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LAS VEGAS – December 22, 2014 – The nominations are in for the annual Fighters Only World MMA Awards, and today Rob Hewitt, CEO of Fighters Only Magazine, revealed the Names, Categories and Awards that will make 2015 the most exciting, comprehensive and premier event in the mixed martial arts industry. Hewitt also proudly announced that Brian Stann and Nicole Dabeau will return as event hosts.

The Seventh Annual World MMA Awards will take place Friday, January 30, 2015 live from The Venetian Las Vegas. Advance Tickets are available through

“2014 was another incredible year for the sport of mixed martial arts,” said Hewitt. “We saw greatness in competition, upsets in championships, the rise of new stars and the most active schedule of MMA events to date. Now it is time to honor all those who bring MMA to life, and give the fans a fun and glamorous night to celebrate the sport.”

As with previous events, Fighters Only once again gives fans the power to determine who takes home a World MMA Award. Fans can cast their votes through their mobile devices, smart phones or PCs via the official website now live

This year, for the first time ever, the MMA Awards reflects a full calendar year of action. The following event categories include everything that transpired from Jan. 1, 2014 to Dec. 20, 2014. This gives the Seventh Annual Awards status as the most accurate and comprehensive event in Fighters Only history.

Voting will conclude Friday, January 23, 2015 at 12:00 Midnight PST. Following are the Nominations:

Charles ‘Mask’ Lewis Fighter of the Year

Donald Cerrone

TJ Dillashaw

Robbie Lawler

Emanuel Newton

Luke Rockhold

Female Fighter of the Year

Jessica Aguilar

Carla Esparza

Joanna Jedrzejczyk

Ronda Rousey

Herica Tiburcio

Breakthrough Fighter of the Year

Will Brooks

Kelvin Gastelum

Justin Gaethje

Myles Jury

Yoel Romero

International Fighter of the Year

Andrei Arlovski

Kyoji Horiguchi

Liam McGeary

Conor McGregor

Alexander Volkov

Fight of the Year

Johny Hendricks vs. Robbie Lawler I (UFC 171)

José Aldo vs. Chad Mendes II (UFC 179)

Matt Brown vs. Erick Silva (UFC Fight Night 40)

Robbie Lawler vs. Matt Brown (UFC on Fox 12)

Chris Weidman vs. Lyoto Machida (UFC 175)

Knockout of the Year

Abel Trujillo vs. Jamie Varner (UFC 169)

Dong Hyun Kim vs. John Hathaway (TUF China Finale)

Chris Beal vs. Patrick Williams (UFC 172)

Donald Cerrone vs. Adriano Martins (UFC on Fox 10)

Mark Hunt vs. Roy Nelson (UFC Fight Night 52)

Submission of the Year

Ben Saunders vs. Chris Heatherly (UFC Fight Night 49)

Luke Rockhold vs. Tim Boetsch (UFC 172)

Yancy Medeiros vs. Damon Jackson (UFC 177)

Charles Oliveira vs. Hatsu Hioki (UFC Fight Night 43)

Eduardo Dantas vs. Anthony Leone (Bellator 111)

Comeback of the Year

Dominick Cruz (career)

Cathal Pendred vs. Mike King (UFC Fight Night 46)

Cat Zingano (career)

Matt Brown vs. Erick Silva (UFC Fight Night 40)

Dan Henderson vs. Shogun Rua II (UFC Fight Night 38)

Upset of the Year – New Award

TJ Dillashaw vs. Renan Barao (UFC 173)

Rafael dos Anjos vs. Benson Henderson (UFC Fight Night 49)

Johnny Edurado vs. Eddie Wineland (UFC Fight Night 40)

Will Brooks vs. Michael Chandler I (Bellator 120)

Joe Warren vs. Eduardo Dantas (Bellator 128)

Shawn Tompkins Coach of the Year

Rafael Cordeiro

Ray Longo

Duane Ludwig

Javier Mendez

Edmond Tarverdyan

Gym of the Year

American Kickboxing Academy

American Top Team

Kings MMA

Straight Blast Gym Ireland

Team Alpha Male

Trainer of the Year

Doug Balzarini

Brian Blue

Jake Bonacci

Mike Dolce

Joel Jamieson

Referee of the Year

Mike Beltran

Herb Dean

Marc Goddard

Jason Herzog

John McCarthy

Ringcard Girl of the Year

Jhenny Andrade

Carly Baker

Jade Bryce

Arianny Celeste

Brittney Palmer

Leading Man of the Year

Scott Coker

Garry Cook

Victor Cui

Lorenzo Fertitta

Dana White

Personality of the Year

Kenny Florian

Renato Laranja

Joe Rogan

Brendan Schaub

Brian Stann

Best Promotion

Bellator MMA

Cage Warriors

One FC

Ultimate Fighting Championship

World Series Of Fighting

Best Lifestyle Clothing Brand


Bad Boy


Roots of Fight


Best Technical Clothing Brand

Bad Boy





Best Technical Equipment

Bad Boy


Combat Sports



MMA Media Source of the Year

Bloody Elbow


MMA Fighting

MMA Junkie


MMA Journalist of the Year

Ben Fowlkes

Ariel Helwani

Dave Meltzer

Jack Slack

Luke Thomas, as the Internet’s most visited health and fitness site and largest online retailer of nutritional supplements, is proud to sponsor this strictly black-tie Seventh Annual World MMA Awards event.

RDX, one of the most exciting international fight sports equipment and apparel manufacturers, is also pleased to sponsor the World MMA Awards.

For information regarding advance VIP Tickets, please email:

About Fighters Only

Fighters Only was the world’s first mixed martial arts magazine and now produces domestic versions of its publication in the US, Canada, UK, Mexico, Germany and South Africa. The UK edition is nearing its eighth anniversary and outsells any other combat sports magazine in its sector, while also exporting copies into a further 32 countries worldwide.
In December 2009, Fighters Only held the sport’s first live ‘Oscars’-style awards ceremony in Las Vegas. The show was aired live via the internet and then nationally on US and Canadian television by Versus, and internationally in China, Brazil and on Scandinavian TV. Fighters Only is also the publisher of the fitness industries most exciting new publication, TRAIN, which together with Fighters Only has its own iPad version available for download via iTunes.


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RDX Sports are a manufacturer and retailer of high quality, professional standard boxing and mixed martial arts equipment and sports wear. They have a passion for both the boxing and MMA industries and are committed to excellence, with each individual product passing through our rigorous quality control system.
Supplied to gyms, personal trainers, amateur and professional boxers and fighters, RDX have fast become known as being ‘the fighter’s choice’ for their superior quality products, as well as our exacting standards of customer care.
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