Who Should Win The World MMA Awards

FIGHTER OF THE YEAR
Nominees:
• Georges St. Pierre
• Lyoto Machida
• Anderson Silva
• Mike Brown
• Brock Lesnar
MMAPlanet Pick: Out of these nominees; Machida. However, Aldo and Penn would get the nod over him.

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
MMAPlanet Pick: Nog vs. Couture (I think Sanchez vs. Guida will win)

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
MMAPlanet Pick: Dan Henderson

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
MMAPlanet Pick: Toby Imada (Hazelett a close second)

BEST PROMOTION
• UFC
• Strikeforce
• DREAM
• WEC
• Bellator
MMAPlanet Pick: UFC (WEC has put on some great fights though)

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
MMAPlanet Pick: Dana White. He has earned it this year. UFC has set records, gone to new venues. He made up with Tito.

EUROPEAN FIGHTER OF THE YEAR
• Mike Bisping
• Fedor Emelianenko
• Terry Etim
• Dan Hardy
• Gegard Mousasi
MMAPlanet Pick: Hardy. However, I am sure he will come in third behind Fedor and Mousasi. I can see giving the award to either. However, the award is not for the best European fighter it is for the European fighter of the year and I think Hardy has arguablly had a better year.

BREAKTHROUGH FIGHTER OF THE YEAR
• Shane Carwin
• Dan Hardy
• Jon Jones
• Brock Lesnar
• Cain Velasquez
MMA Planet Pick: Jon Jones. Lesnar should not be on this list. He was champion of the UFC in 2008. Carwin is tough, but hardly a breakthrough with one win. Velasquez is the second choice here. Big wins over Kongo and Rothwell.

FEMALE FIGHTER OF THE YEAR
• Gina Carano
• Megumi Fujii
• Sarah Kaufman
• Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos
• Rosi Sexton
MMAPlanet Pick: Cyborg Santos and it is not even close.

COACH OF THE YEAR
• Mark Dellagrotte
• Greg Jackson
• Ricardo Liborio
• Greg Nelson
• Shawn Tompkins
MMAPLanet Pick: Greg Jackson and it still is not close.

RING GIRL OF THE YEAR
• Arianny Celeste
• Edith LaBelle
• Holly Madison
• Natasha Wicks
• Logan Stanton
MMAPlanet Pick: Arianny Celeste. Not close here either.

GYM OF THE YEAR
• American Top Team
• Black House MMA
• Xtreme Couture
• Greg Jackson’s Submission Fighting
• Wolfslair
MMA Planet Pick: Greg Jackson’s Submission Fighting (Blackhouse could make a case)

BEST MMA BRAND
• Bad Boy
• Hayabusa
• Silverstar
• TapouT
• UFC
MMAPlanet Pick: Tapout

BEST OVERALL MMA CLOTHING MANUFACTURER
• Affliction
• One More Round
• Silver Star
• TapouT
• Toe2Toe
MMAPlanet Pick: Silver Star (Affliction would be a good choice too)

BEST MMA GLOVES MANUFACTURER
• Everlast MMA
• Fairtex
• Hayabusa
• Triumph United
• UFC
MMA Planet Pick: Fairtex

BEST MMA SHORTS MANUFACTURER
• ADX
• Hayabusa
• Sprawl
• Tapout
• Warrior

MMA Planet Pick: Tapout or Spawl

BEST MEDIA SOURCE
• MMAJunkie.com
• “Inside MMA” on HDNet
• “MMA Connected” on Sportsnet
• MMAWeekly.com
• Sherdog.com
MMA Planet Pick: Sherdog.com

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
MMA Planet Pick: I predict Iole wins it. However, I think Ariel Helwani, Steve Cofield, Dave Farra, Jon Anik, and Franklin McNeil all were better nominees than any of the above. Very surprised at the lack of MMA Live love.

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  1. berger says:

    gina carano

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