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Lyoto Machida and Anderson Silva Score ESPY Nominations for ‘Best Fighter’


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Nominees for ESPN’s 2009 ESPY Awards have been announced, with two UFC fighters honored in the "Best Fighter" category. While Georges St. Pierre was MMA’s only representative last year — he was edged out by Floyd Mayweather Jr., who also won the award in 2007 — this time we have Lyoto Machida and Anderson Silva going up against boxing champions Shane Mosley and Manny Pacquiao. Pac Man will probably take this thing in a landslide, but why not let your voice be heard by voting? Y’know, particularly for Machida, whose innovations in the sport and accomplishments over the last 12 months deserve to be recognized. The polls are open through July 11th, and the Sam Jackson-hosted awards ceremony goes down July 15th at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.

No other MMA fighters are nominated for any of the other categories, which is a shame: Couldn’t they have given us some love for Best Upset (Frank Mir over Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira), Best Coach (Greg Jackson) or Best Team (Team Kimbo)?

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Keyser Soze- June 26, 2009 at 7:43 pm
I meant triangle choke, but was half cut on rum at the time. Sorry. And yes, Fisher/Alves was at welterweight.

When I made the comment about "2 wins", I was referring to those in "09, not his previous ones, but thanks for trying. As for the hype before Machida's two KO's, it generally consisted of him being a boring fighter and "elusive". Doing enough damage to score a victory without getting hurt.

Odd thing about that is... when Anderson Silva employed the same tactics, he was roundly criticized by lots of folks. Don't know what to think about it, other than the fact there's a whole lot of geeky fanboy love-ins going on.

I never said once that Machida's a sh*tty fighter, but I have said he will lose, sooner or later, and it's likely going to be someone he should mop the floor with. No one goes undefeated in the new age UFC.

Regarding Hughes vs. GSP 1, yes St. Pierre made a stupid mistake by tapping with one second left in the round due to inexperience. He was dominating Hughes up until that point, and thoroughly trashed Hughes twice after.

Regarding future fights, I'll make any comments I choose to. If you dont' like it, don't read my posts. I was speaking in general, not trying to act like everyones elected spokesperson. I used to read yours (note the past tense) as they weren't your standard "gay, ass, dick, or first" type post, however since you tried to act like a sarcastic pompous ass directly, I'll simply respond in kind in the future.
ArmFarmer- June 26, 2009 at 6:58 am
Alves wasn't submitted by a body triangle.

I don't see why a loss by Alves means anything anyway. Gsp got ko'd by Matt Serra and armbarred by Matt Hughes.. but so what. None of those losses are very relevant anymore. I think destroying Karo, Koschek, and Hughes is enough to erase a loss to spencer fisher that happened years ago in a different weight class.

As for lyoto, he has more than two wins it's not just those two fights that are getting him the hype. The hype was there before those fights, those fights just confirmed it.. Machida is a badass and he is hard to beat. Has the dude even lost one round in ufc? Has he ever even bled or been bruised in a fight? When you fight in the ufc as long as he has and you've never taken any damage, never lost a fight, never lost a round, and then finish two good opponents without breaking a sweat.. I think he's finally deserving of some recognition. Either way, when he beats the dog shit out of shogun he will prove he's legit. By the way, I like how you say "9 straight wins is a big deal in mma".. but 15 isn't?? With 0 losses?

As for the part about ufc "showing us the fights we want".. why don't you stop trying to speak for the entire ufc fanbase. Maybe not everyone wants to see the same fights as you.
Keyser Soze- June 25, 2009 at 6:51 pm
Wow... Machida scores two KO's over a hyped-up but half assed Thiago Silva and a gatekeeper Evans, and all of a sudden he's "the man"? WTF?

Leites definitely was not a contender for the MW belt, and at least Cote tried (cage potatoes are going to hate on him anyways, for one bullsh*t reason or another), so armchair and keyboard athlete's think Silva's a joke and a has-been now? I don't understand some people's children.

Dana White says in order for GSP to get a shot at Silva (a true superfight), he has to "clean out his division first" and Thiago Alves is his toughest competition to date, and he doesn't believe in fighters jumping weight classes for fights. I have two issues with those ideals.

One, Alves was submitted in a body triangle by Spencer Fisher.

Two, wtf did BJ Penn do to deserve a shot at the welterweight belt? He sure as f*ck didn't clean out the lightweight division.

There's a whole lot of "on the fence" rationalizing going on... both in the UFC management and on these forums. My choice for fighter of the year might not be Silva, but it sure as f*ck wouldn't be Machida. I reflect upon Machida's fights, and I can't help but think of Python's Quest for the Holy Grail, and the killer rabbit. "Run away, run away!" It's a shame UFC brass didn't read this site and take into consideration the folks dropping $45 a pop on their PPV's. Let us see the fights we want, not the ones you try to ram down our throats.

FWIW, GSP over Alves in 3rd round, by a harsh ground and pound beatdown, Silva over Griffin in 3rd round by referee stoppage or TKO (whatever you prefer to call it), and Mir over Lesner again, likely 2nd round by submission.

As for the ESPY award, of the two MMA contenders... I go with Silva, reigning MW champ since '06. Not the best fights we've seen, but nine straight wins is a big deal in MMA.
Sneaky Pete- June 25, 2009 at 3:22 pm
No votes for Fedor? I'm going with Machida.
karate is back- June 25, 2009 at 1:32 pm
i love Machida, as my username shows. and he'd definitely be the second one i'd vote for but this is Pacman's year. He destroyed a Hatton who has only lost to Mayweather and he demolished one of the greatest lightweight fighters in Oscar De La Hoya.
ScrambledEggs- June 25, 2009 at 1:26 pm
Machida looks like he is getting blown and Yamasaki looks very interested.
Fedor vs. Bas- June 25, 2009 at 1:25 pm
Voted for Machida. Love Pac Man, but I hope Machida gets it. Lets keep the votes coming in.

I can't beleive it made me vote for Best Disabled Woman Athlete. I never even heard of any of them. That category will be decided by best picture/sport/name.
Jay Smith- June 25, 2009 at 1:22 pm
I think there needs to be two different catagories because, they are two different sports. Anyways, that's my two cents, and by the way; Pac Man in boxing, and Machida in MMA.
Meohfumado- June 25, 2009 at 1:22 pm
Yeah...voted for Machida but no way he beats out Pac Man this year.
Mdollas- June 25, 2009 at 12:53 pm
I woulda voted Machida, but I'm not signing up for another site.
just some dong- June 25, 2009 at 12:44 pm
Felt weird voting for stuff like "best pro bowler" when I was only there to vote for Machida... but it was worth it. Because The Dragon is worth it.

So So Explosive- June 25, 2009 at 12:24 pm
Machida KO'd my mother in the first round.

My vote goes to him.
831 Son- June 25, 2009 at 12:03 pm
Because Anderson is an awesome fighter... Im sure he wont be as "boring" in this next fight against Forest. And maybe people are recognizing him because they arent idiots and dont only look for KO's?
Titos Head- June 25, 2009 at 12:03 pm
Looks more like team kimho
MyFightWiffaCheeto- June 25, 2009 at 11:54 am
Ummm... Why is Silva even being mentioned with the performances he put on last year. GSP needs to reprise his role.
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