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Carmouche and McMann Among Quintet Participants; All Female Card Announced for April

Grappling promotion Quintet is pulling out all the stops for its first all female card.

Teams were announced for the historic event, which will take place in Tokyo, Japan April 7th. Four teams will battle for the first women’s championship. The matches will stream on UFC Fight Pass. Continue reading Carmouche and McMann Among Quintet Participants; All Female Card Announced for April

2016 WMMA Press Nominees for Promotion of the Year

The demand for female fights have grown.

More than 700 fights happened in the pro women’s divisions alone in 2016. Five Promotions were ahead of the curve and are nominated for this year’s award.

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:

This is the 7th year for the awards which sees the best in female fighting recognized.

Here at the nominees for the WMMA Press Award for Promotion of the Year.

  • UFC (52 fights in 2016)
  • Invicta (48 Fights in 2016)
  • IMMAF (42 ammy fights in 2016)
  • King of the Cage (38 fights in 2016 pro & ammy)
  • DEEP JEWELS (24 Fights in 2016)

WMMA Press Awards 2015 Sponsor and Promotion Nominees

ASFW-AwardFor the 6th year, the WMMA Press committee honors those who help fighters showcase their skills; promotions and sponsors.

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

With more and more MMA promotions holding female bouts, the list of nominees gets tougher and tougher to narrow down. Six stood out for having over a dozen female bouts.

Here are the promotional nominees:

  • Invicta
  • King of the Cage
  • Princesses of Pain
  • UFC

In tough times, sponsors help pick up the slack. From gear to financial sport for training and medicals, they are an integral part of helping these athletes thrive.

The committee has nominated six of these companies:

  • Dragon Do
  • Fight Chix
  • MMA Road Hog
  • Sicchic
  • Sports Foods
  • xIonx

The committee will vote on the winners next week.




DEEP-JEWELS 8 Adds Three Bouts


One of Japan’s top bantamweight prospects Shizuka Sugiyama will be returning to action as she rematches Ji Yeon Kim at DEEP-JEWELS May 31 in Tokyo, Japan. This is one of three bouts announced Wednesday.

Both Sugiyama (13-4-1) and Kim (2-0-2) has back to back wins. Sugiyama has won 11 of her last nine fights; while Kim started her career with back to back draws including her debut match against Sugiyama in 2013 at DEEP.

Also announced, Emi Tomimatsu and Ayaka Miura both look to rebound from losses in a 105 bout. Tomimatsu (8-10) is the former DEEP-JEWELS 115 pound champion but has suffered back to back decision losses. Miura (1-1) is coming off her first pro loss and will be making the drop to 105.

Rounding out the card is Yuko Oya taking on Misaki Takimoto.

The event will see the semi-finals and finals of the DEEP-JEWELS 106 title grand prix as  Mei Yamaguchi battles Mina Kurobe and Satomi “Sarami” Takano takes on Tomo Maesawa. The winners will fight each other in the main event for the vacant 106 title.

March 2015 Unified Rankings Cyborg Returns to Mountain Top

Coming off a busy February, all the Women’s Unified Pro MMA Rankings saw changes coming off the InvictaFC 12 card , the opening round of the DEEP-JEWELS 106 tournament, and all the UFC events.

Justino Courtesy Esther Lin/InvictaFC
Justino Courtesy Esther Lin/InvictaFC


With the return of Cris “Cyborg” Justino, the InvictaFC champion regains her #1 status at featherweight after her TKO win over Charmaine Tweet. Marloes Coenen (now 2), Julia Budd (now 3), and Faith Van Duin (now 4) all drop a spot. Talita Nogueira drops off the list due to activity.

Tweet drops from 7 to 10 in the rankings due to her loss, rotating Amanda Bell (now 7),  Gabrielle Holloway (now 8) and Megan Anderson (now 9) up a spot.


With her loss to champion Ronda Rousey, Cat Zingano drops from #2 to #3, trading spots with Miesha Tate in the only change in the 135 top ten.


With Deanna Bennett’s successful drop to 115, she drops out of the 125 rankings. All of the fighters from 4-8 in the flyweight rankings last month move up a spot. Roxanne Modafferi moves from 10 to 8, with Jin Tang (9) and  Silvana Gomez (10) debuting on the list.


With her win over Mizuki Inoue, Alexa Grasso has debuted in the top ten at strawweight, taking the #8 spot. Tecia Torres (now #9) and Kalindra Faria (now #10) drop a spot.


At 105, Mina Kurobe enters the list at #9 after her win over Emi Tomimatsu at the DEEP-JEWELS tournament. Cassie Rodish drops off the list with Saori Ishioka  dropping a spot to #10.

You can see the complete March 2015 Pro MMA Unfied Rankings here.


Wombat Watercooler February 18th

In action Monday at RXF 16 in Brașov, Romania, Delia Georgescu defeated Maia Buzas by TKO round 1.

On Thursday in Tokyo, Japan, Momo Koseki successfully defended her WBC atomweight title wiht a KO over Aisah Alico in round 2.


With fight week vastly approaching, Invicta and the UFC have announced some events before the two cards commence in L.A.

The first is an open workout at the UFC Gym/Sunergy in Terrance, CA Wednesday.

Invicta Workouts

  • 11 a.m.: Charmaine Tweet workout
  • 11:15 a.m.: Alexa Grasso workout
  • 11:30 a.m.: Irene Aldana workout
  • 11:45 a.m.: “Cyborg” Justino workout

UFC Workouts

  • 1 p.m.: Cat Zingano workout
  • 1:30 p.m.: Raquel Pennington workout
  • 2 p.m: Holly Holm workout
  • 2:30 p.m.: Ronda Rousey workout

If you noticed, Justino and Rousey won’t be there at the same time. It is expected Justino will be cageside for the Rousey versus Zigano title fight Saturday. Shannon Knapp states the Justino and Rousey superfight is closer than everyone thinks.

The other UFC fight week event announced is at 11 a.m. pst Saturday at L.A. Live. The UFC will hold a press conference and fan event for the participants for the next seven events. Expected to be in attendance is Felice Herrig and Jessica Eye.

The Nevada State Athletic Commission has suspended Ashlee Evans-Smith for testing positive from the diuretic hydrochlorothiazide after her fight with Raquel Pennington. Smith was fined 30% of her purse and her license is suspended for nine months retroactive from the fight. This means she will be able to return to fighting August 6th if she tests clean before she is re-licensed.

Congratulations to Society Nine on reaching their kickstarer goal. We have been helping to campaign for the company which is going to revolutionize women’s MMA gear. There is still four days left if you want to contribute and get yourself some of their great stuff including a pair of those revolutionary gloves.  Go here.

Abshire Courtesy CMT
Abshire Courtesy CMT

Congrats to amateur MMA fighter Jackie Abshire, who is the current Steve Austin’s “Broken Skull” Challenge champ. She defeated the “Skull Buster” obstacle course record by three and a half minutes. She won $10,000 and will continue to win $10,000 every episode her time in the extreme obstacle course isn’t broken.

You can watch her episode here.

England’s Helen Harper has signed with the PXC.

The undefeated fighter will take on Cortney Casey in her promotional debut March 13th in Guam. Harper has finished in all of her wins, and had trained in Thailand for several years in Muay Thai.

Casey (3-1) is coming off back to back finishes.

The fight will stream on the PXC website March 13th.

Next weekend, Finland’s Suvi Salmimies has a new opponent. Karla Benitez will step in to take on the hometown fighter at Cage 29 in Helsinki. Salmimies (2-0-1) will find her biggest challenged in the more experienced Spain’s Benitez (10-7-1). Benitez is coming off back to back losses,

Invicta fighter Cassie Crissano is asking for your help.

The featherweight is in a custody battle for her youngest son. You can read more and help her get a good lawyer by going here.

baars ughi weigh in
Ughi and Baars

Fights this Weekend

Jorina Baars returns to Lion Fight to defend her Muay Thai title against Chantal Ughi. This is a rematch of their 2009 battle (video here).This will air on AXS TV.

In the only world boxing title match this weekend, Victoria Argueta defends her IBF World minimumweight title against Nancy Franco in Hidalgo, Mexico.

The DEEP-Jewels 106 title tournament starts this weekend in Tokyo, Japan. The opening round matches are as follows:

  • Mei Yamaguchi vs. Miyoko Kusaka (105)
  • Emi Tomimatsu vs. Mina Kurobe (105)
  • Satomi Takano vs. Masako Yoshida (105)
  • Tomo Maesawa vs. Yukiko Seki (105)

Besides the quarterfinal matches,  Emi Fujino teams up with Sachiko Fujimori to face off against Ayaka Hamasaki and Yuko Oya in a tag team 10 minute grappling match.

In a rare Sunday UFC event in Porto Alegre, Brazil, Jessica Andrade will face Marion Reneau. The fight will air on Fox Sports 1.

Kowalkiewicz and Faria
Kowalkiewicz and Faria

InvictaFC star Karolina Kowalkiewicz will fight Kalindra Faria in Poland. The match was set to be a title bout for the KSW strawweight title, but Faria missed weight by 2.2 pounds. The match will now be a three round non-title affair.

In other pro MMA bouts this weekend:

Big John’s: Ogichida Spirit – Saulte Ste Marie, MI

  • Kaline Medeiros vs Chelsea Bailey
  • Raquel Magdelano vs Holly Cline

TXC – Novi, Michigan

  • Calie Cutler vs Nikki Duncan (115)

AFL – Barcelona, Spain

  • Irene Cabello vs Laïla “Lilou Dallas” Sekaf (105)

LCS 20 – Mitchell, NE

  • Rosa Acevedo vs Amanda Lovato  (115)

EFC 37 – South Africa

  • Danella Eliasov vs Zita Varju (125)

Battle on Sura – Penza, Russia

  • Natalya Denisova vs. Svetlana Gotsyk (121)

King of the Cage – Carlton, Minnesota

  • Moriel Charneski vs Christina Jobe
  • Katiel Adelman vs Katheryn Bassignana (ammy)

You can see a complete schedule of pro and amateur MMA and pro boxing fights here.

DEEP-JEWELS 7 Tournament Bracket & Tag Grappling Match Announced

JEWELS7POSTER0127The match-ups have been finalized on the road to crowning a new 106 DEEP-JEWELS champion.

The CJ Report posted the results Saturday from the lottery drawing held in Tokyo. With the order number they drew, the fighters could chose to seed themselves in the tournament as they saw fit.

In the end, here is the opening round of the tournament:

  • Yukiko Seki vs. Tomo Maesawa
  • Masako Yoshida va. Satomi Takano
  • Ayaka Miura vs. “V.V.” Mei Yamaguchi
  • Emi Tomimatsu vs. Mina Kurobe

A reserve bout between Miyoko Kusaka and Miki Araki (nee Pan Hui) will also take place.

The winners of the opening round will face off the in the semi-finals (and possibly finals) at DEEP-JEWELS 8.


In addition to the tournament, the promotion also announced an interesting tag team grappling bout.

InvictaFC atomweight title contender Ayaka Hamasaki will partner with Yuko Oya to take on WSOF vet Emi Fujino and her partner Sachiko Fujimori.

According to the CJ Report, the winner is the one team that reaches three submissions in a ten minute time frame.

Hamasaki had withdrew her name out of the 106 tournament, most likely because of a possible title shot with Herica Tiburcio at InvictaFC 12.

We will have complete results from DEEP-JEWELS 7 February 21.

Help us Create a New Wombat Sports

writers-wantedAs I explained in my open letter, I am looking to change Wombat Sports to what it was initially meant to be. I can’t do this on my own, and that;s where you come in.

We are looking for contributors to help with writing articles and covering certain combat sports. You would also get to interview talented athletes in those sports.

The main contributors we are looking for is in women’s boxing, Muay Thai, freestyle wrestling, and BJJ. (We already have some people interested in covering the WMMA portion of the site). The cool things is I have the tools to gain news and info for these sports, just not the time to write it up. You can “learn on the job” if you aren’t an expert on these topics; but being curious is the key thing.

You can learn more about what I am expecting and what benefits come with being a part of Wombat Sports here.

DEEP-JEWELS Announces 106 Championship Grand Prix


DEEP-JEWELS has announced Wednesday an eight woman grand prix that will start February 21 to crown a new 106 champion. The title was vacated by Seo Hee Ham when she signed to the UFC late last year.

Among the announced participants are former Valkyrie champion and veteran fighter Mei Yamaguchi (12-8); and the former interim D-J 115 champion Emi Tomimatsu (8-9). Tomimatsu will be making her atomweight debut in the tournament.

Also slated to take part in the tournament: Tomo Maesawa (4-4), Ayaka Miura (1-1), Satomi Takano (4-5), Mina Kurobe (4-0), Yukiko Seki (13-24), and Masako Yoshida (18-20). A reserve bout has also been announced between Miyoko Kusaka (5-8) and Miki Araki (nee Pan Hui) (1-0).

Conspicuous by their absences are former 106 champion Naho Sugiyama and current #2 Unified ranked atomweight Ayaka Hamasaki. Hamasaki’s non-participation fuels speculation she will be fighting on the next InvictaFC card; if not in a title match, a match that would be a title eliminator. Sugiyama has also fought under the Invicta banner and could see action as well.

We will have complete coverage of the pairings and the event in the coming weeks.

Wombat Sport’s Off the Wall Predictions for 2015

What-comes-next-Technology-predictions-for-2015_SQIt has been an eventful start to 2015 after a whirlwind of fights and fight announcements to start off the year.

Before we get into any more of the year, we wanted to give you some of our predictions for upcoming 12 months. Some of these are educated guesses, some are just wacky logic.

Let us know what you agree and disagree with. Also let us know some of your predictions for the year.

UFC will be sold – if not partially; all

This is probably the most radical prediction we will make, but hear us out.

The UFC isn’t in great financial straits right now. Their credit rating has gone down which means they owe a lot of money. Part of this is bad luck with champions being injured in 2014. Another problem is that holding more almost weekly events isn’t cheap, especially with the worldwide expansion. We feel the idea of getting rid of individual sponsors to only a major one will hurt them financially due to not getting the benefits from a “sponsor tax”.

The UFC getting rid of their own in house testing was in part because they couldn’t afford it.

I won’t be surprised if they cut a deal with Fox for part ownership, but would be interested to see if Fox buys them out and keeps UFC President Dana White as a figure head.

What if Floyd Mayweather buys it? Crazier things have happened.

Ronda Rousey will end the year undefeated and will “Take a hiatus” from the sport

If the UFC champion beats Cat Zingano next month, it will be hard to find a competitive contender for her.

The next choice would be Bethe Correia but it is hard to see the smaller bantamweight give Rousey a challenge. If Sara McMann beats Miesha Tate, a rematch could be interesting but still the champ just keeps getting better a lot faster.

If Rousey fights three times this year, which seems to be the case, and goes undefeated, we think she will realize that she has basically “cleaned the division” and there is nothing else to do. She is refusing to face Cyborg Justino. With Hollywood calling, she can make more as an action star with less work. Unlike Gina Carano, if there is a person who develops in 2016 that seems to be “the next big thing” at bantamweight she will come back to MMA.

We like the idea because the division needs a year at least to catch up with the champ’s level.

Jessica Aguilar will sign to the UFC

People think this is a done deal, but a few things to consider.

With the a fore mentioned sponsorship and financial situation with the UFC, the World Series of Fighting could outspend the UFC in terms of her contract. Teammate Tecia Torres is already signed to the UFC, and Aguilar doesn’t seem to want to be in the same promotion as her. The thing Aguilar needs to consider what is worth more – being #1 in the division or the money. Not an easy choice.

We are still thinking Aguilar will sign to the UFC because there is not much the WSOF can do for her now in terms of finding credible opponents.

The questions are how she will handle with the new blood in the UFC, and is a rematch with Esparza going to happen in 2015?

Bellator will see resurgence with raising talent from the UFC jumping ship

This goes back to the UFC financial problems and more importantly, the sponsorship deal with Reebok. Fighters will get more money by having several sponsors behind them then they would with only one. The deal doesn’t take in account popularity, only rankings. Mid level talent will find “greener pastures” in Bellator as they can outspend the UFC, especially at this moment. We may see a MMA version of pro wrestling’s “Monday Night Wars” this year. That all started because the WCW got a bigger budget and brought in more popular talent.

Bellator will launch a flyweight division

This is a 50/50 shot.

Bellator already announced they will have another women’s division this year, but have yet to name a weight class. The stated it would be “different” than the UFC’s current ones. This leaves 105 and 125.

Why do we think flyweight? Three major reasons. The first deals with the pool at 125. Our stats this year saw 125 as the most active division in 2014. Invicta has been actively signing talented flyweights as fast as they can the past few months so I am sure they are trying to beat Bellator to the punch. The third reason is if a UFC female fighter leaves the organization, it will be easier for Bellator to get talent from 115 going up and 135 going down.

That being said…

Atomweight matches will double its 2014 fight numbers 

There were 50 fights at atomweight this past year, but the year also saw an influx in 105 talent.

In the past, the pool consisted mainly of a few Americans and a lot of Japanese talent. With Invicta the past few years doing its part to highlight the atomweight division with star Michelle Waterson, more smaller fighters are dropping from the ever deepening 115 division, seeing they can have a career at a more comfortable weight at 105.

Several of the TUF 20 strawweight competitors were too small for the division and it showed. We may see them circle back to Invicta and dropping to 105.

The word from Japan is most of the strawweights there have seen the light and can’t compete with American talent at 115. The divisions in the Far East are shifting to 105 with a few exceptions. There is even talk of a pinweight (100 pound) division.

An eight woman atomweight tournament for the vacant DEEP-JEWELS title is already being planned.

Invicta will Get a TV deal… of sorts

InvictaFC president Shannon Knapp has been hinting as of late of an actual tv deal through her connections with the UFC. Here is our thoughts.

One, if not two, events will be broadcast on tv this year with the rest being through UFC Fight Pass. Fox Sports 1 would make the most sense – seeing their success with “The Ultimate Fighter 20”.

With Fox and Fox Sports 1 already seeing some good female matches in the coming months, they should see the value in terms of ratings to bring Invicta into the mix.

Expect More International Talent Signed to Major Promotions

This past year, 253 fighters made their pro debuts. This is a major drain in terms of amateur talent with some making their pro debuts in the next few months.

It is going to take a year or two of the amateur division to regain the numbers, but I have no doubt those women dreaming of taking up MMA fighting will see opportunities.

In the mean time, 47 countries held female matches this year with 41 having pro bouts. The number of countries themselves have expanded since last year, and will look to get over 50 in 2015. You will get to see names you might have never heard of (unless you read our site regularly). A few we can rally off – Jessy Rose (Australian; already signed to InvictaFC), Amanda Lino (South Africa; who won the IMMAF featherweight tournament and named Ammy Fighter of the Year), and Maryna Moroz (Ukrainian; undefeated at strawweight).

Brazil itself has expanded their women’s divisions in 2014 and we can expect more talent from there to make their way to the States.

2014 WMMA Press Award Winners

wmma-awards-2014-light-bg-300x300Over the next week, the WMMA Press Committee will be awarding their 2014 award winners.

Member websites will be giving the away the awards via written stories and podcasts.

The members include:

The awards will wrap up with Pro WMMA Now giving away the “Fighter of the Year” award on Monday January 19.

We will update the list (and links to acceptance interviews) as each website awards the recipients.

Here are the winners:

Fighter of the Year

Winners of the divisional awards will be eligible

Featherweight of the Year

  • Amanda Bell (3-0 in 2014) – winner
  • 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) – winner
  • Bethe Correia (2-0 in 2014)
  • Tonya Evinger (2-0 in 2014)
  • Pannie Kianzad (3-0 in 2014)

Flyweight of the Year

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) – winner (read more here)

Atomweight of the Year

Fan Favorite Fighter

Fight of the Year

  • Paige VanZant vs. Kalin Curran
  • Catherine Costigan vs. Irene Cabello
  • Katja Kankaanpää vs Stephanie Eggink
  • Herica Tiburcio vs Michelle Waterson – winner (read Tiburcio’s acceptance speech on
  • Randa Markos vs Jessica Penne
  • Renata Baldan vs. Michele Ângelo
  • Cat Zingano vs. Amanda Nunes
  • Jéssica Andrade vs. Raquel Pennington

Knockout of the Year

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) – winner (read more here)
  • 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) – winner (listen to her accept the award here)
  • 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) – winner (Lino acceptance speech and interview)
  • 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 – winner (read more here)

Sponsor of the Year

Headline of the Year

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

Legacy Award

Inspirational Fighter

DEEP Announces Four Female Fights for New Year’s Eve Card

Yamaguchi and Hamasaki
Yamaguchi and Hamasaki

Japanese MMA on New Year’s Eve has been a tradition for the past decade. This year, DEEP MMA will have the honor of bring a card to the Tokyo crowd.

DEEP will borrow talent from it’s sister organization DEEP-JEWELS to bring four female bouts on the card.

InvictaFC vet Ayaka Hamasaki will take on former Valkyrie champion Mei Yamaguchi in an atomweight bout.

Hamasaki (10-1), the former D-J 116 champion, looked impressive in her return to the ring as she defeated former atomweight champion Naho Sugiyama this past August. Hamasaki’s only loss was to UFC title contender Claudia Gadelha.

Yamaguchi (12-7) rebounded from close decision losses to gain a first round choke over Yukiko Seki at DEEP-JEWELS in May.

Fresh off her win a few weeks ago, WSOF vet Emi Fujino (14-8) will take on Emi Tomimatsu (8-8), who is also coming off a win this month.

Returning MMA legend Satoko Shinashi (30-2-2) looks to keep the comeback going taking on Rika Hamada (1-0).

Rounding out the card, Japanese bantamweight Shizuka Sugiyama (12-4-1) looks for her second straight win as she battles former boxing champion Emiko Raika.

Another female bout maybe added as Satoko Shinashi has asked for a fight against Korean star Song Ga-Yeon .

The event will be in a cage versus the traditional ring.

No word on if the event will stream or air in the U.S.