UFC Bantamweight Queen Ronda Rousey Named ‘Best Female Athlete’ at 2014 ESPYs

By C.J. Tuttle Jul 16, 2014
Ronda Rousey can add a 2014 ESPY to her trophy case. | Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com



UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey has added another accolade to her name, winning the 2014 ESPY for “Best Female Athlete.”

Rousey, who was last seen dispatching Alexis Davis at UFC 175, becomes the first mixed martial artist to win an ESPY.

The undefeated Olympic judoka went head-to-head against the WNBA’s Maya Moore, alpine skier Mikaela Shiffrin and University of Connecticut basketball standout Breanna Stewart in the best female category.

The undefeated Olympic judoka was also nominated for “Best Fighter” alongside Jon Jones. However, boxing champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. captured that honor for the sixth time.

Meanwhile, UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman came up short in his bid to win “Best Upset” honors, as the Mercer men’s basketball team captured that award for its upset of Duke in this year’s NCAA Tournament.

The 27-year-old Rousey has successfully defended the women’s bantamweight crown four times in the Octagon. It is unknown when “Rowdy” will return to action, as she is currently on the shelf with hand and knee ailments.

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