The WMMA Press Association Announced their first 3 winners of their awards for 2013 on Thursday.
In the only open voting award, the Fan Favorite Fighter of the Year went to newly signed UFC strawweight Claudia Gadelha, who receiving 20.26% of the votes. Roxanne Modafferi came in second with 11.68%, and Bec Hyatt came in third with 8.97%.
The WMMA Press Association voted and awarded two awards on Thursday as well.
For the first time in awards history, we have a tie for Promotion of the Year.
With their announcement of add women’s divisions, the UFC has earned the honor along with the last year’s promotional winner InvictaFC.
The UFC broke the glass ceiling this year, introducing the women’s bantamweight division and held their first ever female title match between champion Ronda Rousey and Liz Carmouche. After one of the most successful “Ultimate Fighter” seasons in recent memory when they quenched fans demands for females on the show; they ended the year signing 11 strawweights that will compete of TUF 20. They had 15 matches total this year.
InvictaFC crowned its first champions this year, starting with Carla Esparza and rounding it out with Lauren Murphy. With only 4 events, they had 45 matches and have had many of their fighters signed to the UFC. Even though they have had their problems with streaming, the organization has seen tremendous fan support.
Multiple time nominee Fight Chix has been honored for the second time for Sponsor of the Year. The clothing company was a co-winner in 2011 with Tussel Fight Gear.
Fight Chix has been one of the first sponsor of fighters and has been a powerhouse in WMMA apparel. Based out of Chicago, the company sponsors current UFC signees Miesha Tate and Roxanne Modafferi; and InvictaFC champ Michelle Waterson.
On Friday’s podcast, we will be handing out the Fight, Submission, and Atomweight of the Year awards at 1 p.m. pst/4 p.m. est. You can listen here.
On Saturday’s podcast, we will give out the Inspirational Fighter and Legacy Awards at 1 p.m. pst/4 p.m. est. You can listen here.
Monday, the ProWMMANow podcast will be handing out the awards for Knockout and Newcomer of the Year at 7 p.m. pst/10 p.m. est. You can listen here.
Wednesday the rest of the awards – Fighter, featherweight, bantamweight, flyweight, strawweight, and amateur fighter of the year winners will be handed out on on the Promoting Real Women podcast. You can listen here.