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Complete list of Global Martial Arts Awards 2018 winners

The Global Martial Arts Awards 2018 winners were announced during the ceremony on November 8, 2018 at the JW Marriott Hotel South Beach in Singapore. There were 16 awards given to athletes, coaches, industry leaders and media personalities who contributed to the growth and influence of martial arts around the globe in 2017.

Major broadcasters supported the Global Martial Arts Awards 2018 including AbemaTV, ABS-CBN, Astro, Bandsports, Claro Sports, Emtek (SCTV), IB Sports, JTBC, Mediacorp, Media Prima, Mediapro, RTM, Skynet, StarTimes and Thairath TV . Here is the complete list of winners and nominees:

1. Martial Arts Hero of the Year

WINNER: EDUARD FOLAYANG

Nominated:

  • Angela Lee
  • Aung La N Sang
  • Daniel Cormier
  • Henry Cejudo
  • Martin Nguyen
  • Tenshin Nasukawa

2. Male Athlete of the Year

WINNER: AUNG LA N SANG

Nominated:

  • Gegard Mousasi
  • Henry Cejudo
  • Joshua Pacio
  • Kevin Belingon
  • Kyoji Horiguchi
  • Tenshin Nasukawa

3. Female Athlete of the Year

WINNER: ANGELA LEE

Nominated:

  • Ayaka Hamasaki
  • Kanna Asakura
  • Rose Namajunas
  • Seo Hee Ham
  • Stamp Fairtex
  • Xiong Jing Nan

4. Muay Thai Athlete of the Year

WINNER: NONG-O GAIYANGHADAO

Nominated:

  • Kulabdam Kulabdam Sor Jor PiekuThai
  • Muangthai PKSaenchaimuaythaigym
  • Petchdam Kaiyanghadao
  • Rodtang Jitmuangnon
  • Sam-A Gaiyanghadao
  • Yodlekpet TDed-99

5. Kickboxing Athlete of the Year

WINNER: TENSHIN NASUKAWA

Nominated:

  • Giorgio Petrosyan
  • Petpanomrung Kiatmuu9
  • Sittichai Sitsongpeenong
  • Stamp Fairtex
  • Takeru Segawa
  • Tenshin Nasukawa
  • Tiffany Van Soest

6. Breakthrough Athlete of the Year

WINNER: STAMP FAIRTEX

Nominated:

  • Brian Ortega
  • Derrick Lewis
  • Kevin Belingon
  • Kyoji Horiguchi
  • Saygid Guseyn Arsanaliev
  • Stamp Fairtex
  • Xiong Jing Nan

7. Bout of the Year

WINNER: AUNG LA N SANG VS. KEN HASEGAWA

Nominated:

  • Angela Lee vs. Mei Yamaguchi II
  • Eddie Alvarez vs. Dustin Poirier
  • Giorgio Petrosyan vs. Jo Nattawut
  • Justin Gaethje vs. Dustin Poirier
  • Kyoji Horiguchi vs. Tenshin Nasukawa
  • Robert Whittaker vs. Yoel Romero II

8. Knockout of the Year

WINNER: BRIAN ORTEGA VS. FRANKIE EDGAR

Nominated:

  • Aaron Pico vs. Shane Kruchten
  • Aung La N Sang vs. Ken Hasegawa
  • Brian Ortega vs. Frankie Edgar
  • Li Kai Wen vs. Rodian Menchavez
  • Petchdam Kaiyanghadao vs. Josh Tonna
  • Saygid Guseyn Arslanaliev vs. Timofey Nastyukhin
  • Yoel Romero vs. Luke Rockhold

9. Submission of the Year

WINNER: JOSHUA PACIO VS. PONGSIRI MITSATIT

Nominated:

  • Ariel Sexton vs. Kota Shimoishi
  • Shinya Aoki vs. Rasul Yakhyaev
  • Renzo Gracie vs. Yuki Kondo
  • Paul Craig vs. Magomed Ankalaev
  • Adam Wieczorek vs. Arjan Bhullar
  • Paddy Pimblett vs. Alexis Savvidis

10. Walkout of the Year

WINNER: ANDY NGUYEN

Nominated:

  • Andy Nguyen
  • Aung La N Sang
  • Eduard Folayang
  • Heo Jae-Hyeok
  • Rika Ishige
  • Shannon Wiratchai
  • Stamp Fairtex

11. Event of the Year

WINNER: ONE: KINGDOM OF HEROES

Nominated:

  • Bellator 192
  • ONE: Reign of Kings
  • ONE: Unstoppable Dreams
  • Rizin 13
  • UFC 220
  • UFC 223

12. Gym of the Year

WINNER: TEAM LAKAY

Nominated:

  • American Kickboxing Academy
  • American Top Team
  • Evolve MMA
  • Tiger Muay Thai
  • Tribe Tokyo MMA
  • Tristar

13. Referee of the Year

WINNER: OLIVIER COSTE

Nominated:

  • Atsushi Onari
  • Jason Herzog
  • Kemp Cheng
  • Mark Goddard
  • Mike Beltran
  • Yuji Shimada

14. Coach of the Year

WINNER: MARK SANGIAO

Nominated:

  • Duane “Bang” Ludwig (Bang Muay Thai)
  • Firas Zihabi (Tristar)
  • George Hickson (Tiger Muay Thai)
  • Javier Mendez (AKA)
  • Matt Brown (ATT)
  • Ryo Chonan (Tribe Tokyo)

15. Ring Girl of the Year

WINNER: LEE JI NA

Nominated:

  • Arianny Celeste
  • Camila Oliveira
  • Lee Bom Yi
  • Lee Ji Na
  • Nithima Attasophonwatthana
  • Red Dela Cruz
  • Siena

16. Martial Arts Journalist of the Year

WINNER: MANABU TAKASHIMA (MMA PLANET)

Nominated:

  • Ariel Helwani (ESPN/MMA Fighting)
  • Chris Mohan (Malay Mail)
  • Haider Yutim (Astro Awani)
  • JM Siasat (GMA)
  • Mike Bohn (MMA Junkie)
  • Mike Murillo (Business World)
  • Santino Honasan (ABS-CBN)
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