Apr 26, 2014; Baltimore, MD, USA; Joe Rogan interviews Jon Jones after the UFC light heavy weight championship fight against Glover Teixeria at Baltimore Arena. Jones retained the light heavy height championship by defeating Teixeria. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Three UFC champions nominated for ESPY awards

Three UFC fighters have been nominated for this year’s ESPY awards, which take place next month.

The UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones and women’s bantamweight champ Ronda Rousey were both nominated for ESPYs in the Best Fighter category, alongside boxers Floyd Mayweather, Manny Pacquiao, and Andre Ward.

The award ceremony has been a staple for ESPN for the past two decades.
Rousey was also nominated for the Best Female Athlete category, joining the likes of Maya Moore, Breanna Steward and Mikaela Shiffrin.

Jones joins Rousey in the Best Fighter category, as the two were both nominated, joining Manny Pacquiao, Floyd Mayweather, and Andre Ward. To date, no MMA fighter has ever won the award since its inception in 2007, despite ten nominations. This will be Jones’ third consecutive nomination in the category, which has only been won by Mayweather or Pacquiao.

Rousey and Jones won’t be the only two nominated, however, as UFC middleweight champion was listed among those in the “Best Upset” category alongside the University of Connecticut– nominated for winning the NCAA tournament, and Mercer being nominated for upsetting Duke University in the tournament.
Weidman is nominated for his major upset victory over then-middleweight champion Anderson Silva just last summer.

Although no MMA fighter has ever won an ESPY, this year is a prime opportunity, if only for Ronda Rousey’s mainstream sports appeal.

A fan vote on ESPN.com will determine the winners of the 2014 ESPYs. The annual ceremony will take place at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles on July 16 and airs on ESPN.

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