UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor and flyweight king Demetrious Johnson have both received ESPY Nominations for “Best Fighter” in 2017.
McGregor and Johnson will join boxers Andre Ward, Gennady Golovkin and Terence Crawford in the category. Fans can vote for their favorite nominees at ESPYS.com until July 12, when the awards presentation show takes place in Los Angeles.
McGregor, who in 2016 won “Best Fighter” and “Best Breakthrough Athlete,” was also nominated for “Best International Athlete” this year. The Irishman will compete against boxer Canelo Alvarez, sprinter Usain Bolt, swimmer Katinka Hosszu and soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo in that category.
McGregor hasn’t competed in the Octagon since capturing the lightweight title with a second-round stoppage of Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205. He is scheduled to face pound-for-pound great Floyd Mayweather in a boxing match at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Aug. 26.
Johnson, meanwhile, has defended his title 10 consecutive times, tying him with Anderson Silva for the most in UFC history. “Mighty Mouse” is currently involved in a dispute with the promotion because he does not want to make his next title defense against former bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw.