MMA Award Show comparable to the Academy Awards

December 11, 2011 No Comments

The Pearl Concert Theatre in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Even though the Fighters Only Magazine’s 2011 World MMA Awards Show took place November 30, 2011 at The Pearl Concert Theatre inside the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, the affair didn’t air on the Fox Sports channel until Sunday night, December 11.


 

Despite the low profile given to this event, this Academy Awards like red-carpet, black-tie affair was quite entertaining.

Jon Jones, the UFC's light heavyweight champion. Photo: Ethan Miller/Getty Images

On the show they announced winners in 22 categories and as no surprise Jon Jones, the UFC’s light-heavyweight champion earned their top prize, the coveted Charles “Mask” Lewis Fighter of the Year award.

UFC fighter Chael Sonnen and CBS Sports Network’s Molly Qerim hosted the event. The awards honored achievements from September 2010 through August 2011.

 

The no nonsense award winners included:

INTERNATIONAL FIGHTER OF THE YEAR

Nominees: Michael Bisping, Alexander Gustafsson, Joachim Hansen, Alistair Overeem and Dennis Siver

Winner: Alistair “I don’t take steroids” Overeem

GYM OF THE YEAR

Nominees: Alliance MMA, Black House Gym, Jackson’s MMA, Roufusport and Xtreme Couture

Winner: Black House Team Nogueira Gym, 7550 Miramar Road, San Diego, Ca.

REFEREE OF THE YEAR

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

Winner for second straight year: Herb Dean

COMEBACK OF THE YEAR

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

Dominick Cruz of the Alliance Training Center in Chula Vista, CA. took his mother to the show.

Winner: Cheick Kongo

 

COACH OF THE YEAR

Nominees: Rafael Cordeiro, Eric Del Fierro, Cesar Gracie, Greg Jackson and Shawn Tompkins

Winner: Greg Jackson

 

Miesha Tate holds the Female Fighter of the Year award. Photo: Ethan Miller/Getty Images

FEMALE FIGHTER OF THE YEAR

Nominees: Marloes Coenen, Zoila Gurgel, Sarah Kaufman, Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate

Winner: Miesha Tate, last year’s winner was Cris Cyborg Santos.

RING ENTRANCE OF THE YEAR

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

Winner: Jason “Mayhem” Miller

 

Ring girl and model Arianny Celeste poses after winning the Ring Girl of the Year award at the Fighters Only World Mixed Martial Arts Awards 2011 at The Pearl concert theater at the Palms Casino Resort November 30, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo: Ethan Miller/Getty Images

BREAKTHROUGH FIGHTER OF THE YEAR

Nominees: Donald Cerrone, Daniel Cormier, Phil Davis, Demetrious Johnson and Brian Stann

Winner: Donald Cerrone

 

SUBMISSION OF THE YEAR

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

Winner: Chan Sung Jung vs. Leonard Garcia at UFC Fight Night 24

Anderson Silva

KNOCKOUT OF THE YEAR

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

Winner: Anderson Silva vs. Vitor Belfort at UFC 126

MMA JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR

Nominees: John Morgan, Gareth A. Davies, Josh Gross, Ariel Helwani and Ben Fowlkes

Winner for a second straight year: Ariel Helwani

 

FIGHT OF THE YEAR

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

Winner: Frankie Edgar vs. Gray Maynard at UFC 125

CHARLES “MASK” LEWIS FIGHTER OF THE YEAR AWARD

Nominees: Dominick Cruz, Nick Diaz, Dan Henderson, Jon Jones and Anderson Silva

Winner: Jon Jones, last year’s award went to Cain Velasquez.

Last year, Bobby Lee was in the running for top ring card courier. You might recall this gent from his performances on "Mad Tv" and in the movie Harold and Kumar.

 

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