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Ground & Pound Awards 2009 – Results

By Zach Arnold | January 21, 2010

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The die is cast and the vote for the Fifth 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: Fedor Emelianenko (Russia)
* Female Fighter of the Year: Cristiane Santos (Brazil)
* Fight Team of the Year: Team Nogueira (Brazil)
* Rookie of the Year: Mamed Khalidov (Chechnya)
* Most Improved Fighter: Marius Zaromskis (Lithuania)
* Best Young Fighter: Jon Jones (USA)
* Cult Fighter of the Year: Mariusz Pudzianowski (Poland)
* German Fighter of the Year: Dennis Siver (Mannheim)

* Boxer of the Year: Vitali Klitschko (Ukraine)
* Kickboxer of the Year: Semmy Schilt (Netherlands)
* Grappler of the Year: Braulio Estima (Brazil)

* Fight of the Year: Randy Couture vs. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (UFC 102)
* Knockout of the Year: Fedor Emelianenko vs. Andrei Arlovski (Affliction “Day of Reckoning”)
* Submission of the Year: Shinya Aoki vs. Mizuto Hirota (K-1 Dynamite!! 2009 “Power of Courage”)

* Best Promotion: Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC)
* Fight Event of the Year: K-1 Dynamite!! 2009 “Power of Courage”

We have recorded more than 40,000 valid 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 (albeit in German language), please go here:

Many thanks to everybody who has participated!

Tim Leidecker

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2 Responses to “Ground & Pound Awards 2009 – Results”

  1. Jonathan says:

    No real arguments with any of those. I think that the sub of the year was a toss up between the hammerlock (a move I thought was JUST from fake “wrasslin”) and the reverse triangle.

  2. skwirrl says:

    Under any normal circumstances Aoki would win with the schoolyard fighting championships submission of the night… But the Imadaplata was too off the wall.


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