Holly Holm and Demetrious Johnson Named Fighters of the Year on Inside MMA’s 2015 Bazzie Awards

HOLLY HOLM AND DEMETRIOUS JOHNSON NAMED FIGHTERS OF THE YEAR ON INSIDE MMA’S 2015 BAZZIE AWARDS

Winners Also Announced for Fight, KO and Submission of the Year and More on AXS TV’s Annual MMA Awards Show

Below is a video of the winners acceptance speech and

Video of The Best of Moments of 2015 on AXS TV Fights

LOS ANGELES – Dec. 18, 2015 – Newly crowned UFC women’s bantamweight champion Holly Holm, who unseated reigning champ Ronda Rousey in November, and UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson, who twice defended his belt in 2015, took home top honors as female and male fighters of the year tonight on INSIDE MMA’s 2015 Bazzie Awards show hosted by Bas Rutten and Ron Kruck.

Here is a video with all of the winners’ acceptance speech:

Holm also won KO of the year for her devastating knockout of Rousey, while Legacy Fighting Championship’s Dylan Ashburn won submission of the year for his brutal twister submission of Donis Francois at Legacy 38 and fight of the year honors went to the bloodbath between Robbie Lawler and Rory McDonald at UFC 189 in July.

Rounding out the awards show, undefeated UFC bantamweight and AXS TV Fights alum Thomas Almeida won breakthrough fighter of the year, Lion Fight’s Gaston Bolanos was named AXS TV Fights Rising Star and Patricio Freire won comeback of the year for his KO of Daniel Weichel at Bellator 138.

The Best of Moments of 2015 on AXS TV Fights in Under 3 Minutes!

AXS TV’s INSIDE MMA, the longest running and only independent MMA news show on television, has handed out the Bazzie Awards, named after series host and UFC Hall of Famer Bas Rutten, since 2008. The winners are voted on by Rutten, Rice, correspondent Ron Kruck and the INSIDE MMA news team.

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The complete list of winners and nominees are below (winners in bold):

MALE FIGHTER OF THE YEAR:

Demetrious Johnson (winner)
Donald Cerrone
Daniel Cormier
Justin Gaethje
Liam McGeary
Conor McGregor

FEMALE FIGHTER OF THE YEAR:

Holly Holm (winner)
Joanna Jedrzejczyk
Cris “Cyborg” Justino
Ronda Rousey
Miesha Tate

FIGHT OF THE YEAR:

Robbie Lawler vs. Rory MacDonald II – UFC 189 (winner)
Andrei Arlovski vs. Travis Browne – UFC 187
Vitaly Bigdash vs. Igor Svirid – One Championship 32
Daniel Cormier vs. Alexander Gustafsson – UFC 192
Justin Gaethje vs. Luis Palomino – WSOF 19

SUBMISSION OF THE YEAR:

Dylan Ashburn vs. Donis Francois – Legacy Fighting Championship 38 (winner)
Braden Crowell vs. Darren Romkee – Summit FC 11
Tyrone Henderson vs. Hong Young-Gi – Road FC 21
Liam McGeary vs. Tito Ortiz – Bellator 142
Ronda Rousey vs. Cat Zingano – UFC 184
Fabricio Werdum vs. Cain Velasquez – UFC 188

KO OF THE YEAR:

Holly Holm vs. Ronda Rousey – UFC 193 (winner)
Harris Bonfiglio vs. BJ Prak – Reality Fighting
Jay-Ar Campos vs. Michael Vojantic – Clan Wars 21
Paul Felder vs. Danny Castillo – UFC 182
Chris Gardner vs. Chris Henderson – VCFC
Hisaki Kato vs. Joe Schilling – Bellator 139
Frank Mir vs. Todd Duffee – UFC Fight Night 71
Alex Morono vs. Valdir Araujo – Legacy Fighting Championship 44

AXS TV FIGHTS RISING STAR:

Gaston Bolanos – Lion Fight (winner)
Ricardo Ramos – Legacy Fighting Championship
Andrew Sanchez – Resurrection Fighting Alliance
Luke Sanders – Resurrection Fighting Alliance
Valentina Schevchenko – Legacy Fighting Championship/Legacy Kickboxing
Eric Spicely – CES MMA

BREAKTHROUGH FIGHTER:

Thomas Almeida (winner)
Max Holloway
Henry Cejudo
Liam McGeary
Joanna Jedrzejczyk
Donald Cerrone

COMEBACK OF THE YEAR:

Patricio Freire vs. Daniel Weichel – Bellator 138 (winner)
Thiago Alves vs. Jordan Mein – UFC 183
Vitaly Bigdash vs. Igor Svirid – One Championship 32
David Burrow vs. Anthony Njokuani – Legacy Fighting Championship 38
Thales Leites vs. Tim Boetsch – UFC 183


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