Conor McGregor And Demetrious Johnson Nominated For 2017 ESPY Awards

Conor McGregor interview

UFC stars Conor McGregor and Demetrious Johnson have both been nominated in categories at the 2017 ESPY awards, which take place on Wednesday, July 12th.

The two UFC champions are both nominated in the ‘Best Fighter’ category at ESPN’s annual award show, where they’ll be going up against three boxing stars, Terence Crawford, Gennady Golovkin and Andre Ward.

Meanwhile, McGregor is also challenging for the ‘Best International Athlete’ award, where his competition includes boxing champion Canelo Alvarez, sprinter Usain Bolt, swimmer Katinka Hosszu and soccer star Cristian Ronaldo.

The winners of the ESPYS will be decided by the general public, who are able to cast their votes online at

McGregor is no stranger to these awards as he won both ‘Best Fighter’ and ‘Best Breakthrough Athlete’ last year.

Since then he’s avenged a loss to Nate Diaz at UFC 202 in August of last year, and then defeated Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205 in November to win the lightweight title and become the UFC’s first ever simultaneous two-division champion.

As for Johnson, in the past year he’s notched up two more successful defenses of his flyweight title against Tim Elliott and Wilson Reis. In total that means he’s now tied for the UFC record of 10 consecutive title defenses alongside Anderson Silva and is currently ranked the No.1 pound-for-pound fighter in the sport, one place ahead of McGregor.

Ross launched MMA Insight (previously in 2009 as a way to channel his passion for the sport of mixed martial arts. He's since penned countless news stories and live fight reports along with dozens of feature articles as the lead writer for the site, reaching millions of fans in the process.