2017 was a great year for the TKO organization and its athletes. Resurrected in august of 2016, the TKO brand exploded in 2017 with the presentation of 5 events and the crowning of 5 new champions. The tradition of building champions continues with TKO and so is the tradition of the annual TKO awards.
The award for AMBASSADOR OF THE YEAR is given to the fighter who best represented himself and the TKO MMA brand throughout the last 12 months, be it via his conduct at promotional events, his availability to the press as well as his activity on social media. In 2017, no one did more to promote the TKO brand than CHARLES JOURDAIN. At only 21 years old, Charles not only delivered with his performances in the cage but also saw his fan base grow significantly, especially in the key 18-34 demographic. Charles’ approach to the marketing side of the sport is an example for all and he has set the bar very high for his colleagues.
Runners-up: MARC-ANDRE BARRIAULT, and JESSE ARNETT.
TKO will announce more awards in the coming hours and days in these categories:
- Fan Favourite 2017
FIGHTER OF THE YEAR 2017: MARC-ANDRE BARRIAULT
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR 2017: MATAR LO
FIGHT OF THE YEAR 2017: LARAMIE vs. JOURDAIN (TKO39)
KO OF THE YEAR 2017: ERIC DAIGNEAULT on Jonas Rubiano (TKO37)
SUBMISSION OF THE YEAR 2017: JESSE ARNETT on Dimitri Waardenburg (TKO41)
ROUND OF THE YEAR 2017: MAIQUEL FALCAO vs. STRAHINJA GAVRILOVIC, round 1 (TKO40)
AMBASSADOR OF THE YEAR 2017: CHARLES JOURDAIN
Stay tuned for more!