Miriam Nakamoto: I needed to be able to find my dignity
Miriam Nakamoto, who faces Lauren Murphy for the inaugural bantamweight title at Invicta FC 7 on Saturday night, discusses her outspoken ways, muay thai vs. MMA, a potential fight with Cris Cyborg, her childhood, what led her to combat sports, and much more during a recent appearance on The MMA Hour on Monday.
Invicta FC 7 results: Honchak vs. Smith
MMA Fighting has Invicta FC 7 results for the Honchak vs. Smith fight card Dec. 7 from the Ameristar Casino in Kansas City.
In the main event, Barb Honchak will defend her Invicta flyweight title against Leslie Smith. Also, Carla Esparza puts her Invicta strawweight title on the line against Claudia Gadelha.
Check out the full Invicta FC 7 results below.
Barb Honchak vs. Leslie Smith
Lauren Murphy vs. Miriam Nakamoto
Felice Herrig vs. Tecia Torres
Joanne Calderwood vs. Katja Kankaanpaa
Julia Budd vs. Charmaine Tweet
Vanessa Porto vs. Zoila Frausto Gurgel
Sarah D'Alelio vs. Tonya Evinger
Munah Holland vs. Nina Ansaroff
The Esparza vs. Gadelha fight has been removed from the card after Claudia Gadelha suffered a bacterial infection.
Claudia Gadelha off Invicta FC 7 card with bacterial infection
Invicta FC 7 will only have two title fights.
Claudia Gadelha has withdrawn from her strawweight title fight against champion Carla Esparza because of a bacterial infection, according to a press release.
"Claudia ran a high fever late Friday evening and went to the hospital where she was diagnosed with a bacterial infection in her intestines," said Shannon Knapp, President Invicta Fighting Championships, in a statement. "We know Claudia wanted this title opportunity more than anything and all of us at Invicta wish her a speedy recovery.
"Tonight’s PPV will go on as planned with two world championship fights and a stacked undercard."
The two title fights left on the card are champion Barb Honchak defending her flyweight title against Leslie Smith, and Lauren Murphy and Miriam Nakamoto will fight Lauren Murphy for the inaugural strawweight title.
The Invicta FC 7 undercard will be streamed at 8 p.m. ET, while the pay-per-view will begin at 9 p.m. ET.
World Series of Fighting 7 predictions
MMA's number three promotion returns tonight with an event venturing into Canada and an interesting if modest main event between an established featherweight veteran against one of the game's hotter prospects, both vying for the inaugural WSOF featherweight title. The card also features the return of the ever-affable Nick Newell and potential next big thing in Elvis Mutapcic.
Will Palmer prove he's capable of taking the next step in his career? Does Nick Newell have what it takes to keep his win streak alive? Is this the night Elvis Mutapcic gets past a bigger, dominant wrestler in Jesse Taylor? I answer these questions and more with my predictions for Saturday's fights.
What: World Series of Fighting 7: Palmer vs. Karakhanyan
Where: PNE Agrodome, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
When: Saturday, the five-fight preliminary card starts at 6 p.m. ET on a live stream on MMA Fighting, and the four-fight main card kicks off on NBC Sports at 9 p.m. ET.
Lance Palmer vs. Georgi Karakhanyan
I was really unimpressed with Palmer's last fight in RFA opposite Jared Downing. Downing's not a bad fighter, but he was able to shut down Palmer's wrestling for two rounds and then a bit more. Palmer struggled to get the win and if it were not a five-round bout, he would've lost pretty handily. Once his wrestling was eliminated from the equation, he didn't have much else to fall back on. I'm not suggesting Karakhanyan isn't going to have his own struggles with Palmer's takedowns, but I do think he can pick up where Downing left off.
Jesse Taylor vs. Elvis Mutapcic
This is the most curious fight on the main card. Mutapcic is the hot prospect who can blast people to smithereens, but can he deal with a larger opponent and one who has relentless takedown pressure and top control? I don't think we really know the answer to that, at least not definitively. This is very, very much just guesswork on what is likely to be the dominant influencing factor here. I'm going to lean towards the rising prospect, but counting Taylor out would be a big mistake. This is perhaps Mutapcic's most important fight to date.
Nick Newell vs. Sabah Fadai
Unless something goes tragically off the rails, this should be a very quick fight with Newell as the victor. Fadai is a regional-level fighter (until he proves otherwise) and while we aren't really sure what the upper limit is on Newell yet, he's clearly a step beyond Fadai. Newell will do what he does best: takedown (potentially from strikes first), pass, then submission. Don't blink.
Kalib Starnes vs. Dwayne Lewis
Both of these guys are journeymen at this point, which makes deciphering who has the clear advantage a bit difficult. Lewis is the bigger puncher of the two, but Starnes, who is on a three-fight win streak, is the more accomplished. He's also slightly more polished with his striking defense, but not by much. I'm going to lean Starnes, but ever so slightly. Lewis has the ability to put Starnes' lights out at any point, but Starnes should have enough general savvy to avoid the big bomb en route to either his own late stoppage or a decision win.
Classic between Mark Hunt and Antonio Silva is one to be savored
Draws in MMA are rare, and for that we’ve always been grateful. Generally speaking, there’s very little to be gotten from a stalemate even under extraordinary circumstances. In most cases, a draw leaves an empty box at the door of the future, especially in fights where an outcome determines the promotion’s next steps. Draws send people home in altering states of dissatisfaction. They don’t scratch the itch. They make cousins kiss when for god’s sake all we want is for one of those cousins to be vanquished.
In other words, draws royally suck. Fights promise resolution and anything less feels like a welch.
But Friday night’s main event that went down Saturday afternoon in Brisbane, Australia -- a real time future that all-too-happily scrambled our bearings of time and space and left Pat Barry to contemplate the inner workings of the International Date Line -- could only end one way satisfactorily.
And that was a draw.
Nobody wanted to see Antonio Silva or Mark Hunt lose. Not after (arguably) the greatest heavyweight bout in UFC history, which materialized out of nowhere. Not after they clubbed one another for five table-turning rounds -- Bigfoot with his lunch pails, Hunt with his ham hocks -- and left each other for dead on multiple occasions. Not after both men rose and moved forward and had each other’s blood squeegeed from their animal features between rounds.
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To determine a winner in a war of equal heart and determination would have felt like a travesty. Two of the judges, perhaps romantics, scored the final round 10-8 for Hunt, which is curious on a night when 10-8 rounds were so hard to come by (particularly in the one-sided Ryan Bader/Anthony Perosh fight where the scarcity of 10-8 scores played out like an act of defiance). Those scores forced the majority draw, and in some ways, so what -- perhaps it’s best that the scorecards were ripped asunder Down Under.
Did those judges consciously know they were assigning a draw? We'll never know. Judges are supposed to be sterile figures of objectivity that watch five individual fights in a five-round affair, detached and with no tally…but, then again, humans won’t always be able to suppress their humanity. (Who can forget the infamous math blunder in Sydney, when the scorecards were tallied wrong in the fight between Demetrious Johnson and Ian McCall?)
And really, this was one of those perfect storms.
Hunt and Silva were training partners who remain friends. They came together because they were asked to. They headlined a card reluctantly because neither had a definitive direction to go. Silva, who has already lost twice to the UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez, is now in a heavyweight no man’s land. Hunt, who lost to Junior dos Santos last time out, is like Lazarus from biblical Pride FC. He just keeps astonishing everyone on borrowed time. We don’t know his ceiling; we only know his basement.
That they came out and met each other like men with no future beyond the present made for one hell of a war. That always happens when preservation is the last thing on anybody’s mind. People just don’t last in astonishing states of physical disregard, and when they do it becomes a story of guts and determination that can only be told in such circumstances. That’s when the will becomes communicative, and "the thing that's happening" becomes everybody’s experience.
What’s crazier is that Hunt/Bigfoot is just par for the course in 2013, which is literally spoiling us with such rare storms of the century. When the time comes to vote on what the "fight of the year" is in 2013, there will be so many candidates that assigning one above the other will almost certainly be an injustice. Already there’s Michael Chandler/Eddie Alvarez II, there’s Matt Grice/Dennis Bermudez, there’s Alexander Gustafsson/Jon Jones and Diego Sanchez/Gilbert Melendez and Brian Stann/Wanderlei Silva.
Maybe that, too, ends in a shoulder-shrugging tie.
But that’s not the only novelty. I can’t recall another year where so many fights ended with rematches on everybody’s mind. From Jones-Gustafsson to Johny Hendricks/Georges St-Pierre, so many bouts in 2013 are being played out on a loop. In title situations, it’s one thing.
In this, it’s another.
Maybe it’s best to savor Hunt/Silva as a one-time deal because there’s little they can do to improve what already is. They came together under (perfectly) quiet circumstances, and delivered well beyond anyone’s expectation. The fight ended in a draw, which is about as fitting an outcome as can be had in a world that rarely goes in for poetic justice.
And besides, the premise can't be duplicated. They fought with no tomorrow. For that deed alone, maybe it’s best not to force a tomorrow on them.