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Hayzia Bellem Talks About IMMAF Women’s Committee’s Goals and Activism

(Photo courtesy – IMMAF)

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

WMMath Podcast: Bellator Star Denise Kielholtz Plus Phoenix Series Changes, Minimumweight Tournament, and More News

Bellator has a busy weekend and we have Denise Kielholtz on the show talking about her MMA transition from kickboxing and the women’s divisions in central Europe.

Also results from this past weekend, what is going on this weekend, DEEP-Jewels adds a division, InvictaFC gets two new fighters, and more. Continue reading WMMath Podcast: Bellator Star Denise Kielholtz Plus Phoenix Series Changes, Minimumweight Tournament, and More News

IMMAF 2017 World Championships Coverage

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

Wombat Watercooler -Bellator, POP, and Invicta Adds Fights to a Busy Summer

No female MMA fighters made the ESPN the Body Issue this year, but women’s combat sports did get two representatives.

Olympians Adeline Gray (wrestling) and Claressa Shields (boxing; 2012 gold medalist) are both in the issue. Both will represent Team USA in Rio. Continue reading Wombat Watercooler -Bellator, POP, and Invicta Adds Fights to a Busy Summer

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

Wombat Watercooler – Damm vs. Alpar; MacFarlane vs. Ruth Announced

Carina Damm has an opponent for her TitanFC debut.

Sarah Alpar has stepped up to take on the long time vet at the promotion’s June 10th event in Coral Gables, Florida. It will stream on UFC Fight Pass.

Continue reading Wombat Watercooler – Damm vs. Alpar; MacFarlane vs. Ruth Announced

Ashton Brown wins Initial POP 175 Crown

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Brown vs. Schwalger Courtesy POP

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:

Night Show

Main Event

  • 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

Tournament Semi-Final

  • Ashton Brown def. Inna Schwalger by TKO (shoulder injury) round 2

Pro card

  • 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

Amateur card

  • 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
  • Krissy Hunter def. Cecilia Fri Mueller by submission (armbar) 0:35 round 3
  • Michelle Montague def. Tahlia Lawrence by submission (Guillotine) 0:39 round 3
  • Millie Culshaw def. Huia Rika by unanimous decision
  • Jordan Cooper def. Sindy Lee by TKO 0:16 round 1
  • Dee Terangi def. Kelly Kapukai-Bishop by TKO 1:03 round 2
  • Kimberly Noema def. Jamie Clarke by unanimous decision
  • Alrie Meleisea Felix def. Jade Snare by KO 2:42 round 1

POP New Zealand Returns with Final Card of 2015

11124889_10154331173103569_2864034604680803239_oPrincesses of Pain continues to be one of the longest currently running all female promotions on the planet and have discovered stars for Invicta and Bellator.

POP looks to continue to put the spotlight on New Zealander and Australian female fighters with a two part card this coming Saturday in Aukland, New Zealand.

The night card will feature a pro round robin tournament 80 kg (175 pounds) tournament. Inna Schwalger, Ashton Brown, and Beathe Korneliussen will take part in what will be history in the making,

The main event will feature Gase Sanita taking on Renata Poa.

The daytime side of the card will see the future of the promotion battle in amateur bouts.

Here is the complete card (subject to change):

Night Card

Pro Main Event

  • Gase Sanita vs. Renata Poa

Pro 80kg/175 lbs Round Robin Tournament

  •  Inna Schwalger vs. Ashton Brown vs. Beathe Korneliussen

Pro Card

  • Barbara Verlinden vs. Natalie Harper
  • Natalie Harper vs. Briar Johnston
  • Rian Stuart vs. Michelle Gillgren

Amateur B-Class Card

  • Elisa Marneth-Rust vs. Sally Asiata-Kaokao
  • Nyrene Cowley vs Jessica Fothergill
  • Paula Davidson vs Wendy Talbot
  • Jessica Bradley vs Lena Pologa
  • Tania Barnett vs Chelsea Retemeyer

Amateur Day Card

  • Jo Burke vs Raeleen Simeon
  • Michelle Montague vs Tahlia Lawrence
  • Huia Rika vs Millie Culshaw
  • Jordan Cooper vs Sindy Lee
  • Kelly Kapukai-Bishop vs Dee Terangi
  • Jamie Clarke vs Kimberly Noema
  • Alrie Meleisea Felix vs Jade Snare

Princesses of Pain Returns with Flyweight Tournament

14391_851556211560735_1984127040348222528_nOne of the original all female promotions is back in action May 30 in Aukland, New Zealand.

The Princesses of Pain will hold an eight woman, one night 56 kg tournament in what promises to be an action packed night of amateur and professional bouts.

Among those announced for the tournament is Hera Tamati, Gentiane Lupi, Ursula Marshall, Charlene Watt,  Gaela Nixon, Barbara Verlinden, Catherine Drinnan, and Tairi Ford.

With New Zealand stars Faith Van Duin and Kate Da Silva already making waves on the international scene, a tournament win could see a new star to look out for.

Eight amateur fights will also be a part of the card:

Class A MMA

  • Eleanor Samuels vs. Renata Rousey
  • Serina Cole vs. Hannah Dawson
  • Beathe Korneliussen vs. tba

Class B MMA

  • Ashton Brown vs. Inez White
  • Gloria Suddens vs.Michelle Gillgren
  • Maiau Houltham vs. Tania Barnett
  • Millie Culshaw vs. Megan Nesbitt

Modified amateur rules

  • Louisa Mann vs. Jess Bradley

The event isn’t expected to be streamed but watch our twitter feed @WombatSports for up to date info.

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.

2014 WMMA Press Award Winners

wmma-awards-2014-light-bg-300x300Over the next week, the WMMA Press Committee will be awarding their 2014 award winners.

Member websites will be giving the away the awards via written stories and podcasts.

The members include:

The awards will wrap up with Pro WMMA Now giving away the “Fighter of the Year” award on Monday January 19.

We will update the list (and links to acceptance interviews) as each website awards the recipients.

Here are the winners:

Fighter of the Year

Winners of the divisional awards will be eligible

Featherweight of the Year

  • Amanda Bell (3-0 in 2014) – winner
  • Megan Anderson (4-0 in 2014)
  • Latoya Walker (2-0 in 2014)
  • Jessy Miele (3-1 in 2014)

Bantamweight of the Year

  • Ronda Rousey (2-0 in 2014) – winner
  • Bethe Correia (2-0 in 2014)
  • Tonya Evinger (2-0 in 2014)
  • Pannie Kianzad (3-0 in 2014)

Flyweight of the Year

Strawweight of the Year

  • Katja Kankaanpää (2-0 won Invicta title)
  • Carla Esparza (1-0; won UFC title)
  • Jessica Aguilar (3-0 in 2014)
  • Joanna Jedrzejczyk (3-0 in 2014 @ 115) – winner (read more here)

Atomweight of the Year

Fan Favorite Fighter

Fight of the Year

  • Paige VanZant vs. Kalin Curran
  • Catherine Costigan vs. Irene Cabello
  • Katja Kankaanpää vs Stephanie Eggink
  • Herica Tiburcio vs Michelle Waterson – winner (read Tiburcio’s acceptance speech on
  • Randa Markos vs Jessica Penne
  • Renata Baldan vs. Michele Ângelo
  • Cat Zingano vs. Amanda Nunes
  • Jéssica Andrade vs. Raquel Pennington

Knockout of the Year

Submission of the Year

  • Hérica Tibúrcio defeats Michelle Waterson via Guillotine Choke at Invicta FC 10 – (Video on UFC Fight Pass)
  • Reina Cordoba defeats Anely Jimenez via Key Lock at CRF 14 – (Video here)
  • Jessy Miele defeats Lissette Neri via Scraf Hold Armlock at Gladiator Challenge – (Video here)
  • Kirstie Gannaway defeats Adek Omar via Triangle Choke at ONE FC 22 – (Video here)
  • Milana Dudieva def. Daria Chibisova via Heel Hook at ProFC 53 – (Video Here)
  • Katja Kankaanpää def. Stephanie Eggink via Darce Choke at Invicta FC 8 – (Video on UFC Fight Pass) – winner (read more here)
  • Raquel Pennington def. Ashlee Evans-Smith via Bulldog Choke at UFC 181 – (Video on UFC Fight Pass)
  • Luana Souza def. Kelly Katiussy via Keylock at X-fest 7 – (Video here)

Newcomer of the Year

  • Katlyn Chookagian (2-0 ammy; 2-0 pro in 2014)
  • Andrea Lee (3-1 ammy, 2-1 pro in 2014) – winner (listen to her accept the award here)
  • Emily Corso (4-0 pro in 2014)
  • Jamie Moyle (3-0 ammy, 1-0 pro in 2014)
  • Amanda Ribas (2-0 ammy, 3-0 pro)
  • Danielle Taylor (4-0 pro)
  • Jenny Lou Shiver (3-1 pro)
  • Jessy Miele (3-1 pro)

Amateur of the Year

  • Brenda Enriquez (3-0 in 2014)
  • Ilima-Lei Macfarlane (3-0 in 2014)
  • Hannah Zeciri (4-0 in 2014)
  • Robin Wissmann (3-0)
  • Amanda Lino (6-0) – winner (Lino acceptance speech and interview)
  • Sarah Jamila (3-0)
  • Alyse Anderson (3-0)
  • Alexa Connors (3-0)

Promotion of the Year

  • Invicta
  • Princesses of Pain
  • XFC
  • MMA Super Heroes
  • Cage Warriors
  • UFC – winner (read more here)

Sponsor of the Year

Headline of the Year

  • Invicta Inks Deal with UFC Fight Pass
  • Bellator Adds Featherweight Division
  • UFC crowns Strawweight champion in Carla Esparza – winner (read more here)
  • XFC announces female tournaments
  • MMA Super Heroes Debuts with Female Tournament

Legacy Award

Inspirational Fighter

Rousey and Markos Big Winners at the Awakening Awards

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The female fighting website Awakening Fighters handed out their awards for 2014. The fans voted on the site for the winners.

UFC champion Ronda Rousey and Ultimate Fighter 20 vet Randa Markos-Thomas took the most awards; both taking home four.

Rousey took home KO and Fight of the Year honors for her match with Alexis Davis. She would also be named Bantamweight and Overall Fighter of the Year.

Markos made an impression this year, as she took home Submission (over Felice Herrig), Inspirational, Personality, and Strawweight of the Year.

Other winners include Roxanne Modafferi (Flyweight), Amanda Bell (Featherweight). Michelle Waterson (Atomweight), Jessy Rose (Newcomer), and Ilima-Lei Macfarlane (Amateur).

InvictaFC took home Promotion of the Year.

Wombat Sports took third in the voting for both website and reporter. We’s like to thank all of you who voted for us.

You can read the complete results here.