The Wiseman Report – Coenen and Budd to fight for featherweight crown at Bellator 155
Big news in the women’s featherweight division of Bellator MMA.
Can't believe all the support for our #Bellator155 world title fight! I've waited my whole life for this moment and I can't wait to shine 💎
— Julia Budd (@JuliaBudd) April 3, 2016
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.
— Cris Cyborg #CyborgNation (@criscyborg) April 3, 2016
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.
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#GettingPumped for TWO upcoming events!! Next week I have the opportunity to compete at my first #PanAmChampionships at #55kgs in #FriscoTX !!! 😄😄😄(You can buy your tickets at https://usawevents.sportngin.com/panams) .. Then on #April10th I will compete at my third #OlympicTeamTrials. That will be held in #IowaCityIA. Looking to make the #OlympicTeam at #53kgs 😉😉😉 (You can buy your tickets at http://www.iowacitytorio.com/tickets) #RoadtoRio2016 #TeamUSA #MMADreamCatcher #ArmyWCAP #USAWrestling #LivingTheDream 🏆🏆🏆❤❤❤
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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.
— MMACrossfireNation (@NationCrossfire) March 30, 2016
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.
— Mike Jackson, Esq. (@TheTruthJackson) April 1, 2016
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.
— Bellator MMA (@BellatorMMA) April 2, 2016
This is hardly news, but when the UFC strawweight champion tweets, you have to respect it…
— Joanna Jedrzejczyk (@joannamma) April 2, 2016
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.
— Charlotte Flair (@MsCharlotteWWE) April 4, 2016
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!
— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) April 3, 2016
— Trish Stratus (@trishstratuscom) April 4, 2016
— $asha Banks (@SashaBanksWWE) April 4, 2016
That’s it for now, Crossfire Nation. See you next week!