January 28, 2021

2020 Year-End Awards Nominees

Below is the full list of nominations for the ‘WMMA Rankings: 2020 Year-End Awards’.

Voting remains open until 11:59pm EST on Wednesday January 6th, the results will be announced from Noon on Thursday January 7th.


Fighter of the Year 2020

  • World champion level fighters who are signed to major MMA organizations.

Amanda Nunes

UFC

Ayaka Hamasaki

RIZIN

Cris Cyborg

Bellator

Kayla Harrison

PFL

Valentina Shevchenko

UFC

Weili Zhang

UFC

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Breakout Star of the Year 2020

  • Fighters who have had a breakthrough year and could be on the cusp of MMA superstardom.

Alesha Zappitella

Invicta FC

Amanda Ribas

UFC

Juliana Velasquez

Bellator

Mariana Morais

PFL

Suwanan Boonsorn

DEEP JEWELS

Yan Xiaonan

UFC

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Newcomer of the Year 2020

  • Fighters who made their professional MMA debuts in 2019.

Anna Remneva

MMA Series

Danyelle Wolf

UFC

Moe Sasaki

DEEP JEWELS

Monika Chochlikova

Bellator

Saori Oshima

DEEP JEWELS

Sumiko Inaba

Bellator

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Return of the Year 2020

  • Fighters who successfully returned to competition in 2020 after an over twelve-month layoff.

Cat Zingano

Bellator

Joselyn Edwards

UWCM

Monica Franco

Invicta FC

Montserrat Ruiz

Invicta FC

Sara McMann

UFC

Tabatha Ricci

LFA

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Fight of the Year 2020

  • Fights which left an impact on fans.
Mackenzie Dern vs. Virna Jandiroba

UFC 256
December 13th 2020

Mayra Bueno Silva vs. Maryna Moroz

UFC on ESPN+ 28
March 14th 2020

Michelle Waterson vs. Angela Hill

UFC Vegas 10
September 12th 2020

Jessica Andrade vs. Rose Namajunas II

UFC 251
July 12th 2020

Julija Stoliarenko vs. Lisa Verzosa

Invicta FC: Phoenix Series 3
March 6th 2020

Weili Zhang vs. Joanna Jedrzejczyk

UFC 248
March 7th 2020

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Upset of the Year 2020

  • Fights in which fans did not see the result coming.
Emilee King submits highly-touted boxing champ Ava Knight in the first-round

Bellator 238
January 25th 2020

Jennifer Maia submits Joanne Calderwood in the first-round via an armbar

UFC Vegas 5
August 1st 2020

Katlyn Chookagian defeats betting favorite Cynthia Calvillo via unanimous decision

UFC 255
November 21st 2020

Roxanne Modafferi defeats Maycee Barber via decision, handing the betting favorite her first MMA loss

UFC 246
January 18, 2020

Shana Dobson brutally knocks out heavy betting favorite Mariya Agapova

UFC Vegas 7
August 22, 2020

Si-Woo Park earns decision win over DEEP Microweight Champ Saori Oshima in an atomweight contest

DEEP JEWELS 31
December 19, 2020

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Knockout of the Year 2020

  • Memorable knockouts which left an impact on fans.
Cris Cyborg knocks out Julia Budd in fourth-round via punches and a body kick

Bellator 238
January 25th 2020

Erin Blanchfield knocks out Victoria Leonardo in second-round via head kick

Invicta FC 39
February 7th 2020
Jessica Andrade knocks out Katlyn Chookagian in first-round via a brutal right hook to the body

UFC Fight Island 6
October 18th 2020

Mariana Morais knocks Bianca Daimoni out cold via punches in the first-round

Shooto Brasil – Grand Prix
March 1st 2020

Megan Anderson knocks out Norma Dumont in first-round via a right cross

UFC on ESPN+ 27
February 29, 2020

Priscila Cachoeira knocks out Shana Dobson in the first-round via a vicious uppercut

UFC on ESPN+ 26
February 23, 2020

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Submission of the Year 2020

  • Memorable submissions which left an impact on fans.
Amanda Ribas submits Paige VanZant via armbar

UFC 251
July 11th 2020

Ariane Lipski submits Luana Carolina via kneebar


UFC Fight Island 2
July 18th 2020

Ayaka Hamasaki submits Miyuu Yamamoto via leg scissor choke


RIZIN 26
December 31st 2020

Germaine de Randamie submits Julianna Pena via guillotine choke

UFC Fight Island 4
October 3rd 2020

Jennifer Maia submits Joanne Calderwood via armbar

UFC Fight Island 2
August 1st 2020

Mackenzie Dern submits Hannah Cifers via kneebar

UFC Vegas 1
May 30th 2020

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