The second annual Fighters Only World Mixed Martial Awards Ceremony took place Wednesday night at The Joint by Rogue inside the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. UFC welterweight champ and Fighter of the Year nominee George St-Pierre, reigning Ring Girl of the Year and 2009 nominee Arianny Celeste, and of course, UFC president Dana White – who was up for Leading Man of the Year, were all in attendance.
Here are the quick results for tonight’s awards show:
GYM OF THE YEAR
Jackson Submission Fighting – Greg Jackson (Albuquerque, New Mexico)
BEST MMA GLOVES MANUFACTURER
BREAKTHROUGH FIGHTER OF THE YEAR
COACH OF THE YEAR
BEST MMA BRAND
BEST MMA JOURNALIST
John Morgan – Dallas Morning News/MMAjunkie.com
FEMALE FIGHTER OF THE YEAR
Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos
KO OF THE YEAR
Dan Henderson vs. Michael Bisping at UFC 100
LEADING MAN OF THE YEAR
Dana White, UFC president
BEST MMA SHORTS MANUFACTURER
SUBMISSION OF THE YEAR
Toby Imada vs. Jorge Masvidal at Bellator 5
BEST MEDIA SOURCE
RING GIRL OF THE YEAR
EUROPEAN FIGHTER OF THE YEAR
FIGHT OF THE YEAR
Clay Guida vs. Diego Sanchez at “The Ultimate Fighter 9 Finale”
FIGHTER OF THE YEAR
This groundbreaking event was created to recognize and celebrate the achievements of the people involved in making mixed martial arts what it is today.
“We created The Awards Show to honor those who advocate our collective goals to expand the sport of MMA,” said Rob Hewitt, President and CEO, Fighters Only. “We’re delighted at the overwhelming support we’ve received from the MMA community, the fans and everyone at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.”
Fighters Only cut off voting on December 5th, allowing fans to make their picks in eighteen categories, including “Fighter of the Year,” “Knockout of the Year,” “Promotion of the Year” and the popular “Ring Girl of the Year.” A panel of industry experts votes for the nineteenth category, “Lifetime Achievement,” to honor an individual for their outstanding contribution to the sport.
Another great night for the sport of mixed martial arts.
Thanks Fighters Only!
P.S. – If you don’t follow Arianny Celeste on Twitter, perhaps you should because she Tweeted this pic of herself just after she hit the red carpet for the awards show …