AXS TV’s ‘INSIDE MMA’ Recognizes the Best in MMA, Announcing Nominees for the 2015 Bazzie Awards

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AXS TV’S ‘INSIDE MMA’ RECOGNIZES THE BEST IN MMA, ANNOUNCING NOMINEES FOR THE 2015 BAZZIE AWARDS

Tune In to the Bazzies Friday, Dec. 18 at 9:30 p.m. PT/12:30 a.m. ET

LOS ANGELES – Nov. 30, 2015 – The 2015 Bazzie Awards, INSIDE MMA’s annual awards show honoring the best fights, fighters and moments in mixed martial arts this year, are just around the corner and AXS TV today announced this year’s nominees. Hosted by Kenny Rice and Bas Rutten, the eighth annual Bazzies will air Friday, Dec. 18 at 9:30 p.m. PT/12:30 a.m. ET on AXS TV.

INSIDE MMA, the longest running and only independent MMA news show on television, has handed out these awards, named after series host and UFC Hall of Famer Bas Rutten, since 2008. The winners are voted on by Rutten, Rice, correspondent Ron Kruck and the INSIDE MMA news team.

This year’s awards will honor fighters in the following categories: Male and Female Fighters of the Year; Fight, Submission and Knockout of the Year; Breakthrough Fighter of the Year; Comeback of the Year; and AXS TV FIGHTS Rising Star.

The complete list of nominees is as follows (subject to change):

MALE FIGHTER OF THE YEAR:

  • Donald Cerrone
  • Daniel Cormier
  • Justin Gaethje
  • Demetrious Johnson
  • Liam McGeary
  • Conor McGregor

FEMALE FIGHTER OF THE YEAR:

  • Holly Holm
  • Joanna Jedrzejczyk
  • Cris “Cyborg” Justino
  • Ronda Rousey
  • Miesha Tate

FIGHT OF THE YEAR:

  • Andrei Arlovski vs. Travis Browne – UFC 187
  • Vitaly Bigdash vs. Igor Svirid – One Championship 32
  • Daniel Cormier vs. Alexander Gustafsson – UFC 192
  • Justin Gaethje vs. Luis Palomino – WSOF 19
  • Robbie Lawler vs. Rory MacDonald II – UFC 189

SUBMISSION OF THE YEAR:

  • Dylan Ashburn vs. Donis Francois – Legacy Fighting Championship 38
  • Braden Crowell vs. Darren Romkee – Summit FC 11
  • Tyrone Henderson vs. Hong Young-Gi – Road FC 21
  • Liam McGeary vs. Tito Ortiz – Bellator 142
  • Ronda Rousey vs. Cat Zingano – UFC 184
  • Fabricio Werdum vs. Cain Velasquez – UFC 188

KO OF THE YEAR:

  • Harris Bonfiglio vs. BJ Prak – Reality Fighting
  • Jay-Ar Campos vs. Michael Vojantic – Clan Wars 21
  • Paul Felder vs. Danny Castillo – UFC 182
  • Chris Gardner vs. Chris Henderson – VCFC
  • Holly Holm vs. Ronda Rousey – UFC 193
  • Hisaki Kato vs. Joe Schilling – Bellator 139
  • Frank Mir vs. Todd Duffee – UFC Fight Night 71
  • Alex Morono vs. Valdir Araujo – Legacy Fighting Championship 44

AXS TV FIGHTS RISING STAR:

  • Gaston Bolanos – Lion Fight
  • Ricardo Ramos – Legacy Fighting Championship
  • Andrew Sanchez – Resurrection Fighting Alliance
  • Luke Sanders – Resurrection Fighting Alliance
  • Valentina Schevchenko – Legacy Fighting Championship/Legacy Kickboxing
  • Eric Spicely – CES MMA

BREAKTHROUGH FIGHTER:

  • Thomas Almeida
  • Max Holloway
  • Henry Cejudo
  • Liam McGeary
  • Joanna Jedrzejczyk
  • Donald Cerrone

COMEBACK OF THE YEAR:

  • Thiago Alves vs. Jordan Mein – UFC 183
  • Vitaly Bigdash vs. Igor Svirid – One Championship 32
  • David Burrow vs. Anthony Njokuani – Legacy Fighting Championship 38
  • Thales Leites vs. Tim Boetsch – UFC 183
  • Patricio Pitbull vs. Daniel Weichel – Bellator 138

ABOUT AXS TV FIGHTS

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Media Contacts:

Sean Grabin, AXS TV Publicity         sgrabin@axs.tv                    213.763.2145                       @seangrabinpr

Cindy Ronzoni, AXS TV Publicity     cronzoni@axs.tv                  213.763.4695                       @cindyronzoni

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