Running 2016 MMA Awards (updated 8/1)

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Updated 8/1

 

Male Fighter of the Year

Michael Bisping 2-0 (Silva, Rockhold) – Claimed UFC Middleweight title
Stipe Miocic 2-0 (Arlovski, Werdum) – Claimed UFC Heavyweight Title
Dominick Cruz 2-0 (Dillashaw, Faber) – Claimed UFC Bantamweight title
Eddie Alvarez 2-0 (Pettis, Dos Anjos) – Claimed UFC Lightweight Title
Tyron Woodley 1-0 (Lawler) – Claimed UFC Welterweight title
Demetrious Johnson 1-0 (Cejudo) – Defended UFC Flyweight title
Nate Diaz 1-0 (McGregor) – Claimed UFC McGregor-weight title
Donald Cerrone 2-0 (Oliveira, Cote)
Stephen Thompson 2-0 (Hendricks, MacDonald)
Edson Barboza 2-0 (Pettis, Melendez)
Derrick Lewis 3-0 (Gonzaga, Grabowski, Nelson)

 

Female Fighter of the Year

Amanda Nunes 2-0 (Shevchenko, Tate) – Claimed UFC W Bantamweight Title
Joanna Jedrzejczyk 1-0 (Gadelha) – Defended UFC Strawweight Title
Angela Hill 3-0 (Gray, Eggink, Souza) – Claimed Invicta Strawweight title
Christiane Justino 2-0 (Ibragimova, Smith) – Defended Invicta Featherweight title
Angela Lee 2-0 (Heintzman, Yamaguchi) – Claimed ONE Strawweight title
Ayaka Hamasaki 1-0 (Brown) – Defended Invicta Atomweight title
Karolina Kowalkiewicz 2-0 (Clark, Namajunas)

 

Fight of the Year

1. Robbie Lawler vs. Carlos Condit – UFC 195
2. Marco Polo Reyes vs. Dong Hyun Kim – UFC 199
3. Steve Bossé vs. Sean O’Connell – UFC FN 89
4. Nate Diaz vs. Conor McGregor – UFC 196
5. Dominick Cruz vs. TJ Dillashaw – UFC FN 81
6. Anderson Silva vs. Michael Bisping – UFC FN 84
7. Piotr Yan vs. Magomed Magomedov – ACB 32
8. Tony Ferguson vs. Landon Vannata – UFC FN 91
9. Dan Henderson vs. Hector Lombard – UFC 199
10. Angela Lee ve. Mei Yamaguchi – ONE Championship 42

Honorable Mentions:

Paul Felder vs. Daron Cruickshank – UFC FN 81
Mike Pyle vs. Sean Spencer – UFC FN 82
Sergey Morozov vs. Pavel Vitruk – M-1 Challenge 64
Kevin Ferguson vs. Dhafir Harris – Bellator 149
Alexander Shlemenko vs. Slava Vasilevskiy – M-1 Challenge 64
James Krause vs. Shane Campbell – UFC FN 83
Dustin Poirier vs. Joe Duffy – UFC 195
Ayaka Hamasaki vs. Amber Brown – Invicta FC 16
Tha Pyay Nyo vs. Kyal Sin Phyo – ONE FC: Union of Warriors
Neil Magny vs. Hector Lombard – UFC FN 85
Irwin Rivera vs. Jose Ceja – Legacy FC 52
Mindaugas Verbickas vs. Vlad Popovsky – King of Kings: Chisinau
Anatoly Tokov vs. Arbi Agujev – ACB 38
Blagoi Ivanov vs. Josh Copeland – WSOF 31
Kevin Aguilar vs. Tony Kelley – Legacy FC 57
Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs. Claudia Gadelha – TUF 23 Finale

 

Knockout of the Year (Top promotions)

1. Dan Henderson over Hector Lombard – Head Kick and Elbow – UFC 199
2. Yair Rodriguez over Andre Fili – Flying Switch Kick – UFC 197
3. Michael Bisping over Luke Rockhold – Punches – UFC 199
4. Tyron Woodley over Robbie Lawler – Punches – UFC 201
5. Eddie Alvarez over Rafael dos Anjos – Punches – UFC FN 90
6. Michael Chandler over Patricky Freire – Punch – Bellator 157
7. Diego Rivas over Noad Lahat – Flying Knee – UFC FN 82
8. Stipe Miocic over Fabricio Werdum – Punch – UFC 198
9. Mark Hunt over Frank Mir – Punch – UFC FN 85
10. Michael Page over Evangelista Santos – Flying Knee – Bellator 158
11. Brian Ortega over Clay Guida – Knee – UFC 199
12. Stephen Thompson over Johny Hendricks – Punch/Kicks – UFC FN 82
13. Doo Ho Choi over Thiago Tavares – Punches – TUF 23 Finale
14. Alistair Overeem over Andrei Arlovski – Front Kick and Punches – UFC FN 87
15. Patricky Freire over Ryan Couture – Punch – Bellator 148

Honorable Mentions:

UFC
John Lineker over Michael McDonald – Punches – UFC FN 91
Mairbek Taisumov over Damir Hadzovic – Uppercut – UFC FN 86
Scott Askham over Chris Dempsey – Punch and Kick – UFC FN 84
Nordine Taleb over Erick Silva – Punch – UFC 196
Chris Camozzi over Joe Riggs – Knees – UFC FN 83
Steve Bosse over James Te Huna – Punch – UFC FN 85
Anthony Johnson over Ryan Bader – Punches – UFC on FOX 18
Stipe Miocic over Andrei Arlovski – Punches – UFC 195
Ed Herman over Tim Boetsch – Knee – UFC FN 81
Oluwale Bamgbose over Daniel Sarafian – Head Kick and Punches – UFC FN 83
Alberto Mina over Mike Pyle – Flying Knee – UFC FN 90
Nikita Krylov over Ed Herman – Head Kick – UFC 201
Jake Ellenberger over Matt Brown – Liver Kick – UFC 201

Bellator
Ray Wood over Chris Jones – Spinning Backfist and Punches – Bellator 151
Kendall Grove over Francisco France – Punches – Bellator 150
Paul Daley over Andy Uhrich – Punch – Bellator 148
Derek Campos over Melvin Guillard – Punches – Bellator 149
Jason Radcliffe over Jack Mason – Knee – Bellator 158

 

Regional KO of the Year

1. Emil Meek over Rousimar Palhares – Elbows/Punches – Venator FC 3
2. Yuri Villefort over Kenneth Glenn – Flying Knee – Victory FC 47
3. Tom Duquesnoy over Shay Walsh – Elbow – BAMMA 25
4. Tang Da Pan over Zhou Biao – Slam – ONE Championship 37
5. Paul Buentello over Eric Prindle – Punch – Abu Dhabi Warriors 4
6. Joo Hwan Kim over Jung Bum Choi – Slam – Top FC 10
7. Istela Nunes over Karoline Martins – Head Kick – FLC 2
8. Amir Elzhurkaev over Dmitry Tamaev – Spinning Back Kick – ACB 34
9. Timofey Nastyukhin over Robert Lisita – Punch and Soccer Kick – ONE FC 43
10. Zhang Weili over Lilya Kazak – Head Kick – Kunlun Fight 47
11. Andre Soukhamthath over Kody Nordby – Flying Knee – CES MMA 33
12. Mike Plazola over Anthony Baccam – Punch – VFC 51
13. Vinicius Salvador over Diogo Felipe Oliveira – Liver kick – Max Fight 18
14. Justin Gaethje over Brian Foster – Leg Kicks – WSOF 29
15. Raufeon Stots over William Joplin – Head Kick – Victory FC 49

Misc Honorable Mentions:

Handong Kong over Sandeep Kumar – Soccer Kicks – Art of War 16
Rex de Lara over Stephen Loman – Punch – PXC 51
Christiane Justino over Dario Ibragimova – Punches – Invicta 15
Livia Renata Souza over DeAnna Bennett – Liver Kick – Invicta 15
Alvin Williams over Wes Sharp – Head Kick – WSOF 27
Geje Eustaquio over Saful Merican – Punch and Soccer Kick – ONE Championship 38
Tom Duquesnoy over Damien Rooney – Punch – BAMMA 24
Antoni Chmielewski over Svetoslav Savov – Slam and Punches – KSW 34
Aziz Julaidan over Hamza Al-Kooheji – Knee – Desert Force 21
Marlon Moraes over Joseph Barajas – Leg Kicks – WSOF 28
Dmitrey Bikrev over Svanes Abgaryan – Fight Nights Global
David Round over Sean Carter – Elbows – BCMMA 14
Robin van Roosmalen over Athinodoros Michailidis – FFC 22
Brian Camozzi over Kenneth Glenn – Knee – RFA 37
Abdul-Khamid Davlyatov over Ilnur Samigullin – Punch – EFN 45
Hisaki Kato over Yuta Watanabe – Uppercuts – RIZIN.1
Abdulla Almurzaev over Arsen Raupov – Knee – ACB 36
Evan Solorio over Armando Perez – Uppercut – Tachi PF 27
Zauri Maisuradze over Sadibou Sy – Spinning Back Fist – SFN 1
Geraldo de Freitas Jr vs. Fabio Pacheco – Punch – Jungle Fight 88
Henrique Silva Lopes vs. Johnny Walker – Punches – Jungle Fight 88
Markus Maluko over Fabricio Almeida Goncalves – Spinning Elbow – Aspera FC 38
Danny Henry over Barend Nienaber – Liver kick – EFC Worldwide 51
Denis Goltsov over Paul Buentello – Head Kick – ACB 41
Marlon Moraes over Josh Hill – Head Kick – WSOF 32
Ismael de Jesus over Joilton Santos – Punch – Shooto Brazil 65

 

Submission of the Year

1. Ben Rothwell over Josh Barnett – Gogo Choke – UFC on FOX 18
2. Miesha Tate over Holly Holm – RNC – UFC 196
3. Thiago Moises over Dave Castillo – Helicopter Armbar – RFA 35
4. Nate Diaz over Conor McGregor – RNC – UFC 196
5. Michael McDonald over Masanri Kanehara – RNC – UFC 195
6. Leandro Higo over Joey Miolla – RNC – RFA 37
7. Joe Taimanglo over Darrion Caldwell – Guillotine – Bellator 159
8. Pedro Munhoz over Russell Doane – Guillotine – UFC FN 90
9. Evangelista Santos over Brennan Ward – Heel Hook – Bellator 153
10. Michael Page over Jeremie Holloway – Toe Hold – Bellator 153
11. Michael Chiesa over Beneil Dariush – RNC – UFC on FOX 19
12. Brian Ortega over Diego Brandao – Triangle Choke – UFC 195
13. Khunkar Osmaev over Marcos dos Santos – Flying Armbar – Grand Prix Akhmat 2016
14. Adam Dehart over Amir Dadovic – Hip Crank – Legacy FC 53
15. Ayaka Hamasaki over Amber Brown – Armbar – Invicta FC 16

Honorable Mentions:

Sarah D’Alelio over Andrea Lee – RNC – Invicta FC 16
Donald Cerrone over Alex Oliveira – Triangle/Armbar – UFC FN 83
Bu Huo You Xia over Cai Chang Bo – Bulldog Choke – ONE Championship 37
Louis Taylor over Cory Devela – Guillotine Choke – WSOF 29
Tessa Simpson over Satomi Takano – Triangle/Keylock – PXC 52
Ashley Cummins over Nikki Smith – Knee on Neck Choke – Bellator 157
Danny Mitchell over CJ Meeks – Twister – Bellator 158
Guy Delumeau over Satoshi Inaba – Twister – Pancrase 279

 

Round of the Year

1. Robbie Lawler vs. Carlos Condit – R5 – UFC 195
2. Tony Ferguson vs. Landon Vannata – R1 – UFC FN 91
3. Nate Diaz vs. Conor McGregor – R2 – UFC 196
4. Kazuki Tokudome vs Akbarh Arreola – R1 – Pancrase 277
5. Luiz Dutra vs. Hiroyuki Tesuka – R1 – Pancrase 276
6. Louis Smolka vs. Ben Nguyen – R1 – UFC FN 91
7. Travis Coyle vs. Brock Larson – R1 – Legacy FC 51
8. Dustin Poirier vs. Joe Duffy – R1 – UFC 195
9. Tha Pyay Nyo vs. Kyal Sin Phyo – R2 – ONE FC: Union of Warriors
10. Shinya Murofushi vs. Daichi Kitakata – R2 – Pancrase 276

 

Controversial Decision of the Year

Robbie Lawler vs. Carlos Condit – UFC 195
Dominick Cruz vs. TJ Dillashaw – UFC FN 81
Michihiro Omigawa vs. Teddy Violet – WSOF GC 2
Timur Valiev vs. Chris Gutierrez – WSOF 28
Ashlee Evans-Smith vs. Marion Reneau – UFC FN 83
Anderson Silva vs. Michael Bisping – UFC FN 84
Brad Pickett vs. Francisco Rivera – UFC FN 84
Fedor Emelianenko vs. Fabio Maldonado – EFN 50

 

Beatdown of the Year

Stephen Thompson vs. Johny Hendricks – UFC FN 82
Anthony Johnson vs. Ryan Bader – UFC on FOX 18
Derrick Lewis vs. Damian Grabowski – UFC FN 82
Marlon Moraes vs. Joe Barajas – WSOF 28
Lauren Murphy vs. Kelly Faszholz – UFC FN 83
Gegard Mousasi vs. Thales Leites – UFC FN 84
Darrion Caldwell vs. Joe Warren – Bellator 151
Derek Brunson vs. Roan Carneiro – UFC FN 83
Junior Dos Santos vs. Ben Rothwell – UFC FN 86
Andrey Koreshkov vs. Benson Henderson – Bellator 153
Jacare Souza over Vitor Belfort – UFC 198

 

Comeback Win of the Year

Fedor Emelianenko vs. Fabio Maldonado – EFN 50
Miesha Tate vs. Holly Holm – UFC 196
Neil Magny vs. Hector Lombard – UFC FN 85
Michael McDonald vs. Masanri Kanehara – RNC – UFC 195
Paul Felder vs. Daron Cruickshank – UFC FN 81
Travis Coyle vs. Brock Larson – Legacy FC 51
Thiago Moises vs. Dave Castillo – RFA 35
Anderson dos Santos vs. Ricky Simon – Titan FC 37
Sarah D’Alelio vs. Andrea Lee – Invicta FC 16
Leandro Higo vs. Joey Miolla – RFA 37
Kazuki Tokudome vs Akbarh Arreola – Pancrase 277
Jason High vs. Mike Ricci – WSOF 31
Matt Mitrione vs. Carl Seumanutafa – Bellator 157
Tony Ferguson vs. Landon Vannata – UFC FN 91

 

Story of the Year

UFC Sold
USADA
UFC Title Changes
RIP Kimbo

 

Upset of the Year

Joe Taimanglo over Darrion Caldwell – Bellator 159
Michael Bisping over Luke Rockhold UFC 199
Nate Diaz over Conor McGregor – UFC 196
Bryan Barberena over Sage Northcutt – UFC on FOX 18
Andrey Koreshkov vs. Benson Henderson – Bellator 153
Zac Riley over Hugo Viana – RFA 34

 

Event of the Year

UFC 199: Rockhold/Bisping 2
UFC 196: McGregor/Diaz
UFC FN 90: RDA/Alvarez
Bellator 158: London
UFC FN 91: Lineker/McDonald
EFN 50

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