2014 WMMA Press Award Nominees Announced

wmma-awards-2014-light-bg-300x300The WMMA Press Association have announced their 2014 Award nominees.

This is the the longest running awards for the female divisions of MMA as we enter our 6th year. Six websites from across the planet are a part of the committee this year which is a cross section of women’s MMA experts:

The committee will vote for all but one of the awards. The Fan Favorite Award’s voting is open to the public and you can vote here. The “Might Mia Hayes Inspirational Fighter of the Year” winner will also be announced, as well as the recipient of the “Legacy Award” – going to an individual who had helped the sport grow.

The winners will be announced the weekend of January 10 on special editions of the Wombat Sports and Pro WMMA Now podcasts.

Here are the nominees:

Fighter of the Year

Winners of the divisional awards will be eligible

Featherweight of the Year

  • Amanda Bell (3-0 in 2014)
  • Megan Anderson (4-0 in 2014)
  • Latoya Walker (2-0 in 2014)
  • Jessy Miele (3-1 in 2014)

Bantamweight of the Year

  • Ronda Rousey (2-0 in 2014)
  • Bethe Correia (2-0 in 2014)
  • Tonya Evinger (2-0 in 2014)
  • Pannie Kianzad (3-0 in 2014)

Flyweight of the Year

  • Roxanne Modafferi (2-0 in 2014)
  • DeAnna Bennett (4-0 in 2014)
  • Maryna Moroz (3-0 in 2014)
  • Emily Corso (4-0 in 2014)

Strawweight of the Year

  • Katja Kankaanpää (2-0 won Invicta title)
  • Carla Esparza (1-0; won UFC title)
  • Jessica Aguilar (3-0 in 2014)
  • Joanna Jedrzejczyk (3-0 in 2014 @ 115)

Atomweight of the Year

  • Herica Tiburcio (1-0 in 2014; won the Invicta title)
  • Jodie Esquibel (2-0 in 2014)
  • Seo Hee Ham (3-0 in 2014 at atomweight)
  • Ayaka Hamsaki (2-0 – if she wins NYE)

Fight of the Year

  • Paige VanZant vs. Kalin Curran
  • Catherine Costigan vs. Irene Cabello
  • Katja Kankaanpää vs Stephanie Eggink
  • Herica Tiburcio vs Michelle Waterson
  • Randa Markos vs Jessica Penne
  • Renata Baldan vs. Michele Ângelo
  • Cat Zingano vs. Amanda Nunes
  • Jéssica Andrade vs. Raquel Pennington

Knockout of the Year

  • Eeva Siiskonen vs Inga Kaledeite at Carelia Fight 10 – (Video here)
  • Amanda Bell vs Marina Shafir at Chaos At The Casino 5 – (Video Here)
  • Bianca Daimoni vs Yelka Torres at Circuito Talent de MMA 9 – (Video here)
  • Ronda Rousey vs Alexis Davis at UFC 175 – (Video Here)
  • Christine Stanley vs Katie Runyan – (Video here)
  • Joanne Jedrzejczyk  vs Rosi Sexton at Cage Warriors 69 – (Video Here)
  • Michele Angelo vs. Roberta Gomes at MMASH 3 – (Video here)

Submission of the Year

  • Hérica Tibúrcio defeats Michelle Waterson via Guillotine Choke at Invicta FC 10 – (Video on UFC Fight Pass)
  • Reina Cordoba defeats Anely Jimenez via Key Lock at CRF 14 – (Video here)
  • Jessy Miele defeats Lissette Neri via Scraf Hold Armlock at Gladiator Challenge – (Video here)
  • Kirstie Gannaway defeats Adek Omar via Triangle Choke at ONE FC 22 – (Video here)
  • Milana Dudieva def. Daria Chibisova via Heel Hook at ProFC 53 – (Video Here)
  • Katja Kankaanpää def. Stephanie Eggink via Darce Choke at Invicta FC 8 – (Video on UFC Fight Pass)
  • Raquel Pennington def. Ashlee Evans-Smith via Bulldog Choke at UFC 181 – (Video on UFC Fight Pass)
  • Luana Souza def. Kelly Katiussy via Keylock at X-fest 7 – (Video here)

Newcomer of the Year

  • Katlyn Chookagian (2-0 ammy; 2-0 pro in 2014)
  • Andrea Lee (3-1 ammy, 2-1 pro in 2014)
  • Emily Corso (4-0 pro in 2014)
  • Jamie Moyle (3-0 ammy, 1-0 pro in 2014)
  • Amanda Ribas (2-0 ammy, 3-0 pro)
  • Danielle Taylor (4-0 pro)
  • Jenny Lou Shiver (3-1 pro)
  • Jessy Miele (3-1 pro)

Amateur of the Year

  • Brenda Enriquez (3-0 in 2014)
  • Ilima-Lei Macfarlane (3-0 in 2014)
  • Hannah Zeciri (4-0 in 2014)
  • Robin Wissmann (3-0)
  • Amanda Lino (6-0)
  • Sarah Jamila (3-0)
  • Alyse Anderson (3-0)
  • Alexa Connors (3-0)

Promotion of the Year

  • Invicta
  • Princesses of Pain
  • XFC
  • MMA Super Heroes
  • Cage Warriors
  • UFC

Sponsor of the Year

  • Fight Chix
  • Tussel Fight Gear
  • SportsFoods
  • xIonx
  • MMA Road Hog
  • Fightergirls

Headline of the Year

  • Invicta Inks Deal with UFC Fight Pass
  • Bellator Adds Featherweight Division
  • UFC crowns Strawweight champion in Carla Esparza
  • XFC announces female tournaments
  • MMA Super Heroes Debuts with Female Tournament

8 thoughts on “2014 WMMA Press Award Nominees Announced”

  1. First of all congrats for diversity of the voters as WMMA scene is expanding expontially each year and voters websites reflect the scenes future.

    If one was so lucky to vote

    The “Might Mia Hayes Inspirational Fighter of the Year”
    Jojo calderwood

    “Legacy Award” – Rhonda “rowdy” rosey – if one did a google search ranking im sure wmma and rosey would rank high in combined terms reflecting how shes the wmma scene of be like mike aka michael jordan nike ads.

    Fighter of the Year
    Carla cookie monster Esperanza

    Featherweight of the Year
    Amanda Bell – future vs tweet be interesting just dont start twitter war to light her fires.

    Bantamweight of the Year
    Bethe Correia (2-0 in 2014)
    Electrified division by her wyatt ehrp call out on 4 horsewomen and defeat of 2 of them. Rekindled the ufcs marketing machine and called outs from tate to others to meet in the cage before rousey.

    Flyweight of the Year
    DeAnna Bennett (4-0 in 2014) her succes transition from ammys to 2 wins in successive invicta fc shows vs old and brazilian fighter highlighted her successful transition and endurance.

    Strawweight of the Year
    Joanna Jedrzejczyk (3-0 in 2014)
    Multi promotion wins from invicta to ufc and challenging Carla for UFC title in 2015.

    Atomweight of the Year
    Herica Tiburcio (1-0 in 2014; won the Invicta title) – ammy with 2 months prep yet resulted in decisive win.

    Fight of the Year
    Cat Zingano vs. Amanda
    Gut check for Cat yet futhured wmma scene in quaity match up and following afterwards.

    Knockout of the Year
    Joanne Jedrzejczyk  vs Rosi Sexton at Cage Warriors 69 – (Video Here)
    The 1 that started Joanne’s rise to invicta fc n ufc.

    Submission of the Year
    Hérica Tibúrcio defeats Michelle Waterson via Guillotine Choke at Invicta FC 10 – (Video in UFC Fight Pass)
    One has to wear down and stars aligned for this to be successful. Not take away from this but Rose kimura vs Jojo would added to this yet kimura popular amongst women pro wrestling scene during not a finisher in a match.

    Newcomer of the Year
    Andrea Lee (2-1 ammy, 2-1 pro in 2014)
    Quality of opponents and successive fights as peers had 33% less. Match vs Sinn highlighted attack angles that other matches futured bull rushes or leg take downs for points fighters. Moderfari just too much experience and not enough fight camp time to counter upper body hold and straddle for ground and pound strategy.

    Amateur of the Year
    Amanda Lino (6-0)
    Busy year await her rise to pro scene.

    Promotion of the Year
    Invicta – rebuilt 115 division, added 155,
    Loyalty well known to fighters and fans. Lost youtube access to UFC fight pass, shared highlights and call outs to WMMA Kristen’s channel (which should continue as invicta 10 reports n post shows were lacking). And finsl reason for vote – Halloween costumes!!! 😉

    Sponsor of the Year

    Next year look out for awakening

    Headline of the Year
    Bellator Adds Featherweight Division
    No one likes to leave talent hanging as nice to see budd and marloes having opportunties as cyborg rules invictas roost.

  2. Andrea lee was officially 3-1 as an anateur in 2014 and 2-1 as a pro. Somehow you have her missing an Ammy fight.

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