First Female MMA fights in Maine

Sep 02. Posted by Shelley 0 Comment

First Female MMA fights in Maine

Two female fights boast women in and outside the cage.  The match ups are between

Heather Lambert (4-0) vs Maria Rios (0-0)

Sarah “TNT” McLeod (3-3-1) vs Jill Valenzuela (1-0)

What’s interesting about these fights is pro MMA fighter Amanda Buckner and amateur MMA fighter Tisha Rodrigues will be in the fighter’s corners.

It seems fitting that Buckner (who also trained Valenzuela before she moved to Florida) will corner Maria Rios’ as she makes her amateur MMA debut for what will be the first female fight to be held in Maine at Global Fight League 13 on Friday, September 23 at the Portland Expo. Buckner has helped to advance women’s MMA along with her husband Jay Jack at their school The Academy in Maine.  Rodrigues will corner Jill Valenzuela (who are longtime friends since their MMA fight) to spotlight amateur females in mixed martial arts on an upcoming episode of “Taboo” on the National Geographic Channel. The show will be on Fighting Styles Around the World and the amazing stories behind each fighter.

Valenzuela will be fighting Sarah “TNT” McLeod (3-3-1) who is coming off a loss against Heather Lambert. McLeod is traveling in from Iowa on her own accord to fight. Kaze Dojo in NH owned by coach Greg Williams and home to Heather Lambert will host McLeod. As with Rodrigues after her loss to Valenzuela, McLeod and Lambert have become fast friends!  They will be doing some training together at Kaze Dojo in NH before the fight.

During McLeod’s first year in MMA she was pretty much self-taught, learning all she could by watching YouTube video’s. She felt no one took her seriously because she was a woman. McLeod is a full time student studying political science in between training for her fights. She keeps both worlds separate, maintaining a low profile in school and staying focused in her studies even though she eats , sleeps, breathes fighting.  McLeod sees both worlds as a way to influence woman to live healthy and influence them in a positive way.

With Lambert’s untarnished MMA record  and Rios’ grappling achievements this  should prove to be an exciting  matchup for the first female MMA fight in Maine’s history.

Well times certainly seem to be changing, it seems the folks in Maine at GFL are taking women seriously by featuring two female fights!

Also on the card is UFC veteran Marcus Davis, Sityodtong coach John Johnston, and Team Kaze’s Nate Ainsworth.

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