AXS TV’S ‘INSIDE MMA’ ANNOUNCES NOMINEES FOR 2014 BAZZIE AWARDS

AXS TV’S ‘INSIDE MMA’ ANNOUNCES NOMINEES FOR 2014 BAZZIE AWARDS

 

‘2014 Bazzie Awards’ Will Air on Friday, Dec. 26 at 12 a.m. ET/9 p.m. PT

 

Viewer Submission of the Year Nominees Available for Public Voting Online

LOS ANGELES – Dec. 11, 2014 – AXS TV’s INSIDE MMA today announced nominations for its 2014 Bazzie Awards—the network’s annual award show recognizing the best fights, fighters, and moments in mixed martial arts for the year. The seventh annual Bazzie Awards, hosted by INSIDE MMA series hosts Bas Rutten and Kenny Rice, will air Friday, December 26 at 12 a.m. ET/9 p.m. PT on AXS TV.

Named after series host and MMA legend Bas Rutten, the Bazzie Awards have been handed out annually since 2008. The winners are voted on by Rutten and co-host Kenny Rice along with correspondent Ron Kruck and the INSIDE MMA and AXS TV FIGHTS producers.

Last year’s Bazzies featured Female Fighter of the Year Ronda Rousey, who is again nominated after defending her UFC women’s bantamweight title twice in 2014, and AXS TV Rising Star of the Year Holly Holm, who went on to claim the Legacy Fighting Championship women’s bantamweight title before signing with the UFC this year. Other memorable Bazzie awards from 2013 include Upset of the Year winner Chris Weidman for his win over Anderson Silva at UFC 162 and Chinzo Machida’s devastating flying knee knockout versus Brian Wood at AXS TV FIGHTS: RESURRECTION FIGHTING ALLIANCE 11, which earned him KO Kick of the Year honors.

Nominees for the “Prime Cuts” award, which showcases this year’s best INSIDE MMA viewer submissions, are listed below and highlighted in the compilation video here. Viewers can vote for the winner of this category here: http://bit.ly/1zl9FBc

Here is the complete list of the 2014 Bazzie Award nominees:

MALE FIGHTER OF THE YEAR

TJ Dillashaw

Justin Gaethje

Jose Aldo

Donald Cerrone

Fabricio Werdum

Conor McGregor

 

FEMALE FIGHTER OF THE YEAR

Ronda Rousey

Cat Zingano

Jessica Aguilar

Miesha Tate

Carla Esparza

 

KO PUNCH OF THE YEAR

Damacio Page over Brian Hall – Legacy 36

Emanuel Newton over Joey Beltran – Bellator 124

Abel Trujillo vs Jamie Varner – UFC 169

Dan Henderson vs Shogun Rua II – UFC FN

Anthony Johnson vs Mike Kyle – WSOF 8

Roy Nelson vs Antonio Rodrigo Noguiera – UFC FN

 

KO KICK OF THE YEAR

Luis Santos over Alfredo Morales – XFCi 3

Bruno Miranda vs Kwang He Lee – Road FC 16

Veronica Macedo over Chrissy Audin – Say Uncle Fight Night 2

Andrey Koreshkov over Justin Baesman – Bellator 118

Donald Cerrone vs Adriano Martins – UFC on FOX 10

Alexander Volkov vs Mighty Mo – Bellator 116

 

SUBMISSION OF THE YEAR

Liam McGeary vs Kelly Anundson – Bellator 124

Eduardo Dantas vs Anthony Leone – Bellator 111

Luke Rockhold vs Tim Boetsch – UFC 172

Richie Martinez Japanese Necktie over Edward Darby – Xplode FS

Ovince St Preux vs Nikita Krylov – UFC 171

Joseph Benavidez vs Tim Elliott – UFC 172

 

PRIME CUTS (VIEWER SUBMISSION OF THE YEAR)

Wayland Comanche (Fighter Stuck on the Cage KO)

“Usain Bolt” Punch

Reverse Boston Crab Submission

2 vs 1 Russian KO

Sparta Kick

Women’s Spinning Heel Kick

 

UPSET OF THE YEAR

TJ Dillashaw over Renan Barao – UFC 173

Will Brooks over Michael Chandler – Bellator 120

David Branch over Yushin Okami – WSOF 15

Johnny Eduardo over Eddie Wineland – UFC FN Cincinnati

Bobby Green over Josh Thomson – UFC on FOX 12

 

BREAKTHROUGH FIGHTER OF THE YEAR

Will Brooks

TJ Dillashaw

Luke Rockhold

Fabricio Werdum

Justin Gaethje

 

AXS TV RISING STAR OF THE YEAR

Boston Salmon

Luke Sanders

Cody East

Damacio Page

Alexandre Pantoja

 

FIGHT OF THE YEAR

Matt Brown vs Erick Silva – UFC FN Cincinnati

Johny Hendricks vs Robbie Lawler – UFC 171

Chris Weidman vs Lyoto Machida – UFC 175

Henderson vs Shogun II – UFC FN 38

Pat Curran vs Daniel Straus – Bellator 112

Jose Aldo vs Chad Mendes II – UFC 179

 

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