WMMA Press Awards Archives

The WMMA Press Awards is the longest running awards dedicated to to the women’s divisions of Mixed Martial Arts.

Since 2009, websites dedicated to covering the women’s divisions of the sport get together to honor the best of the year and give exposure to female talent across the planet.

Among the committee members (Past and Present):

  • GINA BEGLEY – Host of Pro WMMA Now / Bluegrass MMA
  • YAEL GRAUER – Writer for Sports Post
  • PEDRO HENRIQUE – Editor for Da Made Ferro MMA
  • CHARLIE JEWETT – Editor for CJ’s Report
  • MARQ PIOCOS – Editor for Wombat Sports
  • ELIAS STEFANESCU – Editor for Ground and Pound
  • KRISTIN USRY – Editor for Women’s MMA Roundup

Here are the winners so far…


Fight: Angela Lee vs. Mei Yamaguchi, ONE Championship: Ascent to Power

Fighter: Amanda Nunes

  • Featherweight: Cris “Cyborg” Justino
  • Bantamweight: Amanda Nunes
  • Flyweight: Jennifer Maia
  • Strawweight: Joanna Jedrzejczyk
  • Atomweight: Ayaka Hamaski

Newcomer: Veronica Macedo

Amateur: Aleksandra Toncheva

Knockout: Charmaine Tweet def. Latoya Walker by spinning backfist, InvictaFC 17

Submission: Jenny Huang def. April Osenio by gogoplata, ONE Championship: Age of Domination

Promotion: UFC

Sponsor: V-Moda

“Might Mia” Inspirational Fighter: Miesha Tate


Fight: Andrea Lee vs Rachael Ostovich, Invicta FC 14

Fighter: Holly Holm

  • Featherweight: Cris “Cyborg” Justino
  • Bantamweight: Holly Holm
  • Flyweight: Julia Berezikova
  • Strawweight: Joanna Jedrzejczyk
  • Atomweight: Ayaka Hamasaki

Newcomer: Angela Lee

Amateur: Jamie Herrington

Knockout: Holly Holm def. Ronda Rousey by head kick and punches, UFC 193

Submission: Angela Lee def. Natalie Gonzales Hills by twister, One Championships 33

Promotion: UFC

Sponsor: Dragon Do

“Might Mia” Inspirational Fighter: Ashley Cummins & Celine Haga


Fight: Hérica Tibúrcio vs. Michelle Waterson, InvictaFC 10

Fighter: Ronda Rousey

  • Featherweight: Amanda Bell
  • Bantamweight: Ronda Rousey
  • Flyweight: DeAnna Bennett
  • Strawweight: Joanna Jedrzejczyk
  • Atomweight: Ayaka Hamasaki

Newcomer: Andrea Lee

Amateur: Amanda Lino

Knockout: Christine Stanlet def. Katie Anita Runyan by KO (flying spinning hook kick), XFS Tidal Wave

Submission: Katja Kankaanpää def. Stephanie Eggink by D’Arce choke, InvictaFC 8

Promotion: UFC

Sponsor: SportsFoods and MMA Road Hog

“Might Mia” Inspirational Fighter: Cat Zingano

Legacy Award: Barry Meyer


Fight: Michelle Waterson vs Jessica Penne, Invicta FC 5

Fighter: Barb Honchak

  • Featherweight: Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino
  • Bantamweight: Ronda Rousey
  • Flyweight: Barb Honchak
  • Strawweight: Tecia Torres
  • Atomweight: Michelle Waterson

Newcomer: Alida Gray

Amateur: Jessica Zomcik

Knockout: Holly Holm defeats Allanna Jones via Head Kick,  Legacy Fighting Championship 21 & Alida Gray defeats Soannia Tiem via Punch, 4/7 Entertainment 12 – State of Emergency

Submission: Rose Namajunas defeats Kathina Cantron via Flying Armbar, Invicta FC 5: Penne vs. Waterson

Promotion: UFC & InvictaFC

Sponsor: Fight Chix

“Might Mia” Inspirational Fighter:  Susie Wyatt

Legacy Award:  Jeff Osbourne


Fight:  Sarah Kaufman vs Alexis Davis, Strikeforce: Rousey vs Tate

Fighter: Ronda Rousey

  • Featherweight: Julia Budd
  • Bantamweight: Ronda Rousey
  • Flyweight: Jessica Eye
  • Strawweight: Carla Esparza
  • Atomweight: Jessica Penne

Fan Favorite: Bec Rawlings

Newcomer: Joanne Calderwood

Amateur: Tecia Torres

Knockout: Kaline Medeiros defeats Stephanie Eggink via KO at :07 of round 1, Beatdown MMA

Submission:  Jessica Eye defeats Zoila Gurgel via Standing Arm Triangle Choke at :58 of round 1 at Bellator 83

Promotion: Invicta Fighting Championships

Sponsor: Tussle Fight Gear

“Might Mia” Inspirational Fighter: Megumi Fujii


Fight: Patricia Vidonic vs. Chelsea Colarelli, BlackEye Promotions 5

Fighter: Ronda Rousey

  • Featherweight: Ronda Rousey
  • Bantamweight: Alexis Davis
  • Flyweight: Barb Honchak
  • Strawweight:  Jessica Aguilar
  • Atomweight: Naho Sugiyama

Fan Favorite: Cris “Cyborg” Justino

Newcomer: Ronda Rousey

Amateur: Taylor Stratford

Knockout:  Heather Clark def. April Coutino by KO (Punch) at 0:10 of round 1, ECSC Friday Night Fights 1

Submission: Miesha Tate def. Marloes Coenen by Submission (Arm-Triangle Choke) at 3:03 of round 4, Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson

Promotion: Jewels

Sponsor: Fight Chix and Tussle Fight Gear



Fight:  Roxanne Modafferi vs. Tara LaRosa, Moosin: God of Martial Arts

Fighter: Miesha Tate

  • Featherweight: Cris Cyborg
  • Bantamweight: Miesha Tate
  • Flyweight: Carla Esparza
  • Strawweight:  Zoila Frausto & Ayaka Hamazaki
  • Atomweight: Naho Sugiyama

Fan Favorite: Jessica Aguilar

Newcomer: Liz Carmouche

Amateur: Taylor Stratford

Knockout: Sarah Kaufman defeats Roxanne Modafferi (Slam), Strikeforce Challengers 9

Submission: Michelle Waterson defeats Ro Califano via Flying Armbar, Extreme Beatdown 6

Promotion: Tuff-n-uff

Sponsor: Tussle Fight Gear

Upset: Zoila Frausto defeats Rosi Sexton via KO in Round 1, Bellator 23


Fight: Tara LaRosa vs. Alexis Davis, Extreme Challenge: “The War At The Shore”

Fighter: Sarah Kaufman

  • Featherweight: Cris “Cyborg” Justino
  • Bantamweight: Sarah Kaufman
  • Flyweight: Tara Larosa
  • Strawweight: Miku “Supernova” Matsumoto

Newcomer: Kerry Vera

Knockout: Stefanie Guimarães defeats Yvonne Reis by KO (Knee) at 0:49 of round one,
Bellator Fighting Championships 12

Submission: Miesha Tate defeats Liz Carreiro by Submission (Phantom Choke) at 2:48 of round three, Freestyle Cage Fighting 30

Promotion: Strikeforce


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