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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

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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

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.

Grapplers Quest Superfight Tourney Shines in Vegas

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

Grapplers’ Quest puts on an annual event at the UFC Expo that brings wrestling and BJJ talent from across the planet to test their skills at all levels in submission grappling. At this year’s event, GQ had a revolutionary idea.

The promotion held it’s first submission only all female Superfight tournament over the weekend. The competitors would have twenty minutes to sub their opponent, with a one minute respite after at half time and no points given. If no one subbed in the time allotted, a six minute overtime would commence with points rules.

Sixteen women enter the tournament with some familar names (Cat Zingano and Rachael Cummins) and some talent to look out for (16 year old Amanda Leve and pro MMA fighter Jessy Miele). Lloyd Irving black belt Nyjah Easton would win the tournament.

The highlight was Cat Zingano’s 14 second flying armbar over Liz Exell (video here).

Here are the complete results:

First round

  • Monique Cabrera def. Jennifer Perez by heelhook
  • Cat Zingano def. Liz Exell by flying armbar
  • Amanda Leve def. Rachael Cummins by rear naked choke
  • Pati Fontes def. Gillian Silver by armbar
  • Jesse Miele def. Chelsea Donner by americana
  • Ila Erickson def. Viviana Velez by armbar
  • Bre Stikk def. Jamie Guyer by armbar
  • Nyjah Easton received a bye

Quarterfinals

  • Nyjah Easton def. Monique Cabrera by straight armbar
  • Jesse Miele def. Pati Fontes by bicept slicer
  • Cat Zingano def. Amanda Leve by anklelock
  • Ila Erickson def. Bre Stikk by armbar

Semi-finals

  • Jessy Miele def. Ila Erickson by gullotine
  • Nyjah Easton def. Sijara Eubanks by submission

(Cat Zingano left due to UFC commitments)


Consultation

  • Sijara Eubanks def. Amanda Leve by kimura

Finals

  • Nyjah Easton def. Jessy Miele by armbar

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!

Wombat Sports Partners with MMA Somnia

mma somina logo whiteWombat Sports is proud to announce it’s newest sponsor MMASomnia.com.

MMA Somnia is dedicated helping female fighters getting what they need to succeed. They sell women’s boxing, MMA, and Muay Thai gear and we felt that they fill a much needed spot in terms of helping the sport succeed.

We encourage our readers to give ourselves and MMA Somnia suggestions on what they would like to see them carry so we can help them grow and give you the tools you need.

When you shop at MMA Somnia via our link, Wombat Sports will get a commission so we can continue to expand coverage.

Please help support us and MMA Somnia as we both try to make female fighting even better.

Wombat Sports Celebrates Three Years of Women’s Combat Coverage

thrid anniversaryWe started Wombat Sports back in 2011 with the hope of giving the world more information and exposure of women’s combat sports, be it MMA, boxing, BJJ, kickboxing, or wrestling. Three years later, all sports have gained some ground and created new stars.

These past three years we have seen the creation of Invicta, women in the UFC, and women’s boxing in the Olympics. Women’s Muay Thai gained ground with US promotions, and women’s wrestling has expanded on all levels from the high school level to collegiate to the Olympics.

The participation of girls at younger and younger ages has also become a good sign growth won’t be stifled anytime soon.

Among our accomplishments have been covering events all across the U.S., helping introduce new stars, and connecting fans to their favorite fighters. We are a portal for information, including fight results of all types and how you can check out your favorite fighter on many different platforms. We may not be the first ones to be dedicated to female fighting, but we are seeing more and more sites pop up every day and we are proud to help inspire people to promote the female fighting community.

We are hoping to continue to grow and expand over the coming years. Increasing coverage in boxing and kickboxing, continuing to introduce new up and coming talent, and gaining relationships with promoters interested in giving female fighters opportunities to fight.

We thank you, our readers, for the continued support of the website. We also thank the fighters who have been open with us and giving up some time so we may expand the fans’ minds to their world.

Thanks to our friends and family in the female fighting community who have been the backbone of the site. Your information and insight has been invaluable to keep us as one of the top sites for female fighting news.

No clue what the next year will bring in women’s combat sports, but we are excited to be a part of the journey.

 

BJJ Worlds: Mesquita Takes Open Weight Title; Alliance BJJ Takes Women’s Team Title

Mesquita Courtesy IBJJF
Mesquita Courtesy IBJJF

Long Beach, CA was the place to be as the best of the best BJJ practitioners gather for the BJJ World championships.

Beatriz de Oliveira Mesquita has earned her first world title as a black belt over the weekend in the light weight class and in the absolute division. Mesquita started training at age 5 and earned her black belt under Leticia Ribeiro.

Mesquita would defeat ADCC champion Michelle Nicolini in the Absolute final. Nicolini won the featherweight blackbelt tournament.

The big winner was Allaince BJJ, who crowned 10 champions during the weekend. Checkmat took home 5 titles.

You can read the complete results here.

Future Stars – Alexandra Carter

alexandra carter 01Texas has been know for some of the toughest fighters around and Alexandra Carter is no exception.

The Gracie BJJ student has placed first in teen divisions multiple times at NAGA in both gi and no-gi. She has traveled a bit outside her native Allen, TX to train at other Gracie facilities and is looking to continue her journey with a new gym in the near future.

We talked to Carter about her passion for BJJ.

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Wombat Sports: What got you interested in combat sports?

Alexandra Carter: I’ve always loved action movies and thought martial arts looked cool from what I saw onscreen. In middle school a martial arts school opened up across the street from my house. My dad suggested I try it out and that’s how I got into martial arts.

alexandra carterWombat: What do you enjoy about BJJ?

Carter: My favorite thing about Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is how stress relieving it is, but also how it challenges you mentally and physically.

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

A.C.: My friends and classmates thought it was really cool when I started martial arts and they still do. My friends are very supportive because it’s a sport I enjoy.

W.S.: How about your family?

A.C.: My dad always supported me through martial arts. He helped me start working out outside my gym and hold the pads for me to practice my sparring combinations. He’s been supportive the whole way which is really encouraging to me.

My mom was really worried about the possibility of serious injuries and didn’t want me to train at first, but when I started competing more she decided to support me.

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

A.C.: I feel like Jiu Jitsu was very challenging when I started, but I got more comfortable once I got more mat hours. My difficulty is when I come across a move that I find challenging and I get frustrated until I understand the action better.

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

A.C.: I look up to the Gracie family, especially Kyra Gracie and also Mackenzie Dern, or any woman who has been able to earn a black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

My favorite judoka and mixed martial artist is Ronda Rousey! She’s a total badass and a perfect example of how bad ass women can be.

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

A.C.: Since women are now recognized more often in martial arts, women are starting to prove to the world that men aren’t the only ones capable of fighting in combat sports. I also think women being let into the UFC is a great start, but that it is only the beginning for the future of female fighters.

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

A.C.: My aspiration in the future is to compete more, get my black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and someday win IBJJF worlds then possibly get into mixed martial arts.

W.S.: Anything you want to add/thank?

A.C.: I would like to thank the instructors that have helped me along the way, my dad for getting me into martial arts, my friends and family for supporting me and BHFV Clothing for sponsoring me.

You can find me on Instagram & twitter @alessandrabjj.