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Alexandra Albu vs. Julie Kedzie Booked for UFC Fight Night 33 in Brisbane


(You’re hired. / Photo via MixedMartialArts.com)

Bantamweight babe Alexandra Albu just picked up her first assignment in the UFC. The Russian striker — who holds a completely unverifiable record of “5-0″ — will make her Octagon debut against WMMA journeywoman Julie Kedzie (16-12 MMA, 0-1 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 33: Hunt vs. Bigfoot, December 6th in Brisbane, Australia. UFC officials announced the bout yesterday.

Normally, this would be the part where I’d lament the fact that the UFC is throwing a total rookie (and such a pretty girl!) up against a veteran with 28 professional fights, but you know what, I’m not going to do that this time. Kedzie has spent her career tangling with elite fighters like Tara LaRosa, Gina Carano, Shayna Baszler, and Miesha Tate…and she’s been beaten by all of them. The crazy cat lady is currently on a three-fight losing skid, and hasn’t won a fight in over two years. Maybe her “experience edge” just means she knows how to lose. I don’t know. I’m not going to count Alexandra out yet. There’s just something about this woman.

The current UFC Fight Night 33 lineup is after the jump…

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Hot Fighter Alert: 16 Photos of Model/MMA Prospect Paige VanZant


(Photo courtesy of 12gaugepaigevanzant.com. Click image for full-size version.)

Props to BabesofMMA and MMAJunkie for turning us on to Paige VanZant, a 2-0 professional MMA fighter who will be facing Tecia Torres on the prelims of this Saturday’s Invicta 4: Esparza vs. Hyatt event in Kansas City.

A model and student-athlete since childhood, the 18-year-old fighter began training in MMA when she was 15, and currently trains at the House of RYU in Las Vegas. Paige began competing this year, first picking up an amateur win in April, then winning decisions in professional matches against Jordan Gaza and Amber Stautzenberger. (She’s also done ring girl gigs for Shark Fights and Ultimate Reno Combat.) According to this Examiner article, Paige likes wrestling and throws, doesn’t enjoy getting hit in the face, and her future goals include opening a restaurant and fighting Cris Cyborg.

Check out lots more of our favorite Paige VanZant photos in the gallery after the jump — as well as four bonus videos of Paige chatting, fighting, and steam-mopping — and follow her life on Facebook and Twitter.

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Hot Fighter Alert: NFL Cheerleader Turned MMA Prospect Rachel Wray


(Image via Rachel’s Facebook page. Click for full-size version.)

Rachel Wray‘s unlikely transition from NFL eye-candy to aspiring cage-fighter started with a fateful trip to a boxing gym. As she explained to KCMMA:

I have been a cheerleader or dancer my whole life and I moved [to Kansas City] from Arkansas to cheer for the Kansas City Chiefs. I started working out at Title Boxing Club with some of the girls for an alternative workout. I really enjoyed it and started taking private lessons after a little while. One day, I came in and they wanted me to spar. I was nervous about someone actually punching me in the face, but I did it.

I was absolutely horrible. This drove me to want it even more. I knew I had to make a choice between fighting and cheerleading. I chose fighting. I trained harder and took more private lessons. In the same shopping center was [Jason High and LC Davis's gym] HDMMA and I wandered in there to see what was going on. Everyone was so nice and just not what I expected from a MMA gym. So, I started training there too. One thing led to another, and now I feel comfortable enough to compete in the cage…I hope to fight 4-5 times over the next year.”

Though Rachel’s last scheduled match didn’t take place due to her opponent not showing up — gotta love regional MMA! — she won her amateur debut by second-round TKO. (You can watch it here and here.) Rachel’s next fight is slated for January 25th at Harrah’s Casino in Kansas City, against an opponent to be named later.

Get to know Rachel better by checking out her photo gallery after the jump, as well as our short-’n'-sweet interview with the lady herself…

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Hot Fighter Alert: 11 Photos of WMMA Rising Star Cassie Crisano


(Photo courtesy of Cassie’s Facebook page; click for full-size version. Full gallery is after the jump.)

Props to BabesofMMA for introducing us to Cassie Crisano, a 3-1 amateur MMA fighter from Middletown, New York, who will be making her professional debut this Saturday against Janice Meyer at Cage Fury Fighting Championships 17 in Dover, Delaware. The fight will be streamed live on CFFC.tv.

Like Miesha Tate before her, Cassie took to wrestling early in life, competing among the boys on her high school varsity team. Her competitive accomplishments included finishing second at the first Women’s National Wrestling tournament in Albuquerque, and becoming the 138-pound New York State women’s champion. After a long recovery from a near-fatal auto accident in 2002, Cassie began training in MMA four years ago, and made her amateur MMA debut in December 2010.

In her own words: “The problem with women in MMA is that there are just not enough of us to be able to take it to the next level as the men. There are too many women that want to be classified as ‘A FIGHTER’ but the skill level of being a well-rounded fighter is just not there. The talent pool is just not big enough yet. So when a one-trick pony pops up from out of nowhere they become a rising star which ultimately in the end makes women’s MMA look like it’s a joke.”

No offense, Ronda? Get to know Cassie better on Facebook and Twitter, and check out more of our favorite Cassie Crisano photos in the gallery below…

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Hot Potato: 16 Photos of Model/Fighter Jenae Noonan


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Jenae “Turbo” Noonan is an MMA fighter, kickboxer, boxer, model, motivational speaker, and vegan, who returns to competition on October 13th, when she’ll be representing the U.S.A. at the next World Sports MMA tournament in Moscow. According to this new Babes of MMA interview, Noonan got involved in MMA when she moved into a house with UFC vets Javier Vasquez and Gabe Ruediger, who took her to their gyms and started working with her. Currently based in Pomona, California, the foxy redhead works out at the King of Kings boxing gym in Covina, the UFC Gym in Rosemead, and the University of La Verne for strength and conditioning.

Check out some of our favorite Jenae Noonan photos in the gallery below, and if you want to see more, visit her on Facebook, Twitter, and ModelMayhem. And if you’re really feeling generous, donate a few bucks for her upcoming trip to Russia!

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Hot Potato: 17 Photos of Ronda Rousey, WMMA’s Hottest Prospect

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(Photo courtesy of Ronda’s Facebook page. Lots more after the jump.)

For the record, our new obsession with Ronda Rousey is completely healthy, and is based mostly on our deep respect for the art of judo. Also, she’s really hot. Just figured we’d throw that out there.

After the undefeated Strikeforce featherweight increased her pro record to 4-0 last Friday — with all her wins coming via armbar in less than a minute — the 24-year-old California native announced her intention to drop to 135 pounds and challenge the top names in the division, Sarah Kaufman and Miesha Tate. (Meanwhile, a dorsal fin circles out in the distance.)

The point is, you might be seeing a lot more of Ms. Rousey, in high-profile fights that would push her skills to their limits. In the meantime, check out our favorite Ronda Rousey photos in the gallery below. Enjoy, and show Ronda you care on twitter @RondaRousey.

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‘Beautiful Fighter’ Lim Su-Jeong Triple-Teamed by Japanese Comedians in TV Stunt Gone Wrong [VIDEO]

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(“Yeah baby, I’d go three rounds with you. Wait a minute. Why are you glueing shards of broken glass to your hand-wraps? No. NO! FUUUUUUUUU-” / And then the caption-narrator died. The end.)

Known as “Beautiful Fighter” to her fans, South Korean kickboxing star Lim Su-Jeong has become something of a martyr in her home country after an appearance on the Japanese TV show “Flames Sports Competition” turned ugly last month. As NewAmericaMedia reports:

Soo-young Lim, 27, was seriously injured during what was supposed to be a mock match with three Japanese comedians on the show…All three of the men were wearing protective gear. Lim, a mixed martial artist, wore only gloves.

[T]he three comedians — Toshiaki Kasuga, 31, Hiroshi Shinagawa, 39, and Koji Imada, 45 — are known to have backgrounds in martial arts. During the fight, Lim was several times knocked down by kicks from the men that were executed “as skillfully as pros.” Lim and her management team have reportedly demanded an apology from the show’s producers.

Video of the incident is after the jump, via patrice on the UG; notice that Lim is the only one not wearing headgear. With tensions between Korea and Japan as uncomfortable as ever, some viewers interpreted the segment as an intentional act of humiliation. Your thoughts?

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Hot Fighter Alert: Sarah McLeod [Photos]

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(Full gallery is after the jump.)

Victory Fighting Championships 35 goes down tomorrow night at the Mid-America Center in Council Bluffs, featuring Abe Wagner, Joe Ellenberger, and a rising women’s MMA prospect named Sarah McLeod. (Thanks to BabesofMMA for the tip.) A native of Vancouver, Sarah has compiled a 3-2-1 record as an amateur, and will be facing New Hampshire-based fighter Heather Lambert (3-0).

Though Sarah started her fight career without any formal training, she has been honing her skills at Mid-America Martial Arts in Omaha since the beginning of the year, and is looking to build on her current two-fight win streak.

Also, and not that this is important or anything, but Sarah McLeod just happens to be a model and bikini competitor in her spare time. She is “always” single, and loves a good mullet. Follow ‘TNT’ on Facebook, and check out some more of her photos below…

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