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Jamie Herrington Wins WMMA Press 2015 Amateur of the Year

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It was a packed field this year for the Amateur Fighter of the Year. The divisions have expanded worldwide as the International MMA Federation have given these ladies a platform to show off those skills.

Canada’s Jamie Herrington went 6-0 in 2015 and won the IMMAF World Amateur title at featherweight.

The former wrestling stand out won the title by defeating up and coming prospect (and Newcomer nominee) Sinead Kavanagh in the finals.

The WMMA Press Committee is honored to select Jamie Herrington as their Amateur MMA Fighter of the Year for 2015.

Herrington told us she expects to turn pro this year, and will fight this April for Five Star Fight League in Canada.

You can hear Herringon win her award here.

Dragon Do Takes Home 2015 WMMA Press Award for Sponsor of the Year

11698576_918618714878779_4738208195928990356_nIn the changing landscape of MMA sponsorship, it is great to see some companies strive to help fighters in any way they can.

This is true at Dragon Do, who has sponsored several female athletes in 2015. Invicta’s Tonya Evinger, Roxanne Modafferi and Amber Brown display the brand proudly and tout the strength of their gear.

The WMMA Press Committee was honored to give their 2015 Sponsor of the Year to Dragon Do.

The company looks to expand their female line of gear in 2016 and continue to support female fighters as brand ambassadors.

Company founder Mustafa Altunay was able to accept the award, and you can listen to him accept it here.

Watch the InvictaFC 15 Weigh-ins Here at 4 p.m. pst/7 p.m. est

12541053_980349745391066_7732608792207784121_nSixteen of the toughest women in the world will hit the scales Friday at the Punishment Training Center in Huntington Beach, California for InvictaFC 15, which will take place at the Hanger in Costa Mesa, California on Saturday at 6 p.m. pst/9 p.m. est.

The main event see Cyborg Justino defend her feathweight title for the third time, this time against promotional debuter Daria Ibragimova.

The co-main will see Livia Souza taking on the undefeated DeAnna Bennett.

Weigh-ins will start at 4 p.m. pst/7 p.m. est. You can watch below.

Katy Collins and Shino VanHoose Step in at InvictaFC 15

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After an injury has forced Shannon Sinn off the InvictaFC 15 card, newcomer Katy Collins has stepped up on short notice for the InvictaFC card this coming Saturday against Christine Stanley. Laura Sanko broke the news on the InvictaFc podcast Friday night.

Collins (3-1) takes the bout coming off back to back first round TKOs. She went 7-3 as an amateur. She will face another hard striker in Stnaley (4-1) who is coming off three straight KO wins.

Lisa Ellis is also off next week’s card due to illness and JEWELS vet Shino VanHoose will take her place against Amber Brown.

VanHoose (4-3) started her pro MMA career at age 15 in Japan, made a return to the cage defeating  Jody Lynn Reicher by first round armbar this past fall. She has faced some of the best atomweights in Japan and will have another test in Brown, who is an earshot away for a possible title fight.

InvictaFC 15 will stream on UFC Fight Pass this coming Saturday, January 16th from the Hanger in Costa Mesa, California.

 

2015 WMMA Press Fight of the Year Nominees

Tk1877494he action never seemed to stop in 2015.

The WMMA Press Committee selected nine fights that encompassed what made this year great. From epic comebacks, back and forth wars, and upsets, we saw it all this year. Some of these fights changed careers and the landscape of the sport as a whole.

Here are the nominees for Fight of the year:

  • Joanne Calderwood vs. Cortney Casey – UFC Glasgow (This fight is available on UFC Fight Pass)
  • Seo Hee Ham vs. Cortney Casey – UFC Seoul (This fight is available on UFC Fight Pass)
  • Alexa Grasso vs. Mizuki Inoue – InvictaFC 11 (This fight is available on UFC Fight Pass)
  • Holly Holm vs. Rousey Rousey – UFC 193 (This fight is available on UFC Fight Pass)
  • Sharon Jacobson vs. Jamie Moyle – InvictaFC 14 (This fight is available on UFC Fight Pass)
  • Karolina Kowalkiewicz vs Kalindra Faria – KSW 30 (Watch the fight here)
  • Andrea Lee vs Rachael Ostovich – Invicta FC 14 (This fight is available on UFC Fight Pass)
  • Jamie Moyle vs. Amy Montengro – InvictaFC 13 (This fight is available on UFC Fight Pass)
  • Isabelly Varela vs Ariane Lipski – Curitiba Top Fight 9 (Watch the Fight Here)

 

2015 WMMA Press Flyweight and Strawweight Nominees

ASFW-AwardFor the sixth year, the WMMA Press Committee will be honoring the best fights of each of the five weight classes.

After announcing Featherweight last week, the committee had the tough task of narrowing the nominees. With talent stacked in each, it took some careful consideration.

This was especially tough in the flyweight and strawweight division, so the committee decided to extend this years nominees from six this year to seven and eight respectfully.

The winners of each division will be up for Fighter of the Year. Winners will be announced next week.

Here are the nominees for Flyweight and Strawweight of the Year:

Flyweight of the Year

  • Julia Berezikova (2-0 in 2015)
  • Poliana Botelho (2-0 in 2015)
  • Katlyn Chookagian (3-0 in 2015)
  • Kate Jackson (2-0 in 2015)
  • Andrea Lee (2-0 in 2015)
  • Isabelly Varela (3-0 in 2015)
  • Charlene Watt (5-0 in 2015)

Strawweight of the Year

  • Claudia Gadelha (1-0 in 2015)
  • Alexa Grasso (1-0 in 2015)
  • Sharon Jacobson (3-0 in 2015)
  • Joanna Jedrzejczyk (3-0 in 2015)
  • Karolina Kowalkiewicz (2-0 in 2015)
  • Rose Namajunas (2-0 in 2015)
  • Livia Renata Souza (1-0 in 2015)
  • Tecia Torres (2-0 in 2015)

2015 WMMA Press Atomweight & Bantamweight Nominees

ASFW-AwardFor the sixth year, the WMMA Press Committee will be honoring the best fights of each of the five weight classes.

After announcing Featherweight last week, the committee had the tough task of narrowing the nominees down to 6 per division. With talent stacked in each, it took some careful consideration.

The winners of each division will be up for Fighter of the Year. Winners will be announced next week.

Here are the nominees for Atomweight and Bantamweight of the Year:

Bantamweight of the Year

  • Holly Holm (3-0 in 2015)
  • Ronda Rousey (2-1 in 2015)
  • Miesha Tate (2-0)
  • Juliana Pena (2-0 in 2015)
  • Amanda Nunes (2-0 in 2015)
  • Tonya Evinger (2-0 in 2015)

Atomweight of the Year

  • Ayaka Hamasaki (InvictaFC champ)
  • Mei Yamaguchi (DEEP JEWELS champ)
  • Julia Jones (3-0 in 2015)
  • Thaty Bergamaschi (3-0 in 2015)
  • Kanna Asakura (2-0 in 2015)
  • Amber Brown (1-0 in 2015)

WMMA Press Awards Submission Nominees 2015

0a0823c0afaa158b106880516c059badThe most unique parts of MMA are the submissions.

Although armbars and rear naked chokes are most prevalent, the female divisions always having some of the slickest holds around. This year was no different with eight nominees that showed us submissions that were both exciting to watch and impressive in execution.

The WMMA Press Committee will vote on the winner next week.

Here are the nominees:

Faith Van Duin def. Amanda Bell by Side Choke

(Fight is only on UFC Fight Pass)


Julia Berezikova def. Julie Werner by Anklelock

Debora Dias def. Adriana del Vigna by Anaconda Choke  


Celine Haga defeats Alyson Garcia by arm triangle choke

Watch the fight here


Rena Kubota def. Jleana Valentino by Flying Armbar

Andrea Lee def. Ariel Beck by Armbar

Angela Lee def. Natalie Gonzales Hills by Twister

Kaline Medeiros def. Sarah Payant by Kimura

Kali Robbins def. Priscilla Brownfield by Reverse Triangle Choke


Ronda Rousey def. Cat Zingano by Armbar

(Fight is only on UFC Fight Pass)

 

WMMA Press Awards Newcomer 2015 Nominees

trophyA total of 285 fighters made their pro debuts this past year.  Twelve of these athletes have been nominated for “Newcomer of the Year”.

These dozen fighters have already made impacts across the female fighting world.  Many earned titles on the regional circuits and on global stages. Several have made their ways to Invicta and we could see any of them in the UFC soon.

Six journalists that cover the female divisions of MMA will vote on the award:

We look forward to seeing these fighters develop into superstars in the MMA world in 2016.

Here are the nominees:

  • Minna Grusander (1-0 pro; 5-0 ammy; IMMAF World champion)
  • Aspen Ladd (2-0 in 2015)
  • Angela Lee (4-0 in 2015)
  • Amber Leibrock (1-0 pro; 1-0 ammy in 2015; Tuff-n-uff tournament winner)
  • Irina Mazepa (2-0 in 2015)
  • Sabina Mazo (2-0 in 2015)
  • Shana Power (1-0 pro; 3-0 ammy)
  • Felicia Spencer (1-0 pro; 1-0 ammy in 2015; Tuff-n-uff tournament winner)
  • Kali Robbins (3-0 in 2015)
  • Pamela Ruiz (3-0 in 2015)
  • Micol di Segni (1-0 pro; 2-0 ammy in 2015; IMMAF World champion)
  • Shanna Young (3-0 in 2015)

WMMA Press Awards Amateur Fighter 2015 Nominees

ASFW-AwardThe 6th annual WMMA Press Awards have decided their nominees for Amateur Fighter of the Year.

With a year full of international talent entering the amateur divisions, this year’s list of contenders represents six different countries, the most in Awards history.

Six journalists that cover the female divisions of MMA will vote on the award:

Many of these nominees could be the future champions of the sport.

Here are the nominees:

  • Kelly D’Angelo (USA; 4-0 in 2015)
  • Macy Chiasson (USA; 3-0 in 2015; 4-1 overall)
  • Sunna Davidsdottir (Iceland; 4-0 in 2015; IMMAF European Champion)
  • Samantha Diaz (USA; 5-0 in 2015)
  • Samantha Gilliland (USA; 3-0 in 2015; 6-0 total)
  • Jamie Herrington (Canada; 7-0 in 2015; IMMAF World champion)
  • Brooke Mayo (USA; 4-0 in 2015)
  • Sanna Merta (Finland; 3-0 in 2015; IMMAF European Champion)
  • Leah McCourt (Ireland; 3-0 in 2015; IMMAF European Champion)
  • Varpu Rinne (Finland; 3-0 in 2015; IMMAF European Champion)
  • Gillian Robertson (USA; 5-0 in 2015)
  • Aleksandra Toncheva (Bulgaria; 3-0 in 2015; IMMAF European Champion)

Alida Gray Replaces Jodie Esquibel at InvictaFC 15

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After dropping out due to undisclosed reasons, Jodie Esquibel is out of her match with Angela Hill.

Alida Gray has stepped in to take on the promotional debut at InvictaFC 15 on Saturday, Jan. 16, from The Hangar at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa, Calif.

Gray (4-2) is coming off back to back losses to two top 10 fighters, Jessica Aguilar and Alexa Grasso, and looks to get her career back on track.

The knockout specialist will face a Muay Thai champion in Hill (2-2), and should be an exciting striking battle on the card. The UFC vet is making her InvictaFC debut

The match will stream on UFC Fight Pass January 16th.

One Silat Championships Holds Female MMA Fight on Open Surface

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Laura vs. Dea Courtesy One Silat Championships

One Silat Championships is looking to revolutionize MMA with the one thing many fans want to get rid of: a cage.

The promotion held an event in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Christamas day which featured fights on an open mat rather than a cage or a ring. OSC wants to bring the Asian martial arts tradition of Silat to the modern age with a rounded mat.

The event featured a female bout between Malaysia’s Audrey Laura and Indonesia’s Nita Dea. Laura would win by rear naked choke in 20 seconds to improve her MMA record to 2-0.

Earlier this year, BKB held boxing matches on an open mat, with Layla McCarter defeating Diana Prazak for their lightweight title by TKO.

As fighting sports begin to evolve, we expect more open mat competitions in the near future.