World MMA Awards 2019 Nominees Announced, Voting Open

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ONE Championship and Bellator make a showing, but this year’s World MMA Awards nominees were, as expected, dominated by the UFC.

Fighter’s Only has announced the nominees for the 2019 World MMA Awards. Not surprisingly, the list is pretty heavy with UFC talent, but both Bellator MMA and ONE Championship make a showing as well. In fact, ONE’s Aung La N Sang was named not once, but twice – for both Fight of the Year, and International Fighter of the Year.

The full list of nominees is below.

Charles ‘Mask’ Lewis Fighter of the Year

Khabib Nurmagomedov
Gegard Mousasi
Dustin Poirier
Daniel Cormier
Aung La Nsang

Female Fighter of the Year

Valentina Shevchenko
Tatiana Suarez
Jessica Andrade
Ilima-Lei Macfarlane
Amanda Nunes

Breakthrough Fighter of the Year

Thiago Santos
Israel Adesanya
Anthony Smith
A.J. McKee
Aaron Pico

International Fighter of the Year

Khabib Nurmagomedov
Kamaru Usman
Israel Adesanya
Gegard Mousasi
Aung La Nsang

Fight of the Year

Robert Whittaker vs. Yoel Romero 2 – UFC 225
Thiago Santos vs. Jimi Manuwa – UFC 231
Douglas Lima vs. Rory Macdonald – Bellator 192
Dustin Poirier vs. Justin Gaethje – UFC on FOX 29
Tony Ferguson vs. Anthony Pettis – UFC 229

Knockout of the Year

Jair Rodriguez vs. Chan Sung Jung – UFC Fight Night 139
Cris Cyborg vs. Amanda Nunes – UFC 232
Mandel Nallo vs. Carrington Banks – Bellator 207
Vitor Belfort vs. Lyoto Machida – UFC 224
Brian Ortega vs. Frankie Edgar – UFC 222

Submission of the Year

Tyson Pedro vs. Saparbek Safarov – UFC 221
Donald Cerrone vs. Mike Perry – UFC Fight Night 139
Zabit Magomedsharipov vs. Brandon Davis – UFC 228
Aljamain Sterling vs. Cody Stamann – UFC 228
Ryan Hall vs. B.J. Penn – UFC 232

Comeback of the Year

Claudio Silva vs. Nordine Taleb – UFC Fight Night 130
Tony Ferguson – Injury
Paul Craig vs. Magomed Ankalaev – UFC Fight Night 127
Derrick Lewis vs. Alexander Volkov – UFC 229
Angela Lee

Upset of the Year

Khalil Rountree Jr. vs. Gokhan Saki – UFC 226
Alexander Hernandez vs. Beneil Dariush – UFC 222
Ray Cooper vs. Jake Shields – PFL
Amanda Nunes vs. Cris Cyborg – UFC 232
Henry Cejudo vs. Demetrious Johnson – UFC 227

Coach of the Year

Din Thomas
Firas Zahabi
Mike Brown
Trevor Wittman
Javier Mendez

Trainer of the Year

Michelle Ingels
Sam Calavitta
George Lockhart
Nick Curson
Phil Daru

Gym of the Year

Factory X
City Kickboxing
MMA Lab
ATT
AKA

Referee of the Year

Josh Rosenthal
Dan Miragliotta
Mike Beltran
Herb Dean
Marc Goddard

Ringcard Girl of the Year

Carly Baker
Jhenny Andrade
Summer Daniels
Arianny Celeste
Mercedes Terrell

Leading Man

Dana White
Jeff Novitzky
Martin Lewandowski
Chatri Sityodtong
Scott Coker

Best Promotion

Rizin
KSW
ONE Championship
Bellator
UFC

Personality of the Year

Jon Anik
Chael Sonnen
John McCarthy
Brendan Schaub
Joe Rogan

Analyst of the Year

Robin Black
Michael Bisping
Paul Felder
Daniel Cormier
Dominick Cruz

Best MMA Programming

The MMA Hour
JRE MMA Show
UFC Embedded
Dana White’s Contender Series
Anatomy of a Fighter

MMA Media Source of the Year

Sherdog
MMA Fighting
MMA Junkie
Bloody Elbow
FloCombat

MMA Journalist of the Year

Chuck Mindenhall
John Morgan
Brett Okamoto
Ariel Helwani
Karim Zidan

MMA Clothing & Equipment Brand of the Year

RVCA
Reebok
Hayabusa
Badboy
Venum

To vote, head on over to WorldMMAAwards.com — the winners will be named this July in Las Vegas.

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