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2011 has been a fantastic and dynamic year for the sport of mixed martial arts (MMA). Championship belts have changed hands. Epic bouts have occurred that left fans wondering if they'd just seen the best fight of the year -- if not of all time.
Last night (Nov. 30, 2011), the MMA community came together in "Sin City" to celebrate the highlights and, specifically, the fighters.
The event, which was hosted by Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Middleweight Chael Sonnen and CBS Sports' Molly Qerim, did not air live from the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, but will be re-broadcasted on the FOX Sports Network on Dec. 11 at 8:00 p.m. ET.
One of SBNation's newest additions, Ariel Helwani of MMAfighting.com, was honored as "MMA Journalist of the Year."
After the jump, MMAmania.com has the list of winners and full results from the 2011 World MMA Awards:
Notably, there were several categories of awards where the UFC (or someone within the promotion) was matched up against other organizations, such as: BAMMA, Bellator Fighting Championships, Strikeforce and DREAM.
To the surprise of absolutely no one, the UFC won in a clean sweep of the "competition."
It's good to be king.
Without further ado, here are the complete results:
"INTERNATIONAL FIGHTER OF THE YEAR"
Nominees: Michael Bisping, Alexander Gustafsson, Joachim Hansen, Alistair Overeem and Dennis Siver
Winner: Alistair Overeem
"GYM OF THE YEAR"
Nominees: Alliance MMA, Black House, Jackson's MMA, Roufusport and Xtreme Couture
Winner: Black House
"REFEREE OF THE YEAR"
Nominees: Herb Dean, "Big" John McCarthy, Dan Miragliotta, Josh Rosenthal and Mario Yamasaki
Winner: Herb Dean
"COMEBACK OF THE YEAR"
Nominees: Marloes Coenen vs. Liz Carmouche at Strikeforce: "Feijao vs. Henderson," Cheick Kongo vs. Pat Barry at UFC on Versus 4, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (career), Tito Ortiz (career) and Joe Warren vs. Joe Soto at Bellator 27
Winner: Cheick Kongo
"BEST TECHNICAL EQUIPMENT"
Nominees: Bad Boy, Everlast, Hayabusa, Rival and Venum
"MMA JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR"
Nominees: John Morgan, Gareth A. Davies, Josh Gross, Ariel Helwani and Ben Fowlkes
Winner: Ariel Helwani
"COACH OF THE YEAR"
Nominees: Rafael Cordeiro, Eric Del Fierro, Cesar Gracie, Greg Jackson and Shawn Tompkins
Winner: Greg Jackson
"BEST LIFESTYLE CLOTHING"
Nominees: Affliction, Bad Boy, Form Athletics, RVCA and TapouT
"PROMOTION OF THE YEAR"
Nominees: BAMMA, Bellator Fighting Championships, DREAM, Strikeforce and UFC
"MEDIA SOURCE OF THE YEAR"
Nominees: "Inside MMA" on HDNet, MMAFighting.com, "MMA Live" on ESPN, MMAjunkie.com and Sherdog.com
"BEST TECHNICAL CLOTHING"
Nominees: Bad Boy, Hayabusa, Jaco, Sprawl and Venum
Winner: Bad Boy
"MMA PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR"
Nominees: Bruce Buffer, Jacob "Stitch" Duran, Joe Rogan, Bas Rutten and Burt Watson
Winner: Joe Rogan
"FEMALE FIGHTER OF THE YEAR"
"RING ENTRANCE OF THE YEAR"
"BREAKTHROUGH FIGHTER OF THE YEAR"
"SUBMISSION OF THE YEAR"
Nominees: Chan Sung Jung vs. Leonard Garcia at UFC Fight Night 24, Pablo Garza vs. Yves Jabouin at UFC 129, Richard Hale vs. Nik Fekete at Bellator 38, Vinny Magalhaes vs. Viktor Nemkov at M-1 Challenge 25, and Tito Ortiz vs. Ryan Bader at UFC 132
Winner: Chan Sung Jung vs. Leonard Garcia at UFC Fight Night 24
"RING GIRL OF THE YEAR"
Nominees: Arianny Celeste, Kelli Hutcherson, Brittney Palmer, Chandella Powell and Mercedes Terrell
Winner: Arianny Celeste
"LEADING MAN OF THE YEAR"
Nominees: Scott Coker, Lorenzo Fertitta, Marc Ratner, Bjorn Rebney and Dana White
Winner: Dana White
"KNOCKOUT OF THE YEAR"
Nominees: Patricky Freire vs. Toby Imada at Bellator 39, Cheick Kongo vs. Pat Barry at UFC Live 5, John Makdessi vs. Kyle Watson at UFC 129, Lyoto Machida vs. Randy Couture at UFC 129, and Anderson Silva vs. Vitor Belfort at UFC 126
Winner: Anderson Silva vs. Vitor Belfort at UFC 126
"FIGHT OF THE YEAR"
Nominees: Jose Aldo vs. Mark Hominick at UFC 129, Dominick Cruz vs. Urijah Faber at UFC 132, Frankie Edgar vs. Gray Maynard at UFC 125, Nick Diaz vs. Paul Daley at "Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Daley," and Diego Sanchez vs. Martin Kampmann at UFC Live 3
Winner: Frankie Edgar vs. Gray Maynard at UFC 125
"CHARLES 'MASK' LEWIS FIGHTER OF THE YEAR"
So how do you Maniacs feel about the results? Did the right people and organizations win? What would you change? Any write-in votes?