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2013 World MMA Awards nominees announced

Molly Qerim and Chael Sonnen hosted the 5th-annual World MMA Awards.
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The ballots for the Oscars of MMA have been released and fighter of 2013 is going to be hard to decide.

Chris Weidman, Demetrious Johnson, Vitor Belfort, Cain Velasquez and Urijah Faber are the nominees for the Charles “Mask” Lewis Fighter Of The Year honor at the sixth annual Fighters Only World Mixed Martial Arts Awards.

Weidman beat the greatest UFC fighter of all time, Anderson Silva, not once, but twice. “Mighty Mouse” Johnson went 3-0 in UFC flyweight title defenses, establishing himself as one of the most dominant champions in the company. Belfort won three times, all by knockout in main-event fights. And Velasquez defended his UFC heavyweight title twice and Faber was 4-0.

No matter who comes away with the trophy Feb. 7 at the Venetian in Las Vegas, the winner will be a deserving one. Fans can vote through the end of the month at the World MMA Awards website.

Here’s a look at the full list of nominees:

CHARLES 'MASK' LEWIS FIGHTER OF THE YEAR

Vitor Belfort
Urijah Faber
Demetrious Johnson
Chris Weidman
Cain Velasquez

FEMALE FIGHTER OF THE YEAR

Joanne Calderwood
Alexis Davis
Jessica Eye
Holly Holm
Ronda Rousey

BREAKTHROUGH FIGHTER OF THE YEAR

Travis Browne
TJ Grant
Conor McGregor
Nick Newell
Khabib Nurmagomedov

INTERNATIONAL FIGHTER OF THE YEAR

Shinya Aoki
Alexander Gustafsson
Conor McGregor
Khabib Nurmagomedov
Alexander Shlemenko

FIGHT OF THE YEAR

Wanderlei Silva vs. Brian Stann (UFC On FUEL TV, March 3)
Michael Chandler vs. Eddie Alvarez II (Bellator 106, Nov. 2)
Jon Jones vs. Alexander Gustafsson (UFC 165, Sept. 21)
Gilbert Melendez vs. Diego Sanchez (UFC 166, Oct. 19)
Mark Hunt vs. Antonio Silva (UFC Fight Night, Dec. 7)

KNOCKOUT OF THE YEAR

Vitor Belfort (vs. Luke Rockhold, UFC On FX)
Junior Dos Santos (vs. Mark Hunt, UFC 160)
Emanuel Newton (vs. Muhammed Lawal, Bellator 90)
Julio Cesar Neves Jr. (vs. Dener dos Santos, WOCS 28)
Chris Weidman (vs. Anderson Silva, UFC 162)

SUBMISSION OF THE YEAR

Josh Burkman (vs. Jon Fitch, WSOF 3)
Urijah Faber (vs. Ivan Menjivar, UFC 157)
Olivier Fontaine (vs. Sofian Benchohra, Lyon FC)
Rose Namajunas (vs. Kathina Catron, Invicta 5)
Kenny Robertson (vs. Brock Jardine, UFC 157)

COMEBACK OF THE YEAR

Travis Browne (vs. Alistair Overeem, UFC Fight Night)
Blagoi Ivanov (career)
Robbie Lawler (career)
Michelle Waterson (vs. Jessica Penne, Invicta 5)
Tom Watson (vs. Stanislav Nedkov, UFC on FUEL TV)

SHAWN TOMPKINS COACH OF THE YEAR

Henri Hooft, Blackzilians
Duane Ludwig, Team Alpha Male
Ray Longo, Serra-Longo/Power MMA
Andre Pederneiras, Nova Uniao
Duke Roufus, Roufusport

TRAINER OF THE YEAR

Doug Balzarini
Jake Bonacci
Jonathan Chaimberg
Mike Dolce
Joel Jamieson

GYM OF THE YEAR

American Kickboxing Academy (San Jose, Calif.)
Jackson-Winklejohn MMA (Albuquerque, N.M.)
Nova Uniao (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Roufusport (Milwaukee, Wisc.)
Team Alpha Male (Sacramento, Calif.)

REFEREE OF THE YEAR

Herb Dean
Marc Goddard
Yves Lavigne
John McCarthy
Mario Yamasaki

RINGCARD GIRL OF THE YEAR

Jade Bryce
Arianny Celeste
Kat Kelley
Brittney Palmer
Mercedes Terrell

LEADING MAN OF THE YEAR

Victor Cui
Lorenzo Fertitta
Bjorn Rebney
Ray Sefo
Dana White

PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR

Bruce Buffer
Kenny Florian
Joe Rogan
Bas Rutten
Chael Sonnen

BEST PROMOTION

Bellator MMA
Cage Warriors
ONE FC
UFC
World Series of Fighting

BEST LIFESTYLE CLOTHING BRAND

Bad Boy
Fear the Fighter
Headrush
Roots of Fight
Torque

BEST TECHNICAL CLOTHING BRAND

Bad Boy
Clinch Gear
Hayabusa
Jaco
Venum

BEST TECHNICAL EQUIPMENT

Bad Boy
Century
Everlast
Hayabusa
Venum

MEDIA SOURCE OF THE YEAR

Inside MMA (AXS TV)
MMA Fighting
MMA Junkie
Sherdog
UFC Tonight

MMA JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR

Mike Chiappetta, FOX Sports
Gareth A. Davies, The Daily Telegraph/FOX Sports
Ben Fowlkes, USA Today/MMA Junkie
Ariel Helwani, MMA Fighting/FOX Sports
John Morgan, USA Today/MMA Junkie

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