Conor McGregor and Demetrious Johnson have been nominated for the 2017 ESPY “Best Fighter” award.
McGregor, who won this award in 2016 and Johnson will face stiff competition from the boxing world to win this award as also nominated are Andre Ward, Gennady Golovkin and Terence Crawford.
McGregor is also up for best international athlete and facing competition from Cristiano Ronaldo (soccer), Usain Bolt (track and field), Canelo Alvarez (boxing) and Katinka Hosszu (swimming).
McGregor has a rocky start to 2016, losing to Nate Diaz, however, he got that one back 5-months later with a majority decision win over Diaz at 170lbs. McGregor then went on to make history at Madison Square Garden in New York City, becoming the first UFC fighter in history to hold two championships in different weight classes at the same time by earning a second-round TKO win over Eddie Alvarez to become lightweight champion.
The two-time champ will now face Floyd Mayweather in a boxing bout later this year.
Demetrious Johnson, the current P4P #1 ranked UFC fighter is undefeated in 2016 with three title defences to his name. A first-round TKO win over Henry Cejudo at UFC 197 in April was followed by a unanimous decision win over Tim Elliot at The Ultimate Fighter: Tournament of Champions Finale in December.
ESPN announced the nominees on Thursday.