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The Wiseman Report – Coenen and Budd to fight for featherweight crown at Bellator 155

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Big news in the women’s featherweight division of Bellator MMA.

The company  confirmed with The Bleacher Report April 2nd that Marloes Coenen (23-6-0) and Julia Budd (8-2-0) will fight for the featherweight title May 20th at Bellator 155.

Coenen has been recovering from an injury, but the fight’s place as the featured prelim and non-televised status has raised a few eyebrows.

Bellator is currently rebuilding its women’s featherweight and flyweight divisions.

Invicta FC strawweight Sharon Jacobson (4-1-0) is in the final stretch on the long journey to qualifying for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. The 32-year-old is looking to qualify in 53kg wrestling in Iowa City, Iowa April 8th – April 10th.

To help defray expenses, Jacobson is selling a Road to Rio 2016 t-shirt for $20.16 plus shipping.

I remember her win over Jame Moyle back at last September’s Invicta FC 14 and wish her the best of luck on her Olympic endeavour.

The big news was former champ and current #2-ranked Carla Esparza (11-3-0) returning to action after over a year of layoff to replace the injured Jessica Aguilar. She will fight Julianna Lima at UFC 197 April 23rd. It will be interesting to see if the improvements in her game will surface in the fight. She’s kept a low profile since she lost the belt to Joanna Jedrzejczyk.

The #14-ranked Lima (8-2-0) is no pushover and will definitely be prepared for the wrestling of The Cookie Monster. At any rate, it’s a good fight and may the best fighter win.

Happy Birthday to Ilima-Lei MacFarlane (3-0-0), who turned 26 on April 2nd.

This is hardly news, but when the UFC strawweight champion tweets, you have to respect it…

And finally on the heels of last night’s Wrestlemania 32 show, the WWE is finally putting the “Divas” moniker for their female wrestlers behind them and building a genuine women’s division. This commitment helped produce the best WWE women’s Wrestlemania match in a long time. The champion Charlotte, who defended over Becky Lynch and Sasha Banks in a triple-threat match, showed off the new championship belt.

I’m not a huge WWE fan, but from what Kenai tells me and the response from social media, that moment was significant and I would be remiss not to include it in my report. Keep the momentum going ladies!


Christina Heath – @Stinag35

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Nirdali R-Calanoc – @Nicdali

That’s it for now, Crossfire Nation. See you next week!


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