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.
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.
Princesses of Pain exited their year crowning a new 175 pound champion.
In a round robin tournament, Ashton Brown took home crown as she defeated both Inna Schwalger and Beathe Korneliussen by second round TKO. (Schwalger lost due to a shoulder injury.)
The main event saw Renata Poa and Gase Sanita battle to a close split decision, with Poa getting the judges’s nod. Natalie Stuart, Rian Stuart, and Briar Johnson all received wins to round out the pro portion of the card.
The 19 fight event included a daytime all amateur female card. Several ammy fights happened during the evening portion, including a submission of the night performance by Chelsea Retemeyer. She would use an Americana to submit Tania Barnett in the opening fight of the night card.
Here are the complete results:
Renata Poa def. Gase Sanita by split decision
Co-Main Event 175 Tournament Finals
Ashton Brown def. Beathe Korneliussen by TKO 1:01 round 2
Ashton Brown def. Inna Schwalger by TKO (shoulder injury) round 2
Briar Johnston def. Catherine Drinnan by unanimous decision
Natalie Harper def. Barbara Verlinden by submission (guillotine) 1:27 round 3
Rian Stuart def. Michelle Gillgren by unanimous decision
Sally Asiata-Kaokao def. Elisa Marneth-Rust by KO 2:35 round 1
Jessica Bradley def. Lena Pologa by TKO 2:20 round 3
Wendy Talbot def. Paula Davidson by submission (armbar) 2;10 round 1
Nyrene Cowley def. Jessica Fothergill by unanimous decision
Chelsea Retemeyer def. Tania Barnett by submission (Americana) 1:01 round 2
Day Card (All Amateur)
Jo Burke def. Raeleen Simeon by unanimous decision
As 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.