Prior to making his bid for Jon Jones’ light heavyweight title, UFC contender Chael Sonnen will once again host the Fighters Only World MMA Awards in Las Vegas, according to a press release sent on Monday.
Sonnen will host the event along side Molly Qerim, just as he did for last year’s ceremony.
The magazine’s CEO was enthusiastic about Sonnen’s return, citing the one-two punch of the fighter and Qerim as an entertaining pair.
“Chael did a fantastic job as host last year and we are elated to be able to work with him again,” said Rob
Hewitt, President and CEO of Fighters Only. “The commanding presence of Chael combined with the
beauty and skill of Molly make the perfect partnership as hosts and we feel sure that they will make this
years show even more entertaining.”
Sonnen is currently filming Season 17 of The Ultimate Fighter, which leads into a light heavyweight title fight between the champion, Jones, and the outspoken fighter. Sonnen, however, will take time away from the camera to host the evening of awards, according to the release.
The World MMA Awards was created to celebrate success and achievement within the MMA industry. Fans from all over have the opportunity to cast their vote on which athletes, brands and industry professionals have made the greatest impact on the sport over the last year.
Categories for the award show include “Fight of the Year,” “Knockout of the Year” and “Submission of the Year.” The “Lifetime Achievement” award will also be presented to a unknown recipient during the event.
The award ceremony is scheduled to take place Friday, Jan. 11, 2013, at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino.