Last night saw the World MMA Awards take place in Las Vegas but who exactly left the Venetian Theatre with the coveted ‘Fighter of the Year’ award?
Another year, another award show to top it all off.
Last night in Las Vegas saw the yearly ‘World MMA Awards’ show take place and as usual, the competition on what is the sport’s most glamorous occasion was fierce, especially given the fact that 2016 was perhaps one of the most insane years in the history of mixed martial arts.
With honours like ‘Fight of the Year’, ‘Upset of the Year’, ‘Breakthrough Fighter of the Year’ and ‘Knockout of the Year’ up for grabs, the night served as a celebration of all of the memorable moments that we – the fans – were treated to over the course of the last 365 days.
There was no award on the night, however, that garnered as much buzz as the coveted ‘Fighter of the Year’ trophy, and with several huge names making very strong cases for their selection, the honour could have gone to any of them on any given night.
You can read the full list of winners below.
Male Fighter of the Year – Conor McGregor – 155lbs
Female Fighter of the Year – Amanda Nunes – 135lbs
Breakthrough Fighter of the Year – Cody Garbrandt – 135lbs
Fight of the Year – Cub Swanson vs. Doo Ho Choi at UFC 206
Knockout of the Year – Michael Page vs. Cyborg Santos at Bellator 158
Submission of the Year – Nate Diaz vs. Conor McGregor at UFC 196
Upset of the Year – Michael Bisping vs. Luke Rockhold at UFC 199
Comeback of the Year – Miesha Tate vs. Holly Holm at UFC 196
Coach of the Year – John Kavanagh (Straight Blast Gym Ireland)
Trainer of the Year – Mike Dolce
Gym of the Year – American Top Team
Referee of the Year – John McCarthy
Ringcard Girl of the Year – Jhenny Andrade
Leading Man – Dana White
Best Promotion – UFC
Best MMA Programming – Ultimate Fighter
MMA Media Source of the Year – MMAFighting
MMA Clothing and Equipment Brand of the Year – Venum
MMA Journalist of the Year – Ariel Helwani
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena