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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

Dern & Cordeiro Win ADCC Women’s Titles

Under 60kg Medlaists
Under 60kg Medlaists

It was a day of upsets and close matches as new ADCC World Champions where crowned.

Highlighting what was a spectacular year was Mackenzie Dern, who faced 2013 champion Michelle Nicolini in a hard fought match in the finals. They ended the match ties, but a penalty point for Nicolini sealed the win for Dern who wins her first under 60kg ADCC World title. This was the first time an American has won the title.

Dern defeated Beatriz Mesquita by points in the semi-finals. Nicolini defeated Tammy Musucemi in the other under 60kg semi-final.

Musucemi would get the rear naked choke over Mesquita to take the bronze.

Ana Laura Cordeiro became the new 2015 over 60kg champ defeating Jessica Oliveira by points in the finals.

2013 champion Gracia got upset in the semi-finals, losing to Oliveira. Garcia would gain the bronze via referee’s decision over Amanda Santana.

Here are the complete results:

Under 60kg

Finals

  • Mackenzie Dern def. Michelle Nicolini via points, 4-4 (1 penalty for Nicolini)

Bronze Medal Match

  • Tammy Musucemi def. Beatriz Mesquita via rear naked choke

Semi-finals

  • Michelle Nicolini def. Tammy Musucemi
  • Mackenzie Dern def. Beatriz Mesquita via points

Over 60kg

Finals

  • Ana Laura Cordeiro def. Jessica Oliveira via points

Bronze medal match

  • Gabi Garcia def. Amanda Santana via referee decision

Semi-finals

  • Jessica Oliveira def. Gabi Garcia via referee decision
  • Ana Laura Cordeiro def. Amanda Santana via points

ADCC World Championship Brackets Announced

Nicollini
Nicollini

The ADCC is back and this time in the home country of Brazilian jiu-jitsu.

The bi-annual no-gi world championship invitational will start Saturday in Sao Paulo with sixteen women vying for two titles.

Michelle Nicollini looks for her second straight title in the under 60 kg category, with a surging Mackenzie Dern looking for her first ADCC World title.

In the over 60 kg bracket, Gabrielle Garcia looks for the three-peat with Poland’s Marysia Malyjasiak looking to better her second place finish in 2013.

The quarterfinals and semi-finals will stream live Saturday on Budovideos.com starting at 5:30 am pst/8:30 a.m. pst. The finals will stream Sunday starting at 6:30 a.m. pst/9:30 a.m. est. It is $25 for each indivitual day or $35 for both.

Here are the opening round matches:

Female -60kg

  • Michelle Nicolini vs. Rikako Yuasa
  • Ana Michelle Tavares vs. Tammi Masumeci
  • Mackenzie Dern vs. Kethe Engen
  • Beatriz Mesquita vs. Mayra Mazza

Female +60kg

  • Gabrielle Garcia vs. Alison Tremblay
  • Jessica Oliveira vs. Marysia Malyjasiak
  • Ana Lauta Cordeiro vs. Sophia Nordeno
  • Fernanda Mazelli vs. Amanda Santana

Video: Watch Glamour MMA’s Grappling Tournament Matches

11377222_842758899146212_6300319310010523728_nGlamour MMA in Oregon is setting itself to be the next big all women’s fighting organization.

Last month, they made their debut in Portland with a grappling tournament that say some of the best MMA prospects around, including Invicta signee Roma Pawelek and Strikeforce vet Stephanie Webber.

Here are the video links to the matches:

150 pound Tournament

Finals

  • Leah Taylor vs. Stephanie Webber (video)

Semi-finals

  • Leah Taylor vs. Ashleigh Force (video)
  • Roma Pawelek vs. Stephanie Webber (video)

Quarterfinals

  • Roma Pawelek vs. Serena DeJesus (video)
  • Leah Taylor vs. Katie Ericson (video)
  • Ashleigh Force vs. Patty Elliot (video)
  • Stephanie Webber vs. Anna Dempster (video)

130 title

  • Roma Pawelek vs. Tess Velo (video)

180 title

  • Stephanie Webber vs. Kola Willingham (video)

 

Future Stars – Amanda Leve

leveOne of the brightest stars will soon be 18, but has already taken the BJJ world by storm.

Amanda Leve made national headlines as she was denied taking part of her high school boys’ wrestling team. It hasn’t detoured the BJJ purple belt from making major waves and having the community buzzing about her being the next star in MMA before she even graduates high school.

Her biggest test so far was in the Grapplers’ Quest Superfight tournament in July 2014, where Leve (then a blue belt) faced some of the best adult BJJ fighters in the country. Leve subbed Rahcael Cummins and would have a thrilling 23 minute match with UFC title contender Cat Zingano.

We caught up with Leve to talk about her background and  her rise in the sport.


Courtesy Pro Grappling League
Courtesy Pro Grappling League

Wombat Sports: Tells us a little about yourself.

Amanda Leve: I have been training for 6 years now. I received my purple belt this past October . I have won multiple NAGA and Grappler’s Quest championships. I hold the women’s absolute title in the Professional Grappling League.

Wombat: What got you interested in getting involved in combat sports?

Leve: I got involved in jiu jitsu because of my uncle and dad. They both loved watching the UFC and figured since I was athletic that I should try it. My first jiu jitsu class i loved it and stuck with it.

W.S.: What do you enjoy about it?

A.L.: I enjoy jiu jitsu because it is an outlet for all my frustrations but also a fun active sport that is technical and that I can achieve goals in.

W.S.: How has your friends and classmates reacted to it?

A.L.: My friends and classmates think it is extremely cool to be involved in a sport like jiu jitsu.

W.S.: How about your family?

A.L.: My family supports me 110% especially my dad and uncle. My mom always gets nervous with the whole thing.

W.S.: Can you tell us about your gym and coaches?

A.L.: I train under Ricardo Almeida. He is an amazing black belt and coach. He cares about all of his students and is willing to help whenever you need him. At Ricardo Almeida’s BJJ it is like one big family. Everyone is so helpful and friendly. Plus the talent at Ricardo’s is world class!

W.S.: What comes naturally to you in fighting? What have you found difficult?

A.L.:  What comes naturally to me fighting is the competitiveness and learning. I have always been competitive and I always love to learn new submissions and sweeps.

W.S.: It’s been over a year since you were denied to be a part of the boy’s wrestling team. Are you still wrestling outside of school?

A.L.: I have been denied to be part of the wrestling team at my school but i never wrestled anywhere I just train at my jiu jitsu school.

From left to right: Eubanks, Easton, Stikk, Miele, and Leve
From left to right: Eubanks, Easton, Stikk, Miele, and Leve

W.S.: You were impressive last year at the Grappler’s Quest Superfight tournament at the UFC Expo. Can you tell us about being a part of a tournament with such great talent?

A.L.: The Grappler’s Quest Superfight was an amazing experience. At the time I was a blue belt. I love submission only tournaments and the talent of the women was amazing. I was honored to be part of such a great tournament. I was able to win my first match by rear naked choke and then I was able to have a 23 minute match with the great Cat Zingano (highlights here). It was a fantastic battle between the two of us. She eventually caught me in a heel hook. She was by far the strongest woman I have ever competed against.

W.S.: Who do you look up to in fighting?

A.L.: Frankie Edgar and GSP are two fighters I definitely look up too. Frankie Edgar is a member of my team so it is an honor to watch him train and get ready for his wars. He has awesome stand-up and jiu jitsu. GSP has dedication and fitness like no one else. Plus he has respect for his opponents and doesn’t get arrogant. In the jiu jitsu world I would definitely say Makenzie Dern. She is a young woman black belt with great technical skill.

W.S.: How do you feel about the future of females in MMA?

A.L.: The future of WMMA I believe can only get better. Now that women are in the UFC and are getting more publicity soon they will be adding more and more women’s fights. Honestly women’s fights are more aggressive and entertaining anyway!

W.S.: What are your aspirations in fighting?

A.L.: I eventually want to fight MMA and am training for it! Right now I am keeping up with my jiu jitsu and entering as many tournaments as I possibly can!

W.S.: Anyone you’d like to thank/add?

A.L.:  I would like to thank my dad and uncle for always pushing me in the greatest sport ever! They never let me quit and made me who I am today! I would like to thank my grandparents for always driving me to train when I couldn’t drive yet. I would like to thank my coaches and all my training partners who help me get better each and everyday! Thank you!

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You can follow Amanda Leve on twitter @Amanda_Leve.

Artemis Film Festival to Spotlight Women’s Fight Documentaries & Films

 

artemis-film-festival 3There has been many films that have covered female fighting in one form of another for the past fifty years; from documentaries to major motion pictures.

The new millennium and the increase of female participation in combat sports has saw growth in to many of these stories being told.

The Artemis Film Festival is looking to highlight these stories as they are currently working their first event for April 2015.

They have started an Indie Go Go campaign to help get the event going.

We talked to the organizers Sean Newcombe and Melanie Wise about their inspiration for the festival and how women’s combat sports have been a big part of it.


Wombat Sports: How did the idea of the Artemis Film Festival come about?

Artemis Film Festival: The idea came about through inspiration, really. We have all been devoted to female action films from the standpoint of the sheer joy we have for physically strong female characters, but also from the standpoint of our passion for having a positive effect on the image of women in film and culture. We’ve all been completely focused on writing and creating female action films. We thought that having a film festival focused on female action heroes would allow for people who share our passion for strong female characters to celebrate this genre. We also felt it would be an opportunity to spotlight the power of women in our culture.

We wanted the festival to be a place where the legions of fans who love female action heroes could go and enjoy a array of great films in one place and at one time. (Female action films are a $3 billion industry, so this is not a niche.) The fact that such a festival had never been done before boggled our minds.

By showcasing such films, we could also draw attention to women as heroes, fighters and leaders, rather than as long-suffering wives, dutiful assistants and victims. We hope that we could help change the narrative of how women are portrayed in film.

Lastly, film often reflects and influences how we see ourselves, and celebrating these films, we hope, will help positively influence how women and girls perceive their power and status in culture.

Wombat: Can you tell us about the festival?

Artimis: We plan to show both classic female action films such as “Aliens” and “Kill Bill” and also showcase new films by unknown filmmakers in our festival competition. We want to be a venue that encourages new and unknown filmmakers to make female action films. If there’s an outlet for such films, they are more likely to be made.

We are also going to have an awards ceremony for films in competition and give awards to the women who are both pioneers and stars in female action films made by Hollywood. We have sent many invites to well-known female action stars and expect to hear from them soon. Also, we want to honor stuntwomen, athletes (women’s mma, of course) and female first-responders, such as military women.

W.S.: The culture has shifted in both entertainment and sports in term of female roles. What are you thoughts about the societal change?

AFF: There’s has been a shift in reality, in our everyday lives, but there has not necessarily been a shift in how that reality is portrayed in the media. While Hollywood has recently realized the power of the female action film market, they’ve been slow to broaden their portrayals of women to reflect the dynamism and power that can be seen in women in every aspect of our culture. We hope that our festival will help prod a faster shift to not only more roles for women in film (right now less than one out of every three speaking characters in a Hollywood movie, on average, is female), but to stronger, better roles for women.

W.S.: What kind of reaction have you seen among the female fight community?

AFF: The response from women, generally, has been extraordinary! The women we’ve heard from both in social media and in daily life has been completely positive, passionate and vocal.

With respect to the women’s mma community, we have not heard a lot, unfortunately. We’d love to hear more from them because we are huge supporters of womens mma! We love the sport and we’d love to celebrate it at our festival. Women’s mma is at the forefront of positively shifting societal images of female physical power. (Invicta FC and Tuf 20 are just two examples of that positive shift.) We want to honor that.

W.S.: You have an indie go-go started to make this event happen. What benefits can people expect for supporting the festival?

AFF: They can expect to see a festival which will properly honors the female action genre in a manner it deserves. We’d like our festival to have as broad a reach as possible so that we can include as many of the great films and as many of the women who are part of this cultural gender shift as possible.

Our crowdfunding is intended to allow us to show more classic films, more films from new, unknown filmmakers in the competition and offer a chance to honor the kind of women we mentioned above. We’d also like to make sure that the experience of the people who attend the festival is as comfortable and enjoyable as possible.

By crowdfunding we feel that we can offer a broader, bolder festival.

W.S.: Anything you want to add?

AFF: We want this festival to be fun, but we also want to open minds. The empowerment of women is at the center of what this festival is about. It’s the soul of it, in fact.

Also, we’d like to say that we love your blog and are big supporters of women’s combat sports!

Thank you for allowing us to talk with you about our festival!

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.

2014 World No-Gi Champions Crowned

Blue Belt Open Weight Courtesy IBJJF
Blue Belt Open Weight Courtesy IBJJF

Azusa, CA played host this past weekend to the IBJJF No-gi championships which saw over 20 champions crowned.

Former InvictaFC champion Lauren Murphy was able to take home a first place in the Blue Belt Middleweight division, while InvictaFC vet Raquel Paaluhi took home the Blue Belt openweight title.

You can see results below. (We left out all non-contested weights).


Black Belt

Feather

  • First – Mackenzie Lynne Dern – Gracie Humaita
  • Second – Karen Deisy Antunes Souza – CheckMat

Middle

  • First – Luiza Monteiro Moura da Costa  – PSLPB Cicero Costha
  • Second – Nyjah Michea Easton – Team Lloyd Irvin
  • Third – Leanna M Dittrich  – Fight Sports

Heavy

  • First – Andresa Correa – Alliance
  • Second – Sijara Jihan Eubanks – Team Lloyd Irvin

Open

  • First – Gabrielle Lemos Garcia – Alliance
  • Second- Mackenzie Lynne Dern – Gracie Humaita
  • Third – Leanna M Dittrich – Fight Sports
  • Third – Luiza Monteiro Moura da Costa – PSLPB Cicero Costha

Brown Belt

Light Feather

  • First – Jeanette Helene Flannery – Alliance
  • Second – Kristina Sofia Puruganan Barlaan – Brasa CTA
  • Third – Linda Lindstram – Dynamix Fighting Sports
  • Third – Helene Wenger – Malicia Team

Feather

  • First – Emilie Maxine M. H. Thylin – Gracie Humaita International
  • Second – Jaqueline de Moraes Amorim – CheckMat

Light

  • First – Charlotte von Baumgarten – Alliance
  • Second – Patrícia Maria N. Fontes dos Santos – CheckMat
  • Third – Laura Hondorp – Gracie Barra
  • Third – Nicole DeMelo-Inacio – Gracie Barra

Middle

  • First – Ana Beth Lowry – PSLPB Cicero Costha
  • Second – Jennifer Modesta Recinos – Gracie Humaita Del Mar

Middle Heavy

  • First – Alexis Brooke Du Fresne – CheckMat
  • Second – Ashley Easton Proctor – Gracie Barra

Open

  • First – Jaqueline de Moraes Amorim – CheckMat
  • Second – Alexis Brooke Du Fresne – CheckMat
  • Third – Ana Beth Lowry – PSLPB Cicero Costha
  • Third – Nicole DeMelo-Inacio – Gracie Barra

Purple 

Light Feather

  • First – Maria Henderson – JCBJJ
  • Second – Kyra Batara – Cavalcanti BJJ – Carlson Gracie Las Vegas
  • Third – Melissa Chua – Cascao BJJ Las Vegas
  • Third – Cristina Natalia Shepler – Bruno Bastos Association

Middle

  • First – Renata Marinho Moreira – Alliance
  • Second – Marion Elizabeth Reneau-Perez – Cleber Jiu Jitsu
  • Third – Ursula Pinto – Icon Jiu-Jitsu
  • Third – Elizabeth Marie Carmouche – 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu

Open Class

  • First – Jaqueline de Moraes Amorim – CheckMat
  • Second – Alexis Brooke Du Fresne – CheckMat
  • Third – Ana Beth Lowry – PSLPB Cicero Costha
  • Third – Nicole DeMelo – Inacio – Gracie Barra

Blue Belt

Middle

  • First – Lauren Marie Murphy – JCBJJ
  • Second – Ane Svendsen – Norway
  • Third – Yanelisa Reyes – Radical Jiu Jitsu
  • Third – Christa Cassis – Gracie Barra

Middle Heavweight

  • First – Ambar Villagrán – CheckMat
  • Second – Raquel Dayne Kaleialoha Paaluhi – Maui Jiu-Jitsu
  • Third – solange reyner – Gracie Barra
  • Third – Laura Barker – Gracie Barra

Open Class

  • First – Raquel Dayne Kaleialoha Paaluhi – Maui Jiu-Jitsu
  • Second – Ambar Villagrán – CheckMat
  • Third – Lauren Marie Murphy – JCBJJ
  • Third – Crystal Demopoulos – GF Team