The WMMA Press Association, which features a panel that includes MMA Rising's Robert Sargent, Gina Begley of ProWMMA Now!, Katrina Belcher from TheUltimateFemaleFighter.com, Jason Adams of Promoting Real Women, Tim Peterson of Women's MMA Today, Sherdog.com freelance writer Yael Grauer, WMMA Roundup's Kristin Ursy and Marq Piocos of Wombat Sports, has announced their nominees for the year.
Additionally, it was announced on Dec. 26 that the WMMA Media Organization (WMO) has formed, and is actively recruiting members to join.
Besides the two aforementioned groups, there is a WMMA Press Committee that includes the best journalists in the realm of female fighting.
The WMMA Press Committee includes world-renowned WMMA activist Arron Pegson, who runs the Women's MMA Discussion Group on Facebook.
Pegson's group has notched over 7,000 "likes" on Facebook, which is a testament to his popularity in the WMMA community. The Australian is also the former social media coordinator for Invicta FC, the world's largest WMMA promotion.
The WMMA Press Committee also features Eric Holden of Examiner.com and the Yahoo! Contributor Network.
Holden, 31, has been covering women's MMA since 2010, when it was a relatively obscure sport.
In his time covering WMMA, he has notched over 9.6 million page views on Yahoo!, along with a million more from his work with Examiner.com.
Also on the panel is Jeremy Johnson of ThatMMAShow, one of the most popular YouTube shows in the realm of female fighting.
Johnson has interviewed dozens of female fighters and is widely recognized as one of the top reporters in the sport.
Rounding out the WMMA Press Committee is Steven Rychel, who is best known for his critically-acclaimed work with Cageside Submissions radio.
With the help of the MMA Awesomeness Facebook Group, the WMMA Press Committee voted on the "Best of" in several categories in women's MMA this year.
Tecia Torres was one of the top honorees, as she was named by the committee as "Strawweight of the Year" and "Breakthrough Fighter of the Year."
Ronda Rousey earned the nod for "Best Overall Fighter," along with "Bantamweight of the Year." Holly Holm was also a big winner, as she took "Knockout of the Year" for her destruction of Alannah Jones.
Here's how the voting went down in each category:
- Best Overall Fighter: Ronda Rousey
- Flyweight of the Year: Barb Honchak
- Featherweight of the Year: Cris Santos, Charmaine Tweet and Veronica Rothenhausler (three-way tie)
- Strawweight of the Year: Tecia Torres
- Atomweight of the Year: Michelle Waterson
- Referee of the Year: "Big" John McCarthy
- Breakthrough Fighter of the Year: Tecia Torres
- Best Clothing Brand: Americana MMA
- Best Promotion: Invicta FC
- Submission of the Year: Rose Namajunas' flying armbar of Kathina Catron
- Bantamweight of the Year: Ronda Rousey
- KO of the Year: Holly Holm def. Alannah Jones
- Best Media Source: MMAWeekly.com
- Best Reporter: Tommy Toe Hold
- Amateur of the Year: Amberlynn Orr
- Headline of the Year: UFC Adds 115-pound Division
- Coach of the Year: "Bang" Ludwig
- Fight of the Year: Jessamyn Duke vs Raquel Pennington
- Lifetime Achievement in WMMA: Julie Kedzie
- Gym of the Year: American Top Team and CSA Gym (tie)
- Best Ring Girl: Natasha Wicks, Jade Bryce and Brittney Palmer (three-way tie)
- Personality of the Year: Bec Hyatt, Tommy Toe Hold and Ronda Rousey (three-way tie)
- Sexiest Fighter of the Year: Rachael Cummins