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World MMA Awards 2019: Full List of Nominations


The Fight Capital of the World, Las Vegas, Nevada, will be home to the 11th annual Fighter’s Only World MMA Awards and on Wednesday, May 1, the official nominations were announced. Awards like ‘Fighter of the Year’, ‘Knockout of the Year’ and ‘Upset of the Year’ are all up for grabs.

Fans will vote for the winners of the awards on WorldMMAAwards.com with the voting closing on May 31.

Daniel Cormier, Khabib Nurmagomedov, Gegard Mousasi, Dustin Poirier, and Aung La N Sang are up for Male Fighter of the Year, while Amanda Nunes, Ilima-Lei MacFarlane, Valentina Shevchenko, Tatiana Suarez, and Jessica Andrade are in the Female Fighter of the Year category.

Israel Adesanya leads the way in the Breakout Fighter of the Year category, while Yair Rodriguez’s last-second hail mary knockout over The Korean Zombie is up for Knockout of the Year along with Amanda Nunes’ stunning finish of Cris Cyborg.

A full look at the 2019 World MMA Awards nominations can be seen below.

2019 Fighter’s Only World MMA Awards nominations

Male Fighter of the Year            

  • Daniel Cormier
  • Khabib Nurmagomedov
  • Gegard Mousasi
  • Dustin Poirier
  • Aung La N Sang

Female Fighter of the Year                     

  • Amanda Nunes
  • Ilima-Lei MacFarlane
  • Valentina Shevchenko
  • Tatiana Suarez
  • Jessica Andrade                                               

Breakthrough Fighter of the Year                       

  • Isreal Adesanya
  • Aaron Pico
  • Thiago Santos
  • Anthony Smith
  • A.J. McKee

International Fighter of the Year            

  • Gegard Mousasi
  • Khabib Nurmagomedov
  • Robert Whittaker
  • Isreal Adesanya
  • Aung La N Sang

Fight of the Year                      

  • Poirier def Gaethje – Fox 29
  • Ferguson vs Pettis – UFC 229
  • Douglas Lima vs Rory Macdonald Bellator 192
  • Whittaker vs Romero II – UFC 225
  • Santos vs Manuwa – UFC 231

Knockout of the Year    

  • Rodriguez KO Zombie
  • Nunes KO Cyborg
  • Machida KO Belfort
  • Brian Ortega KO Frankie Edgar
  • Nallo KO Banks

Submission of the Year

  • Hall SUB Penn
  • Sterling SUB Staman
  • Magomedsharipov SUB Davis
  • Tyson Pedro v Saparbek Safarov UFC221
  • Nurmagomedov SUB McGregor                                                   

Comeback of the Year               

  • Derrick Lewis KO Volkov
  • Paul Craig SUB Ankalaev
  • Angela Hill – Career
  • Tony Ferguson – Injury
  • Claudio Silva def Taleb – career

Upset of the Year                      

  • Cejudo def Johnson – UFC 227
  • Nunes def Cyborg – UFC 232
  • Cooper def Shields PFL
  • Hernandez def Dariush UFC 222
  • Rountree Jr. def Saki – UFC 226

Coach of the Year                     

  • Javier Mendez
  • Trevor Wittman
  • Mike Brown
  • Firas Zahabi
  • Din Thomas

Referee of the Year                    

  • Marc Goddard
  • Herb Dean
  • Mike Beltran
  • Dan Mirgliota
  • Josh Rosenthal

Ringcard Girl of the Year                      

  • Mercedes Terrell
  • Arianne Celeste
  • Summer Daniels
  • Jhenny Andrade
  • Carly Baker

Best Promotion             

  • UFC
  • Bellator
  • ONE Championship
  • KSW

Analyst of the Year                   

  • Dominick Cruz
  • Daniel Cormier
  • Felder
  • Michael Bisping
  • Robin Black

Best MMA Programming                       

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

MMA Media Source of the Year             

  • Bloody Elbow
  • Flo Combat
  • MMA Junkie
  • MMA Fighting
  • Sherdog

MMA Journalist of the Year                  

  • Karim Zidan
  • Ariel Helwani
  • Brett Okamoto
  • John Morgan
  • Chuck Mindenhall

Gym of the Year                       

  • AKA
  • ATT
  • MMA Lab
  • City Kickboxing
  • Factory X

Leading Man of the Year                      

  • Dana White
  • Scott Coker
  • Chatri Sityodtong
  • Jeff Novitski
  • Martin Lewandowski

MMA Personality of the Year                 

  • Joe Rogan
  • Brendan Schaub
  • John McCarthy
  • Chael Sonnen
  • Jon Anik

MMA Clothing and Equipment Brand               

  • RVCA
  • Reebok
  • Hayabusa
  • Bad Boy
  • Venum

Trainer of the Year                   

  • Michell Ingells
  • Sam Calavitta
  • George Lockhart
  • Nick Curzon
  • Phil Daru

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