The fastest growing division is the atomweights, with many fighters seeing opportunities to drop from 115 or start their careers at that weight. The international comminty, especailly in Asia, have also seen an increase in action in the 105 divisions.
Here are some prospects that haven’t been signed to a major promotion.
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Seo Hee Ham (11-5) – The current DEEP-JEWELS atomweight champ is being scouted as a possible challenger to Invicta champ Michelle Waterson. With her win over former InvictaFC title challenger Naho Sugiyama, the Korean is looking to make waves in the U.S.
Mei Yamaguchi (11-6-1) – Having been successful at a strawweight, Yamaguchi is going to drop to 105 and hopes to jump to the US market. Yamaguchi has wins over Emi Fujino and Ika Nagano.
Sadae Numata (5-1-1) – The current DEEP-JEWELS standout is looking to defeat Ham for the company’s atomweight belt. She is on a four fight win streak with a decision win over Celine Haga recently.
Kikuyo Ishikawa (9-4) – The long time JEWELS competitor has been on the cusp of the atomweight belt for a while. She was three fight win streak before her loss to Brown. She has a split decision loss to Sugiyama.
Diana Rael (5-3) – Rael has back to back wins over Darla Harris and Ashley Aguirre respectively. Rael has been on the cusp of being signed to a major promotion for a while, and now is as good of time as any.
Jihn Yu Frye (2-0) – Having scored what could be the KO of the year, Frye is currently 2-0 as a pro win wins over InvictaFC vet Meghan Wright.
Catherine Costigan (2-0) – The Irish standout is making waves at 105 with back to back submission wins. Currently signed with Cage Warriors, the current working relationship between Invicta and the British promotion could serve as jumping point to the U.S.
Amber Brown (3-1) – Brown has already gotten some international experience with her last win over Kikuyo Ishikawa at Pancrase in Tokyo in July in her drop to atomweight. She has back to back wins at King of the Cage.
Celine Haga (5-12) – Don’t let Haga’s record fool you. In 2012 Haga started one of the biggest comebacks in WMMA history winning five straight fights. She lost her last fight, but she is still impressive in making her name in the atomweight division.
She is currently recovering with an eye injury, so we hope she will be back in action in 2014.
Tessa Simpson (3-1) – Simpson scored her biggest win of her career over Paulina Granados at LegacyFC in September. Finishing her first two pro fights, she is a fighter to be on the lookout for.
Paulina Granados (2-1) – Having won her first two matches in solid fashion, she was undefeated as an amateur. She has yet to fight at 105, but she tells us she has been wanting to make the drop from 110 for a while.
Shauna Carew (2-1) – She recently dropped to 105 and got a win over Nusreen Isphany. The Australian is one of a growing group of atomweights in the land down under.
Stephanie Alba (5-2) – The Texas based fighter is one of the most experienced atomweights in the amateurs, she is currently on a three fight win streak.
Kyra Batana (3-1) – With her recent decision win over Shasta McMurry at Tuff-n-uff, Batana’s stock has risen. With two of her wins finishes, she is well on her way to being a pro in 2014.
Rachel Kovach (3-0) – Currently undefeated, she has finished all her opponents including a rear naked choke win over Jianna Denizard in August.