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IMMAF European Open 2016 Coverage

Some of the best amateur female talent have descended in Prague in the Czech Republic for the second annual IMMAF European Open.

Competitors from over a dozen countries will look to shine on the amateur’s biggest world stage. Several World and European champions will look to face a fresh batch of hungry fighters to gain medals and put their names on the international stage. Continue reading IMMAF European Open 2016 Coverage

Competitors Announced for the 2016 IMMAF European Open

The next wave of European MMA talent will head to Prague, Czech Republic.

The IMMAF will hold its second annual European Open November 22-26. The competition brings out what will be the future of the sport. Twenty seven female competitors from 13 different countries will look to win medals and get worldwide exposure. Continue reading Competitors Announced for the 2016 IMMAF European Open

Video: Danielle Mack Talks Taking on Bigger Opponents; Training in California

Don’t let her amateur record fool you.

Danielle Mack is just someone who has never backed down from a challenge. Looking to drop to flyweight soon, Mack has fought has high as featherweight taking on women stronger and taller.

Mack is coming back from injury to take on Brittney Victoria Grizzelle at Spar Star’s October 21st event in Studio City, California.

We talked to Mack at her gym to discuss training locally, her hopes of fighting at 125, and what drove her to take up MMA.

IMMAF Crowns 2016 World Champions

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Aleksandra Toncheva

Four fighters took home gold medals at the IMMAF World Championships Sunday in Las Vegas.

Coming off her 2015 IMMAF European strawweight title, Bulgarian Aleksandra Toncheva adds the IMMAF World title to her resume defeating Poland’s Aleksandra Rola by armbar in round 1. She also remains undefeated at 6-0, having only started fighting in November of last year. Continue reading IMMAF Crowns 2016 World Champions

IMMAF 2016 World Championships Coverage

Amateur female fighters from 20 countries are in Las Vegas during International Fight week to become world champions.

For the third year, International MMA Federation is hosting their World Championships. The are four female weight categories this year with 32 participants.

Monday night they announced the brackets and we will update results throughout the week below. The action begins with Manfredi Morgane versus Katarzyna Biegajlo for a spot in the flyweight quarterfinals.

The event is free Tuesday through Thursday at the Las Vegas Expo Center. The semi-finals and finals will be a part of the UFC Expo.

Continue reading IMMAF 2016 World Championships Coverage

2016 IMMAF World Championships Participants Tenatively Set

Coming into its third year, the IMMAF World Amateur MMA Championships are ready to show the best the international community has to offer.

So far 34 female athletes have signed up to make the trip to Las Vegas during UFC’s International Fight week. We will see some familiar faces from tournaments past, nationally recognized talent, and some new faces from some new places including Nepal. Continue reading 2016 IMMAF World Championships Participants Tenatively Set

Watch “Female Fighting: The Time is Now” Documentary

Three years ago, we set out on a mission to find out what makes a woman want to take up fighting and why it has become so popular.

After the growing popularity of InvictaFC, the UFC adding more weight divisions, and growing interest internationally, there was a lot has changed since the we started, but many of the same themes are still there. Continue reading Watch “Female Fighting: The Time is Now” Documentary

WMMA Press Awards Amateur Fighter 2015 Nominees

ASFW-AwardThe 6th annual WMMA Press Awards have decided their nominees for Amateur Fighter of the Year.

With a year full of international talent entering the amateur divisions, this year’s list of contenders represents six different countries, the most in Awards history.

Six journalists that cover the female divisions of MMA will vote on the award:

Many of these nominees could be the future champions of the sport.

Here are the nominees:

  • Kelly D’Angelo (USA; 4-0 in 2015)
  • Macy Chiasson (USA; 3-0 in 2015; 4-1 overall)
  • Sunna Davidsdottir (Iceland; 4-0 in 2015; IMMAF European Champion)
  • Samantha Diaz (USA; 5-0 in 2015)
  • Samantha Gilliland (USA; 3-0 in 2015; 6-0 total)
  • Jamie Herrington (Canada; 7-0 in 2015; IMMAF World champion)
  • Brooke Mayo (USA; 4-0 in 2015)
  • Sanna Merta (Finland; 3-0 in 2015; IMMAF European Champion)
  • Leah McCourt (Ireland; 3-0 in 2015; IMMAF European Champion)
  • Varpu Rinne (Finland; 3-0 in 2015; IMMAF European Champion)
  • Gillian Robertson (USA; 5-0 in 2015)
  • Aleksandra Toncheva (Bulgaria; 3-0 in 2015; IMMAF European Champion)

Awakening Fighters Announce 2015 Nominees; Wombat Sports up for Three Awards

Awakening-Female-WMMA-Awards-2015The Awakening Fighter Awards are entering its third year.

The website, which covers the female ends of Muay Thai and MMA, asked the community to recommend nominees the past few weeks and on Christmas Eve, they announced the official voting list.

Wombat Sports is up for two MMA Awards (Journalist and Website), and one Muay Thai (Website).

UFC champions Holly Holm and Joanna Jędrzejczyk and InvictaFC star Andrea Lee are tied for the most MMA nominations with six. 19 Awards will be given away total for MMA.

On the Muay Thai side, Lion Fights champion Tiffany Van Soest and Sammy-Jo Luxton are tied with five nominations. 13 Muay Thai Awards will be handed out.

You can vote for your favorites here:

MMA – http://www.awakeningfighters.com/awards/wmma-awards-2015/

Muay Thai –  http://www.awakeningfighters.com/awards/muay-thai-awards-2015/

Ashton Brown wins Initial POP 175 Crown

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Brown vs. Schwalger Courtesy POP

Princesses of Pain exited their year crowning a new 175 pound champion.

In a round robin tournament, Ashton Brown took home crown as she defeated both Inna Schwalger and Beathe Korneliussen by second round TKO.  (Schwalger lost due to a shoulder injury.)

The main event saw Renata Poa and Gase Sanita battle to a close split decision, with Poa getting the judges’s nod. Natalie Stuart, Rian Stuart, and Briar Johnson all received wins to round out the pro portion of the card.

The 19 fight event included a daytime all amateur female card. Several ammy fights happened during the evening portion, including a submission of the night performance by Chelsea Retemeyer. She would use an Americana to submit Tania Barnett in the opening fight of the night card.

Here are the complete results:

Night Show

Main Event

  • Renata Poa def. Gase Sanita by split decision

Co-Main Event 175 Tournament Finals

  • Ashton Brown def. Beathe Korneliussen by TKO 1:01 round 2

Tournament Semi-Final

  • Ashton Brown def. Inna Schwalger by TKO (shoulder injury) round 2

Pro card

  • Briar Johnston def. Catherine Drinnan by unanimous decision
  • Natalie Harper def. Barbara Verlinden by submission (guillotine) 1:27 round 3
  • Rian Stuart def. Michelle Gillgren by unanimous decision

Amateur card

  • Sally Asiata-Kaokao def. Elisa Marneth-Rust by KO 2:35 round 1
  • Jessica Bradley def. Lena Pologa by TKO 2:20 round 3
    Wendy Talbot def. Paula Davidson by submission (armbar) 2;10 round 1
    Nyrene Cowley def. Jessica Fothergill by unanimous decision
  • Chelsea Retemeyer def. Tania Barnett by submission (Americana) 1:01 round 2

Day Card (All Amateur)

  • Jo Burke def. Raeleen Simeon by unanimous decision
  • Krissy Hunter def. Cecilia Fri Mueller by submission (armbar) 0:35 round 3
  • Michelle Montague def. Tahlia Lawrence by submission (Guillotine) 0:39 round 3
  • Millie Culshaw def. Huia Rika by unanimous decision
  • Jordan Cooper def. Sindy Lee by TKO 0:16 round 1
  • Dee Terangi def. Kelly Kapukai-Bishop by TKO 1:03 round 2
  • Kimberly Noema def. Jamie Clarke by unanimous decision
  • Alrie Meleisea Felix def. Jade Snare by KO 2:42 round 1

2015 IMMAF European Open Day 3 – Finals Set

12241556_740112822785813_2243295989389164547_nThe finals of the first ever European IMMAF Amateur European Open are now set.

Finland and Sweden came out the big winners of day 3 with each sending three of their female fighters to the championship rounds.

Swed Cornelia Holm had the best submission of the female division tournaments so far with an Americana submission over France’s Celine Provost in a featherweight semi-final.

Anja Saxmarx of Sweden makes her second IMMAF tournament final and will face Iceland’s first female finalist in Sunna Rannveig at flyweight.

The tournaments conclude Sunday.


Day 3 Results

Strawweight Semi-finals

  • Aleksandra Toncheva (Bulgaria) def. Amy Omara (UK) by unanimous decision
  • Raluca Dinescu (Romania) def. Lyudmila Sadirina (Azerbaijan) by unanimous decision

Flyweight Semi-finals

  • Anja Saxmark (Sweden) def. Inka Auvinen (Finland) by unanimous decision
  • Sunna Rannveig (Iceland) def. Michaela Dostalova (Czech Republic) by TKO 2:48 round 2

Bantamweight Semi-finals

  • Gabriella Ringblom (Sweden) def. Camilla Mannes (Norway) by unanimous decision
  • Varpru Rinne (Finland) def. Eloise Picard (Canada) by unanimous decision

Featherweight Semi-finals

  • Sanna Merta (Finland) def. Julia Dorny (Germany) by submission (Armbar) 1:58 round 3
  • Cornelia Holm (Sweden) def. Celine Provost (France)  by submission (Americana) 1:59 round 1

Lightweight Semi-finals

  • Leah McCourt (Northenr Irleand) def. Sini Koivunen (Finland) by submission (armbar) 2:12 round 3
  • Miia Isola (Finland) def. Aurore Quintin (France) due to a disqualification (Quintin missed weight)

Day Four Schedule

Strawweight Final

  • Aleksandra Toncheva (Bulgaria) vs. Raluca Dinescu (Romania)

Flyweight Final

  • Anja Saxmark (Sweden) vs. Sunna Rannveig (Iceland)

Bantamweight Final

  • Gabriella Ringblom (Sweden) vs. Varpru Rinne (Finland)

Featherweight Final

  • Sanna Merta (Finland) vs. Cornelia Holm (Sweden)

Lightweight Final

  • Leah McCourt (Northenr Ireland) vs. Miia Isola (Finland)