The 13th Annual Fighters Only World MMA Awards Celebrate in Las Vegas

Stars and Celebrities from Sports and Entertainment gathered to celebrate the biggest MMA fighters awards show

Hey Vegas fans. It was great to be back in front of a live audience. Last year, the COVID-19 Pandemic made it challenging for the producers to put on a normal type of MMA awards show.


On Friday, December 10, 2021, famous sports and entertainment stars united to celebrate the 13th Annual Fighters Only World Mixed Martial Arts Awards at Worre Studios in Las Vegas.

Some of those present were host Chael Sonnen, musician ASHBA, Johnathan Abram, and Gerald McCoy of your Las Vegas Raiders, Keo Motsepe from Dancing with the Stars, TV personality Sabina Kelly, actress Cassie Scerbo (Sharknado), social media star Nathan Apodaca aka @420DoggFace208, artist, model and UFC Octagon Girl Brittney Palmer, BMX pro Ricardo Laguna and more.

Nathan Apodaca aka @420DoggFace208 / Photos Courtesy Tom Bear/Fighters Only Magazine


Trophies were presented for Male and Female Fighter of the Year, Knockout and Submission of the Year and Fight of the Year. Media awards were handed out as well.

MMA fighting was selected as a nominee for Media Source of the Year; an award it has won five-times in the past. Nominations were handed to MMA fighting’s Shaun Al-Shatti and the host of The MMA Hour Ariel Helwani. Helwani is a 10-time Journalist of the Year award winner.

selection Process

The victors were chosen by fans who voted up until September 8, 2021. The nominees were selected by combat sports events that happened between July 2020 and July 2021.

Here are your Nominees and Winners for some of the events that took place at the 13th version of the Fighters Only World MMA Awards.

Charles ‘mask’ Lewis Male Fighter of the year

Kamaru Usman-(Winner)

Brandon Moreno

Yaroslav Amosov

Charles Oliveira

Jan Blachowicz

Female Fighter of the year

Mackenzie Dern

Kayla Harrison

Valentina Shevchenko

Rose Namajunas – (Winner)

Manon Fiorot

International Fighter of the year

Vadim Nemkov

Israel Adesanya- (Winner)

Yaroslav Amosov

Robert Whittaker

Jan Blachowicz

Fight of the Year

Paul Daley vs. Sabah Homasi- Bellator 257

Edson Barboza vs. Shane Burgos- UFC 262

Deiveson Figueiredo vs. Brandon Moreno I- UFC 256 (Winner)

Jifi Prochazka vs. Dominick Reyes- UFC ON ESPN 23

Santiago Ponzinibbio vs Miguel Baeza – UFC on ESPN+ 47

Knockout of the Year

Joaquin Buckley vs. Impa Kasanganay- Back Kick- UFC on ESPN + 37 (Winner)

Kamaru Usman vs. Jorge Masvidal – Punch- UFC 261

Cory Sandhagen vs. Frankie Edgar- Flying Knee- UFC on ESPN+ 42

Shane Burgos vs. Edson Barboza- Punch- UFC 262

Mamed Khalidov vs. Scott Askham- Flying Switch Kick- KSW 55

Comeback of the year

Paul Daley vs. Sabah Homasi- Bellator 257

Thanh Le. vs. Martin Nguyen- ONE: Inside the Matrix

Sean Strickland (Career)

Rose Namajunas (Career)

Charles Oliviera vs. Michael Chandler- UFC 262 – (Winner)

Upset of the year

Adriano Moraes vs. Demetrious Johnson – ONE on TNT 1- (Winner)

Shana Dobson vs. Mariya Agapova- UFC on ESPN 15

Clay Collard vs. Anthony Pettis -PFL 2021 #1

Ok Rae Yoon vs. Eddie Alvarez -One on TNT 4

Anthony Hernandez vs. Rodolfo Vieira- UFC 258

Ringcard Girl of the year

Arianny Celeste

Luciana Andrade

Brookliyn Wren

Brittney Palmer- (Winner)

Kasia Motloch Kejsi

While it was a packed filled event with many sports and entertainment personalities, I want to congratulate all of the nominees and winners for a year of outstanding work.

While visiting Las Vegas, check out other UFC Fight Night events happening this Saturday, December 18, 2021. Go to (#5) Stephen Thompson vs (#10) Belal Muhammad‘s match up, it’s sure to be a good fight.

Las Vegas also was home of several UFC fan experiences, click here for the recap of UFC International Fight Week from earlier this year.

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