Men: Shamil Amirov
A 3-0-1 career record along with a draw against Rousimar Palhares, earns Amirov the award.
Honorable Mentions: Askhab Zulaev
Women: Liliya Shakirova
Soviet-based fighters tend to win these awards, due to their aggressive early matchmaking. Shakirova’s competition is suspect, but I could see her landing a Flyweight spot on a lackluster Asia/Europe UFC card.
Honorable Mention: Sunna Rannveig Davidsdottir