2013 has been an amazing year for women’s mixed martial arts.
We saw the first ever main card event, new divisions in the UFC, and the first female Ultimate Fighter. It has been a year of evolution for Women’s MMA. Let’s recap some of the best moments in Women’s MMA this year.
5. Ronda Rousey vs. Liz Carmouche, in the UFC’s first ever female main event. UFC 157 featured these two amazing females. Rousey defeated Carmouche in the first round via armbar.
4. The rise of the women’s strawweight division. Female fighters like Tecia Torres have definitely taken the spotlight in Invicta leading to the UFC announcing its new strawweight division. Not only was the strawweight division announced, but 11 female fighters were signed for the first ever all-female cast of TUF 19, beginning in 2014.
3. We all know about the Miesha Tate vs. Ronda Rousey rivalry, which is one of the best in MMA history. So when Cat Zingano injured herself and Tate became a coach on TUF 18, we were all as surprised as Rousey to see her there. This took the rivalry to a new level.
2. The first ever female Ultimate Fighter Julianna Pena came on the scene. Julianna Pena upset Rousey’s team with her win over their top pick and continued to dominate during the season. In the finale of The Ultimate Fighter Championship she won against Jessica Rakoczy in the finale seconds of the first round via TKO.
1. Finally, perhaps the most memorable moment for Women’s MMA this year was Saturday night at UFC 168, when the Tate-Rousey rivalry came to a head. Tate was the first female to take Rousey out of the first round.
Tate had great defense, but ultimately lost via armbar in the third round. Both females left it all in the cage. After the fight when Tate went to shake Rousey’s hand in true Rousey-style she walked away, sparking boos from the crowd.
While there was so many pivotal points in women’s mixed martial arts this year, we had to touch on a few that were highlights of the year. 2014 is already being set up for another great year in women’s mixed martial arts.