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Bellator 284 Weigh Ins

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The Bellator 284 weigh ins are all accounted for and only a few fighters missed their marks. The event takes place Friday, August 12 from the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Prelims begin at 6:00 PM ET and the main card goes live at 9:00 PM ET.

The main event is USA native Neiman Gracie (11-3-0) taking on Brazilian Goiti Yamauchi (27-5-0) in the welterweight division. Gracie is looking to make a statement since his decision loss to Logan Storley earlier this year. Yamauchi may prove difficult however, having stopped his last two opponents in the first round.

The co-main event is Russian fighter Valentin Moldavsky (11-2-0) vs Steve Mowry (10-0-0) in the heavyweight division. Moldavsky was on a tear in the division, before his January loss to Ryan Bader, in a five round decision. Not only does Mowry remain undefeated, he has finished every fighter he’s met in Bellator, with only one fighter making it out of the first round.

Here’s a video, courtesy of Bellator MMA, of the weigh ins. Below that, are the remaining Bellator 284 weigh ins.

Bellator 284 Weigh Ins

Main Card (airing on Showtime at 9:00 PM ET)

Neiman Gracie (11-3-0), (170.4lbs) vs Goiti Yamauchi (27-5-0), (170lbs) – welterweight bout

Valentin Moldavsky (11-2-0), (238.2lbs) vs Steve Mowry (10-0-0), (249.8lbs) – heavyweight bout

Ilima-Lei MacFarlane (11-2-0), (129lbs)* vs Bruna Ellen (6-3-0), (l125.6bs) – women’s flyweight bout

Said Sowma (8-3-0), (243.3lbs) vs Gokhan Saricam (7-1-0), (248.2lbs) – heavyweight bout

Austin Vanderford (11-1-0), (184.4lbs) vs Aaron Jeffery (12-3-0), (185lbs) – middleweight bout

Prelims (airing on Showtime airing at 6:00 PM ET)

Josh Hill (21-4-0), (135.8lbs) vs Marcos Breno (14-2-0), (136lbs) – bantamweight bout

Deanna Bennet (12-7-1), (125.2lbs) vs Justine Kish (8-5-0), (128.4lbs)* – women’s flyweight bout

Sullivan Cauley (3-0-0), (205.4lbs) vs Tyson Jeffries (debut), (201.8lbs) – light heavyweight bout

Pat Downey (debut), (186lbs) vs Keyes Nelson (0-3-0), (183.6lbs) – middleweight bout

Isaiah Hokit (1-1-0), (154lbs) vs Nick Perez (debut), (157.4lbs)* – featherweight bout – cancelled

Bailey Schoenfelder (2-0-0), (227.8lbs) vs Mark Currier (1-1-0), (260.6lbs) – heavyweight bout

Mitchell Mckee (2-0-0), (135lbs) vs Tony Ortega (5-4-0), (134.6lbs) – bantamweight bout

Brett Bye (2-0-0), (173.8lbs) vs M, A, Yah Ii (8-0-0), (174.4lbs) – contract weight fight at 175lbs

That wraps it up for the Bellator 284 weigh ins. Two fighters will be fined for missing weight and Hokit vs Perez is cancelled. Be sure to tune into Showtime when the event goes live Friday, August 12, 2022 at 6:00 PM PT.

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Top 10 Female UFC Fighters of all Time

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The top 10 female UFC fighters of all time includes many active fighters, but spotting the best UFC fighter is not always so simple. With a roster of over 200 talented, female MMA fighters, it can be difficult to stand out in an ocean of world class competition. Fighters are constantly on the rise and new contenders are eager to prove themselves.

These are 10 of the top standouts that have entertained the masses while dominating their divisions. So, who are the top 10 female UFC fighters of all time? Check below to find out.

Top 10 Female UFC Fighters of all Time


#10 Amanda Lemos (13-2-1)

nickname: “Amandinha”
origin: Brazil
division: Strawweight
born: May 22, 1987

Currenly ranked in at #7 in the massively talented women’s strawweight division, Lemos holds notable wins Michelle Waterson and more recently her 3rd round KO/TKO win over Marina Rodriguez, dropping her from the 10th position in this list.

Recently added into the UFC top 10 women’s pound for pound rankings, she has secured her place. She would likely have been on this list had it not been for Jessica Andrade stopping her momentum with a beautiful standing arm triangle submission. Before the submission, we had Lemos winning that fight. Lemos is a force to be reckoned with and will likely continue to climb this list.

#9 Carla Esparza (19-6-0)

nickname: “Cookie Monster”
origin: Torrance, CA
division: Strawweight
born: Oct 10, 1987

Having beaten Rose Namajunes for the Strawweight Championship, at UFC 274, Carla Esparza is the UFC’s #6 ranked pound for pound fighter and current Strawweight champion. Carla has won her last six straight bouts, and secured a decision win over the former champion, at UFC 274 on May 7th, 2022.

Carla Esparza is the first UFC women’s Strawweight Champion, the first Invicta FC Strawweight Champion, an Ultimate Fighter contestant, and a competitor in the first Bellator women’s tournament. She is known for strong wrestling and Brazilian Jiu-jitsu. An obvious contender for the best female fighter under any promotion.

#8 Zhang Weili (21-3-0)

nickname: “Magnum”
origin: Handan, China
division: Strawweight

born: August 13, 1989

Zhang Weili is the first UFC Chinese champion, the former Strawweight Champion, and the #1 contender in the Strawweight division. She has a strong record at 21-3-0, though she has recently lost to Namajunas, by split decision, who she defeated by knockout just months prior. A rubber band match is in order before the rankings between these two fighters can be definitive.

Zhang Weili is ranked #5 on the UFC pound for pound rating and it’s easy to see why after her brutal KO victory over Joanna Jedrzejczyk. A couple more performances like that and Zhang Weili could end up holding the belt and shaking up these rankings.

#7 Holly Holm (14-5-0)

nickname: “The Preacher’s Daughter”
origin: Albuquerque, NM
division: Bantamweight

born: October, 17, 1981

Holly Holm is the UFC’s #9 pound for pound contender, and the #3 ranked Bantamweight, behind Nunes, Pena and now Vieira (see Fight Night results here). She is known for putting a stop to the domination that Ronda Rousey had in the division. Holly Holm has even been inducted into the International boxing hall of fame.

This southpaw currently fights out of Jackson Wink MMA Academy. She has racked up awards in boxing, kickboxing and MMA alike. At one time she has held the UFC Bantamweight championship and the Legacy FC Women’s Bantamweight championship.

#6 Ronda Rousey (12-2)

nickname: “Rowdy”
origin: Riverside, CA USA
division: Bantamweight

born: February 1, 1987

Ronda Rousey is the first, and currently the only, female UFC Hall of Famer. She is a Judo and submission specialist who finished every one of her victories by way of submission or knockout. Ronda Rousey has been the perfect storm of charisma and talent that has helped catapult the fandom for women’s mixed martial arts. She held the Bantamweight belt for 3 years, defending it an impressive seven times.

In addition to Ronda’s impressive MMA career, she was an Olympic judo competitor and has even held a title in the WWE. She played a large part in getting women’s MMA where it is today, which is another reason Ronda has earned her spot as one of the top 10 female UFC fighters of all time.

#5 Jessica Andrade (22-9-0)

nickname: “Bate Estaca”
origin: Umuarama, Brazil
division: Strawweight
born: Sept 25, 1991

Jessica Andrade is #6 on the pound for pound list in the UFC. She has notable wins over many of the talented fighters in her division, including a second-round knockout of Namajunas,a first round KO/TKO over #11 ranked Cynthia Calvillo and now the first ever standing arm triangle submission over #10 ranked Amanda Lemos.

This Brazilian MMA veteran is a Muay Thai specialist who has stopped her opponents in 17 of her 22 victories. It would be no surprise to anyone if she were to have another title shot in this stacked, Strawweight division.

#4 Julianna Pena (12-5-0)

nickname: “The Venezuelan Vixen”
origins: Spokane, WA
division: bantamweight

born: August 19, 1989

Julianna Pena is the UFC #4 pound for pound contender and the current Bantamweight champion.  Pena is still a no brainer for one of the top UFC women fighters. Pena boasts wins over Cat Zingano, and Amanda Nunes in December 11, 2021 at UFC 269 by submission. One of her losses came by none other than the UFC’s pound for pound champion pick Amanda Shevchenko and another from our pound for pound best Amanda Nunes. 

With most of her fights being won by KO or submission, Julianna Pena is a headliner worth tuning in for. Most recently she has secured a second round submission win over Amanda Nunes, which Nunes has since avenged, securing her place as one of the UFC’s best fighters.

#3 Rose Namajunas (12-4-0)

nickname: “Thug”
origin: Milwaukee, WI
division: Strawweight
born: June 29,1992

Rose Namajunas has won 8 of her 13 fights by way of stoppage.  She is a two time champion in her Strawweight division. She is currently the #4 UFC ranked pound for pound fighter, and she has notable wins over tough talented fighters like Zhang and Andrade.  

Recently, Rose lost the Strawweight championship to Carla Esparza, the #2 ranked challenger at the time, on May 7th 2022. The fight was a lack luster affair and the decision loss had more to do with a flaw in the scoring system than in proving the better fighter of the night. Thug Rose is a great fighter with a bright future in the sport and undoubtedly one of the top 10 female UFC fighters of all time.

#2 Valentina Shevchenko (22-3-0)

nickname: “Bullet”
origin: Kyrgyz, Peruvian, Russian
division: flyweight

born: March 7, 1988

Valentina Shevchenko, at the time of this writing, was ranked the UFC women’s Pound for Pound #1 and the current UFC Flyweight champion. With an impressive 23-3 record, Valentina has won all of her last 9 fights, with 7 title defenses. She has a kickboxing style with a precise counter ability that makes her a hard opponent to deal with.

Though she has suffered three losses in the UFC, only two fighters have been able to solve this riddle. She has lost two decisions to Amanda Nunes, however, since then she has been running through her division. With nearly half of her wins coming by way of knockout. Shevchenko has earned her fandom and we find it hard to disagree. Which is why she remains our pick for the best female UFC fighter.

#1 Amanda Nunes (22-5-0)

nickname: “The Lioness”
origin: Pojuca
division: Featherweight

born: May 30, 1988

Amanda Nunes, at the time of this writing, is the UFC second ranked pound for pound fighter and the current Featherweight Champion. She has defeated Valentina Shevchenko twice. Once at UFC 196 on March 5, 2016, and again on September 9, 2017.

Nunes has been steamrolling competitors in her division for nearly a decade. With wins over Meisha Tate, Ronda Rousey, Chris Cyborg, Holly Holm, and two wins over the UFC’s pound for pound best female fighter, Valentina Shevchenko, Amanda Nunes would seem the obvious case for the best female MMA fighter of all time. After avenging her only recent loss, to Julianna Pena, Nunes has left all doubters speechless.

That’s it for the top 10 Female UFC Fighters of all time. Feel like we’re missing someone? Feel free to give us your list or argue the legitimacy of ours. Thank you for choosing The MMA Beatdown for your source for Mixed Martial Arts news.

Who will win UFC 253 titles?

With UFC 253 just around the corner, this Saturday September 26, 2020, the UFC has two titles up for grabs. The main event features two undefeated UFC Fighters in the UFC middleweight division. As the #2 ranked middleweight challenger Paulo ‘The Eraser’ Costa takes on middleweight champion Israel ‘The Last Stylebender’ Adesanya. The UFC light heavyweight title is also on the line as Jon Jones has vacated the division leaving #1 ranked Dominick ‘The Devastator’ Reyes to battle it out against Jan Blachowicz to determine the fate of the division.

Styles make fights and these two matches look like they are going to make for some highly entertaining matches. Tune in to purchase this highly anticipated card on ESPN +.

UFC Vegas 11: Press Conference; Covington and Woodley

UFC Vegas 11, press conference took place Thursday, September 17th 2020, however, the main event fighters took the stage on a solo basis and remained pretty political. While Woodley refused to answer any questions in depth, instead responding only with the Black Lives Matter mantra, Covington donned a Keep America Great hat and discussed admiration for the current administration. It was quite an odd press conference to say the least.

Tune in to ESPN + to see these two go head to head this Saturday, September 19, 2020, from the UFC Apex Center in Las Vegas, prelims begin at 4:00pm CDT.

UFC Vegas 11: Press Conference

UFC Vegas 11, press conference took place Thursday, September 17th 2020, however, the main event fighters took the stage on a solo basis and that video is posted as UFC Vegas 11: Press Conference; Covington and Woodley. Check the link for an interesting, albeit a pretty political interview. Watch this card on ESPN + this Saturday, September 19th, 2020 with prelims airing at 4:00pm CDT and the main card starting at 7:00pm CDT.

UFC Fight Night Vegas 10: Results

UFC Fight Night Vegas 10, Watterson vs Hill has completed and the results are in. For a night that was often considered to not be a very stacked card, the event put on a heavily entertaining night. There were many submissions through the night and a couple of knockouts, even some controversy, in Ed Herman’s bout made an appearance.

Check below to see all the match results:

Prelims

Julia Avila vs Sijara EubanksWomen’s Bantamweight Bout – This matchup went the distance where Eubanks ended up winning on the judges scorecards.

Roosevelt Roberts vs Kevin CroomLightweight Bout – Kevin came out and finished Roberts in the first round, at :31, with a quick guillotine submission.

Alexandr Romanov vs Roque Martinez – Heavyweight Bout – Romanov took out Martinez in 4:22 of round 2 via arm triangle submission improving the big man’s record.

Brok Weaver vs Jalin TurnerCatchweight Bout – Jalin Turner ended this bout at 4:29 of round 2 with a rear naked choke.

Bryan Barberena vs Anthony Ivy – Welterweight Bout – This fight went the distance where Barberena won on the Judges cards.

Sabina Mazo vs Justine Kish – Women’s Flyweight Bout – Sabino Mazo ended this match at 3:58 of round 3 when she secured a rear naked choke ending the fight.

Main Card

Michelle Waterson vs Angela hill – Women’s Strawweight Bout – The Karate Hottie, Waterson, took this match when it went through all five rounds and the judges deemed her the victor.

Ottman Azaitar vs Khama Worthy – Lightweight Bout – Ottman earned a TKO at 1:33 of round 1, leaving nothing to chance and setting up his future prospects in the division.

Roxanne Modafferi vs Andrea Lee – Women’s Flyweight Bout – These two took a fast pace throughout all three rounds. It appeared that Modafferi’s ground control proved to be the deciding factor for the fight as Modafferi won via unanimous decision.

Ed Herman vs Mike Rodriguez – Light Heavyweight Bout – Ed Herman ended up winning this fight at 2:41 of round 3 when a hard fought kimura forced Rodriguez to finally tap. The controversy in this fight occurred in round 2 when the Herman was allowed to recover from a vicious knee to the body that the referee mistook for a low blow, costing what would have likely been a Rodriguez TKO.

Bobby Green vs Alan Patrick – Lightweight Bout – Bobby Green overwhelmed Alan Patrick to get the unanimous decision in this matchup. Bobby Green should have improved his stock in the division and “King” may be looking to get a top ten opponent soon.

Billy Quarantillo vs Kyle Nelson – Featherweight Bout – An impressive second round, which left Nelson slightly dazed, set the stage for a third round opening. Billy through a 1-2 combination which dropped Nelson and called an early stop the third round. Finally result, TKO at :08 of round 3.