Women in the Full Contact Fighting Federation

Glena Avila punching Janna Piper

Glena Avila punching Janna Piper

The Female Champion, Glena Avila is scheduled to defend her 125-pound Women’s Title for the first time at Rumble @ The Roseland 50 on Saturday, March 6th.

Portland is an epicenter for female action in mixed martial arts.  It all started in 2008 with the debut fight of  Kim Couture, wife of MMA legend Randy “The Natural” Couture. In 2009 six women battled-it-out in the 25-foot steel cage known as the “Slammer”. Glena Avila reigned supreme and took home the only Women’s Championship belt in FCFF history.

Kim Couture, with husband Randy Couture in her Corner

The Recent History of Women in the FCFF:
On April 5th, 2008 at Rumble @ The Roseland 34, Kim Couture (with Randy by her side) entered the cage to battle Jessica Cruz of Reality Combat. The 125-pound fighters went for three rounds of action – with the crowd almost silent watching with a mix of curiosity and anticipation. Couture came out on top with a TKO due to strikes in one minute and 43 seconds of round number three. Couture went onto fighting in a “smoker” fight in Las Vegas, and has rumored to have dabbled in the Professional MMA arena since then.

Jody DeSimone gets the RNC

Next up in the slammer was Jody DeSimone against veteran trainer Christa Shaffer of Touch M Up MMA in December of 2008. DeSimone was brand new to the MMA scene and came with fanfare coverage from the Willamette Week newspaper. When the fight began DeSimone overwhelmed the taller and more skilled Shaffer and ended the bout in a Tapout due to Rear Naked Choke in only forty seconds of round number one.

Janna Piper wins against Jody Desimone in 2009

In 2009 long-time fighter Janna Piper came onto the FCFF scene.  At Rumble 44, on June 13th, she took on Jody DeSimone who was 1-0. Piper began training in mma in 2000 with her brother Greg Piper. She bounced from boxing to mma and has been very frustrated with the amount of waiting due to canceled fights.  Piper took the victory when DeSimone was unable to answer the bell of round number three. It seemed DeSimone was simply exhausted.

Glena Avila gets her first win in the FCFF

On September 5th at Rumble @ The Roseland 46 Glena Avila debuted with the FCFF. Trained under Stormy Back in the Dalles. Glena ferociously attacked her competition: Hadley Griffith. This bout in the 130-pound division was over by TKO quickly in one minute and 17 seconds of round number one.  After this swift victory it was clear that Avila was all business.

Glena Avila wins the FCFF Women's Championship

Glena Avila wins the FCFF Women's Championship

On December 12th 2009 Avila and Piper met for the first FCFF Women’s Championship bout. This rare Championship bout was covered by Oregon Fox Sports. Even though an ice storm shut down the highway, Glena Avila was present and ready for this bout.  Piper, who had fought for almost nine years and faced endless set backs due to canceled fights was finally getting her chance. You could tell both women wanted this – when the bell rang all bets were off. Avila and Piper battled for three solid rounds of action and it went to the judges score cards. Avila came out on top via a split decision. She is scheduled to make her first title defense on Saturday, March 6th at Rumble @ The Roseland 50. Tickets available at www.ticketswest.com.