The ESPY Awards is unusual in that it's held midway through the year.
It means an athlete’s success is graded from the last half of the previous year and the first half of the current one.
So, while LeBron James was honoured for efforts in 2016 - the NBA star being named Best Male Athlete after helping the Cleveland Cavaliers to an unlikely NBA title - voters totally ignored Conor McGregor’s 2016 when they named him the Best Fighter.
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The UFC star beat Robbie Lawler, Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez to the award despite losing to Nate Diaz at UFC 196 in March and having his planned rematch at UFC 200 postponed.
But it’s for his efforts in 2015 that McGregor collected the gong. The 28-year-old, nicknamed The Notorious, claimed UFC interim and undisputed featherweight belts last year after beating Chad Mendes at UFC 189 and stunning Jose Aldo in 13 seconds at December’s UFC 194 event.
Meanwhile, Holly Holm’s knockout win over Ronda Rousey at UFC 193 saw her win the award for Best Upset.
Holm handed Rousey her first UFC defeat with a devastating head kick in the second round.
The women’s bantamweight belt has passed hands twice since Holm collected it from Rousey in Australia. Miesha Tate won it from Holm at UFC 196 but ‘Cupcake’ suffered defeat to Brazilian Amanda Nunes at UFC 200 on Saturday.
It leaves the division finely poised. Rousey defended the belt six times before losing to Holm, and now it’s Nunes’ turn to prove she can dominate the division.
Will Amanda Nunes dominate the women's bantamweight division?
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