alelio (4-2) of San Jose, Calif. on the inaugural Invicta Fighting Championships all-women’s Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fight card at Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Kan. on Saturday, April 28. Undefeated Vanessa Mariscal (2-0) of El Segundo, Calif. will step in to face D’Alelio at the event.

Additionally, Cat “Alpha” Zingano (6-0) of Denver, Colo. has withdrawn from her bantamweight (135 pounds) contest with Anita “El Tigre” Rodriguez (5-2) of Dallas, Texas, citing health issues as the cause.
The 38-year-old, 5-foot-6 Mariscal, a former student of MMA legend and UFC Hall of Fame member Royce Gracie, holds a brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, the fighting discipline she took up 15 years ago after stints in Karate, kickboxing and Jeet Kune Do.
Mariscal has put her strong Jiu-Jitsu foundation on display in MMA competition, winning both her professional bouts to date by way of rear-naked choke. In her debut on Nov. 20, 2009, she submitted Jessica Halverson in the first round of action and, in her last start on June 17, 2011, Mariscal forced Colleen Schneider to tap out in the third stanza of their bout.

Sarah D'Alelio
The matchup between Mariscal and D’Alelio will finally come to fruition after previously falling apart on two different occasions.
“I know she’s a tough girl with a reputation for being a tough fighter,” said Mariscal about D’Alelio. “She’s not going to back down and not going to give up, so I’m not taking her lightly at all. At the same time, I’m ready to fight anyone.

“What people don’t know about me is that I’ve been doing this for a very long time but, until recently, there had never been a platform for women to fight on like there is now. After (MMA superstar) Gina Carano came along, it started to change and, now, there are fortunately some big opportunities for us. I think what Invicta is doing for the women in the sport is great and will help all of us.”
Vanessa Mariscal
Mariscal, a personal fitness trainer and the owner of VMX Training Center, appeared on a Nov. 2011 episode of MTV reality series “I Used To Be Fat,” helping an overweight teenage girl with proper dieting and exercise in order to become healthier.

“Any time there is an opportunity for me to use my fitness and martial arts training to help someone else, I will be there to do it,” Mariscal said. “We have such a high obesity rate in America and our health care crisis is just getting worse. We are going to have to wake up and make some drastic changes in order to change things for the better and 
start living a healthier lifestyle as a society.”
Like Mariscal, the 5-foot-7, 31 year old D’Alelio’s greatest strength is her ground game. She has earned three of her four career professional victories by way of submission.
D’Alelio is looking to rebound from two consecutive losses, the last of which came at the hands of undefeated 2008 Olympic Judo bronze medalist Ronda Rousey on Aug. 12, 2011.
Tickets for the inaugural Invicta Fighting Championships event, priced from $35, are on sale at Memorial Hall box office (913) 549-4853), online at and and by phone at (800) 745-3000.
The live stream of the event on will begin at 8 p.m. EST/5 p.m. PST with the five-bout preliminary card and continue with the six-bout main card. The stream will be available free of charge.
In the main event, superstar Marloes Coenen (19-5) of The Netherlands will face off with Romy Ruyssen (5-1) of France in a featherweight (145 pounds) rematch. Coenen was the victor of their first meeting on Aug. 2, 2008 by way of submission (rear-naked choke) in the second round of action.
In the co-main event, two 29-year-old submission specialists – Jessica Penne (8-1) of Laguna Hills, Calif. and Lisa Ellis-Ward (14-7) of Lacey, Wash.- will square off with one another at strawweight (105 pounds).
Strikeforce bantamweight star and United States Marine Liz “Girl-Rilla” Carmouche (5-2) of San Diego, Calif. will square off with unbeaten prospect Ashleigh Curry (1-0) of Kansas City, Mo.
Leslie Smith (3-2) of Pleasant Hill, Calif. will meet Kaitlin Young (7-5) of St. Louis Park, Minn. at bantamweight and Sally Krumdiack (9-4) of Bellingham, Wash. will duke it out with Sarah Schneider (5-5) of Kansas City, Mo. at flyweight (115 pounds).
MMA fighter and actress Gina Carano

In preliminary card action, 2008 Olympic wrestling bronze medalist Randi Miller (0-0) of Denver, Colo. will make her highly-anticipated MMA debut against Mollie Estes (1-0) Lake Lotawana, Mo.
Nicdali Rivera-Calanoc (7-5) of Tulsa, Okla. will take on Amy Davis (2-2) of Idaho Falls, Idaho at strawweight. Sarah Maloy (2-2) of Ada, Okla. will meet Michele Gutierrez (3-2) of Las Vegas, Nev. in a super flyweight (125 pounds) tilt. Unbeaten Ashley Cummins (2-0) of St. Louis will battle Sofia Bagherdai (4-1) of Upland, Calif. at flyweight. Jessica Philippus (0-0) of Marshall, Mo. will make her professional debut against Meghan Wright (1-3) of Cincinnati, Ohio in a straw weight match up.
All bouts have been approved by the Kansas State Athletic Commission.

An interview with Vanessa Mariscal

About Invicta Fighting Championships:
Invicta Fighting Championships is a world championship Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fight series dedicated to providing female athletes with a major platform to hone their skills on a consistent basis. Founded in 2012 by longtime MMA executive Shannon Knapp and sports aficionado Janet Martin, Invicta is committed to pioneering the future growth of women’s MMA by promoting the best possible match ups between female competitors and identifying and developing future superstars of the sport.

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