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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

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

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.

Wombat Sports Earns 3 Nominations for 2014 Awakening Awards

awards-2014-wmmaIt has been yet another busy year for Wombat Sports and all of our hard work has put us up for some awards from Awakening Fighters.

The website, who helps to report and promote female fighting in MMA and Muay Thai, has announced their 2014 nominees and we have been nominated for two WMMA awards and one Muay Thai award.

This is our second year receiving nominations in the WMMA categories, with us getting nods in both Media Resource (Wombat Sports) and Reporter of the Year (MarQ Piocos).

This is our first year in the Muay Thai voting, with us getting a nomination in Media Resource of the Year (Wombat Sports).

Both sets of awards are open to all fans to vote. They also have awards for Fight, Gym, Promotion, and Fighter of the year, among many others.

Voting is open until  December 30 with the winners announced January 7.

You can vote for the Awakening WMMA Awards here.

You can vote for the Awakening Muay Thai Awards here.

OKG Showcases Future of Women’s Muay Thai in Vegas

Ochoa Courtesy Fight Life Media
Ochoa Courtesy Fight Life Media

One Kick Gym held a Muay Thai card Saturday night and six girls stepped up to test their skills.

All the female fighters were under 18 and the event was sanctioned by the United States Muay Thai Association (USMTA). Most of the girls were from local gyms, many that feature predominantly Muay Thai training.

In the only female title match on the card, Tiffany Yago of Las Vegas Krav Maga defeated Martinez Muay Thai’s Jasmine Ortiz by unanimous decision in a 105 pound contest.

Syndicate MMA’s  Paris Cesena made a successful debut over Hardknox Gym’s Alluah Nelson, winning by unanimous decision.

In the only finish in the female fights, Aiyanna Ochoa of Martinez Muay Thai defeated PHD’s Taylor Mussay by first round TKO.

This was OKG’s 4th card and they hope to continue to help develop the future of women in combat sports.

Fight Life Media has complete coverage of the card on their Facebook page.

TBA Tournament Crowns 2014 Champions


The annual amateur Thai Boxing Association tournament took place this past weekend in Des Moines, Iowa with some of North America’s best kickboxing vying for championships in over a couple of dozen divisions. Over a hundred female competitors this year, with some familiar faces from the amateur MMA and kickboxing worlds.

Among the highlights was XFC signee Andrea Lee who won her division. This after winning her last amateur MMA match last week and a kickboxing bout the week before.

Here are all the female winners from this past weekend.

You can see complete results from the TBA tournament here.

Class A Champions

  • Regan Gowing Flyweight 95.1-105
  • Janice MacAulay Featherweight 115.1-125
  • Kelsey Andries Middleweight 155.1-165
  • Andrea Lee A Ladies Lightweight 125.1-135
  • Melissa Karagianis Featherweight 115.1-125

Class B Champions

  • Stephanie Miller Bantamweight 105.1-115
  • Candice Mitchell Featherweight 115.1-125
  • Robin Macmillan Lightweight 125.1-135
  • Amy Hester Welterweight 135.1-145
  • Ashley McBride Super Heavyweight 195.1 and Up

Class C Champions

  • Shannen Manlangit C Ladies L Atom 102.1-107
  • Jennifer Cichon C Ladies L Straw 107.1-112
  • Giulia D’Ambrosio C Ladies L Fly 112.1-117
  • Shelby Marchand C Ladies L Bantam 117.1-122
  • Laura Marturano C Ladies L Feather 122.1-127
  • Victoria Wilson C Sr Ladies Lsr Light 125.1-135
  • Lisa Ziegler C Ladies L Light 127.1-132
  • Camille Britton C Ladies L Super Light 132.1-137
  • Melissa Demelo C Ladies L Light Welter 137.1-142
  • Alicia Guzzo C Ladies L Welter 142.1-147
  • Paula Piilonen C Ladies L Super Welter 147.1-155
  • Linda Simba C Ladies L Super Middle 165.1-175
  • Drea Hudson C Ladies L Heavy 175.1-195
  • Charleen Pokornik C Sr Ladies Lsr Super Heavy 195.1 and Up


  • Savannah Foden Open Featherweight 115.1-125, Age 13-14
  • Alejandra Cardoza Class C Featherweight 115.1-125, Age 15-17
  • Summer Bronco Open Junior Middleweight 68.1-78, Age 10-12
  • Inez Jaurequi-Perez Open Junior Middleweight 68.1-78, Age 10-12

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

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.


Muay Thai Thursday – April 24


In Thailand,  Nong Em defeated Sylvie von Duuglas Ito by points.


Courtesy Awakening Fighters
Courtesy Awakening Fighters

Tiffany van Soest looks to rebound after her first loss by taking on a familiar foe.

Van Soest will rematch Lucy Payne at Lion Fights 15 in the promotion’s east coast debut at Foxwoods Casino in Ledyard, CT May 23.

Van Soest won by TKO in their first match, and since then, Van Soest lost her title to Caley Reese by split decision and Payne won by TKO over Victoria Lomax, gaining the Awakening 57 kg title.

The fight will air on AXS  May 23rd.

Caley Reese announced her next fight in her native Australia. The Lion Fights and WMC champ will take on World Muay Thai Angels finalist Duannapa at Epic 11 in Mirrabooka June 14th. The fight will take place at 60 kg, 3 kilos heavier than the champ normally fights. Her titles won’t be on the line.

The International Kickboxing Federation has announced several events in the coming months for fighters to compete with all experience levels. This is a great opportunity for novice and amateur fights to gain some experience.

  • May 3 – Points Kickboxing in Concord, NC
  • May 17 – Points Kickboxing in Laurinburg, North Carolina
  • July 11-13 – IKF World Championships at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida
  • August 9 – Points kickboxing in Dillon, South Carolina
  • August 23 – Points kickboxing in San Diego, California

More information can be found at

Reminder that registration for the Muay Thai Classic in up and running. The biggest Muay Thai tournament in the United States will take place June 26-29 in Des Moines, IA.

Registration fee is $68 until May 11. Registration will continue until June 22, but fees will increase after May 11.

You can find more information at

Weekend fights

In action this weekend:

In Slovakia at Enfusion, Denise Kielholtz battles Lucia Kraijkovic. This will stream for free Saturday.

At Loganholme, No Surrender 6 in Australia, a 4 woman tournament will see Lorryn Williams, Sam Brown, Claire Foreman & Casey Walters battle in a 55 kg title eliminator.

In Japan, the WPMF 118 pound Japan title will be on the line as Odamaki Yōko takes on  Sasakichō Sato. Also on the card, Saya Ito faces Park Hye-young.

In Hong Kong at Super Fight Championship  Chiu Hoi-Yan (Hong Kong China) takes on Natalia Dyachkova (Russia) and Kwok Hoi-Ning(Hong Kong China) takes on Female Champion of Hong Kong Tiphanie“Gadum” Yau.


Muay Thai Thursday – Apr. 17

Weekend Results

Muay Thai Angels finally has a champion.

Thailand’s Chommanee won the eight woman tournament, defeating Italy’s Sindy Huyer. Both won their semi-finals bouts.

You can watch the finals here.

lais muay thai tourney apr 2014A four woman tournament happened in Laos.

In the semi-finals, Namphet (Laos) defeated Kwang (Burma), and Rika (Thai-Japan) defeated Marilyn (Singarpore).

Rika would take the title over Namphet.

In Thailand, Nong Em (Thailand) defeated Camilla Pacheco (Brazil) by points.


Two more bouts are set for thr WCK Muay Thai card May 1st at the Tachi Palace Casino in Lemoore, CA.

Lion Fight and Invicta MMA vet Kaiyana Rain will face Stephanie Frausto in a bout at 105 pounds. Rain lost her pro Muay Thai debut to Miranda Cayabyab by split decision. This will be Frausto’s pro Muay Thai debut.

In a flyweight (115) bout, Day Day Lewis will take on Natalie Morgan.

These join Zoila Frausto versus Jessica Gladstone on the card.

Enfusion K-1 will feature Denise Kielholtz (35-2) defending her 57 kg (125 lbs.) title against Lucia Kraijkovic (16-6) April 26th in Slovakia.

The event will stream live at 11 a.m. pst/2 p.m. est April 26.

Lena Ovchinikova  v Carol Earl world title matchUkraine’s Lena Ovchinikova loos for another Muay thai world title as she faces  Carol Earl of Lebanon at 52.2 kg at WKF’s May 30th event in Punchbowl, Australia.

In K-1 action, Thannia Ougarid (Algeria) battles Aamia el Sayed (Egypt) at 53.2 kg.

May 3rd at Night of the Spartans in Magalas, France, Victoria Lomax will face Cristina Cuevas in a K1 rules bout.

This Weekend’s Fight

France’s Lelo Page will face Australia’s Leonie Macks at the “One vs. One” event in Thailande, France. Macks is coming off a string of cancelled fights and is looking to get a few more wins to get the chance to fight Caley Reese.

Future Stars – Gianna Cilenti

Gianna Cilenti 01Nine year old Gianna “BamBam” Cilenti is preparing early for her future career as a MMA fighter.

The New York native trains grappling and kickboxing at Nanuet Tiger Schulman School and BJJ at Renzo Gracie’s Academy in new Jersey. Gianna also studied traditional karate at Thomas Clifford Martial Arts.

Cilenti has won several NAGA and grappling titles, having yet to taste defeat. She also has a 4-2 record in amateur kickboxing.

Wombat Sports: What got you interested in combat sports?

Gianna Cilenti: When I was 6 years old, I went to my friend’s karate birthday party and loved it! At that time I was in gymnastics and I cried every day because I wanted my mom to bring me back to the karate place. There is nothing else I wanted to do.

Wombat: What do you enjoy about it?

Cilenti: I love everything about it, I especially love competing. It keeps me fit and it is so much fun. I like challenging myself every time I get on the mat and every time I am scheduled for a fight. I try to compete once a month.

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

G.C.: My friends are really into what I do and a lot of them will come watch me fight. Having my friends interested in what I do helps me challenge myself more because I want them to keep them interested and show them that not everything is easy and if you challenge yourself you can do anything.

W.S.: How about your family?

G.C.: My family are my biggest supporters and I wouldn’t be able to do this without my mom, dad and sister. When I compete I can always hear my family and friends cheering me on and it makes me work harder. There are times I am tired and my family encourages me to go train and work hard. I love when they encourage me because I perform my best. My family even turned our family room into a training place for me. My Deshi Jackie gave me mats and now I get to train whenever I want.

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

G.C.: The people I look up to most are my parents and my sister they are the best role models. Ronda Rousey is my idol. There are a lot of fighters and trainers I look up to; Kyoshi Clifford, Professors Massaro, Joshu Trizano, Maureen Shea, Jennie Nedell, Joshu Kendall, Chris Weidman, Eddie “Truck” Gordon and “Iron” Mike Fischetti.

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

G.C.: I hope that more girls get into fighting. Not every sport has to be for boys because girls are tough to. Ronda Rousey made it possible for me to have a chance to be in the UFC and I hope that when I become a world champion other little girls will want to fight and become a champ. At each competition I notice more and more girls competing. It’s great because at most Events the girls have their own division. I hope the girls division keeps growing.

Gianna Cilenti 02W.S.: What comes naturally to you in fighting? What have you found difficulty?

G.C.: Everything about combat sports comes naturally. I feel like I belong on the mat, the mat is part of me. My life will always be about training hard and fighting. I couldn’t imagine not participating in combat sports, it’s in my blood.

The hardest part for me is when I am competing and I get tired, I feel like I might not win, then I hear my sister rooting me on and I push hard.

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

G.C.: I want to be and will be a world champion. I want to get in the cage for the UFC and win that Belt. I want to win a Gold Medal in the Olympics and represent my Country. I know I can do it. I have so many people supporting me. I want other girls to look up to me someday and not be afraid of combat sports. I will be the Princess of the Cage.

W.S.: Anything you want to add/thank?

G.C.: I want to thank my mom for always taking me to training, taking me to fights and being my training partner when I want to practice my arm bar. My Dad who lets me choke him out. My sister for always being there for me. I also want to thank all my trainers and fighter friends who take time to train me, encourage me and support me. I have a great team.