Floyd Mayweather Jr. tops Jon Jones and Anderson Silva at 2013 ESPYS


jon-jones-50.jpgMMA once again fell short to boxing in ESPN’s ESPY awards.

Boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. edged out UFC light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones and former middleweight titleholder Anderson Silva to win the 2013 “Best Fighter” ESPY.

The results, produced by a fan vote, were unveiled at Wednesday’s ESPYS ceremony in Los Angeles. In addition to Jones and Silva, Mayweather topped fellow boxers Canelo Alvarez and Danny Garcia.

Although the “Best Fighter” category replaced the “Best Boxer” category in 2007, a boxer has still won every year. Since the switch, Mayweather has won five awards, and Manny Pacquiao has won two.

It was the third nomination for both Jones (2011-2013) and Silva (2009, 2012-2013).

After spending part of 2012 behind bars due to a domestic abuse conviction, Mayweather fought for the first time in a year and scored a unanimous-decision victory over Robert Guerrero in May. He’s next slated to fight Saul Alvarez on Sept. 14.

To date the lone MMA fighter to take home an ESPY has been congenital amputee Kyle Maynard, who was named “Best Male Athlete with a Disability” at the 2012 awards. Maynard also won the same award in 2004 after posting a 35-16 record in high school wrestling and narrowly missing All-American status at the NHSCA National Wrestling Championships.

The ESPYS, founded in 1993, honor the best achievements, moments and leading athletes of the previous year.

This year’s full list of winners included:

BEST IN SPORT

  • BEST FEMALE ATHLETE: Serena Williams
  • BEST MALE ATHLETE: LeBron James
  • BEST FEMALE OLYMPIAN: Missy Franklin
  • BEST MALE OLYMPIAN: Michael Phelps
  • BEST MOMENT: Jack Hoffman TD at Nebraska spring game
  • BEST TEAM: Miami Heat
  • BEST COMEBACK: Adrian Peterson
  • BEST COACH/MANAGER: Rick Pitino
  • BEST GAME: Miami Heat vs. San Antonio Spurs, Game 6 NBA Finals
  • BEST CHAMPIONSHIP PERFORMANCE: LeBron James, NBA Finals
  • BEST PLAY: Jadeveon Clowney’s big hit
  • BEST UPSET: 15-Seed Florida Gulf Coast over 2-Seed Georgetown
  • BEST BREAKTHROUGH ATHLETE: Colin Kaepernick
  • BEST RECORD-BREAKING PERFORMANCE: Michael Phelps’ 22 Olympic medals
  • BEST MALE COLLEGE ATHLETE: Johnny Manziel
  • BEST FEMALE COLLEGE ATHLETE: Brittney Griner
  • BEST MALE ATHLETE WITH A DISABILITY: Jeremy Campbell
  • BEST FEMALE ATHLETE WITH A DISABILITY: Jessica Long

INDIVIDUAL SPORTS

  • BEST MLB PLAYER: Miguel Cabrera
  • BEST NBA PLAYER: LeBron James
  • BEST WNBA PLAYER: Candace Parker
  • BEST NFL PLAYER: Adrian Peterson
  • BEST NHL PLAYER: Sidney Crosby
  • BEST MLS PLAYER: Thierry Henry
  • BEST MALE ACTION SPORT ATHLETE: Nyjah Huston
  • BEST FEMALE ACTION SPORT ATHLETE: Stephanie Gilmore
  • BEST BOWLER: Pete Weber
  • BEST DRIVER: Ryan Hunter-Reay
  • BEST FIGHTER: Floyd Mayweather
  • BEST MALE GOLFER: Tiger Woods
  • BEST FEMALE GOLFER: Stacey Lewis
  • BEST INTERNATIONAL ATHLETE: Usain Bolt
  • BEST JOCKEY: Joel Rosario
  • BEST MALE TENNIS PLAYER: Novak Djokovic
  • BEST FEMALE TENNIS PLAYER: Serena Williams

(Pictured: Jon Jones)

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