With 2020 in the rearview mirror, regional MMA powerhouse and UFC feeder league LFA let fans choose the end-of-year best. The promotion assembled a video compilation to make the winners official.
The promotion held 17 events in 2020, including a burst of events this summer after a four-month layoff due to the coronavirus pandemic. Several veterans made their way to the UFC based on impressive performances, including flyweight Jimmy Flick, who went on to make the list for MMA Fighting’s Submission of the Year.
A special shoutout went to recent UFC title challenger Brandon Moreno, who made a one-fight pitstop with the promotion and claimed the flyweight title after a rough patch in the UFC.
The list of winners includes:
- Female Fighter of the Year: Lupita Godinez
- Male Fighter of the Year: Josh Fremd
- Knockout of the Year: Alex Pereira (LFA 95)
- Submission of the Year: Vanessa Demopoulos (LFA 85)
- Fight of the Year: Maycon Mendonça vs. Batsumberel Dagvadorj (LFA 96)
- Alum of the Year: Brandon Moreno
- Event of the Year: LFA 80 (Albuquerque, N.M.)
- Photo of the Year: Vince Cachero honoring Kobe Bryant, LFA 81 (Amy Kaplan)