Fighters Only Magazine, the world’s leading Mixed Martial Arts and lifestyle publication, presents its World Mixed Martial Awards Show at The Joint by Rogue inside the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Wednesday, December 30 at 7:30 p.m. Comedian John Heffron, NBC’s Season Two winner of “Last Comic Standing,” will host the extravagant, star-studded ceremony. Red carpet arrivals begin at 5:00 p.m. featuring a collective who’s who from the sport and celebrity fans. Nominees from all categories will be in attendance. Scheduled presenters include Randy Couture, Frank Mir, and Dana White, the TapouT crew, last year’s “Ring Girl of the Year” Arianny Celeste and many more. This year’s event will stream live on www.Versus.com and be nationally broadcast on the Versus Network January 6, 2010 at 9 p.m. EST and PST.
This groundbreaking event was created with the purpose of recognizing and celebrating the achievements of the people involved in making MMA what it is today as voted on by the sport’s loyal fan base from around the world. Voting concluded on December 5, 2009 in eighteen categories, including “Fighter of the Year,” “Knockout of the Year,” “Promotion of the Year” and the popular “Ring Girl of the Year.” A panel of industry experts votes for the nineteenth category, “Lifetime Achievement,” to honor an individual for their outstanding contribution to the sport.
“We received an overwhelming number of votes from the fans this year,” said Rob Hewitt, President and CEO, Fighters Only. “We’re thrilled to honor MMA’s best and bring this historic event to The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The Awards Show is another first from Fighters Only in our ongoing quest to help expand the sport of MMA. It will be a night like no other, much like similar events within the Music and Film industries.”
Fighters Only was the world’s first monthly Mixed Martial Arts and lifestyle magazine, launching in the UK in 2005. By 2008, the publication was on sale in 13 countries worldwide. A dedicated U.S. edition was launched in February 2009 featuring content specifically generated for the largest market in the world. A Canadian edition was simultaneously launched with a German edition in April 2009, and a South African edition launched at the end of November.
Tickets start at $125 and are on sale now at The Joint Box Office, 702-693-5000, or Ticketmaster at www.ticketmaster.com. VIP tables and skyboxes are available by calling 702-577-2801. For more information about Fighters Only World MMA Awards, please visit www.worldmmaawards.com.