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Jessica Halverson vs Jozette Cotton at Dynasty Combat Sports 6: The Future

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Jessica HalversonThis Saturday, at Dynasty Combat Sports 6: The Future, in Omaha, Nebraska, Jessica "Raising Havoc" Halverson (4-1-0) is set to face Jozette "#1 Head Busta'"Cotton (3-0-0), in a cage war that’s been a long time coming.

While fans of Female MMA might not recognize the name, Halverson is not new to fighting. She actually started fighting in April of 2008 and as an Ammy, won 4 of her 5 fights, losing only to April Penrod via a Split Decision. As a Pro fighter, Halverson has won 4 of her 5 fights…and tonight she’s determined to increase her record with one more win.

In total, 6 of her 8 wins have come via TKO or KO, but power punches are not all “Raising Havoc” keeps in her arsenal. “I train for everything. Jozette is great at stand up, so we might end up banging, but I train on the ground as well, so if necessary, we can take it to the ground and fight there. I’ll do whatever it takes!”

I asked if Halverson feels her experience gives her an advantage over Cotton, who’s only been fighting since 2012: “I don’t take anything for granted, you know? I have the experience, but she’s got a 5-0 record, and most of her wins have been via TKO or KO, so she definitely has skills. I’ve been fighting a lot longer, so I’m going to do my thing and fight my fight, and like I said, the fight could end up a total standup or going to the ground – we’ll see on Saturday night!”

And Halverson had this to say, regarding the difference in their heights (she's 5'6", Cotton is 5'10"): "No - the height difference doesn't bother me at all! I fought Kate Bloomfield in the past and she's like 5'9", and her height didn't get in my way; and I beat her. I'll just use my strengths against Jozette like I did against Kate." 

I asked Halverson how she felt about not just her fight, but all the female fights on the DCS-6 card the same night: “Yeah – it used to be we had to ask promoters to fight females, but now there are 2 other female fights on this same card; it’s great, and we’ve come a long way since 2008!”

I asked what Halverson thought about fighting a female fighter who was a fellow member of the WMMA 155+ "Let's Build these Divisions!" Facebook group: "I think it's great! Ever since Invicta announced they were interested in the 155 fighters, we're starting to get noticed. And it's an honor to fight Jozette; once the fight is over, I'll shake her hand, win or lose, and I'm sure we'll be friends."

DyastyCombatSportsOther female fights at this event include Casi Lee Vs. Sydney Sallach and Mercedes Timmerman Vs. Janie Konyek, and this time, there are two female fighters listed on the event’s poster…Jessica "Raising Havoc" Halverson and Jozette Cotton!

If you can make it, Dynasty Combat Sports 6 will be held at the Ramada Coco Keys in Omaha Nebraska. Tickets are $20 and will be for sale at the door.

If you’re unable to make the show in person, Halverson told me that DCS will most likely stream the fights online, and they will post a link on their Facebook page through UStream Live: HERE. We offer our best wishes to all the fighters!



2013 WMMA Press Awards

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It's that time again! The WMMA Press Association has announced their 2013 Award Nominees!

The WMMA Press Association consists of the following individuals, who make up a broad spectrum of reporting and blogging on Women's MMA:

  • Robert Sargent - Junkie
  • Gina Begley - Pro (W)MMA Now/BluegrassMMA
  • Katrina Belcher - (yours truly!)
  • Tim Peterson - Women’s MMA Today
  • Yael Grauer - MMATorch/Sherdog
  • Kristin Ursy - WMMA Round-up, and
  • MarQ Piocos - Wombat Sports/Women Talk Sports

The committee will be voting on the winners January 1st, 2014. The public is invited to vote on the Fan Favorite of the Year, which can be found on all member sites (including this one; see below!). The winners will be announced on several podcast in early January.

Here are the nominees:

Fight of the Year

  • Ronda Rousey vs Liz Carmouche at UFC 157
  • Michelle Waterson vs Jessica Penne at Invicta FC 5
  • Sarah Kaufman vs Leslie Smith at Invicta FC 5 
  • Cat Zingano vs Miesha Tate at TUF 17 Finale
  • Larissa Pacheco vs. Irene Aldana at Jungle Fights 63
  • Leslie Smith vs Jennifer Maia at Invicta FC 6
  • Tecia Torres vs Rose Namajunas at Invicta FC 6
  • Ronda Rousey vs. Miesha Tate UFC 168 (no video available)

Fighter of the Year (Nominees are winners of divisional awards)

Featherweight of the Year

  • Julia Budd (2-0, defeat Mollie Estes, Charmaine Tweet)
  • Ashlee Evans-Smith (2-0, defeat Tori Adams, Fallon Fox)
  • Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino (2-0, defeat Fiona Muxlow, Marloes Coenen)
  • Faith Van Duin (4-0, defeat Kelly Kinita, Michelle Peruzzi, Arlene Blencowe, Kate Da Silva)

Bantamweight of the Year 

  • Alexis Davis (3-0, defeat Shayna Baszler, Rosi Sexton, Liz Carmouche)
  • Holly Holm (4-0, defeat Katie Merrill, Allanna Jones, Nikki Knudsen, Angela Hayes)
  • Lauren Murphy (4-0, defeats Jen Scott, Kaitlin Young, Sarah D’Alelio, Miriam Nakamoto)
  • Ronda Rousey (1-0, defeats Miesha Tate)

Flyweight of the Year

  • Kalindra Faria (5-0, defeat Aline Sattelmayer, Dayse Nascimento, Alessandra Silva, Carina Damm, Hellen Bastos)
  • Alexa Grasso (3-0, defeat Lupita Hernadez, Alejandra Alvarez, Karina Rodriguez)
  • Barb Honchak (2-0, defeat Vanessa Porto, Leslie Smith)
  • Tina Lähdemäki (3-0, defeat Linn Wennergren, Stephanie Page, Karla Benitez)

Strawweight of the Year

  • Joanne Calderwood (4-0, defeat Livia Plettenburg, Sally Krumdiack, Norma Center, Katja Kankaanpaa)
  • Alida Gray (4-0, defeat Vidonic, Kennett, Tiem, Casimir) 
  • Mizuki Inoue (3-0, defeat Seo Jung, Bec Hyatt, Emi Fujino) 
  • Tecia Torres (3-0, defeat Paige VanZant, Rose Namajunas, Felice Herrig)

Atomweight of the Year

  • Amber Brown (1-0, defeat Kikuyo Ishikawa)
  • Seo Hee Ham (2-0, defeat Naho Sugiyama, Sadae Numata)
  • Michelle Waterson (1-0, defeat Jessica Penne)
  • Jinh Yu (2-0, defeat Meghan Wright, Darla Harris)

Newcomer of the Year

  • Amy Cadwell (3-0, defeat Cheryl Chan, Hadley Griffith, Jessica Doerner)
  • Bianca Daimoni (3-0, defeat Alessandra Silva, Morgana Oliveira, Gisele Moreira)
  • Alida Gray (4-0, defeat Patricia Vidonic, Jessica Kennett, Soannia Tiem, Katie Casimir)
  • Viviane Pereira (3-0, defeat Rosy Duarte, Ilara Joanne, Duda Yankovich)
  • Livia Renata Souza (5-0, defeat Cintia Faria, Aline Sattelmayer, Andressa Rocha, Aline Sattelmayer, Bianca Reis)
  • Faith Van Duin (4-0, defeat Kelly Kinita, Michelle Peruzzi, Arlene Blencowe, Kate Da Silva)

Amateur of the Year

  • Aspen Ladd (5-0 in 2013)
  • Kyra Batara (4-1, 3-1 in 2013)
  • Katlyn Chookagian (5-0; 4-0 in 2013)
  • Brittany Dugas (7-0; 3-0 in 2013)
  • Maegan Goodwin (4-0; 3-0 in 2013)
  • Ashley Hancock (3-0 in 2013)
  • Mary Kate Hayes (4-0 in 2013)
  • Rachel Kovach (3-0 in 2013)
  • Rachael Ostovich (6-0; 2-0 in 2013)
  • Delaney Owen (7-2; 3-1 in 2013)
  • Rach Wiley (3-1; 3-0 in 2013)
  • Jessica Zomcik (9-3; 3-0 in 2013)

KO of the Year

  • Veronica Rothenhausler defeats Katalina Malungahu via KO (punch) at 1:12 of Round 1 at Invicta FC 4
  • Vanessa Guimarães defeats Bruna Paiffer via KO (knee) at 1:44 of Round 1 at Strikers HC 25
  • Nina Ansaroff defeats Aylla Caroline da Silva via KO at 1:25 of Round 1 at PFL 10
  • Holly Holm defeats Allanna Jones via KO(head kick) at 2:22 of Round 2 at Legacy 21
  • Jinh Yu defeats Darla Harris via KO (head kick/punch) at 3:13 of Round 1 at SCS 18
  • Amanda Kelly defeats Hannah Stephens via KO (knee) at 3:40 of Round 1 at Cage Warriors 60
  • Bianca Daimoni defeats Gisele Moreira via KO(punch) at 3:06 of Round 2 at Floripa Fight 9
  • Alida Gray defeats Soannia Tiem via KO (punch) at :05 of Round 3 at 24/7 12: State of Emergency

Submission of the Year

  • Duda Yankovich defeats Daniela Cristina via Keylock at 3:59 of Round 2 at Bitetti Combat 14
  • Rose Namajunas defeats Kathina Cantron via Flying Armbar at :12 of Round 1 at Invicta FC 5
  • Jessica Andrade defeats Milana Dudieva via Guillotine Choke at 4:34 of Round 2 at ProFC 47
  • Emi Fujino defeats Amber Brown via Neck Crank at 4:18 of round 2 at Pancrase 247
  • Alexandra Buch defeats Anne Merkt via Inverted Heel Hook at 4:49 of Round 1 at No Compromises 2
  • Stephanie Eggink defeats Angela Magana via Triangle Choke at 3:10 of Round 2 at XFC 25: Boiling Point
  • Anastasia Yankova defeats Eleanor Tassinari via Scarf Hold Armlock at :26 of Round 2 at White Rex Pro
  • Tina Lähdemäki defeats Karla Benitez via Arm-Triangle Choke at 4:50 of Round 1 at Cage 24

Promotion of the Year

  • Cage Warriors Fighting Championship
  • DEEP
  • Jewels
  • Invicta Fighting Championships
  • Tuff-N-Uff
  • UFC
  • XFC

Sponsor of the Year

  • Babes of MMA
  • Brawl and Maul
  • Fight Performance Gear
  • Fear the Fighter
  • Fight Chix
  • FighterGirls
  • Loyalty Before Royalty
  • MMA Chick
  • Polanti Watches
  • Tussle Fight Gear

Headline of the Year

  • Ronda Rousey and Liz Carmouche Become First Women to Compete/Headline a UFC Event
  • Women Enter ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ House, Rousey and Zingano (Tate) to Coach
  • Julianna Pena Becomes First Women’s Ultimate Fighter
  • Cage Warriors Open Multiple Women’s Weight Divisions
  • Invicta Crowns First Champion in Carla Esparza
  • Invicta FC Crowns New Champions in All Five Weight Classes Women’s MMA
  • Pioneer’s Megumi Fujii, Hitomi Akano and Julie Kedzie Hang Up Their Gloves
  • UFC Launches Female Strawweight Division on The Ultimate Fighter, Season 20



2013 WMMA Awards

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