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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 Awards KO Nominees 2015

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Knockouts have always been a part of fighting sports and can come in may fashions.  The WMMA Press Committee saw ten fights this year where female athletes got the biggest reactions from the audience after knocking their opponents senseless.

Here are the KO of the Year Nominees:

Jemyma Betrian def. Chandra Engel

Poliana Botelho def. Antonia Silvaneide

Sylwia Juśkiewicz defeats Katarzyna Urban via KO 

Amanda de Lemos def. Débora Dias Nascimento  

Anna Elmose def. Mara Romero Borella 

Jennifer Maia def. Stephanie Bragayrac

Amber Leibrock def. Marina Shafir

(Fight is only on UFC Fight Pass)

Holly Holm def. Ronda Rousey  

(Fight is only on UFC Fight Pass)

Brooke Mayo def. Antonette Bernal 

Monica Franco def. Jessica Doerner 

October 2015 Unified Rankings: Invicta Fighters Climb the Rankings

Evinger Courtesy Scott Hirano/Invicta FC
Evinger Courtesy Scott Hirano/Invicta FC

After an eventful InvictaFC 14, several fighters has already made waves on the new October list. Also fights from XFC and Vale Tudo Japan this past month has effected the rankings.

InvictaFC champ Tonya Evinger moves up to #7 on the October list with her successful title defense, pushing Jessica Eye and Sarah Kaufman to #8 and #9 respectfully.

In the flyweight division, Roxanne Modafferi moves #7 to #5 after her win this past month. This pushes Juliana Werner and Reina Cordoba to #6 and #7 respectfully. Poliana Botelho win at XFC over Silvana Gomez takes Gomze off the top 10, and moves Bothelho to #8. Marila Santos moves up a spot to #9 with Kate Jackson debuting in the top 10.

Japan’s Kanna Asakura win over Yasuko Tamada enters her into the top top 10 at atomweight at #10. With Tamada out of the top 10,  Saori Ishioka (now #7) and Mina Kurobe (now #8) move up a spot. Invicta’s Jihn Yu Fey enters the top 10 for the first time at #9.

With her loss to Cindy Dandois, Megan Anderson drops out of the top 10 at featherweight. Gabrielle Holloway and Charmiane Tweet moves up to #8 and #9 respectfully, with Peggy Morgan re-entering the top 10.

Strawweights stay pat for the month.

You can see the complete October 2015 Unified Women’s MMA Rankings here.

August Rankings – New Queen at Atomweight; Bantamweights Sees Shifting

ayaka titleWith both Invicta and the UFC active in July, we have seen shifts in all divisions but flyweight.

With being crowned the new InvictaFC atomweight champ, Ayaka Hamasaki stands atop of the 105 rankings. The former champ Herica Tiburcio drops to #2. Catherine Costigan drops off the list due to her loss, moving Saori “Shooting Star” Ishioka (now #8) and Mina Kurobe (now #9) up a spot from last month. Cassie Rodish moves back to the top 10.

Miesha Tate’s win over Jessica Eye puts “Cupcake” in the number 2 spot this month, dropping Cat Zingano to #3. Davis drops to #4. Sara McMann takes the #5 ranking, switching places with Jessica Eye (now #6). Having won the Invicta title, Tonya Evinger moves to #8. Holly Holm enters the top 10 at #9, with Liz Carmouche taking #10. With her loss to champion Ronda Rousey, Bethe Correia has dropped off the bantamweight top 10.

With her loss to Cyborg Justino, Faith Van Duin drops to from #4 last month to #7, moving Arlene Blencrowe (now #4), Annalisa Bucci (now #5), and Latoya Walker (now #6) up a spot.

You can see the complete August 2015 rankings here.

June 2015 Unified Rankings: Yamaguchi & Blencrowe Enter Top 5


The heaviest and lightest divisions in the Unified Ranks saw new players in the top 5.

The newly crowned DEEP-JEWELS champion Mei Yamaguchi moves from the 10th spot to number 3 on the atomweight list. This shifts everyone down a spot.

With a successful debut in Bellator, boxing champion Arlene Blencrowe  enters the top 10 list at #5 at featherweight. This pushes last month’s 5-10 fighters down a spot.

Bantamweight, flyweight, and strawweights stay pat in the top 10.

You can see the June 2014 Unified Women’s MMA Rankings here.

May 2015 Rankings – Strawweights Shake Things Up


A lot of changes this month in the rankings as we have saw many ranked fighters hit the cage.

The most action happened at strawweight as there were many upsets in the division.

With her win over Joanne Calderwood, Maryna Moroz makes her debut in the rankings at #6. Calderwood drops to #9, moving  Karolina Kowalkiewicz to #5. The new InvictaFC champion Livia Renata Souza makes her debut on the top 10 at #7. Former champ Katja Kankaanpää drops to #10.

Due to inactivity, Aline Serio has drop off the rankings at flyweight, which pushes Elaine Albuquerque (now #6), Reina Cordoba (now #7), and Roxanne Modafferi (now #8) move up a spot. Two enter the top ten this month, Silvana Gomez (#9) and Taila Santos (#10).

With her win over Sarah Kaufman, Alexis Davis moves two spots to #3 at bantamweight. Kaufman drops from #4 to #7. Miesha Tate drops to #4, giving Cat Zingano the #2 spot. Eye (now #5) and Sara McMann (now #6) move up a spot. Lauren Murphy  drops off the list due to her second ever loss and moves Bethe Correia to the #10 spot.

Due to her loss to Faith VanDuin, Amanda Bell drops to #10 in the featherweight rankings.

With her signing to the UFC strawweight division, Michelle Waterson moves off the atomweight top 10, moving most of the division up a spot. Mei Yamaguchi moves into thr #10 spot.

You can read the complete May Unified Women’s Pro MMA rankings here.



March 2015 Unified Rankings Cyborg Returns to Mountain Top

Coming off a busy February, all the Women’s Unified Pro MMA Rankings saw changes coming off the InvictaFC 12 card , the opening round of the DEEP-JEWELS 106 tournament, and all the UFC events.

Justino Courtesy Esther Lin/InvictaFC
Justino Courtesy Esther Lin/InvictaFC


With the return of Cris “Cyborg” Justino, the InvictaFC champion regains her #1 status at featherweight after her TKO win over Charmaine Tweet. Marloes Coenen (now 2), Julia Budd (now 3), and Faith Van Duin (now 4) all drop a spot. Talita Nogueira drops off the list due to activity.

Tweet drops from 7 to 10 in the rankings due to her loss, rotating Amanda Bell (now 7),  Gabrielle Holloway (now 8) and Megan Anderson (now 9) up a spot.


With her loss to champion Ronda Rousey, Cat Zingano drops from #2 to #3, trading spots with Miesha Tate in the only change in the 135 top ten.


With Deanna Bennett’s successful drop to 115, she drops out of the 125 rankings. All of the fighters from 4-8 in the flyweight rankings last month move up a spot. Roxanne Modafferi moves from 10 to 8, with Jin Tang (9) and  Silvana Gomez (10) debuting on the list.


With her win over Mizuki Inoue, Alexa Grasso has debuted in the top ten at strawweight, taking the #8 spot. Tecia Torres (now #9) and Kalindra Faria (now #10) drop a spot.


At 105, Mina Kurobe enters the list at #9 after her win over Emi Tomimatsu at the DEEP-JEWELS tournament. Cassie Rodish drops off the list with Saori Ishioka  dropping a spot to #10.

You can see the complete March 2015 Pro MMA Unfied Rankings here.


January 2015 Rankings – New Champions Crowned


With the new year comes new champions and new shake-ups in the rankings.

With the Ultimate Fighter 20 over and Invicta having it’s last card for the year, several fighters climbed their way into the top 10.

Herica Tiburcio debuts in the atomweight top 10 taking the #1 spot after her win over Michelle Waterson. With the loss, Waterson drops to #3 and Ayaka Hamasaki takes the #2 spot. With her strawweight debut in the UFC, Seo hee Ham drops out of the rankings.

Becoming the first ever UFC champion, Carla Esparza takes the #2 spot this month, behind the #1 ranked World Series of Fighting champion Jessica Aguilar. Joanna Jedrzejczyk takes the #3 spot with her win over Claudia Gadelha, in turn Gadelha drops two spots to #4.

Karolina Kowalkiewicz (#7), Tecia Torres (#8), and Kalindra Faria (#9) all drop a spot.

In the flyweight division, DeAnna Bennett moves up a spot to #3, changing spots with the fighter she defeated, Jennifer Maia (#4). With her inactivity in the division, Zoila Frausto drops off the list and #7-10 from  December’s list move up a spot. Roxanne Modafferi debuts in the flyweight top ten.

Only change at bantamweight sees Tonya Evinger re-enter the top 10 at #10.

Featherweight also saw one change as Megan Anderson enters at #10.

You can see the entire Unified Women’s Pro WMMA rankings here. 

November 2014 Rankings – Busy Weekend Gains Quick Impact

After a busy weekend of about two dozen pro WMMA fights across the world, we have seen some interesting changes to Unfiied rankings.

Since InvictaFC 9 happened Saturday, the Unified Committee decided to include Saturday’s results. However, the DEEP-JEWELS results on Monday morning will be included in December’s rankings.

Also several inactive fighters have been dropped off the list…

Coenen vs. Bucci courtesy Bellator
Coenen vs. Bucci courtesy Bellator

InvictaFC champion Cyborg Justino has been left off the featherweight rankings due to inactivity. Bellator’s Marloes Coenen regains the top spot after her win over Annalisa Bucci. The undefeated Pannie Kianzad is now #2 in the division, followed by Bellator’s Julia Budd (#3) and Invicta’s Faith Van Duin (#4).

Bucci’s loss to Coenen drops her a spot to #6, and Talita Nogueira takes her place at #5. Maria Hougaard’s loss to Amanda Bell drops her out of the top 10, with Bell debuting at #9.Tweet (#8) and Gabrielle Holloway (#10) round out the featherweight top 10.

The top 5 in the strawweights remain the same this month (TUF 20 fighters are exempt from dropping out); however, Karolina Kowalkiewicz’s win over Mizunki Inoue at Invicta gains the Polish fight the #6 spot. Inoue drops to #10.

Lacey Schukman’s inactivity in the atomweight division drops her out of the rankings, giving Jodie Esquibel the #5 spot after her win over Nicdali Rivera-Colonac this past weekend. The rest of the top 10 remains the same.

Bantamweight stays pat this month.

Several flyweight fighters will be dropping this month and in December to strawweight, so we expect some major changes come the end of the month.

You can see the entire Unified Women’s Rankings here.