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InvictaFC 50 Weigh-ins: Tournament Draws & Changes Before the Big Event

Photos courtesy Dave Mandel/InvictaFC

We now have a complete card for InvictaFC’s 50th numbered event.

A last minute drop and the official draw has changed a few things around as we head into the strawweight championship tournament Wednesday night at Reelworks in Denver, Colorado.

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Arlene Blencowe Looking to Fellow Boxers to Improve MMA Game

The past few fight camps for Arlene Blencowe has been a trek. Having to fly from her native Australia to the United States has been daunting but a worth wild effort in her title match with Cris Cyborg this past October.

After the loss to the champion, Blencowe made the decision to split her camp between her home gym and one of the most famous ones in MMA – Jackson/Winkeljohn in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She has been at Jackson’s for eight weeks ahead of her fight with Dayana Silva, which will take place at Bellator 262 on Friday live on Showtime. There was a specific motivation for Blencowe to go to Albuquerque.

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Newly Revamped WMMA Social Media Page Up Now

facebook-twitter-instagram-2The great thing about female fighters is the ability to connect with their fans. We have now made it easier to find your favorite fighter on the popular social media platforms.

With the constant expansion of fighters not only on twitter, but instagram and facebook, we decided to update out twitter page to be a full blown social media resource for fans. We researched hundreds of athlete from across the planet for the update. We also removed some due to inactivity and changed twitter handles if the fighter did so.

From now on you can go to the top of the page under “Female Fighters on Social Media” and click “WMMA on Social Media”. We will be updating the other combat sports in the coming months.

You can click here to go to the newly updated WMMA Social media page.

Joanna Jedrzejczyk Takes WMMA Press Award for Strawweight of the Year


In what has become a talent filled division over multiple organizations, one strawweight got the edge over the rest. UFC title contender Joanna Jedrzejczyk takes the WMMA Press Award “Strawweight of the Year” for 2014.

The Polish fighter went 4-0 this year, and 2-0 as a strawweight. Both of her strawweight wins were against tough Brazilians. Her biggest win was over Cláudia Gadelha in December to gain her the title shot against champion Carla Espzara in March. She was also nominated for KO of the Year with her win over Rosie Sexton.

Congratulations Joanna Jedrzejczyk WMMA Press Awards 2014 “Strawweight of the Year”.



2014 WMMA Press Award Nominees Announced

wmma-awards-2014-light-bg-300x300The WMMA Press Association have announced their 2014 Award nominees.

This is the the longest running awards for the female divisions of MMA as we enter our 6th year. Six websites from across the planet are a part of the committee this year which is a cross section of women’s MMA experts:

The committee will vote for all but one of the awards. The Fan Favorite Award’s voting is open to the public and you can vote here. The “Might Mia Hayes Inspirational Fighter of the Year” winner will also be announced, as well as the recipient of the “Legacy Award” – going to an individual who had helped the sport grow.

The winners will be announced the weekend of January 10 on special editions of the Wombat Sports and Pro WMMA Now podcasts.

Here are the nominees:

Fighter of the Year

Winners of the divisional awards will be eligible

Featherweight of the Year

  • Amanda Bell (3-0 in 2014)
  • 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)
  • Bethe Correia (2-0 in 2014)
  • Tonya Evinger (2-0 in 2014)
  • Pannie Kianzad (3-0 in 2014)

Flyweight of the Year

  • Roxanne Modafferi (2-0 in 2014)
  • DeAnna Bennett (4-0 in 2014)
  • Maryna Moroz (3-0 in 2014)
  • Emily Corso (4-0 in 2014)

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)

Atomweight of the Year

  • Herica Tiburcio (1-0 in 2014; won the Invicta title)
  • Jodie Esquibel (2-0 in 2014)
  • Seo Hee Ham (3-0 in 2014 at atomweight)
  • Ayaka Hamsaki (2-0 – if she wins NYE)

Fight of the Year

  • Paige VanZant vs. Kalin Curran
  • Catherine Costigan vs. Irene Cabello
  • Katja Kankaanpää vs Stephanie Eggink
  • Herica Tiburcio vs Michelle Waterson
  • Randa Markos vs Jessica Penne
  • Renata Baldan vs. Michele Ângelo
  • Cat Zingano vs. Amanda Nunes
  • Jéssica Andrade vs. Raquel Pennington

Knockout of the Year

  • Eeva Siiskonen vs Inga Kaledeite at Carelia Fight 10 – (Video here)
  • Amanda Bell vs Marina Shafir at Chaos At The Casino 5 – (Video Here)
  • Bianca Daimoni vs Yelka Torres at Circuito Talent de MMA 9 – (Video here)
  • Ronda Rousey vs Alexis Davis at UFC 175 – (Video Here)
  • Christine Stanley vs Katie Runyan – (Video here)
  • Joanne Jedrzejczyk  vs Rosi Sexton at Cage Warriors 69 – (Video Here)
  • Michele Angelo vs. Roberta Gomes at MMASH 3 – (Video here)

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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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

Sponsor of the Year

  • Fight Chix
  • Tussel Fight Gear
  • SportsFoods
  • xIonx
  • MMA Road Hog
  • Fightergirls

Headline of the Year

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

Video – Emily Corso Talks About First Pro Wins

corso 01 bEmily Corso has been waiting six months to make her pro debut. The wait paid off two fold.

After Ariel Beck’s opponent got a case of strep throat the day before the fight, Corso was offered to face the local star barring any injures against her first opponent Lynnell House. Never one to back down from a challenge, she agreed.

Even though the House match ended in some controversy, House was able to at least get some piece of mind with the submission over Beck.

Corso went 9-1 as an amateur and is now 2-0 as a pro. All her wins by finishes.

We talked to Corso after the fights to discuss the evening’s events and her future as a pro flyweight.

Strawweight Prospect Kalindra Faria Signs with XFC

kalindra1Brazilian Fighter Kalindra Faria has inked a multi-fight deal with XFC according to a press release Wednesday.

Faria (14-3-1) is considered one of the top 5 best strawweights not signed to the UFC. She made her debut at 115 this past March with a win over Laura Balin at MMA Super Heroes. She fought for XFC a two weeks before, getting an unanimous over Aline Serio.

Faria is set to take on Serbian fighter Sanja Sucevic (4-2) at XFCi 4 Sao Paulo, Brazil April 26, which will stream on XFCMMA.com.