Georgina Amica-Carpenter, a final year TV Production Student at Bournemouth University in England, created an amazing documentary for her final project. The subject? Female fighters - and we couldn't be more pleased!
With the assistance of her friend and collegue, Emma Kosminsky, Ms. Amica-Carpenter interviewed several women who participate in the sport from a variety of fighting abilitiesm to find out what role "combat fighting" plays in their lives.
The result is a very interesting, moving and insightful take on these courageous women in the sport: their battles and why they got started, and why they now stay involved.
Kudos to Ms. Amica-Carpenter for a job well-done. Hopefully this project helped her to obtain the BA in TV Production she was seeking!
Tell me - what do you think about females in the combat sports industry? How did you like this film? Let's give Ms. Amica-Carpenter some feed back! Please be sure to comment below.
Welcome to the Fightergirls column brought to you by your source for women’s mma gear and clothing Fightergirls.com. Here is the news for this week.
Kedzie (right) & Young (Left) Photo coutesty Ray Mares/ NM Boxing
It wasn’t the most entertaining match, but the five rounds for the Jackson’s MMA women’s title was about respect, and both fighters had plenty of it for each other. At Jackson’s MMA Series 4 at the Hard Rock Casino in Albuquerque, NM, Julie Kedzie defeated Kaitlin Young via unanimous decision (50-45, 49-46, 49-46) to become the first Jackson’s MMA Women’s champion.
It was a long feeling out process throughout the fight, with both competitors giving short flurries of strikes and pummeling against the fence. It wasn’t until the fifth when we saw Julie Kedzie take Young down; but Young was actively working submissions on her back. The judges gave the unanimous decision (50-45, 49-46, 49-46) to Kedzie.
On Friday night, April 15th, 2011, Evolution Combat Sports Championship will offer WMMA fans an all-female pro card with top-level mixed martial artists from New Mexico, Texas, and California, at the Clovis Civic Center in Clovis, New Mexico. In the main event, Heather “Hurricane” Clark will face Jennifer “Superstar” Scott.
Per Sal Mora, Heather “Hurricane” Clark (2-1) is a heavy handed mixed martial arts fighter who trains with Greg Jackson’s camp in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
"Clark, who is coming off of an impressive 10 second KO victory over April Coutino, plans to hand Scott the first loss of her MMA career. Clark started mixed martial arts training at the age of 8 with her father, who is an honorary black belt in Ukidokan Karate and a brown belt in Shotokan. As a former Pro hockey player and amateur boxer, Clark is no stranger to fierce competition. She has emerged as a force to be reckoned with in the mixed martial arts arena.
Clark’s opponent, Jennifer “Superstar” Scott, trains out of the 4oz training center in Houston, Texas. Scott has three professional MMA fights under her belt, with a record of 2-0 and one No Contest. The former Hawaiian Tropics bikini model fared well in the boxing arena and is now making waves in the sport of MMA. The competitive “Superstar” competed at amateur boxing tournaments such as Ringside and Golden Gloves prior to turning pro. She has since transitioned into MMA, where her boxing prowess and additional training have rendered her undefeated thus far. Scott plans to add another win to her pristine record on April 15th."
Friday Night Fights! all-female pro card lineup:
Heather Clark vs. Jennifer Scott
Ya Ya Anzaldua vs. Carla Esparza
Meghan Wright vs. Celestina Cano
Margarita Chavez vs. Cassie Rodish
To purchase event tickets on-line go here. General Admssion is $25; Preferred is $40; and VIP tix are $50 - pretty reasonable! Also, tickets can be purchased in Clovis at the following businesses: Pro Sound and Glass Doctor, V’s Sports, Iron Horse Detail, Sports Angle, Twisted Treasures, and Big Mike’s Bikes. Tickets will also be available at the Clovis Civic Center the night of the event. Click here for more information on Evolution Combat Sports.
Shamrock Productions wants to help MMA fighters be seen, and are even promoting WMMA. According to SP, if you start out fighting as an amateur for them, they can then lead you into becoming a pro-fighter, ready to fight for the bigger promotions:
Are you looking to make the next step in your MMA career? As an amateur, fighters train hard, learn as much as they can, and are guided on the right path to make a career in MMA. Shamrock Promotions provides all of that.
If you want to fight in front of 10,000 people in St. Louis on events such as Strikeforce and Fight Me, you need to start with the amateur development Shamrock Promotions offers. By fighting on Shamrock Promotion’s cards as an amateur, you can grow and develop with the promoters watching every step of the way.
Fighters that compete on the cards promoted by Shamrock Promotions will have the huge advantage of developing their skills in a professional manner, which will lead to opportunities to fight on Strikeforce, Fight Me MMA and a 3rd major organization Shamrock Promotions is in talks with for events in 2011.
On April 2nd, Shamrock MMA: Bad Blood, will feature a female MMA fight on their card in St. Louis: “Bad” Brittany Anic will be taking on Glena “Heartless” Avila at the Stratford Inn in St. Louis, MO. Tickets are pretty hefty for a new promotion that’s showcasing unpaid ammy fighters who haven’t yet made a name for themselves: $60 for Platinum seats and $65 for VIP. The strength of this organization may be questionable, but we wish them the best and hope to see good things out of Shamrock Productions. Call 314-608-1351 for tickets!
Official Fight Card
Shannon Walsh vs Steve Knogl
Adam Cella vs Cory Hauter
Brian Schell vs Kenny Hopen
Jake Constant vs Ira Lukowsky
Mean Mike Green vs James Mottershead
Jason McDaniel vs Zach Freeman
Enjoy this video preview of the upcoming female fighters, “Bad” Brittany Anic and Glena “Heartless” Avila, on this card!
You may recall that recently, “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey opted to drop out of the Tuff-N-Uff tournament in order to make her professional debut, causing quite a stir in the WMMA community. Looks like it was a good move on her part, as according to reports, she won her first professional fight:
One of MMA’s top female prospects, “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey, needed just 25 seconds to win her pro debut Sunday night at King of the Cage: “Turning Point” in Tarzana, California. The Olympic judo bronze medallist submitted highly-touted Brazilian Ediane “India” Gomes with a first-round armbar.
Rousey’s victory, her first as a pro and fourth overall, marked the third time that she has submitted an opponent in less than 30 seconds. Her longest bout to date, a 57-second matchup with Autumn Richardson in November, also ended with an armbar. Rousey’s combined fight time is just 2:09. To read the article in its entirety, please go here.
Part of the controversary comes from the fact that Rousey has called out Gina Carano and Cris Cyborg - take a look: