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Ground & Pound Awards for 2008

By Zach Arnold | January 19, 2009

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An update to the voting for the 2008 Ground & Pound Awards:

Media release from Tim Leidecker

The die is cast and the vote for the Fourth 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: Rashad Evans (USA)
* Female Fighter of the Year: Gina Carano (USA)
* Fight Team of the Year: Jackson’s Submission Fighting (USA)
* Rookie of the Year: Ronaldo Jacare (Brazil)
* Most Improved Fighter: Alistair Overeem (Netherlands)
* Best Young Fighter: Gegard Mousasi (Armenia)
* Cult Fighter of the Year: Melvin Manhoef (Netherlands)
* German Fighter of the Year: Peter Sobotta (Balingen)

* Boxer of the Year: Manny Pacquiao (Philippines)
* Kickboxer of the Year: Remy Bonjasky (Netherlands)
* Grappler of the Year: Roger Gracie (Brazil)

* Fight of the Year: Quinton Jackson vs. Forrest Griffin (UFC 86)
* Knockout of the Year: Rashad Evans vs. Chuck Liddell (UFC 88)
* Submission of the Year: Fedor Emelianenko vs. Tim Sylvia (Affliction “Banned”)

* Best Promotion: Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC)
* Fight Event of the Year: UFC 84 “Ill Will”

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

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

Many thanks to everybody who has participated!

Originally posted on January 1st

From Tim Leidecker

GROUND & POUND AWARDS 2008 It is time for the Fourth Annual Ground & Pound Awards, the internet award ceremony that lets you, the fans, make the decision!

The year 2008 is now officially in the books and not only international politics and financial market have experienced major changes, but mixed martial arts as well.

Former champions and super stars like Mirko Cro Cop, Wanderlei Silva and Semmy Schilt said goodbye to the top of the mountain, while exciting young talents like Gegard Mousasi, Thiago Alves and Shinya Aoki lay claim to be the sports’ future.

The UFC is circling solitarily on the MMA firmament and the former fighting Mecca Japan has to be at full stretch in order not to fall behind completely.

Contrary to many other websites and magazines which often have promotional and or political interests in advancing certain fighters, we are not deciding the winners ourselves, but we are giving you,the fans, the opportunity to select the best fighters, fights and events of the year.

Who will be Anderson Silva’s heir as Fighter of the Year? Which is the strongest fight team in the world? And which promotion consistently puton the best shows? You decide!

The ballot will be open for fourteen days and once again reflect theviews of fans, fighters, coaches and promoters around the world. If you want to smack down your vote as well, you can do so here:

Voting runs until January 14 and the results will be published January 15, right here on Fight Opinion! Thanks for voting!

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