Strikeforce champion Ronda Rousey joins "The Ultimate Fighter Live" on Friday night, April 27, 2012. Ronda is the first female MMA fighter to appear on the show. I wonder if she will be shown training with the guys on the mats or if she will appear only in the audience watching the fight.
Speaking of another first, Invicta Fighting Championship (IFC): Coenen vs Ruyssen, are hosting their first all-female fight card on Saturday, April 28. MMA photographer, Esther Lin, made a video of her day working with the 22 fighters scheduled for Invicta FC's first event.
Following in the footsteps of India's Super Fight League, Invicta FC will stream live--for free--starting at 10 pm ET / 7 pm PT on InvictaFC.com.
Ronda Rousey on TUF Live
Ronda tweeted a reminder to her fans this morning, "Dont forget @InsideTUF: What happens when a girl enters the TUFLive House? What about if that girl is @RondaRousey?" The show airs on FX at 10 pm ET.
Ronda has been busy making the rounds standing up for the UFC: lobbying for the legalization of MMA in New York and then on the opposite side of the country, lobbying effectively against the passing of MMA Bill AB2100 in California. Ronda always makes the right moves to keep herself in the spotlight, even if her performance in California ended up causing controversy as some fans accuse her of appearing arrogant in her manner.
Ronda does come off as cocky and arrogant. Maybe that's part of her charm. It's definitely part of her arsenal. The woman can fight in the cage and in a roomful of smart people debating issues that have long-term effects on her and her fellow fighters.
Here she is on video "Ronda Rousey speaking at the California State Assembly committee hearing on the MMA Bill AB2100" video
Invicta Fighting Championships
In addition to 22 female MMA fighters, the long awaited debut of Invicta FC features one former UFC octagon girl and a string of Strikeforce dignitaries filling in key positions.
- Former UFC Ring Girl: Natasha Wicks, @natashawicks tweeted, "Exciting news for my MMA fans! I am honored to be @InvictaFights Ring girl for their first fights. April 28th & July 1st I'll be in Kansas City."
- Ex-Strikeforce fighters with matches: former Strikeforce champion, Marloes Coenen; Liz Carmouche and Sarah D'Alelio
- Miesha Tate, former Strikeforce champion will corner one of the fighters "@mieshatate will corner @nicdali this Saturday night! @invictafights"
- Commentators: From Strikeforce, Mauro Renallo and former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion, King Mo Lawal and Strikeforce fighter, plus Julie Kedzie. Julie trains at Jackson's MMA in New Mexico with Coach Greg Jackson and his stable of champions.
Esther Lin Photo Shoot With Invicta Female Fighters
If you're an avid reader of MMA news on a variety of websites, then you've most certainly seen at least one of Esther Lin's excellent MMA photos. To promote the fight card and the fighters, Invicta FC asked Esther Lin to photograph the 22 female fighters for their "before the fight" photos.
Take a look at this video to see the photoshoot and the final images of several of the women of Invicta.
Invicta fighter, Sofia Bagherdai (115 lbs) who will face Ashley Cummins on Saturday night said, "As MMA fighters, we train very hard." Sofia noted that "...at the end of the day, so many people didn't believe in me...and felt that women in general shouldn't be doing this kind of sport." It will soon be time for her to follow her plan to "...get in there and actually do it and make a name for myself."
Female MMA fighters will demonstrate and represent their "hard work and dedication" (shout out to champion boxer, Floyd Mayweather's camp for their battle cry) at the first Invicta fight card.
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Video and photo credits: shot and edited by E. Casey Leydon/ Allelbows.com; photography by Esther Lin
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