'Bones' Jones, 'Spider' Silva Nominated for ESPY 'Fighter of the Year'
UFC champions Anderson
and Jon Jones
been nominated for “Fighter of the Year” at ESPN's 2012 ESPY
“The Spider” and “Bones” join boxers Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Andre
Ward on the bill of nominees. ESPN created the “Fighter of the
Year” award in 2007 to replace the “Boxer of the Year” category.
The 20th annual installment of the awards show takes place July 11
at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles and will be hosted by comedian
Rob Riggle. The winner will be decided by a fan poll on
ESPN.com/ESPYS, which wraps on July 9.
Though several mixed martial artists have previously been nominated
for the award in its five-year history, no MMA fighter has won the
award to date. Jones and Silva have each been nominated once
before, Silva in 2009 and Jones last year.
Regarded by many as the sport's top pound-for-pound talent, Silva
has not lost since 2006 and has emerged victorious in each of his
14 Octagon outings. Last year, Silva earned a pair of knockouts in
his two in-cage appearances, turning out Vitor
Belfort's lights with a front kick to the jaw before battering
Okami en route to a second-round technical knockout this past
August at UFC
134. The 37-year-old will next compete on July 7, when he locks
horns with Chael Sonnen
148 in a rematch nearly two years in the making.
Just 24 years old, Jones has dominated the
UFC's light heavyweight division in recent times, beating four
ex-champions in his last four bouts. “Bones” captured the 205-pound
championship from Mauricio Rua
in March of last year and defended it twice to close out 2011,
Jackson and Lyoto
Machida before cruising to a unanimous decision over former
training partner Rashad
Evans at UFC
145 in April. The Jackson's MMA representative will next defend
his belt next against former Strikeforce champion Dan
Henderson on Sept. 1 at UFC
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