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#1 Jolldan

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Posted 17 May 2018 - 04:24 AM

The 10th Annual World MMA Awards will be held July 3 at the Pearl Theater at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas.

 

The 2018 World MMA Awards nominees are below.

 

The choice in blue is who I think likely takes the award?

 

Charles ‘Mask’ Lewis Fighter of the Year

Ryan Bader

Rafael dos Anjos

Robert Whittaker

Demetrious Johnson

Max Holloway

 

Female Fighter of the Year

Julia Budd

Angela Lee

Ilima-Lei Macfarlane

Cris Cyborg

Rose Namajunas

 

Breakthrough Fighter of the Year

Martin Nguyen

Volkan Oezdemir

Brian Ortega

Darren Till

Francis Ngannou

 

International Fighter of the Year

Volkan Oezdemir

Martin Nguyen

Darren Till

Robert Whittaker

Kamaru Usman

 

Fight of the Year

Eddie Alvarez vs. Dustin Poirier (UFC 211)

Robert Whittaker vs. Yoel Romero (UFC 213)

Justin Gaethje vs. Michael Johnson (The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale)

Aung La N Sang vs. Vitaly Bigdash (ONE Championship: Light Of A Nation)

Eddie Alvarez vs. Justin Gaethje (UFC 218)

 

Knockout of the Year

Matt Brown (vs. Diego Sanchez, UFC Norfolk)

Edson Barboza vs. Beneil Dariush, UFC Fortaleza)

Paul Daley (vs. Brennan Ward, Bellator 170)

Francis Ngannou (vs. Alistair Overeem, UFC 218)

Aaron Pico (vs. Justin Linn, Bellator 183)

 

Submission of the Year

Diego Brandao (vs. Murad Machaev, Fight Nights Global 38)

Brett Johns (vs. Joe Soto, The Ultimate Fighter 26 Finale)

Ali Bagov (vs. Bubba Jenkins, ACB 54)

Brian Ortega (vs. Cub Swanson, UFC Fresno)

Demetrious Johnson (vs. Ray Borg, UFC 216)

 

Comeback of the Year

Justin Gaethje (vs. Michael Johnson, The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale)

Uriah Hall (vs. Krzysztof Jotko, UFC Pittsburghe)

Nathaniel Wood (vs. Josh Reed, Cage Warriors 86)

Darren Elkins (vs. Mirsad Bektic, UFC 209)

Derrick Lewis (vs. Travis Browne, UFC Halifax)

 

Upset of the Year

Martin Nguyen (vs. Marat Gafurov, ONE Championship: Quest For Greatness)

Darren Elkins (vs. Mirsad Bektic, UFC 209)

Brent Primus (vs. Michael Chandler, Bellator 180)

Rose Namajunas (vs. Joanna Jedrzejczyk, UFC 217)

Zach Freeman (vs. Aaron Pico, Bellator 180)

 

Shawn Tompkins Coach of the Year

Duke Roufus

Trevor Wittman

Firas Zahabi

Matt Hume

Duane Ludwig

 

Trainer of the Year

Sam Calavitta (S&C coach)

Nick Curson (S&C coach)

Phil Daru (S&C coach)

Tyler Minton (Nutrionist)

Michelle Ingels (Nutrionist)

 

Gym of the Year

Roufusport

Gracie Technics

Kings MMA

American Top Team

Tristar

 

Referee of the Year

Jason Herzog

Mike Beltran

Herb Dean

Marc Goddard

John McCarthy

 

Ringcard Girl of the Year

Angelica Anderson

Carly Baker

Jhenny Andrade

Arianny Celeste

Mercedes Terrell

 

Leading Man

Martin Lewandowski

Chatri Sityodtong

Ed Soares

Dana White

Scott Coker

 

Best Promotion

LFA

ONE Championship

KSW

UFC

Bellator MMA

 

Personality of the Year

Daniel Cormier

Michael Schiavello

Chael Sonnen

Jon Anik

Joe Rogan

 

Analyst of the Year

Paul Felder

Jimmy Smith

Dominick Cruz

Pat Miletich

Brian Stann

 

Best MMA Programming

MMA Junkie Radio

The Ultimate Fighter

Sherdog Roundtable

The MMA Hour

UFC Embedded

 

MMA Media Source of the Year

FloCombat

Bloody Elbow

Sherdog

MMA Junkie

MMA Fighting

 

MMA Journalist of the Year

Karim Zidan

Brett Okamoto

Chuck Mindenhall

John Morgan

Ariel Helwani

 

MMA Clothing and Equipment Brand of the Year

Reebok

RVCA

Bad Boy

Venum

Hayabusa

 

 

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Posted 17 May 2018 - 05:27 AM

lol at a guy with a 0-0 record losing being nominated for upset of the year


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Posted 17 May 2018 - 06:18 AM

Ring Card Girl of the Year - Really?



#5 Jolldan

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Posted 17 May 2018 - 06:33 AM

Ring Card Girl of the Year - Really?

 

I literally looked up the first name and decided she wins lol

 

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Posted 17 May 2018 - 07:18 AM

Come 27th May when Darren Till hands Thompson his first stoppage ever we will be looking at the breakthrough fighter of the year.

 

Brett Johns calf slicer was the chit but Ortega's guillotine then readjustment takes it for me.

 

I guess Machidas front kick was to late to add to the ko of the year?



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Posted 17 May 2018 - 10:55 AM

Some of the nominations are a bit mad, Max Holloway for fighter of the year? He has fought 1 dude in the past year and a half in Aldo.... how the hell can that put him up for nomination of fighter of the year? Whittaker nearly in the same bracket, not fought since last July? Will fight for the first time since in June against the same guy, while both are great fighters, Fighter or the year where they barely competed? Nah. Ortega is the only one in that list deserving of a shout. Bader is in the B-League....

 

also, how on earth is Gathje vs Micheal Johnson up for comeback of the year? How can a comeback be a back and forth fight were the clearly better fighter KO'ing the other?


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Posted 17 May 2018 - 10:58 AM

Gaethje was nearly finished in that fight...
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Posted 17 May 2018 - 11:34 AM

 

Charles ‘Mask’ Lewis Fighter of the Year

 

Max Holloway

 

Female Fighter of the Year

 

Cris Cyborg

 

Breakthrough Fighter of the Year

 

Brian Ortega

 

International Fighter of the Year

 

Robert Whittaker

 

Fight of the Year

 

Justin Gaethje vs. Michael Johnson (The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale)

 

Knockout of the Year

 

Francis Ngannou (vs. Alistair Overeem, UFC 218)

 

Submission of the Year

 

Brian Ortega (vs. Cub Swanson, UFC Fresno)

 

Comeback of the Year

 

Justin Gaethje (vs. Michael Johnson, The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale)

 

Upset of the Year

 

Rose Namajunas (vs. Joanna Jedrzejczyk, UFC 217)

 

Referee of the Year

 

Marc Goddard

 

Leading Man

 

Scott Coker

 

Best Promotion

 

UFC

 

Personality of the Year

 

Daniel Cormier

 

Analyst of the Year

 

Dominick Cruz

 

MMA Media Source of the Year

 

Bloody Elbow

 

 

 


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Posted 17 May 2018 - 11:40 AM

this ^ minus Coker


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Posted 17 May 2018 - 12:07 PM

this ^ minus Coker

and replace Dom with Dan Hardy Analyst of the Year. 


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Posted 17 May 2018 - 12:19 PM

and replace Dom with Dan Hardy Analyst of the Year. 

 

and replace UFC with hentai 


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Posted 17 May 2018 - 12:26 PM

and replace UFC with hentai 

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Posted 17 May 2018 - 12:41 PM

Charles ‘Mask’ Lewis Fighter of the Year

Ryan Bader

 

Female Fighter of the Year

Cris Cyborg

 

 

Breakthrough Fighter of the Year

Francis Ngannou

 

International Fighter of the Year

Darren Till

 

Fight of the Year

Eddie Alvarez vs. Dustin Poirier (UFC 211)

Robert Whittaker vs. Yoel Romero (UFC 213)

tie

 

Knockout of the Year

Francis Ngannou (vs. Alistair Overeem, UFC 218)

 

 

Submission of the Year

 

eziquiel choke from Oleinik

 

Comeback of the Year

Derrick Lewis (vs. Travis Browne, UFC Halifax)

 

Upset of the Year

 

Darren Elkins (vs. Mirsad Bektic, UFC 209)

 

Shawn Tompkins Coach of the Year

Firas Zahabi

 

Duane Ludwig

 

tie

 

Trainer of the Year

Sam Calavitta (S&C coach)

 

Tyler Minton (Nutrionist) (LMFAO at this clown getting nominated)

 

 

Gym of the Year

Tristar

 

Referee of the Year

 

John McCarthy

 

Ringcard Girl of the Year

Mercedes Terrell

 

Leading Man

Dana White

 

 

Best Promotion

UFC

 

Combate will get on this list next year for sure.

 

Personality of the Year

Daniel Cormier

 

Analyst of the Year

Dominick Cruz

 

Best MMA Programming

JR MMA Hour

MMA Media Source of the Year

MMA Junkie

 

 

MMA Journalist of the Year

 

Brett Okamoto

 

MMA Clothing and Equipment Brand of the Year

Venum

 



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Posted 17 May 2018 - 12:42 PM

LOL @ how those pictures lined up though. Tentacle Penn is the final boss. 


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Posted 17 May 2018 - 12:44 PM

is this for 2017?  otherwise they should change it to the First Quarter of 2018 World MMA Awards

 

it cant be for last year. GSP would be nominated for comeback of the year, and he would win by a landslide


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Posted 17 May 2018 - 12:53 PM

is this for 2017?  otherwise they should change it to the First Quarter of 2018 World MMA Awards

 

it cant be for last year. GSP would be nominated for comeback of the year, and he would win by a landslide

 

I guess its 2017 ...lol weird I was thinking about 2018 to date....



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Posted 17 May 2018 - 01:39 PM

Would be nice to have this whole thing as a forum poll.  

 

Not sure the poll rules...maybe a moderator could do it for so many categories?


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Posted 17 May 2018 - 02:13 PM

We have the same limit as other posters unfortunately.
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Posted 17 May 2018 - 02:20 PM

Hmmmmmm

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Posted 17 May 2018 - 02:42 PM

Hmmmmmm

 

 

why did you pick Ortega who is a confirmed cheat?



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Posted 17 May 2018 - 06:15 PM

I literally looked up the first name and decided she wins lol

 

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I added a nice little word after her name into google, I was more than impressed, WINNER



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Posted 17 May 2018 - 06:19 PM

why did you pick Ortega who is a confirmed cheat?

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Posted 17 May 2018 - 06:47 PM

what

 

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Posted 17 May 2018 - 06:51 PM

what

Evidently he thinks my post was your post


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Posted 17 May 2018 - 06:53 PM

Evidently he thinks my post was your post

 

lol yep, just looked at profile pic...


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Posted 17 May 2018 - 06:56 PM

hmmm



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Posted 17 May 2018 - 07:00 PM

hmmm

I just changed my avi to avoid confusion


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Posted 18 May 2018 - 12:33 AM

why did you pick Ortega who is a confirmed cheat?

lol, as you're the biggest stan of Mr "tainted supplements" this post is hilarious

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Posted 18 May 2018 - 02:05 AM

Rose better win female fighter of the year


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Posted 18 May 2018 - 02:11 AM

Rose better win female fighter of the year

^this^ at least she's fighting in a division with more than 1 fighter in it
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Posted 18 May 2018 - 02:50 AM

Rose can't win that one. She would lose to everybody else that got nominated. lol
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Posted 19 May 2018 - 07:35 PM

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.



Leading Man

Dana White by default.



Best Promotion

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.