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2010 World Mixed Martial Arts Awards Winners

Written by 5thRound.com Staff
December 2nd, 2010
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Fighters Only’s 3rd annual World Mixed Martial Arts Awards took place Wednesday night. This year’s winners were announced at a fancy black-tie reception at The Pearl inside the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada.

UFC Hall of Famer Randy Couture and Versus hottie Molly Qerim hosted the star-studded event, which debuts December 9th on Versus.

The ceremony was devised to celebrate the special successes and achievements made within the MMA industry. It provided fanatics across the globe the chance to vote on which athletes, brands, and industry professionals have made the greatest impact on the sport over the last 12 months.

Voting took place across 19 different categories including Fighter of the Year, Knockout of the Year, and Best Lifestyle Apparel.

Here were the nominees and winners from the 2010 World MMA Awards:

CHARLES “MASK” LEWIS FIGHTER OF THE YEAR

Anderson Silva
Brock Lesnar
Frankie Edgar
Jose Aldo
Mauricio “Shogun” Rua

Winner: Jose Aldo

FIGHT OF THE YEAR

Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen at UFC 117
Brock Lesnar vs. Shane Carwin at UFC 116
Leonard Garcia vs. Chan Sung Jung at WEC 48
Chris Leben vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama at UFC 116
Jorge Santiago vs. Kazuo Misaki at Sengoku 14

Winner: Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen

KO OF THE YEAR

Anthony Njokuani vs. Chris Horodecki at WEC 45
Cain Velasquez vs. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira at UFC 110
Mauricio “Shogun” Rua vs. Lyoto Machida at UFC 113
Mike Russow vs. Todd Duffee at UFC 114
Rich Franklin vs. Chuck Liddell at UFC 115

Winner: Mauricio “Shogun” Rua vs. Lyoto Machida

SUBMISSION OF THE YEAR

Matt Hughes vs. Ricardo Almeida at UFC 117
Chris Leben vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama at UFC 116
Cole Miller vs. Dan Lauzon at UFC 108
Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen at UFC 118
Fabricio Werdum vs. Fedor Emelianenko at “Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Werdum

Winner: Fabricio Werdum vs. Fedor Emelianenko

BEST PROMOTION

Bellator
DREAM
Strikeforce
UFC
WEC

Winner: UFC

LEADING MAN OF THE YEAR

Bjorn Rebney, Bellator CEO
Dana White, UFC president
Joe Silva, UFC VP of talent relations
Michael Schiavello, HDNet broadcaster
Scott Coker, Strikeforce founder and CEO

Winner: Dana White, UFC president

INTERNATIONAL FIGHTER OF THE YEAR

Alistair Overeem
Dan Hardy
George Sotiropoulos
John Hathaway
Shinya Aoki

Winner: Alistair Overeem

BREAKTHROUGH FIGHTER OF THE YEAR

Charles Oliveira
Evan Dunham
George Sotiropoulos
John Hathaway
Jon Jones

Winner: Jon Jones

FEMALE FIGHTER OF THE YEAR

Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos
Megumi “Mega Megu” Fujii
Miesha Tate
Sarah Kaufman
Zoila Frausto

Winner: Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos

COACH OF THE YEAR

Cesar Gracie
Firas Zahabi
Greg Jackson
Rafael Cordeiro
Shawn Tompkins

Winner: Greg Jackson

GYM OF THE YEAR

American Kickboxing Academy
American Top Team
Black House MMA
Greg Jackson’s Submission Fighting
Wand Fight Team

Winner: Wand Fight Team

RING GIRL OF THE YEAR

Arianny Celeste
Brittney Palmer
Chandella Powell
Natalie Skyy
Rachelle Leah

Winner: Arianny Celeste

BEST LIFESTYLE CLOTHING BRAND

Affliction
Fight Chix
RVCA
Silverstar
TapouT

Winner: TapouT

REFEREE OF THE YEAR

“Big” John McCarthy
Dan Miragliotta
Herb Dean
Josh Rosenthal
Mario Yamasaki

Winner: Herb Dean

MOST MEMORABLE RING ENTRANCE

Anderson Silva
Clay Guida
Jason “Mayhem” Miller
Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal
Tom Lawlor

Winner: Jason “Mayhem” Miller

BEST TECHNICAL EQUIPMENT BRAND

Everlast MMA
Fairtex
Hayabusa
TapouT
Venum

Winner: Everlast MMA

BEST TECHNICAL CLOTHING BRAND

Bad Boy
Hayabusa
Jaco
TapouT
Venum

Winner: Bad Boy

MEDIA SOURCE OF THE YEAR

“Inside MMA” on HDNet
MMAjunkie.com
MMAWeekly.com
MMAFighting.com
Sherdog.com

Winner: MMAjunkie.com

MMA JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR

Aaron “Tru” Teweles, Freelance
Ariel Helwani, MMAFighting.com/Versus.com
Conner Cordova, MMAReligion.com
Gareth A. Davies, Telegraph.com
John Morgan, MMAjunkie.com

Winner: Ariel Helwani, MMAFighting.com/Versus.com

Outstanding Contribution to MMA (Unexpected Announcement):

Winner: Randy Couture

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