2014 MMA Fighter of the Year Chris Weidman

Hosts Brian Stann and Nicole Dabeau arrive at the 2014 Fighters Only World Mixed Martial Arts Awards on Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, at the Venetian.By (contact)

The 2014 Fighters Only World Mixed Martial Arts Awards took the spotlight at the Venetian on Friday night, and the big prize, Fighter of the Year, went to UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman.

Gene Simmons of KISS and his son, Nick, presented the award to Weidman, who was accompanied by his wife, Marivi.

Ronda Rousey was named Female Fighter of the Year, and Alexander Gustafsson, Travis Browne and Bad Boy were the night’s multiple winners. Retired MMA star and U.S. Marine Brian Stann and sports reporter and TV personality Nicole Dabeau served as hosts. The red carpet included Austin “Chumlee” Russell (“Pawn Stars”), Mario Lopez (“Extra”), Holly Madison, Melody Sweets (“Absinthe” at Caesars Palace), Angel Porrino (“Absinthe”), Claire Sinclair (“Pin Up” at Stratosphere), Sabina Kelley (“Best Ink”) and cast members from “Jersey Boys” at the Paris, “Rock of Ages” at the Venetian, Jabbawockeez at the Luxor, Mo5aic at LVH, “X Burlesque” at the Flamingo and “X Rocks” at the Rio.

Thanks to Tom Donoghue for his photo galleries from the sixth-annual awards.

Here is the list of this year’s winners:

Fighter of the Year: Chris Weidman

Female Fighter of the Year: Ronda Rousey

Breakthrough Fighter of the Year: Travis Browne

International Fighter of the Year: Alexander Gustafsson

Fight of the Year: Jon Jones vs. Alexander Gustafsson (UFC 165)

Knockout of the Year: Vitor Belfort (vs. Luke Rockhold, UFC on FX 8)

Submission of the Year: Urijah Faber (vs. Ivan Menjivar, UFC 157)

Comeback of the Year: Travis Browne (vs. Alistair Overeem, UFC Fight Night 26)

Coach of the Year: Shawn Tompkins

Gym of the Year: Team Alpha Male

Trainer of the Year: Mike Dolce

Referee of the Year: Herb Dean

Ringcard Girl of the Year: Brittney Palmer

Leading Man: Dana White

Personality of the Year: Chael Sonnen

Best Promotion: UFC

Media Source of the Year: MMA Fighting

Journalist of the Year: Ariel Helwani (MMA Fighting/Fox Sports)

Best Lifestyle Clothing: Bad Boy

Best Technical Clothing: Venum

Best Technical Equipment: Bad Boy

2014 MMA Awards: Red Carpet 

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 big names like vitor belfort, royce gracie and daddy yankee partied it up in las vegas for the fighters only world mma awards. don’t miss mma on mun2 when the competition series combate americas makes its mun2 debut on february 23rd @ 10p/9c.


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