Thursday, April 07, 2016

Strawweight fighters announced for The Ultimate Fighter 23

Last night the UFC announced the fighters participating in The Ultimate Fighter 23. This will start airing Apr. 20 on Fox Sports 1 and TSN. Of course the coaches are UFC Strawweight Champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk and her number one challenger Claudia Gadelha. After the show is over, Joanna will defend her title against Claudia on July 7 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. There are 16 Light Heavyweights and 16 Strawweights in the cast. So let's look at the Strawweights in alphabetical order. J.J. Aldrich is 23 years old from Denver. Her record is 2-1. All three of her fights were in Invicta. Chelsea Bailey is 23 years old from Oklahoma City. Her record is 2-0. One of those two fights was in Brazil. Amanda Bobby Cooper is 24 years old from Bath, MI. Her record is 1-1. That loss was to Aspen Ladd in Invicta. Amanda usually fights at 125lb. Ashley Cummins is 28 years old from St. Louis. She's a police officer. Here record is 3-3 and her last three fights (all losses) were in Invicta. I remember she got badly hurt in her 2012 fight against Joanne Calderwood. I don't think she has been the same since then. Jodie Esquibel is 29 years old from Albuquerque. She trains at Jackson's. Her record is 5-1, 3-1 in Invicta. She's too much of a points fighter for me. Mellony Geugjes is 23 years old from Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Her record is 1-0 and that win was in Croatia. Lanchana Green is 26 years old from Darlington, England. Her MMA record is 0-1 but she has had a lot of Muay Thai fights. But she hasn't fought in a couple of years. She's pretty though. Helen Harper is 28 years old from Farnborough, England. Her record is 4-1. Her loss was to UFC fighter Cortney Casey for PXC in Guam. Kate Jackson is 29 years old from Newquay, England. Her record is 7-2. One of those losses was to Joanna Jedrzejczyk in 2013. She normally fights at 125lb. Alyssa Krahn is 28 years old from Edmonton. Her record is 3-1. Kristi Lopez is 33 years old from Los Angeles. Her record is 2-0. She normally fights at 125lb. She's a little old considering her experience. Amy Montenegro is 32 years old from Lynwood, WA. Her record is 7-2 and 1-1 in Invicta. I don't think I liked her. Jamie Moyle is 27 years old from Orlando, FL but she trains at Syndicate in Las Vegas. Her record is 3-1 all in Invicta. She lost her latest fight in Sept. Irene Rivera is 23 years old from Malaga, Spain. Her record is 6-2 and she has fought for Cage Warriors and Super Fight League. Tatiana Suarez is 25 years old from Covina, CA. Her record is 3-0. She normally fights at 125lb. And finally Ashley Yoder is 25 years old from Temecula, CA. Her record is 4-1. She has fought for BAMMA USA. Pick your favourite and we'll see you Apr. 20.

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