Thursday, August 07, 2008

Kobold-Jenkins considered, "Without a doubt...the greatest female fight in MMA History"

Posted by
by Yael Grauer,

Finally, female mixed martial artists are starting to garner the kind of mainstream acceptance and respect they so rightfully deserve. With the names Carano, Cyborg, Baszler and LaRosa gaining as much recognition as their male counterparts, it's time to look at the top five greatest female MMA fights.

5.) You had to know Shelby Walker vs. Angela Wilson would find its way onto our list. The late Shelby "Girl" Walker will always be remembered for recording the fastest KO in MMA history when it took her only five seconds to dispose Wilson in this May 2003 bout.

4.) Widely regarded as the best pound-for-pound female fighter in the world, the undefeated Megumi Fujii faced Misaki Takimoto at “Shooto - The Victory of Truth” in Tokyo on February 17, 2006. Take note as Fujii's multiple submission attempts and skill in all three ranges pays off throughout this epic war.

3.) Roxanne Modafferi is an MMA machine. The Fatal Femmes Fighting’s lightweight champion holds the distinction of being the only fighter to have defeated Jennifer Howe in Howe’s 15 professional MMA bouts. Impressively, she has actually done so twice. First she snapped Howe's eleven-fight winning streak while also snatching away her IFC Women's middleweight belt in November 2004, and then she did it again in this March 2005 rematch.

2.) Lisa Ward vs. Masako Yoshida at the inaugural Fatal Femmes Fighting show in February 2007 comes in at number two. Held at the Japanese American Cultural Center in Los Angeles, this card’s theme was a collection of Japanese versus American fighters. Two of the best from their respective corners of the earth showed tremendous heart and skill in this five-round battle.

1.) Without a doubt, this is the greatest female MMA fight in history: Adrienna "AJ" Jenkins vs. Kelly Kobold-Gavin in a March 2007 NFF bout in Minneapolis, MN. Going into this fight, Kobold-Gavin was 15-0-1 while Jenkins was sporting a 10-1 record. Throughout the fight, both fighters showcased their ground skills and continued to push the action in a perfect display of what makes female MMA so special. (By the way, you are about to hear a hell of a lot more about Kobold-Gavin in the next few weeks as she is rumored to be facing Gina Carano on the October 4th EliteXC on CBS card.)



Post a Comment

Subscribe to Post Comments [Atom]

<< Home