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MMA News: Bodog Fight Crowns Women's MMA Champion

Tara LaRosa vs. Kelly Kobald

Tara LaRosa and Kelly Kobald go to war in Trenton, N.J (Bodog Nation File Photo)


Tuesday, Sept. 11 on a special episode of "Bodog Fight: New Jersey," hometown hero Tara LaRosa (12-1-0) and Minnesota brawler Kelly Kobald (16-0-1) battle at Trenton’s Sovereign Bank Arena for the first-ever Bodog Fight women's 135-pound world championship belt.

For LaRosa, who grew up just a few miles from the arena, the occasion is extra sweet. "This fight is in my back yard," LaRosa explains, "and all my friends and family will be there. I can’t think of a better storyline than to have them cheering for me as I try to win the women’s title. It’s going to be awesome."

Originally, LaRosa was scheduled to fight Laura D'Auguste (8-0-1), but an ankle injury forced D'Auguste off the card. Luckily for fans, Kobald took the call and stepped in as a last-minute replacement, but it's not such an easy switch for LaRosa.

"Kelly’s more of a brawler, unlike Laura who is more technical," she says, "so I’m going to have to change my game plan 180 degrees. It’s a five-round title fight with an opponent who is much heavier and stronger, but I’m up for it. I can adapt. People will expect me to win, but this is not an easy fight for me."

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