Armbars and rear naked chokes are common in the female divisions, but there are those occasions where we see an unusual or difficult submission work.
Twelve female athletes got nominated for this year’s WMMA Press Award for Best Submission. Many were from across the planet from Europe to Asia to the United States.
The WMMA Press committee is a set of journalists that have covered the female divisions of martial arts for years on may different levels.
Six journalists 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
This is the 7th year for the awards which sees the best in the female divisions of MMA recognized.
Here at the nominees for the WMMA Press Award for Submission of the Year with video (if available).
Grace Cleveland defeats Stephanie Skinner via Kneebar at SCL 54
Ashley Cummins def. Nikki Smith by submission (knee choke) at Bellator
(Video unavailable to public)
Mackenzie Dern def. Montana Stewart by Imanari choke at Legacy
Gabi Garcia defeats Destanie Yarbrough by Keylock at Rizin
Jennifer Gonzalez defeats Lohana Bahiense by Ankle Lock at Guerra Campal 3
Jenny Huang defeats April Osenio by Gogoplata at ONE Championship
Gina Iniong def. Vanessa Rico Fernandez by Leglock at PXC
Angela Lee defeats Rebecca Heintzman by twister at ONE Championship
Marina Mokhnatkina defeats Karina Vasilenko by Heel Hook at EFN
Andy Nguyen defeats Miyu Yamamoto by Gogoplata Straight Armbar at Rizin
Jaimelene Nievera defeats Charlene Gellner by leglock at Dragon House
Tessa Simpson defeats Satomi Takano by Americana at PXC