As today is the last day to vote for the 13th annual World MMA awards, I thought I'd share who got my votes this calendar year.
Fighter of the year: Kamaru Unman
Out of the five nominees, nobody is more deserving of this award than the Nigerian Nightmare. Usman has been dominant, to say the least, and is on his way to cleaning out the division. Its also safe to say the welterweight champ is the pound-for-pound best martial artist on the planet at the moment. I believe this award would be hard to give to any other nominee, it is one of the more clear-cut decisions.
Female Fighter of the Year: Rose Namajunas
This past year was the year of Thug Rose as she regained UFC strawweight gold in stunning fashion. She is more than deserving of the award however, Valentina Shevchenko and Kayla Harrison are close runner ups. Due to Namajunas' story going and getting her belt back just two years after losing it, it's hard to pass her up here. Not to mention the way she finished Weili Zhang in under 80 seconds as an underdog was nothing short of a perfect performance.
Breakthrough Fighter of the Year: Brandon Moreno
This is another award in which would be hard to give to another fighter. Moreno did the absolute unthinkable coming back after being cut by the UFC and earning UFC gold. However, not only did he earn UFC gold, but he put on a 5- minute show with Brandon Royval in November of 2020 and a month later, in his first fight with then champ Deiveson Figueiredo, he participated in a fi