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Nominations for 2009 MMA Awards Reception

2009 MMA Awards Reception
Saturday, Sept 12 at Wild Bill’s in Duluth
4 pm – 7 pm
Presented by GeorgiaFighters.com
 
 
GeorgiaFighters.com is planning the FIRST EVER GEORGIA MMA AWARDS RECEPTION for Saturday, Sept 12 at Wild Bill’s in Duluth, GA from 4 pm – 7 pm.
 
This is the first awards banquet of its kind for MMA in Georgia and we anticipate it being very successful.
 
In order to get started — WE NEED YOUR HELP!
 
Below is a working list of award winners for each category thus far. This is just a working list of names to nominate in each category.
 
PLEASE take a few minutes and add more suggestions to the list.
 
You can reserach past fights by going to www.GeorgiaBoxing.com then look in the “results” tab to the right to see results from MMA fights in Georgia in the past year. The dates that awards are being given out for are fights that took place between Sep 1, 2008 and July 31, 2009. Included in the fights are out of state fights as well. For example, if a local Georgia fighter fought out of state then as long as he/she is a resident of Georgia that fight can be nominated for an award. In other words, Forrest Griffin vs Rampage Jackson is eligible for Fight Of The Year as Forrest is a Georgia fighter. Brian Bowles is also eligible for awards although he has not fought in Georgia in some time now.
 
 

1.  Male Fighter of the Year:
Brian Bowles
Forrest Griffin

2.  Female Fighter of the Year:
Lissa Braverman

3.  Manager of the Year:
Rory Singer/Andy Beech
Megan Swartzlander
Sponsored Fan

4.  Trainer(s) of the Year:
Rory Singer
Adam Singer
Steve Headden
Mateo
Roberto Travern
Cam McHargue
George Allen
Tony Tucci
Marshall Davis
Anthony Nieves
Tim Hart

5.  Athletic Commissioner of the Year:
Andy Foster
JJ Biello
Phil Honeycutt
Cary Ichtar
Dr Bloodworth
Christopher Harris

6.  Gym of the Year:
HardCore Gym
Unit 2
Champions Training Center
HardKnox
Alpha Fighting Systems
KBX
X3 Sports
Ascension MMA
Knuckle Up Fitness
Georgia Fight Club
Praxis

7.  Fight of the Year:
Bryan Goldsby vs Joey Marimberga 1 at RFL
Diego Saraiva vs Farkhad Sharipov at Wild Bill’s Fight Night
Tonya Reyes vs Lizzy Miller at Wild Bill’s Fight Night
Forrest Griffin vs Rampage Jackson at UFC
Brett Chism vs Bernard Rutherford in Valdosta
Tim Stout vs Brent Weedman at Cowboys
Clint Hester vs Dymond Jones at Sin City
Lance Evans vs Cody Black at Wild Bill’s Fight Night

8.  Promoter of the Year:
Steve Mudder/Amy Lynn’s Full Throttle Entertainment and David Oblas’ Undisputed Productions
Tony Metcalf’s Bullet Fight Gear
Brett Moses’ The Fight Party
Sin City Fight Club
James Corbett
Adrian Patrick’s KO Kings
Lane Collyer

9.  Comeback Fighter of the Year:
Mushin Corbbrey

10. Most Improved Fighter of the Year:
Kamrin Naville
Cale Yarbrough
Aaron “Tex” Johnson

11.          Matchmaker of the Year:
Steve Mudder/Amy Lynn’s Full Throttle Entertainment and David Oblas’ Undisputed Productions
Tony Metcalf’s Bullet Fight Gear
Brett Moses’ The Fight Party
Jim Abrille
James Corbett
Adrian Patrick’s KO Kings

12.         Rookie Fighter of the Year:
Justin Barnwell
Chris Calhoun

13.         Knockout Artist of the Year:
Todd Duffee
Cale Yarbrough
Brett Chism

14.         Knockout of the Year:
Chris Calhoun in Auburn, AL
Dustin Chovanic at June 24 Wild Bill’s Fight Night
Jeff Bedard head kick at Wild Bill’s Fight Night
Rashad Evans of Chuck Liddell at UFC

15. Submission Of the Year:
Brian Bowles vs Will Ribeiro
Lance Evans vs Cody Black
Kamrin Naville vs Darrell Parodi

16. Upset of the Year:
Tony “Tractor” Roberts beating Scott Harper
Kamrin Naville beating Darrell Parodi
Kamrin Naville beating Stephen Ledbetter
Lance Evans vs Cody Black
Harris Norwood vs Bryan Goldsby
Harris Norwood vs Marlon Mathias (Wanderlei’s fighter)
Shaun Snow vs Harris Norwood
Shaun Snow vs Chris Thorne

17. Best Event of the Year:
Wild Bill’s Fight Night that benefitted Toys For Tots
King of The Cage
Sin City at Center Stage
Tony Metcalf at Cowboys (Tim Stout vs Brent Weedman)
UFC at Phillips Arena

18.  Most Influential Persons of the Year (top 3 or top 5)

19. Breakthrough Fighter:
Raphael Assuncao

20. Best Local MMA Tshirt
Knuckle Up Fitness
Fighters Union
Omega Attire
Bullet Fight Gear
Eye Fight

21. Best Local MMA Brand
LA Boxing
Unit 2
Knuckle Up Fitness
X3 Sports
Bullet Fight Gear
Omega Attire
Eye Fight
Wild Bill’s Fight Night

22. Best MMA Media Source
GeorgiaFighters.com website
Inside Punch tv show

23. Best MMA Journalist
Jose Santiago – writes for fightnews.com, GeorgiaFighters.com and reports for Inside Punch
Cliff Fretwell – ringside commentator for Wild Bill’s Fight Night
Hunter Weeks – reports for Inside Punch

24. Ring Announcer of the Year
Southside Steve from Rock 100.5 – Wild Bill’s Fight Night
Tony Metcalf – Cowboys and Rome Fight Night
Jose Santiago – Adrian Patrick, Yahya and Wild Bill’s Fight Night

25. Ticket Seller of the Year – Generated Most Revenue from Ticket Sales
Clay Harvison
Ethan Garrison
Lissa Braverman
Jeff Boudreaux
Jeff Bedard

26. Sponsor of the Year
Miller Lite
Hooters
Comcast
Yuengling

Special Recognition Awards:

27. Ambulance Service Provider:
Ray Warren

28. Veteran Medical Provider:
Dr Traub
Dr Keating

29. Insurance Provider (for fights and mma/kickboxing gyms)
Ty Williams’ Integrity Insurance Partners

30 . Georgia MMA Hall of Fame (top 3 or top 5)
Romero “Jacare” Cavalcanti
Tim “Obake” Catalo
Gary Brown
Steve Headden
Matthew Waller
George Allen
Joseph Merritt
John Wehby
Joel Chavous
John D’Angelo
Eddie Camden
Juan Mott
Phillip Smith
Kevin Brooks
Byron Stone
Tony Tucci
Tony Mullinax
John Matlock
Chris McGloughlin
Brett Moses
Mike Carlson

31.         MMA Officials of the Year – judges, refs, timekeepers, etc

32.         Undefeated Club (all undefeated pros in Georgia)
Brian Bowles
Stephen Bass
James Thorpe
Sonny South
Byron Bloodworth
Warren Thompson
Clint Hester
Pete Snider

33.  Lifetime Achievement Award
Kyle Maynard

THE DEADLINE FOR NOMINATIONS IS FRIDAY, AUGUST 14. YOU MUST LIST YOUR NOMINATIONS BELOW BY NO LATER THAN FRIDAY, AUGUST 14 FOR THEM TO BE VOTED ON.
 
AFTER ALL NOMINATIONS HAVE BEEN RECEIVED, THEY WILL ALL BE POSTED AT www.GeorgiaFighters.com FOR THEM TO BE VOTED ON.
 
THE WINNERS WILL BE AWARDED ON SATURDAY, SEPT 12 AT WILD BILL’S.
 
PLEASE BE AWARE THAT NAMES WILL ONLY BE VOTED ON IF THEY ARE NOMINATED. SO PLEASE TAKE THE TIME TO NOMINATE PEOPLE BY POSTING BELOW.
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87 Responses to “Nominations for 2009 MMA Awards Reception”

  1. Will says:

    Rookie Fighter of the Year:

    I nominate Sonny South. He’s 3-0 amateur and 1-0 pro in his first year of fighting.

    Thank you.

  2. Eric B. says:

    This has to be Fight of the Year:

    Tonya Reyes vs Lizzy Miller at Wild Bill’s Fight Night 4/17/09.

  3. Jimmy says:

    I nominate Xavier Biggs for Lifetime Achievement

  4. Eddie says:

    Anthony Nieves needs to be put on this list for Trainer of the year.

  5. DrFeelGood says:

    Ol No cheese Nieves for trainer of the year for sure!..Nightmare son!

  6. T2T says:

    5. Athletic commisioner of the year. Andy Foster

    10. Most improved fighter nomination. Aaron “TEX” Johnson

    17. Fight of the year “Toys for Tots” Wild Bills or Tim Stout vs. Brent Weedman at Cowboys

    22.Best MMA source: GEORGIAFIGHTERS.com cause not everyone has comcast.

    I think there should be some type of moment of silence for all the fighters and there families who we have lost over the last few years.
    I nominate Wild Bills for venue of the year. I think everyone would agree that is by far the best venue in metro atl.
    Maybe something for the Hottest ring card girl. Just because the voting would be fun.

  7. FightPro839 says:

    1. Male Fighter of the Year:
    Brian Bowles

    2. Female Fighter of the Year:
    Lissa Braverman

    3. Manager of the Year:
    Sponsored Fan

    4. Trainer(s) of the Year:
    Tim Hart – Georgia Fight Club

    6. Gym of the Year:
    Georgia Fight Club

    8. Promoter of the Year:
    Steve Mudder/Amy Lynn’s Full Throttle Entertainment and David

    10. Most Improved Fighter of the Year:
    Cale Yarbrough

    14. Knockout of the Year:
    Jeff Bedard head kick at Wild Bill’s Fight Night

    20. Best Local MMA Tshirt
    Omega Attire

    24. Ring Announcer of the Year
    Southside Steve from Rock 100.5 – Wild Bill’s Fight Night

    26. Sponsor of the Year
    Miller Lite

  8. Miller Lite says:

    Miller Lite has sponsored the following promotions:

    Gainsville and Augusta shows for Lane Collyer’s Extreme Fight Night (sponsorship started last year)
    Tony Metcalf’s Rome/Cowboys Events
    Brett Moses’ Gwinnett Event and Cowboys Event
    Adrian Patricks KO Kings
    Upcoming show at the airport hanger in September

    Sponsored local fighters with gear and/or banners:

    Ethan Garrison
    Tim Stout
    Tex Johnson
    Frank Millsap
    Brett Chism
    Bobby Peavler
    Byron Bloodworth

    Worked with Georgiafighters.com and is currently working on being sponsor of the GAFighter shirts…..

    Help Miller Lite continue to get funding to support GA MMA by voting for LITE as Sponsor of the Year!!!

    Thanks!

  9. Megan Swartzlander says:

    I nominate the fight Clint Hester vs Dymond Jones for fight of the year

  10. Cam McHargue says:

    Nominations

    Gym of the Year
    Praxis – opened 3 new facilities this year with more franchises to come

    Fight of the Year
    Lance Evans vs Cody Black

    Upset of the Year
    Lance Evans vs Cody Black
    Harris Norwood vs Bryan Goldsby
    Harris Norwood vs Marlon Mathias (Wanderlei’s fighter)
    Shaun Snow vs Harris Norwood
    Shaun Snow vs Chris Thorne

    Rookie Fighter of the Year
    Chris Calhoun.

    Knockout artist of the year
    Brett Chism.

    Submission of the year
    Lance Evans over Cody Black
    Kamrin Naville’s armbar on Darrell Parodi

    Lifetime Achievement
    Kyle Maynard

    Georgia MMA Hall of Fame
    Romero “Jacare” Cavalcanti
    Tim “Obake” Catalo
    Gary Brown
    Steve Headden
    Matthew Waller
    George Allen
    Joseph Merritt
    John Wehby
    Joel Chavous
    John D’Angelo
    Eddie Camden
    Juan Mott
    Phillip Smith
    Kevin Brooks
    Byron Stone
    Tony Tucci
    Tony Mullinax
    John Matlock
    Chris McGloughlin
    Brett Moses
    Mike Carlson

  11. Jerrad Batten says:

    Stand up -anthony nieves for trainer of the year!
    BJJ-Steve Headden for trainer of the year!

    gym of the year Knuckle up fitness

  12. Ginger says:

    I agree Anthony Nieves should be on this list for trainer of the year.

  13. Cam McHargue says:

    Cal Cooper also needs to be on the Hall of Fame list.

    The Hall of Fame is something that really needs to be done because there are so many people that are responsible for the sport here in the state that many of the new generation of MMA fans may not even know about. This sport has grown so fast and changed so much, there are a lot of important people that need to be recognized and remembered.

  14. Admin says:

    Cam, that’s a very good point. We at georgiafighters.com anticipate that more than one person will be inducted into the hall of fame at the event. Thanks for the input!!

  15. MikeD says:

    great idea guys, im pretty excited about this.

    Miller Lite is all over MMA around here.

    Got to give Wild Bills the best promoter award hands down. Fight Party isn’t what it used to be.

    Sin City was probably the best event based on great time, besides UFC.

    Dymond Vs Hester was an outstanding fight a Sin City, never sat down once, lost my voice for 3 days after that one!!

    Ethan Garrison best draw.

    Lizzie Miller at Wild Bills was best female fight.

    Rory is the best manager.

    Steve Headden for HOF, guy’s a local legend.

    Also OBLAS for HOF and Andy Foster, Cal Cooper.

    URARAHY at Fight Party, head kick after opponent didnt touch gloves. First kick = KO

  16. Cam McHargue says:

    I agree with Andy for HOF.
    I think there needs to be some sort of timeline set, like for the rock n roll hall of fame where they can be eligible 25 years after the release of the first album. Oblas will definitely be there but first I think there are a LOT more people from many years ago that need to be recognized first.

    Romero “Jacare” Cavalcanti
    Tim “Obake” Catalo
    Gary Brown
    Steve Headden
    Matthew Waller
    George Allen
    Joseph Merritt
    John Wehby
    Joel Chavous
    John D’Angelo
    Eddie Camden
    Juan Mott
    Phillip Smith
    Kevin Brooks
    Byron Stone
    Tony Tucci
    Tony Mullinax
    John Matlock
    Chris McGloughlin
    Brett Moses
    Mike Carlson
    Cal Cooper
    Andy Foster

  17. T Metcalfe says:

    Add Cam and Cal Cooper to the Hall of Fame list for sure.

    Ethan Garrison to undefeated list.

    There is an e on the end of Metcalfe, I think. :)

    Uruahy’s headkick at G Arena for KO of the year.

    Miller Lite and Jeff Chassner def sponsor of the year.

  18. T Metcalfe says:

    Oh yeah, and I have also done announcing for Yahya, and Adrian’s boxing events within the past year.

  19. MikeD says:

    Remember this is MMA awards….why would Jacare be top of the list, if he doesnt allow his fighters to fight MMA?

  20. MikeD says:

    Nominate Uhli Pohl for choking out drunken Douche Bag at Door 44.

  21. Cam McHargue says:

    Add Dr. John Keating’s name to the list of Hall Of Fame.

    “Remember this is MMA awards….why would Jacare be top of the list, if he doesnt allow his fighters to fight MMA?”

    His name is not at the top of the list for a specific reason, the list is in random order. Also, remember, it’s a Hall Of Fame list and concerns overall contributions to the sport here in the state, not just what they are doing now or have done in the past few years. Jacare and his school was a pivotal lynchpin in the history of MMA in GA starting in 1996.

    Some of the newer fans have no idea who some of the people are they see and work with every day and what their contributions to the sport are/were starting over 15 years ago. This is exactly why some of these people need to be recognized before their contributions are swept away into the obscurity of time and the ever-changing face of the sport.

    There are other people that will surely be in the Hall Of Fame such as Oblas, The Singers and many others but these people’s legacy are just getting started and people like Oblas and the Singers are not going anywhere for a while so their legacy is cemented. Let’s go ahead and get these old school guys the recognition they deserve.

    MMA was going on in GA for a long time before TUF started and the GAEC took over here in the state. The sport has a long and rich history that many newer fans don’t even know about.

    Just my two cents.

    Cam

  22. David Oblas says:

    I agree with Cam in recognizing people from years ago.

    With that being said, I think Cam’s name should be in there as well.

    I think this first inauguration should have about 5-10 people in it then each year after this about 3-5 people per class.

  23. T Metcalfe says:

    Rumors of my demise have been greatly exaggerated.. I’m just taking a little break. :) I have done 3 shows this year, and for the purpose of the year in question for nominating purposes. Weedman vs. Stout was the highest non UFC PAID attendance in the state in the past year. I promise to reestablish my relevance in the near future.

    Miller lite is def sponsor of the year. They not only sponsor a lot of shows, but they also sponsor several local fighters..

  24. artie says:

    most improved fighter and undefeated warren thompson

  25. artie says:

    fight of the year Warren Thompson vs Terry Cohens @ cowboys

  26. Mark E Mark says:

    Im willing to bet “BIlly’s” last name is Oblas, Mudder, or someone similar…thats an awefully one sided post, with personal jabs at good people.

  27. most improved fighter of the year and doesnt get any damn credit is WARREN THOMPSON..REPSENTING THE OAK GROVE BABY…L-TOWN SOUTH CAROLINA…JUST GIVE A SHOT …HE HAS GOT THE HEART OF A LION …HELL HE WONT BACK DOWN FROM NOBODY…LIKE I SAID GIVE THE BOY A SHOT….AND HELL WITH KIMBO SLICE …FIRST TIME HE IS IN THE RIMG IF HE ACTUALLY FIGHTS SOMEONE NOT OVER THE HILL …EITHER KNOCK OUT OR SUMBTTIED IN THE 2 ROUND….GO GET WARREN G

  28. OH YEAH AND WARREN THOMPSON IS STILL UNDEFEATED!!!!!!!!!!!!

  29. Warren G says:

    Ethan Garrison for most improved fighter of the year as well. sure he beats everyone up on the ground but his last fight everyone saw his newly aquired stand up game. wow Ethan can head kick. who knew.

  30. David Oblas says:

    Guys, we need more suggestions for awards please.

    Right now we are in the NOMINATION PHASE until Aug 15. Please list any Nominations for awards here. After Aug 15 we will repost this with anyone nominated for any award then open it up for voting.

    Thank you.

  31. mma fan says:

    most improved fighter warren thompson best fight warren thompson vs terry cohens at cow boys

  32. mma fan says:

    male fighter of the year Warren Thompson

  33. ga ! says:

    fight of the year warren vscohens at cowboys

  34. Mark E Mark says:

    i thought i was special getting 6 free tickets! damn you!

  35. Jose E. Santiago says:

    Ok people, whether if David Oblas is shady.. I don’t know and really don’t care. This awards ceremony is just as much my idea as it is Davids. My credibility cannot come into question. For those of you that know me, I have nothing monetary to gain from this event. I just thought it would be cool to celebrate what the fighters in Georgia have done. A way to recognize those people involved in the MMA scene in GA and continue the great comradery (sp). I will not allow my reputation to go in the tank and please know that I will be involved from beginning to end to ensure that the winners based on votes received by georgiafighters.com readers.

    -Jose
    Inside Punch
    Georgiafighters.com

  36. Mark E Mark says:

    well jose if your going to censor the comments, you should censor ALL negative comments, which badmouth other promoters like “Billy”

  37. Jose says:

    “Mark E Mark” I missed Billy’s, but got rid of it too. I just wish people would use their real names when posting!! You know what I mean “Mark”? Point well taken though, “Billy” made some personal attacks so I got rid of his too. I hate wearing a comments police badge, but I guess that the nature of owning a site that allows comments. I think I’ll just leave things up going forward. Maybe I’ll create an award called “The Best Comment Police” and give it to myself.

  38. Issus says:

    1. Male Fighter of the Year:
    Brian Bowles

    2. Female Fighter of the Year:
    Lissa Braverman

    4. Trainer(s) of the Year:
    Roberto Travern

    5. Athletic Commissioner of the Year:
    Andy Foster

    6. Gym of the Year:
    Unit 2

    8. Promoter of the Year:
    Steve Mudder/Amy Lynn’s Full Throttle Entertainment and David Oblas’ Undisputed Productions

    10. Most Improved Fighter of the Year:
    Jeff Boudreaux

    11. Matchmaker of the Year:
    Steve Mudder/Amy Lynn’s Full Throttle Entertainment and David Oblas’ Undisputed Productions

    13. Knockout Artist of the Year:
    Todd Duffee

    15. Submission Of the Year:
    Brian Bowles vs Will Ribeiro

    17. Best Event of the Year:
    UFC at Phillips Arena

    18. Most Influential Persons of the Year (top 3 or top 5)

    19. Breakthrough Fighter:
    Raphael Assuncao

    21. Best Local MMA Brand
    Unit 2

    22. Best MMA Media Source
    MMA.tv

    25. Ticket Seller of the Year – Generated Most Revenue from Ticket Sales
    Jeff Boudreaux

    26. Sponsor of the Year
    Comcast

    Special Recognition Awards:

    27. Ambulance Service Provider:
    Ray Warren

    28. Veteran Medical Provider:
    Dr Traub
    Dr Keating

    29. Insurance Provider (for fights and mma/kickboxing gyms)
    Ty Williams’ Integrity Insurance Partners

    30 . Georgia MMA Hall of Fame (top 3 or top 5)
    Tim “Obake” Catalo
    Gary Brown
    George Allen
    Brett Moses
    Roberto Traven

    31. MMA Officials of the Year – judges, refs, timekeepers, etc

    32. Undefeated Club (all undefeated pros in Georgia)
    Brian Bowles
    Stephen Bass
    James Thorpe
    Sonny South
    Byron Bloodworth
    Warren Thompson
    Clint Hester
    Pete Snider

    33. Lifetime Achievement Award
    Kyle Maynard

  39. eric says:

    my vote goes to warren thompson for undefeated club awesome fighter and does not have a padded record has not ever turned down a fight and is not afraid to fight other undefeated opponnets

  40. David Oblas says:

    For the Undefeated Club we are going to give an Award to all undefeated pro fighters in Georgia. Please list all of them so they can all receive an Award. Thank you.

  41. Mark E Mark says:

    No thanks Jose, Id rather have the opportunity to get fights in the future but thanks.

    Too much emphasis on being undefeated makes fighters get pickier with who they fight….its not really how many you beat, its WHO you beat.

  42. David Oblas says:

    I think Cam should be nominated for Hall of Fame.

    Guy has been around forever and still is making a big impact on the sport.

  43. nate mann says:

    i would just like to say 1st that no one in the wild bills promotion gig is shady ive been around awhile and they are all good people and i have to say best fight of the year was the lizzy miller fight at wild bills it was better than any male fight i saw this year .
    most improved fighter is cameron naville just my .02

  44. ga ! says:

    i agree with mark dont hand pick

  45. Cam McHargue says:

    Jacob DelaRosa is undefeated at 3-0.

    Paul Thatcher for Journalist/Hall of Fame. Been around for years and takes excellent pictures.

  46. Warren G says:

    Im not sure if there should be an Undefeated club yes im 4-0 pro and will fight whomever and do my very best i can do.but come on we need to set a limit to this award in my oppinion. now if im 10-0 next year and i keep fighting game opponents then give me something. i appreciate the gesture everyone but when i dont deserve something i feel i need to earn it.

  47. estispect says:

    Wild Bill’s presented us with what turned out to be the loudest most energetic, pounding display of true warrior fighting on 4/17/09 in the first ever FEMALE PRO MMA fight. My vote for fight of the year….Tonya Reyes vs Lizzy Miller. and oh I would never miss this rematch I would go anywhere to see it!

  48. Kyle says:

    warren thompson for undefeated fighter

  49. Is it to late to get involved? I recently won “Best Sports Documentary” of the year and I just discovered this event.

  50. David Oblas says:

    Here’s other nominations that have come in. Deadline for nominations is Friday, Aug 14. Once all nominations have come in then we’ll post the nominations for votes by all.

    1. Male Fighter of the Year:
    Cale Yarbrough

    4. Trainer(s) of the Year:
    Juan Geuera of TUF MMA

    6. Gym of the Year:
    TUF MMA

    7. Fight of the Year:
    John Queroz vs John Cofer: Feb 21 at Cowboys

    12. Rookie Fighter of the Year:
    Aaron “Tex” Johnson

    14. Knockout of the Year:
    Cale Yarbrough in Rome on Jan 24

    15. Submission Of the Year:
    Sean Dyer over David Kirby in Rome on Jan 24

    16. Upset of the Year:
    Brian Bowles over Miguel Torres

    19. Breakthrough Fighter:
    Clint Hester
    Aaron “Tex” Johnson

    32. Undefeated Club (all undefeated pros in Georgia)
    Ethan Garrison
    John Quieroz

  51. Juan Guavara for trainer of the year!

  52. Sean says:

    4. Trainer(s) of the Year:
    Adam & Rory Singer

    9. Comeback Fighter of the Year:
    Jeff Bedard

    13. Knockout Artist of the Year:
    Brian Bowles WEC

    16. Upset of the Year:
    Brian Bowles WEC- One of the biggest Ever

    18. Most Influential Persons of the Year (top 3 or top 5)
    Adam Singer

    19. Breakthrough Fighter:
    Raphael Assuncao
    Brian Bowles WEC

    21. Best Local MMA Brand
    The HardCore

    30 . Georgia MMA Hall of Fame (top 3 or top 5)
    Adam Singer
    Rory Singer

    32. Undefeated Club (all undefeated pros in Georgia)
    Brian Bowles
    Stephen Bass
    James Thorpe
    Sonny South
    Byron Bloodworth
    Warren Thompson
    Clint Hester
    Pete Snider

    33. Lifetime Achievement Award
    Kyle Maynard

  53. Kat Johnson for female fighter of the year
    Dhiego Lima in Auburn, AL against Joe P. for Knockout of the Year
    Junior Assuncao for Trainer of the Year

  54. nate mann says:

    1. Male Fighter of the Year:
    Brian Bowles or kamreon naville

    2. Female Fighter of the Year:
    Lissa Braverman or lizzy miller

    3. Manager of the Year:
    Megan Swartzlander

    4. Trainer(s) of the Year:
    ranetia paive not spelled right but bjj coach at x3

    5. Athletic Commissioner of the Year:
    Andy Foster

    6. Gym of the Year:

    X3 Sports
    or praxis had tough tough guys

    7. Fight of the Year:
    Tonya Reyes vs Lizzy Miller at Wild Bill’s Fight Night

    8. Promoter of the Year:
    Steve Mudder/Amy Lynn’s Full Throttle Entertainment and David Oblas’ Undisputed Productions or
    Tony Metcalf’s Bullet Fight Gear

    9. Comeback Fighter of the Year:
    Mushin Corbbrey

    10. Most Improved Fighter of the Year:
    Kamrin Naville

    11. Matchmaker of the Year:
    Steve Mudder/Amy Lynn’s Full Throttle Entertainment and David Oblas’ Undisputed Productions
    Tony Metcalf’s Bullet Fight Gear

    12. Rookie Fighter of the Year:
    Chris Calhoun

    13. Knockout Artist of the Year:
    Todd Duffee

    14. Knockout of the Year:
    Chris Calhoun in Auburn, AL

    15. Submission Of the Year:
    Kamrin Naville vs Darrell Parodi

    16. Upset of the Year:
    Kamrin Naville beating Stephen Ledbetter

    17. Best Event of the Year:
    UFC at Phillips Arena

    18. Most Influential Persons of the Year (top 3 or top 5)
    andy foster

    19. Breakthrough Fighter:
    Raphael Assuncao

    20. Best Local MMA Tshirt
    Bullet Fight Gear

    21. Best Local MMA Brand
    Wild Bill’s Fight Night and i would say knuckle up before they went out of buisness because they were the brand that was the most well known

    22. Best MMA Media Source
    GeorgiaFighters.com website
    Inside Punch tv show

    23. Best MMA Journalist
    Jose Santiago – writes for fightnews.com, GeorgiaFighters.com and reports for Inside Punch

    24. Ring Announcer of the Year
    Southside Steve from Rock 100.5 – Wild Bill’s Fight Night

    25. Ticket Seller of the Year – Generated Most Revenue from Ticket Sales
    Clay Harvison

    26. Sponsor of the Year

    Hooters
    Comcast

    Special Recognition Awards:

    27. Ambulance Service Provider:
    daves from all the boxing matches

    28. Veteran Medical Provider:
    dr cheeks

    29. Insurance Provider (for fights and mma/kickboxing gyms)
    Ty Williams’ Integrity Insurance Partners

    30 . Georgia MMA Hall of Fame (top 3 or top 5)
    Romero “Jacare” Cavalcanti
    steve headden
    cam these are the guys who have really been around and put out great fighters and fights for over 10 years

    31. MMA Officials of the Year – judges, refs, timekeepers, etc
    sonya foster

    32. Undefeated Club (all undefeated pros in Georgia)
    Brian Bowles
    Stephen Bass
    James Thorpe
    Sonny South
    Byron Bloodworth
    Warren Thompson
    Clint Hester
    Pete Snider

    33. Lifetime Achievement Award
    Kyle Maynard

  55. bblood says:

    Jeff Bredard should be in the Georgia MMA Hall of Fame!

  56. Tuf academy of martial arts for mma gym of the year

  57. Ty Williams says:

    Russ Eckerman for Ring Card Girl coordinator of the year

    Juan Guevara as trainer of the year

  58. matt califf says:

    Brett Chism = Knockout Artist of the Year.

  59. T Metcalfe says:

    Please add Ethan Garrison to undefeated..

  60. thomas says:

    Brett Chism: Knockout artist of the year

  61. C. Girl says:

    I definately vote Steve Headden as trainer of the year…love him!!
    I definately vote Knuckle Up Ftiness as Best Gym of the Year!
    I defihately vote Tony Metcalfe as Best Ring Announcer!!
    I definately vote T. Metcalfe & Bullet Fight Gear as best promoter of the year!!
    I definately vote T.Metcalfe’s best fight of the year with Tim Stout!!

    Last but certainly not least, I vote Tony Metcalfe, the hottest naked guy Ive ever seen!

  62. Mikey Golabek says:

    Kat Johnson: Best Female Fighter
    Ascension MMA :Best Gym
    Junior Assuncao: Best Trainer

  63. Lindsay says:

    Kat Johnson: Best Female Fighter
    Ascension MMA :Best Gym
    Junior Assuncao: Best TrainerRead More

  64. Cole miller says:

    Biggest robbery. Micah miller vs maeda

  65. Cole miller says:

    I think Micah could be in a few of those he’s having a good year don’t forget about the maverick

  66. Cole miller says:

    How about Anthony johnson for some awards he’s from Dublin

  67. CRUSH says:

    tsk, tsk, tsk…

    winners never cheat, cheaters never win

    http://www.ar15.com/forums/topic.html?b=1&f=5&t=916040

  68. yoninja says:

    except 1 protest…Kat Johnson is a dude….wow thats the rumor around anyways. and im not kidding. thats totally not fair

  69. mateo says:

    IM JUST WONDERING WHO CHOSE THE NOMINEES AN CATAGORIES . NO MATTER WHAT I DEFINATELY THINK ITS GREAT FOR THE SPORT . I REALLY HOPE IT DOESNT TURN INTO A BUNCH OF PEOPLE VOTEING THAT DONT EVEN TRAIN. ITS REALLY COOL TO SEE ALOT OF FAMILIAR NAMES OF PEOPLE I GOT TO WORK WITH FROM BACK IN THE DAY IN MY OPINION THERES A COUPLE PEOPLE MISSING BUT THERES ALWAYS NEXT TEAR. TO ALL THE OLD SCHOOL PEOPLE “YOU NO WHO YOU ARE” WE HAVE CAME A LONG WAY FROM NOT HAVIN NOTHING TO DEVELOPING THE MMA SEEN IN THE ATL . ITS COOL TO BE NOMINATED WIT YOU AN RECOGNIZED. . . I WANNA SAY CONGRATS TO EVERYONE NO MATTER WHERE YOU TRAIN ALL YOU GUYS BUST ASS . I HOPE WE ALL CAN CONTINUE TO GROW TOGETHER.

  70. Mike S says:

    1. MALE FIGHTER OF THE YEAR:
    BRIAN BOWLES
    3. MANAGER OF THE YEAR:
    RORY SINGER/ANDY BEECH
    4. TRAINER OF THE YEAR:
    ADAM SINGER
    6. GYM OF THE YEAR:
    HARDCORE GYM
    7. FIGHT OF THE YEAR:
    FORREST GRIFFIN VS. RAMPAGE JACKSON
    10. MOST IMPROVED FIGHTER OF THE YEAR:
    CALE YARBROUGH
    13. KNOCK OUT ARTIST OF THE YEAR:
    CALE YARBROUGH
    14. KNOCK OUT OF THE YEAR:
    JEFF BEDARD
    15. SUBMISSION OF THE YEAR:
    BRIAN BOWLES VS. WILL RIBEIRO
    32. UNDEFEATED CLUB
    BRIAN BOWLES
    33. LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD:
    KYLE MAYNARD

  71. I would have to agree with Mateo and several other “Posters”. I think this is great for the sport, but in its current form it really is just an internet popularity contest. Maybe in the coming years this will become a insiders vote award ceremony. Always growing and evolving I think it is a great start and no matter what happens it should produce a good turn out and possibly bring the fight community a little tighter.

  72. Jose E. Santiago says:

    Mateo and Eric – you guys are right that the Fans Votes are a mix of a popularity contest and a vote of people that have hopefully been to a lot of fights. In response to that, we also are awarding a second award in every category titled Critics Choice Awards. You can see the link to it on the homepage here as it scrolls across the top as the main story.

    The premise of it is that each promoter and matchmaker gets 1 vote. Then each gym gets two votes (I sent out the emails yesterday. Mateo, it should have gone to your email address and Eric it should have gone to Kristy’s email address). The deadline for replying to the emails is Sept 1 at noon. Once I receive all the emails I will count them and figure out the winner based on the Critics Awards and those winners will also receive a plaque and be rewarded at the banquet on Sat, Sept 12.

    Amazingly, this awards banquet has already received more than 16,000 total votes! It’s obviously something that is being taken serious by many and a lot of people are excited about it. I think 95% of the comments about it have been positive, so hopefully it stays that way.

    Of course any business venture that any of us do needs to be tweaked a little bit as time goes on, but I think we’re onto something good here that will be around for years to come!

    Thank you guys so much for your support. Jose

  73. Scott says:

    Tony Tucci is the best trainer in Atlanta.

    X3 Sports is the best gym in Atlanta

  74. BETTY OLIVEIRA says:

    FEMALE OF THE YEAR – KATE JOHNSON.
    TRAINER OF THE YEAR – JUNIOR ASSUNCAO
    GYM OF THE YEAR – ASCENSION MMA
    BREAKTHROUGHT FIGHTER OF THE YEAR – RAPHAEL ASSUNCAO

  75. Jessie says:

    Trainer or the year Richard Cox
    Match Maker Richard Cox
    Promoter SFC
    Undefeated Fighter Keon “Black Assassin” Caldwell
    MMA brand Splitlip Fightwear

  76. Let’s not forget about the fighter in Afghanistan that are coming back this year. i forsee a whole new list next year. Brutal Fight Team and Brutal Fight Gear coming back strong

  77. And the trainer you forgot to list was Jozsef Szasz in Brunswick.

  78. Kelly says:

    Wayyyyyyy too many categories for a three hour event. You will bore everyone to death.

  79. Phyllis says:

    ref of the year: ADAM SELLERS

  80. Phyllis says:

    REF: ADAM SELLERS

  81. KennesawDawg says:

    Fight of the year:
    Delgado vs. King fight on May 1st

    Best Event of the Year:
    The Big Rock Out 2
    The Big Rock Out 3

  82. DanaX43ver says:

    1. Male Fighter of the Year:
    Clint Hester
    Clay Harvison

    2. Female Fighter of the Year:
    Lissa Braverman

    3. Manager of the Year:
    Megan Swartzlander

    4. Trainer(s) of the Year:
    Tony Tucci

    5. Athletic Commissioner of the Year:
    Andy Foster

    6. Gym of the Year:
    X3 Sports

    7. Fight of the Year:

    Brett Chism vs Bernard Rutherford in Valdosta
    Clint Hester vs Dymond Jones at Sin City

    8. Promoter of the Year:
    David Oblas’ Undisputed Productions

    12. Rookie Fighter of the Year:
    Mike Graves

    17. Best Event of the Year:
    Wild Bill’s Fight Night that benefitted Toys For Tots

    18. Most Influential Persons of the Year (top 3 or top 5)
    Tony Tucci

    19. Breakthrough Fighter:
    Mike Graves

    21. Best Local MMA Brand
    X3 Sports

    22. Best MMA Media Source
    GeorgiaFighters.com website

    24. Ring Announcer of the Year
    Southside Steve from Rock 100.5 – Wild Bill’s Fight Night

    25. Ticket Seller of the Year – Generated Most Revenue from Ticket Sales
    Clay Harvison

    26. Sponsor of the Year
    Hooters
    Comcast

    30 . Georgia MMA Hall of Fame (top 3 or top 5)
    Tony Tucci

    32. Undefeated Club (all undefeated pros in Georgia)
    Sonny South

    Clint Hester

  83. Yuno Yuwanna says:

    Cammee Lee for Model of the Year!!!!

  84. Bolo says:

    Please include on the nominations list the following trainers.

    (4)Trainer of the Year: Jucao Carneiro

    (4)Trainer of the Year: Amir Dadovic

  85. C.C. Carpenter says:

    Trainer of the Year: Adam Pina
    Boxer of the Year: Paul Delgado
    Promoter of the Year: Paul Delgado
    Gym of the Year: Delgado Boxing

  86. C.C. Carpenter says:

    Adam Pina is by far the best boxing trainer in Atlanta, possibly the southeast. He deserves to be recognized.

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