Watching the sport’s biggest stars walk shoulder-to-shoulder with the stars on the red carpet at the World MMA Awards serves as a great reminder of just how far the sport has come.
February’s eighth annual event, organized and hosted by the world’s original mixed martial arts publication, was the biggest yet with more fans’ votes than ever before.
Every year, all the hard work pays o and we seem to get our shortlists just right before handing them over to you – MMA’s global supporters – to take the selection process to the next level. You pick your personal favorites in each category and crown the deserving winners.
In this issue, we celebrate your standout moments, favorite personalities and top MMA media sources with an Awards special. We go behind the scenes to reveal some of the coolest moments from this year’s ceremony, again superbly hosted by The Venetian Las Vegas, and shine a light on the winners.
We toast queen of 2015 Holly Holm and her four awards, Robbie Lawler looks back on his epic war with Rory MacDonald, Bruce Bu er gets sentimental over his ‘Lifetime Achievement’ statue and Eddie Alvarez reveals why his prize-winning performance against Gilbert Melendez was the kickstarter for his 2016 title campaign.
Plus, we hang out with Philadelphia’s other favorite MMA son, Paul Felder; Forrest Griffin shares his top five fighting moments; and in this, the year of the rematch, we look back at 19 of our favorite reruns from MMA history.
Also in this issue:
Chris Weidman – On the comeback trail, the ‘All-American’ starts camp for a Luke Rockhold rematch.
Stephen Thompson – ‘Wonderboy’ tells FO why he should fight for the 170lb belt, and about the tunes he loves to dance to.
Ben Rothwell – ‘Big’ Ben breaks down his gogo choke submission of the previously untapable Josh Barnett.
Read all this and more inside the April 2016 edition of Fighters Only magazine.