Texas MMA Community chooses People’s Choice Award Winners for 2013 TXMMA Awards
The 2013 TXMMA Awards People’s Choice Voting (popular votes) wrapped up last week with over 7,500 fans of Texas MMA and BJJ voting in this year’s annual polls.
On the Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) side there were 32 awards up for grabs with the goal of highlighting the top fighters, performances, and contributors for 2013. The people’s choice award winners were 100% decided by popular vote (yes, popularity contest) but it’s important to note as well that all finalists were included due to merit so they all deserve to be recognized. People’s Choice is one way we want to highlight some of these individuals. An Official (Panel Chosen) Award will also be decided with winners being announced for those stats-based awards a little later on this month.
As for the People’s Choice Awards Winners, the full list is below but let’s highlight and summarize some of the top wins of 2013:
Team Takedown’s Johny Hendricks won the fan award for Top Texas-based UFC Fighter hailing from Texas. No doubt this win came in large part due to his split decision loss to Georges St. Pierre that many fans not just in Texas but the world over saw as a victory that was robbed from him. That loss notwithstanding, “Big Rigg” had yet another big performance earlier in the year when he beat Carlos Condit in a #1 contender match at UFC 158 that ended up being the fight of the night.
Mohler Mixed Martial Arts came through in droves to dominate a large part of the people’s choice voting in many of the regional categories with the group winning Team of the Year and Coach Allen Mohler winning Coach of the Year in the fan polls. A pair of Mohler fighters also won pro fighter of the year honors with Will Campuzano taking the win right of out Carlos Diego Ferreira’s grasp in the last 2 days of voting while Amber Stautzenberger won out on the women’s side for Fighter of the Year while also taking home Fight of the Year with her XKO clash versus Lacey Schuckman. Not to be outdone, Jinh H Yu Frey also made her presence known in these awards with her win in the Rookie of the Year and Knockout of the Year categories. Last but not least for Team Mohler was another dual fan award win on the men’s amateur side with “Big Comfy” Camron Couch taking home both amateur rookie and fighter of the year awards after going 4-0 in his first year in MMA.
Other big winners included Geo Pacurariu for his LFC 19 knockout of Steven Peterson and Damon Jackson for his submission of Javier Obregon to sweep the pro knockout and submission of the year categories for Octagon MMA.
San Antonio’s undefeated Chris Lopez took home men’s pro rookie of the year honors while Carlos Diego Ferreira took home the Ironman award for his year that included 4 fights, 2 title victories, and a back-to-back accomplishment of the ages when he took the redeye to compete in the IBJJF Worlds the day after fighting UFC vet Carlo Prater in the main event of Legacy FC the night before.
Check out the full complement of 2013 TXMMA Awards MMA Edition People’s Choice Winners below: