ESPN released the 2015 ESPY nominations on Wednesday and the UFC has two fighters among this year’s list of world-class athletes. Second-ranked lightweight Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone was nominated in one category, while women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey is up for two awards.
Cerrone and Rousey are among the fighters chosen in the “Best Fighter” category along with WBO and IBA light welterweight champion Terence Crawford and undefeated boxers Floyd Mayweather and Gennady Golovkin.
Cerrone (28-6, 1 NC) is currently riding an eight-fight winning streak. Cowboy is expected to vie for the UFC lightweight title against champion Rafael dos Anjos in his next outing later this year.
Rousey (11-0) is also nominated in the category of “Best Female Athlete.” She’ll be going up against UCONN basketball standout Breanna Stewart, who was named the 2015 AP Player of the year and the recipient of the 2015 Naismith Player of the Year award; the world record holder for women’s World Cup skiing wins, Lindsey Vonn; as well as tennis legend Serena Williams.
The undefeated Rousey is coming of a record setting 14-second submission win over Cat Zingano in her last outing. She’s scheduled to defend her title for the sixth time on Aug. 1 against Bethe Correia in the UFC 190 main event. The 2008 Olympic Bronze medalist in judo won the 2014 ESPY for Best Female Athlete.