2014 Awards & 2015 Prognostications

2014 Awards & 2015 Prognostications- Kamikaze Overdrive

Check out my 2014 year end awards for the UFC along with my predictions for each division in the coming year and a few other interesting topics including the futures of Georges St-Pierre, Brock Lesnar, Anderson Silva, CM Punk, WSOF, the UFC Uniforms and much more.

Kamikaze Overdrive 2014 Award Nominees:

Canadian of the Year

  1. Mitch Gagnon (2-1-0)
  2. Rory MacDonald  (3-0-0)
  3. Jordan Mein (2-0-0)
  4. Chad Laprise (2-0-0)

Future Star of the Year

  1. Aljamain Sterling (2-0-0)
  2. Pedro Munhoz (2-1-0)
  3. Max Holloway (4-0-0)
  4. Bethe Correia (2-0-0)

Submission of the Year

  1. OSP def. Krylov by Von Flue Choke | UFC 171
  2. Ben Saunders def. Chris Heatherly by Omoplata | UFC 49
  3. Luke Rockhold def. Tim Boetsch by modified Kimura | UFC 172
  4. Charles Oliveira def. Hatus Hioki by modified Anaconda | UFN 43

Knockout of the Year

  1. Mark Hunt def. Roy Nelson | UFN 52
  2. Abel Trujillo def. Jamie Varner | UFC 169
  3. Dong Hyun Kim def. John Hathaway | TUF China
  4. Ronda Rousey def. Alexis Davis | UFC 175

Upset of the Year

  1. TJ Dillashaw $8.65 def. Renan Barao $1.08 | UFC 173
  2. Fabricio Werdum $3.15 def. Travis Browne $1.45 | FOX 11
  3. Anthony Johnson $3.20 def. Phil Davis $1.47 | UFC 172
  4. Rafael dos Anjos $5.49 def. Ben Henderson $1.26 | UFN 49

Comeback Fighter of the Year- appeared to be either done or headed down

  1. Robbie Lawler (3-1-0) New Welterweight Champion
  2. Neil Magny (5-0-0)
  3. Dominick Cruz (1-0-0)
  4. Andrei Arlovski (2-0-0)

Breakout Fighter of the Year- has made a name for themselves this year

  1. Rafael Dos Anjos (3-1-0)
  2. Connor McGregor (2-0-0)
  3. TJ Dillashaw (3-0-0) New Bantamweight Champion
  4. Kelvin Gastelum (3-0-0)

Future Contender of the Year- a fighter that used 2014 to put themselves into title contention

  1. Luke Rockhold (3-0-0)
  2. Rory MacDonald (3-0-0)
  3. Anthony Johnson ranked (2-0-0)
  4. Yoel Romero ranked (3-0-0)

Champion of the Year

  1. Demetrious Johnson (2-0-0)
  2. Ronda Rousey (2-0-0)
  3. Jose Aldo (2-0-0)
  4. Chris Weidman (1-0-0)

Fight of the Year

  1. Johnny Hendricks vs Robbie Lawler | UFC 171
  2. Mat Brown vs Erick Silva | UFN 40
  3. Chris Weidman vs Lyoto Machida | UFC 175
  4. Jose Aldo vs Chad Mendes | UFC 179

Fighter of the Year

  1. Luke Rockhold (3-0-0) def. Philippou, Boestch, & Bisping
  2. Connor McGregor (2-0-0) def. Brandao & Poirier
  3. Fabricio Werdum (2-0-0) def. Matt Browne & Mark Hunt, Interim Heavyweight title
  4. Robbie Lawler (3-1-0), lost to Hendricks, def. Ellenberger, Brown, Hendricks, New Welterweight Champion
  5. TJ Dillashaw (3-0-o) def. Easton, Barao,& Soto, New Bantamweight Champion
  6. Carla Esparza (1-0-0), def. Rose Namajunas, def. Hill, Torres, & Penne in TUF Tourney, New Strawweight Champion
  7. Ronda Rousey (2-0-0) def. McMann & Davis, 1:22 total fight time
  8. Rafael Dos Anjos (3-1-0) lost to Nurmagomedov, def. High, Henderson, & Diaz