This will be QUEEN MMA MEDIA’S third annual Professional Athlete of the Year award.  In 2017 Lindsey VanZandt was selected professional of the year.  In 2018 Kathryn Paprocki was voted professional of the year.  In early November Queen MMA Media began accepting nominations for professional of the year (2019).  We invited our fans and followers to nominate the fighter they felt should be Queen MMA Professional Athlete of the Year (2019).  The deadline for nominations was December 1, 2019.  Queen MMA is proud to present the 2019 Professional Athlete of the Year Nominees.

Queen MMA Media received sixteen nominees for the Professional of the Year award this year.  This list was narrowed down to those who received the most nominations.  Included with the nominees name is a brief quote taken from one of the nominations sent in.  The official top ten nominees for Queen MMA Media Professional of the Year (2019) are as follows:

OLIVIA “Phoenix” PARKER – Liv fights out of Tennessee and trains under Knoxville Martial Arts Academy.  The thirty-seven year old lightweight produced an undefeated (5-0) amateur career.  She turned pro in 2019 and has generated a (3-0) record winning all three of her professional bouts.

“I nominate Liv Parker.  Her story of victory is a huge inspiration to many folks.  A wife, a mother of two kids, a school teacher, a track coach, and still managed to compile an (5-0) amateur record and a (3-0) pro record.”

LEAH “The Curse” McCOURT – Leah fights out of Northern Ireland and trains under Straight Blast Gym Charlestown.  She went (2-0) in 2019 with both victories coming by way of first round finish under the Bellator promotional banner.  The twenty-seven year old featherweight is fast developing into a top level professional.

“We love Leah.  She has made us so proud.  She deserves your award.  She deserves the best.”

MARISA “Spider Monkey” BELENCHIA – Marisa fights out of Connecticut and trains under Ultimate MMA CT.  Marisa had a productive 2019, capturing multiple victories as an atomweight in MMA and gaining a win in the sport of boxing.  She is a well rounded fighter with a ton of grit.

“Marisa is a fighter.  She is as tough as it gets.  Marisa always brings it.  I nominate Marisa for you pro award.”

“Hurricane” HOPE CHASE – Hope fights out of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and trains under Indio Dojo and White Viper Martial Arts.  The twenty-one year old went (2-0) in 2019 finishing both victories in the first round.

“Hope is unbelievable.  She is going to be in the UFC someday!  I nominate Hope Chase for professional of the year.”

HILARIE ROSE – Hilarie fights out of Massachusetts.  She is on a four fight winning streak and went (2-0) in 2019.  Hilarie has fought all of her pro bouts under the CES promotional banner and continues to evolve in a positive direction as a professional.

“I would like to nominate Hilarie Rose for professional athlete of the year.  She has won her last four fights plus she gives so much to others in the sport.  Thank you Queen MMA for what you have done to help women’s MMA.”

JENNY SAVAGE – Jenny fights out of Tennessee and is riding a two fight winning streak in 2019.  She is a fierce pro level competitor who always gives one hundred percent.

“I nominate Jenny!  She fights the hardest and looks the hottest.  Her fights are always the most exciting.”

KATIE “Maquina Asesina” PEREZ – Katie fights out of North Carolina and trains under Team Phoenix.  She climbed to the top of the amateurs with a solid (4-1) record before turning professional in November of 2019.  Look for this twenty-six year old atomweight to continue sharpening her skills into 2020.  Katie is a promising new professional.

“I seen her win the Ogitchidaa Fight Promotion (OFP) Atomweight title.  I have been a fan ever since.  She is one tough girl.  I nominate Katie!”

GENIA GOODIN – Genia fights out of Kentucky.  She compiled an amazing (8-0) record as an amateur.  In June of 2019 she gained her professional debut victory under the Invicta Fighting Championship promotional banner.  Genia is an outstanding strawweight who many believe will have a spectacular pro career.

“Genia Goodin!  She was the best strawweight in the amateurs and she will be the best in the pros.”

“All Hail” HAILEY COWAN – Hailey fights out of Texas.  She went (2-0) in 2019 and is riding a four fight win streak.  Hailey has spent her professional career under the Legacy Fighting Alliance promotional banner and is fast becoming a name among flyweights.

“Hailey has proven herself at LFA.  The crowd loves her.  Hailey is a great flyweight.  I nominate Hailey Cowan for the Queen MMA pro award.”

JILLIAN “LionHeart” DeCOURSEY – Jillian fights out of Queens, New York and is always a game opponent.  She is a top quality professional atomweight who has experienced the ups and downs of the pros.  Her desire to never quit continues to shine bright.  In November of 2019 Jillian gained a convincing victory putting her back on the road to the top of the mountain.

“I have known Jillian for a long time.  I know a lot of female fighters and Jillian has the heart of a lion just like her nickname says.  Put Jillian DeCoursey down as a nominee.”  

Queen MMA Media extends a BIG congratulations to the nominees! Keep your eyes open for these ten Professional Athlete of the Year (2019) nominees as they will be posted on the QUEEN MMA MEDIA facebook page for open voting to determine Professional Athlete of the Year 2019 – very soon!


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