by MMAWeekly.com Staff
ESPN’s annual award show "The ESPY’s"
has nominated two UFC fighters for their accomplishments this year including UFC
welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre for "Fighter of the Year" and
current UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar for "Upset of the
The voting for the award is conducted by way of ESPN.com, and the winners will be
announced on July 14.
St-Pierre is nominated for "Fighter of the Year"
along with boxers Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny
Pacquiao. St-Pierre fought twice
in 2009, winning convincingly in both contests.
Defeating long time rival B.J. Penn in January, St-Pierre
settled one of the hottest feuds in UFC history, and then bounced back in July
for part of the historic UFC 100 card where he defeated top welterweight
challenger Thiago Alves. In 2010,
St-Pierre put on a masterful performance beating British heavy hitter Dan Hardy
in a lopsided decision in March.
Edgar was a huge underdog heading into his April match
against incumbent champion B.J. Penn when the two squared off in Abu Dhabi. Edgar came in with the perfect strategy
and approach to the fight, and ended up getting a unanimous decision win, while
also becoming the UFC lightweight champion.
Running against Edgar in the "Upset of the Year"
category will be Hawaii’s lady softball team defeating top ranked Alabama to
get to the College World Series, Northern Iowa’s improbable defeat of the No. 1
seeded Kansas in the NCAA Men’s Basketball tournament, and Y.E. Yang’s run to
defeat Tiger Woods at the PGA championship.
To vote, fans can go to http://espn.go.com/espys/