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The complete list of nominees for the 8th Annual World MMA Awards were revealed recently.

The event takes place February 5 from Las Vegas, and voting will be conducted online via the World MMA website until January 31.

Check out the complete list of awards and nominees below:

Charles “Mask” Lewis “Fighter of the Year”

Awarded to the leading male mixed martial artist for his contribution to the sport both inside and outside the Ring, Cage or Octagon.

1. Rafael dos Anjos
2. Max Holloway
3. Demetrious Johnson
4. Conor McGregor
5. Luke Rockhold

Female Fighter of the Year

Awarded to the leading female mixed martial artist for her contribution to the sport both inside and outside the Ring, Cage or Octagon.

1. Tonya Evinger
2. Joanna Jedrzejczyk
3. Holly Holm
4. Ronda Rousey
5. Angela Lee

Breakthrough Fighter of the Year

Awarded to the leading mixed martial artist following his/her rapid impact on the top level of the sport in the last 12 months.

1. Thomas Almeida
2. Henry Cejudo
3. Tony Ferguson
4. Joanna Jedrzejczyk
5. Holly Holm

International Fighter of the Year

Awarded to the leading mixed martial artist from outside of the Americas for his/her contribution to the sport both in and out of the Ring, Cage or Octagon®.

1. Joseph Duffy
2. Joanna Jedrzejczyk
3. Liam McGeary
4. Conor McGregor
5. Marat Gafurov

Fight of the Year

Awarded to the two fighters involved in the most exciting fight staged on the planet.

1. Justin Gaethje vs. Luis Palomino (WSOF 19)
2. Andrei Arlovski vs. Travis Browne (UFC 187)
3. Robbie Lawler vs. Rory MacDonald 2 (UFC 189)
4. Daniel Cormier vs. Alexander Gustafsson (UFC 192)
5. Vitaly Bigdash (vs. Igor Svirid, ONE Championship 32)

Knockout of the Year

Awarded to the fighter who scores the most sensational knockout victory.

1. Hisaki Kato (vs. Joe Schilling, Bellator 139)
2. Thomas Almeida (vs. Brad Pickett, UFC 189)
3. Holly Holm (vs. Ronda Rousey, UFC 193)
4. Jorge Filho (vs. Claudio Cezario, Jungle Fight 83)
5. Conor McGregor (vs. Jose Aldo, UFC 194)

Submission of the Year

Awarded to the fighter who scores the most technical and exceptional submission victory.

1. Ronda Rousey (vs. Cat Zingano, UFC 184)
2. Marcos Galvao (vs. Joe Warren, Bellator 135)
3. Fabricio Werdum (vs. Cain Velasquez, UFC 188)
4. Liam McGeary (vs. Tito Ortiz, “Bellator 142: Dynamite”)
5. Tony Ferguson (vs. Edson Barboza, TUF 22 Finale)

Comeback of the Year

Awarded to the fighter who has managed to completely turn circumstances around, whether that be with his entire career or in a single moment of success.

1. Thiago Alves (vs. Jordan Mein, UFC 183)
2. Alex Chambers (vs. Kailin Curran, UFC Fight Night 65)
3. Eddie Alvarez (vs. Gilbert Melendez, UFC 188)
4. Patricio Freire (vs. Daniel Weichel, Bellator 138)
5. Vitaly Bigdash (vs. Igor Svirid, ONE Championship 32)

Upset of the Year

Awarded to the fighter who has overcome overwhelming odds to claim victory against a more favored athlete.

1. Rafael dos Anjos (vs. Anthony Pettis, UFC 185)
2. Maryna Moroz (vs. Joanna Calderwood, UFC Fight Night 64)
3. Fabricio Werdum (vs. Cain Velasquez, UFC 188)
4. Uriah Hall (vs. Gegard Mousasi, UFC Fight Night 75)
5. Holly Holm (vs. Ronda Rousey, UFC 193)

Shawn Tompkins Coach of the Year

Awarded to the most successful coach working in top-level mixed martial arts.

1. Rafael Cordeiro
2. John Kavanagh
3. Javier Mendes
4. Mike Winkeljohn
5. Firas Zahabi

Trainer of the Year

Awarded to the most successful specialist trainer operating in mixed martial arts.

1. Jake Bonacci (S&C)
2. Mike Dolce (nutrition)
3. Brian Harris (S&C)
4. George Lockhart (nutrition)
5. Ido Portal (S&C)

Gym of the Year

Awarded to the gym that has not only enjoyed great success inside the Ring, Cage or Octagon, but also helped to develop the sport outside of the elite level.

1. American Kickboxing Academy
2. Blackzilians
3. Jackson-Wink MMA
4. Kings MMA
5. SBG Ireland

Referee of the Year

Awarded to the most efficient and consistent official in mixed martial arts.

1. Herb Dean
2. Marc Goddard
3. John McCarthy
4. Dan Miragliotta
5. Mario Yamasaki

Ringcard Girl of the Year

Awarded to the fans’ favorite Ring, Cage or Octagon girl.

1. Jhenny Andrade
2. Carly Baker
3. Arianny Celeste
4. Brittney Palmer
5. Mercedes Terrell

Leading Man

Awarded to the leading industry executive, such as: a commissioner, company president, influential CEO or even an elected official. Presented to the movers and shakers, hirers and firers that keep planet MMA spinning.

1. Scott Coker
2. Victor Cui
3. Lorenzo Fertitta
4. Ray Sefo
5. Dana White

Best Promotion

Awarded to the leading promotional business in mixed martial arts.

1. Bellator
2. Legacy FC
3. ONE Championship
4. UFC

Personality of the Year

Awarded to a leading MMA personality whose engaging persona is a credit to the sport of mixed martial arts.

1. Jon Anik
2. Joe Rogan
3. Bas Rutten
4. Brendan Schaub
5. Bruce Buffer

Analyst of the Year

Awarded to a leading TV analyst whose ability to breakdown and report on a fight or style is second to none.

1. Michael Bisping
2. Daniel Cormier
3. Dominick Cruz
4. Chael Sonnen
5. Brian Stann

Best MMA Programming

Awarded to the leading TV, radio or podcast color programming centered on mixed martial arts.

1. Bellator MMA: Uncut
2. The Fighter & The Kid
3. The MMA Hour
4. The Ultimate Fighter
5. UFC Embedded

MMA Media Source of the Year

Awarded to the leading source of breaking news, fight reviews and in-depth features. (Fighters Only abstains itself from nomination).

1. UFC Tonight
2. MMA Fighting
3. MMA Junkie
4. Inside MMA
5. Sherdog

MMA Journalist of the Year

Awarded to the leading journalist operating in the field of mixed martial arts. (Fighters Only staff are abstained from nomination).

1. Brent Brookhouse
2. Ben Fowlkes
3. Ariel Helwani
4. Chuck Mindenhall
5. Brett Okamoto

Best MMA Clothing & Equipment Brand

Awarded to the company who has produced the best clothing and equipment in use today by MMA athletes and coaches.

2. Everlast
3. Hayabusa
4. Torque
5. Venum

ufc 195

UFC welterweight champion Robbie Lawler had just one thing on his mind at UFC 195.

A knockout.

While Lawler was unable to finish challenger Carlos Condit, he did enough in the eyes of two judges to claim a split decision and begin 2016 with the title still around his waist.

“I wanted to knock him out,” said Lawler, of the action-packed fifth round, during his post-fight interview on FOX Sports 1. “I was trying to go strike for strike with him. He’s a technical fighter. He runs in a lot and I wanted to catch him. I needed to push forward in the fifth and that’s what I did. My corner said go out there and press him. I went out and forced a battle. He’s tough. I landed some big shots. He’s amazing.”

While many had Condit walking away with the belt, “Ruthless” felt like he won the “swing” rounds.

“The fight was close,” he said. “I thought I won rounds two and five. Carlos is a heck of a competitor. It was an honor to fight him.”

So, after a 25-minute battle, could a rematch be in store? That isn’t up to Lawler.

“The UFC is going to tell me what to do,” he said. “I’m just going to try and get better and improve.”

Dana White

A new series featuring UFC president Dana White is set to debut on YouTube this month, as “Lookin for a Fight” hits the online stage.

Set to debut January 11, the series follows White and Matt Serra around the world to find fighters for the UFC.

Check out a preview in the video below:

ufc 195

What a way to kickoff 2016 in MMA, as UFC 195 went down Saturday night.

Robbie Lawler and Carlos Condit set the bar high for everyone else the rest of the year, as the two put together a classic for the UFC welterweight title.

In the end, despite being hit by almost 200 strikes, Lawler successfully defended his title with a split decision victory. Condit, a former interim champion, threw over 500 strikes in the 25-minute battle.

Stipe Miocic ended the hype train of Andrei Arlovski in under a minute, catching the former UFC heavyweight champion with a short right hand that floored him. Miocic continued to attack, earning his fifth finish in under a minute and putting himself in prime position to compete for the title later this year.

In a battle of welterweights trying to get into the Top-10, Albert Tumenov earned his fifth straight win with a split decision victory over Lorenz Larkin. The win tied the best streak in the division with Stephen Thompson.

He calls himself “T-City” for a reason, and Brian Ortega showed it Saturday night, earning his fourth career triangle submission win over Diego Brandao. Ortega took the Brazilian deep into the third, using his ground skills to remain undefeated.

Abel Trujillo proved he’s more than just a striker, locking up his second career – and first inside the Octagon – submission win over Tony Sims to start the main card. Trujillo snapped a two-fight losing skid, both via submission, win the performance.

Following a loss to Urijah Faber, Michael McDonald underwent two surgeries and spent two years on the sidelines before returning and earning a second round submission win over Masanori Kanehara. The win was the 15th finish among 17 career wins for “Mayday.”

Alex Morono, stepping on just days notice as a replacement for Kelvin Gastelum, upset Kyle Noke with a split decision victory. UFC officials signed him 11 days ago to face Noke, and he answered, earning his 12th career win.

In the lone women’s fight of the night, Justine Kish improved to 5-0 with a decision victory over Nina Ansaroff. Kish was on The Ultimate Fighter 20, but a knee injured forced her out of the show.

To begin the FS1 prelims, Drew Dober surprised Scott Holtzman, taking him down several times and grinding out a decision victory. It marked the first loss of Holtzman’s career.

Many wondered why Dustin Poirier and Joseph Duffy were on Fight Pass, but as a reward for the bout being scrapped last year, UFC officials kept it on the digital platform. The lightweights delivered, as Poirier handed Duffy his first Octagon defeat via decision.

In a hard-fought three-round battle, Michinori Tanaka improved to 11-1 with a split decision win over former Bellator champion Joe Soto. The loss was the third for Soto inside the Octagon.

Canadian Sheldon Westcott kicked off the night with a dominating performance over Edgar Garcia. Westcott scored a takedown and dominated Garcia from there, earning a first round TKO.

Lawler and Condit earned the “Fight of the Night,” while “Performance of the Night” bonuses went to Miocic and McDonald.

The attendance inside the MGM Grand Garden Arena was announced at 10,300 with a live gate of $2 million.

Check out complete results below:

Robbie Lawler def. Carlos Condit via split decision (47-48, 48-47, 48-47) to remain UFC welterweight champion

Stipe Miocic def. Andrei Arlovski via TKO (strikes) at :54 of Round 1

Albert Tumenov def. Lorenz Larkin via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Brian Ortega def. Diego Brandao via submission (triangle choke) at 1:37 of Round 3

Abel Trujillo def. Tony Sims via submission (guillotine choke) at 3:18 of Round 1

Michael McDonald def. Masanori Kanehara via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:09 of Round 2

Alex Morono def. Kyle Noke via split decision (29-28, 27-30, 29-28)

Justine Kish def. Nina Ansaroff via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

Drew Dober def. Scott Holtzman via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Dustin Poirier def. Joseph Duffy via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27)

Michinori Tanaka def. Joe Soto via split decision (29-29, 28-29, 29-28)

Sheldon Westcott def. Edgar Garcia via TKO (strikes) at 3:12 of Round 1

ufc 195

Welcome to FightLine’s live coverage of UFC 195.

Tonight’s card comes to us from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, with bouts airing on UFC Fight Pass, FOX Sports 1 and pay-per-view.

In the main event, Robbie Lawler looks to defend his welterweight title against former interim champion Carlos Condit.

Lawler (26-10) earned a fifth round stoppage victory over Rory MacDonald earlier this year to remain champion. Condit (30-8) is 2-1 over his last three.

In the co-featured attraction, heavyweight contenders Stipe Miocic and Andrei Arlovski hit the Octagon, while the rest of the PPV main card includes Albert Tumenov-Lorenz Larkin, Diego Brandao-Brian Ortega and Abel Trujillo-Tony Sims.

Scheduled for the FS1 prelims are Michael McDonald-Masanori Kanehara, Kyle Noke-Alex Morono, Justine Kish-Nina Ansaroff and Drew Dober-Scott Holtzman.

All the action begins online with Dustin Poirier-Joseph Duffy, Joe Soto-Michinori Tanaka and Edgar Garcia-Sheldon Westcott.

Of note, this event was scheduled to be headlined by Ronda Rousey vs. Holly Holm for the female bantamweight title. An injury to Lawler, though, pushed this main event back and bumped that one up.

FightLine will be bringing you live play-by-play beginning at6:30 p.m. ET.


Sheldon Westcott vs. Edgar Garcia

We’ll begin the night in the welterweight division with Sheldon Westcott (8-3-1) meeting Edgar Garcia (14-4) on UFC Fight Pass.

Round 1: Garcia really loading up the right hand, looking to land a power shot. Westcott ducks under a right and scores with an easy takedown. He’s got the legs of Garcia wrapped and is looking to secure the mount, peppering him with good shots in the process. Westcott takes the back and flattens him out, pounding away with heavy, heavy right hands. Westcott’s just teeing off, but he’s also hitting the back of the head quite a bit which is keeping the ref from stopping it. More shots getting through with two minutes left in the round. And after warning him to improve, this one is all over.

Sheldon Westcott def. Edgar Garcia via TKO (strikes) at 3:12 of Round 1

Joe Soto vs. Michinori Tanaka

Former Bellator champion Joe Soto (15-4) tries to get a victory inside the Octagon against Michinori Tanaka (10-1) in a bantamweight battle.

Round 1: Tanaka with that typical wide-stance like other Japanese MMA fighters. Soto takes the center and peppers him with solid kicks. Soto tries to get in close and eats a right for his effort, but continues to follow up with inside leg kicks. Tanaka fends off a deep single-leg from the former NJCAA wrestling standout. Good 1-2 from Soto connects, but Tanaka just has more power with each strike. With about 90 seconds left, Tanaka gets in a groove and scores with a takedown. Soto throws up a nasty Gogoplata with time to work. He’s got it in very tight as we head under 30 seconds in the round. Nasty elbows landing now from Soto.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Soto

Round 2: Tanaka really coming out the aggressor here despite his corner telling him to not load up. Soto continues to work the leg, as there is heavy bruising becoming visible. Blood coming from the nose of Soto, who continues to push forward with leg kicks. Another takedown for Tanaka, but Soto immediately throws up a guillotine with full-guard. The hands are clasped and Soto is cranking the neck, but Tanaka puts out a hand saying he is fine. Tanaka slips free and is now on top looking to pass.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Tanaka

Round 3: Soto appeared to be saying something to Tanaka after the second round ended. Not sure what that might have been about. Huge shots coming from Tanaka but they are missing for the most part. Soto talking to him now and coming forward, really trying to engage the fight – just as his corner instructed. Tanaka just letting him punch him in the face, laughing at the same time. Lots of words from Soto, who is fired up and now they are throwing. Huge left, but Tanaka with a takedown. Soto grabs the guillotine once more with two-plus minutes left, pulling down and tight on the neck. He’s got it in very deep and very tight. Soto releases the submission, but is on his back. Soto lands and has busted open the mouth of Tanaka, really taking over in the final moments of this fight.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Soto

Michinori Tanaka def. Joe Soto via split decision (29-29, 28-29, 29-28)

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