Fight News Australia MMA Award Guidelines and Judging Criteria

Australian International Fighter of the Year Award

  1. Open to male and female fighters.
  2. Fighters are judged on their yearly performances (pro) outside of Australia only (Australian based UFC results are counted towards the Australian International Fighter of the Year Award). Yearly performances are judged on a range of criteria including win/loss record for the 12 months, level of opposition and methods of victory.
  3. To be eligible for the International Fighter of the Year Award, nominees must be citizens, permanent residents or long term residents of Australia (whether a nominee is considered ‘long term’ will be judged at the discretion of the panel).
  4. A fighter that fights both domestically and internationally in the year can be eligible for both categories however their domestic and international performances will be judged separately for each respective category.

Australian Domestic Male Fighter of the Year Award

  1. Open to male fighters.
  2. Fighters are judged on their yearly performances (pro) fighting in Australia only (Australian based UFC results are counted towards the Australian International Fighter of the Year Award). Yearly performances are judged on a range of criteria including win/loss record for the 12 months, level of opposition and methods of victory.
  3. To be eligible for the Domestic Male Fighter of the Year Award, nominees must be citizens, permanent residents or long term residents of Australia (whether a nominee is considered ‘long term’ will be judged at the discretion of the panel).
  4. A fighter that fights both domestically and internationally in the year can be eligible for both categories however their domestic and international performances will be judged separately for each respective category.

Australian Women’s Fighter of the Year Award

  1. Open to female fighters.
  2. Fighters are judged on their yearly performances (pro) fighting in Australia and internationally. Yearly performances are judged on a range of criteria including win/loss record for the 12 months, level of opposition and methods of victory.
  3. To be eligible for the Domestic Women’s Fighter of the Year Award, nominees must be citizens, permanent residents or long term residents of Australia (whether a nominee is considered ‘long term’ will be judged at the discretion of the panel).

Australian Breakthrough Fighter of the Year Award

  1. Open to male and female fighters.
  2. Fighters are judged on their yearly performances (pro) fighting in Australia and internationally. Yearly performances are judged on a range of criteria including win/loss record for the 12 months, level of opposition and methods of victory.
  3. This category applies to any fighter who makes vast improvements in the year compared to previous years. This category also applies to less experienced fighters who make a sudden impact early in their careers.

* Award Guidelines and Judging Criteria as of January 2017

FNA Staff