A trio of UFC stars have received ESPY nominations for 2016.
UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor and UFC welterweight titlist Robbie Lawler are among five nominees in the “Best Fighter,” category, while ex-bantamweight queen Holly Holm is a candidate to win “Best Upset.”
A list of ESPY candidates was announced on Wednesday. Fans can cast their votes at ESPYS.com until July 13, when the awards show airs on ESPN.
McGregor went 3-0 in 2015, including a 13-second knockout of Jose Aldo at UFC 194 to claim the promotion’s undisputed 145-pound championship. “The Notorious” Irishman also earned stoppages of Chad Mendes and Dennis Siver last year. Lawler, meanwhile, scored a fifth-round TKO of Rory MacDonald at UFC 189 in what was one of 2015’s best fights. He also edged Carlos Condit via split decision at UFC 195 on Jan. 2.
Joining Lawler and McGregor in the “Best Fighter” category are boxers Gennady Golovkin, Canelo Alvarez and Roman Gonzalez.
Holm was nominated based on her second-round knockout of the previously undefeated Ronda Rousey at UFC 193 in Melbourne this past November. Also in the “Best Upset” category are No. 15-seed Middle Tennessee State’s victory of No. 2 seed Michigan State in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament and Roberta Vinci’s triiumph against Serena Williams at the U.S. Open.