Ronda Rousey kicked down the ESPY door in 2014 by becoming the first MMA fighter to take home an ESPY (“Best Female Athlete”), and she followed it up the following year by winning an ESPY for “Best Fighter.”
Conor McGregor (pictured) and Holly Holm both entered Rousey’s world in 2016 by scoring ESPY trophies.
McGregor won the “Best Fighter” category, beating out fellow UFC champion Robbie Lawler and boxers Gennady Golovkin Canelo Alvarez and Roman Gonzalez in the fan-voted awards ceremony.
Holm, meanwhile, scored “Biggest Upset” for last November’s shocking victory over Rousey to capture the UFC bantamweight title. Holm edged Middle Tennessee over Michigan State in the Men’s NCAA Basketball Tournament and Roberta Vinci over Serena Williams at the US Open.
Rousey was a whopping 20-1 odds-on favorite when she was schooled by the former boxer at UFC 193. Holm checked in as a 10-1 longshot.
Holm’s highlight reel headkick KO of Rousey came up short in the “Best Play” category, however.
Besides both winning ESPYs in 2016, what else do McGregor and Holm have in common? They are each coming off losses and looking to rebound in critical fights in the coming month.
Holm looks to climb back up the bantamweight mountain against Valentina Shevchenko on July 23, while McGregor rematches Nate Diaz August 20 at UFC 202.