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.
Sixteen 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.
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.
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)
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
A 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:
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.