Bellator finalizes Season 3 Women’s Tournament roster with Jessica Aguilar

ProMMAnow.com reported just moments ago Bellator’s signing of Ireland’s Aisling Daly, now Bellator Fighting Championships has confirmed the final addition to their Season 3 Women’s Tournament to be Jessica Aguilar (8-3).

Mamoru Yamaguchi wins in ShootBoxing

World ranked flyweight MMA fighter Mamoru Yamaguchi scored a huge victory in ShootBoxing on Monday. The former two-division Shooto champion defeated number one ranked 123-pound ShootBoxer Naguranchun Masa M16 via decision. The win marks the third ShootBoxing fight by Yamaguchi, and it puts him in contention for the promotions 123-pound championship.

ShootBoxing is a K-1 style sport that incorporates takedowns, followed by immediate stand ups, and standing submissions.  Although it was not an MMA fight, PRO MMA (promma.info) still has the info.  Yamaguchi decided to go outside the sport of MMA after dropping the final chapter of his trilogy against Shooto 123-pound champion Shinichi “BJ” Kojima. With an 0-2-1 record against the champion and a lack of quality opposition, he decided to get a fresh start somewhere else.

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Flyweights will finally get respect they deserve

Shinichi Kojima is #1 Flyweight
For years any fighter who was too small for the welterweight division did not have a place in the UFC. Recently, the UFC reinstated the 155 lbs division and now some of the promotion’s biggest stars are lightweights.

Zuffa, as a whole, has not stopped there. With the purchase of the WEC, bantamweights and featherweights now have a flagship North American promotion that allows them to ply their trade. Thanks to the WEC, names like Urijah Faber or Miguel Torres are well known in MMA circles.

MMA Weekly is reporting that in 2009 the WEC is planning to promote a flyweight 125 lbs division. It seems only fair, since contrary to this report that alleges the WEC will “be hard pressed to find adult male humans who weigh 125lbs” and could only find “horse jockeys” that size, there are many talented smaller fighters out there.

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