For the second consecutive year, reigning UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey (pictured) has been nominated for two ESPYs. UFC lightweight Donald Cerrone was also given a nomination.
Rousey once again appears in the “Best Female Athlete” and “Best Fighter” categories, while Cerrone makes his debut in the “Best Fighter” segment.
Rousey became the first mixed martial artist to win an ESPY by taking “Best Female Athlete” at last year’s ceremony.
This year, Rousey is up against Breanna Stewart from the UConn women’s basketball team, skier Lindsey Vonn and tennis superstar Serena Williams. The competition is far stiffer this time around for Rousey, but Sports Illustrated recently dubbed her the “World’s Most Dominant Athlete,” if that means anything.
Cerrone joins Rousey in the “Best Fighter” category alongside boxers Floyd Mayweather, Terence Crawford and Gennady Golovkin.
Cerrone gets credit for five straight wins within the ESPY year. “Cowboy” is riding an eight-fight winning streak, overall.
Voting is open now and closes when the live show airs July 15 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.