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Photos: Chris Weidman is named Fighter of the Year at 2014 MMA Awards at Venetian

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Chris Weidman, with wife Marivi, is named Fighter of the Year at the 2014 Fighters Only World Mixed Martial Arts Awards on Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, at the Venetian. Gene Simmons of KISS and his son, Nick, presented the award to Weidman.

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Hosts Brian Stann and Nicole Dabeau arrive at the 2014 Fighters Only World Mixed Martial Arts Awards on Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, at the Venetian. Launch slideshow »

2014 MMA Fighter of the Year Chris Weidman

Chris Weidman is named Fighter of the Year at the 2014 Fighters Only World Mixed Martial Arts Awards on Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, at the Venetian. Gene Simmons of KISS and his son, Nick, presented the award to Weidman. Launch slideshow »

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The 2014 Fighters Only World Mixed Martial Arts Awards took the spotlight at the Venetian on Friday night, and the big prize, Fighter of the Year, went to UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman.

Weidman in 2013 defeated Anderson Silva for the middleweight title, then retained it in a rematch and celebrated the second victory at Surrender in Steve Wynn’s Encore in December.

Gene Simmons of KISS and his son, Nick, presented the award to Weidman, who was accompanied by his wife, Marivi.

Ronda Rousey was named Female Fighter of the Year, and Alexander Gustafsson, Travis Browne and Bad Boy were the night’s multiple winners. Retired MMA star and U.S. Marine Brian Stann and sports reporter and TV personality Nicole Dabeau served as hosts. The red carpet included Austin “Chumlee” Russell (“Pawn Stars”), Mario Lopez (“Extra”), Holly Madison, Melody Sweets (“Absinthe” at Caesars Palace), Angel Porrino (“Absinthe”), Claire Sinclair (“Pin Up” at Stratosphere), Sabina Kelley (“Best Ink”) and cast members from “Jersey Boys” at the Paris, “Rock of Ages” at the Venetian, Jabbawockeez at the Luxor, Mo5aic at LVH, “X Burlesque” at the Flamingo and “X Rocks” at the Rio.

Thanks to Tom Donoghue for his photo galleries from the sixth-annual awards.

Here is the list of this year’s winners:

Fighter of the Year: Chris Weidman

Female Fighter of the Year: Ronda Rousey

Breakthrough Fighter of the Year: Travis Browne

International Fighter of the Year: Alexander Gustafsson

Fight of the Year: Jon Jones vs. Alexander Gustafsson (UFC 165)

Knockout of the Year: Vitor Belfort (vs. Luke Rockhold, UFC on FX 8)

Submission of the Year: Urijah Faber (vs. Ivan Menjivar, UFC 157)

Comeback of the Year: Travis Browne (vs. Alistair Overeem, UFC Fight Night 26)

Coach of the Year: Shawn Tompkins

Gym of the Year: Team Alpha Male

Trainer of the Year: Mike Dolce

Referee of the Year: Herb Dean

Ringcard Girl of the Year: Brittney Palmer

Leading Man: Dana White

Personality of the Year: Chael Sonnen

Best Promotion: UFC

Media Source of the Year: MMA Fighting

Journalist of the Year: Ariel Helwani (MMA Fighting/Fox Sports)

Best Lifestyle Clothing: Bad Boy

Best Technical Clothing: Venum

Best Technical Equipment: Bad Boy

Don Chareunsy is senior editor for arts and entertainment of the Las Vegas Sun.

Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.

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