NorCal MMA’s 2018 Year End Nominees

At this time last year, I was busy pounding away at the keyboard (I guess some things are still the same), inputing up-to-date information and creating as much content as possible for my NorCal MMA site,, and its corresponding social medias, found @norcalfightmma. Over the course of 2018, the talent enveloped within Northern California’s borders, as I’d become familiar with in the past couple years, never ceased to amaze me; however, my desire to provide coverage throughout the region was down for the count—outlined in detail in a previous blog: 54 Reasons Why MMA Media Isn’t for Me (link here)—shortly before 2019’s ball dropped.

To close 2017, I awarded some mixed martial artists and promoters a plaque after being voted by NorCal’s MMA community for a particular category; categories included: Fight of the Year, Submission of the Year, Knockout of the Year, Amateur Promotion of the Year, and Professional Promotion of the Year. Since I had spent the bulk of 2018 scouring the scene for amateur and professional scraps, I’d still like to spotlight several gems from the past twelve months.

Though many of the categories remain the same on this year’s ballot, I’ve made a few adjustments. The 2018 NorCal MMA awards will feature: Fight of the Year, KO of the Year, Submission of the Year, Promotion of the Year, Ring Announcer of the Year, and Photographer of the Year.

Here is how it works:

Under each category, there is a link that directs you to punch the digital chads of your choice. Follow the link. Vote for your favorite. It’s really that easy!

On January 20, 2019, I will reveal the winners during a live episode of my podcast, Check-In with @DaveMMAdden, which streams on both my Facebook page and YouTube channel.

Now, go vote!

KO of the Year

Austin Moore KO’d James Whestone at Bear River FC 7 on November 17.

Anthony Hernandez KO’d Jordan Wright at Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series on June 19.

Dwight Grant KO’d Tyler Hill at DWTNCS on June 19.

Adam Wamsley KO’d Daniel Compton at The Titans Cage 20 on October 6.

Jordan Williams KO’d Alex Lopez at Dragon House 28 on March 24.

Javier Martinez KO’d Cory Carrino at Panda Cup 3 on April 21.

Mikey Gonzalez KO’d Justin Baesman at Dragon House 29 on July 21.

Carlos Figueroa KO’d Nathanael Garcia at Tachi Palace Fights: Prospects on May 10.

Vote here 👉

Submission of the Year

Khai Wu submitted Yuki Tashiro by way of Bulldog Choke at RFC: Way of the Dragon 2 on July 7.

Anthony Do submitted Fritz Biagtan by way of Rear-Naked Choke on August 4.

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Joe Kropschot submitted Chamber Sidique by way of Triangle Choke at Dragon House 29 on July 21.

Kaleio Romero submitted Luis Vargas by way of Triangle Choke at Combate Americas 20 on May 11.

Vote here 👉

Fight of the Year

Sal Osorio vs. Julius Wright at Panda Cup 6 on December 8.

Anthony Hernandez vs. Brendan Allen at LFA 32 on January 26.

McKenna Mitchell vs. Jeanna Pinelli at Dragon House 30 on November 10.

Vote here 👉

Promotion of the Year

Panda Cup

Dragon House

Bay Area Combat

California Fighting Championship

Bear River Fighting Championship

Battle of the Best

Rogue Fights

Vote here 👉

Ring Announcer of the Year

Jim Cooley

Donald Denoyer

Dante Gelormino

Vote here 👉

Photographer of the Year

Shannon Newton

Gabriel Torres

Marcial Marmolejo

Vote here 👉

Thank you for participating! Don’t miss the results on January 20th.

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