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Future Stars: Autumn Gordon

It is becoming more and more common that girls are coming from the BJJ realm to wrestling and finding success.

In only a few years, Autumn Gordon has become one of the top girls in wrestling, having taken home the 2017 Junior Folkstyle National championship and became a qualifier for the US Senior World Team Trials. Not to mention she has been invited to train at the  U.S. Olympic Training Center. This after she won a IBJJF title.

The teenager signed to the University of the Cumberlands wrestling team and a possible run at the 2020 Olympics isn’t out of the question. Continue reading Future Stars: Autumn Gordon

Future Star – Yanida Driscoll

Girls competing in combat sports isn’t only in the United States.

Europe continues to see more and more girls looking to make fighting a career. Great Britain’s Yanida Driscoll is no exception. The 11 year old has already won titles in kickboxing not only locally but in Europe. Her latest being WFMC British Ring Kickboxing Champion.

Training at Impact Karate just north of London, she is a black belt under Grant Nicholls. Continue reading Future Star – Yanida Driscoll

Future Stars – Destiny Moreno

Out of Fight Solutions HQ in Long Beach, California, 13 year old Destiny Moreno is already making waves in Californian combat community.

Having won multiple titles in jiu-jitsu (IBJJF Kids international Champion, SJJIF Worlds Champion, and Jiu Jitsu World League Champion just to name a few), she is round out her game in Muay Thai, winning the USMTO MuayThai West Coast Championship.

She is trained under Chute Boxe legend Gerson Schilipacke and Bjj Coach Jorge Azevedo.  Continue reading Future Stars – Destiny Moreno

Future Stars: Layla Newton

Out of New Jersey, Layla Newton is getting a huge head start.

The 11 year old already has 7 NAGA titles under her with one in kickboxing. dhe has been training out of Team Taino martial arts with Eddy Torres, Yasmeen Salhani, Taylor Samarco and Rell Jefferson for the past 4 year.

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

Layla Newton: I got interested in combat sports by watching the ufc with my dad. I saw Ronda Rousey fighting and I said to my dad girls can do this??? He said girls can do anything they want. Continue reading Future Stars: Layla Newton

Furture Stars: Video Interview with Courtney Cardoza

It has been over a decade and Courtney Cardoza can call herself a combat sports vet.

Having done Brazilian jujitsu and pankration in the past, she has become a champion on the wrestling mats in regional competitions and will finally represent her school as Arizona will have a scholastic women’s wrestling tournament this coming school year. Continue reading Furture Stars: Video Interview with Courtney Cardoza

Future Stars – Brooke Fahey

IMG_4249Someone to look forward to in the next few years is New Jersey’s Brooke Fahey.

The 16 year old already has an accomplished career in BJJ as a blue belt, earning 12 regional titles to her credit. At the world renowned Miller Brothers gym, she is coached not only the by UFC vets, but also rising stars in their own right pro fighter Sean “Shorty Rock” Santella (16-6-1) and amateur Mike Pagano (8-1).

Fahey will look to follow their footsteps into MMA. Continue reading Future Stars – Brooke Fahey

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

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!


You can follow Amanda Leve on twitter @Amanda_Leve.

Future Stars – Cydnee Winger

cyndee winger 03High school junior Cydnee Winger is about ready to take on the world.

The Colorado native trains six days a week on top of doubling her class work so she can graduate early. She currently is a second degree blackbelt in Youn wha, a hybred martial art that incorporates both striking and ground training.

We talk to Winger about her goals in the sport, and her training in Colorado.

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

Cydnee Winger: My dream all started when I was five. My parents took me to a local karate class and ever since then I haven’t been able to stop. I watched the UFC fights growing up but I saw a opportunity when the UFC began to bring in women fighters. I enjoy the diversity as well as the constant change in the mma world.

Honestly, all I want in the world is to aspire as a pro mma fighter.

Wombat: What discipline do you train in?

Winger:  I trained in Youn wha martial arts which is a mixture of all seven disciplines.

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

C.W.: I’ve started up at Child’s Play Gym, a private gym in Parker, CO. My coaches and team are the best people in my life. Vern Earwood, my coach, challenges everyone and still keeps that support system strong. The gym is one of the top in the state an we cross train with Grudge and other gyms.

cyndee winger 02W.S.: What do you enjoy about training?

C.W.: Everything is evolving and nothing is constant.

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

C.W.: My friends encourage me, while my classmates try and put down my goals and aspirations.

W.S.: How about your family?

C.W.: My family supports me with every fiber they have.

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

C.W.: I look up to those who were once underdogs and have overcome challenges. Donald “Cowboy” Cerrine has always been one of my favorite fighters because he is humble.

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

C.W.: I feel like the future for females in MMA is only beginning to unravel. The potential as athletes will continue to grow and surpass any negativity towards women in a “mans sport. ” naturally being humble comes naturally to me.

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

C.W.: The natural thing for me is I’m not trying to prove anything to anyone but myself. The only person who can diminish my flame and passion towards my dreams Is me. I do everything in my power to be better than I was yesterday.

The hardest thing for me to grasp is the ground game. So I take extra time out to work at something that is my weakness so someday it will be my strength. The striking and stand up is one of my strongest points.

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

C.W: My dream is to make it into UFC and be one of the youngest champions in the league.

W.S.: Anyone you’d like to thank/add?

C.W.: I’m grateful for my family and my coaches as well as my team. They drive me to succeed in every way possible.

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.

xIonx Joins Wombat Sports as a Sponsor

XionX_LogoWombat Sports seals another partnership as xIonx has signed on as a sponsor.

Dr. Howard Fidler, DC, the Director of Sports Performance for the company, has worked with some of the best sports athletes including Mike Tyson, pro wrestlers, golfers, and Olympians. His work with MMA fighters, including many female fighters, have gained “Doc Howie” a reputation as a go-to for pain relief and body alignment.

The xIonx bands were tested the man himself, giving them to his patients hoping to debunk it like some of those other performance bands on the market. Athletes proved the bands work; giving them improve energy, fell less fatigued, and helps with muscle soreness and faster recovery. As a user myself, I can attest the band has helped me with balance and the occasional headache.

If you you press the link and buy a band, part of the proceeds goes back to us to help us expand coverage on the site. xIonx always helps support female fighters in multiple ways.

Welcome to the family xIonx and Doc Howie!