Megan Anderson’s Championship Legacy Begins at Invicta FC 24

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There’s an old adage in combat sports – it’s one thing to win a championship but it’s another to successfully defend it. Invicta FC featherweight champion and Australia’s pride and joy Megan Anderson is going to learn this first hand on July 15.

Invicta Fighting Championships announced that Anderson will make her first title defense against undefeated Ukrainian prospect Helena Kolesnyk at Invicta FC 24. This will be Kolesnyk’s first foray in the Invicta cage.

Anderson won the Invicta featherweight title in January when she finished Charmaine Tweet in the second round – a bout that was originally for the interim 145-title. She was promoted to undisputed featherweight champion after former titleholder Cris “Cyborg” Justino opted to compete in the UFC full-time.

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Heather Hardy to Make MMA Debut in MSG

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Like Luke Skywalker when he made the decision to become a jedi, professional boxer Heather Hardy is about to a step into a new world – in her case mixed martial arts – with her first professional MMA bout in June.

Hardy, who is from Brooklyn, signed with Bellator MMA and will compete in Madison Square Garden at Bellator 180, June 24. Her opponent is Alice Yauger. Both Bellator and Hardy confirmed both the signing and the fight.

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Welcome to Bellator MMA Valerie Letourneau

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It’s official fight fans, longtime mixed martial arts Canadian competitor Valerie Letourneau is coming to #BellatorMMA.

After a week of speculation – partially fueled by Letourneau’s appearance at Bellator 178 – the promotion announced her as one of the several recently signed fighters who will compete in their women’s flyweight division. Letourneau confirmed the signing on Twitter.

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Ilima-Lei Macfarlane is Ready for Bellator Title Bout

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It looks as if Bellator MMA has its first women’s flyweight champion – or at least the first fighter who could compete in the promotion’s inaugural women’s 125-pound title bout.

At last night’s Bellator 177, the “Iliminator” Ilima-Lei Macfarlane defeated Jessica Middleton in the co-main event. (Watch the fight in the link)

Early in the first round, Macfarlane took Middleton down and worked her way to securing the armbar. Middleton tried to wiggle her way out of it, but she eventually tapped, suffering her first career loss in the process. The win boosts Macfarlane’s professional MMA record to 5-0 in the Bellator cage, 6-0 overall.

As for her next Bellator fight, the Iliminator made her intentions clear as far as championships are concerned.

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Invicta FC 23: Tiffany van Soest has opportunity to capture first MMA win

Tiffany van Soest has accomplished a lot in her combat sports career, but she has yet to capture her first professional mixed martial arts victory. That could all change on May 20 at Invicta FC 23.

At the event, which is headlined by a flyweight bout between former title challenger Vanessa Porto and undefeated prospect Agnieszka Niedźwiedź, van Soest will face Las Vegas native Christine Ferea in a strawweight bout.

This is an important fight for van Soest, one that could be the start of a great MMA run.

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Bellator MMA: Amanda Bell has opportunity to break through division

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#BellatorMMA’s women’s featherweight division bolstered its ranks after singing journeywoman Amanda “The Lady Killer” Bell to a contract.

Bell, as well as Bellator confirmed the signing on Twitter. For those who have followed Bell’s career, as well as the Lady Killer herself, this is a pretty cool moment.

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Cris Justino vacating Invicta title is a good move

While Invicta Fighting Championships fans watched the promotion’s finest compete at Invicta FC 22, one of the organization’s titleholders has bowed out so to speak.

Invicta featherweight champion Cris “Cyborg” Justino announced via a video on her Youtube channel that she vacated the title. Invicta announced that interim featherweight champion Megan Anderson was promoted to undisputed 145 champion.

Not surprisingly, Justino set her sites on a clash with UFC women’s featherweight champion Germaine de Randamie – who became the first titleholder after she defeated former bantamweight queen Holly Holm – opportunity to add more gold to her impressive trophy case. Justino was formerly the Strikeforce women’s featherweight champion before she debuted for Invicta.

When the UFC announced they were creating their women’s 145 division – with the fight between de Randamie vs. Holm to determine the first champion – fans were peeved that Justino was not given the opportunity to become the inaugural champion. How dare the UFC create a women’s 145 title fight without the most dominant fighter in that division? Well fight fans, I’m sure it will be a matter of time before we see her fight for the belt, especially now that she’s no longer the Invicta champion.

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