ESPYS ‘Finest MMA Fighter’ nominees introduced, see Francis Ngannou’s response

The nominees for the “Finest MMA Fighter” for ESPYS 2021 have been introduced.

Former UFC light-weight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov is one among 4 fighters for the award and the one retired nominee on the ticket. The all-time nice retired at UFC 254 in October 2020 after defeating Justin Gaethje within the second spherical with a triangle choke and ending his profession with a document of 29-0.

Nurmagomedov is the one fighter in UFC historical past who’s ranked because the No. 1 pound for pound fighter on this planet.

UFC ladies’s feather and bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes additionally stands for the award. Nunes is at the moment on a successful streak of 12 fights and hasn’t misplaced in almost seven years.

Since beating Miesha Tate for the bantamweight title at UFC 200 in July 2016, she has defended the 135-pound belt 5 occasions.

After advancing to featherweight beating Cris Cyborg in 51 seconds for the 145 pound belt at UFC 232 in December 2018, she has defended that belt twice. Most not too long ago towards Megan Anderson at UFC 259 in March 2021, the place she gained the primary spherical with an armbar.

Subsequent up is UFC strawweight champion Rose Namajunas. Whereas ‘Thug’ Rose misplaced her strawweight title to Jessica Andrade in Could 2019, she avenged her championship defeat and defeated Andrade in a rematch at UFC 251 in July 2020.

Namajunas then defeated UFC strawweight champion Weili Zhang by knocking out UFC 261 with a good looking headbutt to regain her title and have become the primary lady to carry a number of titles in a league.

The fourth and closing candidate is UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou. Ngannou’s final 4 fights earlier than his second title combat lasted a complete of two minutes and 42 seconds. Every of those fights ended with knockout wins within the first spherical for Ngannou and naturally justified his second title combat.

With this title combat at UFC 260, which occurred in March 2021, Ngannou avenged his first loss to Stipe Miocic by knocking him out within the second spherical to underline a masterclass efficiency towards arguably the best heavyweight of all time.

The UFC heavyweight champion was so excited to study of his nomination that he broke out some dance strikes. This video will be discovered under.

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