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Wednesday, 06/27/2012, 09:56 am

Jon “Bones” Jones nominated for Best Fighter ESPY | UFC NEWS

UFC Light Heavyweight champion Jon “Bones” Jones has been nominated for a 2012 ESPY Award in the category of Best Fighter.

Other nominees in this category are UFC Middleweight champion Anderson Silva, WBC Welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather, Jr., and current WBA and WBC Middleweight champion Andre Ward. Mayweather won the Best Fighter award in 2007, 2008 and 2010.

The 20th ESPYS are live on Wednesday, July 11th at the Nokia Theater in downtown Los Angeles with host Rob Riggle. The event is the one night where the sports world joins together to celebrate the best moments of the year. Fans will have the chance to select the winners by voting online or by mobile device at Additionally, fans can follow the official ESPYS Twitter page: @ESPYS.

“It’s an honor to not only be nominated for the ESPY for Best Fighter, but to also be included in a category with some of the greatest fighters in MMA and boxing history.” Jones said.

“Jon had possibly the greatest year of any MMA competitor in history in 2011, and he has carried that over to 2012 so far. This is a well-earned nomination, and it is our hope that the MMA community can help Jon to win his first ESPY Award by voting frequently,” stated Malki Kawa, President of First Round Management and Jones’ agent.

Jones, who holds a 16-1 professional record, won all four of his fights in 2011. On Feb. 5 at UFC 126, the 24 year-old Endicott, N.Y. native defeated Ryan Bader by submission. Just six weeks later at UFC 128, Jones earned the Light Heavyweight belt by dominating Mauricio “Shogun” Rua with a third-round TKO/KO. At UFC 135 on Sept. 24, Jones capped off his first title defense with a submission victory over Quinton “Rampage” Jackson. It was the first time Jackson had ever been submitted in his legendary UFC career. On Dec. 10 at UFC 140, Jones downed Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida by technical submission.

With those victories, Jones became the first fighter in UFC history to defeat three former champions in one calendar year.

Starting off 2012, Jones defeated another former champion, “Suga” Rashad Evans, by unanimous decision at UFC 145 on April 21. He is next scheduled to fight Dan Henderson at UFC 151 on Sept. 1 in Las Vegas.

The ESPYS and related events benefit the V Foundation for Cancer Research in memory of the late Jim Valvano.


14 Responses to “Jon “Bones” Jones nominated for Best Fighter ESPY | UFC NEWS”

  1. Keep Fitch (Forever) says:

    I dont like Jon Jones but I think he is very deserving of this.

  2. mean170 says:

    I'm not a Jones fan, but he has had an unbelievable run in the last year or so. He had better win this running away.

  3. chris says:

    Money may all day they should give it to him again.

  4. Patrick says:

    I think out of the four names mentioned Jones deserves to be named ESPY fighter of the year for 2012

  5. Moki says:

    I think he desurves it after cleaning out the lightheavy weight devision in one year

  6. Xaninho says:

    He did very well last year, I think he should win.

  7. momo says:

    i think if anderson wins the rematch then he should hands down take it but if not the jones all the way floyd already gets way to much for someone that would lose to most top mma fighters in his weight.

    • chris says:

      What does that even mean? He would probably shit on most MMA fighters. There level of hand skills aren’t even on par to an average boxer let alone one of the best of all time.

  8. Clay says:

    I’m a bones fan an I think he deserves it lol

  9. jon (lick my bone) jones says:

    fuck jon drive drunk jones!!!! they shud give the espy to herb dean!!!!

  10. jbeamazing says:

    if money may wins that will be bullshit since the only fight he had this year was the cheap shot well kind of cheap shot or victor

    • chris says:

      Really so he didn’t fight Cotto? But Andre Ward should win. He is doing big thangs and not endangering the public with reckless/drunk driving. Plus he probably has multiple bentleys and none are parked inside a telephone pole.

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