One of the most dominant fighters the world has ever seen, Amanda Nunes is nominated for the Best Athlete in Women’s Sports and Best MMA fighter at the 2021 ESPY Awards. The ceremony will take place on July 10th. Nunes is a favourite to bag both the prestigious awards.
There is no one that comes close to Amanda Nunes in the best pound-for-pound women’s fighter in MMA. The Lioness is argued to have the best resume in MMA along with Jon Jones. She is a two division champion having rule over both the 135 pounds and 145 pounds division. She is now going to return to defend her bantamweight title against Julianna Pena at UFC 265.
Nunes is coming off two title defenses in the featherweight division against Megan Anderson and Felicia Spencer. She submitted the former Invicta champion Anderson at UFC 259 in the co-main event under one round. That victory put Nunes above anyone in the current UFC roster. The fighter has been so dominant that there are hardly any top fighters that she’s yet to beat.
Khabib Nurmagomedov nominated along with Amanda Nunes for best MMA fighter
Amanda Nunes has not lost in the UFC since 2014. For 6 years she has been ruling both the divisions effortlessly. She is currently riding on a 12-fight winning streak. Some of her most famous wins have come against Ronda Rousey, Cris Cyborg, Miesha Tate, and Holly Holm. She is nominated alongside some other biggest names in combat sports for this ESPY award.
Khabib Nurmagomedov, Rose Namajunas, and Francis Ngannou are the other fighters who are nominated for the best MMA fighter award. As far as the Best Athlete in Women’s Sports nominations, the Lioness is competing with Naomi Osaka from tennis, Simone Biles from Gymnastics, and Breanna Stewart from the WNBA.