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Old 10-29-2012, 06:48 PM   #1
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Default Finalist announced for the 2012 World MMA Awards

The finalists have been announced for the 2012 World MMA Awards, and Strikeforce women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey picked up a record four nominations.

Fighters Only, which coordinates the annual awards, today announced the finalists in 21 fan-voted categories.

Rousey is one of five fighters nominated for the prestigious Charles "Mask" Lewis Fighter of the Year award with Daniel Cormier, Nate Diaz, Benson Henderson and Jon Jones.

In addition to those categories, the 2012 World MMA Awards includes a Lifetime Achievement Award (which is voted upon by a panel of industry experts). Also new this year, a Fans' Highlight Reel Moment of the Year Award will be voted upon by fans to recognize the best MMA moment inside or outside the cage.

Voting is underway at It recognized achievements from Sept. 1, 2011, to Sept. 30, 2012.
The full list of nominees includes:

Charles "Mask" Lewis Fighter of the Year
•Daniel Cormier
•Nate Diaz
•Benson Henderson
•Jon Jones
•Ronda Rousey

Female Fighter of the Year
•Jessica Aguilar
•Sarah Kaufman
•Sara McMann
•Ronda Rousey
•Miesha Tate

Breakthrough Fighter of the Year
•Renan Barao
•Michael Chandler
•Luke Rockhold
•Ronda Rousey
•Chris Weidman

International Fighter of the Year
•Michael Bisping
•Alexander Gustafsson
•Chan Sung Jung
•Martin Kampmann
•Stefan Struve

Fight of the Year
•Dan Henderson vs. Mauricio "Shogun" Rua (UFC 139)
•Michael Chandler vs. Eddie Alvarez (Bellator 5
•Jake Ellenberger vs. Diego Sanchez (UFC on FUEL TV 1)
•Dustin Poirier vs. Chan Sung Jung (UFC on FUEL TV 3)
•Jamie Varner vs. Joe Lauzon (UFC on FOX 4)

Knockout of the Year
•Adam Khaliev vs. Alexei Belyaev (League S-70)
•Edson Barboza vs. Terry Etim (UFC 142)
•Stephen Thompson vs. Dan Stittgen (UFC 143)
•Anthony Pettis vs. Joe Lauzon (UFC 144)
•Brian Rogers vs. Vitor Vianna (Bellator 61)

Submission of the Year
•Frank Mir vs. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (UFC 140)
•Charles Oliveira vs. Eric Wisely (UFC on FOX 2)
•Rousimar Palhares vs. Mike Massenzio (UFC 142)
•Ronda Rousey vs. Miesha Tate (Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey)
•Chan Sung Jung vs. Dustin Poirier (UFC on FUEL TV 3)

Comeback of the Year
•Alan Belcher (career)
•Mike Swick (career)
•Frank Mir vs. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (UFC 140)
•Tim Boetsch vs. Yushin Okami (UFC 144)
•J.P. Joubert vs. Norman Wessels (EFC Africa 15)

Shawn Tompkins Coach of the Year
•Rafael Cordeiro
•Cesar Gracie
•Greg Jackson
•Javier Mendez
•Andre Pederneiras

Gym of the Year
•American Kickboxing Academy
•Cesar Gracie Jiu-Jitsu
•Jackson-Winkeljohn MMA
•Kings MMA
•Nova Uniao

Referee of the Year
•Herb Dean
•Marc Goddard
•John McCarthy
•Josh Rosenthal
•Mario Yamasaki

Ring Card Girl of the Year
•Jade Bryce
•Arianny Celeste
•Kelli Hutcherson
•Brittney Palmer
•Mercedes Terrell

Leading Man of the Year
•Victor Cui
•Lorenzo Fertitta
•Shannon Knapp
•Bjorn Rebney
•Dana White

Personality of the Year
•Jon Anik
•Bruce Buffer
•Mauro R****lo
•Joe Rogan
•Bas Rutten

Best Promotion
•Invicta FC

Best Lifestyle Clothing Brand
•Bad Boy

Best Technical Clothing Brand
•Bad Boy
•Clinch Gear

Best Technical Equipment

MMA Media Source of the Year
•"Inside MMA" on AXS TV

MMA Journalist of the Year
•Karyn Bryant, MMA HEAT/FUEL TV
•Ben Fowlkes, TODAY
•Gareth A. Davies, The Telegraph
•Ariel Helwani, TV
•John Morgan, TODAY
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