MMAjunkie.com, Staff MMAjunkie.com Nov 8, 4:00 am EST
Fans of Gina "Conviction" Carano will have to wait at least a little longer for the Strikeforce star's return to the cage.
The talented Women's MMA striker was noticeably absent from the Dec. 17 Strikeforce card that circulated late this past month, and she is not expected back in the cage until next year.
Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker recently told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that Carano was never officially a part of the Dec. 17 event. He said Strikeforce would like to have Carano back in the cage as soon as possible, but only at a time that will work best for all parties.
Carano (7-1 MMA, 1-1 SF) stars in the action-thriller "Haywire," which is targeted for a Jan. 20 theatrical release. Coker expects Carano's schedule to be "crazy" following the film's release and wants her back in action for Strikeforce only after she has had a full training camp with no distractions.
"[It] really depends on Gina and when she'll be ready," Coker said when asked if there is a tentative timetable for Carano's return next year.
Carano has not fought since an August 2009 loss to current Strikeforce 145-pound women's champion Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos. It was the first loss of Carano's career.
Lucas dominant in second DEEP victory
Amanda "Powerhouse" Lucas (3-1) picked up another dominant win in her Oct. 29 return to Japan at "DEEP: Cage Impact 2011 in Tokyo." The adopted daughter of "Star Wars" creator George Lucas needed less than one round to dispatch of veteran journeywoman Mika "Hari" Harigai (6-25-1).
Lucas traded leg kicks and punches with Harigai early in the first round before taking the fight to the ground. Harigai briefly managed to get back to her feet, but Lucas dragged her down again and moved straight to mount. From there, Lucas landed punches and tried for an armbar before securing a fight-ending rear-naked choke at the 4:32 mark.
The bout ended five seconds faster than Lucas' DEEP debut, an August technical submission victory over another veteran in Hikaru Shinohara.
Despite her limited experience in MMA, Lucas has already become a big star in the Japanese sports media, and DEEP hopes to have her back for an event in the near future.
Porto wins third straight in Brazil
Brazilian standout Vanessa Porto (13-4) handed Chute Boxe prospect Jennifer Maia (4-1-1) the first defeat of her professional career on Oct. 28 at "Kumite MMA Combate" in Porto Alegre, Brazil. Porto finished the fight with an armbar at the 3:55 mark of round two.
Both fighters landed big punches to open the fight ,and Porto took down Maia near the cage. She scored with elbows and punches from top position throughout the round and prevented Maia from standing until shortly before the bell.
Maia got the better of the striking exchange that kicked off the second round, but Porto scored another takedown and worked from side control. Midway through the round, Porto spun into an armbar, and Maia tried to roll to defend. She held on for nearly a minute until referee Mario Yamasaki intervened for the technical submission stoppage when Maia's arm was bent back at an awkward angle.
Porto now has won six of her past seven fights and hopes to return to North America to compete in 2012.
More Women's MMA Quick results
Lauren "The Pirate" Taylor (4-0) defeated Julia Griffin (2-3) by TKO (punches) at the 4:26 mark of round two at "Alaska Cage Fighting: Tribute to Veterans" on Oct. 28 in Fairbanks, Alaska. Taylor, who already holds a title in the longstanding Alaska Fighting Championship promotion, captured the vacant ACF 145-pound women's championship with the victory. All four of her professional wins have come via a form of knockout.
Hannah Stephens (1-0) defeated Helena Martin (0-3) by submission (neck crank) at the 1:35 mark of round three at "KnuckleUp MMA 8: Eclipse" on Oct. 29 in Hull, England. Stephens survived a shaky start to the first round and avoided her opponent's crisp punches by taking the fight to the mat in rounds two and three. After nearly finishing with a rear-naked choke in round two, Stephens forced Martin to submit to the neck crank in the final round.
Katalina Malungahu (1-0) defeated "Vicious" Valerie Barney (5-1) by TKO (punches) at the 3:05 mark of round one at "Bush Cree Promotions: Cage Wars 10" on Oct. 29 in Grand Junction, Colo. After posting a 3-0 record as an amateur with three knockout victories, Xtreme Couture's Malangahu made the most of her pro debut by handing local favorite Barney the first loss of her career.
A Nov. 5 bout between Maiju "Mai" Kujala (6-3) and Karla Benitez (6-1) at "Cage 17: Northern Storm" in Oulu, Finland, was canceled shortly before the event began. The fight previously was scrapped once before at Cage 16 in October, and it is unknown whether it will be rescheduled.
Milana Dudieva (7-1) faces Luiza Rashidova (0-0) at ProFC 37 on Nov. 9 in Ufa, Russia. Rashidova enters the bout on short notice after Kaitlin Young withdrew from the card due to visa issues. Dudieva and Young instead will face off for ProFC on Dec. 10 in Rostov-on-Don, Russia. Dudieva has won seven straight fights since losing her pro debut.
Katie Merrill (0-0) faces Kaline Medeiros (0-1) at "Victory Promotions 1: Clementi vs. Rogers" on Nov. 12 in Lowell, Mass. Merill debuts as a professional after a pair of amateur victories earlier this year. Medeiros engaged in a back-and-forth battle with rising star Marianna Kheyfets in May before succumbing to a third-round triangle choke. This event streams live on GFL.tv.
Megumi Yabushita (19-18) faces fellow pro wrestling veteran Kyoko Kimura (0-0) at "Pancrase Impressive Tour 11" on Nov. 12 in Tokyo. Kimura, famous in Japan for taking part in violent pro-wrestling "death matches," makes her MMA debut after issuing a challenge to Yabushita for the fight. Yabushita has faced a who's who of MMA's top female fighters throughout her 14-year career and is one of the pioneers for women in the sport.
"Rowdy" Ronda Rousey (3-0) faces Julia "The Jewel" Budd (2-1) at Strikeforce Challengers 20 on Nov. 18 in Las Vegas. Rousey, a 2008 Beijing Games bronze medalist in judo, won her Strikeforce debut in quick but controversial fashion in August. She will take a big step closer to challenging Strikeforce women's featherweight champion Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos if she is able to get past Budd, who is one of the most talented strikers in the 145-pound women's division. She should be Rousey's toughest test to date. This event airs live on Showtime in the U.S. and Super Channel in Canada.
Tandi "Tandilion" Schaeffer (1-0) faces Jenny Trujillo (1-3) at "Showdown Fights: Evolution" on Nov. 18 in Orem, Utah. Both fighters make their first appearances in the cage in more than a year. Schaeffer picked up a TKO win in her debut. This event streams live on GFL.tv.
Munah Holland (2-1) faces Stephanie Eggink (1-0) at Ring of Combat 38 on Nov. 18 in Atlantic City, N.J. Holland, a former Golden Gloves boxing champion, was expected to face Michelle Ould in September, but the bout was canceled after Ould suffered an injury backstage. She now competes for the first time since a June TKO victory. Eggink won her pro debut in quick fashion after a successful career as an amateur. This event streams live on GFL.tv.
Angela Hayes (5-6) faces Trisha Clark (1-4) at "No Mercy Extreme Fighting: Annihilation 36" on Nov. 18 in Colorado Springs, Colo. Hayes had a four-fight winning streak snapped in September when she was submitted by Bellator veteran Aisling Daly. Four of her five wins have come by submission. Clark has remained active since her July 2010 pro debut, but she is winless in her past four fights.
Chelsea "The Italian Princess" Colarelli (6-3) defends her XFL 115-pound women's title against Ashley "Smashley" Cummins (0-0) at "Xtreme Fighting League: Xtreme Fight Night 5" on Nov. 18 in Tulsa, Okla. All nine of Colarelli's fights to date have ended via submission, and her career is highlighted by a five-fight winning streak that saw her capture the XFL title in May 2010. Cummins won all eight of her amateur bouts to become one of the top-ranked amateur fighters in the U.S. She now makes her long-awaited pro debut in the title tilt.
Jessica "Jag" Aguilar (11-4 faces Lisa Ellis-Ward (14-6) in a rematch at Bellator 58 on Nov. 19 in Hollywood, Fla. Aguilar and Ellis-Ward first faced off close to six years ago in Aguilar's pro debut. Ellis-Ward emerged victorious via submission with mere seconds remaining in the second round. The Bellator 115-pound women's title remains in limbo due to champion Zoila Gurgel's recent injury and move to 125, but the winner of Aguilar vs. Ellis-Ward could be in line for a shot at the belt if it is up for grabs next year. This event airs live on MTV2 (and on EPIX in high-definition) in the U.S. and in theScore in Canada.
Yana "Foxy" Kunitskaya (4-1) faces Arune Lauzeckaite (0-1) at "Bushido Hero's World Grand Prix Lithuania" on Nov. 19 in Vilnius, Lithuania. All of Kunitskaya's wins have come by stoppage, and she is best known for her 34-second TKO of Cindy Dandois in December 2010. Lauzeckaite looks for her first MMA win after suffering a decision loss this past year.
Lena Buytendijk (0-1) faces Hatice Ozyurt (0-0) at "Battle Under The Tower" on Nov. 19 in Steenwijk, The Netherlands. Buytendijk, a talented striker, competes for the first time since March 2010 after a planned October 2010 bout with former Strikeforce champion Marloes Coenen was canceled on short notice. Ozyurt has compiled an impressive kickboxing record and makes her MMA debut.
Jasminka Cive (3-0) faces Lilla Vincze (0-1) in a rematch at "Cage Fight Series 6" on Nov. 20 in Graz, Austria. Cive has won all three of her pro fights by knockout or submission, and she knocked Vincze out when the two first faced off in May.
MMAjunkie.com publishes the Women's MMA Report every other Monday. Its author, Robert Sargent, is a veteran MMA journalist who also runs MMARising.com. Feel free to email us at news [AT] mmajunkie.com with any questions, news tips or suggestions.
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