T.J. DILLASHAW AND RONDA ROUSEY NAMED FIGHTERS OF THE YEAR ON ‘INSIDE MMA’S’ 2014 BAZZIE AWARDS SHOW

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T.J. DILLASHAW AND RONDA ROUSEY NAMED FIGHTERS OF THE YEAR ON ‘INSIDE MMA’S’ 2014 BAZZIE AWARDS SHOW

Awards Also Given for Fight of the Year, Breakthrough Fighter, Upset of the Year, AXS TV Fights Rising Star, and Knockout Punch, Kick and Submission of the Year, Among Others

LOS ANGELES – Dec. 26, 2014 – Recognizing the year’s best fights, fighters and moments in mixed martial arts, AXS TV’s INSIDE MMA broadcast its annual MMA award show the 2014 Bazzie Awards tonight. The seventh annual Bazzie Awards named UFC bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw male fighter of the year and UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey female fighter of the year in addition to other eight awards given out on the evening.

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.

Rice and Rutten handed out awards tonight for fight, upset and breakthrough fighter of the year; AXS TV FIGHTS rising star; and knockout punch, kick and submission of the year. For the second straight year, INSIDE MMA announced the “Prime Cuts” award honoring this year’s best INSIDE MMA viewer submission, as voted on by the viewers.

In addition to the annual awards honoring the best in MMA, INSIDE MMA correspondent Ron Kruck compiled the biggest MMA fails of 2014 in this video segment called “The Not-So-Bazzies”: bit.ly/1JPWP4X

Here is the complete list of the 2014 Bazzie Award winners and nominees (winners in bold):

MALE FIGHTER OF THE YEAR

T.J. Dillashaw (winner)

Justin Gaethje

Jose Aldo

Donald Cerrone

Fabricio Werdum

Conor McGregor

 

FEMALE FIGHTER OF THE YEAR

Ronda Rousey (winner)

Cat Zingano

Jessica Aguilar

Miesha Tate

Carla Esparza

 

KO PUNCH OF THE YEAR

Damacio Page over Brian Hall – Legacy 36 (winner)

Emanuel Newton over Joey Beltran – Bellator 124

Abel Trujillo vs Jamie Varner – UFC 169

Dan Henderson vs Shogun Rua II – UFC FN 38

Anthony Johnson vs Mike Kyle – WSOF 8

Roy Nelson vs Antonio Rodrigo Noguiera – UFC FN 39

 

KO KICK OF THE YEAR

Luis Santos over Alfredo Morales – XFC International 3 (winner)

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 over Kelly Anundson – Bellator 124 (winner)

Eduardo Dantas over Anthony Leone – Bellator 111

Luke Rockhold over Tim Boetsch – UFC 172

Richie Martinez Japanese Necktie over Edward Darby – Xplode Fight Series

Ovince St Preux over Nikita Krylov – UFC 171

Joseph Benavidez over Tim Elliott – UFC 172

 

PRIME CUTS (VIEWER SUBMISSION OF THE YEAR)

Nikko Glasper vs Tommy Sthair – Nemesis Fighting Alliance (winner)

Wayland Comanche vs Cody Biehl – Vendetta in Vanderbilt

William Hainey vs Johnny Davis – Spartyka Fight League

Team Muhammad Ali vs Russian Top Team – Team Cage Fighting

Josh Fremd vs Jeremy Sakuta – Gladiators of the Cage

Christine Stanley vs Katie Anita Runyan – Xplode Fight Series

 

UPSET OF THE YEAR

T.J. Dillashaw over Renan Barao – UFC 173 (winner)

Will Brooks over Michael Chandler – Bellator 120

David Branch over Yushin Okami – WSOF 15

Johnny Eduardo over Eddie Wineland – UFC FN 40

Bobby Green over Josh Thomson – UFC on FOX 12

 

BREAKTHROUGH FIGHTER OF THE YEAR

Justin Gaethje (winner)

Will Brooks

T.J. Dillashaw

Luke Rockhold

Fabricio Werdum

 

AXS TV RISING STAR OF THE YEAR

Damacio Page (winner)

Boston Salmon

Luke Sanders

Cody East

Alexandre Pantoja

 

FIGHT OF THE YEAR

Johny Hendricks vs Robbie Lawler – UFC 171 (winner)

Matt Brown vs Erick Silva – UFC FN 40

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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