For UFC fans, they probably remember British amateur star Laura Howarth as the fighter Jessamyn Duke submitted in order to get into the “The Ultimate Fighter” house.
However to many women’s MMA fans – North American and European – Howarth is a amateur prospect who has gone 4-0 in her career. Despite the exhibition loss to Duke on “TUF” Howarth will make the transition from ammy to professional when she steps into the cage against Emma Delaney at Cage Warriors 62, Dec. 7.
Howarth brings a plethora of skills into the cage, including wrestling, Muay Thai and Brazilian jiu-jitsu. She also has a background in kickboxing, winning six fights and capturing the 65 kg K1 ZT championship.
Delany has gone 0-1 in the cage. Although she may not have a lot of experience in the realm of mixed martial arts, Delany has 22 years of judo experience, which could be dangerous for Howarth if Delany takes her to the mat.
Although promotions featuring women’s bouts may seem trendy in the eyes of some critics, I think Cage Warriors is making a good move with beefing up and showcasing their women’s bantamweight division. It gives a chance for many European WMMA fighters a chance to fight on a big stage.
As for Howarth, making the move to pro will show the world that the loss to Duke – which was an exhibition match – is nothing more than a memory.
The Howarth vs. Delany fight will be one of two women’s bantamweight bouts on the card, the other being amateur fighter Agnieszka Niedzwiedz vs. the undefeated Kerry Hughes. The Neil Seery vs. Ulysses Gomez flyweight title match is scheduled to headline the event.
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