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2022 World MMA Awards Results

Chael Sonnen at 2022 World MMA Awards
Chael Sonnen will be the host of the 2022 World MMA Awards on Thursday.
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MMA Fighting has 2022 World MMA Awards results from Thursday night’s ceremony 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.

The show is set to begin at 10:30 p.m. ET / 7:30 p.m. PT on ESPN+.

MMA Fighting is nominated for Media Source of the Year, an award it has previously won five times, and nominations were also given to MMA Fighting’s Shaun Al-Shatti and the host of The MMA Hour Ariel Helwani. Helwani is an 12-time Journalist of the Year award winner.

Check out the 2022 World MMA Awards results below.

Charles ‘Mask’ Lewis Fighter of the Year

Alexander Volkanovski - Winner

Johnny Eblen

Charles Oliveira

Islam Makhachev

Francis Ngannou

Female Fighter of the Year

Julianna Peña

Cris Cyborg

Kayla Harrison

Valentina Shevchenko - Winner

Raquel Pennington

Breakthrough Fighter of the Year

Tai Tuivasa

Mateusz Gamrot

Paddy Pimblett - Winner

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 - Winner

Justin Gaethje vs. Michael ChandlerUFC 268

Alexander Volkanovski vs. Brian OrtegaUFC 266

Khamzat Chimaev vs. Gilbert BurnsUFC 273

Max Holloway vs. Yair Rodriguez - UFC Vegas 42

Knockout of the Year

Michael Chandler (front kick) vs. Tony Ferguson – UFC 274 - Winner

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

Sergio Pettis (spinning backfist) vs. Kyoji HoriguchiBellator 272

Molly McCann (spinning back elbow) vs. Luana CarolinaUFC London

Roman Faraldo (flying knee) vs. Robert TurnquestBellator 271

Submission of the Year

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

Stevie Ray (modified body lock) vs. Anthony PettisPFL 5

Oliver Enkamp (inverted triangle choke) vs. Mark LemmingerBellator 281

Jessica Andrade (standing arm-triangle choke) vs. Amanda LemosUFC Vegas 52

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

Comeback of 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) - Winner

Chris Curtis (career)

Upset of the Year

Julianna Peña vs. Amanda Nunes – UFC 269 - Winner

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 Promotion of the Year

UFC - Winner



Cage Warriors


Leading Man of the Year

Dana White (UFC) - Winner

Scott Coker (Bellator)

Peter Murray (PFL)

Graham Boylan (Cage Warriors)

Kerrith Brown (IMMAF)

Referee of the Year

Jason Herzog

Marc Goddard - Winner

Mike Beltran

Mark Smith

Keith Peterson

Analyst of the Year

Paul Felder

Michael Bisping - Winner

Dan Hardy

Kenny Florian

Dominick Cruz

Personality of the Year

Laura Sanko

Daniel Cormier

Chael Sonnen

Joe Rogan - Winner

Jon Anik

Best MMA Programming

UFC Embedded

Dana White Contender Series

The MMA Hour


Morning Kombat - Winner

MMA Media Source of the Year

MMA Fighting

MMA Junkie

ESPN - Winner

BT Sport


MMA Journalist of the Year

Ariel Helwani - Winner

John Morgan

Shaheen Al-Shatti

Aaron Bronsteter

Mike Bohn

Coach of the Year

Eugene Bareman - Winner

Eric Nicksick

Mike Brown

Henri Hooft

Diego Lima

Gym of the Year

City Kickboxing - Winner

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 - Winner

Corey Peacock

Ringcard Girl of the Year

Brittney Palmer - Winner

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) - Winner

Aaron Aby (Heart – surviving cancer and battling cystic fibrosis to become a top 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 – displaying true respect & genuine care for his opponent’s wellbeing in life)

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