|Photo Courtesy of Invicta FC|
The Japanese stand-out has done it again, the WMMA Press has selected Ayaka Hamasaki as the Atomweight of the Year for a second year in a row. She has now won the award every year she has competed in the division.
Despite fighting one time, 2015 was a busy and career defining year for Hamasaki. In winning the Invicta FC championship, she became the first Japanese fighter to win a major championship in North America. In addition, she helped train Shoot Boxing's Rena for her successful mma debut and appeared in a Vice Japan series where she helps train two women who have never fought before.
|Gong Magazine's Best Fighter of 2015|
2016 should be an exciting year for the champion, with wins over the #2, #3, and #4 ranked Atomweights in the world, many think that a fight with #5 ranked Amber Brown may be on the horizon.
The nominees were:
Ayaka Hamasaki (InvictaFC champ)
Mei Yamaguchi (DEEP JEWELS champ)
Julia Jones (3-0 in 2015)
Thaty Bergamaschi (3-0 in 2015)
Kanna Asakura (2-0 in 2015)
Amber Brown (1-0 in 2015)
· Pedro Henrique – Da Made Ferro MMA (Brazil)
· Charlie Jewett – CJ’s Report (covering Asian MMA)
· Yael Grauer – Sherdog.com
· MarQ Piocos – WombatSports.com
· Elias Stefanescu – Ground and Pound (Germany)
· Kristin Ursy – Women’s MMA Round-up