The 2018 TSL Combat Sports Awards

2018 was great for combat and we salute its leaders.

It’s that time of year again, folks.

After a glorious year chock full of combat sports, we review who was the best in 2018. The fight game is more robust than ever and now that the game is going digital like Bobby, the options are robust.

I’ve dissected what I believe were the most substantial moments and people of 2018. Love it or hate it but it is what is, folks and these fight industry stalwarts deserve to be recognized for their tenacity and the overall entertainment they brought to the sports spectrum. With no further wait, feast your eyes on the 2018 TSL Combat Sports Awardees:

TSL FIGHTER OF THE YEAR (All Genres)

TSL BOXING MATCH OF THE YEAR

TSL MMA FIGHT OF THE YEAR

SOUZA VS. WEIDMAN
GAETHJE VS. POIRIER
FERGUSON VS. PETTIS
LIMA VS. MACDONALD

TSL BOXER OF THE YEAR

TSL MMA FIGHTER OF THE YEAR

TSL MMA COACH(ES) OF THE YEAR

JAVIER MENDEZ/ROSENDO SANCHEZ/BOB COOK (DANIEL CORMIER / KHABIB NURMAGOMEDOV)
MANOLO HERNANDEZ (ILIMA-LEI MACFARLANE)
TREVOR WITTMAN/ PAT BARRY (ROSE NAMAJUNAS)
ANTONIO MCKEE (AJ MCKEE / CHUCK LIDDELL / RAMPAGE)

TSL BOXING COACH OF THE YEAR

DERRICK JAMES (ERROL SPENCE / CHARLO BROTHERS)

TSL NETWORK OF THE YEAR

SHOWTIME SPORTS
DAZN
ESPN
FOX SPORTS
NBC SPORTS

PROMOTER OF THE YEAR

TOM BROWN (TGB PROMOTIONS)

ADDITIONAL AWARDS:

Boxing Upset Of The Year

Jermell Charlo vs. Tony Harrison

MMA Upset Of The Year

Demetrious Johnson vs. Henry Cejudo

Boxing Prospect Of The Year

Teofimo Lopez
Rhett Butler is a Boxing Writer Association of America Journalist, Play-By-Play Commentator, Combat Sports Insider, and Former Mixed Martial Arts and Boxing Promoter. The New York City native honed his skills at various news outlets including but not limited to: TIME Magazine, Money Magazine, CNN's Wolf Blitzer Reports, and more. Rhett hosts the PRITTY Left Hook podcast, a polarizing combat sports insider's take featuring the world's biggest names.