World MMA Awards 2022 announced for Dec. 8


This year’s World MMA Awards is set to go down next month.

Fighters Only revealed on Wednesday that the 14th Annual World MMA Awards will take place on Dec. 8 at the SAHARA Las Vegas. Trophies will be awarded for Male and Female Fighter of the Year, Knockout and Submission of the Year, Fight of the Year, and media awards will be handed out as well.

MMA Fighting has been nominated as Media Source of the Year. This award was previously won by the organization five times. Nominations also went to Shaun Al-Shatti, host of The MMA Hour Ariel Helwani. Helwani is an 11-time Journalist of the Year award winner.

Winners will be announced with results of a fan vote that concluded on Sept. 30, and the nominees were based on combat sports events that took place over a 12-month stretch between July 2021 and June 2022.

Broadcast details are still to be confirmed.

See the complete list below.

Charles “Mask” Lewis Fighter of The Year

Alexander Volkanovski

Johnny Eblen

Charles Oliveira

Islam Makhachev

Francis Ngannou

Female fighter of the year

Julianna Pena

Cris Cyborg

Kayla Harrison

Valentina Shevchenko

Raquel Pennington

Breakthrough Fighter of the Year

Tai Tuivasa

Mateusz Gamrot

Paddy Pimblett

Molly McCann

Johnny Eblen

International Fighter of the Year

Alexander Volkanovski

Roberto Soldic

Mateusz Gamrot

Islam Makhachev

Khamzat Chimaev

Fight of the Year

Jiri Prochazka vs. Glover Teixeira – UFC 275

Justin Gaethje vs. Michael Chandler – UFC 268

Alexander Volkanovski vs. Brian Ortega – UFC 266

Khamzat Chimaev vs. Gilbert Burns – UFC 273

Max Holloway vs. Yair Rodriguez – UFC Vegas 42

Knockout for the Year

Michael Chandler (front kick), vs. Tony Ferguson, UFC 274

Ignacio Bahamondes (wheel kick) vs. Roosevelt Roberts – UFC Vegas 34

Sergio Pettis (spinning backfist) vs. Kyoji Horiguchi – Bellator 272

Molly McCann, spinning back elbow vs. Luana Caroline – UFC London

Roman Faraldo (flying knee) vs. Robert Turnquest – Bellator 271

Submission for the Year

Jiri Prochazka (rear-naked choke) vs. Glover Teixeira – UFC 275

Stevie Ray (modified body lock) vs. Anthony Pettis – PFL 5

Oliver Enkamp (inverted triangle choke) vs. Mark Lemminger – Bellator 281

Jessica Andrade (standing arm-triangle choke) vs. Amanda Lemos – UFC Vegas 52

Charles Oliveira (rear-naked choke) vs. Dustin Poirier – UFC 269

Comeback for the Year

Sergio Pettis vs. Kyoji Horiguchi – Bellator 272

Carla Esparza (career)

Clay Guida vs. Leonardo Santos – UFC on ESPN 31

Aljamain Sterling (overcoming intense ridicule and injury)

Chris Curtis (career)

Upset of the Year

Julianna Pena vs. Amanda Nunes – UFC 269

Mariusz Pudzianowski vs. Michal Materla – KSW 70

Matheus Scheffel vs. Bruno Cappelozza – PFL 5

Ben Parrish vs. Christian Edwards – Bellator 266

Seika Izawa vs. Ayaka Hamasaki – RIZIN 33

Best Promo of the Year




Cage Warriors


Leading Man of the Year

Dana White (UFC)

Scott Coker (Bellator)

Peter Murray, PFL )

Graham Boylan, Cage Warriors )

Kerrith Brown (IMMAF)

Referee for the Year

Jason Herzog

Marc Goddard

Mike Beltran

Mark Smith

Keith Peterson

Analyst for the Year

Paul Felder

Michael Bisping

Dan Hardy

Kenny Florian

Dominick Cruz

Personality of the Year

Laura Sanko

Daniel Cormier

Chael Sonnen

Joe Rogan

Jon Anik

Best MMA Programming

UFC Embedded

Dana White Contender Series

The MMA Hour


Morning Kombat

MMA Media Source of the Year

MMA Fighting

MMA Junkie


BT Sport


MMA Journalists of the Year

Ariel Helwani

John Morgan

Shaheen Al-Shatti

Aaron Bronsteter

Mike Bohn

Coach of the Year

Eugene Bareman

Eric Nicksick

Mike Brown

Henri Hooft

Diego Lima

Gym of the year

City Kickboxing

Xtreme Couture

American Top Team

Kill Cliff FC, formerly Sanford MMA )

Fortis MMA

Trainer of the Year

Phil Daru

Jordan Sullivan

Andrew Wood

Heather Linden

Corey Peacock

Ringcard Girls of the Year

Brittney Palmer

Arianny Celeste

Luciana Andrade

Brooklyn Wren

Chrissy Blair

Fighting Spirit of the Year

Kevin Holland – Bravery (In and Out of the Cage, Helping His Community in the Face of Danger on Several occasions )

Aaron Aby – Heart – Surviving cancer and fighting cystic fibrosis in order to be a leading contender in Cage Warriors )

Bryce Mitchell (Charity – dedicating half of his UFC 272 fight purse to help children in medical need in his native Arkansas, with a special mention for Dana White who matched Mitchell’s contribution)

Alexander Volkanovski (Determination – demonstrating a champion’s will to overcome adversity and battling through a seemingly inescapable submission from Brian Ortega)

Robbie Lawler – Compassion vs. Nick Diaz. – Showing genuine respect and genuine care for the wellbeing of his opponent in life )