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Bloody Elbow WMMA recap - April 2016

Bloody Elbow's Victor Rodriguez takes a look at the action on the women's side of the sport for the month of April.

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April was a fun month of MMA, after a certain period of inactivity by the major promotions for some time. On the women's front, we saw some fairly consequential bouts that moved things around in various divisions.

For starters, we had the treat that was Tecia Torres taking on Rose Namajunas at UFC on Fox 19: Teixeira vs Evans in a close fight with a lot of back and forth action. Namajunas won that bout by unanimous decision and inched her way closer to a title shot in a division that's currently waiting for the title picture to clear up, as champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk is set to take on fellow TUF 23 coach Claudia Gadelha later this year.

That same event saw Raquel Pennington defeat Bethe Correia by a very close split decision that was somewhat controversial in the eyes of some fans. Correia showed some strong improvements in her game after moving to train at American Kickboxing Academy, and the ever-resilient Pennington pressed forward and kept the pressure as usual.

That event was followed by UFC 197 on April 23rd, where the lone women's fight was a strawweight tilt between former champion Carla Esparza taking on strong striker and wily veteran Juliana Lima in a bout that saw Esparza utilize her wrestling and dominant top game to gain a unanimous decision victory.

Over in Italy, Bellator 152 had the promotional debut of Anastasia Yankova, who defeated opponent Anjela Pink via armbar submission in the very first round. Yankova now improves to 3-0 in her mixed martial arts career after notching a win against fellow Muay Thai and MMA fighter Chommanee Sor Taehiran at EFN - Fight Nights Petersburg to cap of a stellar event back in October of 2015. Interestingly enough, for a fighter known for her striking, all of Yankova's wins thus far have come by submission. No plans have been announced for her next match as of yet, as she continues to explore the possibility of kickboxing as well as doing MMA, a major sticking point for her to sign with Bellator to begin with.

The month of May has plenty of action in the various women's divisions, including Invicta FC 17 coming up. Bloody Elbow will continue its coverage in the weeks to come.