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G2 Summit 2011 Let's Celebrate Women's MMA

posted by Cheryl Ragsdale, a Women Talk Sports blogger
Friday, June 17, 2011 at 1:13pm EDT

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The GFight G2 Summit has been a yearly event since 2009. This year's event scheduled for July 1 - 3, 2011 in Las Vegas is hosted by Tuff N Nuff and GFight.

Keep reading for more details and to see the complete list of Incredible Seminar Leaders.

The first two events were held in Evansville, IN and were hosted by Hook’n’Shoot MMA - one of the first American promotions to hold female MMA cards back in 2002.

Beginning early this year, it was decided that it was more affordable and accessible to fighters to hold it on the west coast. For additional support, Tuff-n-uff MMA (who have been featuring women’s MMA for years) joined the team.

Direct from the website:

The Summit will consist of three FULL days of seminars, networking, and competitions – all designed to help amateur and beginning pro fighters to improve their game and develop their careers.

Meet the best of the best in the fight industry:  from fighters to promoters to matchmakers to sponsors – they’ll all be there!

The G2 Women’s MMA Summit is going to be the largest gathering of Female MMA fighters ever – with an EPIC weekend of fights, training, seminars and networking.

On Friday night Tuff-N-Uff MMA promotion will have a card full of outstanding female fights, including 2 women’s title fights:

Jessamyn Duke will take on Autumn Richardson for the vacant 145 pound title.

Kainya Rain faces Jordan Nicole Gaza for the vacant 115 pound title.

More fights will be announced soon.

Fighter Mia Hayes, who is battling breast cancer, will receive a Special Award


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Fight Seminars

There are 11 seminars scheduled as of right now taught by some of the best women in the sport training in MMA, boxing, wrestling, and jiu-jitsu. Jessica Aguilar and Shayna Baszler will soon be added – Germaine de Randamie has cancelled. Each fighter bio is direct from the G2 Summit site. Check back for updates. Seminar Leaders:

  • Ashlee Evans-Smith – Takedowns/Wrestling: An All-American wrestler out of Menlo College, Ashlee Evans-Smith had a huge high school career before taking it to the collegiate level. She has made the transition to MMA, having fought for Tuff-’N-Uff.
  • Carla Esparza – Currently signed with Bellator MMA, the currently undefeated Esparza is a two-time All-American wrestler and trains with Team Oyama. 
  • Elaina Maxwell - Maxwell is 14-1 in San Shou and trained under Cung Le. Elaina Maxwell was the first American to win a World Wushu Gold medal. An established kickboxer and MMA fighter, Maxwell has been ranked in the top ten of both sports on numerous occasions.
  • Gerson Schilipacke – The founder of Chute Boxe Long Beach, Professor Gerson Schilipacke trained at the original Chute Boxe gym in Brazil before making his way to the states to lead the Chute Boxe USA team. With over 16 years of competitive experience in Muay Thai, he has helped train of the best fighters in the sport, including Strikeforce champion Cris “Cyborg” Santos and fighter Evangelista Cyborg.
  • Jessica Aguilar – MMA 
  • Jessica Martinez – is a black belt in Tae Kwon Do and is currently working at solidifying her ground game at the innovative 10th Planet jiu-jitsu.
  • Julie Kedzie - One of the veterans in the sport, Julie Kedzie has faced the best the sport has to offer. Training out of Jackson/Winkeljohn MMA, Kedzie has been a seminar instructor for the GFight Summit in years past. Her women’s team is one of the top three in the country. She also just signed a multi-fight contract with Strikeforce.
  • Lana Stefanac – One of the best female BJJ fighters in the country, Stefanac has racked up an impressive 143-0 record in gi, and 54-3 record in no-gi, competitions. She has competed in the ADCC World championships, and has won multiple Pan-Am and Grapplers’ Quest titles. She owns Trinity BJJ out of Oakland, CA and is one of the grappling coaches at CSA Gym.
  • Michele Gutierrez – Gutierrez holds an amateur boxing record of 7-3 and a record of 3-2 in MMA. This Las Vegas native has trained at some of the best boxing and MMA gyms in the area.
  • Stefanie Guimares - Guimaras is a world class BJJ and wrestler out of Brazil. She was a runner-up in the Brazilian national wrestling championships in 2010, and is an alternate on the Brazilian Olympic wrestling team. Guimaras is 1-1 in the pro MMA ranks, but is nicknamed “Cyborg Jr.” by a lot of her fans.
  • Valerie Worthington – A black belt in BJJ under Carlson Gracie, Worthington has won gold medals at the World Grappling Games, Mundials, and the PanAm Games. She currenly trains with Johnny Ramirez and John Ouano at New Breed BJJ in Sanat Fe Springs, CA.

How much for this amazing weekend? The cost of all nine seminars is $120 in advance or $125 at the door, which is a true bargain! They have a great hotel deal at the Ramada for $55 per night total.

What better way to spend a girls’ weekend in Vegas?!

Register directly through the website. 

Sponsors for the event include: Fight Chix, Tussle, AkiMMA, Babes of MMA, Bella Boxer, and Xtreme Fight Gear.

Cheryl Ragsdale practices martial arts for fun and physical fitness at Florian Martial Arts Center. She was recently promoted to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Blue Belt by Keith Florian and UFC Fighter Kenny Florian, both Black Belts. Stand up for yourself and stay young from the inside out. Check out some of my other posts strictly for UFC fans and fighters.

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MarQFPR says:

You can now add Strikeforce champ Cyborg to that list of seminars.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011 at 6:18pm EDT

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