World MMA Awards 2019 results: Champ champs win win, and win

Thursday, July 04, 2019

The 2019 World MMA Awards took place on Wednesday, July 3, at the Pearl Concert Theater at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. The annual MMA Awards are organized by Fighters Only magazine and this year was hosted by Dolph Lundgren. Winners are chosen via online polling. The awards are widely recognized as second in prestigious only to the UFC Hall of Fame.

The event streamed live on UFC Fight Pass at 11 p.m. ET. It will be broadcast on July 12 on the CBS Sports network.

The results appear immediately below, and the results with nominees at bottom.

Fighter of the Year - Daniel Cormier
Female Fighter of the Year - Amanda Nunes
Breakthrough Fighter of the Year - Israel Adesanya
International Fighter of the Year - Aung La Nsang
Fight of the Year - Tony Ferguson vs. Anthony Pettis (UFC 229)
Knockout of the Year - Amanda Nunes vs. Cris Cyborg (UFC 232)
Submission of the Year - Zabit Magomedsharipov vs. Brandon Davis (UFC 228)
Comeback of the Year - Angela Lee
Upset of the Year - Amanda Nunes vs. Cris Cyborg (UFC 232)
Coach of the Year - Mike Brown
Gym of the Year - ATT
Referee of the Year - Herb Dean
Ringcard Girl of the Year - Jhenny Andrade
Leading Man - Dana White
Best Promotion - UFC
Analyst of the Year - Daniel Cormier
MMA Journalist of the Year - Ariel Helwani

Note: Results for Trainer of the Year, Personality of the Year, Best MMA Programming, and MMA Clothing & Equipment Brand of the Year are not available.

Winners are in bold, with the nominees immediately below.

Fighter of the Year: Daniel Cormier
Khabib Nurmagomedov
Gegard Mousasi
Dustin Poirier
Aung La Nsang

Female Fighter of the Year: Amanda Nunes
Valentina Shevchenko
Tatiana Suarez
Jessica Andrade
Ilima-Lei Macfarlane

Breakthrough Fighter of the Year: Israel Adesanya
Thiago Santos
Anthony Smith
A.J. McKee
Aaron Pico

International Fighter of the Year: Aung La Nsang
Khabib Nurmagomedov
Kamaru Usman
Israel Adesanya
Gegard Mousasi


Fight of the Year: Tony Ferguson vs. Anthony Pettis - UFC 229
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

Knockout of the Year: Cris Cyborg vs. Amanda Nunes - UFC 232
Jair Rodriguez vs. Chan Sung Jung - UFC Fight Night 139
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: Zabit Magomedsharipov vs. Brandon Davis - UFC 228
Tyson Pedro vs. Saparbek Safarov - UFC 221
Donald Cerrone vs. Mike Perry - UFC Fight Night 139
Aljamain Sterling vs. Cody Stamann - UFC 228
Ryan Hall vs. B.J. Penn - UFC 232

Comeback of the Year: Angela Lee 
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

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

Coach of the Year: Mike Brown 
Din Thomas
Firas Zahabi
Trevor Wittman
Javier Mendez

Trainer of the Year: 
Michelle Ingels
Sam Calavitta
George Lockhart
Nick Curson
Phil Daru

Gym of the Year: ATT 
Factory X

City Kickboxing
MMA Lab
AKA

Referee of the Year: Herb Dean
Josh Rosenthal
Dan Miragliotta
Mike Beltran
Marc Goddard

Ringcard Girl of the Year: Jhenny Andrade
Carly Baker
Summer Daniels
Arianny Celeste
Mercedes Terrell

Leading Man: Dana White
Jeff Novitzky
Martin Lewandowski
Chatri Sityodtong
Scott Coker

Best Promotion: UFC
Rizin
KSW
ONE Championship
Bellator

Personality of the Year:
Jon Anik
Chael Sonnen
John McCarthy
Brendan Schaub
Joe Rogan

Analyst of the Year: Daniel Cormier
Robin Black
Michael Bisping
Paul Felder
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: MMA Fighting
Sherdog
MMA Junkie
Bloody Elbow
FloCombat

MMA Journalist of the Year: Ariel Helwani:  
Chuck Mindenhall
John Morgan
Brett Okamoto
Karim Zidan

MMA Clothing & Equipment Brand of the Year: 
RVCA
Reebok
Hayabusa
Badboy
Venum

h/t MMA Fighting