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Tuesday, December 30, 2008


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DALLAS (December 30, 2008) - The first ever Bazzie Awards were celebrated this past Friday on "Inside MMA" on HDNet. The Bazzie Awards, or "Bazzies" as they are also known, pay tribute to the best in mixed martial arts action.

"Inside MMA" co-hosts Kenny Rice and Bas Rutten, for whom the Bazzie Awards are named, served as the award presenters in the eleven different "Bazzie" categories. The winners were chosen by an all-star panel, and in the case of "Fighter of the Year," by the fans as well.

The list of the winners is as follows:

Fighter of the Year
Anderson Silva

Female Fighter of the Year
Gina Carano

Fight of the Year
Eddie Alvarez vs. Joachim Hansen
Frank Shamrock vs. Cung Le

Knockout of the Year
Rashad Evans vs. Chuck Liddell

Submission of the Year
Shinya Aoki's Modified Gogoplata
Yuri Ivlev's Armbar

Bloodiest Bout
Aron Lofton vs. Jason Kuchera

Best Walkout
Jason "Mayhem" Miller

Best Post Fight Reaction
Ryan McGivern

Most Painful Low Blow
Alistair Overeem vs. Mirko Cro Cop

Biggest Breakthrough
Gegard Mousasi

Best Tattoo
Luke Stewart

"Inside MMA" is HDNet's weekly program bringing you all the latest news, highlights, in-depth analysis and fighter rankings in MMA. Co-hosted by MMA legend Bas Rutten, Kenny Rice, and correspondent Ron Kruck "Inside MMA" also features a guest panel of top experts and fighters providing insight into the current world of mixed martial arts.

"Inside MMA" airs every Friday on HDNet at 9:00 p.m. ET.

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