World MMA Awards

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World MMA Awards
Awarded for Excellence in the field of
Mixed martial arts
Country United States
Presented by Fighters Only Magazine
First awarded 2008
Official website
Television/Radio coverage
Network Versus[1]
Fuel TV[2]
Fox Sports Networks[2]

The World MMA Awards are awards presented by Fighters Only magazine to honor exceptional performance in various aspects of Mixed martial arts. Winners are presented with the Fighters Only silver statuette. The World MMA Awards are divided into over twenty categories. The first World MMA Awards ceremony was held in 2008. From their inception to the present, award winners have been chosen through online fan voting.[2][3] It is the most prestigious award event in the world of MMA.[4][5][6][7]

Active award categories[edit]

The Charles ‘Mask’ Lewis Fighter of the Year[edit]

For the 2010 awards, the Fighter of the Year award was renamed The Charles ‘Mask’ Lewis Fighter of the Year award in commemoration of Tapout co-founder Charles Lewis, Jr..[10]

Female Fighter of the Year[edit]

Breakthrough Fighter of the Year[edit]

International Fighter of the Year[edit]

This award was originally known as the European Fighter of the Year.

This award was renamed the International Fighter of the Year from 2010 onward. It is Awarded to the leading mixed martial artist from outside of the Americas.

Fight of the Year[edit]

Knockout of the Year[edit]

Submission of the Year[edit]

Comeback of the Year[edit]

Upset of the Year[edit]

The Shawn Tompkins Coach of the Year[edit]

For the 2012 awards, the Coach of the Year award was renamed The Shawn Tompkins Coach of the Year award in commemoration of Shawn Tompkins.

Gym of the Year[edit]

Trainer of the Year[edit]

Referee of the Year[edit]

Ringcard Girl of the Year[edit]

Leading Man of the Year[edit]

Awarded to the leading industry executive in the world of MMA.

MMA Personality of the Year[edit]

Best Promotion[edit]

Lifetime Achievement[edit]

This honor is decided by the awards panel.

Special Achievement Award

Outstanding Contribution to MMA

Lifetime Achievement

Best Lifestyle Clothing Brand[edit]

Best Overall Clothing.

  • 2008 Tapout[8]

Best MMA Clothing.

  • 2009 Tapout[9]

Best Lifestyle Clothing Brand.

Best Technical Clothing Brand[edit]

Best MMA Shorts.

  • 2008 Sprawl[8]
  • 2009 Tapout[9]

Best Technical Clothing Brand.

Best Technical Equipment[edit]

Best MMA Gloves.

  • 2008 Fairtex[8]
  • 2009 UFC / Century[9]

Best Technical Equipment.

MMA Media Source of the Year[edit]

Best Media Coverage.

Media Source of the Year.

MMA Journalist of the Year[edit]

Defunct award categories[edit]

Best MMA Brand[edit]

Most Memorable Ring Entrance[edit]


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  2. ^ a b c Leach, Robin (10 January 2013). "MMA Awards preview: Stars include fighters, Coco, Claire, Springer and ‘Absinthe’". Las Vegas Sun. Retrieved 13 January 2013. 
  3. ^ "Silva, Carano, UFC, win World Mixed Martial Arts Awards". 9 December 2008. Retrieved 13 January 2013. 
  4. ^ Adept Mobile. "World MMA Awards Show Premieres Wed. on FOX Sports 2". 
  5. ^ "ONE Championship". 
  6. ^ "Jose Aldo takes top honours in FO World Mixed Martial Arts Awards 2010". Sport - Telegraph Blogs. 
  7. ^ "Roufusport Nominated for 'Gym of the Year' at 2011 World MMA Awards". 
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o "Fighters Only World MMA Awards Results". The MMA News. 12 December 2008. Retrieved 13 January 2013. 
  9. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s Rhodes, Stephen (31 December 2009). "2009 World MMA Awards – Official Results". Octagon Buzz. Retrieved 13 January 2013. 
  10. ^ Okamoto, Brett (31 December 2009). "2009 MMA awards show honors top moments of the year". Las Vegas Sun. Retrieved 12 January 2013. 
  11. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t Mrosko, Geno (2 December 2010). "2010 World MMA Awards Winners and Results". MMA Mania. Retrieved 13 January 2013. 
  12. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v Leslie, Chris (1 December 2011). "2011 World MMA Awards: Jon Jones wins Fighter of the Year". MMA Frenzy. Retrieved 13 January 2013. 
  13. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u Tucker, Bryan (11 January 2013). "World MMA Awards 2012 Results". MMAFighting. Retrieved 13 January 2013. 
  14. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w Tucker, Bryan. "World MMA Awards 2013 Results". 
  15. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v "7th Annual Fighters Only World MMA Awards winners list". Retrieved 31 January 2015. 

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