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Default World MMA Awards finalists announced

From MMAFighting.com:

Finalists were announced Monday for the 2012 World MMA Awards, run by Fighters Only magazine.

In their fifth year, the World MMA Awards honor winners in 21 categories across the mixed martial arts world, as voted on by fans.

Women's star Ronda Rousey leads the pack in this year's nominations. The Strikeforce bantamweight champion was named a finalist for four awards, including Fighter of the Year. Daniel Cormier, Nate Diaz, Ben Henderson and Jon Jones were also nominated for best fighter.

Rousey was also named a finalist for Women's Fighter of the Year, Breakthrough Fighter of the Year, and Submission of the Year (vs. Miesha Tate).

MMAFighting.com was named finalist for MMA Media Source of the Year. And MMAFighting.com and Fuel TV reporter Ariel Helwani, winner of the last two MMA Journalist of the Year awards, looks to make it three in a row as he was again nominated for the honor.

The awards cover the period from Sept. 1, 2011, to Sept. 30, 2012. Voting ends Dec. 31. Award winners will be announced at a ceremony in Las Vegas in January, date and location TBD.

Click here to vote in the World MMA Awards.

The complete list of finalists:
  • Charles "Mask" Lewis Fighter of the Year
    • Daniel Cormier
    • Nate Diaz
    • Benson Henderson
    • Jon Jones
    • Ronda Rousey
  • Female Fighter of the Year
    • Jessica Aguilar
    • Sarah Kaufman
    • Sara McMann
    • Ronda Rousey
    • Miesha Tate
  • Breakthrough Fighter of the Year
    • Renan Barao
    • Michael Chandler
    • Luke Rockhold
    • Ronda Rousey
    • Chris Weidman
  • International Fighter of the Year
    • Michael Bisping
    • Alexander Gustafsson
    • Chan Sung Jung
    • Martin Kampmann
    • Stefan Struve
  • Fight of the Year
    • Dan Henderson vs. Mauricio "Shogun" Rua (UFC 139)
    • Michael Chandler vs. Eddie Alvarez (Bellator 58)
    • Jake Ellenberger vs. Diego Sanchez (UFC on FUEL TV 1)
    • Dustin Poirier vs. Chan Sung Jung (UFC on FUEL TV 3)
    • Jamie Varner vs. Joe Lauzon (UFC on FOX 4)
  • Knockout of the Year
    • Adam Khaliev vs. Alexei Belyaev (League S-70)
    • Edson Barboza vs. Terry Etim (UFC 142)
    • Stephen Thompson vs. Dan Stittgen (UFC 143)
    • Anthony Pettis vs. Joe Lauzon (UFC 144)
    • Brian Rogers vs. Vitor Vianna (Bellator 61)
  • Submission of the Year
    • Frank Mir vs. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (UFC 140)
    • Charles Oliveira vs. Eric Wisely (UFC on FOX 2)
    • Rousimar Palhares vs. Mike Massenzio (UFC 142)
    • Ronda Rousey vs. Miesha Tate (Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey)
    • Chan Sung Jung vs. Dustin Poirier (UFC on FUEL TV 3)
  • Comeback of the Year
    • Alan Belcher (career)
    • Mike Swick (career)
    • Frank Mir vs. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (UFC 140)
    • Tim Boetsch vs. Yushin Okami (UFC 144)
    • J.P. Joubert vs. Norman Wessels (EFC Africa 15)
  • Shawn Tompkins Coach of the Year
    • Rafael Cordeiro
    • Cesar Gracie
    • Greg Jackson
    • Javier Mendez
    • Andre Pederneiras
  • Gym of the Year
    • American Kickboxing Academy
    • Cesar Gracie Jiu-Jitsu
    • Jackson-Winkeljohn MMA
    • Kings MMA
    • Nova Uniao
  • Referee of the Year
    • Herb Dean
    • Marc Goddard
    • John McCarthy
    • Josh Rosenthal
    • Mario Yamasaki
  • Ring Card Girl of the Year
    • Jade Bryce
    • Arianny Celeste
    • Kelli Hutcherson
    • Brittney Palmer
    • Mercedes Terrell
  • Leading Man of the Year
    • Victor Cui
    • Lorenzo Fertitta
    • Shannon Knapp
    • Bjorn Rebney
    • Dana White
  • Personality of the Year
    • Jon Anik
    • Bruce Buffer
    • Mauro Ranallo
    • Joe Rogan
    • Bas Rutten
  • Best Promotion
    • Bellator
    • Invicta FC
    • ONE FC
    • Strikeforce
    • UFC
  • Best Lifestyle Clothing Brand
    • Bad Boy
    • Dethrone
    • Headrush
    • Punishment
    • TapouT
  • Best Technical Clothing Brand
    • Bad Boy
    • Clinch Gear
    • Hayabusa
    • Jaco
    • Venum
  • Best Technical Equipment
    • Everlast
    • Fairtex
    • Hayabusa
    • Pretorian
    • Venum
  • MMA Media Source of the Year
    • MMAFighting.com
    • ESPN
    • "Inside MMA" on AXS TV
    • MMAjunkie.com
    • Sherdog.com
  • MMA Journalist of the Year
    • Ariel Helwani, MMAFighting.com/FUEL TV
    • Karyn Bryant, MMA HEAT/FUEL TV
    • Gareth A. Davies, The Telegraph
    • Ben Fowlkes, MMAjunkie.com/USA TODAY
    • John Morgan, MMAjunkie.com/USA TODAY
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