UFC winner Ronda Rousey won another award last night at ESPN’s annual ESPY awards. She won the 2014 ESPY Best Female Athlete award.
This is Ronda Rousey's year. She not only won the UFC women's championship recently, but also named the Best Female Athlete last night at ESPY Awards 2014.
The award show was held at Nokia Theater, Los Angeles, California on Wednesday, July 16 at 9 p.m. ET. Hosted by Darke, ESPY Awards 2014 went live on ESPN.
27-year-old female boxer beat Olympic skier Mikaela Shiffrin, and basketball players Maya Moore from Minnesota Lynx and Breanna Stewart from Connecticut Women’s Basketball to win the best overall female athlete award.
Ronda Rousey was also nominated for another 2014 ESPY Awards category. She was nominated for Best Fighter along with UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones and boxers Floyd Mayweather, Manny Pacquiao, and Andre Ward. However, Floyd Mayweather, Jr. won this award.
Ronda has been a pugilist and provocateur since her days as a kid who carried a chip on her shoulder. She is one of the top female boxers in the world. She also qualified for the Atlanta Olympic Games in 2004. She also won a bronze medal at the 2008 Beijing Games.
There were several others on the ESPN circuit who also bagged many ESPY awards. See the complete list of 2014 ESPY Awards winners below:
Best Male Athlete: Kevin Durant, Thunder
Best Female Athlete: Ronda Rousey, MMA
Best International Athlete: Cristiano Ronaldo
Best Male College Athlete: Doug McDermott, Creighton basketball
Best Female College Athlete: Breanna Stewart, UConn basketball
Best NHL Athlete: Sidney Crosby, Penguins
Best MLS Athlete: Tim Cahill, Red Bulls
Best Male Action Sports Athlete: Nyjah Houston, skateboarding
Best Female Action Sports Athlete: Jamie Anderson, snowboarding
Best Comeback: Russell Westbrook, Thunder
Best Male Athlete with a Disability: Declan Farmer, USA Sled Hockey
Best Female Athlete with a Disability: Jamie Whitmore, cycling
Best NBA Player: Kevin Durant, Thunder
Best WNBA Player: Maya Moore, Lynx
Best NFL Player: Peyton Manning, Broncos
Best MLB Player: Miguel Cabrera, Tigers
Best Male Olympian: Sage Kotsenburg, Snowboarding
Best Female Olympian: Jamie Anderson, snowboarding
Best Male Tennis Player: Rafael Nadal
Best Female Tennis Player: Maria Sharapova
Best Male Golfer: Bubba Watson
Best Female Golfer: Michelle Wie
Best Fighter: Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
Best Jockey: Victor Espinoza
Best Bowler: Pete Weber
Best Driver: Ryan Hunter-Reay, IndyCar
Best Moment: USA defeats Ghana
Best Upset: Mercer over Duke, NCAA tournament
Best Record Breaking Performance: Peyton Manning, Broncos
Best Coach/Manager: Gregg Popovich, Spurs
Best Play: Chris Davis FG return
Best Team: Seattle Seahawks
Best Breakthrough Athlete: Richard Sherman, Seahawks
Best Game: Auburn vs. Alabama
Best Championship Performance: Kawhi Leonard, Spurs (NBA Finals MVP)
Pat Tillman Award for Service: Josh Sweeney, USA Sled Hockey
The star studded night turned out to be a truly memorable experience. In fact, it is one that will live long in the collective unconscious or Zeitgeist.