By Benjamin Bieker
Marloes Coenen vs. Cristaine Santos
This is a rematch from 2010 where Coenen was able to last well into the third round of their Strikeforce title bout when most of Cyborg’s opponents could not make it out of the first. Since that time, Coenen has been the more active fighter having five bouts compared to Cyborg’s three. It is unknown if the supposed steroid use and subsequent stoppage of use it affect Cyborg’s well known strength advantage. Coenen’s best chance of winning is on the ground but against Cyborg she will be unable to get the fight there. Cyborg by TKO in the second round
Claudia Gadelha vs. Ayaka Hamasaki
This is the battle of the undefeated prospects, because both of the fighters are 9-0 with their ground games being their best aspect of their MMA game. Hamasaki has the strength of her coach behind her, famed MMA female fighter Megumi Fujii, but Gadelha comes from famed camp Nova Uniao. The deciding factor in this bout will be Gadelha’s youth which will make her quicker to react which will win her most of the exchanges to earn a decision victory.
Sarah D’Alelio vs. Lauren Taylor
This is classic striker versus grappler match with knockout artist Taylor versus submission specialist D’Alelio. It has been proven that D’Alelio can take some damage, because she has never been knocked out, but Taylor has never loss so it is unknown what her weakness is. That is why Taylor will win this fight, because she has not broken yet and she will not break here. Taylor by TKO in the third round.
Leslie Smith vs. Jennifer Maia
This fight has Maia coming in with a ton of momentum, because Maia just picked up a huge win over Zoila Gurgel while Smith just lost to Sarah Kaufman. Smith will have the advantage since she comes it at 5’9” to Maia’s 5’4”, and she is now dropping down to a lighter weight class. That advantage will lead her to victory as she picks up a first round TKO.
Jessica Penne vs. Nicdali Rivera-Calanoc
Penne is a former champion on the hunt for a rebound win, and her first test will come the relatively hot and cold Calanoc. One fighter is 10-2 and one fighter is 8-6, so it is only obvious that one has the advantage going in. With no wins by submission and two losses by submission this is Penne’s fight to lose, because she has won six of her ten wins by submission. Look for her to take this in the first round by a submission.
Joanne Calderwood vs. Norma Rueda Center
At first look this bout seems uneven because Calderwood has a professional record of 6-0 to Center’s 2-0, but it is actually even considering that Center has a 5-0 amateur record as well. Calderwood will want to keep this fight standing since she has won the majority of their fights by TKO, but Center has the grappling skills that come with training at Greg Jackson’s camp. Center taking this fight on shot notice will lead to her downfall, because the former kickboxing champion Calderwood will take this fight by TKO.
Ediane Gomes vs. Charmaine Tweet
There is a lot on the line as these two are fighting for the chance at a title shot at the winner of the Coenen and Cyborg main event match on this card. This will be a grappling match because both of these fighters have won over fifty percent of their matches on the ground. Gomes has the youth, experience, and ability to take this fight. She is most likely hungry having lost the chance to face Cyborg due to injury. Look for Gomes to take this fight by decision.
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