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December 2nd 2010

Breakthrough Fighter of the Year 2010: Jon Jones

Jon ‘Bones’ Jones was declared ‘Breakthrough Fighter of the Year 2010’ at the Fighters Only World MMA Awards tonight.The 23-year-old light-heavyweight was voted in by a landslide, with fans all over the world registering thousands of votes to have him take the prize.It crowns a year of fantastic achievement for the glowing prospect, who put...
December 2nd 2010

Alistair Overeem: International Fighter of the Year 2010

If you looked at the bookmakers odds, Alistair Overeem was the clear favourite to win this category.But that might seem a little unfair when you consider that he fought under MMA rules just once in 2010, compared to George Sotiropoulos’ three fights and three wins under the UFC banner.However, Overeem has been busy on the K-1 circuit and I would argue that his...
December 2nd 2010

Submission of the Year 2010: Fabricio Werdum

There was only going to be one of two winners in this category, both of them triangles.Anderson Silva got nominated for his triangle submission win over Chael Sonnen in the fifth round of a fight he had been losing right up until that point.Fabricio Werdum got nominated for his quick triangle win over Fedor Emelianenko in the headline bout of the Strikeforce --...
December 2nd 2010

Barnett CSAC hearing turns into debacle, hearing postponed

Josh Barnett thought he was turning up to today’s meeting of the Californian State Athletic Commission to re-apply for a license to fight in the state.He was denied a license last year after steroids were found in samples he provided CSAC with during the license application process. But as he was not licensed under CSAC at the time, they could not issue him...
December 2nd 2010

Awards: Gym of the Year 2010

Wanderlei Silva has not had a great 2010, but he has at least got some good news at the end of the year.His Las Vegas facility ‘The Wand Training Center’ was voted Gym of the Year in the World Mixed Martial Arts Awards 2010.While other gyms have had more in-cage success in 2010, such as fellow nominees the American Kickboxing Academy, Wanderlei’s...
December 2nd 2010

Lifetime Achievement Award: Randy Couture

Randy Couture was unveiled as the winner of the ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ at tonight’s World MMA Awards 2010, which were staged at The Pearl at The Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada.Couture served as the host of the awards and had no idea that he was to receive one himself. The honor was known only to a few Fighters Only staff and key...
December 1st 2010

Quick Q&A with Stephan Bonnar

Stephan Bonnar faces Croatian light-heavyweight Igor Pokrajac at the TUF 12 Finale this weekend. He spoke to Fighters Only about his training arrangements, his delight at facing a right-handed opponent and his coach’s unique take on gym egos.On Pokrajac:He’s been around for a while. Tough rugged guy, doesn’t mind getting hit, likes to come forward,...
December 1st 2010

World MMA Awards 2010 streaming live tonight

The 2010 World MMA Awards take place in Las Vegas tonight - and you can watch them live online for free.Versus.com will be streaming the event live from The Pearl at The Palms Casino Resort. The broadcast commences at the following times, depending on your time zone:10:30 p.m. ET7:30 p.m. PT 3:30 a.m. UK/GMT The awards ceremony, which is a black-tie affair, will be...
December 1st 2010

UFC holds key meetings for return to Brazil

Signs of the UFC’s return to Brazil are becoming increasingly tangible.Brazilian newspaper O Globo reports that the UFC had two meetings with key people in October. One was the Mayor of Rio de Janeiro, Eduardo Paes, and the other was with a representative of Eike Batista.Batista is reportedly the richest businessman in Brazil and Forbes Magazine estimates his...
November 30th 2010

Confirmed: Taylor vs Ruediger at UFC 126

After pulling out of a planned bout with Paul Kelly due to injury, Gabe Ruediger has another opponent lined up. Its another Brit, another Paul and another Team Kaobon fighter: Paul Taylor.The bout was first reported by MMA Weekly and Fighters Only has since obtained confirmation of the match from sources close to the fight. Contracts for the bout are being signed and...