2012 World MMA Awards: Jon Jones, Ronda Rousey, Michael Bisping Win Big
Another World MMA Awards ceremony has wrapped up for the year, with 2012 completely dominated by a wide range of UFC fighters and personalities.
According to MMA Junkie, light heavyweight champion Jon Jones took home the "'Charles 'Mask' Lewis' Fighter of the Year" award after a perfect 2-0 campaign.
Not only did he defeat both Rashad Evans and Vitor Belfort to retain his title, but "Bones" also netted himself a lucrative Nike sponsorship to boot.
Here's the full list of this year's World MMA Awards winners, courtesy of MMA Junkie:
• "Charles 'Mask' Lewis" Fighter of the Year: Jon Jones
• Ring Card Girl of the Year: Brittney Palmer
• Leading Man of the Year: Dana White
• Fight of the Year: Jamie Varner vs. Joe Lauzon (UFC on Fox 4)
• Breakthrough Fighter of the Year: Chris Weidman
• MMA Media Source of the Year: Sherdog.com
• Knockout of the Year: Edson Barboza vs. Terry Etim (UFC 142)
• Personality of the Year: Joe Rogan
• Female Fighter of the Year: Ronda Rousey
• Submission of the Year: Frank Mir vs. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (UFC 140)
• Best Technical Equipment: Pretorian
• MMA Journalist of the Year: Ariel Helwani, MMAFighting.com/FUEL TV
• "Fighters Only" Lifetime Achievement Award: Leon Tabbs
• "Shawn Tompkins" Coach of the Year: Rafael Cordeiro
• Referee of the Year: Herb Dean
• International Fighter of the Year: Michael Bisping
• Best Lifestyle Clothing Brand: Bad Boy
• Comeback of the Year: Frank Mir vs. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (UFC 140)
• Gym of the Year: Cesar Gracie Jiu-Jitsu
• Best Promotion: UFC
• Best Technical Clothing Brand: Clinch Gear
Ronda Rousey was also in the running for "Fighter of the Year," but had to settle for "Female Fighter of the Year" on the strength of her two title fights in Strikeforce.
Both bouts ended via Rousey's trademark first-round armbar submission skills, although the peak of her year definitely came with her formal induction into the UFC as the promotion's women's bantamweight champion.
Michael Bisping and Chris Weidman were the other big winners of the night, as the middleweights took home the awards for "International Fighter of the Year" and "Breakout Fighter of the Year," respectively.
Bisping and Weidman aren't UFC champions themselves, but both men are nonetheless angling for title shots against the current divisional king, Anderson Silva. Weidman is currently injured, but Bisping will face off against Vitor Belfort during the main event at UFC on FX 7 on Saturday, Jan. 19 for the right to challenge Silva at some point later this year.
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