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Tournament Crowns New Champ

It was the best fight you probably did not see. Between two mixed martial artists you may have never heard of. But female fighters and their fans are used to obscurity. On January 17th, the UK’s Lisa Higo and the New Mexico’s Angela Magana stood toe-to-toe—banging out three captivating rounds and receiving a standing ovation from the appreciative crowd who had already seen each fighter battle two other opponents during the evening’s tournament format. Earning a unanimous decision, Higo captured the first ever GFight Women’s Championionship (115 pounds) as dozens of female athletes, including Julie Kedzie, Kaitlin Young, Kim Couture, Shayna Bazler, and Tara LaRosa, were participating in the groundbreaking 2009 GFight Women’s Mixed Martial Arts Summit in Evansville, Indiana.

Hook N Shoot and GFight promoter Jeff Osborne provided the opportunity for women’s MMA to take another giant step in solidifying its legitimacy while Coach Greg Jackson, in his seminar earlier in the week, challenged the ladies to take charge of their legacy. Amateur fighters had a chance to showcase their skills on Friday, January 16th, and several stood out as potential rising stars. Canada’s Patricia VanderMeer won the amateur Fight of the Night with her wicked Judo throws and savvy groundwork.

Go to to see videos of all the fights from the historic weekend of MMA.