Charles ‘Mask’ Lewis Fighter of the Year
I initially would have gone with Ryan Bader, because he's shown the most improvement, but he's doing his thing in the minor leagues currently, so I'll go with Max Holloway.
Female Fighter of the Year
I like Rose, and I think she's deserving, but I also scored her rematch against JJ for Joanna, and no "female" has been as dominant as Cris Cyborg, so I'll go with Cyborg.
Breakthrough Fighter of the Year
Till will have his time, and it seems like Ngannou's may have past. It's hard to argue with what Ortega has done in the last calendar year, (A highlight reel KO of an always game Clay Guida, back to back guillotines [one of which was a very tough Cub Swanson] and possibly a KO of the year against Frankie, so I'll go with Brian Ortega.
International Fighter of the Year
Whittaker is already established as more than just a great international fighter. If Usman beats Maia in dominant fashion I may change my mind here, but Darren Till is the epitome of great international fighter right now, including fighting exclusively over-seas (not US).
Fight of the Year
For me, this is between Eddie Alvarez vs. Dustin Poirier (UFC 211) and Justin Gaethje vs. Michael Johnson (The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale). I don't think you can go wrong with either. Both fights had it all, but Gaethje vs. Johnson didn't end in controversy, so they get the edge for me.
Knockout of the Year
The Matt Brown and Francis Ngannou KOs were savage, but you won't see many KOs timed as well as the Barboza KO over Dariush, which gets my pick.
Submission of the Year
Brett Johns (vs. Joe Soto, The Ultimate Fighter 26 Finale)... That Calf Slicer was legit.
Comeback of the Year
Justin Gaethje (vs. Michael Johnson, The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale) was a close second, but Darren Elkins (vs. Mirsad Bektic, UFC 209) was one of the best comebacks ever.
Upset of the Year
Brent Primus (vs. Michael Chandler, Bellator 180) wasn't a legit upset, in my mind, because of the injury. Because of this, Rose Namajunas (vs. Joanna Jedrzejczyk, UFC 217) wins, hands-down.
Shawn Tompkins Coach of the Year
Firas Zahabi, mostly because of Rory and GSP.
Trainer of the Year
Nick Curson (S&C coach)
Gym of the Year
Since AKA isn't nominated, American Top Team takes this easily.
Referee of the Year
If there was a "None of the Above" choice, I'd go with that. I guess Big John by default.
Ringcard Girl of the Year
If there was an "All of the Above" choice, I'd go with that, but I'll take Jhenny Andrade.
Dana White by default.
UFC by default.
Personality of the Year
Joe Rogan, because Joe Rogan...
Analyst of the Year
Jimmy Smith is very good, but I actually really like Brian Stann for this.
Best MMA Programming
UFC Embedded has room for improvement, but has been engaging and interesting all the same.
MMA Media Source of the Year
They're all pretty good for different reasons, but I prefer Bloody Elbow currently.
MMA Journalist of the Year
Ariel Helwani, FTW.
MMA Clothing and Equipment Brand of the Year
Hayabusa has some good stuff, but Venum has the coolest stuff, without a doubt.