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MMA Awards 2022 - Nominations

Frankie Crisp

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Give us your highlights - you can have up to 5 noms per award:

MMA Fight of the Year

Best MMA Fighter

MMA Rising Star

MMA Event of the Year

Best Knockout

Please note – most nominations tend to land before the calendar year is up, so if you edit your post for whatever reason, please @ me and flag the changes so I can update things at my end.

Nominations to be locked on 4th January

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MMA Fight of the Year 

Alexander volkanovski vs the Korean zombie 


Best MMA Fighter

Alexander volkanovski 


MMA Rising Star



MMA Event of the Year

Ufc fight night London


Best Knockout

Leon Edward's vs usman 

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Nearly forgot about this.

MMA Fight Of The Year:

1) Glover Teixeira vs Jiri Prochazka (UFC 275: Teixeira vs Prochazka - Jun 11)

2) Gilbert Burns vs Khamzat Chimaev (UFC 273: Volkanovski vs Zombie - Apr 9)

3) Matt Schnell vs Su Mudaerji (UFC Fight Night: Ortega vs Rodriguez - Jul 16)

4) Dustin Poirier vs Michael Chandler (UFC 281: Adesanya vs Pereira - Nov 12)

5) Damir Ismagulov vs Guram Kutateladze (UFC Fight Night: Kattar vs Emmett - Jun 18)

Best MMA Fighter:

1) Alexander Volkanovski 

2) Leon Edwards 

3) Alex Pereira 

4) Demetrious Johnson 

5) Islam Makhachev 

(This was a bit trickier than I expected actually. Just because most of the seemingly obvious choices only really had one great win this year. But whatever, I think these 5 are all worthy based on their best wins this year. Edwards over Usman and Pereira over Adesanya are the easy picks but I think Volk absolutely should be up there for his ridiculous performance against Max Holloway in their third fight). 

Rising Star: 

1) Shavkat Rakhmonov 

2) Ilia Topuria 

3) Jack Della Maddalena 

4) Alex Pereira 

5) Yazmin Jauregui 

(Might seem odd including Pereira in ‘Rising Star’ when he’s now a UFC champ but he started the year with only one UFC fight under his belt and he still hasn’t had 10 fights since switching to MMA yet. His rise from UFC debut to UFC champion was one year total. The other 4 deserve highlighting and have been a breath of fresh air for me to watch in their respective divisions this year). 

MMA Event Of The Year:

1) UFC 281: Adesanya vs Pereira (Nov 12)

2) UFC Austin: Kattar vs Emmett (Jun 18)

3) UFC London: Volkov vs Aspinall (Mar 19)

4) UFC 275: Teixeira vs Prochazka (Jun 11)

Best Knockout:

1) Leon Edwards (vs Kamaru Usman (UFC 278 - Aug)


There’s been a couple of prettier or flashier knockouts but the context and significance of this one puts it at #1 for me. Not only was Edwards the big underdog going in, he was up against one of the most dominant champions in Welterweight history who’d already beat him once before. Then he’s losing this rematch and with less than a minute left in the fight, he lands that kick. 2022 wasn’t exactly a blockbuster year for MMA but this is definitely the moment I’ll remember most from it. Absolute madness. One of those legendary knockouts that will be replayed forever. Easily the single biggest win and accomplishment by a UK fighter in UFC history as well. 

2) Michael Chandler (vs Tony Ferguson - UFC 274 - May)


3) Demetrious Johnson (vs Adriano Moraes - ONE Championship - Aug)


4) Alex Pereira (vs Sean Strickland - UFC 276 - Jul)


More than the KO itself, this is here because I just loved it the actual result. Maybe the most purely satisfying fight to watch for me all year, to be honest. Just because of how much of a STD riddled penis Strickland is. The fact he was mouthing off about Pereira’s striking being shite beforehand made this all the sweeter. Lovely stuff. Proper ‘heel gets his comeuppance’ payoff.

5) John Lineker vs Bibiano Fernandes (ONE Championship - Mar)


‘Hands Of Stone’ doing ‘Hands Of Stone’ things. 

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MMA Fight of the Year

Charles Oliveria vs Justin Gaethje

Khamzat vs Gilbert Burns

Stephen Thompson vs Kevin Holland

Paulo Costa vs Luke Rockhold

Best MMA Fighter

exander Volkanovski Al

MMA Rising Star

Joe Pyfer

Sergei Pavlovich (not sure if he counts)

MMA Event of the Year

UFC Fight Night London In march - Aspinal vs Volkov

Best Knockout

Michael Chandler vs Tony Ferguson

Leon Edwards vs Usman

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7 hours ago, Frankie Crisp said:

Two days to get your nominations in (a few more would be appreciated if you get the chance).

I'm off work tomorrow so will get doing some then. 

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On 12/4/2022 at 12:30 PM, Frankie Crisp said:


MMA Fight of the Year

- Glover Teixeira Vs Jiri Prochazka

- Michael Chandler Vs Dustin Poirier

- Gilbert Burns Vs Khamzat Chimaev

- Nate Landwehr Vs David Onama

- Drew Dober vs Terrance McKinney

Best MMA Fighter

- Alexander Volkanovski

- Weili Zhang 

- Alex Pereira 

I couldn't nominate somebody for one win from one fight. Pereira's nominated based almost entirely on the title win, but has two other wins to go with it. 

MMA Rising Star

- Shavkat Rakhmonov

- Ilia Topuria

- Arman Tsarukyan 

Best Knockout

- Alex Pereira over Sean Strickland

- Leon Edwards over Kamaru Usman

- Gregory Rodrigues over Njokuani. As much for the insane comeback as anything really. That he survived with half of the inside of his head visible, but to then come back and get the TKO. Our man Robo Barack is something else. 

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