The votes have been counted across social media, and we’re ready to announce who you picked as your 2020 End of Year award winners.
Fighter of the Year
After multiple setbacks sidelined ‘The Last Pirate’ and kept him from the featherweight title shot earlier in the year, he seized his opportunity to go for the belt at CW119 and put France firmly on the map. Now champion and with one of the biggest, most devoted followings in the history of European MMA, Charriere has begun his title reign and joins an illustrious list of Cage Warriors featherweight title holders including Conor McGregor.
BODY SHOT! CHARRIERE IS THE CHAMP!
— Cage Warriors (@CageWarriors) December 12, 2020
Breakthrough Fighter of the Year
Undefeated and with a 100% finish rate across his 4 professional wins, Nathan Fletcher was voted the hottest breakthrough prospect in Cage Warriors for the second year in a row. Fletcher started the year with a TKO victory over Johan Segas in front of a North West home crowd in Manchester, then capped it off with a submission win over Leigh Mitchell in London.
— Cage Warriors (@CageWarriors) March 7, 2020
KO/TKO of the Year
Mason Jones (vs Adam Proctor, CW116)
Despite a barrage of doubters who believed ‘The Dragon’ didn’t have the size or power to make a mark at welterweight, the former lightweight champion moved up a weight class on September 26th and took home a second belt. After a stunning TKO victory, Jones became the latest Cage Warriors champion to receive a UFC contract and currently awaits his debut.
— Cage Warriors (@CageWarriors) September 27, 2020
Submission of the Year
Aaron Khalid (vs Mick Stanton, CW114)
Not only did Aaron Khalid pull off 2020’s Submission of the Year, he also entered the history books with one of the fastest submissions on record at 28 seconds. Once again, ‘King’ proved he’s a man to be feared at welterweight and a contender who can make even the most veteran challengers pay for their mistakes inside the cage.
At just 28 seconds, @KhalidMMA picked up one of the fastest submission finishes in Cage Warriors history at CW114! ⏰
Can you think of a quicker one? pic.twitter.com/OPq2SCuZMW
— Cage Warriors (@CageWarriors) October 2, 2020
Fight of the Year
Paul Hughes vs Jordan Vucenic, CW119
It was a fight that promised to deliver from the first announcement, and didn’t disappoint when it came to fight night. Although Vucenic took home the win after a 3-round war at CW119, the fight raised the stock of both young men and solidified their status as two of the most elite European prospects at featherweight.
All the best bits from one of the closest featherweight contests in recent years! pic.twitter.com/QrUqWjhlyP
— Cage Warriors (@CageWarriors) December 15, 2020