ronda-rousey-ufc-170

This year, the UFC raised the bar with nominations for ESPY awards, getting four nods for three fighters after a pair of nominations in 2013.

Women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey is up in two categories – “Best Female Athlete” and “Best Fighter.” Light heavyweight champ Jon Jones also is nominated in the “Best Fighter” category. And middleweight titleholder Chris Weidman is up for an award in the “Best Upset” category.

Fans can vote for “Best Fighter,” “Best Female Athlete,” and “Best Upset,” along with other categories, at the 2014 ESPY Awards’ official website.

It’s the fourth straight year Jones has been nominated in the “Best Fighter” category. It’s the first nomination for Rousey in either category, and the first nomination for Weidman, whose upset of Anderson Silva at UFC 162 got him the nod. Silva actually was nominated in the “Best Fighter” category in 2009, 2012 and 2013. That award has been claimed five times by Floyd Mayweather Jr. and twice by fellow boxer Manny Pacquaio. Both of them, along with fellow boxer Andre Ward, are nominated alongside Rousey and Jones this year.

Nominated alongside Rousey for “Best Female Athlete” are Maya Moore from the WNBA’s Minnesota Lynx, Olympic skier Mikaela Shiffrin, and University of Connecticut basketball standout Breanna Stewart.

Weidman’s win over Silva nearly a year ago will be contested by No. 14 Mercer’s win over No. 3 Duke in the 2014 NCAA Tournament and the University of Connecticut’s win in that tournament as a No. 7 seed.

To date, the lone MMA fighter to take home an ESPY award 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.

Other past MMA ESPY nominees include Georges St-Pierre, Lyoto Machida, Quinton Jackson, Randy Couture and Edson Barboza.

The ESPY Awards, founded in 1993, honor the best achievements, moments and leading athletes of the previous year. Fan voting is open now at the ESPY Awards’ official website, and the awards ceremony takes place July 16 at Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. The show airs live on ESPN and will be hosted by rapper Drake.

Rousey and Weidman each defend their titles next week at UFC 175 in Las Vegas against Alexis Davis and Machida, respectively. Jones is set to defend his belt against Alexander Gustafsson this fall at UFC 178.

For more on the UFC’s upcoming schedule, stay tuned to the UFC Rumors section of the site.

(Pictured: Ronda Rousey)

view original article >>

Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Mike Tyson Discusses 'Phenomenal' Conor McGregor, Ronda Rousey and Jon Jones

  • 20 days ago
  • 44 views

Former world heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson has hailed Conor McGregor as the most fascinating personality in the UFC ahead of the likes of Jon Jones and Ronda Rousey. Speaking with Nick Peet read news >>

Miesha Tate Has ‘Unfinished Business,’ Wants Ronda Rousey Next

  • 19 days ago
  • 14 views

UFC bantamweight champion Miesha Tate and former titleholder Ronda Rousey have quite the history, dating back to before either were in the UFC. read news >>

UFC on FOX 19's Bethe Correia: Media turned me into villain against Ronda Rousey

  • 19 days ago
  • 11 views

Bethe Correia hasn’t stepped in the UFC’s famed octagon since this past August when her dreams of becoming UFC champion were dashed at the hands of Ronda Rousey in on 34 seconds.Filed under: News, UF read news >>

New York Governor Signs Historic MMA Bill into Law; UFC Stars in Attendance

  • 18 days ago
  • 11 views

The UFC was in attendance, with Chris Weidman and Ronda Rousey taking the stage with Gov. Andrew Cuomo, as he signed historic MMA legislation in New York. read news >>

Will Ring Rust Be a Factor for Jon Jones and Khabib Nurmagomedov?

  • 18 days ago
  • 4 views

The long-awaited return of Khabib Nurmagomedov to action this Saturday and the reappearance of prodigal light heavyweight champion Jon Jones at UFC 197 on April 23 marks the end of long stretches of read news >>

VIDEO: Arts and Crafts with Chris Weidman is a Show that MMA Needs

  • 17 days ago
  • 30 views

Doing arts and crafts with former UFC champ Chris Weidman is just about the best martial art there is. read news >>

UFC 197’s Jon Jones: I'd be honored to headline MSG, but would Daniel Cormier?

  • 16 days ago
  • 53 views

Former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones welcomed a showdown with rival champ Daniel Cormier at UFC 205, but he’s not holding all the cards when it comes to his future. Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

Glover Teixeira Hot on Jon Jones' Heels After Huge UFC on Fox 19 Knockout Win

  • 16 days ago
  • 4 views

For a long time, it was difficult to separate fact from fiction with Glover Teixeira. UFC commentator Joe Rogan said he was the second coming of Chuck Liddell. A grappler-turned-power-puncher, there read news >>

VIDEO: Jon Jones and Ovince Saint Preux Preview UFC 197

  • 15 days ago
  • 16 views

Light heavyweights Jon Jones and Ovince Saint Preux join Joe Rogan to talk about their upcoming fight at UFC 197. read news >>

Jon Jones 'felt really bad' seeing former teammate, opponent Rashad Evans lose

  • 15 days ago
  • 241 views

Jon Jones has a long and at times strenuous relationship with Rashad Evans. However, “Bones” made is clear he took no bliss from seeing Evans knocked out cold by Glover Teixeira at UFC on FOX 19.File read news >>