ESPYs 2014 Recap: Kevin Dourant and Ronda Rousey Win Top Awards (+Highlights, Photos)

Kevin Durant has won two ESPY Awards, including male athlete of the year, and mixed martial arts star Ronda Rousey earned female athlete honors, becoming the first UFC fighter to claim a trophy in the biggest category at the show.

Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder also won best NBA player on Wednesday night, ending LeBron James’ two-year reign in both categories.

Durant beat out fellow male athlete nominees Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers, Peyton Manning of the Denver Broncos and boxer Floyd Mayweather during the show hosted by rapper Drake at the Nokia Theatre.

Rousey, the first female UFC champion, won over WNBA star Maya Moore, Olympic champion skier Mikaela Shiffrin and Brenna Stewart of national champion Connecticut.

The winners in most categories were determined by fan voting.

See the winners below the highlight links and photos

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Drake performs at the ESPY Awards at the Nokia Theatre on Wednesday, July 16, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP)

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Racers Danica Patrick, left, and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. pose in the audience at the ESPY Awards at the Nokia Theatre on Wednesday, July 16, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

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Team captain Clint Dempsey, center, and fellow members of the U.S. men’s soccer team accept the award for best moment, at the ESPY Awards at the Nokia Theatre on Wednesday, July 16, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP)

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Josh Sweeney accepts the Pat Tillman award for service at the ESPY Awards at the Nokia Theatre on Wednesday, July 16, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP)

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Richard Sherman, of the Seattle Seahawks, accepts the award for best breakthrough athlete at the ESPY Awards at the Nokia Theatre on Wednesday, July 16, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP)

Best Male Athlete

Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers
Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder
Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos
Floyd Mayweather, Boxer

Best Female Athlete

Maya Moore, Minnesota Lynx
Ronda Rousey, UFC
Mikaela Shiffrin, Alpine Skiing
Breanna Stewart, UConn Basketball

Best Moment

Mariano Rivera’s final game, MLB
USA defeats Ghana, World Cup soccer
Kevin Durant MVP acceptance speech, NBA

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Best Record-Breaking Performance

Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos

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Best Team

Boston Red Sox
Los Angeles Kings
San Antonio Spurs
Seattle Seahawks
Connecticut Women’s Basketball
Florida State Football

Best Comeback Athlete

Josh Beckett, Los Angeles Dodgers
Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins
Dominic Moore, New York Rangers
Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder

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Best Breakthrough Athlete

Nick Foles, Philadelphia Eagles
Damian Lillard, Portland Trailblazers
Richard Sherman, Seattle Seahawks
Masahiro Tanaka, New York Yankees

Best Championship Performance

Jimmie Johnson, NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion
Kawhi Leonard, NBA Finals MVP
Shabazz Napier, NCAA Tournament MOP
David Ortiz, World Series MVP

Best Game Winner

Auburn vs Alabama, Iron Bowl
Colts vs Chiefs, Wild-Card Game
Rangers vs Kings, Stanley Cup Finals Game 5

Best Upset

UConn wins NCAA Title, Men’s NCAA Basketball
Mercer over Duke, Men’s NCAA Basketball
Weidman over Silva, UFC 162

Best NFL Player

Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs
Luke Kuechly, Carolina Panthers
Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos
LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia Eagles
Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahwaks

Best NBA Player

Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder
Blake Griffin, Los Angeles Clippers
LeBron James, Miami Heat
Joakim Noah, Chicago Bulls



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Best MLB Player

Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers
Chris Davis, Baltimore Orioles
Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers
Max Scherzer, Detroit Tigers
Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels

Best NHL Player

Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins
Ryan Getzlaf, Anaheim Ducks
Anze Kopitar, Los Angeles Kings
Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers
Jonathan Toews, Chicago Blackhawks

Best Driver

Scott Dixon, IndyCar
Dale Earnhardt Jr., NASCAR
John Force, NHRA
Ryan Hunter-Reay, IndyCar
Jimmie Johnson, NASCAR

Best Coach/Manager

Geno Auriemma, UConn Women’s Basketball
Pete Carroll, Seattle Seahawks
John Farrell, Boston Red Sox
Kevin Ollie, UConn Men’s Basketball
Gregg Popovich, San Antonio Spurs

Best Fighter

Jon “Bones” Jones, MMA
Floyd Mayweather, Boxing
Manny Pacquiao, Boxing
Ronda Rousey, MMA
Andre Ward, Boxing

Best Bowler

Jason Belmonte
Wes Malott
Sean Rash
Pete Weber

Best Jockey

Javier Castellano
Victor Espinoza
Joel Rosario
Mike Smith

Best MLS Player

Tim Cahill, New York Red Bulls
Marco Di Vaio, Montreal Impact
Robbie Keane, Los Angeles Galaxy
Mike Magee, Chicago Fire

Best Male U.S. Olympian

Joss Christensen, Freestyle Skiing
Sage Kotsenburg, Snowboarding
Ted Ligety, Alpine Skiing
Charlie White, Figure Skating
David Wise, Freestyle Skiing

Best Female U.S. Olympian

Jamie Anderson, Snowboarding
Maddie Bowman, Freestyle Skiing
Meryl Davis, Figure Skating
Kaitlyn Farrington, Snowboarding
Mikaela Shiffrin, Alpine Skiing

Best International Athlete

Rafael Nadal, Tennis
Inbee Park, Women’s Golf
Cristiano Ronaldo, Soccer
Sebastian Vettel, Formula One

Best WNBA Player

Elena Delle Donne, Chicago Sky
Angel McCoughtry, Atlanta Dream
Maya Moore, Minnesota Lynx
Candace Parker, Los Angeles Sparks

Best Male Golfer

Martin Kaymer
Adam Scott
Henrik Stenson
Bubba Watson

Best Female Golfer

Stacy Lewis
Inbee Park
Suzann Pettersen
Michelle Wie

Best Male Tennis Player

Novak Djokovic
Andy Murray
Rafael Nadal

Best Female Tennis Player

Li Na
Agnieszka Radwanska
Maria Sharapova
Serena Williams

Best Male College Athlete

Johnny Gaudreau, Boston College Hockey
Doug McDermott, Creighton Basketball
David Taylor, Penn State Wrestling
Lyle Thompson, Albany Lacrosse
Jameis Winston, Florida State Football

Best Female College Athlete

Morgan Brian, Virginia Soccer
Taylor Cummings, Maryland Lacrosse
Micha Hancock, Penn State Volleyball
Hannah Rogers, Florida Softball
Breanna Stewart, UConn Basketball

Best Male Athlete with a Disability

Mark Bathum, Alpine Skiing
Declan Farmer, Sled Hockey
Raymond Martin, Wheelchair Racing
Mike Shea, Snowboarding
Evan Strong, Snowboarding

Best Female Athlete with a Disability

Minda Dentler
Oksana Masters, Sit-Skier
Tatyana McFadden, Sit-Skier/Wheelchair Racer
Laurie Stephens, Alpine Monoskier
Jamie Whitmore, Cyclist

Best Male Action Sports Athlete

Grant Baker, Surfing
Tucker Hibbert, Snowmobile
Nyjah Huston, Skateboarding
Ryan Villopoto, Motocross
David Wise, Freestyle Skiing

Best Female Action Sports Athlete

Jamie Anderson, Snowboarding
Maddie Bowman, Freestyle Skiing
Kelly Clark, Snowboarding
Vicki Golden, Motocross
Carissa Moore, Surfing

Best Play

Chris Davis FG return
Lillard buzzer beater
Creamer 75-foot putt
Auburn Hail Mary

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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