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With all the news this past weekend, one item may have been incidentally flew under the radar, but will be important for the future of the women’s divisions.
The International MMA Federation has formed a Women’s Committee, which held its first meeting on International Women’s Day. The committee of four women will help facilitate and oversee projects to expand women and girls in the sport internationally in the coming years not only in the amateur, but pro ranks as well.
The IMMAF itself has been a catalyst for the expansion of the women’s divisions internationally over the years, with stars like Minna Grusander and Sunna Davidsdottir making their way into the professional end of the sport.
We talked to the committee’s chair, Hayzia Bellem, about the goals of the committee and the steps they are taking moving forward. Continue reading Hayzia Bellem Talks About IMMAF Women’s Committee’s Goals and Activism
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History will be made this weekend as this will be the first time a mother and daughter will fight MMA on the same card.
Cindy Dandois and her daughter Lola will be taking part of the Conquest of the Cage event near Spokane, Washington Saturday. Mom will be competing in pro MMA against Bethany Christensen; while her daughter will be making her amateur MMA debut against the Juliana Pena trained Darina Glassburn.
What has surpassed this headline is the ages of Lola and Darina: 12 years old. Continue reading Kids in MMA: How the Youth in the Sport is Becoming More Commonplace
The best amateur talent are once again in Bahrain to see who are the best in the world.
The International MMA Federation is currently holding its World Championships with over 50 females from over a dozen countries vying for titles in six weight classes. Champions have went on to the pros to some of the top organizations on the planet.
We will be updating results throughout the week. Continue reading 2018 IMMAF World Championships (Results Updated Daily)
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I have compiled amateur results over the years, but this has been the first time I have broken down the amateur stats.
It was popular demand and questions about the future health of the women’s divisions that got me to do this for the first year. We will dig into the weight divisions in part 3. I haven’t done this in past years because getting complete results for the amateurs was a hassle, as previously discusses in part 1. I suspect a dozen or so results have not been posted in the major databases, so with expect a small margin of error.
Since this is our first time, we can’t compare past years, but can at least compare the pro stats. Continue reading 2018 First Half Stats in the Women’s Divisions Part 2: The Amateurs
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The Nordic female competitors had a banner day in the finals at the IMMAF European championships in Bucharest, Romania on Friday.
Both Finland and Sweden took 2 golds and a silver a piece; with Sweden taking home both medals for strawweight. Continue reading IMMAF European Open Women’s Finals Results
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The finals are set for IMMAF European Championships.
There was two submissions in the women’s divisions Thursday. Some familiar names moving on including England’s Joanna Doyle and Germany’s Julia Dorny. Finland and Sweden sends three females to the finals each, with Sweden guaranteed gold at strawweight.
Here are the results from the semi-finals including highlights. Final round matches also posted below. Continue reading IMMAF Euro Champinships 2018 Results Women’s Semi-Finals
The opening rounds of the IMMAF Euros saw several highlights in the women’s divisions.
Two head kick knockouts, and one submission rounded out the finishes on day one for the women. Seven total matches in the female divisions happened on Wednesday.
Here are the results from day one, including highlights. Semi-final round matches also posted below. Continue reading IMMAF Euro Championships 2018 Results Women’s Opening Round
In what will be the first time Bahrain will see a female MMA fights, 53 women athletes from across 22 countries will competing for the IMMAF World Championship. Five champions will be crown in a six day tournament November 11-19.
Two countries will be sending representatives for the first time as Tunisia and the host country Bahrain will have athletes taking part.
The US has one lone representative in bantamweight Fotini Kandris.
The fight sill be streamed on the Bahrain tv app. We will have results throughout the week. Continue reading IMMAF 2017 World Championships Coverage
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
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
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
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.