AXS TV’s Inside MMA Announces Winners For 2013 Bazzie Awards

Anthony Pettis and Ronda Rousey Take Home Fighter of the Year Awards

LOS ANGELES – Dec. 27, 2013 – The wait is over! The best fights, fighters and moments from this year in mixed martial arts were announced tonight at the 2013 Bazzie Awards presented by INSIDE MMA’S Kenny Rice and Bas Rutten on AXS TV.

Named after host and MMA legend Bas Rutten, the Bazzie Awards have been handed out annually since 2008. During this year’s award show, the hosts were joined on stage by World Series of Fighting ring girl Emily Miller.

Bringing home the Bazzies for fighters of the year were UFC Lightweight Champion Anthony Pettis and UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey, while “Gilbert Melendez vs. Diego Sanchez at UFC 166” was named fight of the year.

Check out the complete list of 2013 Bazzie Award winners below accompanied by their acceptance videos.

Fight of the Year

• Gilbert Melendez vs Diego Sanchez – UFC 166

Male Fighter of the Year

• Anthony Pettis

Female Fighter of the Year

• Ronda Rousey

Breakthrough Fighter

• Robbie Lawler

Upset of the Year

• Chris Weidman vs Anderson Silva – UFC 162

Rising Star

• Holly Holm

KO Punch of the Year

• Derrick Mehmen vs Rolles Gracie – WSOF 5

KO Kick of the Year

• Chinzo Machida vs Brian Wood – RFA 11

Submission of the Year

• Takuya Eizumi vs Teppei Masuda – Pancrase 250

Inside MMA Prime Cuts

• Collin Reuter

Inside MMA is mixed martial arts’ longest running and only independent weekly television news show. Every Friday LIVE at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT, Kenny Rice and four-time world champion Bas Rutten interview MMA’s top names and break down highlights from the biggest fights while Ron Kruck provides on-site coverage from major events and in-depth reporting on the most interesting stories in the sport.

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