2011 Women's Mixed Martial Arts Awards NomineesVoting is now underway for the 2011 Women’s Mixed Martial Arts Awards and this year’s edition again features over a dozen categories. Awards will recognise notable achievements made by fighters, promotions and other individuals associated with the sport over the course of the past year.

Members of seven different mixed martial arts publications compiled this year’s awards. A full list of all categories and nominees, as well as fight videos for best fight, knockout and submission, is available below. Winners in each of the categories will be announced at the end of December.


Fight of the Year

a) Rosi Sexton vs Roxanne Modafferi – Cage Warriors 40 (Part 1 | Part 2)
b) Marloes Coenen vs Liz Carmouche – Strikeforce: Columbus (Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3)
c) Sheila Gaff vs Aisling Daly – Cage Warriors 41 (Full Fight)
d) Cat Zingano vs Takayo Hashi – Fight To Win: Outlaws (Part 1 | Part 2)
e) Jessica Aguilar vs Carla Esparza – Bellator 46 (Full Fight)
f) Sara McMann vs Raquel Pa’aluhi – ProElite 1 (Part 1 | Part 2)
g) Alexis Davis vs Amanda Nunes – Strikeforce: Cincinnati (Full Fight)
h) Patricia Vidonic vs Chelsea Colarelli – BlackEye Promotions 5 (Full Fight)
i) Jessica Aguilar vs Lisa Ellis-Ward – Bellator 58 (Full Fight)


Female Fighter of the Year

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


Female Featherweight (145) of the Year

a) Ediane Gomes (3-1 in 2011)
b) Ronda Rousey (3-0 at 145, 4-0 in 2011)
c) Romy Ruyssen (2-0 in 2011)
d) Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos (1-0 in 2011)


Female Bantamweight (135) of the Year

a) Alexis Davis (2-0 in 2011)
b) Sarah Kaufman (2-0 in 2011)
c) Sara McMann (3-0 at 135, 4-0 in 2011)
d) Miesha Tate (1-0 in 2011)


Female Super Flyweight (125) of the Year

a) Aisling Daly (2-1 at 125, 3-1 in 2011)
b) Sheila Gaff (2-0 in 2011)
c) Barb Honchak (4-0 in 2011)
d) Marianna Kheyfets (2-0 in 2011)


Female Flyweight (115) of the Year

a) Jessica Aguilar (1-0 at 115, 2-0 in 2011)
b) Seo Hee Ham (3-1 in 2011)
c) Ayaka Hamasaki (1-0 at 115, 2-0 in 2011)
d) Mei Yamaguchi (3-1 in 2011)


Female Strawweight (106) of the Year

a) Kikuyo Ishikawa (2-1 in 2011)
b) Yukiko Seki (3-1 in 2011)
c) Naho Sugiyama (4-0 in 2011)
d) Misaki Takimoto (2-2 in 2011)


Female Newcomer of the Year

a) Sheila Bird (2-0 in 2011)
b) Holly Holm (2-0 in 2011)
c) Sara McMann (4-0 in 2011)
d) Ronda Rousey (4-0 in 2011)


Amateur Female Fighter of the Year

a) Jade De Haas (3-0 in 2011)
b) Jessamyn Duke (3-2 in 2011)
c) Taylor Stratford (3-1 in 2011)
d) Juta Vejina (3-0 in 2011)


Knockout of the Year

a) Amanda Nunes def. Julia Budd by KO (Punches) at 0:14 of round 1. (Watch)
b) Heather Clark def. April Coutino by KO (Punch) at 0:10 of round 1. (Watch)
c) Sheila Gaff def. Hanna Sillen by KO (Punches) at 0:08 of round 1. (Watch)
d) Cat Zingano def. Takayo Hashi by KO (Slam) at 4:42 of round 3. (Watch)
e) Holly Holm def. Jan Finney by KO (Kick To The Body) at 2:49 of round 3. (Watch)
f) Anna Barone def. Charmaine Tweet by KO (Punches) at 0:18 of round 1. (Video N/A)


Submission of the Year

a) Marloes Coenen def. Liz Carmouche by Submission (Triangle Choke) at 1:29 of round 4. (Watch)
b) Tara LaRosa def. Carina Damm by Submission (Inverted Heel Hook) at 0:28 of round 2. (Watch)
c) Sheila Bird def. Kim Couture by Tech. Submission (Leg Scissor Choke) at 1:48 of round 1. (Watch)
d) Miesha Tate def. Marloes Coenen by Submission (Arm-Triangle Choke) at 3:03 of round 4. (Watch)
e) Sara McMann def. Raquel Pa’aluhi by Submission (Keylock) at 2:53 of round 3. (Watch)


Promotion of the Year

a) Bellator Fighting Championships
b) BlackEye Promotions
c) Cage Warriors Fighting Championship
d) Evolution Combat Sports Championship
e) Jewels
f) North American Allied Fight Series
g) Strikeforce
h) Tuff-N-Uff


Sponsor of the Year

a) AkiMMA Fightwear
b) Bella Boxer
c) Fight Chix
d) FighterGirls
e) 5 Star MMA Clothing
f) Tussle Fight Gear
g) Wrslrchick
h) Xtreme Female Fight Gear


Headline of the Year

a) Zuffa Purchases Rival Strikeforce
b) Zuffa Releases Marloes Coenen, Coenen Joins BlackEye Promotions
c) Zuffa Re-Signs Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos
d) Ronda Rousey Goes 4-0, Calls Out Miesha Tate
e) Strikeforce Lives, New Deal Signed With Showtime


Fan Vote: 2011 Favourite Female Fighter



Inspirational Female Fighter of the Year

The winner of this year’s award will be revealed in a special announcement at the end of this month.


  1. Great nominations.

  2. How come 115lbs only has 1 American??

  3. Because Jewels put on a ton of fights at/near 115 and Bellator only had two. Lack of dedication among promotions here in North America. Hopefully that will change next year.

  4. How I would vote-
    FOTY- Jag vs Esparza.
    FWOTY- Ronda.
    BWOTY- McMann.
    SFly- Kheyfets.
    Fly- Mei.
    SW- Naho.
    NewcomerOTY- Ronda.
    Ammy- Jade.
    KOTY- Heather vs April.
    SOTY- Tara vs Carina.
    PromotionOTY- Bellator.
    SponsorOTY- Fight Chix.
    HeadlineOTY- Strikeforce being sold 🙁

  5. it really makes me wonder , how much longer people will say that there isn’t enough top level women . the talent is out there . the poor ladies just don’t get the exposure they deserve . the women always bring it and usually put on really skilled awesome fights that end up being among the best if not the best fight of the card. hopefully strikeforce concentrates on 135 and 145 , let bellator concentrate on 115 and 125 , then more talented ladies will get the exposure they deserve