Mighty Mouse wins Best Fighter ESPY

Thursday, July 13, 2017

The ESPY Award (short for Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly Award) are styled similarly to the Grammy (for music), Emmy (for television), Academy Award (for film), and Tony (for theater). Mixed martial arts was once a fringe sport, but the success of fighters at the ESPYs is yet another sign that MMA is now mainstream.

This year two fighters were nominated for ESPY awards: Conor McGregor, and Demetrious Johnson. Notorious got two.

BEST INTERNATIONAL ATHLETE
Canelo Alvarez, Boxing
Usain Bolt, Track & Field
Katinka Hosszu, Swimming
Conor McGregor, MMA
Cristiano Ronaldo, Soccer

BEST FIGHTER
Terence Crawford, Boxing
Gennady Golovkin, Boxing
Demetrious Johnson, MMA
Conor McGregor, MMA
Andre Ward, Boxing

McGregor came up empty handed, with Usain Bolt winning international fighter, and Demetrious Johnson rightly beating out McGregor for best fighter. Johnson is currently the #1 P4P fighter in mixed martial arts.

This was Johnson’s first nomination.

Johnson is presently at odds with the league over the degree to which he is promoted. McGregor’s focus isn’t on MMA at all, but rather on a boxing match with Floyd Mayweather Jr. on August 26. McGregor won’t win, but if he does, he will be the most famous athlete on Earth.

Johnson most recentlysubmitted Wilson Reis in the third round at UFC on FOX 24 in April, tying the record for consecutive UFC title defenses, with 10. Anderson Silva is currently regarded as the best fighter in UFC history, but Johnson shows no sign of slowing down. Quality of opposition has to be taken into account when determining the league G.O.A.T. and here Johnson pales to some degree in comparison to for example Jon Jones. Still, one or two high profile fights, and Johnson could soar away.