Ronda Rousey beats out Floyd Mayweather for the Best Fighter ESPY—and she lets him know it. "I wonder how Floyd feels being beat by a woman for once," Rousey says in her red-carpet interview. (Rousey also beat out a bevy of stars for the Best Female Athlete ESPY.)
3. Caitlyn Jenner Stands Up for Transgender People
In her acceptance speech for the Arthur Ashe Courage Award, Caitlyn Jenner advocates for greater acceptance of transgender people. "This transition has been harder on me than anything I could imagine, and that’s the case for so many others, besides me," she says. "For that reason alone, trans people deserve something vital—they deserve your respect."
LeBron James takes home the ESPY for Best Championship Performance, even though he and the Cleveland Cavaliers came up short in the NBA Finals. "You guys inspired me again," James said. "I needed that."
Former Notre Dame basketball player and Army veteran Danielle Green receives the Pat Tillman Award for Service. Green was awarded a Purple Heart for her service after she lost her left arm in a grenade attack at a police station she was guarding in Iraq in 2004.
The World Cup-winning U.S. women’s national soccer team beats out championship squads like the Chicago Blackhawks and the Golden State Warriors to claim the Best Team award. "You guys believed in us the entire seven games, since four years ago when we fell short to 10 days ago when we won it," veteran Abby Wambach says.
Lauren Hill's inspiring story earns her the ESPY for Best Moment. Hill was diagnosed with a brain tumor at age 18—yet she persevered in her dream to play college basketball, and raised awareness for brain cancer, until she passed away.