A total of 285 fighters made their pro debuts this past year. Twelve of these athletes have been nominated for “Newcomer of the Year”.
These dozen fighters have already made impacts across the female fighting world. Many earned titles on the regional circuits and on global stages. Several have made their ways to Invicta and we could see any of them in the UFC soon.
Six journalists that cover the female divisions of MMA will vote on the award:
- Gina Begley – Pro WMMA Now / Bluegrass MMA
- Pedro Henrique – Da Made Ferro MMA (Brazil)
- Charlie Jewett – CJ’s Report (covering Asian MMA)
- Yael Grauer – Sherdog.com
- MarQ Piocos – WombatSports.com
- Elias Stefanescu – Ground and Pound (Germany)
- Kristin Ursy – Women’s MMA Round-up
We look forward to seeing these fighters develop into superstars in the MMA world in 2016.
Here are the nominees:
- Minna Grusander (1-0 pro; 5-0 ammy; IMMAF World champion)
- Aspen Ladd (2-0 in 2015)
- Angela Lee (4-0 in 2015)
- Amber Leibrock (1-0 pro; 1-0 ammy in 2015; Tuff-n-uff tournament winner)
- Irina Mazepa (2-0 in 2015)
- Sabina Mazo (2-0 in 2015)
- Shana Power (1-0 pro; 3-0 ammy)
- Felicia Spencer (1-0 pro; 1-0 ammy in 2015; Tuff-n-uff tournament winner)
- Kali Robbins (3-0 in 2015)
- Pamela Ruiz (3-0 in 2015)
- Micol di Segni (1-0 pro; 2-0 ammy in 2015; IMMAF World champion)
- Shanna Young (3-0 in 2015)