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Daniel Cormier wins first Best MMA Fighter ESPY

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Daniel Cormier
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

There’s a little less space in Daniel Cormier’s trophy case after Wednesday night.

The UFC’s reigning heavyweight champion won the inaugural Best MMA Fighter award at the 2019 ESPYs at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. He beat out fellow titleholders Amanda Nunes, Henry Cejudo, and Israel Adesanya.

In the past, MMA fighters competed in the Best Fighter category that also included boxers like previous winners Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao. Former UFC champions to win the now-defunct award include Demetrious Johnson, Conor McGregor, and Ronda Rousey.

ESPY winners are determined by an online fan vote.

The last 18 months have cemented Cormier as one of the all-time greats, as he defended his light heavyweight title against Volkan Oezdemir at UFC 220 and then went on to defeat Stipe Miocic for the heavyweight title at UFC 226 to become a champion in two divisions at the same time, one of just four UFC fighters to ever accomplish that feat.

Next, Cormier successfully defend his heavyweight title against Derrick Lewis at UFC 230. He would later voluntarily relinquish his light heavyweight belt after the UFC announced its plans to put that title up for grabs for the winner of the Jon Jones-Alexander Gustafsson rematch earlier this year.

The 40-year-old Cormier is set to rematch Miocic at UFC 241 on Aug. 17 in Anaheim, Calif.