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IMMAF champ Joanne Doyle’s US Trip Proves Fruitful

Many fighters dream of taking some time off to travel and train at different places. Joanne Doyle and her husband James just took their third annual trip to the United States to do just that.

We caught up with the Doyles in Las Vegas to talk about their travels.

Joanne, the IMMAF European featherweight champion, has been active this year with two wins in 2017 and hoping to keep her undefeated 6-0 record in tact as she faces Louise Hiller September 9th at Almighty FC in Leeds, England. Continue reading IMMAF champ Joanne Doyle’s US Trip Proves Fruitful


IMMAF European Championships 2017 Underway with 17 Female Fighters

With the World Championships moving to the winter, the IMMAF European Championships has come a lot sooner this year.

In Sophia, Bulgaria, seventeen female fighters from 9 countries in four divisions will battle to be crowned the best amateurs in Europe. Among them is defending IMMAF European champion Cornelia Holm and 2016 Euro bronze medalists Chamia Chabbi, Ilaria Norciam, Anette Osterberg, and Arziko Bregu. Continue reading IMMAF European Championships 2017 Underway with 17 Female Fighters

Watercooler – King of the Cage, Invicta Expands Women’s Divisions; Gonzalez vs. Calvillo Announced

Gina Carano will be honored April 20th at the Artemis Film Festival.

The former MMA fighter and current big screen star will receive the  “Action Warrior Award”.

The festival is in its 3rd year and honors women’s action stars, stunt women, and documentary film makers that focus on real women’s stories. Continue reading Watercooler – King of the Cage, Invicta Expands Women’s Divisions; Gonzalez vs. Calvillo Announced

Aleksandra Toncheva wins WMMA Press Amateur of the Year

The IMMAF World and European strawweight champion eared another honor.

Bulgaria’s Aleksandra Toncheva takes on the WMMA Press Award for Amateur fo the Year.

The awards are voted on by the WMMA Press committee, a set of journalists that have covered the female divisions of martial arts for years on may different levels.

Six journalists who voted on the award:

Toncheva (8-0) finished in all of her wins in 2016, and became a 2 time European champion for the IMMAF after aging her first World championship. This awards shiws how the female fighting world is expanding in its reach wit the help of the IMMAF. This is the third year in a row an IMMAF champion has won the award.

“Thank you everyone about the recognition!,” Toncheva told us after accepting the award. “I am very excited! Hope more women will compete and feel the beauty of this lovely sport of MMA.”

Toncheva will be making her pro debut at Rizin’s April 16th.

Congratulation Aleksandra Toncheva on winning the 2016 WMMA Press Award for Amateur of the Year.

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)

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

Competitors Announced for the 2016 IMMAF European Open

The next wave of European MMA talent will head to Prague, Czech Republic.

The IMMAF will hold its second annual European Open November 22-26. The competition brings out what will be the future of the sport. Twenty seven female competitors from 13 different countries will look to win medals and get worldwide exposure. Continue reading Competitors Announced for the 2016 IMMAF European Open

IMMAF Crowns 2016 World Champions

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Aleksandra Toncheva

Four fighters took home gold medals at the IMMAF World Championships Sunday in Las Vegas.

Coming off her 2015 IMMAF European strawweight title, Bulgarian Aleksandra Toncheva adds the IMMAF World title to her resume defeating Poland’s Aleksandra Rola by armbar in round 1. She also remains undefeated at 6-0, having only started fighting in November of last year. Continue reading IMMAF Crowns 2016 World Champions

IMMAF 2016 World Championships Coverage

Amateur female fighters from 20 countries are in Las Vegas during International Fight week to become world champions.

For the third year, International MMA Federation is hosting their World Championships. The are four female weight categories this year with 32 participants.

Monday night they announced the brackets and we will update results throughout the week below. The action begins with Manfredi Morgane versus Katarzyna Biegajlo for a spot in the flyweight quarterfinals.

The event is free Tuesday through Thursday at the Las Vegas Expo Center. The semi-finals and finals will be a part of the UFC Expo.

Continue reading IMMAF 2016 World Championships Coverage

2016 IMMAF World Championships Participants Tenatively Set

Coming into its third year, the IMMAF World Amateur MMA Championships are ready to show the best the international community has to offer.

So far 34 female athletes have signed up to make the trip to Las Vegas during UFC’s International Fight week. We will see some familiar faces from tournaments past, nationally recognized talent, and some new faces from some new places including Nepal. Continue reading 2016 IMMAF World Championships Participants Tenatively Set

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.




2015 IMMAF European Open Day 3 – Finals Set

12241556_740112822785813_2243295989389164547_nThe finals of the first ever European IMMAF Amateur European Open are now set.

Finland and Sweden came out the big winners of day 3 with each sending three of their female fighters to the championship rounds.

Swed Cornelia Holm had the best submission of the female division tournaments so far with an Americana submission over France’s Celine Provost in a featherweight semi-final.

Anja Saxmarx of Sweden makes her second IMMAF tournament final and will face Iceland’s first female finalist in Sunna Rannveig at flyweight.

The tournaments conclude Sunday.

Day 3 Results

Strawweight Semi-finals

  • Aleksandra Toncheva (Bulgaria) def. Amy Omara (UK) by unanimous decision
  • Raluca Dinescu (Romania) def. Lyudmila Sadirina (Azerbaijan) by unanimous decision

Flyweight Semi-finals

  • Anja Saxmark (Sweden) def. Inka Auvinen (Finland) by unanimous decision
  • Sunna Rannveig (Iceland) def. Michaela Dostalova (Czech Republic) by TKO 2:48 round 2

Bantamweight Semi-finals

  • Gabriella Ringblom (Sweden) def. Camilla Mannes (Norway) by unanimous decision
  • Varpru Rinne (Finland) def. Eloise Picard (Canada) by unanimous decision

Featherweight Semi-finals

  • Sanna Merta (Finland) def. Julia Dorny (Germany) by submission (Armbar) 1:58 round 3
  • Cornelia Holm (Sweden) def. Celine Provost (France)  by submission (Americana) 1:59 round 1

Lightweight Semi-finals

  • Leah McCourt (Northenr Irleand) def. Sini Koivunen (Finland) by submission (armbar) 2:12 round 3
  • Miia Isola (Finland) def. Aurore Quintin (France) due to a disqualification (Quintin missed weight)

Day Four Schedule

Strawweight Final

  • Aleksandra Toncheva (Bulgaria) vs. Raluca Dinescu (Romania)

Flyweight Final

  • Anja Saxmark (Sweden) vs. Sunna Rannveig (Iceland)

Bantamweight Final

  • Gabriella Ringblom (Sweden) vs. Varpru Rinne (Finland)

Featherweight Final

  • Sanna Merta (Finland) vs. Cornelia Holm (Sweden)

Lightweight Final

  • Leah McCourt (Northenr Ireland) vs. Miia Isola (Finland)