Yahoo Contributor Network
This article was created on the Yahoo Contributor Network, where users like you are published on Yahoo every day. Learn more »Yahoo Contributor Network
Dana White Warming Up to Women’s MMA is Perfect Time to Announce Nominees for WMMA Awards 2011
With UFC President, Dana White's approval of the 135 lbs. weight division and Strikeforce programming continuing to be broadcast on Showtime, now is the perfect time to announce the nominees for the 2011 Women's MMA (WMMA) Awards.
The WMMA Press Association has announced their 2011 WMMA Award Nominees
The seven websites / WMMA media organizations making up the WMMA Press Association will select the winners. This is the second annual event. The winners will be announced on three separate Wombat Sports podcasts between Dec. 29-31.
The official members of the WMMA Press Association are:
- Real Women's MMA
- Women's MMA Today
- WMMA Round-up
- Wombat Sports
One category is open for WMMA fan votes: 2011 Favorite Female Fighter
Voting is very simple, no registration required. Just click and vote and let your voice be heard. Women's MMA received a huge boost with Showtime renewing their contract with Strikeforce, but the battle for a space on the fight card continues. Your vote will help promote the fighters you want to see in the octagon more often. Voting is open now and will end December 28th.
The nominees for 2011 Favorite Female Fighter:
- Jessica Aguilar
- Marloes Coenen
- Alexis Davis
- Megumi Fujii
- Sarah Kaufman
- Sara McMann
- Roxanne Modafferi
- Ronda Rousey
- Cyborg Santos
- Miesha Tate
Match of the Year
Female Featherweight of the Year (145 lbs)
Female Bantamweight of the Year (135 lbs)
Female Super Flyweight of the Year (125 lbs)
Female Flyweight of the Year (115 lbs)
Female Straw Weight of the Year (105 lbs)
Newcomer of the Year
Amateur Female Fighter of the Year
Knockout of the Year
Submission of the Year
Promotion of the Year
Sponsor of the Year
Headline of the Year
Full details for each category's nominees can be found on WombatSports WMMA Awards 2011.
Strikeforce Commits to 135 lbs. Category
I'm delighted to see UFC President, Dana White and Strikeforce CEO, Scott Coker in agreement over putting all their WMMA efforts (was going to say eggs) in one basket. Some people disagree, of course. For the fans, we'll be—hopefully—seeing at least one female fight on each televised Strikeforce fight card. Maybe we'll even see one on the preliminary roster too. The 135ers will have a chance to demonstrate their skills more often.
The bad news is that the heavier fighters, like Cyborg Santos, will have to take on the Kenny Florian diet plan / strength and conditioning program to achieve the additional 10 pound reduction in weight before the weigh-ins for their fight night.
Perhaps this is the only way one of the 135ers has a hope of beating Cyborg—adding in a degree of difficulty to her training regime might even the playing field to make it look a little more possible for someone to beat her.
Meanwhile, the other weight divisions can continue to improve their skills as time progresses. Other promotions are still working with the variety of weight classes. In a conversation with other WMMA fans this weekend on Facebook, people were wondering whether the 155ers could drop down to fill up the 145 lbs pipeline. Interesting thought, perhaps more interesting than that, is the fact that the 155ers did not receive a category for the this year's WMMA Awards. Maybe next year?
More from this contributor:
Cheryl Ragsdale started out boxing and has added kicks and BJJ so she can practice MMA. She trains with Keith Florian and UFC Fighter Kenny Florian at Florian Martial Arts - follow @thatgirlisfunny.
Note: This article was written by a Yahoo! contributor. Sign up here to start publishing your own sports content.