|Notebook: Ladies returning to Invicta|
|Written by Ben Pherson|
|Wednesday, 27 February 2013 18:10|
Two Minnesota female standouts are returning to the Invicta cage in a little over a month.
Minnesota Martial Arts Academy products Rose Namajunas and Kaitlin Young are both scheduled to return to the all-women's MMA promotion on April 5 in Kansas City, Mo. The event is scheduled for the Ameristar Casino Hotel and will be broadcast via online pay-per-view, according to MMAJunkie.com
Namajunas made her pro debut for Invicta in January, knocking off Emily Kagen by submission due to rear-naked choke 3:44 into the third and final round.
Namajunas, who is the girlfriend of UFC veteran and fellow Academy product Pat Barry, returns to the cage against Kathina Catron.
Catron is an older (27) and more experienced fighter. She's 2-1 as a pro and was 5-0 as an amateur. Catron also is coming down in weight; she previously fought at 135.
Catron is coming off a loss, though; she suffered a second-round submission setback against Jordan Gaza on Feb. 1. Her two pro wins are both over Amber Powell in 2012. This will be Catron's Invicta debut.
Catron-Namajunas is scheduled to take place on the event's undercard.
Young has been out of action since October, when she suffered a second-round loss to Leslie Smith at Invicta 3. Young is 0-2-1 in Invicta, but her three fights have been some of the organization's most exciting.
Young (7-7-1) is scheduled to take on veteran Amanda Nunes at 135.
Nunes is coming off a unanimous-decision loss to Sarah D'Alelio at Invicta 4. The Strikeforce vet won her Invicta debut over Raquel Paaluhi last summer. Nunes is 7-3 as a pro, and six of her seven wins have come by knockout.
Minnesota MMA News caught up with Young recently to chat about her upcoming fight. Watch for that video interview in the coming days.
Several Minnesota standouts are scheduled to be in action on April 20 at DFC 15 in Fargo, N.D., at Scheels Arena.
One of the more interesting matchups includes a showdown between Minnesota Martial Arts Academy instructor Nate Homme and Get Sum prospect Tony Martin. They will meet at 155. Homme is currently ranked No. 4 at 155, while Martin is No. 3 at 170. Martin will move to the 155 rankings when they are released later this week.
The Barberena brothers all will be in action, too.
Bryan Barberena will square off against Ben Smith. Both are cutting down to 170 to fight for the DFC welterweight belt.
Kody and Kevin Barberena also will be fighting April 20. Kody Barberena will square off against Zack Schroeder, while Kevin Barberena faces Tyler Larson.
Matt "Kid Lightning" Veal also will be fighting for a belt that night. Veal is set to take on Cameron Ramberg for the 145 strap.
Jeremy Stetz is fighting for a belt as well. He gets Brad Floyd for the 135 strap.
DFC 15 is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.
Rochester's Travis Wiuff has his next Bellator fight lined up. Wiuff is scheduled to compete at Bellator 93 on March 21 in Lewiston, Maine, at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee.
That same night, Minnesota's Brett Rogers also is returning to the Bellator cage. Both are scheduled to be part of the main card. Former UFC standout Marcus Davis also will be in action that night.
The main card will run on Spike, while the undercard is on Spike.com
Wiuff returns to action for the first time since his loss to his controversial loss to Maro Perak during the Abu Dhabi Warriors Fighting Championship. Many thought Wiuff won that fight, but Perak was given a split-decision victory.
Wiuff (68-16) last fought for Bellator in August, when he suffered a first-round TKO loss to Atilla Vegh in the Bellator light heavyweight tournament. It was Wiuff's first loss for the organization after starting his Bellator run with four consecutive victories.
The Owatonna High School graduate now will take on Ryan Martinez (8-2) in a heavyweight bout. Wiuff is hoping to get into Bellator's next heavyweight tournament.
Martinez most recently scored a win over Manny Lara at Bellator 75 in October. All of Martinez's wins are by either decision or knockout.
Wiuff admitted it's a very tough matchup for him. Martinez lost his Bellator debut to UFC vet Mike Wessel, and his only other career loss is to 8-2 Derrick Lewis, who is a Bellator and a Legacy vet.
Rogers (12-5-1) is set to take on Eric Prindle, who previously trained with Brock Lesnar here in Minnesota.
After starting his career 10-0, Rogers has hit a rough patch. He's won just once since 2010, and that came against fellow Minnesotan Kevin Asplund.
Rogers most recently lost to Alexander Volkov by decision at Bellator 75 in October. Rogers showed a great deal of heart in that fight, though, fighting with a broken arm.
Prindle also will be looking to get back on track. After winning his first two Bellator fights, Prindle is now on a two-fight losing streak.
Get Sum's Brock Larson also has a huge fight coming up. Larson is heading overseas to take on a legend of MMA in a middleweight bout.
Larson will compete for ONE FC's eighth event, which will go down in April 5 in Kallang, Singapore, at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. The event has been dubbed "ONE FC8: Kings and Champions."
Larson's fight along with the rest of the card will be available via online pay-per-view for $9.99.
Larson, who is 36-7 as a pro, will square off against Dutch striker Melvin Manhoef (27-9-1).
Of Manhoef's 27 career victories, 25 have come via knockout. He enters the Larson bout on a three-fight winning streak, including two via first-round KO.
Larson, a UFC vet who trains at the Get Sum Athletic Compound near St. Cloud, also has won three straight, most recently at a King of the Cage event in Walker, Minn.
Manhoef made a name for himself as a feared K-1 striker. He's a vet of DREAM and Strikeforce.
Minnesota's Jacob "Christmas" Volkmann recently was cut by the UFC, but he has reportedly already signed with a new organization.
Volkmann was the victim of last week's massive UFC layoffs. But mmafighting.com reported today that he has signed with World Series of Fighting.
According to the website, Volkmann will make his WSOF debut at the promotion's third event.
Volkmann is 15-4 in his MMA career, and he most recently suffered a third-round submission loss to Bobby Green. After losing his first two UFC fights, Volkmann won six of his next seven fights before the loss to Green knocked him out of the organization.
The next WSOF event is scheduled for March 23 in Atlantic City.
Standout Chad Curry is scheduled to return to the cage March 30 at the Brutaal Genesis event in Rochester.
None of the matchups for that fight card have been made public. But Curry announced that he will return to action that night via Facebook.