World MMA Awards 2023: Everything You Need to Know About the Fighters





The 15th annual Fighters Only World MMA Awards are just around the corner, and fans of mixed martial arts (MMA) are eagerly waiting to celebrate the achievements of their favourite fighters, coaches, gyms, personalities, and media sources. As a market research specialist, I have gathered all the information you need to know about the 2023 MMA Awards.


World MMA Awards 2023 Date and Time

The 2023 MMA Awards will take place on Thursday night at the Sahara Theatre in Las Vegas. The event will kick off at 10:30 p.m. ET and can be streamed live on ESPN+.

DateThursday, December 14, 2023
Time10:30 PM ET / 3:30 AM EK (Friday)
VenueSAHARA Theatre, Las Vegas, NV
TV Partner(s)To be confirmed
LivestreamYes, via
Voting StatusClosed as of September 30, 2023
Award CategoriesFighter of the Year, Knockout of the Year, Fight of the Year, etc. (Full list on
Social Media@WorldMMAAwards on Twitter and Instagram

Additional Notes:

  • The ceremony will be a red-carpet event with celebrity guests and live entertainment.
  • Fan voting is closed, but you can still follow the awards on social media and watch the live stream.
  • The TV partners will be announced closer to the event date.

World MMA Awards 2023 Categories and Nominees

The MMA Awards recognize excellence in various categories. Let’s take a look at some of the top categories and the nominees:

  • Fighter of the Year:
    • Charles Oliveira
    • Leon Edwards
    • Islam Makhachev
    • Aljamain Sterling
    • Sadibou Sy
  • Female Fighter of the Year:
    • Alexa Grasso
    • Amanda Nunes
    • Larissa Pacheco
    • Seika Izawa
    • Liz Carmouche
  • Breakthrough Fighter of the Year:
    • Dricus Du Plessis
    • Phil Hawes
    • Bo Nickal
    • Petchmorakot Petchyindee
    • Tatiana Suarez
  • International Fighter of the Year:
    • Leon Edwards
    • Alexander Volkanovski
    • Glover Teixeira
    • Islam Makhachev
    • Guram Kutateladze


  • Knockout of the Year:
    • Leon Edwards (KO of Kamaru Usman, UFC 286)
    • Jamahal Hill (KO of Johnny Walker, UFC 281)
    • Alex Pereira (KO of Glover Teixeira, UFC 283)
    • Cory Sandhagen (KO of Song Yadong, UFC Fight Night 219)
    • Brandon Moreno (KO of Kai Kara-France, UFC 277)
  • Submission of the Year:
    • Charles Oliveira (RNC of Dustin Poirier, UFC 269)
    • Islam Makhachev (Kimura of Dan Hooker, UFC 267)
    • Ciryl Gane (TKO of Tai Tuivasa, UFC 270)
    • Mackenzie Dern (Rear-Naked Choke of Xiaonan Yan, UFC 281)
    • Amanda Lemos (Neck Crank of Montserrat Conejo, UFC 274)
  • Fight of the Year:
    • Justin Gaethje vs. Michael Chandler (UFC 268)
    • Kamaru Usman vs. Colby Covington 2 (UFC 268)
    • Islam Makhachev vs. Alexander Volkanovski (UFC 284)
    • Brandon Moreno vs. Deiveson Figueiredo 4 (UFC 270)
    • Guram Kutateladze vs. Damir Ismagulov (UFC Vegas 57)

Media & Promotion:

  • MMA Media Source of the Year:
    • MMA Fighting
    • ESPN
    • Ariel Helwani
    • The MMA Hour
    • MMA Junkie
  • MMA Journalist of the Year:
    • Ariel Helwani
    • John McCarthy
    • Chael Sonnen
    • Brett Okamoto
    • Karyn Bryant
  • Best MMA Programming:
    • The MMA Hour
    • Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show
    • Dana White’s Contender Series
    • Embedded
    • The Joe Rogan Experience


  • Coach of the Year:
    • Trevor Wittman
    • James Krause
    • Eric Nicksick
    • Daniel Cormier
    • Fernand Lopez
  • Referee of the Year:
    • Herb Dean
    • Marc Goddard
    • Mike Beltran
    • Jason Herzog
    • Keith Peterson
  • Gym of the Year:
    • American Top Team
    • Jackson Wink MMA
    • Kings MMA
    • Sanford MMA
    • Tristar Gym
  • Promotion of the Year:
    • UFC
    • Bellator
    • ONE Championship
    • PFL
    • LFA

Note: This list includes some, but not all, of the nominees for each category. You can find the complete list of nominees on the official World MMA Awards website:

  1. Fighter of the Year: This prestigious award recognizes the Fighter who has had an outstanding year in the MMA world. The Fighter of the Year nominees include Charles “Mask” Lewis, Leon Edwards, Israel Adesanya, Dricus Du Plessis, Sergei Pavlovich, and Sadibou Sy.
  2. Female Fighter of the Year: Celebrating the incredible achievements of female fighters, this category features top contenders who have left their mark in the MMA arena.
  3. Breakthrough Fighter of the Year: This category acknowledges rising stars who have significantly impacted their careers and gained recognition for their exceptional performance.
  4. International Fighter of the Year: MMA is a global sport, and this category honours international fighters who have showcased their skills and represented their countries with pride.
  5. Comeback of the Year: This category highlights fighters who have made remarkable comebacks after facing adversity in their careers.

Apart from these categories, several other awards will be presented during the event, including Knockout of the Year, Submission of the Year, Fight of the Year, Trainer of the Year, Coach of the Year, Gym of the Year, Referee of the Year, Ringcard Girl of the Year, Best Promotion, Leading Man, Personality of the Year, Analyst of the Year, Best MMA Programming, MMA Media Source of the Year, MMA Journalist of the Year, Fighting Spirit Award, and Lifetime Achievement Award.

How to Watch and Stream

Fans can catch all the action live by streaming the 2023 MMA Awards on ESPN+. Ensure you have a subscription to ESPN+ to enjoy this star-studded event from the comfort of your home. Don’t miss out on witnessing your favourite fighters recognized for their hard work and dedication.

Get Involved: Fan Voting

One unique aspect of the MMA Awards is a panel of voters picks that award nominees, but the winners are selected through public fan votes. As a fan, you can influence the outcome by voting for your preferred nominees. Show your support for your favourite fighters and contribute to shaping MMA history.


  • What are the World MMA Awards?
    • The World MMA Awards are annual awards recognizing excellence in Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) across fighters, staff, and organizations. They’re considered the “Oscars of MMA” by many fans.
  • When and where are the 2023 World MMA Awards?
    • The 2023 World MMA Awards were held on Thursday, December 14th, 2023, at the SAHARA Theatre in Las Vegas, NV.
  • Who can win awards?
    • Awards are given in various categories, including Fighter of the Year, Knockout of the Year, Fight of the Year, and media coverage and promotion awards. Anyone involved in the professional MMA world can be nominated.
  • How are winners chosen?
    • An industry panel initially chooses award finalists; fans vote online to determine the winners. Voting for the 2023 awards closed on September 30th, 2023.

Awards & Categories:

  • What are the different award categories?
    • There are 22 award categories, including Fighter: Fighter of the Year, Breakthrough Fighter, International Fighter, etc.
    • Performance: Knockout of the Year, Submission of the Year, Fight of the Year, etc.
    • Media & Promotion: MMA Media Source of the Year, MMA Journalist of the Year, Best MMA Programming, etc.
    • Organization: Promotion of the Year, Event of the Year, etc.
  • Who are the nominees for the 2023 awards?
  • Can I see the results of the 2023 awards?
    • Yes, the results for the 2023 awards were announced during the ceremony and are now available on the World MMA Awards website:

Tickets & Viewing:

  • Can I attend the ceremony?
    • The ceremony is usually private for industry professionals and guests, but you can follow it live or watch the recording later.
  • How can I watch the ceremony?
    • The World MMA Awards will be livestreamed on their website, The TV partners for the 2023 ceremony haven’t been announced yet, but you can check the website or their social media for updates.
  • Can I watch the ceremony later?
    • A ceremony recording will be available on the World MMA Awards website and YouTube channel after the event.


  • Where can I find more information about the World MMA Awards? Visit the official World MMA Awards website:
  • Follow them on social media: @WorldMMAAwards on Twitter and Instagram.

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