Yaya Rincon: Slaying A Giant at Invicta FC 25

August 31, 2017—Shaianna ‘Yaya’ Rincon (2-0), a natural bantamweight, reduced Courtney King, a 145-pound boulder, to rubble in the featherweight division at Invicta Fighting Championships 25.

Rincon may have been at a ten-pound disadvantage based on body mass when bounding into the center of Tachi Palace Casino, but the size of her heart leveled the playing field. In a tale of two rounds, the budding prospect out of MMAGOLD collected more crazed followers approximately midway through the second round.

Blasting into the middle frame, Rincon bullied King to the canvas and nailed her coffin shut with concussive elbows.

Referee Josh Rosenthal refused to allow King to incur any more punishment; therefore, he waved off the contest:

Whether at featherweight, bantamweight, or a catchweight in-between, Invicta FC’s newest star has fight fans foaming at the mouth for her return.


The MMAGOLD Rush of Invicta Fighting Championships 25

MMAGOLD, a maturing team out of El Dorado Hills, California, will deposit two of their women warriors into the latest edition of Invicta Fighting Championships (IFC), IFC 25, when the premier, all-female organization invades Tachi Palace on August 31, 2017.

The value of MMAGOLD will spike into the black when Shaianna ‘Yaya’ Rincon (1-0) and Ashley Medina (0-0) fly the golden banner before a live audience in Lemoore, California, as well as those around the world logged in to UFC Fight Pass.

Yaya Rincon

Typically, Beauty and the Beast is portrayed as two characters, but Rincon personifies both qualities in one bantamweight frame: a poised, elegantly dimpled smile atop a muscular physique crafted to kill. In her first appearance with IFC, IFC 20, the twenty-three year old blue-chip bullied Brooksie Bayard around the cage for fifteen minutes. Leading into IFC 25 against Courtney King, which will be her first time competing in the featherweight division, Rincon informed James Lynch on The Parting Shot Podcast (link here) that all her eggs have been placed into one prizefighting basket. She stated, “I got a part-time job at Target that turned into a full-time job, and that was just draining. I actually just quit that job and am now full-time fighting, training six-hours a day. It’s amazing; I love it.”

Ashley Medina

A fresh atomweight face in IFC’s playground will be Ashley Medina. With a head full of big, brown curls and dreams of greatness as an elite mixed martial artist, Medina kickstarts her pro career opposite Jillian DeCoursey, a fellow debutant. Interestingly enough, DeCoursey owns twice the belts and experience at the amateur ranks than Medina, but those tangibles don’t even add up to half of the motivation that fuels her day-in and day-out competitiveness.

As the women of MMAGOLD continue to garner interest under IFC’s bright lights, the promotion’s executives will feel as though their investment is paying off.

A Whirlwind Week for Many NorCal Mixed Martial Artists

More bells rang this week than any schoolyard, and many of Northern California’s mixed martial artists scattered throughout the region, and country, to instruct MMA fans of an invaluable lesson: pay attention to those from the upper half of ‘The Golden State’ when the cage door clicks.

Tachi Palace Fights 31: Diaz vs. Gibson




Adrian Diaz

Adrian Diaz (11-4-1) versus Cody ‘The Renegade’ Gibson (15-7), Champion versus Champion, invited spectators seated around Tachi Palace’s cage and streaming the state’s highest profile promotion on YouTube to a memorable match-up for the TPF Featherweight Title. A back-and-forth contest that became a narrative etched in MMA’s historic pages after Team Alpha Male’s Diaz, the reigning TPF Featherweight Champion, defended his 145-pound title by sinking in a the third-round (?) guillotine finish, and Gibson, the reigning TPF Bantamweight Champion and prizefighter who reached the sport’s peak, entered into retirement immediately after the loss.

Tyler Diamond

Tyler Diamond (8-0) dug deep to deliver a Fight of the Night performance against Nathan ‘Superman’ Stolen (6-1). Stolen showcased crafty escapes in the grappling exchanges and a chin constructed of granite, but Diamond’s wrestling and four-ounce doses of dynamite was ‘Superman’s kryptonite.

Angel DeAnda

Angel ‘The Dream’ DeAnda (18-5) met Mike ‘Chunk’ Morales (7-7-1) to generate one of the more exciting, of several, first-round finishes at TPF 31. Morales, known as ‘Chunk,’ trimmed the fat off any wasted time, stalking forward and attempting to concoct a nightmare for ‘The Dream.’ DeAnda, the GKO Middleweight Champion who bounces between the middleweight and light heavyweight divisions, demonstrated why you should never sleep on this heavy-hitting talent from Last Stand Fight Team.

Buddy Wallace

Last Stand Fight Team’s Randall ‘Braveheart’ Wallace (14-6) never paused a relentless pursuit of JC ‘The Leg Lock Monster’ Llamas (8-7). Wallace (14-6), embraced as ‘Buddy,’ highlighted: he has no friends while sealed inside a steel cage. Damaging Llamas’ eye with a gruesome cut, the doctors called a halt to the welterweight clash.

Joe Neal

Following a year away from the office and a two-fight losing streak, Joe ‘Nine Lives’ Neal (6-2), with the guidance of El Nino Training Center, landed on his feet in the middle of TPF 31’s canvas where he batted Alex ‘First Blood’ Rojas (4-6) around like a ball of string, eventually earning the TKO stoppage early in the second round.

Invicta Fighting Championships 23: Porto vs. (?)





Yaya Rincon

The beauty in toughness was broadcasted on UFC Fight Pass when Yaya Rincon (1-0) successfully debuted as a professional when facing Brooksie ‘The Bear’ Bayard (1-2) in the all-female MMA promotion. Rincon revved at a higher RPM than Bayard for the entirety of fifteen minutes, likely due to her training with MMAGOLD’s Condition & Nutrition Specialist: Coach Doug Casebier, and she earned the unanimous decision victory.

Kelly Faszholz

From the UFC to Invicta FC 23, the fans were in for a treat when bantamweights Kelly Faszholz (4-2) and Elizabeth Phillips (6-5) collided in the center of the Scottish Rite Temple. Though Fascholz’s face wore some damage, she proudly represented the grit and grind harvested out of NorCal Fight Alliance as she marched Phillips from one side of Invicta’s cage to the other—broken hand and all.

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Gladiator Challenge: Contenders







Josh Appelt

Josh ‘The Juggernaut’ Appelt (14-6) protected his Gladiator Challenge Heavyweight Title against Shannon ‘The Cannon’ Ritch (55-84), a longtime veteran of the sport. Appelt tapped into his own wealth of knowledge, both experiential and cultivated within Team Alpha Male’s walls, to return to his championship glory to its resting place on his mantel.

Matt Wagy

For the sixth consecutive time, Matt Wagy (9-4), a featherweight on fire from Team Alpha Male, had his hand raised in the wake of a thirty-second knockout. Wagy wants to remain active; therefore, he’s already contracted an appearance at Conquer Fighting Championships, Conquer 4, where he’ll face JT ‘Grandma’s Boy’ Donaldson next month.

Other Team Alpha Male Standouts at Gladiator Challenge: Contenders Include:

 Angelo ‘Baby Monsta’ Trevino (4-2) was victorious by way of TKO.






Nico ‘Guerreiro’ Lozada (3-3) completed the job with a first-round rear-naked choke.

Salaiman ‘Afghan Assassin’ Ahmadyar (4-0) remained undefeated when he scored a unanimous decision.





Omar ‘Mr. Fantastic’ Hussein (1-0) made his pro debut in emphatic fashion, TKOing his opposition in the opening frame of the fight.






FSF (Fighters Supporting Fighters): The New Beginning







Vince Murdock

Vince ‘Mush’ Murdock (10-3) returned to his home state of Michigan from his home-away-from-home, Team Alpha Male, to flood everyone’s memory with the tenacity he brings between the bells when he defeated Carl Deaton III at FSF: The New Beginning via the judges’ scorecards.

KOTC: Future Legends 36







Kaleigh Burrage

An MMA debut she’ll never forget, Kaleigh Burrage may become a future queen to emerge in the sport from Team Alpha Male after bashing her opponent and claiming the first-round knockout.

Central Coast Throwdown: Unfinished Business







Josiah McHale

Josiah McHale, as of late, has gained experience with each passing week, filling his win column with its second tally in an equivalent number of weeks after a win inside Salinas’ Fox Theatre.

Weeks of MMA such as these reiterate how much talent in MMA, from amateur to the upper-echelon, is housed between Northern California’s boundaries.

Yaya Rincon: Before & After the Bell at Invicta FC 23

In MMA—a sport as real as it gets—Shaianna ‘Yaya’ Rincon (am 4-0, pro 0-0) competes under a guise, not only a nickname but an entirely different persona.

Rincon, on May 20, 2017, will debut at Invicta Fighting Championships 23 against Brooksie ‘The Bear’ Bayard (1-1), and while appearing as a special guest on Episode 19 of NorCal MMA’s Fight Talk (link here), she exposed a competitive layer to her that remains hidden until the bell rings.

A week away from Rincon’s muscular bantamweight frame dotting a corner in the belly of Kansas City’s Scottish Rite Temple, a frequent stop for the all-female fight promotion, her inner-Dr. Jekyll already began rearing its ugly head,

“The adrenaline is starting to kick in,” Rincon stated with a casual acceptance. “Usually I’m visualizing further out, and then when it gets closer, it starts to get more intense.” Try as she might, Rincon struggles to tamper the inner beast attempting to hatch from her heart, “So here I am, forcing myself to take melatonin and drink tea to go to sleep. I call it the ‘fire in my chest.’ Sometimes, it seeps out.” As a recent example, Rincon recalled, “Yesterday, I was doing these jump rope drills and getting irritated at the jump rope; it’s just the raw aggression coming out.”

Four times in a row as an ammy and next, before all the eyes in attendance and those logged in to the live stream on UFC Fight Pass, as a professional, Rincon will mentally transform from her reality in hopes of keeping her prizefighting dreams alive,

“I say that I assume a personality that is different from my own. I can’t be myself in the cage. I have to be someone else; otherwise, I’ll care too much about the person. I have to put on a certain type of mask to be able to, quote: ‘murder someone.’”

After further investigation, Rincon generated a mixed martial artist’s rendering of the trance she falls into, “When I was younger, I used to be a really angry child. When I go out there, I just fall back to who I used to be when I was younger. I’m just ready to beat the shit out of someone. I try not to be too cocky, but I get this cocky thing about me when someone hits me in my head; I think, ‘That didn’t fucking do anything to me.’” Keeping her contrastive characters compartmentalized, as Rincon noted, will concoct a vivid future for this talented prospect out of MMAGOLD in El Dorado Hills, “But you can’t do that Yaya; you’ve just got to move your head and adjust. So I’m definitely a different person when I fight.”

Capture both halves of Rincon’s coin by paying close attention to her warmth with the media leading into Invicta FC 23 and her cold-blooded tendencies after formal introductions while the action is delivered to homes around the world on UFC Fight Pass.

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