On Sunday March, 27 at KOTC: "Turning Point" in Tarzana, California.
Ronda "Rowdy" Rousey (1-0-0) defeated Ediane Gomes (6-2-0) by submission (armbar) in the first round of their 145-pound professional MMA match.
Ronda who made her pro debut in this match submitted her opponent Gomes in twenty five seconds of the first round in what was a repeat performance of what she did against Taylor Stratford in her last amateur match for Tuff-N-Uff. Ronda who was scheduled to move on in the tournament for Tuff-N-Uff instead decided to turn pro and now we see why.
Ronda is a Judo black belt who won the bronze medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics in China.
She was the #1 ranked amateur fighter at 145-pounds with a record of 3-0.
The question now is what is next for this MMA phenom hopefully Strikeforce will sign her and we can see her against the top women in the world at 145-pounds.
During her post fight victory interview at Tuff-N-Uff, Ronda proclaimed that she would be fighting Christiane "Cyborg" Santos before the end of 2011 and with one more victory that could very well be the case.
On Saturday March, 12 at XXX Extreme Fighting: "Invasion" in Benton Harbor, Michigan.
Romeo Rupp (3-1-0) was defeated by an unknown fighter (1-0-0) by TKO (doctor stoppage) due to a broken nose in their 170-pound amateur MMA match.
I have asked both Romeo and the two promoters of the show to disclose the name of the fighter but all have refused to name the opponent.
What I do know is that it was the unnamed fighters first time ever fighting and that she is actually a football teammate of Romeo who was there to watch Romeo fight.
As the creator of the Amateur WMMA rankings I use this website as my database for all ranked fighters records, therefore I must report and write about all losses by a fighter, even if I don't know the name of the girl who beat her, sorry.
On Saturday March, 12 at Kick Down 90: "Cage Rage" in Denver, Colorado.
Shannon Culpepper (1-0-0) defeated Margaret Bloom (5-4-0) by TKO in the first round of their 125-pound amateur MMA match.
Shannon is a very accomplished grappler who has transitioned over to MMA, she has only bee training for 18 months she trains out of Fusboxe MMA in Broomfield, Colorado where they specialize in Russian Sambo her coach is Michael Sullivan.
In September she won the NAGA Grappling Championships in Las Vegas and won the NAGA tournament in Colorado early last year. She has also taken gold in 5 other Colorado tournaments.
On Saturday March, 12 at Fight Festival 30 in Helsinki, Finland.
Maiju Kujala (5-3-0) defeated Emma Watson (1-1-0) by TKO in the first round of their 125-pound professional MMA match.
Maiju had lost two fights in a row prior to this victory, her losses came against Miesha Tate in the first round of the Strikeforce Womens 135-pound tournament the other loss was at 125-pounds against undefeated fighter Hanna Sillen in October of last year.
Maiju trains out of MMA Lappeenranta in Limatra, Finland.
On Saturday March, 12 at Tuff-N-Uff in Las Vegas, Nevada.
#2 ranked 145-pound fighter Taylor Stratford (8-1-0) defeated #11 ranked 145-pound fighter Ashlee Evans-Smith (4-3-0) by submission (rear-naked choke) in the second round of their 145-pound amateur tournament championship match.
Taylor has now won her second 145-pound championship in eight days.
Last week she defeated Amanda Bell to win the Reno Combat 145-pound amateur championship.
The only loss of Taylor's career came in the quarterfinals of the Tuff-N-Uff 145-pound tournament against Ronda Rousey who withdrew from the tournament so that she could turn pro.
Taylor was then asked to move on to the finals where she was supposed to fight Tori Adams who lost in the first round of the tournament but was allowed to pass on to the semi-finals because her opponent Tamikka Brents missed weight. Tori then defeated Ashley Evans Smith in the semi-finals but had to withdraw because of a death in the family.
Taylor who trains out of Reno, Nevada at Reno Academy of Combat has also fought in the past at 135-pounds and in this reporters opinion that is the division she should turn pro at.
On Friday March, 11 at Wright Fight 2 in St. Charles, Missouri.
Barb "Lil Warrior" Honchak (3-1-0) defeated Amber "A.J." McAvoy (1-1-0) by unanimous decision in their 125-pound professional MMA match.
Barb has now won two fights in a row since her January 2010 loss to Cat Zingano.
In her last fight before this one Barb defeated Felice Herrig also by unanimous decision.
Barb was also a member of the reality television show "Ultimate Women's Challenge." where she participated in at least one sanctioned match, the results of those fights have still not been released however.
On Saturday February, 5 at Ax Fighting Championships 33 in Edmunds, Washington
#13 ranked 115-pound fighter Reagen Benedetti (3-0-0) defeated #14 ranked 115-pound fighter Maylee Siekawitch (5-2-0) by submission (guillotine choke) in the first round of their 115-pound amateur championship match.
Reagen has now won titles in back-to-back fights her last title win was at 120-pounds when she defeated Amy Cadwell.