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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)

2016 WMMA Press Nominees for Knockut of the Year

Who says female fighters don’t have power?

Thirteen fighters from several different weight classes are up for the WMMA Press Knockout of the Year. Not only in the US, but the world is well represented as we saw some brutal KOs in 2016.

The WMMA Press committee is a set of journalists that have covered the female divisions of martial arts for years on may different levels. Continue reading 2016 WMMA Press Nominees for Knockut of the Year

2016 WMMA Press Nominees for Submission of the Year

Armbars and rear naked chokes are common in the female divisions, but there are those occasions where we see an unusual or difficult submission work.

Twelve female athletes got nominated for this year’s WMMA Press Award for Best Submission. Many were from across the planet from Europe to Asia to the United States. Continue reading 2016 WMMA Press Nominees for Submission of the Year

2016 WMMA Press Nominees for Newcomer of the Year

The next women’s division stars took their first step as pros in 2016.

The WMMA Press Awards committee has nominated 17 athletes for their Newcomer of the Year award. The honor is bestowed on the best female fighter who made their pro debut in 2016.

The WMMA Press committee is a set of journalists that have covered the female divisions of martial arts for years on may different levels. Continue reading 2016 WMMA Press Nominees for Newcomer of the Year

2016 WMMA Press Nominees for Amateur Fighter of the Year

The future of the pro women’s MMA divisions looks bright.

The WMMA Press Awards committee has nominated 31 athletes for their Amateur of the Year 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. Continue reading 2016 WMMA Press Nominees for Amateur Fighter of the Year

InvictaFc 20 Aftermath – What is next for the Athletes

It was a surprising ending to what has been a long 20 card journey for InvictaFC as a new champion was crowned in the bantamweight division.

Russia’s Yana Kunitskaya submitted champion Tonya Evinger to end her 9 fight win streak and take the belt, much to the shock of the MMA world. Kunitskaya improves to 10-2 with the win. Continue reading InvictaFc 20 Aftermath – What is next for the Athletes

WMMA Press 2015 Fight of the Year: Andrea Lee and Rachael Ostovich

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Courtesy Scott Hirano/ Invicta FC

When Andrea Lee versus Rachael Ostovich was announced at InvictaFC 14, most fans expected a Fight of the Night match-up. The bout didn’t disappoint.

Two of the up and coming flyweights put on a show for the fans, starting with a war on the feet with Ostovich proving her toughness against the amazing striking of Lee. Lee did not let up in round 3 as she continued to look for a finish and got the armbar under the wire at 4:58.

Both will look to be flyweight champion this year as Invicta looks to crown a new queen in a tournament that will begin at InvictaFC 15 in Vegas March 11.

Congratulations to Andrea lee and Rachael Ostovich, winners of the WMMA Press 2015 Fight of the Year.

You can hear Andrea Lee accept her award here.

Holly Holm Takes the WMMA Press 2015 Fighter and KO of the Year

holm winnerIt took one match to change the landscape of the bantamweight division.

UFC champion Holly Holm shocked the world in doing something no one else had: beat Ronda Rousey. The win and her year at 3-0 sealed her not only to win the WMMA Press Award for Bantamweight of the Year, but overall Fighter of the Year for 2015.

Holm took only nine months in the UFC to become champion. With wins over Raquel Pennington and Marion Reneau, the UFC jumped Holm in front of the line to face Rousey for the belt. The decision didn’t disappoint.

Holm ‘s knockouts by kicks were well known before her UFC run, and hear head kick KO of Ronda Rousey at UFC 193 this past November also garnered her the KO of the year.

Congratulations to Holly Holm – WMMA Press Awards 2015 Bantamweight, Knockout, and  Fighter of the Year.

Angela Lee Takes WMMA Press 2015 Newcomer & Submission Award

angela lee 01One Championships has one of the top prospect in MMA and she has taken home two WMMA Press Awards.

Angela Lee made her pro debuted in 2015 with four straight wins. Her nickname “Unstoppable” is an apt one as she has finished in all of her fights. This was more apparent in her submission of Natalie Gonzales Hills at One Championships 33 this past November, pulling off the rare twister submission.

The Hawaiian strawweight has found a solid home at One Championships, but we won’t be surprised if the UFC or Invicta comes knocking on her door.

Congratulations to Angela Lee – the 2015 WMMA Press award winner for Newcomer and Submission of the Year.

You can watch her Submission of the Year below.

Cyborg Justino Takes the WMMA Press 2015 Featherweight of the Year Award

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Justino Courtesy Esther Lynn/InvictaFC

Hard not to say Cris “Cyborg” Justino had a stellar, but brief year inside the cage.

The most dominate woman in MMA only fought 91 seconds last year in MMA, having gone 2-0 as InvictaFC featherweight champion. With Ronda Rousey losing in 2015, the “Baddest Woman on the Planet” defaults to the current 145 title holder.

Hard to see anyone topping Cyborg in 2016, but the prospect of superfights may give her at least some action.

The WMMA Press Committee congratulates Cris “Cyborg” Justino as its 2015 Featherweight of the Year.