Ronda Rousey Becomes First Mixed Martial Artist to Win an ESPY Award

UFC women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey already owns a shiny belt and an Olympic bronze medal in Judo. Now she gets to add a fancy trophy to her shelf after taking the ESPY Award for 2014's Top Female Athlete. Rousey beat out 2014 Olympic gold medalist in Slalom Mikaela Shiffrin, University of Connecticut Guard Breanna Stewart and WNBA star Maya Moore. 

She earned the prize for her impressive run over the last 12 months, which has seen her take three dominant wins over Miesha Tate, Sara McMann and Alexis Davis. 

Floyd Mayweather, Jr. beat out Ronda Rousey and jon Jones for the Top Fighter award at this year's ESPY Awards.

She was the only mixed martial artist to be honored at ESPN's award show. UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman was nominated for the ESPY for Biggest Upset for his UFC 162 victory over Anderson Silva, but was beaten out by Mercer's shocking 78-71 upset victory over Duke during NCAA Basketball's March Madness.

Both Rousey and UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones were nominated for Top Fighter honors, alongside boxers Andre Ward, Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather, Jr. The award would go to Mayweather.

This is the first time a mixed martial artist has won an ESPY award. Various UFC champions, including Randy Couture, Quinton "Rampage" Jackson, Anderson Silva, Georges St-Pierre, Jon Jones and Lyoto Machida, have been nominated for Top Fighter honors in the past, but none of them would take home top honors, losing each year to either Mayweather or fellow boxing great Manny Pacquiao. Interestingly, Rousey is just the second female to be nominated for the Top Fighter award, with the other being recent UFC signee Holly Holm

Rousey has long been regarded as one of the most identifiable personalities in her sport and a pioneer among women in combat sports. This award speaks to her popularity and accomplishments in UFC.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.
From Around the Web

Related News

UFC 184 live analysis (Yahoo Sports)

  • 29 days ago
  • 19 views

From Yahoo Sports: Follow along live as UFC women's bantamweight champ Ronda Rousey defends her title against fellow undefeated fighter Cat Zingano. read news >>

UFC 184 live analysis (Yahoo Sports)

  • 29 days ago
  • 11 views

From Yahoo Sports: Follow along live as UFC women's bantamweight champ Ronda Rousey defends her title against fellow undefeated fighter Cat Zingano. read news >>

Who won UFC 184: Ronda Rousey vs Cat Zingano full fight play-by-play updates

  • 29 days ago
  • 217 views

Women's Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey faces her stiffest test to date inside the Octagon TONIGHT (Sat., Feb. 28, 2015) in UFC 184's main event from Staples Center in Los Angeles, Calif., against read news >>

UFC 184 live blog: Ronda Rousey vs. Cat Zingano

  • 29 days ago
  • 41 views

This is the UFC 184 live blog for Ronda Rousey vs. Cat Zingano, a woman's bantamweight bout at Saturday night's UFC event at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.Rousey, who is 10-0 in her MMA career, w read news >>

UFC 184 results: Ronda Rousey armbars Cat Zingano in 14 seconds

  • 29 days ago
  • 124 views

Ronda Rousey made quick work of Cat Zingano in the main event of UFC 184, submitting her with an armbar in 14 seconds. The last time Ronda Rousey fought, she finished her opponent in 16 seconds. That read news >>

UFC 184 results, photos: Ronda Rousey needs just 14 seconds to tap Cat Zingano

  • 29 days ago
  • 15 views

LOS ANGELES – Ronda Rousey extended her reign as UFC women’s bantamweight champion in characteristically dominant fashion, submitting Cat Zingano in 14 seconds to defend her title a fifth time. Rouse read news >>

UFC 184 results: Ronda Rousey needs just 14 seconds to finish Cat Zingano

  • 29 days ago
  • 64 views

Cat Zingano was going to be the biggest threat Ronda Rousey has ever faced, they said. She's undefeated, she has an reservoir of willpower, and she'll push Rousey like she's never pushed before. Inst read news >>

UFC 184 results: Ronda Rousey submits Cat Zingano in 14 seconds

  • 29 days ago
  • 95 views

Women's Bantamweight champion, Ronda Rousey, returned to the Octagon tonight (Sat., Feb. 28, 2015) to defend her 135-pound crown against No. 1-ranked division contender, Cat Zingano, in the main even read news >>

UFC 184 Results: Ronda Rousey Logs Fastest Submission Ever in a Title Fight | MMAWeekly.com

  • 29 days ago
  • 7 views

Women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey logged the fasted submission in a title fight at UFC 184 on Saturday, defeating Cat Zingano in 14 seconds via arm bar. read news >>