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Ground & Pound Awards 2007

By Zach Arnold | January 16, 2008

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Press Release

The die is cast and the vote for the Third Annual Ground & Pound Awards is over. Fans, fighters, managers, promoters and trainers from all over the world have decided on the winners in the sixteen categories.

Here are the results:

* Fighter of the Year: Anderson Silva (Brazil)
* Female Fighter of the Year: Tara Larosa (USA)
* Fight Team of the Year: Xtreme Couture (USA)
* Rookie of the Year: Thiago Silva (Brazil)
* Most Improved Fighter: Robbie Lawler (USA)
* Best Young Fighter: Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou (Cameroon)
* Cult Fighter of the Year: Jason Miller (USA)
* German Fighter of the Year: Dennis Siver (Mannheim)

* Boxer of the Year: Floyd Mayweather Jr. (USA)
* Kickboxer of the Year: Semmy Schilt (Holland)
* Grappler of the Year: Marcelo Garcia and Roger Gracie (both Brazil)

* Fight of the Year: Takanori Gomi vs. Nick Diaz (PRIDE.33)
* Knockout of the Year: Gabriel NapĆ£o vs. Mirko Cro Cop (UFC 70)
* Submission of the Year: Nick Diaz vs. Takanori Gomi (PRIDE.33)

* Best Promotion: Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC)
* Fight Event of the Year: PRIDE.33 “The Second Coming”

We have recorded votes from all over the world including Germany,the UK, Brazil, USA, the Netherlands, Czech Republic, Sweden, Canada,France, Norway, Denmark, Russia, Thailand, Belgium, Croatia, Poland,Italy, Austria, Switzerland and Japan.

For complete results, the exact distribution of the votes and in-depthanalysis, please go here:

http://www.groundandpound.de/news/europa/ground-and-pound-awards-results-2007.html

Many thanks to everybody who has participated!

Tim Leidecker

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8 Responses to “Ground & Pound Awards 2007”

  1. Zack says:

    I’m glad the right man won the best German fighter award…otherwise there would’ve been hell to pay.

  2. Dukes says:

    Pride 33 was the best event of the year? What?! Does no one remember the AWFUL commentating and that mind-numbing 45 minute intermission in the middle of the PPV?

    Wow….just wow.

  3. ttt says:

    it was the fights Dukes … if we also counted production, no UFC card would ever be in the running for event of the year

  4. Panta says:

    Duke, you are thinking of PRIDE 32 (in terms of intermission). PRIDE 33 didn’t have any heavy intermission as far as my memory serves me. There were fights after fights.

  5. Ben says:

    Every single one of mine votes won, with the caveat that I’d have voted WEC promotion of the year (in terms of improvement and quality of cards/fights) if it had been an option.

  6. doem says:

    wow fight of the year and event of the year, Pride 33. I think close second would be UFC: Chuck V Jardine, whatever number that was

  7. Fujin says:

    Gomi vs Diaz was not fight of the year.

  8. Dave2 says:

    PRIDE 33 kicked ass. It’s a shame that it didn’t do well on PPV. The PRIDE Otaku came out in full force for that event in Vegas. Considering that it’s usually mostly the hardcores that follow PRIDE, they did surprisingly well at the gate. PRIDE 32 is ranked #11 all-time at the gate in Vegas for MMA events and PRIDE 33 ranked #12 (and that’s including all the UFC events that came after these events). That means that at the time PRIDE 32 was out, it hit #6 in Vegas and PRIDE 33 at the time hit #9 in Vegas. It’s awesome to know that we had such a dedicated fanbase for Japanese MMA in America. Not dedicated enough to achieve good PPV buys though. Creating new fans instead of just relying on the already initiated was necessary to do well commercially.

    http://boxing.nv.gov/MMAgates.htm

    1 CHUCK LIDDELL vs. TITO ORTIZ II
    MGM, Zuffa, PPV 12/30/06 12,191 $5,397,300.00
    2 GEORGES ST. PIERRE vs. MATT HUGHES
    Mandalay Bay, Zuffa, PPV 12/29/07 9,704 $4,994050.00
    3 QUINTON JACKSON vs. CHUCK LIDDELL MGM, Zuffa, PPV 05/26/07 13,224 $4,304,740.00
    4 CHUCK LIDDELL vs. RANDY COUTURE III
    MGM, Zuffa, PPV 02/04/06 10,301
    $3,382,400.00
    5 TIM SYLVIA vs. ANDREI ARLOVSKI
    Mandalay Bay, Zuffa, PPV 07/08/06 9,999 $3,350,773.15
    6 RANDY COUTURE vs. GABRIEL GONZAGA
    Mandalay Bay, Zuffa, PPV 08/25/07 9,622 $3,307,790.00
    7 CHUCK LIDDELL vs. RENATO SOBRAL M Bay, Zuffa, PPV 08/26/06 8,954 $3,040,880.00
    8 ANDERSON SILVA vs. TRAVIS LUTTER
    Mandalay Bay, Zuffa, PPV 02/03/07 8,700 $2,767,130.00
    9 CHUCK LIDDELL vs. RANDY COUTURE II
    MGM, Zuffa, PPV 04/16/05
    12,643
    $2,575,450.00
    10 CHUCK LIDDELL vs. JEREMY HORN
    MGM, Zuffa, PPV 08/20/05

    11,634
    $2,336,550.00
    11 FEDOR EMALYANENKO vs. MARK COLEMAN
    T&M Center, Pride, PPV 10/21/06 8,079 $2,056,444.00
    12 DAN HENDERSON vs. WANDERLEI SILVA
    T&M Center, Pride, PPV 02/24/07 8,334 $2,033,098.00

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