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The Wiseman Report – Ilima-Lei MacFarlane and Rebecca Ruth collide at Bellator 157 Dynamite 2

Streaking fighters Ilima-Lei MacFarlane (4-0-0) and Rebecca Ruth (6-1-0) will meet June 24th at the Bellator 157 Dynamite 2 show in St. Louis, Missouri.

MacFarlane and Ruth will start off the main card and should prove to be an entertaining bout. MacFarlane easily dispatched Amber Tackett in her last fight, while Ruth upset decorated Muay Thai striker Lena Ovchynnikova with a decision win.

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Michelle Royer (1-0-0) takes on Katy Collins (3-1-0) in a 130-pound catchweight, Nicole Smith (1-0-0) and Ashley Cummins (3-3-0) face off and in a kickboxing bout, Tara Walker battles Mimi Kutzkin.

Bellator 157 features Satoshi Ishii (14-5-1) taking on Rampage Jackson (36-11-0) in the main event.

It’s good to see that Scott Coker’s talk about building their women’s divisions isn’t all smoke and mirrors. Let’s see what happens with these matchups.

It wasn’t the most exciting fight, but Sara McMann earned a tidy unanimous decision win over Jessica Eye at UFC Fight Night 88 that should put her name into the title shot eliminator mix.  McMann used her wrestling ability to make Eye wary of the takedown, out-striking her by over 50%.  She also converted two of five takedown attempts.

Eye threw eight (8) total strikes, landing two (2) in the second round.

The win should bump McMann into the top-5 of the division and a matchup with a top-5 opponent. She mentioned after the fight she would like to rematch her losses to Miesha Tate and Amanda Nunes.

It’s back to the drawing board for Eye. She’s now officially 1-4-0 in the UFC and is likely on the UFC bubble with another convincing loss.

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Did you miss last week’s TUF 23 show? My colleague Kenai Andrews has a nice recap here.

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It’s a battle of the Jessicas at UFC 199. #6-ranked strawweight Jessica Penne (12-4-0) takes on Jessica Andrade (13-5-0) in the only women’s matchup on the card.

Penne will enjoy a two-inch height and five-inch reach advantage, but Andrade statistically is the busier fighter on the feet and ground (according to UFC.com).

New Titan FC recruit Carina Damm (22-12-0) now has her first opponent. Sarah Alpher (6-3-0) will welcome Damm to the cage June 10th in Coral Gables, Florida.

Alper has a win over UFC strawweight Jocelyn Jones-Lybarger, while Damm is trying to curb a two-fight losing skid.

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