Chael Sonnen to host 2013 World MMA Awards

Ethan Miller

UFC Light Heavyweight title contender Chael Sonnen has been named host of the upcoming World MMA Awards alongside Molly Qerim on Jan. 11, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

LAS VEGAS - Fighters Only, the world's leading mixed martial arts (MMA) magazine, is proud to announce the most outspoken man in mixed martial arts, Chael Sonnen, will return as host, along with Molly Qerim of CBS, for the fifth Fighters Only World MMA Awards ceremony.

Sonnen, the soon-to-be three-time UFC world title challenger, and CBS sports anchor Qerim presented last year's Awards and received rave reviews from fans, and so they return for this year's show, which goes back to The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas on Friday, January 11, 2013.

"Chael did a fantastic job as host last year and we are elated to be able to work with him again," says Rob Hewitt, President and CEO of Fighters Only. "The commanding presence of Chael combined with the beauty and skill of Molly make the perfect partnership as hosts and we feel sure that they will make this years show even more entertaining."

Despite currently filming an upcoming season of The Ultimate Fighter, where he will challenge rival coach Jon Jones for the UFC light heavyweight championship at the show's end, Sonnen will take time out from the gym to front the most glamorous night in mixed martial arts.

Devised to celebrate success and achievement within the MMA industry, the Fighters Only Awards gives fans across the globe the opportunity to cast their vote on which athletes, brands and industry professionals have made the greatest impact on the sport over the previous 12 months. Voting is now open at www.worldmmaawards.com across 21 award categories including: ‘Fight of the Year,' ‘Knockout of the Year' and ‘Submission of the Year.' An additional ‘Lifetime Achievement' award will also be presented to a surprise recipient during the live ceremony.

The incredible success of last year's event saw a relative "who's who" of MMA take to the red carpet, and the Fighters Only Awards is set to return even bigger and better this year. The black-tie event is sponsored by Bodybuilding.com, the internet's most visited health and fitness site and largest online retailer of nutritional supplements; along with Sandee (a Fightshop.com brand), the manufacturer of the world's toughest combat sports equipment and the second-oldest Muay Thai brand in the world; as well as Infinite Labs, one of the fastest-growing, research-based sports nutrition brands in the athletic industry.

Fan tickets are selling out fast, priced just $35 each, and can be bought from www.ticketmaster.com or at The Joint's box office. VIP tickets will also be made available for sale via Fighters Only. Please inquire directly for more information.

The website www.worldmmaawards.com is open and taking votes, but, in addition, fans may download a free iPhone application, making voting even easier and ensuring maximum response and the most accurate selection of winners.

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