Joanna Jedrzejczyk will be defending her strawweight title against Jessica Andrade at UFC 211 in Dallas May 13th. The fight will serve as the co-main event of the pay per view. Continue reading Wombat Watercooler: Jedrzejczyk vs. Andrade Announced, RoadFC Announces Card Plus Dandois Signs with UFC
The Queens of women’s collegiate wrestling once again comes from King University.
This past weekend the WCWA women’s college national wrestling tournament took place in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Teams from 32 universities and colleges from across the country were represented.
The four-peat came with three champions from the Bristol, Tennessee based King University, lead by 2016 Olympic Team member Haley Augello. Augello, who took home the 116 pound title, was one of two wrestlers to three-peat as champion in the tournament. King’s Marina Doi (101lbs) and Breonnah Neal (109lbs) also took home championships. Forrest Molinari (170lbs), Jessi Kee (143), and Regina Doi (101lbs) took home second place medals.
The other three-peater was Kayla Miracle of Campbellsville University, who took the 136 title.
Simon Fraser University took second place in the team championships, only trailing by 17 points. They crowned 2 champions in Mallory Velte (143lbs) and Payten Smith (191lbs).
Here are the complete results:
- 101lbs – No. 1 Marina Doi (King) dec. No. 2 Regina Doi (King), 5-0
- 109lbs – No. 1 Breonnah Neal (King) dec. No. 2 Amy Fearnside (Jamestown), 4-1
- 116lbs – No. 1 Haley Augello (King) dec. No. 3 Cady Chessin (Menlo), 8-3
- 123lbs – No. 4 Andribeth Rivera (Campbellsville) dec. No. 3 Dominique Parrish (Simon Fraser), 10-10
- 130lbs – No. 2 Cheyenne Youngblood (Missouri Baptist) dec. No. 1 Megan Black (McKendree), 10-3
- 136lbs – No. 1 Kayla Miracle (Campbellsville) TF No. 3 Nicole Depa (Simon Fraser), 10-0
- 143lbs – No. 1 Mallory Velte (Simon Fraser) TF No. 2 Jessi Kee (King), 10-0
- 155lbs – No. 1 Tamyra Mensah (Wayland Baptist) TF No. 2 Niauni Hill (Lindenwood Belleville), 10-0
- 170lbs – No. 1 Jessika Rottier (Cumberlands) dec. No. 2 Forrest Molinari (King), 8-1
- 191lbs – No. 2 Payten Smith (Simon Fraser) fall No. 1 Paige Baynes (Lindenwood), 2:52
1. King University 187.5
2. Simon Fraser University 170.5
3. Campbellsville University 153.0
4. Wayland Baptist University 142.5
5. Menlo College 124.5
6. McKendree University 115.5
7. Oklahoma City University 110.5
8. The University of the Cumberlands 107.0
9. Missouri Valley College 81.5
10. Southern Oregon University 76.0
11. Missouri Baptist University 71.5
12. Emmanuel College 60.0
13. Life University 51.0
14. Warner Pacific College 45.5
15. Eastern Oregon 44.5
16. Jamestown University 44.0
17. Lindenwood University 33.5
18. Grays Harbor College 33.0
19. Lindenwood Belleville 28.0
20. Southwestern Oregon Community College 26.5
21. Lyon University 26.0
22. Ferum College 20.0
23. Ottawa University 20.0
24. Midland Lutheran College 12.5
25. Bacone College 10.5
26. MacMurray College 10.0
27. Adrian College 9.5
28. Waldorf University 8.0
29. Lafayette University 5.0
30. Pacific University 2.0
31. Brewton-Parker 0.0
32. Wentworth Military Academy 0.0
The strawweights will be featured prominently on the InvictaFC 22 card in Kansas City March 25, which will stream on UFC Fight Pass. Joining the main event of the second meeting between bantamweight champion Tonya Evinger and Yana Kunitskaya will be four fights at 115 and an atomweight tilt. Continue reading InvictaFC 22 card Shapes Up with Hamasaki vs. Souza; Bennett vs. Esquibel
Photo Courtesy: Scott Hirano, Invicta FC
InvictaFC president Shannon Knapp has always been an advocate for female athletes and she has two new missions in 2016. Continue reading Shannon Knapp Talks Boxing, Flyweights, Titles, & More
The ladies always bring a war into the cage and this year was no exception.
One of the hardest categories to decide but we rounded it down to ten epic battles.
Continue reading 2016 WMMA Press Nominees for Fight of the Year
Fighters can’t do what they do without them.
Sponsors contribute time, products, services, and funds to help athletes perform at their best and make their bouts. Some even sponsor events to give them opportunities to fight.
The WMMA Press committee is a set of journalists that have covered the female divisions of martial arts for years on may different levels. Continue reading 2016 WMMA Press Nominees for Sponsor of the Year
BJJ superstar Mackenzie Dern has her next challenge in MMA.
The black belt will face Katherine Roy at Legacy Fighting Alliance in San Antonio, Texas March 10th. It will air on AXS TV.
Dern is coming off a highlight reel submission over Montana Stewart in October and is currently 2-0 as a pro. Continue reading Wombat Watercooler: Dern Gets Next Opponent; RoadFC Announces All Female Promotion
The women’s divisions losses another great talent to retirement.
Jocelyn Jones-Lybarger announced she was hanging up her gloves last week on her Instagram following her submission loss to Nina Ansaroff at UFC Fight Night Phoenix January 15. Continue reading UFC Strawweight Jocelyn Jones-Lybarger Retires
The best female fighters of 2016 showed their worth.
Twenty two athletes found themselves eligible for the Fighter of the Year in their respective divisions, with the winner getting them in considerations for the overall Female of the Year title. Continue reading 2016 WMMA Press Divisional/Fighter of the Year Nominees
In October 2015, Aisling Daly walked into an arena full of her country people with the Cranberries'”Zombie” blasting through the speakers. The crowd sang in unison as their hometown fighter walked to the cage. After fifteen hard fought minutes, Daly got her hand raised to an unanimous roar of the Irish fans. It was a crowning a achievement for a women who helped MMA become established in Ireland. No one knew, including herself, that this would be the last time we saw her fight. Continue reading Irish MMA Pioneer Aisling Daly Calls it Career
The demand for female fights have grown.
More than 700 fights happened in the pro women’s divisions alone in 2016. Five Promotions were ahead of the curve and are nominated for this year’s award.
The WMMA Press committee is a set of journalists that have covered the female divisions of martial arts for years on may different levels.
Six journalists will vote on the award:
This is the 7th year for the awards which sees the best in female fighting recognized.
Here at the nominees for the WMMA Press Award for Promotion of the Year.
- UFC (52 fights in 2016)
- Invicta (48 Fights in 2016)
- IMMAF (42 ammy fights in 2016)
- King of the Cage (38 fights in 2016 pro & ammy)
- DEEP JEWELS (24 Fights in 2016)
Who says female fighters don’t have power?
Thirteen fighters from several different weight classes are up for the WMMA Press Knockout of the Year. Not only in the US, but the world is well represented as we saw some brutal KOs in 2016.
The WMMA Press committee is a set of journalists that have covered the female divisions of martial arts for years on may different levels. Continue reading 2016 WMMA Press Nominees for Knockut of the Year