If I picked the winners of the 2018 World MMA Awards
The yearly awards show will take place in Las Vegas on July 3rd
The 2018 World MMA Award nominations were released yesterday along with the news that the yearly gala will take place July 3rd at the Pearl Theater in the Palms in Las Vegas, NV. After taking a look at the long list of nominees (and some obvious omissions) I decided to fill out my ballot online and let you know who I believe should take home the hardware come July 3rd.
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The 2018 World MMA Awards nominees are below.
Charles ‘Mask’ Lewis Fighter of the Year
Rafael dos Anjos
Robert Whittaker – Bested Yoel and Jacare, two scariest men in the division.
Female Fighter of the Year
Rose Namajunas – Beat Michelle Waterson and then Joanna Champion, who was thought to be unbeatable.
Breakthrough Fighter of the Year
Darren Till – He put himself on the map with his win over Cowboy Cerrone.
International Fighter of the Year
Robert Whittaker – My fighter of the year, stands to reason he’s also International FOY.
Fight of the Year
Dustin Poirier vs. Eddie Alvarez
Yoel Romero vs. Robert Whittaker
Justin Gaethje vs. Michael Johnson – This is an unbelievable battle!
Aung La N Sang vs. Vitaly Bigdash
Eddie Alvarez vs. Justin Gaethje
Knockout of the Year
Matt Brown vs. Diego Sanchez
Edson Barboza vs. Beneil Dariush
Vitor Belfort vs. Kelvin Gastelum
Paul Daley vs. Brennan Ward
Francis NGannou vs. Alistair Overeem – Overeem’s head was nearly launched into orbit.
Aaron Pico vs. Justin Linn
Submission of the Year
Diego Brandao vs. Murad Machaev
Brett Johns .vs Joe Soto
Ali Bagov vs. Bubba Jenkins
Brian Ortega vs. Cub Swanson
Demetrious Johnson vs. Ray Borg – Slickest sub far and away! Long live the mouse-trap!
Comeback of the Year
Justin Gaethje (vs. Michael Johnson)
Uriah Hall (vs. Krzysztof Jotko)
Nathaniel Wood (vs. Josh Reed)
Darren Elkins (vs. Mirsad Bektic) – Stole victory from the jaws of defeat. Bananas.
Derrick Lewis (vs. Travis Browne)
Upset of the Year
Martin Nguyen (against Marat Gufurov)
Darren Elkins (against Mirsad Bektic)
Brent Primus (against Michael Chandler)
Rose Namajunas (against Joanna Jedrzejczyk) – I picked her to win but was still shocking to see it done.
Zach Freeman (against Aaron Pico)
Shawn Thompkins Coach of the Year
Trevor Wittman – Amazing trainer, amazing human being. How do you not go with Wittman?
Trainer of the Year
Phil Daru – Best S & C coach in the game in my humble opinion.
Gym of the Year
Kings MMA – Best of those nominated. Clearly, they missed the AKA memo.
American Top Team
Referee of the Year
Jason Herzog – Most underrated referee in the game. Never involved in any shenanigans.
Ringcard Girl of the Year
Mercedes Terrell – Not sure what separates one from another. They all rock the ring cards like champs.
Dana White – Come on, it’s Dana White’s world and we’re all just living in it.
UFC – Would love to go with Bellator, but that would be disingenuine. UFC is king.
Personality of the Year
Joe Rogan – Not a fan of his commentary, but a big fan of his podcast, and elk steaks.
Analyst of the Year
Jimmy Smith – I love how understated and professional this man is. He’s the best. Stann a close 2nd.
Best MMA Programming
MMA Junkie Radio
The Ultimate Fighter – Still dig the show after all these years.
The MMA Hour
MMA Media Source of the Year
MMA Fighting – I like the folks at MMA Fighting, but dammit, MikeSwick.com is the clear winner here 🙂
MMA Journalist of the Year
Ariel Helwani – Say what you want about him, he has the deepest Rolodex in the game. Unparalleled reach.
MMA Clothing and Equipment Brand of the Year
RVCA – The only company nominated that I actually own clothing from. This category feels silly.