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Ronda Rousey Wins 3 WMMA Awards: 2011 Fighter of the Year, Newcomer and Featherweight Fighter of the Year

All other category winners were selected by committee members making up the WMMA Press Association. The official members of the WMMA Press Association are:,,, Real Women's MMA, Women's MMA Today, WMMA Round-up and Wombat Sports.Female Newcomer, Featherweight and Fighter of the Year – Ronda Rousey videoWinning in three categories, the increasingly popular, Ronda Rousey continues to attract new fans and controversy as she prepares to move from the 145 lbs. weight division to climb the 135 lbs. ladder, now that Strikeforce management have decided to focus on one division for their female fighters.Fight of the Year – 115 lbs. Patricia Vidonic vs Chelsea Colarelli videoOn the third podcast, Marq Piocos from WombatSports, said, "This was one of the toughest categories for the committee to decide on. All the nominees had a great chance of winning the award, but one battle in particular stood out to the committee. It happened Oct. 1 at the Blackeye Promotions card, which gained it fight of the night honors from the promotion as well. Although it only went two rounds, each minute was action packed."Knockout of the Year – Heather Clark defeats April Coutino video125 lbs, fighting out of Jackson's MMA, Heather "Hurricane" Clark (4-1) charged in and knocked out April Coutino with her first punch, a devastating right hand.Submission of the Year – Miesha Tate defeats Marloes Coenen via Arm Triangle Choke videoAt the Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson event, 135 lbs. Champion Marloes Coenen lost to Miesha Tate. Within days of losing the fight, former champion, Marloes was released from Strikeforce.Female Flyweight (115) of the Year – Jessica Aguilar videoJessica Aguilar defeated Lisa Ellis Ward at Bellator 58. Their fight won a spot on the televised portion of the event after Bjorn Rebney, Bellator CEO, asked Twitter fans to vote on whose fight should be shown in the last open spot. At 60%, The women received the most votes. sourceMore WinnersFan Favorite Fighter of the Year – Cris "Cyborg" Santos: this was the only category open for fans to enter their votes.Female Super Flyweight (125) of the Year – Barb HonchakFemale Bantamweight (135) of the Year – Alexis DavisAmateur Female Fighter of the Year – Taylor StratfordSponsors of the Year – Tussle Fight Gear & Fight Chix (Tie)Mighty Mia Inspirational Fighter of the Year Award – Sara McMann video"The second day of the WMMA Awards saw a day of remembrance, inspiration, and a look into the future of the sport. The show started out with Georgia promoter, David Oblas, talking about two fighters we have lost during the year, Maryellen Cano and Sheri Thompson. 2010 Legacy Award winner, Sam Wilson also helps us remember Mia Hayes, who lost her battle with breast cancer this year. In her memory, the WMMA Press has named 'The Mighty Mia Inspirational Fighter of the Year' after her." sourceSara McMann, silver Olympic medalist in wrestling, has a record of four wins with no losses. Her next scheduled fight is January 21, 2012, against Hitomi Akano at ProElite 3.More InformationThis is the second year for the 2011 WMMA Awards to be presented. Winners were announced on three podcasts from December 29-31.Source:, Ronda Rousey Wins Fighter of the Year at the WMMA AwardsMore from this contributor:Before Gina Carano's 'Haywire', There's 'Cage Fighting Women'Interview: UFC Ring Girl Brittney Palmer on Her USO Tour and New Year's Eve at the Bowling AlleyCheryl 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. Updated 4 hours, 29 minutes ago

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