RANCHO CUCAMONGA, CA. (March 7, 2017) – King of the Cage has announced the signing of fourteen women’s Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) athletes to exclusive, multi-fight contracts. These athletes are from the Atomweight (105 lbs.) and Strawweight (115 lbs.) divisions and represent the next chapter in the history of Women’s MMA. KOTC will cut each division off at eight total.
Since the inception in 1998, KOTC has maintained its goal of not only showcasing current stars of women’s MMA, but also building the stars of the future. Numerous women athletes have made their professional debuts fighting for King of the Cage including Ronda Rousey, Danielle Taylor, Michelle Waterson and Rose Namajunas.
“When choosing these competitors, we were not only looking for the top 105 and 115 females, we were also looking for the most marketable,” said Terry Trebilcock, Founder and CEO of King of the Cage. “Choosing 14 from over 300 potential candidates was challenging, but in the end, we feel we have made the proper decisions. The female 105 and 115 lb. divisions will finally get the notoriety they have strived for, and deserve.”
Atomweight (105 lbs.)
Andy Nguyen, South Carolina
Bi Nguyen, Texas
Grace Cleveland, Colorado
Cassie Rob, Colorado
Melissa Karagianis, Toronto, Canada
Kelly Vilarino, Oregon
Jayme Hinshaw, New Mexico
Strawweight (115 lbs.)
Laken Jowers, North Carolina
Corrie Ward, Arizona
Peggy Ross, California
Cynthia Arceo, Texas
Stephanie Gonzalez, California
Angela Jennings, Michigan
Jamie Colleen, Pennsylvania
Andy “The CrAsian” Nguyen
Weight: 105 lbs.
Nationality: Vietnamese/ Born in California
Born: Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Current Home: Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Combat Experience: Over 30 amateur fights including boxing, kickboxing, Muay Thai & MMA combined.
Stephanie “The Shark” Gonzalez
Weight: 115 lbs.
Nationality: Latina (Salvadoran and Mexican)
Born: Los Angeles, California
Current Home: Palmdale, California
Combat Experience: 6-3
Weight: 115 lbs.
Nationality: Sicilian, African -American, French, Lithuanian
Born: Huntington, West Virginia
Current Home: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Combat Experience: 8-2