Two of the three UFC fighters nominated for awards at the 2016 ESPY Awards have some new hardware for their mantles. Featherweight champion Conor McGregor (19-3 MMA, 7-1 UFC) took home the “Best Fighter” award, beating out middleweight champ Robbie Lawler (27-10 MMA, 12-4 UFC) and boxers Gennady Golovkin, Canelo Alvarez and Roman Gonzalez. He lost out on the “Best Breakthrough Athlete” award, however, falling short to Chicago Cubs ace pitcher Jake Arrieta. Related: Conor McGregor's plan: Nate Diaz at UFC 202, defend featherweight belt, beat Diaz in trilogy bout Former women’s bantamweight champ Holly Holm (10-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) fell to Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ hail mary throw to Richard Rodgers for “Best Play,” but did earn the “Best Upset” award for her stunning headkick knockout of Ronda Rousey to capture the title. Up next for McGregor is a rematch with Nate Diaz (19-10 MMA, 14-8 UFC) in the main event of UFC 202.
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Conor McGregor wins ‘Best Fighter,’ Holly Holm ‘Best Upset’ at ESPY Awards – MMA Junkie