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
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