Life at the Tapout House with female MMA fighter Tami Love Carswell – Introduction

My name is Tami Love Carswell and I am a female MMA fighter constantly working on making my dreams come to fruition. I have been training and learning as much about this sport as fast as possible. I started out only with “The Sweet Science” of boxing and soon began working on many other fight skills with the goals of perfecting them.

I have been very fortunate to partner up with Boom Superfoods in my mission to rise to the top. For me it was important to find a product that I believed in and one that would assist my body during training. In my initial conversation with Jeff McIntosh owner and alchemist of Boom Superfoods, I agreed to try FOODFIGHT and let him know how it resonated with me.

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Never has beauty been so dangerous – PRO MMA exclusive with Erin Toughill

Gina Carano may have been dubbed “the face of women’s MMA” and she gets a lot of attention because of her talent and let’s face it, her looks. Props to her for taking advantage of the opportunities set before her and achieving all she has. However, there are other female MMA fighters who have more experience than Gina, are easily just as pretty, but have not yet garnered the same amount of publicity.

MMA is still young, and as the sport progresses, more of these women who have paved the way and paid their dues will also start to get more recognition. One such lady is Erin Toughill. She is a fighter, MMA trainer, artist, fitness model, and works with charities.

Erin’s first professional fight on record was a Vale Tudo match in Aruba in 1999. Her record now stands at 9-2-1 and she has fought all over the world. She is currently on a three fight win streak and is coming off a first round knockout of Karen Williams at Palace Fighting Championship in February.

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Santos vs. Akano raises more issues than menstruation, three-minute rounds, & weigh ins

Cagewriter’s Maggie Hendricks went on an emphatic rant about Cristiane Santos, blaming her weight-cutting trouble on that time of the month.

Jordan Breen, on Sherdog’s Beatdown after the Bell, reiterated his stance the lack of fan outrage at female fighters for not making weight devalues female competition.

During Showtime’s April 11th Strikeforce telecast, Mauro Ranallo addressed the fact women ridiculously only fight three-minute rounds.

Normally, these fine journalists would have exhausted all the high profile women’s MMA post-fight editorial topics, but not this time.

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WAMMA’s first shot at female rankings raise eyebrows

Elite XC did a lot of things wrong. The list of failures has been chronicled so many times that even interviews with wannabes like $kala seem pointless and unwanted now. However, the now deceased promotion did do one thing right. They stepped forward and promoted women’s MMA like no other show had ever done before. Of course, Gina Carano, “the face of women’s MMA,” had a lot to do with it as well.

Now, the World Alliance of MMA, or WAMMA for short, is trying to take the next step for women’s MMA and put out rankings. For their inaugural rankings, the committee listed a top ten for 145 lbs, 135 lbs, and 125 lbs, which they call featherweight, super bantamweight, and bantamweight respectively.

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In her second MMA fight, four-time Female World Boxing Champion Chevelle Hallback keeps her eye on Carano and Cyborg

The XTREME FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIP will be holding XFC 7: SCHOOL OF HARD KNOX this Friday, February 20 at the Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville, Tennessee. Among many of great fighters competing in this event is one of the hottest up and coming female MMA prospects in the world today. She is four-time Female World Boxing Champion, Chevelle Hallback and she will be fighting undefeated muay thai expert, Sarah Wilson in what will surely be her toughest test to date. The XFC sent PRO MMA (promma.info) the following press release this morning regarding Hallback and what the future could hold for this fast rising MMA star:

After Decimating Former EliteXC Fighter Melissa Vasquez in Just 41 Seconds in December, Chevelle “Fists of Steel” Hallback Returns to the Cage at XFC 7: “School of Hard Knox” on Friday, February 20 in Knoxville, Tennessee

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Is the WEC preparing to add female weight classes?

It appears that WEC Welterweight Champion, Carlos Condit, could be getting a transfer to the UFC. Parent company, Zuffa, owns both promotions.

The decision to move Condit to the UFC comes on the heels of his scheduled opponent for WEC 39 set for March 1, Brock Larson, having to pull out of the fight due to injury. Condit’s first UFC appearance could be a SPIKE TV televised main event versus Martin Kampmann at UFC Fight Night 18 in Nashville, TN.

The same report indicates that the WEC will most likely go ahead and disband their entire welterweight division which would make sense if they are moving the champion to a different organization. Since Zuffa owns both promotions, UFC and WEC, it appears they are wanting to cut out all coinciding weight classes. The WEC already shut down their light heavyweight and middleweight classes and transferred most of their top fighters from those divisions to the UFC, so it appears the move with Condit fits right into the master plan.

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Japanese MMA – Jewels 1 Results

Saori Ishioka wins at "Jewels"
Saori Ishioka wins at Jewels

JEWELS is an all female MMA promotion that was born out of the death of the “Smackgirl” promotion.  Smackgirl began in 2001 and held over 50 MMA and grappling events before running into money problems earlier this year. 

Along with Valkyrie, there are now two organizations trying to fill the gap for female mma in Japan.  JEWELS’ first event was held on November 16 in Shinjuku Face, Tokyo. 

Fight Card results:
Yuko Oya defeated Shinsaka Ozawi via Submission (armbar) in Rd. 1
Rina Tomita defeated Miki Miki via Submission (armbar) in Rd. 1
Shiho Shiho defeated Mayu Mayu via KO (punches) in Rd. 1
Shisuka Sugiyama defeated Harumi Harumi via Submission (RNC) in Rd. 1
Kikuyo Ishikawa defeated Sumie Yamada via Submission (Triangle Choke) in Rd. 1

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PRO MMA Exclusive: Tara LaRosa – MMA and Grappling; Next stop Olympics?

By Denny “The Mad One” Hodge

Widely regarded as the #1 female fighter in the world, Tara LaRosa has paved the way for other women fighters and helped propel women’s MMA to a whole new level.

Tara is still with the AFL and with her latest fight just recently being canceled, she is setting her sites on the FILA World Grappling Championship and the possibility of submission grappling being added to the Olympics in the near future.

Tara took some time out to talk with ProMMA.info on her beginnings in the sport, what a women’s The Ultimate Fighter would be like, and how she thinks a fight would go against Christiane “Cyborg” Santos:

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Japan MMA – Valkyrie 1 Results

The Valkyrie 1, all female MMA event took place November 8, at the Differ Ariake Arena in Tokyo, Japan. SmackGirl champion, Yuka Tsuji fought the SmackGirl Cinderella tournament winner, V Hajime. The fight results are as follows: Mamiko Mizoguchi fought Sakura Nakamura to a Draw Madoka Ebihara defeated Akiko Naito via Submission(armbar) in Rd. 1 Roxanne … Read more