This year has been stellar for female athletes participating in mixed martial arts competitions. This is in part due to the rise of the all female professional promotion Invicta Fighting Championships. Invicta hosted three successful shows, almost all of which included highly skilled females from Ohio or Kentucky. The UFC announced plans not only for a female fight for the first time in the history of the number one promotion in the world but also selected a female fight to headline the Febuary 23rd UFC 157. Ronda Rousey and Liz Carmouche take top billing on that event which marks not only the first fight but first title fight for the women in the UFC.
One of Bellator’s most highly anticipated and talked about matches included Ohio natives Jessica Eye and Zoila Gurgel. The XFC and Bellator remain consistent featuring female fights on a significant amount of shows announcing new signees weekly. With the fast paced rise of FMMA, Kentucky and Ohio are not behind the curve, producing female athletes on many top level professional cards.
With so many highly skilled females athletes in the area, it should come as no surprise that a high demand feature for many amateur fight cards in Kentucky for 2013 will be female bouts. The fan demand to see the ladies in action is evident as we see promoters constantly seeking female MMA athletes across social networks. It looks as though the challenge to find female competitors game to bring a fight will no longer elude the match makers in the upcoming year.
Bluegrass Brawl leads the pack January 4th , hosting 16 fights, one of which will be a female bout. Amy Holland (0-2) will face Misty Gannon (0-0) in a welterweight match set to kick off the first female fight of the year for the state of Kentucky. The following night January 5th, AAMMA will continue to bring the ladies to the spot light with Tennessee native Molly Dupertuis (2-1) making her fourth trip to the Bluegrass State to take on Kahle Wright (0-0) in a bantamweight battle. In true AAMMA fashion, multiple female bouts are scheduled as they continue to seek an opponent for Cara Dickey (2-3). East Coast Promotions out of Ashland, Kentucky wont be left out, making the calls seeking females for a February show currently under construction. Included in the mix is Hardrock MMA. However, Hardrock MMA is not just jumping on the FMMA bandwagon as the promotion hosted the first female professional bout held in the state of Kentucky in September of ’09 . Hardrock MMA welcomes FMMA back announcing plans to host multiple female bouts in February stating the desire to place at least one female fight on each of the three cards scheduled for the month. Spartan Fighting Championship too is seeking to add female bouts, looking to match up someone ready to go at 105-110 pounds.
The rise of FMMA has effectively skyrocketed female fights to the top of the priority list for match makers in Kentucky and that trend looks to continue taking off with massive momentum at the start of 2013.