World MMA Awards: Leon Edwards Best in Four Categories

Since 2008, the magazine "Fighters Only" has introduced annual awards for the best in the world of MMA, and there are many categories in which awards are given

by Sededin Dedovic
World MMA Awards: Leon Edwards Best in Four Categories
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Held annually since 2008, the World MMA Awards celebrate the achievements of top fighters, trainers and personalities in the world of mixed martial arts. This year's ceremony was no different, with a night filled with excitement and recognition for the best in the sport.

Tough competition for fighter of the year

The most prestigious awards of the evening, Fighter of the Year (male and female), saw fierce competition. In the men's division, Leon Edwards emerged victorious, capping off an outstanding year with two dominant victories over Kamaru Usman.

His stunning high-kick knockout in their first meeting and the latter's unanimous decision victory cemented his place as the undisputed welterweight champion and fighter of the year. The women's category was equally exciting, and Alexa Grasso took home the prize.

Her impressive victories over Viviane Araujo and Valentina Shevchenko, the latter considered one of the greatest fighters ever, cemented her position as a force to be reckoned with.

Pereira makes a breakthrough

In addition to the top honors, Edwards' dominance continued as he collected three additional awards: Comeback of the Year, International Fighter of the Year and Knockout of the Year for his high-kick masterpiece against Usman.

The Breakthrough Fighter of the Year award went to Alex Pereira, who jumped from unranked middleweight to champion during the nomination period. His title win over Israel Adesanya and subsequent knockout of Sean Strickland showed his immense talent and potential.

A night of celebration for many

The evening was not only about individual awards. The UFC itself was recognized as the best promotion, while Dana White received the award for the best leader of a major MMA organization. The American Top Team was named the best team, and Herb Dean, the ever-reliable referee, was rightly named the referee of the year.

On the part of the media, Michael Bisping and Joe Rogan were declared analysts of the year and personality of the year, respectively. Ariel Helwani continued his dominance as the undisputed MMA Journalist of the Year, winning the award for the 13th consecutive year.

Touching Farewell

The night also saw an emotional farewell because Brittney Palmer was named the best Ringcard girl. She won Girl of the Year and dropped her shorts in tears, marking the end of an era. With fierce competition, emotional moments and well-deserved recognition, this evening was a real celebration of the sports elite.

Leon Edwards