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If anyone wants their opinions heard in this years Fighters Only Awards, here's your chance to vote;

 

http://www.onlineawards.co.uk/fightersonly/VotingPreview.asp

 

For people who hate either links or democracy, but still want to know the categories and nominations;

 

Fighter of the Year;

 

- Dominick Cruz

- Nick Diaz

- Dan Henderson

- Jon Jones

- Anderson Silva

 

 

Breakthrough Fighter of the Year;

 

- Donald Cerrone

- Daniel Cormier

- Phil Davis

- Demetrious Johnson

- Brian Stann

 

 

Fight of the Year;

 

- Jose Aldo vs. Mark Hominick @ UFC 129

- Dominick Cruz vs. Uriah Faber @ UFC 132

- Frankie Edgar vs. Grey Maynard @ UFC 125

- Nick Diaz vs. Paul Daley @ Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Daley

- Diego Sanchez vs. Martin Kampmann @ UFC Live

 

 

Submission of the Year;

 

- Tito Ortiz's guillotine choke against Ryan Bader @ UFC 132

- Jung Chan-Sung's spine-crack against Leonard Garcia @ UFC Fight Night

- Pablo Garza's flying triangle choke against Yves Jabouin @ UFC 129

- Richard Hales' upside-down triangle choke against Nik Fekete @ Bellator 38

- Vinny Magalhaes' mounted gogoplata against Viktor Nemkov @ M-1 Challenge 25

- Phil Davis' modified kimura against Tim Boetsch @ UFC 123

 

 

Ring Entrance of the Year;

 

- Yoshihiro Akiyama @ UFC 133

- Vitor Belfort @ UFC 133

- Dave Herman @ UFC 131

- Mark Hominick @ UFC 129

- Jason Miller @ Dream 16

 

 

Referee of the Year;

 

- Herb Dean

- John McCarthy

- Dan Miragliotta

- Josh Rosenthal

- Mario Yamasaki

 

 

Ring Girl of the Year;

 

- Arianny Celeste

- Keli Hutcherson

- Brittney Palmer

- Chandella Powell

- Mercedes Terrell

 

 

Personality of the Year;

 

- Bruce Buffer

- Jacob Durran

- Joe Rogan

- Bas Rutten

- Burt Watson

 

 

Best Technical Clothing;

 

- Bad Boy

- Hayabusa

- Jaco

- Sprawl

- Venom

 

 

Media Source of the Year;

 

- Inside MMA

- MMA Fighting

- MMA Live

- MMA Junkie

- Sherdog

 

 

Female Fighter of the Year;

 

- Marloes Coenen

- Zoila Gergel

- Sarah Kaufman

- Ronda Rousey

- Miesha Tate

 

 

International Fighter of the Year;

 

- Michael Bisping

- Alexander Gustafsson

- Joachim Hansen

- Alistair Overeem

- Dennis Siver

 

 

Knockout of the Year;

 

- Patricky Freire's flying knee against Toby Imada @ Bellator 39

- Chiek Kongo's punch against Patrick Barry @ UFC Live

- John Makdessi's spinning back-fist against Kyle Watson @ UFC 129

- Lyoto Machida's flying front-kick against Randy Couture @ UFC 129

- Anderson Silva's snap-front-kick against Vitor Belfort @ UFC 126

 

 

Comeback of the Year;

 

- Marloes Coenen against Liz Carmouche @ Strikeforce

- Chiek Kongo against Patrick Barry @ UFC Live

- Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira's career

- Tito Ortiz's career

- Joe Warren against Joe Soto @ Bellator 27

 

 

Coach of the Year;

 

- Rafael Cordeiro

- Eric del Fierro

- Cesar Gracie

- Greg Jackson

- Shawn Tompkins

 

 

Gym of the Year;

 

- Alliance MMA

- Black House

- Jackson MMA

- Roufusport

- Xtreme Couture

 

 

Leading Man of the Year;

 

- Scott Coker (Strikeforce)

- Lorenzo Fertitta (UFC + Strikeforce)

- Mark Ratner (UFC)

- Bjorn Rebney (Bellator)

- Dana White (UFC)

 

 

Promotion of the Year;

 

- BAMMA

- Bellator

- Dream

- Strikeforce

- UFC

 

 

Clothing Brand of the Year;

 

- Affliction

- Bad Boy

- Form

- RVCA

- TapouT

 

 

Best Technical Equipment;

 

- Bad Boy

- Everlast

- Hayabusa

- Rival

- Venum

 

 

MMA Journalist of the Year;

 

- Gareth Davies

- Ben Fowlkes

- Josh Gross

- Ariel Helwani

- John Morgan

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Indeed, Shogun vs Hendo is clearly FOTY... on that list my vote would be for Edgar vs Maynard.

 

Fighter and breakthrough fighter are a bit of a strange one- given free reign, Cerrone would actually be my vote for the former, and Cormier the latter. I imagine Jones will win Fighter of the Year by a landslide.

 

KO should be Machida vs Couture, Pablo Garza should win sub (but probably won't on account of not being widely enough seen), UFC will absolutely walk Promotion, if Herb doesn't win best ref, Rosenthal should.... meh, best technical clothing et al? Can't be bothered.

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I voted;

 

- Nick Diaz for fighter of the year, because he's just awesome in generating my interest for things

- Cormier for breakthrough

- Edgar/Maynard for FOTY, even though, really, it's third, behind Shogun/Henderson and Guida/Henderson

- Garza for best submission

- Machida for best knockout

- Hominick for best entrance

- Rosenthal for best ref

- Terrell for best ring-girl

- Rutten for best personality

- Venom for best technical clothing and technical gear, because I use them

- MMA Junkie for best media source

- Ronda Rousey for best female/future mother of my children

- Overeem for best international

- Kongo for best comeback

- Cordeiro for the F*ck Greg Jackson of the Year Award

- Black House for best gym

- Dana for best leading man

- UFC for best promotion

- Bad Boy for best lifestyle clothing, because I've never seen anyone wear it, and 99% of people who wear MMA relating clothing in a non-MMA context are f*cking idiots

- Helwani for best journalist. WAR Helwani.

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Fighter of the Year;

- Jon Jones

 

C'mon... he is.

 

Breakthrough Fighter of the Year;

 

- Daniel Cormier

 

Only one of the five I can see being a future champion

 

 

Fight of the Year;

 

- Frankie Edgar vs. Grey Maynard @ UFC 125

 

As mentioned above, this would be fourth on an up to date list behind Hendo/Shogun, Guida/Henderson and Alvarez/Chandler

 

Submission of the Year;

 

- Phil Davis' modified kimura against Tim Boetsch @ UFC 123

 

He invented his OWN SUBMISSION

 

Ring Entrance of the Year;

 

- Yoshihiro Akiyama @ UFC 133

 

Would have voted for Brad Pickett's at UFC 138 for Chas n' Dave usage.

 

 

Referee of the Year;

 

- Herb Dean

 

Ring Girl of the Year;

 

- Brittney Palmer

 

By a million miles.

 

Personality of the Year;

 

- Bas Rutten

 

Best Technical Clothing;

 

Didn't vote.

 

 

Media Source of the Year;

 

- Inside MMA

 

Female Fighter of the Year;

 

- Miesha Tate

 

Would be Rousey if she beats someone of note.

 

International Fighter of the Year;

 

- Alistair Overeem

 

Seems to be getting ignored all of a sudden but he's undefeated for a LONG time.

 

 

Knockout of the Year;

 

- Anderson Silva's snap-front-kick against Vitor Belfort @ UFC 126

 

SEAGAL~!

 

Comeback of the Year;

 

- Chiek Kongo against Patrick Barry @ UFC Live

 

Just an incredible finish.

 

Coach of the Year;

 

- Greg Jackson

 

Don't like him but you can't ignore his success rate.

 

Gym of the Year;

 

- Jackson MMA

 

As above.

 

 

Leading Man of the Year;

 

- Dana White (UFC)

 

C'mon... he is.

 

Promotion of the Year;

 

- UFC

 

Haha, Strikeforce. No.

 

Clothing Brand of the Year;

 

Didn't vote.

 

Best Technical Equipment;

 

Didn't vote.

 

 

MMA Journalist of the Year;

 

- Ariel Helwani

 

Would have voted for Meltzer if he was there.

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My votes and why..

 

- Jon Jones for fighter of the year. Has anyone in a single year defeated as many quality opponents as Jones has? Bader, Rua, Rampage and (probably) Machida. Always exciting to watch also.

 

- Breakthrough fighter is tough. Would of been Johnson if he'd beaten Cruz, Davis has been out too much, Stann didn't look good against Sonnen. I'll go for Cerrone over Cormier, he seems to have a lot of hype at the moment.

 

- FOTY is obviously Edgar v Maynard 2. I was talking with my friend who I watch MMA with and we both agreed we enjoyed watching that over Rua v Hendo. Obviously it was awesome but the last round wasn't great. Guida v Hendo was excellent but there have been plenty of better fights this year. Someone posted on the forum Alvarez v Chandler which I think is 2nd best fight of the year.

 

- Sub of the year goes to Jung Chan-Sung *** I liked them all, but I hate Garcia.

 

- Ring Entrance has to go to Miller.

 

- Best Ref goes to Herb. He's also set up some call training programs which is good of him.

 

- The big one. Ring girl goes to Mercedes Terrell. Congrats.

 

- Personality of the year is a good one. I like the Bruce Buffer show. But it still goes to BAS.

 

- Source of the year goes to Sherdog, I listen to their radio a bit.

 

- International Fighter REEM

 

- KO is Machida. Kongo's punch was hilarious though.

 

- Comeback does to Tito's career which brought me a fair few years of learning new excuses.

 

- Dana and UFC for leading man and promotion.

 

- Agreed with John Hancock for Journalist of the Year. WAR Ariel.

 

- Don't know/care about the rest.

 

Considering all of the pull outs it's been a good year to be a MMA fan. Bellator is having excellent fights at the moment and UFC is on a run of good PPV's. Roll on 2012.

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Results;

 

Fighter of the Year: Jon Jones

 

Fight of the Year: Edgar vs. Maynard II

 

Knock Out of the Year: Anderson Silva

 

Lifetime Achievement Award: Shawn Tompkins

 

Leading Man of the Year: Dana White

 

Ring Girl of the Year: Arianny Celeste

 

Submission of the Year: Chan Sung Jung

 

Breakthrough Fighter of the Year: Donald Cerrone

 

Entrance of the Year: Jason Miller

 

Female Fighter of the Year: Miesha Tate

 

Personality of the Year: Joe Rogan

 

Best Technical Clothing: Bad Boy

 

Media Source of the Year: MMAJunkie.com

 

Promotion of the Year: UFC

 

Best Lifestyle Clothing: TapouT

 

Coach of the Year: Greg Jackson

 

Journalist of the Year: Ariel Helwani

 

Best Technical Equipment: Everlast

 

Comeback of the Year: Cheick Kongo

 

Referee of the Year: Herb Dean

 

Gym of the Year: Black House

 

International Fighter of the Year: Alistair Overeem

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