Posted June 25, 2015 by Sydnie Jones in News

Ronda Rousey nominated for three ESPY awards: Best Play, Best Fighter, & Best Female Athlete

Undefeated UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey (11-0), previously named the most dominant athlete in the world by Sports Illustrated and Business Insider, has been nominated for three ESPY awards: Best Play for her 14-second armbar of Cat Zingano (9-1) at UFC 184, Best Fighter, and Best Female Athlete.

Rousey is the only woman in the Best Fighter category, accompanied by Floyd Mayweather, Donald Cerrone, Terence Crawford, and Gennedy Golovkin. Except for Cerrone, the other contenders are boxers. The women nominated alongside Rousey for Best Female Athlete are basketball player Breanna Stewart, skier Lindsey Vonn, and tennis legend Serena Williams.

Since her amateur debut less than five years ago, Rousey not only ascended to the pinnacle of the sport, she created it. UFC president Dana White reversed his position on women in MMA explicitly for her, stating that the inclusion of women in the UFC was “the Ronda Rousey show.” She headlined the card featuring the first-ever women’s bout in the UFC, her title fight against Liz Carmouche (10-5) at UFC 157. Like all her opponents up to that point, Rousey submitted Carmouche in the first round via armbar.

Her fights in the UFC since then have been equally dominant, with only one going beyond the first round. Most recently was the 14-second armbar of Zingano, preceded by a 16-second KO of Alexis Davis (17-6) and a 66-second TKO of Sara McMann (8-2). rouseyzinganoarmbar

Rousey next faces Bethe Correia (9-0) at UFC 190, where she has vowed to teach Correia a long, painful lesson. In May, Correia said in some pre-fight shit-talking that she hoped Rousey “…does not kill herself later on” following a loss to Correia. Rousey’s father committed suicide when she was only eight and despite an apology from Correia, who said she hadn’t known, Rousey seems to be just as angry as she was initially. Given Correia’s lackluster record in comparison to Rousey’s, perhaps this fight will earn Rousey a nomination for next year’s ESPY awards.

UFC 190 airs live on PPV on August 1, 10 pm ET/7 pm PT.

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