2011 WMMA Award Nominees Announced

Posted: December 20, 2011 in Uncategorized

The WMMA Press Association is pleased to announce our nominees for the third annual 2011 WMMA Awards.

The WMMAPA is a collection of the top journalists in the realm of female fighting. Members include: Yael Grauer of MMAHQ, Rob Sargent of MMARising, Lacey Neher of Real Women’s MMA, Katrina Belcher of The Ultimate Female Fighter, Kristin Usry of WMMA Round-up, MarQ Piocos of Wombat Sports and yours truly, Tim Peterson of WMMA Today. The winners will be announced on three separate Wombat Sports podcasts on December 29th, 30th and 31st.

Fight of the Year

– Rosi Sexton vs Roxanne Modafferi at Cage Warriors 40
– Marloes Coenen vs Liz Carmouche at SF: Columbus
– Sheila Gaff vs Aisling Daly at Cage Warriors 41
– Cat Zingano vs Takayo Hashi at Fight 2 Win: Outlaws
– Jessica Aguilar vs Carla Esparza at Bellator 46
– Sara McMann vs Raquel Pa’Aluhi at ProElite
– Alexis Davis vs Amanda Nunes at Strikeforce: Cincinnati
– Patricia Vidonic vs Chelsea Colarelli at BlackEye Promotions 5: Breast Cancer Beatdown
– Jessica Aguilar vs Lisa Ellis at Bellator 58

Female Fighter of the Year

(Winner will come from one of the 5 categories below)

Female Featherweight (145) of the Year

– Ediane Gomes (3-1 in 2011)
– Ronda Rousey (4-0)
– Romy Ruyssen (2-0)
– Cris “Cyborg” Santos (1-0)

Female Bantamweight (135) of the Year

– Alexis Davis (2-0)
– Sarah Kaufman (2-0)
– Sara McMann (4-0)
– Miesha Tate (1-0)

Female Super Flyweight (125) of the Year

– Aisling Daly (3-1)
– Sheila Gaff (2-0)
– Barb Honchak (4-0)
– Marianna Kheyfets (2-0)

Female Flyweight (115) of the Year

– Jessica Aguilar (2-0)
– Seo Hee Ham (3-1)
– Ayaka Hamasaki (2-0)
– Mei Yamaguchi (3-1)

Female Strawweight (106) of the Year

– Kikuyo Ishikawa (2-1)
– Yukiko Seki (3-1)
– Naho Sugiyama (4-0)
– Misaki Takimoto (2-2)

Female Newcomer of the Year

– Sheila Bird (2-0)
– Holly Holm (2-0)
– Sara McMann (4-0)
– Ronda Rousey (4-0)

Amateur Female Fighter of the Year

– Jade De Haas (4-0)
– Jessamyn Duke (3-2)
– Taylor Stratford (3-1)
– Juta Vejina 3-0

Knockout of the Year

– Amanda Nunes defeats Julia Budd at SF Challengers 13
– Heather Clark defeats April Coutino at Evolution: Friday Night Fights 1
– Sheila Gaff defeats Hanna Sillen at The Zone FC: Inferno
– Cat Zingano defeats Takayo Hashi at Fight 2 Win: Outlaws
– Holly Holm defeats Jan Finney at Fresquez Productions: Clash In The Cage
– Anna Barone defeats Charmaine Tweet at BlackEye Promotions 5: Breast Cancer Beatdown

Submission of the Year

– Marloes Coenen defeats Liz Carmouche via Triangle Choke at SF: Columbus
– Tara LaRosa defeats Carina Damm via Heel Hook at Shark Fights 14
– Sheila Bird defeats Kim Couture via Scissor Choke at at AX Combat 1: Execution
– Miesha Tate defeats Marloes Coenen via Arm-Triangle Choke at SF: Fedor vs Henderson
– Sara McMann defeats Raquel Pa’aluhi via Keylock at ProElite: Arlovski vs Lopez

Promotion of the Year

– Bellator Fighting Championships
– BlackEye Promotions
– Cage Warriors
– Evolution Combat Sports Championship
– Jewels
– NAAFS
– Strikeforce
– Tuff-n-uff

Sponsor of the Year

– AkiMMA Fightwear
– Bella Boxer
– Fight Chix
– FighterGirls
– 5 Star MMA Clothing
– Tussle Fight Gear
– Wrslrchick
– Xtreme Female Fight Gear

Headline of the Year

– Zuffa Purchases Rival Strikeforce
– Zuffa Releases Marloes Conenen, Coenen Signs with BlackEye Promotion
– Zuffa Re-signs Cris Cyborg
– Ronda Rousey goes 4-0; calls out Miesha Tate
– Strikeforce Lives! Signs new deal with Showtime

For more info on the WMMA Awards, check out the official website.  (click here)

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