InvictaFC champion Barb Honchak has been awarded “Fighter of the Year” by the WMMA Press Association. The announcement was made on the Promoting Real Women podcast Wednesday.
Honchak (9-2) went 2-0 in 2013, gaining and then defending the promotion’s flyweight title. Honchak’s win over Leslie Smith was nominated for “Fight of the Year”.
Honchak won the “Flyweight of the Year” as well, which made her eligible for the “Fighter of the Year” award. Others available for the award were the divisional winners. The committee awarded Atomweight of the Year to Michelle Waterson this past Friday.
“Bantamweight of the Year” went to UFC champion Ronda Rousey, who successfully defended her title twice this year and improves to 8-0 with all wins by armbar. Rousey will face fellow Olympian and undefeated fighter Sara McMann at UFC 171 in Vegas February 22.
Tecia Torres took the “Strawweight of the Year” after going 3-0 in 2013. Torres’s biggest win came with a unanimous decision over Felice Herrig in December. Torres is currently signed with ten other fighters for “The Ultimate Fighter 20”.
“Featherweight of the Year” went to Cyborg Justino, who also went 2-0 this year. She defeated Marloes Coenen to win the InvictaFC featherweight title by TKO this past July.
“Amateur Fighter of the Year” went to Tuff-n-uff featherweight tournament champion Jessica Zomchik (9-3), who went 3-0 in 2013. Zomchik finished both of her tournament bouts in the second round, one by armbar and one by TKO. She announced she is planning on going pro this year.
Ronda Rousey and Liz Carmouche’s historic meeting in February in the UFC’s first female bout won “Headline of the Year”.
You can read a complete list of the 2013 WMMA Press Association Awards winners here.