Welcome to the annual Minnesota MMA News Awards.
Earlier this month, we asked for nominations from across the state in categories like fighter of the year, most improved, fight of the year, amateur of the year, etc.
Again this year, we did not receive nominations from many people across the Land of 10,000 Lakes. Also, it turns out fighters are HORRIBLE at reading rules ... as several nominations weren't close to qualifying (wrong category, not full nominations, no video, etc). The good news is only one award will be vacant; we had at multiple nominations in every other category.
Once again, only a handful of fighters properly nominated their coach ... others were too lazy to write up even a single paragraph for their mentor, the person who does so much for them. It's mind-boggling to us, that a coach can put in countless hours and yet the pupil can't spend 15 minutes crafting a paragraph about their leader. I guess that's the way it goes.
But it is what it is ... the nominations we did receive were fantastic and very worthy. So, here we go...
In order to win an award, fighters and trainers needed to be nominated — if you see a fight, an event, a fighter who you thought should have won, well, why didn't you nominate them?
After the nomination process, the winners were up to Minnesota MMA News. These awards were not determined by a fan vote. They are MNMMANEWS Awards, nothing more, nothing less. They are, essentially, one man's opinion based on what he saw throughout another year of covering MMA in the Land of 10,000 Lakes.
Over the next few days we would be handing out 10 awards: Fighter of the year, fight, amateur, submission, knockout, upset, rookie, coach/trainer, event and round of the year.
So, today, we reveal the first four awards for 2016:
SUBMISSION OF THE YEAR
Matt Veal def. Mike O'Gorman
For the record, this wasn't our first choice. There were better submissions against more high-level opponents. Gerald Meerschaert's submission of Chase Waldon at RFA comes to mind