A year that was badly disrupted by Covid-19 saw a reduced schedule of events in Asia. In some countries, like the Philippines, the local MMA scene has completely shut down but there are still events happening regularly in places like Singapore, Japan, Abu Dhabi and Thailand.

ONE Championship finished the year with a busy schedule that included multiple events in Bangkok and Singapore. The UFC used Abu Dhabi as a base for some of its biggest fight cards while Japanese promotions Pancrase, Shooto Deep and Rizin have been putting on regular shows.

These are the official 2020 Asian MMA Awards. If you click on the links you will be able to see relevant write ups, features, videos and reports that our team has published during the course of the year.
Reinier de Ridder champion
Event of the year
ONE: ‘Inside the Matrix’

Other contenders
Rizin 26
UFC 251
UFC 242

Thanh Le 12
Fighter of the Year (Male)
Thanh Le

Other contenders
Yutaka Saito
Naoki Inoue
Reinier de Ridder

Denice Zamboanga 7
Fighter of the Year (Female)

Denice Zamboanga

Other contenders
Xiaonan Yan
Ayaka Hamasaki
Mina Kurobe

Bokang Masunyane defeats Rene Catalan
KO of the Year

Bokang Masunyane KO (Head Kick) of Rene Catalan at ONE: ‘Big Bang’

Other contenders
Joaquin Buckley KO (Spinning back kick) of Impa Kasanganay at UFC Fight Island 5
Thanh Le KO (Punches) of Ryogo Takahashi at ONE: ‘A New Tomorrow’
Kai Asakura KO (Soccer Kick) of Hiromasa Ougikubo at Rizin 23

Eko Roni Saputra winner
Submission of the year
Eko Roni Saputra Submission (Modified Americana) of Murugan Silvarajoo at ONE: ‘Reign of Dynasties’

Other contenders
Khabib Nurmagomedov Submission (Triangle Choke) of Justin Gaethje at UFC 254
Lito Adiwang Submission (Kimura) of Pongsiri Mitsatit at ONE: ‘Fire & Fury’
Reinier de Ridder Submission (Rear Naked Choke) of Aung La Nsang at ONE: ‘Inside the Matrix’

Fight of the year
Rama Supandhi vs. Wardi Suwardi at One Pride MMA 36

Other contenders
Maurício Rua vs. Antonio Nogueira at UFC Fight Island 7
Christian Lee vs. Iuri Lapicus at ONE: ‘Inside the Matrix’
Joshua Pacio vs. Alex Silva at ONE: ‘Fire & Fury’

Rui Imura
Newcomer of the year
Rui Imura

Other contenders
Haojie Li
Pengzhao Feng
Makoto Takahashi

Gonnapar Weerasakreck defeats Kenta Hayashi
Kickboxer of the year
Gonnapar Weerasakreck

Other contenders
Minoru Kimura
Roman Kryklia
Hideaki Yamazaki

Captain winner
Nak Muay of the year
Captain Petchyindee

Other contenders
Nong-O Gaiyanghadao
Rodtang Jitmuangnon
Kongklai AnnyMuayThai

Petchmanee Kokietgym
Boxer of the year
Petchmanee CP Freshmart

Other contenders
Sangarthit Looksaikongdin
Ryosuke Nishida
Chainoi Worawut