UFC Champions Jon Jones, Anderson Silva Nominated for ESPN’s 2013 'Best Fighter' ESPY



Anderson Silva and Jon Jones have once again received ESPY nominations in the “Best Fighter” category.

The UFC champions come up against pugilists Canelo Alvarez, Danny Garcia and Floyd Mayweather Jr. An online fan vote on ESPN.com will decide the winner of 35 categories, including “Best Male Athlete,” “Best Female Athlete,” “Best Team,” and “Best Upset.” The award ceremony takes place July 17 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles and airs on ESPN.

The “Best Fighter” award was originally known as “Best Boxer,” given out annually since the ESPY’s inception in 1993. Since the category was changed to include mixed martial artists in 2007, Mayweather has won the award in four out of six years, with Manny Pacquiao triumphing in 2009 and 2011.

Silva was previously nominated for the award in 2009 and 2012. The 38-year-old UFC middleweight champion has not lost a fight since 2006 and currently rides a 17-fight winning streak into his July 6 title defense against Chris Weidman at UFC 162. “The Spider” has successfully defended his belt a record 10 times and owns 26 career finishes to his credit.

Jones, meanwhile, was nominated for “Best Fighter” in each of the last two years. “Bones” captured the UFC light heavyweight title from Mauricio Rua in 2011 and has defended his belt five times thus far, most recently pounding out former Silva nemesis Chael Sonnen on April 27 at UFC 159. The 25-year-old has tasted defeat just once in his 19-fight career, as he was controversially disqualified in 2009 for landing illegal 12-to-6 elbows in a fight he was dominating.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

  • 9 days ago
  • 0 views

Reebok announced separate partnerships with UFC champions Jon Jones and Ronda Rousey. Two weeks after the UFC announced that Reebok would become the exclusive outfitter of the promotion, the apparel read news >>

  • 7 days ago
  • 19 views

UFC 182 main event competitors Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier have both undergone random drug testing twice, according to Nevada Athletic Commission Executive Director Bob Bennett. read news >>

  • 28 days ago
  • 141 views

UFC 'money weight' Nick Diaz may be the best and worst representation of a martial artist in modern MMA. The expletive hurling, nunchuck twirling Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt isn't above breaking o read news >>

  • 28 days ago
  • 37 views

Nick Diaz says that he's not going to go after an opponent's injury. Unless it's a cut. You might think you know Nick Diaz. He's mercurial personality. His aggressiveness in the cage. His seemingly u read news >>

  • 28 days ago
  • 195 views

UFC light-heavyweight competitor Anthony Johnson believes his upcoming opponent Alexander Gustafsson beat Jon Jones at UFC 165 in Toronto. On September 21, 2013, UFC fans stood in awe as they witness read news >>

  • 26 days ago
  • 104 views

Apparently UFC light heavyweight champ and pound-for-pound kingpin Jon Jones believes in superstition—particularly when it pertains to his pre-fight rituals. "I would never bring my belt out to the c read news >>

  • 26 days ago
  • 348 views

Anthony Johnson recently spoke to the media at a press conference hyping up the UFC on FOX 14 card in Stockholm, Sweden, which takes place on Jan. 24, 2015. "Rumble" will be in the main event spotlig read news >>

  • 23 days ago
  • 8 views

From a fan's perspective, Alexander Gustafsson wouldn't mind seeing Daniel Cormier become the UFC light heavyweight champion by beating Jon Jones at UFC 182. But selfishly, Gustafsson has a different read news >>

  • 23 days ago
  • 9 views

UFC light heavyweight contender Alexander Gustafsson badly wants revenge against Jon Jones, which is why he's hoping he defeats Daniel Cormier in January. January 2015 is going to be a massive month read news >>