As Mixed Martial Arts continues to creep out of obscurity and into the mainstream flow of the North American sporting landscape, it is time to emulate the other major organization’s methods of dishing out yearly awards.
In the NHL, NFL, MLB, and NBA there are many awards named after the trailblazers of each specific category.
The Art Ross Trophy is handed out to the NHL player who accumulates the league lead in points. Arthur Howie Ross was a former general manager, head coach, and Hall Of Fame inductee as a player.
In Major League Baseball, the Cy Young Award is handed out to each league’s outstanding pitcher on an annual basis. Even to MLB’s most casual fans Cy Young needs no introduction. The Gilmore, Ohio, native virtually owns every meaningful pitching statistic by a landslide.
Although it may be far too premature for the current model of what is known as Mixed Martial Arts to be handing out lifetime achievement awards, many categories shall be named after active members of the sport.
As the sport has grown to mass acceptance by becoming more about sporting, less about “No Holds Barred” mentality, our Foot Stomping, Eye Gouging, Fish Hooking Forefathers will be omitted from this list.
I will describe the award then list who I believe to be the most deserving modern-day nominees. Please leave your votes in the comment thread. As always, if you feel a certain fighter has been omitted, feel free to leave your nominee in the comment thread.
On to the awards…