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Fighters Only, the world’s leading mixed martial arts (MMA) magazine, is proud to reveal the shortlists for the Sixth Annual World MMA Awards, which features a handful of first time nominees, dozens of all star names, and a sprinkling of incredible moments.

Each year the shortlists for 21 categories are put together by the industry-leading publication’s team of international editors and a selection of handpicked fighters and industry insiders. And this year’s panel agrees the list of nominees for this year’s sixth annual Awards is perhaps the strongest yet.

Rob Hewitt, CEO and president of Fighters Only Ltd, says: "The nominations panel for the Sixth Annual Fighters Only World MMA Awards have been spoiled for choice in regards to putting together this year's shortlists, but I believe they've finally managed to select the very best moments from the voting period.

Without question, 2013 has been hugely significant for mixed martial arts and the action inside the world's leading rings and cages has reflected that. This year's Awards have also been moved back to February so that all future events will take in a calendar year, so that also means that fans have got 15 months of action to consider when voting this year."

At midnight on December 31st 2013 the voting website, www.worldmmaawards.com, will go live, giving fans the opportunity to register their votes in all categories, including: ‘Fight of the Year,’ ‘Knockout of the Year’ and ‘Submission of the Year’. The site will remain live and taking votes until midnight on January 31st 2014.

The Sixth Annual Fighters Only Awards are the most keenly contested in history, and not simply because mixed martial arts has enjoyed arguably it’s most successful year to date. No, this year’s voting period takes in 15 months of competition - from October 1st 2012 through to December 31st 2013 - in order for all future World MMA Awards’ voting to utilize a more fan-friendly standard calendar year.

And, as is tradition, this year's Awards shortlists also include a new category: ‘Trainer of the Year.’ This award has been introduced to recognize the impact strength and conditioning coaches and nutritionists are having in MMA, and how the sport now supports an increasing number of elite-level fitness professionals.

So, who made the shortlists? Which fighters, executives, brands and moments of pure magic will fight it out for your votes and the much sought-after silver statues? Here are the official shortlists for the Sixth Annual Fighters Only World MMA Awards:


Charles ‘Mask’ Lewis Fighter of the Year
1. Vitor Belfort
2. Urijah Faber
3. Demetrious Johnson
4. Chris Weidman
5. Cain Velasquez

Female Fighter of the Year
1. Joanne Calderwood
2. Alexis Davis
3. Jessica Eye
4. Holly Holm
5. Ronda Rousey

Breakthrough Fighter of the Year
1. Travis Browne
2. TJ Grant
3. Conor McGregor
4. Nick Newell
5. Khabib Nurmagomedov

International Fighter of the Year
1. Shinya Aoki
2. Alexander Gustafsson
3. Conor McGregor
4. Khabib Nurmagomedov
5. Alexander Shlemenko

Fight of the Year
1. Wanderlei Silva vs. Brian Stann
(UFC on Fuel TV 8)
2. Michael Chandler vs. Eddie Alvarez II (Bellator 106)
3. Jon Jones vs. Alexander Gustafsson
(UFC 165)
4. Gilbert Melendez vs. Diego Sanchez
(UFC 166)
5. Mark Hunt vs. Antonio Silva
(UFC Fight Night 33)

Knockout of the Year
1. Vitor Belfort
(vs. Luke Rockhold, UFC on FX 8)
2. Junior Dos Santos (vs. Mark Hunt, UFC 160)
3. Emanuel Newton
(vs. ‘King Mo’ Lawal, Bellator 90)
4. Julio Cesar Neves Jr
(vs. Dener Dos Santos, WOCS 28)
5. Chris Weidman
(vs. Anderson Silva, UFC 162)

Submission of the Year
1. Olivier Fontaine
(vs. Sofian Benchohra, Lyon FC)
2. Josh Burkman
(vs. Jon Fitch, WSOF 3)
3. Urijah Faber
(vs. Ivan Menjivar, UFC 157)
4. Rose Namajunas
(vs. Kathina Catron, Invicta 5)
5. Kenny Robertson
(vs. Brock Jardine, UFC 157)

Comeback of the Year
1. Travis Browne
(vs. Alistair Overeem, UFC Fight Night 26)
2. Blagoi Ivanov (career)
3. Robbie Lawler (career)
4. Michelle Waterson
(vs. Jessica Penne, Invicta 5)
5. Tom Watson
(vs. Stanislav Nedkov, UFC on Fuel TV 7)

Shawn Tompkins Coach of the Year
1. Henri Hooft
2. Duane Ludwig
3. Ray Longo
4. Andre Pederneiras
5. Duke Roufus

Gym of the Year
1. AKA
2. Jackson-Winkeljohn MMA
3. Nova Uniao
4. Roufusport
5. Team Alpha Male

Trainer of the Year
1. Doug Balzarini
2. Jake Bonacci
3. Jonathan Chaimberg
4. Mike Dolce
5. Joel Jamieson

Referee of the Year
1. Herb Dean
2. Marc Goddard
3. Yves Lavigne
4. John McCarthy
5. Mario Yamasaki

Ringcard Girl of the Year
1. Jade Bryce
2. Arianny Celeste
3. Kat Kelley
4. Brittney Palmer
5. Mercedes Terrell

Leading Man
1. Victor Cui
2. Lorenzo Fertitta
3. Bjorn Rebney
4. Ray Sefo
5. Dana White

Personality of the Year
1. Bruce Buffer
2. Kenny Florian
3. Joe Rogan
4. Bas Rutten
5. Chael Sonnen

Best Promotion
1. Bellator MMA
2. Cage Warriors
3. One FC
4. UFC
5. WSOF

Best Lifestyle Clothing
1. Bad Boy
2. Fear the Fighter
3. Headrush
4. Roots of Fight
5. Torque

Best Technical Clothing
1. Bad Boy
2. Clinch Gear
3. Hayabusa
4. Jaco
5. Venum

Best Technical Equipment
1. Bad Boy
2. Century
3. Everlast
4. Hayabusa
5. Venum

Media Source of the Year
1. Inside MMA (AXS TV)
2. MMA Fighting
3. MMA Junkie
4. Sherdog
5. UFC Tonight (Fox Sports)

Journalist of the Year
1. Mike Chiapetta (Fox Sports)
2. Gareth A Davies
(The Daily Telegraph / Fox Sports)
3. Ben Fowlkes (USA Today / MMA Junkie)
4. Ariel Helwani (MMA Fighting / Fox Sports)
5. John Morgan (USA Today / MMA Junkie)

Remember, the Awards website, www.worldmmaawards.com, is live now, with the fan voting set to go live at midnight December 31st 2013. Don’t miss your chance to have a say on MMA history. You’ve got until midnight on January 31st 2014 to register your vote, so don’t delay, log on today.

The Sixth Annual Fighters Only World MMA Awards are once more sponsored by Bodybuilding.com, the internet’s most visited health and fitness site and largest online retailer of nutritional supplements.

Along with BSN, one of the planet’s leading and multi-award winning sports supplement providers which also powers some of the planet’s leading fighters including UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez.

For further details on Fighters Only, the Awards sponsors, The Venetian Resort, and other essential information, please see below.

About Fighters Only:
Fighters Only was the world’s first mixed martial arts magazine and now produces domestic versions of its publication in the US, Canada, UK, Mexico, Germany and South Africa. The UK edition is nearing its ninth anniversary and outsells any other combat sports magazine in its sector, while also exporting copies into a further 32 countries worldwide.

In December 2009, Fighters Only held the sport’s first live ‘Oscars’-style awards ceremony in Las Vegas. The show was aired live via the internet and then nationally on US and Canadian television by Versus, and internationally in China, Brazil and on Scandinavian TV. Fighters Only is also the publisher of the fitness industries most exciting new publication, TRAIN, which together with Fighters Only has its own iPad version available for download via iTunes.

About Bodybuilding.com:
Bodybuilding.com offers more than 8,000 health & fitness supplements and accessories to help over 7. 3 million people every month achieve their health, fitness and appearance goals. This online powerhouse gives users more than 34,000 pages of FREE information, including more than 25,000 articles and 9,000 videos, expert online trainers and new content added daily.
 
Bodybuilding.com also provides the most hardcore mixed martial arts training programs, from nutrition and supplementation to tips from the most ripped and intense fighters on the mat. With live interviews, step-by-step videos, and all the tools you need for a competitive edge, it’s a one-stop shop for victorious domination.

About BSN:
Bio-Engineered Supplements and Nutrition, Inc. (BSN) was founded in 2001 and since then has become a global leader in the sports nutrition marketplace through relentless dedication to creating dynamic, cutting-edge, and result-producing products.
 
BSN products and the brand itself have won more than 35 sports nutrition awards over the course of the last six years, more than any other company in the industry. This legacy of performance has created tremendous brand awareness and loyalty for the company, building a faithful following of consumers, athletes, fans and, most importantly, fighters in the process.

About The Venetian Las Vegas:
The Venetian Resort-Hotel-Casino, the largest property in the country to receive AAA’s Five Diamond and the coveted Forbes Travel Guide Four Star awards, is one of the world’s most luxurious resort and convention destinations. Recreating Venice’s legendary landmarks, the LEED EB Gold-certified resort offers unmatched service and quality for leisure and corporate guests.

With suites ranging from a standard 650-square-foot Luxury Suite to the luxurious 10,000-square-foot Chairman Suite, the all-suite resort boasts more than 4,000 of Las Vegas’ most lavish suite accommodations.

Located in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip, The Venetian features Grand Canal Shoppes, an indoor streetscape complete with gondolas and singing gondoliers, the Canyon Ranch SpaClub, world-class gaming, exquisite restaurants, a wide variety of entertainment such as "Soul2Soul with Tim McGraw and Faith Hill," the party musical "ROCK OF AGES," showroom headliners including Human Nature, David Spade, Rita Rudner, Tim Allen and Joan Rivers and extensive convention and corporate services.

Guests can earn points while they eat, sleep, shop and play with Grazie, the premier loyalty program. The Venetian and its sister resort, The Palazzo Las Vegas, are the first ever Alliance Resorts in the InterContinental Hotel Group global portfolio. For additional information, visit venetian.com, follow on Twitter @venetianvegas and interact on Facebook at facebook.com/venetianlasvegas.

For further information about the fifth Fighters Only World MMA Awards please contact:

Sponsorship Inquiries:         International Press Inquiries:
Rob Hewitt             Nick Peet
rob.i2media@gmail.com         fomeditor@gmail.com
+44 (0) 7743830432         +44 (0) 191 2332225

Fighters Only, the world’s leading mixed martial arts (MMA) magazine, is proud to reveal the shortlists for the Sixth Annual World MMA Awards, which features a handful of first time nominees, dozens of all star names, and a sprinkling of incredible moments.

Each year the shortlists for 21 categories are put together by the industry-leading publication’s team of international editors and a selection of handpicked fighters and industry insiders. And this year’s panel agrees the list of nominees for this year’s sixth annual Awards is perhaps the strongest yet.

Rob Hewitt, CEO and president of Fighters Only Ltd, says: "The nominations panel for the Sixth Annual Fighters Only World MMA Awards have been spoiled for choice in regards to putting together this year's shortlists, but I believe they've finally managed to select the very best moments from the voting period.

Without question, 2013 has been hugely significant for mixed martial arts and the action inside the world's leading rings and cages has reflected that. This year's Awards have also been moved back to February so that all future events will take in a calendar year, so that also means that fans have got 15 months of action to consider when voting this year."

At midnight on December 31st 2013 the voting website, www.worldmmaawards.com, will go live, giving fans the opportunity to register their votes in all categories, including: ‘Fight of the Year,’ ‘Knockout of the Year’ and ‘Submission of the Year’. The site will remain live and taking votes until midnight on January 31st 2014.

The Sixth Annual Fighters Only Awards are the most keenly contested in history, and not simply because mixed martial arts has enjoyed arguably it’s most successful year to date. No, this year’s voting period takes in 15 months of competition - from October 1st 2012 through to December 31st 2013 - in order for all future World MMA Awards’ voting to utilize a more fan-friendly standard calendar year.

And, as is tradition, this year's Awards shortlists also include a new category: ‘Trainer of the Year.’ This award has been introduced to recognize the impact strength and conditioning coaches and nutritionists are having in MMA, and how the sport now supports an increasing number of elite-level fitness professionals.

So, who made the shortlists? Which fighters, executives, brands and moments of pure magic will fight it out for your votes and the much sought-after silver statues? Here are the official shortlists for the Sixth Annual Fighters Only World MMA Awards:


Charles ‘Mask’ Lewis Fighter of the Year
1. Vitor Belfort
2. Urijah Faber
3. Demetrious Johnson
4. Chris Weidman
5. Cain Velasquez

Female Fighter of the Year
1. Joanne Calderwood
2. Alexis Davis
3. Jessica Eye
4. Holly Holm
5. Ronda Rousey

Breakthrough Fighter of the Year
1. Travis Browne
2. TJ Grant
3. Conor McGregor
4. Nick Newell
5. Khabib Nurmagomedov

International Fighter of the Year
1. Shinya Aoki
2. Alexander Gustafsson
3. Conor McGregor
4. Khabib Nurmagomedov
5. Alexander Shlemenko

Fight of the Year
1. Wanderlei Silva vs. Brian Stann
(UFC on Fuel TV 8)
2. Michael Chandler vs. Eddie Alvarez II (Bellator 106)
3. Jon Jones vs. Alexander Gustafsson
(UFC 165)
4. Gilbert Melendez vs. Diego Sanchez
(UFC 166)
5. Mark Hunt vs. Antonio Silva
(UFC Fight Night 33)

Knockout of the Year
1. Vitor Belfort
(vs. Luke Rockhold, UFC on FX 8)
2. Junior Dos Santos (vs. Mark Hunt, UFC 160)
3. Emanuel Newton
(vs. ‘King Mo’ Lawal, Bellator 90)
4. Julio Cesar Neves Jr
(vs. Dener Dos Santos, WOCS 28)
5. Chris Weidman
(vs. Anderson Silva, UFC 162)

Submission of the Year
1. Olivier Fontaine
(vs. Sofian Benchohra, Lyon FC)
2. Josh Burkman
(vs. Jon Fitch, WSOF 3)
3. Urijah Faber
(vs. Ivan Menjivar, UFC 157)
4. Rose Namajunas
(vs. Kathina Catron, Invicta 5)
5. Kenny Robertson
(vs. Brock Jardine, UFC 157)

Comeback of the Year
1. Travis Browne
(vs. Alistair Overeem, UFC Fight Night 26)
2. Blagoi Ivanov (career)
3. Robbie Lawler (career)
4. Michelle Waterson
(vs. Jessica Penne, Invicta 5)
5. Tom Watson
(vs. Stanislav Nedkov, UFC on Fuel TV 7)

Shawn Tompkins Coach of the Year
1. Henri Hooft
2. Duane Ludwig
3. Ray Longo
4. Andre Pederneiras
5. Duke Roufus

Gym of the Year
1. AKA
2. Jackson-Winkeljohn MMA
3. Nova Uniao
4. Roufusport
5. Team Alpha Male

Trainer of the Year
1. Doug Balzarini
2. Jake Bonacci
3. Jonathan Chaimberg
4. Mike Dolce
5. Joel Jamieson

Referee of the Year
1. Herb Dean
2. Marc Goddard
3. Yves Lavigne
4. John McCarthy
5. Mario Yamasaki

Ringcard Girl of the Year
1. Jade Bryce
2. Arianny Celeste
3. Kat Kelley
4. Brittney Palmer
5. Mercedes Terrell

Leading Man
1. Victor Cui
2. Lorenzo Fertitta
3. Bjorn Rebney
4. Ray Sefo
5. Dana White

Personality of the Year
1. Bruce Buffer
2. Kenny Florian
3. Joe Rogan
4. Bas Rutten
5. Chael Sonnen

Best Promotion
1. Bellator MMA
2. Cage Warriors
3. One FC
4. UFC
5. WSOF

Best Lifestyle Clothing
1. Bad Boy
2. Fear the Fighter
3. Headrush
4. Roots of Fight
5. Torque

Best Technical Clothing
1. Bad Boy
2. Clinch Gear
3. Hayabusa
4. Jaco
5. Venum

Best Technical Equipment
1. Bad Boy
2. Century
3. Everlast
4. Hayabusa
5. Venum

Media Source of the Year
1. Inside MMA (AXS TV)
2. MMA Fighting
3. MMA Junkie
4. Sherdog
5. UFC Tonight (Fox Sports)

Journalist of the Year
1. Mike Chiapetta (Fox Sports)
2. Gareth A Davies
(The Daily Telegraph / Fox Sports)
3. Ben Fowlkes (USA Today / MMA Junkie)
4. Ariel Helwani (MMA Fighting / Fox Sports)
5. John Morgan (USA Today / MMA Junkie)

Remember, the Awards website, www.worldmmaawards.com, is live now, with the fan voting set to go live at midnight December 31st 2013. Don’t miss your chance to have a say on MMA history. You’ve got until midnight on January 31st 2014 to register your vote, so don’t delay, log on today.

The Sixth Annual Fighters Only World MMA Awards are once more sponsored by Bodybuilding.com, the internet’s most visited health and fitness site and largest online retailer of nutritional supplements.

Along with BSN, one of the planet’s leading and multi-award winning sports supplement providers which also powers some of the planet’s leading fighters including UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez.

For further details on Fighters Only, the Awards sponsors, The Venetian Resort, and other essential information, please see below.

About Fighters Only:
Fighters Only was the world’s first mixed martial arts magazine and now produces domestic versions of its publication in the US, Canada, UK, Mexico, Germany and South Africa. The UK edition is nearing its ninth anniversary and outsells any other combat sports magazine in its sector, while also exporting copies into a further 32 countries worldwide.

In December 2009, Fighters Only held the sport’s first live ‘Oscars’-style awards ceremony in Las Vegas. The show was aired live via the internet and then nationally on US and Canadian television by Versus, and internationally in China, Brazil and on Scandinavian TV. Fighters Only is also the publisher of the fitness industries most exciting new publication, TRAIN, which together with Fighters Only has its own iPad version available for download via iTunes.

About Bodybuilding.com:
Bodybuilding.com offers more than 8,000 health & fitness supplements and accessories to help over 7. 3 million people every month achieve their health, fitness and appearance goals. This online powerhouse gives users more than 34,000 pages of FREE information, including more than 25,000 articles and 9,000 videos, expert online trainers and new content added daily.
 
Bodybuilding.com also provides the most hardcore mixed martial arts training programs, from nutrition and supplementation to tips from the most ripped and intense fighters on the mat. With live interviews, step-by-step videos, and all the tools you need for a competitive edge, it’s a one-stop shop for victorious domination.

About BSN:
Bio-Engineered Supplements and Nutrition, Inc. (BSN) was founded in 2001 and since then has become a global leader in the sports nutrition marketplace through relentless dedication to creating dynamic, cutting-edge, and result-producing products.
 
BSN products and the brand itself have won more than 35 sports nutrition awards over the course of the last six years, more than any other company in the industry. This legacy of performance has created tremendous brand awareness and loyalty for the company, building a faithful following of consumers, athletes, fans and, most importantly, fighters in the process.

About The Venetian Las Vegas:
The Venetian Resort-Hotel-Casino, the largest property in the country to receive AAA’s Five Diamond and the coveted Forbes Travel Guide Four Star awards, is one of the world’s most luxurious resort and convention destinations. Recreating Venice’s legendary landmarks, the LEED EB Gold-certified resort offers unmatched service and quality for leisure and corporate guests.

With suites ranging from a standard 650-square-foot Luxury Suite to the luxurious 10,000-square-foot Chairman Suite, the all-suite resort boasts more than 4,000 of Las Vegas’ most lavish suite accommodations.

Located in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip, The Venetian features Grand Canal Shoppes, an indoor streetscape complete with gondolas and singing gondoliers, the Canyon Ranch SpaClub, world-class gaming, exquisite restaurants, a wide variety of entertainment such as "Soul2Soul with Tim McGraw and Faith Hill," the party musical "ROCK OF AGES," showroom headliners including Human Nature, David Spade, Rita Rudner, Tim Allen and Joan Rivers and extensive convention and corporate services.

Guests can earn points while they eat, sleep, shop and play with Grazie, the premier loyalty program. The Venetian and its sister resort, The Palazzo Las Vegas, are the first ever Alliance Resorts in the InterContinental Hotel Group global portfolio. For additional information, visit venetian.com, follow on Twitter @venetianvegas and interact on Facebook at facebook.com/venetianlasvegas.

For further information about the fifth Fighters Only World MMA Awards please contact:

Sponsorship Inquiries:         International Press Inquiries:
Rob Hewitt             Nick Peet
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+44 (0) 7743830432         +44 (0) 191 2332225