2011 World MMA Award Winners


By Chris Howie
MMANEWS.COM Staff Writer

It’s that time of year again as things begin to wind down and head towards the holiday season and the New Year and that means the winners of the 2011 World MMA awards from Fighter’s Only:

CHARLES “MASK” LEWIS FIGHTER OF THE YEAR: Jon Jones
Nominees: Dominick Cruz, Nick Diaz, Dan Henderson, Jon Jones and Anderson Silva

FEMALE FIGHTER OF THE YEAR: Miesha Tate
Nominees: Marloes Coenen, Zoila Gurgel, Sarah Kaufman, Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate

LEADING MAN OF THE YEAR: Dana White
Nominees: Scott Coker, Lorenzo Fertitta, Marc Ratner, Bjorn Rebney and Dana White

BREAKTHROUGH FIGHTER OF THE YEAR” Donald Cerrone
Nominees: Donald Cerrone, Daniel Cormier, Phil Davis, Demetrious Johnson and Brian Stann

INTERNATIONAL FIGHTER OF THE YEAR: Alistair Overeem
Nominees: Michael Bisping, Alexander Gustafsson, Joachim Hansen, Alistair Overeem and Dennis Siver

COMEBACK OF THE YEAR: Cheick Kongo
Nominees: Marloes Coenen vs. Liz Carmouche at “Strikeforce: Feijao vs. Henderson,” Cheick Kongo vs. Pat Barry at UFC Live 5, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (career), Tito Ortiz (career) and Joe Warren vs. Joe Soto at Bellator 27

MMA PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR: Joe Rogan
Nominees: Bruce Buffer, Jacob “Stitch” Duran, Joe Rogan, Bas Rutten and Burt Watson

FIGHT OF THE YEAR: Frankie Edgar vs. Gray Maynard at UFC 125
Nominees: Jose Aldo vs. Mark Hominick at UFC 129, Dominick Cruz vs. Urijah Faber at UFC 132, Frankie Edgar vs. Gray Maynard at UFC 125, Nick Diaz vs. Paul Daley at “Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Daley,” and Diego Sanchez vs. Martin Kampmann at UFC Live 3

KNOCKOUT OF THE YEAR: Anderson Silva vs. Vitor Belfort at UFC 126
Nominees: Patricky “Pitbull” Freire vs. Toby Imada at Bellator 39, Cheick Kongo vs. Pat Barry at UFC Live 5, John Makdessi vs. Kyle Watson at UFC 129, Lyoto Machida vs. Randy Couture at UFC 129, and Anderson Silva vs. Vitor Belfort at UFC 126

SUBMISSION OF THE YEAR: Chan Sung Jung vs. Leonard Garcia at UFC Fight Night 24
Nominees: Chan Sung Jung vs. Leonard Garcia at UFC Fight Night 24, Pablo Garza vs. Yves Jabouin at UFC 129, Richard Hale vs. Nik Fekete at Bellator 38, Vinny Magalhaes vs. Viktor Nemkov at M-1 Challenge 25, and Tito Ortiz vs. Ryan Bader at UFC 132

RING ENTRANCE OF THE YEAR: Jason “Mayhem” Miller
Nominees: Yoshihiro Akiyama at UFC 133, Vitor Belfort at UFC 133, Dave Herman at UFC 131, Mark Hominick at UFC 129 and Jason “Mayhem” Miller at DREAM.16

COACH OF THE YEAR: Greg Jackson
Nominees: Rafael Cordeiro, Eric Del Fierro, Cesar Gracie, Greg Jackson and Shawn Tompkins

RING GIRL OF THE YEAR: Arianny Celeste
Nominees: Arianny Celeste, Kelli Hutcherson, Brittney Palmer, Chandella Powell and Mercedes Terrell

PROMOTION OF THE YEAR: UFC
Nominees: BAMMA, Bellator Fighting Championships, DREAM, Strikeforce and UFC

GYM OF THE YEAR: Black House
Nominees: Alliance MMA, Black House, Jackson’s MMA, Roufusport and Xtreme Couture

REFEREE OF THE YEAR: Herb Dean
Nominees: Herb Dean, “Big” John McCarthy, Dan Miragliotta, Josh Rosenthal and Mario Yamasaki

MMA JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR: Ariel Helwani
Nominees: John Morgan, Gareth A. Davies, Josh Gross, Ariel Helwani and Ben Fowlkes

MEDIA SOURCE OF THE YEAR: MMAjunkie.com
Nominees: “Inside MMA” on HDNet, MMAFighting.com, “MMA Live” on ESPN, MMAjunkie.com and Sherdog.com

BEST TECHNICAL EQUIPMENT: Everlast
Nominees: Bad Boy, Everlast, Hayabusa, Rival and Venum

BEST TECHNICAL CLOTHING: Bad Boy
Nominees: Bad Boy, Hayabusa, Jaco, Sprawl and Venum

BEST LIFESTYLE CLOTHING: TapouT
Nominees: Affliction, Bad Boy, Form Athletics, RVCA and TapouT

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