’s 2017 Year-End Awards: The Complete List

By Staff Jan 1, 2018

Another eventful 12 months have come and gone in mixed martial arts. Bellator MMA, the Professional Fighters League, Invicta Fighting Championships, Rizin Fighting Federation and One Championship all made significant moves, but the Ultimate Fighting Championship once again cast an immense shadow across the globe; and the sport continued to evolve, for better and for worse.

A year that started with a beloved legend being drawn and quartered at UFC Fight Night 103 on Jan. 15 took a number of unexpected twists and turns, most notably lightweight champion Conor McGregor’s detour into professional boxing for a lucrative showdown with Floyd Mayweather Jr. Four UFC champions lost their grip on promotional gold, as Michael Bisping, Jose Aldo, Cody Garbrandt and Joanna Jedrzejczyk were removed from power by force; Jon Jones returned to the top of the light heavyweight division, only to be undone soon after by a positive test for performance-enhancing drugs. Meanwhile, Cristiane Justino and Nicco Montano captured vacant titles in the women’s featherweight and women’s flyweight divisions.

The spaces in between were filled with fights that stretched the bounds of what was thought possible, crushing knockouts, gravity-defying submissions, judging controversies, athletic commission shenanigans and the rise of new stars that will help carry the combat sports torch into a promising but unknown future.

A complete rundown of’s 2017 Year-End Awards:
Fighter of the Year by Brian Knapp
Fight of the Year by Eric Stinton
Knockout of the Year by Todd Martin
Submission of the Year by Anthony Walker
Story of the Year by Tristen Critchfield
Beatdown of the Year by Todd Martin
Event of the Year by Anthony Walker
Breakthrough Fighter of the Year by Edward Carbajal
Robbery of the Year by Jordan Colbert
Round of the Year by Jordan Colbert
Upset of the Year by Brian Knapp
Comeback Fighter of the Year by Edward Carbajal
All-Violence Team by Jordan Breen


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