Samsonov has been the most dominant fighter of the past year. After taking out everyone in the 265 tournament, Ivan became the first ever Heavyweight champion in WPFA and the only champion the heavyweight division has seen. He has defended his title 4 successful times, including against kickboxing legend Kingsley Brown and NSC veteran Jim Bob McDonald.
Prospect of the Year- Jani Koskinen
Koskinen had an incredible year that can only be described in one word: Dominant. After destroying everyone in his path in route of becoming the first ever Light Heavyweight champion in WPFA. The true definition of WPFA bred, “The Alpha Male” has successfully defended his title 4 times with only one of those defenses going the distance.
Fight of the Year- Patty Larkin vs Finn The Human
Larkin and Human put on a classic back at Thoroughbred Thursday V. After a dominant first round by Finn The Human, it looked as if he was destined to win the fight till Larkin was able to take the fight to the ground. After a round and a half of back and forth action, the judges came to a close decision. With one judge calling the fight a draw and the other 2 calling for a 29-28 decision, Patty Larkin won by majority decision.
Knockout of the Year- Heller Cabrera
Cabrera had a unique and vicious knockout at WPFA VI: Copeland vs Ahvenus that has really helped him establish himself in the 145 division. After having a war of a first round against Petar Popajic, Cabrera landed a left and a right that put his opponent on the ground. Just as Popajic was sitting up, Heller landed a flying punch that put the competition to sleep.
Submission of the Year- Pierce Harper
Harper had an amazing counter submission at Thoroughbred Thursday V that rocked the 170 division. Harper and former 170 Champion Ronnie Johnsen were having an all-out war trading shots back and forth; taking each other down and pummeling each other. Late in the second round of this amazing battle, Johnsen threw a punch from within Harper’s guard and was caught with a quick armbar to end the fight.