This year’s World MMA Awards is set to go down next month.
Fighters Only revealed on Wednesday that the 14th Annual World MMA Awards will take place on Dec. 8 at the SAHARA Las Vegas. Trophies will be awarded for Male and Female Fighter of the Year, Knockout and Submission of the Year, Fight of the Year, and media awards will be handed out as well.
MMA Fighting is nominated for Media Source of the Year, an award it has previously won five times, and nominations were also given to MMA Fighting’s Shaun Al-Shatti and the host of The MMA Hour Ariel Helwani. Helwani is an 11-time Journalist of the Year award winner.
Winners will be announced with results of a fan vote that concluded on Sept. 30, and the nominees were based on combat sports events that took place over a 12-month stretch between July 2021 and June 2022.
Broadcast details have yet to be announced.
See the full list of nominations below.
Charles ‘Mask’ Lewis Fighter of the Year
Female Fighter of the Year
Breakthrough Fighter of the Year
International Fighter of the Year
Fight of the Year
Knockout of the Year
Submission of the Year
Jiri Prochazka (rear-naked choke) vs. Glover Teixeira – UFC 275
Comeback of the Year
Sergio Pettis vs. Kyoji Horiguchi – Bellator 272
Carla Esparza (career)
Aljamain Sterling (overcoming intense ridicule and injury)
Chris Curtis (career)
Upset of the Year
Julianna Peña vs. Amanda Nunes – UFC 269
Seika Izawa vs. Ayaka Hamasaki – RIZIN 33
Best Promotion of the Year
Leading Man of the Year
Dana White (UFC)
Scott Coker (Bellator)
Peter Murray (PFL)
Graham Boylan (Cage Warriors)
Kerrith Brown (IMMAF)
Referee of the Year
Analyst of the Year
Personality of the Year
Best MMA Programming
Dana White Contender Series
The MMA Hour
JRE MMA Show
MMA Media Source of the Year
MMA Journalist of the Year
Coach of the Year
Gym of the Year
American Top Team
Kill Cliff FC (formerly Sanford MMA)
Trainer of the Year
Ringcard Girl of the Year
Fighting Spirit of the Year
Kevin Holland (Bravery – in and out of the cage, helping his community in the face of danger on several occasions)
Aaron Aby (Heart – surviving cancer and battling cystic fibrosis to become a top contender in Cage Warriors)
Bryce Mitchell (Charity – dedicating half of his UFC 272 fight purse to help children in medical need in his native Arkansas, with a special mention for Dana White who matched Mitchell’s contribution)
Alexander Volkanovski (Determination – demonstrating a champion’s will to overcome adversity and battling through a seemingly inescapable submission from Brian Ortega)