2009 World MMA Awards – Official Results

The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, NV was the scene of the 2009 World MMA Awards; although this is the second year of the World MMA Awards, this would be the first year of the live broadcast, which was shown on Versus on Wednesday night.

The program, sponsored by Fighters Only, recognizes the best from the world of MMA for the past year. Below are the categories, finalists and winners:

GYM OF THE YEAR
Candidates: American Top Team, Black House MMA, Xtreme Couture, Greg Jackson’s Submission Fighting, Wolfslair
Winner: Greg Jackson’s Submission Fighting

BEST MMA GLOVES MANUFACTURER
Candidates: Everlast MMA, Fairtex, Hayabusa, Triumph United, UFC
Winner: UFC

BEST OVERALL MMA CLOTHING MANUFACTURER
Candidates: Affliction, One More Round, Silverstar, TapouT, Toe2Toe
Winner: TapouT

BREAKTHROUGH FIGHTER OF THE YEAR
Candidates: Shane Carwin, Dan Hardy, Jon Jones, Brock Lesnar, Cain Velasquez
Winner: Brock Lesnar

COACH OF THE YEAR
Candidates: Mark Dellagrotte, Greg Jackson, Ricardo Liborio, Greg Nelson, Shawn Tompkins
Winner: Greg Jackson

BEST MMA BRAND
Candidates: Bad Boy, Hayabusa, Silverstar, TapouT, UFC
Winner: TapouT

BEST MMA JOURNALIST
Candidates: John Morgan, MMAjunkie.com/Dallas Morning News; Gareth A. Davies, Telegraph.com; Joe Ferraro, MMA Connected; Kevin Iole, Yahoo! Sports; Dave Meltzer, Yahoo! Sports/Wrestling Observer
Winner: John Morgan, MMAjunkie.com/Dallas Morning News

FEMALE FIGHTER OF THE YEAR
Candidates: Gina Carano, Megumi Fujii, Sarah Kaufman, Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos, Rosi Sexton
Winner: Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos

KO OF THE YEAR
Candidates: Rashad Evans vs. Chuck Liddell at UFC 88, Dan Henderson vs. Michael Bisping at UFC 100, Lyoto Machida vs. Rashad Evans at UFC 98, Nate Marquart vs. Demian Maia at UFC 102, Anderson Silva vs. Forrest Griffin at UFC 101
Winner: Dan Henderson vs. Michael Bisping at UFC 100

LEADING MAN OF THE YEAR
Candidates: Dana White, UFC president; Lorenzo Fertitta, UFC CEO; Scott Coker, Strikeforce founder and CEO; Charles “Mask” Lewis, TapouT co-founder; Joe Silva, UFC VP of talent relations
Winner: Dana White, UFC president

BEST MMA SHORTS MANUFACTURER
Candidates: ADX, Hayabusa, Sprawl, Tapout, Warrior
Winner: TapouT

SUBMISSION OF THE YEAR
Candidates: B.J. Penn vs. Kenny Florian at UFC 101, Terry Etim vs. Justin Buchholz at UFC 99, Dustin Hazelett vs. Tamdan McCrory at UFC 91, Toby Imada vs. Jorge Masvidal at Bellator 5, Demian Maia vs. Chael Sonnen at UFC 95
Winner: Toby Imada vs. Jorge Masvidal at Bellator 5

BEST PROMOTION
Candidates: UFC, Strikeforce, DREAM, WEC, Bellator
Winner: UFC

BEST MEDIA SOURCE
Candidates: MMAjunkie.com, “Inside MMA” on HDNet, “MMA Connected” on Sportsnet, MMAWeekly.com, Sherdog.com
Winner: MMAjunkie.com

RING GIRL OF THE YEAR
Candidates: Arianny Celeste, Edith LaBelle, Holly Madison, Natasha Wicks
Logan Stanton
Winner: Arianny Celeste

SPECIAL LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Winner: Charles “Mask” Lewis

EUROPEAN FIGHTER OF THE YEAR
Candidates: Mike Bisping, Fedor Emelianenko, Terry Etim, Dan Hardy, Gegard Mousasi
Winner: Gegard Mousasi

FIGHT OF THE YEAR
Candidates: Mike Brown vs. Urijah Faber at WEC 41, Clay Guida vs. Diego Sanchez at The Ultimate Fighter 9 Finale, Rich Franklin vs. Wanderlei Silva at UFC 99, Brock Lesnar vs. Frank Mir at UFC 100, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs. Randy Couture at UFC 102
Winner: Clay Guida vs. Diego Sanchez at The Ultimate Fighter 9 Finale

FIGHTER OF THE YEAR
Candidates: Georges St-Pierre, Lyoto Machida, Anderson Silva, Mike Brown, Brock Lesnar
Winner: Georges St-Pierre

Versus will replay the awards program on January 6 at 9:00 PM (ET/PT), January 7 at midnight and January 9 at 2:30 PM.

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6 Responses to “2009 World MMA Awards – Official Results”

  1. Marlon Kato says:

    Zuffa is giving us 2 free cards this month, WEC 46 and UFN 20, the least we can as hardcore fans is to help out a struggling UFC 108.

  2. Zuffa Suck says:

    OMFG! This is UFC Orgy. Fedor wasn’t even nominated for anything. You are aware World MMA Awards is a UFC nut licking attempts from Fighter Only magazine. They just want to suck up to Dana to make money.

    European Fighter of the Year???
    Are you kidding me????

    I am gonna go around telling people not to buy Fighter Only magazine.

  3. Javier says:

    This is UFC Orgy. appearently TapouT put a lot of money in this.

    Fighter of the year GSP !!??? God!!!!

    LEADING MAN OF THE YEAR
    Winner: Dana White, UFC president

    BEST PROMOTION
    Winner: UFC

    Lmao

    what a shame!

  4. Jared says:

    What’s with the fighter of the year category? GSP had the “greasing” incident. Lyoto Machida almost had his butt kicked by shogun. Brock Lesnar displayed the worst sportsmanship in octogon history and then took half the year off due to illness, Anderson Silva had the most boring fight against Thales Leites. The only one left to even consider on this list is Mike Brown. Nate Marquardt had an impressive year, Dan Hardy had a good year, the only thing they didn’t get was a belt, but fighter of the year shouldn’t be champion of the year, Cain Velazquez is also very deserving in my mind.

  5. Rick says:

    FUCK YOU quit bitchin.. everybody in the ufc shits on everybody on strikeforce and WEC fedor is the biggest pussy of them all grow some nuts and fight somebody with skill strikeforce is pussy shit

  6. Rick says:

    oh and there is nobody in wec or strikeforce that would come close to hanging with and champs in the ufc..

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