2017 Awards: Rookies of the Year

1 Jan , 2018,

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

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