This year’s MMA Freak Awards did come out later then originally planned but is now coming out.

Like last year, there will be some changes to the format once again:

  • With the exception of the Comeback of the Year category, the awards returns to a top 10 list.
  • The Journalist of the Year category has been dropped this year in favor of bringing back the Comeback of the Year category.
  • There will technically be two Breakout Fighter of the Year awards as the highest ranking member of the opposite sex will be designated that sexes fighter of the year. Examples: Male Fighter of the Year, etc.

It should be noted that the awards are voted on by the staff of MMA Freak and is a subjective compilation of the opinions of the staff.

That being said here are the various awards:

Comeback of 2018

Derrick Lewis knocks out Alexander Volkov – UFC 229: Khabib vs. Conor

Honorable Mentions

Tony Ferguson TKOs Anthony Pettis – UFC 229: Khabib vs. Conor

Corey Anderson defeats Glover Teixeira by decision – UFC Fight Night 134

Top 10 Upsets of 2018

Honorable Mentions

Dominick Reyes defeats Ovince Saint Preux by unanimous decision – UFC 229

Israel Adesanya decisions Brad Tavares – The Ultimate Fighter 27 Finale

Justin Frazier defeats Anderson da Silva by decision – The Ultimate Fighter 28

Greg Rebello defeats Travis Wiuff via TKO – CES MMA 48: Rebello vs. Wiuff

Top 10 Upsets of 2018

10) Santiago Ponzinibbio knocks out Neil Magny – UFC Fight Night 140

9) Anthony Smith submits Volkan Oezdemir – UFC Fight Night 138

8) Alex Oliveira submits Carlos Condit – UFC on Fox: Poirier vs. Gaethje

7) Nina Ansaroff decisions Claudia Gadelha – UFC 231: Holloway vs. Ortega

6) Ketlen Vieira decisions Cat Zingano – UFC 222: Cyborg vs. Kunitskaya

5) Jared Connonier TKOs David Branch – UFC 230: Cormier vs. Lewis

4) Kelvin Gastelum decisions Ronaldo Souza – UFC 224: Nunes vs. Pennington

3) Israel Adesanya TKOs Derek Brunson – UFC 230: Cormier vs. Lewis

2) Amanda Nunes knocks out Cris Cyborg – UFC 232: Jones vs. Gustafsson

1) Henry Cejudo defeats Demetrious Johnson by decision – UFC 227

Top 10 Breakout Fighters of 2018

10) Maycee Chiasson

9) Tatiana Suarez

8) Kayla Harrison

7) Jessica Rose Clarke

6) Aaron Pico

5) Paulo Costa

4) Alexander Hernandez

3) Merab Dvalishvili

2) Israel Adasanya Male Breakout Fighter of the 2018

1) Maycee Barber

Top 10 Male Fighters of 2018

Honorable Mentions

Maurice Greene

Lance Palmer

Brad Katona

Charles Oliveira

Michael Chandler

Top 10 Male Fighters of 2018

10) Mike Trizano

9) Thiago Santos

8) Ryan Bader

7) Anthony Smith

6) Gegard Mousasi

5) Lyoto Machida

4) Max Holloway

3) Tyron Woodley

2) Israel Adesanya

1) Daniel Cormier

Top 10 Female Fighters of 2018

Honorable Mentions

Pearl Gonzalez

Sarah Kaufman

Holly Holm

Ketlen Veira

Jinh Yu Frey

Top 10 Female Fighters of 2018

10) Maycee Chiasson

9) Tatiana Suarez

8) Kayla Harrison

7) Jessica Rose Clarke

6) Maycee Barber

5) Ilima-Lei Macfarlane

4) Cris “Cyborg” Venacio

3) Rose Namajunas

2) Valentina Shevchenko

1) Amanda Nunes

Top 10 Moments of 2018

Honorable Mentions

UFC 225 circus

World Series of Fighting relaunches as the Professional Fighter’s League

Michael Bisping, Rashad Evans and Michael MacDonald all retire

One Championship signs a TV deal with Time Warner Sports

Top 10 Moments of 2018

10) Both Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto and Glenn Robinson passed away

9) Henry Cejudo upsets Demetrious Johnson for the flyweight title

8) Amanda Nunes becomes the first UFC women’s double champion

7) Daniel Cormier becomes only the second double champion in the UFC

6) Stipe Miocic sets a record for UFC heavyweight title defenses

5) Derrick Lewis versus Francis Ngannou fight is a colossal flop

4) UFC signs new broadcast deal with the ESPN platforms

3) The sudden rise of Colby Covington as UFC Interim Champion

2) UFC 229 post fight brawl before Khabib, Conor and their corners

1) Al Iaquinta lasts a full five rounds with Khabib Nurmagomedov

Top 10 Knockouts of 2018

Honorable Mentions

TJ Dillashaw knocksout Cody Garbrandt – UFC 227: Dillashaw vs. Garbrandt 2

Derrick Lewis knocks out Alexander Volkov – UFC 229: Khabib vs. Conor

Maurice Greene knocks out Przemys┼éaw Mysiala – The Ultimate Fighter 28

Alex Nicholson defeats Jake Huen via knockout – PFL 1: Harrison vs. Tuerxun

Vincente Luque knocks out Chad Laprise – UFC Fight Night: Maia vs. Usman

Top 10 Knockouts of 2018

10) Yair Rodriguez knocks out Chan Sung Jung – UFC Fight Night 139

9) Daniel Cormier knocks out Stipe Miocic – UFC 226: Miocic vs. Cormier

8) Alexander Hernandez defeats Beneil Dariush via knockout – UFC 222

7) Jon Jones TKOs Alexander Gustafsson – UFC 232: Jones vs. Gustafsson

6) Jose Aldo TKOs Jeremy Stephens – UFC on Fox: Alvarez vs. Poirier 2

5) Yoel Romero knocks out Luke Rockhold – UFC 221: Romero vs. Rockhold

4) Fedor Emelianenko defeats Frank Mir by TKO – Bellator 198: Fedor vs. Mir

3) Brian Ortega knocks out Frankie Edgar – UFC 222: Cyborg vs. Kunitskaya

2) Lyoto Machida knocks out Vitor Belfort – UFC 224: Nunes vs. Pennington

1) Amanda Nunes knocks out Cris Cyborg – UFC 232: Jones vs. Gustafsson

Top 10 Submissions of 2018

Honorable Mentions

Daniel Cormier submits Derrick Lewis – UFC 230: Cormier vs. Lewis

Valentina Shevchenko submits Priscila Cachoeira – UFC Fight Night 125

Top 10 Submissions of 2018

10) Joe Gianetti defeats John Gunther by submission – The Ultimate Fighter 27

9) Ilima-Lei Macfarlane submits Valerie Letourneau – Bellator 213

8) Nick Newell submits Sonny Luque – Legacy Fighting Alliance 35

7) Oleksiy Oliynyk submits Junior Albini – UFC 224: Nunes vs. Pennington

6) Ryan Hall defeats BJ Penn via submission – UFC 232: Jones vs. Gustafsson

5) Ilima-Lei Macfarlane defeats Alejandra Lara by submission – Bellator 201

4) Natan Schulte technically submits Jason High – PFL 5: High vs. Schulte

3) Donald Cerrone defeats Mike Perry by submission – UFC Fight Night 139\

2) Michael Chiesa submits Carlos Condit – UFC 232: Jones vs. Gustafsson

1) Khabib Nurmagomedov defeats Conor McGregor by submission – UFC 229

Top 10 Fights of 2018

Honorable Mentions

Jessica Andrade decisions Tecia Torres – UFC on Fox: Emmett vs. Stephens

Alex Caceres defeats Martin Bravo – The Ultimate Fighter 27 Finale

Top 10 Fights of 2018

10) Rory MacDonald defeats Douglas Lima via decision – Bellator 192

9) Sean O’Malley defeats Andre Soukhamthath via decision – UFC 222

8) Rose Namajunas defeats Joanna Jedrezejczyk by decision – UFC 223

7) Ricky Simon submits Merab Dvalishvili – UFC Fight Night: Barboza vs. Lee

6) Ronaldo Souza knocks out Chris Weidman – UFC 230: Cormier vs. Lewis

5) Henry Cejudo defeats Demetrious Johnson by decision – UFC 227

4) Keri Melendez defeats Dakota Zimmerman via split decision – Bellator 206

3) Max Holloway TKOs Brian Ortega – UFC 231: Holloway vs. Ortega

2) Robert Whittaker defeats Yoel Romero – UFC 225: Whittaker vs. Romero 2

1) Yair Rodriguez knocks out Chan Sung Jung – UFC Fight Night 139