Photos courtesy Dave Mandel, Invicta FC
There has been huge debates on what women’s weight classes are sustainable or not.
This year I decided to give you a glimpse of the current and future health of the divisions broken down. Since I did both amateur and pro stats this time around, I can give you some insight into what I have been seeing and calm down some worries.
The Atomweights (105)
There were 29 professional fights in the division and 21 amateur fights so far this year. This only accounted for 7% of total fights.
There were 15 pro debuts versus 12 amateur, which is a solid sign, seeing a lot of amateur do drop a weight class when they turn pro and since there isn’t a pinweight division yet in any major promotions. (There were 1 pro and 3 amateur 100 pound pinweight fights in the past 6 months). Expect some strawweights to make the drop. Interesting note – Marisa Messer-Belenchia and Grace Nowak made both their amateur and pro debuts together this year. Belenchia won both fights.
A combined individual 86 fighters fought at atomweight (53 pro; 35 ammy; as mentioned before two fought in both) with two (pro Priscilla Gaol and amateur Kristi Garr) having had three so far this year.
The most popular way for a pro atomweight to win a fight was by decision (17). Submissions and TKO/KOS were tied with 6.
In the amateur ranks, it was closer, with decision (9) just edging TKO/KOs (8). There were 4 submissions.
Current Top 15 Pro Atomweights (courtesy Unified MMA Rankings/Tapology)
- Seo Hee Ham (18-8-0) – Road FC Champion*
- Mina Kurobe (12-3-0) – Deep Jewels Champion
- Jinh Yu Frey (6-3-0) – Invicta FC Champion (won in July)
- Ashley “Smashley” Cummins (6-4-0) – Invicta FC
- Tessa “The Typhoon” Simpson (5-3-0) – Invicta FC*
- Kyra “Mogwai” Batara (7-4-0) – Combate Americas*
- Jeong Eun Park (4-3-1) – Deep/Road FC
- Emi Tomimatsu (13-13-0) – Deep Jewels
- Satomi “Sarami” Takano (11-10-0) – Deep Jewels
- Tomo Maesawa (10-8-0) – Deep Jewels
- Amber Brown (7-4) – InvictaFC *
- Julia Jones (5-0) – InvictaFC*
- Satoko Shinashi (37-3-2)
- Saori Ishioka (15-11) – DEEP*
- Lizbeth López Silva (6-3) – Combates
*- has yet to fight in 2018
- Herica Tiburcio is currently pregnant and will be out until 2019
- Kanna Asakura and RENA have yet to fight at 105. The lowest they have fought at is 108. Will address in the strawweight article.
- Naho “Sugi Rock” Sugiyama has announced her retirement this year.
- Ayaka Hamsaki has moved to strawweight permanently.