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Awards Criteria March 2, 2017

CHARLES 'MASK' LEWIS FIGHTER OF THE YEAR

Awarded to the leading mixed martial artist for his/her contribution to the sport both inside and outside the ring or octagon.

FEMALE FIGHTER OF THE YEAR

Awarded to the leading mixed martial artist for his/her contribution to the sport both inside and outside the ring or octagon.

BREAKTHROUGH FIGHTER OF THE YEAR

Awarded to the leading mixed martial artist for his/her contribution to the sport both inside and outside the ring or octagon.

INTERNATIONAL FIGHTER OF THE YEAR

Awarded to the leading mixed martial artist for his/her contribution to the sport both inside and outside the ring or octagon.

Fight of the Year

Awarded to the two fighters involved in the most exciting fight staged on the planet.

Knockout of the Year

Awarded to the fighter who scores the most sensational knockout victory.

Submission of the Year

Awarded to the fighter who scores the most technical and exceptional submission victory.

Comeback of the Year

Awarded to the fighter who has managed to completely turn circumstances around, whether that be with his entire career or in a single moment of success.

Upset of the Year

Awarded to the fighter who has overcome overwhelming odds to claim victory against a more favored athlete.

Shawn Tompkins Coach of the Year

Awarded to the most successful coach working in top-level mixed martial arts.

Trainer of the Year

Awarded to the most successful specialist trainer (e.g. S&C, nutritonist, mind coach) operating in mixed martial arts.

Gym of the Year

Awarded to the gym that has not only enjoyed great success inside the Octagon, but also helped to develop the sport outside of the elite level.

Referee of the Year

Awarded to the most efficient and consistent official in mixed martial arts.

Ringcard Girl of the Year

Awarded to the fans favorite Octagon girl working in MMA.

Leading Man

Awarded to the leading industry executive, whether it be a commissioner, a company president, an influential CEO or even a politician. Presented to the movers and shakers, hirers and firers that make planet MMA turn successfully.

Best Promotion

Awarded to the leading promotional business in mixed martial arts.

Personality of the Year

Awarded to a leading MMA personality whose engaging persona is a credit to the sport of mixed martial arts.

Analyst of the Year

Awarded to a leading TV analyst whose ability to breakdown and report on a fight or style is second to none.

Best MMA Programming

Awarded to the leading TV, radio or podcast color programming centered around mixed martial arts.

MMA Media Source of the Year

Awarded to the leading source of breaking news, fight reviews and in-depth features. Fighters Only is abstaining from nomination.

MMA Journalist of the Year

Awarded to the leading journalist operating in the field of mixed martial arts. Fighters Only staff are abstained from nomination.

Best MMA Clothing & Equipment Brand

Awarded to the company who has produced the best clothing and equipment used by today’s MMA athletes and coaches.