The nominees for the 2009 MMA Awards have been released with 18 different categories and it looks like we had a great year in mix martial arts. I am first going to give you the categories along with the nominees and then after give my pick with a brief discription of why I choose the nominee. So here are the categories and nominees within the categories.
FIGHTER OF THE YEAR
- Georges St. Pierre
- Lyoto Machida
- Anderson Silva
- Mike Brown
- Brock Lesnar
FIGHT OF THE YEAR
- Mike Brown vs. Urijah Faber at WEC 41
- Clay Guida vs. Diego Sanchez at The Ultimate Fighter 9 Finale
- Rich Franklin vs. Wanderlei Silva at UFC 99
- Brock Lesnar vs. Frank Mir at UFC 100
- Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs. Randy Couture at UFC 102
KO OF THE YEAR
- Rashad Evans vs. Chuck Liddell at UFC 88
- Dan Henderson vs. Michael Bisping at UFC 100
- Lyoto Machida vs. Rashad Evans at UFC 98
- Nate Marquart vs. Demian Maia at UFC 102
- Anderson Silva vs. Forrest Griffin at UFC 101
SUBMISSION OF THE YEAR
- B.J. Penn vs. Kenny Florian at UFC 101
- Terry Etim vs. Justin Buchholz at UFC 99
- Dustin Hazelett vs. Tamdan McCrory at UFC 91
- Toby Imada vs. Jorge Masvidal at Bellator 5
- Demian Maia vs. Chael Sonnen at UFC 95
LEADING MAN OF THE YEAR
- Dana White, UFC president
- Lorenzo Fertitta, UFC CEO
- Scott Coker, Strikeforce founder and CEO
- Charles “Mask” Lewis, TapouT co-founder
- Joe Silva, UFC VP of talent relations
EUROPEAN FIGHTER OF THE YEAR
- Mike Bisping
- Fedor Emelianenko
- Terry Etim
- Dan Hardy
- Gegard Mousasi
BREAKTHROUGH FIGHTER OF THE YEAR
- Shane Carwin
- Dan Hardy
- Jon Jones
- Brock Lesnar
- Cain Velasquez
FEMALE FIGHTER OF THE YEAR
- Gina Carano
- Megumi Fujii
- Sarah Kaufman
- Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos
- Rosi Sexton
COACH OF THE YEAR
- Mark Dellagrotte
- Greg Jackson
- Ricardo Liborio
- Greg Nelson
- Shawn Tompkins
RING GIRL OF THE YEAR
- Arianny Celeste
- Edith LaBelle
- Holly Madison
- Natasha Wickes
- Logan Stanton
GYM OF THE YEAR
- American Top Team
- Black House MMA
- Xtreme Couture
- Greg Jackson’s Submission Fighting
BEST MMA BRAND
- Bad Boy
BEST OVERALL MMA CLOTHING MANUFACTURER
- One More Round
BEST MMA GLOVES MANUFACTURER
- Everlast MMA
- Triumph United
BEST MMA SHORTS MANUFACTURER
BEST MEDIA SOURCE
- “Inside MMA” on HDNet
- “MMA Connected” on Sportsnet
BEST MMA JOURNALIST
- John Morgan, MMAjunkie.com/Dallas Morning News
- Gareth A. Davies, Telegraph.com
- Joe Ferraro, “MMA Connected”
- Kevin Iole, Yahoo! Sports
- Dave Meltzer, Yahoo! Sports/ Wrestling Observer
Now for my picks for each of the 18 categories………
Fighter of the year: Lyoto Machida – As it has been said before, this is the “Machida era” and after KOing Rashad Evans, I don’t see anyone beating this man anytime soon.
Fight of the year: Clay Guida vs Diego Sanchez at TUF 9 finale – This was an all out war between two agressive dudes that ended up very bloody while still going the distance. This fight was very similar to the famous Forrest Griffen/ Stephan Bonnar fight.
KO of the year: Dan Henderson vs Michael Bisping at UFC 100 – This KO was just so viscious that I don’t think any fan will ever forget it. Check it out below.
Submission of the year: Damian Maia vs Chael Sonnen at UFC 95 – Damian Maia plays around with heavyweights in the jiu jitsu game and he showed remarkable skills against vetern fighter Chael Sonnen with a triangle choke.
Best Promotion: UFC – Do I need an explanation here?
Leading man of the year: Lorenzo Fertitta UFC CEO – Lorenzo not only being an owner of the UFC decided this year that he would be helping out with decisions with the UFC which has been very helpful in getting Dana White to see a different side of things. After Lorenzo jumped on board Dana and Tito squashed the beef and also got Dana and Mirko Cro Cop to do the same aswell.
European figther of the year: Gegard Mousasi – Gegard so far has had two big wins this year that both ended in the first round. He defeated lengendary veteran fighter Mark Hunt aswell as the very tough Babalu Sobral. He has another fight set for nov 7th with a fighter yet to be named and everyone should look foreward to that.
Breakthrough fighter of the year: Brock Lesnar – Just like Lyoto Machida, Lesnar could have potentially started his own “era”. With only 5 MMA fights under his belt, Lesnar “broke out” and became the UFC heavyweight champion by dominating the very tough Frank Mir.
Female fighter of the year: Cris “Cyborg” Santos – I don’t like womans MMA but I vote for her because she beat the hell out of Gina Carana who is the face of womans MMA.
Coach of the year: Greg Jackson – Greg Jackson has win percentage of 81% in his camp. That says it all.
Ring Girl of the year: Logan Stanton – Logan Stanton is new to the roster and at 20, she is only a year younger than I so I am most likely bias here.
Gym of the year: Greg Jackson’s Submission Camp – Greg Jackson has win percentage of 81% in his camp. With a star roster with the likes of Georges St Pierre, Nathan Marquardt, Rashad Evans and Keith Jardine, this camp knows how to win.
Best MMA Brand: TapouT – TapouT is still MMA’s most recognizable brand.
Best overall MMA clothing manufacturer: Affliction – The clothing has the sickest designs aswell as being very well made.
Best MMA gloves manufacturer: Triumph United – Since all MMA gloves are extremely similar, I am going by label and design.
Best shorts manufacturer: Warrior – I never have seen better shorts than the ones that Warrior makes.
Best media source: MMAJunkie.com – Just like my info for the nominees a lot of the information that I base my posts on are from http://www.mmajunkie.com . They have been a lifesaver for me to keep up with all your MMA needs.
Best MMA journalist: John Morgan of MMAJunkie/ Dallas Morning News – Dude asks all the right questions.
Well those are my picks/ votes and you can vote aswell if you go to http://www.worldmmaawards.com