Fighters Only announces the 2011 World Mixed Martial Arts Awards

Sep 2, 2011
(PRESS RELEASE) -- Fighters Only, the world’s leading Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) magazine, confirmed the launch of its fourth annual awards today. Devised to celebrate success and achievement within the MMA industry, the World Mixed Martial Arts Awards gives fans across the globe the opportunity to cast their vote on which athletes, brands, and industry professionals have made the greatest impact on the sport in the last 12 months. Voting is now open across 22 different award categories including: Fighter of the Year, Knockout of the Year, and Submission of the Year. While an additional Lifetime Achievement award will also be presented during the live ceremony to a surprise recipient.

“The last 12 months have flown by but not without producing some of the most exciting moments ever witnessed within the sport of MMA,” says Rob Hewitt, President and CEO of Fighters Only. “This year's award categories will be more hotly contested than ever and as always we rely on the fans to cast their vote on who should emerge as the winners. Since last year's event we have injected two new awards, which came out on top from a selection suggested directly to us via readers feedback. In addition, the nomination process this year was composed via an expert panel formed by all of Fighters Only's international editors along with a selection of guest panelists. The support the awards facility has received over the last three years has been phenomenal and we expect this year's show to be even more popular with increased fan participation.”

The incredible success of the 2010 event saw a relative who’s who of MMA take to the red carpet. And the Fighters Only World MMA Awards is all set to return even bigger and better this year with a live ceremony to be held on Wednesday, November 30th 2011 in the exclusive Pearl Concert Theatre inside the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. This black-tie event will be sponsored by Bodybuilding.com, the internet’s most visited health and fitness site and largest online retailer of nutritional supplements.

“It means a lot to be able to help recognize the best in MMA. This sport has some of the top physically trained athletes out there. Anyone who selflessly dedicates their life to sport they love deserves an event like this,” says Bodybuilding.com CEO Ryan DeLuca.

The website www.worldmmawards.com is now open and ready to take votes, but in addition fans are also able to download a free iPhone application, which makes voting even easier and ensures we attract the maximum global response and the most accurate selection of winners.

For information on tickets to the live ceremony, sponsorship opportunities, the Pearl Concert Theatre and other essential information, please see below.

About Fighters Only

Fighters Only was the world’s first Mixed Martial Arts magazine and now produces domestic versions of it's publication in the UK, US, Canada, Germany and South Africa. The UK edition is nearing its sixth anniversary and outsells any other combat sport’s magazine in its sector, while also exporting copies into a further 23 countries worldwide.

In December 2009, Fighters Only held the sport’s first live ‘Oscars’ style awards ceremony, held at The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. The show was aired live via the internet and then nationally on US and Canadian television by Versus and internationally in China, Brazil and on Scandinavian TV. Fighters Only is also the publisher of the sports only MMA fitness magazine Train Hard Fight Easy, which together with Fighters Only has its own iPad version available for download via iTunes.

About Bodybuilding.com

Bodybuilding.com offers more than 13,000 health & fitness supplements and accessories to help more than 7.5 million people every month achieve their health, fitness and appearance goals, as well as over 35,000 pages of FREE information, including more than 20,000 articles and videos, expert online trainers, and new content added daily.

Bodybuilding.com also provides the most hardcore MMA training programs, from nutrition and supplementation to the most ripped and intense fighters on the mat. With live interviews, step-by-step videos, unique training programs, competitive edge and supplementation; it’s a one stop shop for victorious domination.

About The Pearl:

The Pearl is Las Vegas’ premier concert theatre boasting accommodations for up to 2,500 ticket holders. Featuring a stage just four feet from the floor and the furthest seating area being a mere 120 feet from the stage, The Pearl offers the utmost in intimate viewing of your favorite acts. Private and semi-private skyboxes are located on each side of the venue offering private bars, lounges and restrooms.

The Pearl is a marvel of modern technology using only top quality sound and video equipment throughout. Hard wired to The Studio at The Palms, The Pearl allows artists to create a cost-effective live album with efficiency and without additional venue set-up. The Pearl was voted Best Concert Venue (Vegas Seven), Best Sound (Las Vegas Weekly) and Best Concert Venue (Review Journal’s Best of Las Vegas). For more information, please visitwww.palms.com.

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