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2021 MMA Sucka Year End Awards

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Caption: LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – DECEMBER 11: Charles Oliveira of Brazil reacts after being announced the winner by submission against Dustin Poirier after their UFC lightweight championship bout during the UFC 269 on December 11, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

2021 proved to be a much less challenging year for MMA than what 2020 proved but what wasn’t lacking was the quality matchups and performances that have us all love the sport itself.

Knockouts, submissions, upsets, and more made up a beautiful year of the sport and the staff here at MMA Sucka have a whopping 11 award categories to breakdown. 

All candidates who received a vote will be listed and the winner will be in bold, without further ado, here are the results!

Male Fighter of the Year 

Charles Oliveira – 5 Votes

Kamaru Usman – 4 Votes

Female Fighter of the Year 

Kayla Harrison – 2 Votes

Rose Namajunas – 5 Votes

Stamp Fairtex – 1 Vote

Marina Rodriguez – 1 Vote

Fight of the Year 

Gaethje vs. Chandler at UFC 268 – 3 Votes

Volkanovski vs. Ortega at UFC 266 – 5 Votes

Yan vs. Sandhagen at UFC 267 – 1 Vote

Knockout of the Year 

Prochazka versus Reyes – 2 Votes

Usman versus Masvidal II – 1 Vote

Poirier versus McGregor II – 2 Votes

Pettis versus Horiguchi – 4 Votes

Submission of the Year 

Hernandez against Vieira – 5 Votes

Makhachev versus Hooker – 1 Vote

Peña against Nunes – 3 Votes

Comeback of the Year 

Oliveira versus Chandler – 2 Votes

Pettis versus Horiguchi – 7 Votes

Comeback Fighter of the Year 

Beneil Dariush – 1 Vote

Glover Teixeira – 4 Votes

Brandon Moreno – 3 Votes

Jose Aldo – 1 Vote

Upset of the Year 

Moraes over Dem. Johnson – 1 Vote

Pena over Nunes – 8 Votes

Breakout Fighter of the Year 

Islam Makhachev – 2 Votes

Ciryl Gane – 5 Votes

Derek Brunson – 1 Vote

Chris Curtis – 1 Vote

Event of the Year 

UFC 268 – 7 Votes

UFC 259 – 2 Votes

Gym/Team of the Year 

Elevation Fight Team – 7 Votes

Sanford MMA – 1 Vote

American Top Team – 1 Vote

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