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Weekly Women's MMA Wrap-Up: December 24, 2012
Monday, December 24, 2012
Article By Yael Grauer


Lana Kate defeated Amy Adam by decision at Brace 18.

On the same card, Jessy Rose defeated Mae-Lin Leow via 3rd round TKO.

On Christmas eve, Megumi "Mega Megu" Fujii defeated Mei Yamaguchi at Vale Tudo Japan 1. The fight may be the last of Fujii's career.


Pannie Kianzad will be fighting Lina Lansberg at Trophy MMA 1 in Sweden on Saturday, December 29th.


The fan vote for your favorite female fighter in 2012 is now open.


The 2012 Women's Mixed Martial Arts Awards, voed on by a panel of nine different MMA sites, compiled a list of nominations for these awards, meant to recognize notable achievements in women's MMA. Nominees are below.

Fight of the Year Nominees

Sarah Kaufman vs Alexis Davis
Ronda Rousey vs Miesha Tate
Leslie Smith vs Kaitlin Young
Jessica Penne vs Lisa Ellis
Rosi Sexton vs Aisling Daly
Sara McMann vs Shayna Baszler
Miesha Tate vs Julie Kedzie

Female Fighter of the Year Nominees

*All nominees in the following five categories are eligible for votes*

Female Featherweight (137-146) of the Year Nominees

Julia Budd (2-0 in 2012)
Marloes Coenen (1-0 in 2012)
Ediene Gomes (1-0 in 2012)
Germaine de Randamie (1-0 in 2012)

Female Bantamweight (127-136) of the Year Nominees

Alexis Davis (1-1 in 2012)
Sarah Kaufman (1-1 in 2012)
Sara McMann (2-0 in 2012)
Ronda Rousey (2-0 in 2012)

Female Flyweight (117-126) of the Year Nominees

Jessica Eye (4-0 in 2012)
Munah Holland (3-1 in 2012)
Barb Honchak (2-0 in 2012)
Michelle Ould (2-0 in 2012)

Female Strawweight (107-116) of the Year Nominees

Jessica Aguilar (2-0 in 2012)
Carla Esparza (2-0 in 2012)
Ayaka Hamasaki (3-0 in 2012)
Felice Herrig (3-0 in 2012)

Female Atomweight (97-106) of the Year Nominees

Stephanie Frausto (2-1 in 2012)*
Jessica Penne (2-0 in 2012)
Naho Sugiyama (1-1 in 2012)
Michelle Waterson (2-0 in 2012)

*Note: Loss was at 115 pounds.

Female Newcomer of the Year Nominees

Joanne Calderwood (4-0 in 2012)
Jessamyn Duke (2-0 in 2012)
Emily Kagan (2-0 in 2012)
Karolina Kowalkiewicz (2-0 in 2012)
Eeva Siiskonen (2-0 in 2012)
Paige VanZant (2-0 in 2012)

Note: Fighters in this category must have made their pro debuts and had at least two pro wins during the 2012 calendar year in order to be eligible.

Amateur Female Fighter of the Year Nominees

Cortney Casey (5-1 in 2012)
Brittany Dugas (4-0 in 2012)
Rebecca Heintzman (6-0 in 2012)
Kaiyana Rain (4-0 in 2012)
Tecia Torres (5-0 in 2012)

Note: Fighters in this category must have had at least three amateur fights and no more than one pro fight during the 2012 calendar year in order to be eligible.

Knockout of the Year Nominees:

Vanessa Porto def. Luana Teixeira by KO (Punch) at 0:41 of Round 1.

Sheila Gaff def. Jennifer Maia by KO (Punches) at 0:10 of Round 1.

Munah Holland def. Marianna Kheyfets by KO (Punch) at 4:45 of Round 2.

Kaline Medeiros def. Stephanie Eggink by KO (Punch) at 0:07 of Round 1.

Joanne Calderwood def. Ashley Cummins by KO (Knee To The Body) at 3:13 of Round 1.

Sheila Bird def. Christina Barry by KO (Punches) at 0:11 of Round 1.

Submission of the Year Nominees:

Marta Chojnoska def. Paulina Suska by Sub. (Scarf Hold Armlock) at 0:42 of Round 1.

Ayaka Hamasaki def. Yuka Tsuji by Sub. (Kimura) at 3:41 of Round 1.

Sarah D’Alelio def. Vanessa Porto by Sub. (Reverse Triangle Choke) at 3:16 of Round 1.

Jessica Penne def. Naho Sugiyama by Sub. (Triangle Choke) at 2:20 of Round 2.

Stephanie Frausto def. Amy Davis by Sub. (Guillotine Choke) at 0:48 of Round 1.

Jessica Eye def. Zoila Gurgel by Tech. Sub. (Arm-Triangle Choke) at 0:58 of Round 1.

Promotion of the Year Nominees:

Bellator Fighting Championships
Cage Warriors Fighting Championship
Invicta Fighting Championships
North American Allied Fight Series
Super Fight League

Sponsor of the Year Nominees:

Babes of MMA
Brawl and Maul Fight Performance Wear
Fear The Fighter
Fight Chix
Loyalty Before Royalty
MMA Chick
Polanti Watches
Tussle Fight Gear
VII A.D. Jewelry Art by Sevan Avakian
Xtreme Female Fight Gear

Headline of the Year Nominees:

Ronda Rousey Signs With The UFC

Shannon Knapp and Janet Martin Form All-Female Invicta Fighting Championships

Strikeforce Cancels Events, Rumoured To Fold In Early 2013
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