ESPY Awards 2012: Are Jon Jones and Anderson Silva better fighters than Floyd Mayweather and Andre Ward?

Apr 21, 2012; Atlanta, GA, USA; Jon Jones reacts to beating Rashad Evans in the main event and light heavyweight title bout during UFC 145 at Philips Arena. Jon Jones won the bout by unanimous decision. Mandatory Credit: Paul Abell-US PRESSWIRE

That depends on the voting for the category of "Best Fighter," which will be revealed at the 2012 ESPY Awards on Wednesday, July 11, 2012, at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN. Yes, that's the same night (and time) as UFC on FUEL TV 4: "Munoz vs. Weidman," which emanates from the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California.

Nominees for "Best Fighter" include:

UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones
UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva
WBA Junior Middleweight and WBC Welterweight Champion Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
Reigning WBA and WBC Super-Middleweight Champion Andre Ward

Not surprisingly, pugilistic powerhouse Manny Pacquiao took home last year's top prize. Will his exclusion in 2012 (see Bradley, Tim) be the edge "Bones" or "The Spider" need to pull this one out?

In addition, congenital amputee and mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter Kyle Maynard is also nominated for "Best Male Athlete with a Disability," a category he won at the 2004 ESPY Awards.

Click here to cast your vote and be sure to vote in our unofficial poll after the jump.

MMA vs. boxing. Who wins?

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