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Thursday, 30 October 2014 23:50
Thursday, 30 October 2014 23:49
Invicta 9 takes place Saturday night at the RiverCenter in Davenport, Iowa. It is Invicta's first show outside of Kansas City and only their second show of 2014, after taking a long break throughout the first half of this year. The show is headlined by Barb Honchak (9-2) defending the Invicta Flyweight title against Takayo Hashi (15-4-1). Hashi is a longtime MMA veteran making with a reputation for being tough. She is making her Invicta debut and someone who, now 37, should create a good showcase main event fight for Honchak. The show will air live on Fight Pass, starting at 9pm ET.
Honchak, 35, is a candidate to move into the UFC and compete in the women’s bantamweight division as a future opponent for Ronda Rousey, or possibly as a contender at strawweight. Honchak is widely ranked as the top women’s flyweight worldwide. Hashi is unranked.
“If [UFC] made the right offer and things can be worked out with Shannon [Knapp] and the UFC, I would definitely consider changing weight classes,” Honchak told MMA Junkie on Monday. “But right now I’m so focused on this fight I haven’t put too much thought into which weight, up or down, I would do if it happened.”
There are a few other UFC prospects fighting on this card. Featuring future UFC talent is a great reason for UFC to broadcast Invicta events on Fight Pass. The co-main event features Mizuki Inoue (9-2), who is considered one of the two best strawweights in Invicta that went unsigned by the UFC, alongside Invicta Strawweight champion Katja Kankaanpaa (10-1-1). Inoue is meeting undefeated Karolina Kowalkiewicz (5-0) of Poland, making her Invicta debut. Should Inoue win, she would likely be next in line to challenge Kankaanpaa for the Strawweight title. Kowalkiewicz herself is also a candidate to graduate to the UFC, although she might be a little further away compared to Kankaanpaa or Inoue.
Invicta plans to return on December 4th with an event headlined by Cris Cyborg debuting at bantamweight against an opponent yet to be named. If Cyborg makes weight and wins, a fight against Ronda Rousey for the UFC’s Bantamweight title would seem likely during 2015. Cyborg is also the current Invicta Featherweight champion.
Let’s take a look at the fights for Saturday night.
Barb Honchak (9-2) vs Takayo Hashi (15-4-1) – Flyweight Championship
This bout is for the Flyweight title and is booked for five rounds. Both women have experience in five-round fights. Honchak is making her second defense of the title, after defeating Leslie Smith via UD last December. Honchak hasn't lost since dropping a split-decision to TUF 20’s Angela Mangana in 2010. Honchak’s only other loss was to Cat Zingano via UD, also in 2010 in a bout fought at 130 pounds.
Since those losses she has won eight in a row. These include wins over UFC veterans or TUF contestants such as Felice Herring (UD in 2011), Roxanne Modafferi (submission in 2011), and Aisling Daly (UD in 2012). She beat Vanessa Porto (17-6-3) via UD in April 2013 to become the first Invicta Flyweight champ. Six of her nine career wins have come by decision.
Honchak is also an Iowa native and lives only about 30 minutes from the RiverCenter. She trains with Miletich Fighting Systems in Bettendorf. Early in her career she trained with UFC veteran Steve Berger before joining MFS.
Hashi is probably best known for headlining a Strikeforce show in San Jose years ago, losing to Sarah Kauffman in a bout for Kauffman’s Bantamweight title. In Japan, Hashi has held titles in SmackGirl and Deep Jewels.
She is coming off a TKO win over Shizuka Sugiyama in May and a draw with Ji Yeon Kim for Road FC in South Korea in March. Before those two fights, the last time Hashi fought was a UD win over Roxanne Modafferi in March 2012, after dropping three straight losses to Cat Zingano, Tara LaRosa, and Kauffman. The only other loss of Hashi's career that came before the bell was by armbar submission to Hitomi Akano in 2005. She beat Akano via UD two years later. Ten of her career fifteen wins have come by decision and four by submission.
Hashi, however, is 2-3-1 in her last six fights and is unranked at flyweight. She’s a capable veteran with a good ground game, but is well past her best-before date. She is tough, and Honchak isn’t a finisher, so there is a high probability that this will end in a decision victory for Honchak.
Pick: Honchak via UD
Mizuki Inoue (9-2) vs Karolina Kowalkiewicz (5-0) - Strawweight
Inoue, 20, is making her second appearance in Invicta, the first being a decision victory over TUF 20's Bec Rawlings in July 2013. Having 11 pro fights by the age of 20 is fairly remarkable. Six of Inoue's eight wins have come via submission.
Her record includes two defeats, but one was actually a win via armbar submission against Emi Tomimatsu in Deep Jewels in February. It was overturned by the promotion because Inoue missed weight and is recorded as a loss. Imagine if UFC did that. Hell, imagine if Bellator did that. She rematched against Tomimatsu in August and beat her by armbar again. Her only other loss was against Ayaka Hamasaki via UD in 2011. Inoue also competed as a kickboxer before joining MMA.
Kowalkiewicz, 29, is fighting for the first time outside of her native Poland. She's undefeated, finishing three of her five opponents, twice via submission and once via TKO. Her opponents have a combined professional record of 13-5-1 and two of them were Invicta veterans (one who she submitted with an armbar), so she has not been fighting slouches in Poland and appears to be the real deal.
This fight is a toss-up. Both Inoue and Kowalkiewicz are possible candidates for the UFC’s women’s strawweights. Inoue and Strawweight champ Kankaanpaa were probably the best strawweights in Invicta that went unsigned by the UFC when they acquired the majority of the strawweights from Invicta for TUF 20. Inoue is probably the more developed of these two and should be able to win to setup a title fight with Kankaanpaa, which could also lead to either Inoue or Kankaanpaa breaking into the UFC.
Pick: Inoue via UD
Kaitlin Young (7-8-1) vs Raquel Pa'aluhi (3-4) - Featherweight
Young, 29, is coming off a three fight losing streak with losses to Lauren Murphy, Leslie Smith, and Liz Carmouche, all in Invicta. Her only other fight in Invicta was a draw with Smith. Young's last win was in January 2012 via doctor stoppage. She does hold a win over Julie Kedzie via split-decision (although Kedzie won a rematch) and knocked Miesha Tate out in 30 seconds very early in Tate's career on a HooknShoot card in 2007. She was also defeated by Gina Carano on an EliteXC broadcast on CBS back in 2008. Six of Young's seven wins have been by TKO/KO.
Pa'aluhi is in her second fight with Invicta, the first being a loss to Amanda Nunes in 2012. She is coming off a win over Priscilla White in Hawaii for Destiny MMA in August, but prior to that lost three straight fights against Raquel Pennington, Nunes, and Sara McMann. Pa'aluhi's 3-4 record, however, improves to 5-4 if one includes her amateur bouts. Two of Pa'aluhi’s three pro wins were by TKO/KO. All four of her losses were by submission.
Pa'aluhi took this fight on late notice, only about two weeks, replacing Cindy Dandois, who had visa problems and couldn't get into the country.
Two veterans with lopsided records isn't exactly setting the world on fire, but both women like to strike, so although neither is among the best in the world, they should have an exciting match. Most of the fighters these two have lost against are now in the UFC, so they are probably better fighters than their record indicates. However, I doubt we are seeing two future UFC fighters here, but rather a match between two women who are willing to stand and bang. Considering Pa’aluhi is coming in on short notice, Young is the obvious favourite.
Pick: Young via TKO
Nicdali Rivera-Calanoc (8-7) vs Jodie Esquibel (4-1) - Atomweight
Calanoc, 29, is 1-2 in Invicta and coming off a submission loss to Jessica Penne from July 2013. Her last win was in July 2012 over Angelica Chavez via UD. She also has losses to Felice Herring and Angela Magana of TUF 20. Calanoc is known for being an aggressive brawler. Four of her wins have come by TKO/KO. Three of her losses have been by submission.
Esquibel, 28, is 2-1 in Invicta and is coming off a split-decision win over Jinh Yu Frey in September in a close fight. She trains with Jackson-Winkeljohn in New Mexico. Her sole loss was via submission to TUF 20's Alex Chambers in April 2013. Her record improves to 5-1 if you include amateur bouts. She has a rep as a good striker, but starts out slow.
Esquibel trains with one of the best camps worldwide and her only pro loss was to someone who is now in the UFC, so she has to be the favourite here. Although fighting at atomweight here, she might be someone who with a few more wins could make it into the UFC down the line, should she be able to compete at strawweight.
Pick: Esquibel via TKO
Amber Brown (3-1) vs Liz McCarthy (4-1) - Atomweight
Brown, 25, is making her debut in Invicta. She has previously fought for Pancrase and King of the Cage. Her latest fight was an upset win over Kikuyo Ishikawa via armbar submission, although that was back in July 2013. Her other win came via TKO. Her sole loss was via submission to Emi Fujino in Pancrase.
McCarthy, 28, is in her third Invicta fight. Her sole loss was to Jodie Esquibel (who is also fighting on this card) via split-decision in January 2013. Adding in her amateur fights, McCarthy's record improves to 8-1. She trains with Syndicate MMA in Las Vegas and is a good wrestler.
Both women are considered future contenders at atomweight. This one is also a toss-up as they are both good prospects. I’d have to go with McCarthy, though, based on an experience edge, although this could go either way.
Pick: McCarthy via decision
Amanda Bell (2-2) vs Maria Hougaard Djursaa (5-5) - Featherweight
Bell, 25, is in her second Invicta fight. She is coming off two wins in 2014, a 37-second knockout against the Four Horsewomen’s Marina Shafir in August and a rear naked choke submission against Brittney Elkin in April. Prior to those wins Bell lost her first two pro fights. Adding in her amateur bouts, her record improves to 8-3. She also has an amateur win via TKO over UFC vet Jessamyn Duke.
Hougaard, is from Denmark and is making her Invicta debut. She is coming off a UD loss to Annalissa Bucci in May. Bucci recently lost to Marloes Coenen in Bellator. Two of Hougaard’s wins have been by submission and one by TKO. She primarily fights for the promotion European MMA of Denmark and is known as a good striker.
Bell looks like the clear favourite and is another fighter who is a possible candidate for the UFC at bantamweight with some more wins under her belt.
Pick: Bell via TKO
Shannon Sinn (1-1) vs Andrea Lee (1-0) - Flyweight
Both women are making their Invicta debut. Sinn is 1-1 as a pro, but adding her amateur bouts to her record brings it to 6-2. Of the opponents Sinn has defeated, their combined record is 9-12. Her pro loss was to a fighter with a lopsided record. Lee, on the other hand, is in her second pro fight, but combining her pro and amateur fights together brings her record to 4-1. Of the opponents Lee has defeated, their combined record is 1-2. Lee is early in her career and Sinn doesn’t appear to be particularly skilled.
Pick: Lee via UD
Jenny Liou Shriver (2-0) vs Jamie Moyle (0-0) - Strawweight
Both women are making their Invicta debut. This is Shriver’s third fight this year. She has an amateur record of 3-2, bringing her total career record to 5-2. The combined record of women she has beaten is 11-5 and the combined record of women who have beaten her is 2-3. Supposedly, Shriver was impressive in the TUF 20 tryouts, even though she wasn’t signed. Moyle is making her pro debut after going 5-3 in amateur contests, including a decision loss to TUF 20's Tecia Torres in 2012. She won an amateur tournament with Tuff-N-Uff of Las Vegas to earn an Invicta contract. Moyle trains with Syndacite MMA in Las Vegas. The combined record of fighters she has beaten is 11-8. The combined record of fighters who have beaten her is 5-0. For people that know who these women are, this is a good fight. Moyle seems to have the better record, but with fighters with so little experience anything can happen.
Pick: Moyle via UD
Kelly McGill (1-0) vs Maegan Goodwin (0-0) - Bantamweight
Both women are making their Invicta debut. McGill’s single win was this past June, via first round TKO against an opponent with a career pro/am record of 0-3. She earned the nickname Killer because of her wild fighting style. Goodwin is making her pro debut and is 3-0 in amateur bouts, with two wins via choke submission. The combined record of her amateur opponents is 3-1. She's known for being good on the ground. Goodwin has also competed as a featherweight in the past. Goodwin seems like the favourite.
Pick: Goodwin via submission
Jeremy Wall is the author of UFC’s Ultimate Warriors: The Top 10. He blogs at mmachronicle.com. He can be reached at jeremydalew at gmail dot com. He is on Twitter @jeremydalewall.
Thursday, 30 October 2014 21:02
The American version of the WWE network starts a one month free trial officially in the U.K. on Monday for the web, iPhone, iPad and Android devices.
You can sing up at 8 p.m. Monday GMT.
For Xbox One, XBox 360, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Roku and some Smart TVs, it will be available in the U.K. on Tuesday, 11/18.
The free period ends on 11/30. The price will be $9.99 U.S. starting on 12/1.
Thursday, 30 October 2014 20:54
The following is a press release from the Shining Wizards Podcast. Feel free to reproduce this in whole or part, but please credit the Shining Wizards (www.shiningwizards.com) if you do.
Recently the Shining Wizards Podcast spoke with Stevie Ray. Here are some highlights:
On reuniting Harlem Heat at Pro Wrestling Syndicate this Friday: I’m not very excited... I had it good for the last few years, kicking back and knocking down a few. But when I’m committed to something, I’m committed to it. But in all actuality, it’s good man. It’s a good feeling and I've been getting the juices again for the last couple years, and in all actuality, I am excited, to be honest. It’s been a long time coming.
On racism in Global, WCW, and wrestling today: If you really want to think about it, we ran into racism... That (first) night in Global, they called us every n-word known to man, as we walked out. And I'm like "Wow, this is the big time? Holy Sh*t!" But, you know, the thing is, being African American, things like that... You know how to deal with it coming from certain upbringings... You know how to shut people up. You can't shut them up by arguing with somebody or wanting to fight somebody. We just show them how good you are. If you want to turn the page to WCW, yeah, WCW was probably one of the most racist, bigoted companies in the history of mankind, to be honest. That’s what it was made of. They were just a bunch of bigots that want to let a few people in and wanted to keep what they got. WCW was no different than America. America is a racist, bigoted country. People can try to hide behind this, that, or the other, but it is what it is. No disrespecting anybody but, you know, just call it the way it is, and WCW was no different. Especially in the professional wrestling world, they want to keep everything as white as possible. If you look at wrestling today, they want to keep everything as white as possible. As a matter of fact, back in the old independent territories, wrestling had more African Americans then they do nowadays. And they had lots of big stars, going all the way back to Sailor Art Thomas, and even before him... the Rocky Johnsons, the Tiger Conways. When we were growing up there was an array of African American wrestlers. Now you only see the African Americans, you know, they put a gimmick on them that’s so cliché and so, you know, they got us in a fish bowl, not a sea or a pond. We have to act this way, walk this way and do this kind of stuff, especially in some of the territories nowadays. It is what it is, and you just got to be able to deal with it. Luckily me and my brother were educated enough to know what we were going to do and that’s what we were going to do. We weren't going to compromise for anybody. That’s what we told people in WCW and people in Global (Wrestling Federation). We’re this, and we told them if they want that shucking and jiving guy, if you want that, that’s not us... I'm looking at WWE... They brought in a couple of tag teams. They brought in Cryme Time. Listen to that... Cryme Tyme. That says it all. I'm looking at the gimmick where they're stealing from people when they're not looking. Is that how America looks at black people today? Really? That were nothing but thieves? Is that all we are? The guy that doesn't want to take care of his child, like they put on the Maury Povich show? Dysfunctional families... Is that what we are? That's everybody, that's America. When it's put out there on television, though, it's just us, and I got a problem with that.
On Booker T’s & Hulk Hogan’s reaction to the infamous Spring Stampede promo: Well, It really bothered my brother. It really bothered him, whereas all the guys were ribbing him and were like, “What’s up n**ga?” Randy Savage & whoever… They all got a big, big kick out of it. It was the pop of the night. So the next day, we go to do Nitro after the Pay-Per-View that Sunday and I remember I was sitting at a table, you know- we were in catering- I’m sitting at the table and Hogan walks in. So me and Hogan would always talk about cars and motorcycles, because he’s into cars much like myself. I think he was getting some food when Randy Savage came in and was like, “Hey, Hulk, what’s going on man? You know Booker T called you an n**ga?” Then Hogan was like “That’s OK man, at least I’m a good n**ga.” The whole catering area popped. I mean everybody in the catering room just popped. And I think that’s when some of the pressure kind of came off my brother. That’s a true story, I've never told it before... After Hogan did that, it pretty much died that day.
On working with Sherri Martel: I mean, that was our best times in WCW, when all three of us worked together. They had tried out a few people with us. Frankly, to be honest, me and my brother didn’t want a f*cking manager. What the f*ck do we need a manager for? Another white dude that needs to talk for two black guys? Who needs that sh*t? We knew what they were trying to do... Every time they put somebody out there, we were like "we don’t want to f*cking work with that guy." They knew we were disgruntled about it. Then they would take us to the studios to do promos with some guy with a f*cking suit on trying to be a rip off of Jimmy Cornette. I can’t even remember who they were, I just I remember that we told each other we ain't going for this sh*t. Then one day we were at a TV taping... and Sherri was there, and she had been working with Savage I think, I can’t remember. I guess they were killing that thing off, and one day we were there at the TV taping and we were talking to her, because we always admired her, and she's like, “Hey how would you guys like for me to be your manager?” Me and my brother looked at each other and go, "That sounds good." A white chick, with two black guys? Now that works. Now you've got heat on both sides of the aisle. You've got black people saying, “Why they gotta have a white chick to come out with?” And you got heat from white people for just being a black guy, period. Now it works. Now you've got something. That’s why we called her “Sista,” because sisters are referred to as African American women. So we called her sista, and that’s why we spelled it sista, not sister. So when that worked and we all started talking on the phone, you know, we'd do matches and then pick up our cell phones and say "yeah, we just did it, and bla bla bla," and people would ask "Who they talking to?" And everybody just knew that it would be some cliché white manager in a suit or some bullsh*t that they did fifty thousand times in wrestling. The night Sherri came out, oh, it blew the roof off the place. We rode all over this country together and overseas. That was Harlem Heat. That was the real Harlem Heat. Booker T., Stevie Ray, and Sista Sherri.
For much more with Stevie Ray, including working with Dick Slater and Bunkhouse Buck, forming a tag team with his brother, slapjacks and fruit booties, the names Kane and Kole, thoughts on the NWO and Harlem Heat 2000, his reaction to Booker T's infamous Spring Stampede promo and more, go to www.shiningwizards.com and listen to Episode 176: Slapjacking with Stevie Ray. The Shining Wizards Podcast is available on iTunes, Stitcher, AudioBoom, Geek Life Radio, and the Shining Wizards Network (www.shiningwizardsnetwork.com).
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