Amanda Nunes nominated for Best Athlete in Women’s Sports and Best MMA Fighter at 2021 ESPY Awards
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting
Two-division UFC champion Amanda Nunes has been nominated for the Best Athlete in Women’s Sports and Best MMA Fighter at the 2021 ESPY Awards, which takes place on July 10.
Universally recognized as the best pound-for-pound women’s fighter in MMA today, Nunes has gone on one of the most impressive streaks in the history of the sport, capturing UFC gold at both 135 pounds and 145 pounds.
Over the past year, Nunes has defended her featherweight title on two occasions with a lopsided win over Felicia Spencer and a stoppage of former Invicta FC champion Megan Anderson in just over two minutes at UFC 259 in March.
Alongside Nunes in the Best Athlete in Women’s Sports nominations is Naomi Osaka from tennis, Simone Biles from gymnastics and Breanna Stewart from the Seattle Storm in the WNBA.
Nunes is also nominated in the Best MMA Fighter category as well with her competition all coming from fellow UFC athletes with Khabib Nurmagomedov, Rose Namajunas and Francis Ngannou also in the running for the award.
In the Best Boxer category, recent PFL signee Claressa Shields was nominated alongside Canelo Alvarez, Teofimo Lopez and Tyson Fury.
The 2021 ESPYS will be broadcast live on ABC from The Rooftop at Pier 17 at the Seaport in New York City on Saturday, July 10 starting at 8 p.m. ET.