2013 WMMA Press Awards Fighter and Divisional Awards


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”.

Zomchik - Courtesy Shoot Media

“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.


You can hear Honchak, Torres, and Zomchik accept their awards here. 


Rousey vs. Carmouche
Rousey vs. Carmouche

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.


6 thoughts on “2013 WMMA Press Awards Fighter and Divisional Awards”

  1. I just can’t see how Ronda didn’t win wmma fighter of the year. You’ve got sites like MMAJunkie and Sherdog who listed her as among the top 3 or 4 for overall fighter of the year. Ronda has the same record as Honchack for this year and that is two finishes vs two decisions, and Ronda’s contributions outside of the cage far surpass Honchak.

    1. Ronda faced one person she already beat (Tate) and Liz Carmouche. In comparison, Honchak had two wars against #1 contenders for the flyweight title. Who had the tougher opponents?

      Sherdog and MMA Junkie will of course pick the UFC champ b/c that’s what they cover more often. Reason why we did these awards in the first place.

  2. Honestly, I was surprised that Sherdog had Ronda among their top 5 fighters of the year. I always seemed to get the impression that it would somewhat pain them to recognize a female fighter in such a way.

    Strictly looking at fights as the only criteria, I can see your point in a way. I’ve always sort of seen Fighter of the Year having to do with both inside competition and contribution outside competition, similar to the Fighters Only World MMA Awards. Anyway, 2013 is a year I have been waiting for as a long time fan of WMMA because of the UFC finally bringing in women fighters. Even with GSP taking leave and Anderson losing/getting injured, I still believe that the continued growth of WMMA is the overall story of the year. UFC 157 proved that women can be a substantial PPV draw and TUF showed that the women fights can outdraw the men in the ratings.

    And now with 2014 beginning, and both GSP and Anderson being gone, it looks to me that the top star in all of MMA is a woman – Ronda Rousey.

    1. Well I personally don’t like it being a popularity contest as much as who had the best and hardest matches of the year. A lot of times when there is a vote on a main stream MMA site, the votes will go to the popular fighter, who usually has more exposure in said sites. This is why Rousey wins a lot of awards.

      The truth is WMMA isn’t revolving around the 135 division as much anymore, especially when TUF 20 is coming this year.

      The award though was about 2013 in particular, and even though she contributed a lot outside the cage, her fights were the main criteria. This year I think Rousey will be tested and if she goes undefeated, she may once again win the Fighter of the Year.

      1. I’m not trying to say that it should be a popularity contest, but I like to see things as a whole package rather than base it just on fights.

        Also my prediction for Fighter of the Year next year will be whoever wins the TUF 20 Strawweight Tournament. Whoever wins that will have four tough fights to become the first UFC Women’s Strawweight Champion. Not to mention the added pressures of the TUF environment for three of those fights as you discussed with Tecia Torres on the recent radio show.

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