Vitor Belfort wins award in 1st annual ESPN Sport Science Newton Awards

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BURBANK, CALIFORNIA (BDCi) — Brazilian MMA fighter Vitor Belfort won the greater than award in the 1st Annual ESPN Sport Science Newton Awards.

Belfort won for his spinning kick measured at an angular velocity of more than 700 degrees per second. Belfort went heel over head to knock out Luke Rockhold. Belfort beat out Andre Williams running back Boston College, DeAndre Jordan center Los Angeles Clippers, Serena Williams tennis player and LeBron James forward Miami Heat.

By: BDCiTV

By: BDCiTV

In an interview with BDCi TV, translated into english, Belfort said, ” I would like to thank God for the opportunity, first of all and I am very happy with the outcome of the event. The other athletes in my category were also very talented, I am honored to take this trophy home.”

While most other award shows are based on voting, ESPN Sport Science Newton Awards are judged on scientific analysis of thousands of athletic performances from the world of sports in 2013. Here are the other winners from the event..

ESPN Sport Science Newton Awards Nominees (Winners are in bold)

Best Catch

Ben Revere, Outfielder, Philadelphia Phillies

Revere goes Superman for one of Major League Baseball’s top plays of the year

Calvin Johnson, Wide Receiver, Detroit Lions

Megatron goes up for a jump ball, peaking over 11 feet above ground and brings it down, beating three defenders for a touchdown

J.J Worton, Wide Receiver, University of Central Florida

Worton makes a full extension grab, stretching his body more than 8 feet in the final minutes against Temple, propelling UCF to their first ever BCS-appearance.

Kodi Whitfield, Wide Receiver, Stanford University

Whitfield makes a stunning backhand snag, giving UCLA their first loss and sending the Cardinal to the Rose Bowl

Golden Tate, Wide Receiver, Seattle Seahawks

While dragging his toes to stay in bounds, Tate utilizes less than 20 pounds of force on his helmet to make a one-handed snag for a touchdown against Atlanta.

Best Projectile Launch

Zach Johnson, Golfer, Northwestern Mutual World Challenge

After dumping his approach shot in the drink, Johnson holes out from the fairway on the 72nd hold to force a playoff with Tiger Woods

Matt Prater, Kicker, Denver Broncos

Prater sets an NFL record with a 64-yard field goal in 14-degree weather to help the Broncos beat the Titans in Mile High

Stephen Curry, Guard, Golden State Warriors

Curry becomes the NBA’s new 3-point king with the most in a single season

Keegan Balle, Midfielder, Rutgers University-Camden

Leading Rutgers University-Camden to the Division 3 National Championship, Belle launches a free kick more than 230 feet to find the goal

Evan Gattis, Catcher, Atlanta Braves

Against the Phillies, Gattis hits the ball 486 feet, the longest homerun of the year in MLB

Outstanding Reaction

Jose Fernandez, Pitcher, Miami Marlins

Rookie of the Year snags a 100+ mph comebacker

Kofi Sarkodie, Defender, Houston Dynamo

His goalie’s best friend, Sarkodie makes two incredible goal line saves

Bryan Brothers, Tennis, Australian Open Finals

Bob and Mike Bryan display their elite teamwork in a high-speed rally at the net in the Australian Open Finals

Tony Stewart, Driver, Nationwide at Daytona

With cars colliding to his side and behind, Stewart makes an incredible move at 180mph to avoid a close call 12-car wreck and win the Nationwide Drive4COPD at Daytona

Tuukka Rask, Goalie, Boston Bruins

Rask stops 5 shots during chaos in the crease in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals

Best Throw

Aaron Rodgers, Quarterback, Green Bay Packers

Rodgers finds wide receiver Jordy Nelson with a laser, releasing the ball at nearly 60 mph to dissect the 49ers

Manny Machado, Third Baseman, Baltimore Orioles

Ranging to his right, well past the third base line, Machado releases the ball with an angular velocity of 1300 degrees per second to burn a Yankee with his hot corner heave

Jameis Winston, Quarterback, Florida State University

The eventual Heisman Trophy winner fights off Boston College defenders and launches a 57-mph Hail Mary just .06 seconds before contact to burn BC

Yasiel Puig, Outfielder, Los Angeles Dodgers

Rookie sensation Puig releases a 95-mph throw from right field to gun down a baserunner from over 200 feet away

Torrance Gibson, Quarterback, American Heritage High School

An amazing scramble results in a run and gun heave for the touchdown

Most Improbable

Boston Bruins

Down by 3 goals in the 3rd period, the Bruins rally to defeat Toronto in overtime for one of hockey’s greatest comebacks of all time

Oracle Team USA

Down 1-8, the US sailers make a historic comeback by taking 8 straight races to win America’s Cup over New Zealand, 9-8

Khalil Edney, Guard, New Rochelle High School

After he steals back his own stolen in-bounds pass, Edney hits an insane 49-foot game winning buzzer beater from past half court

Auburn University

Capping an incredible comeback season, led by coach Guz Malzahn, Auburn returns a game-winning walk off field goal against Alabama with a 109-yard miracle

Florida Gulf Coast University

One of the greatest Cinderella stories in NCAA basketball history, Florida Gulf Coast knocks off number 2 seed Georgetown to become the first ever number 15 seed to reach the Sweet 16.

Outstanding New Limit

Valery Rozov, Base Jumper Mt. Everest

Launching off Mount Everest at an altitude of 23,688 feet above sea level, Rozov breaks the world record for highest base jump ever

Joey Chestnut, Competitive Eater, Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest

Consuming a hotdog every 8.7 seconds, Chestnut downs a world record 69 hotdogs in 10 minutes

Diana Nyad, Swimmer, Cuba to Florida

At the age of 64, Nyad swims 110 miles from Havana to Key West in 53 hours, without a shark tank

Ethen Godfrey-Roberts, BMX, Nitro CIrcus

Godfrey-Roberts lands the first ever Superman Double Backflip

Garrett McNamara, Surfer, Portugal

In Portugal, McNamara surfs an estimated 100-foot wave, roughly 17 times his own height, setting what is thought to be a new world record

Best Flight

Mitchie Brusco, Skateboarding, X Games Barcelona

On the Megaramp, Brusco lands the first Big Air 1080 in X Games history

Javonte Douglas, Forward, College of Central Florida

Douglas becomes a web sensation by reaching 12 feet in the air to throw down a posterizing putback for the College of Central Florida

Henrik Harlaut, Skiing, X Games Aspen

Harlaut wins X Games gold with 1620 degrees of total rotation during a trick named the Nose Butter Triple Cork

Shaun White, Snowboarding, X Games Aspen

White soars to 24’1′, the highest recorded amplitude in X Games Snowboard Superpipe history

Outstanding Agility

Tony Parker, Guard, San Antonio Spurs

Averaging 2.6 dribbles per second, Parker ices the Miami Heat in Game 1 of the NBA Finals by getting two the hard way

Lionel Messi, Forward, FC Barcelona

Generating an estimated 3Gs of acceleration with each cut, Messi weaves through the Athletic Bilbao defense to score a classic goal

Jose Iglesias, Shortstop, Detroit Tigers

MLB’s Web Gem of the Year, Iglesias’ lightning fast and release is a result of his arm rotating at roughly 1300 degrees per second

Johnny Manziel, Quarterback, Texas A&M

The Heisman Trophy winner pulls off a houdini-like escape against #1 Alabama before completing a pass for a big gain

Giovanni Bernard, Running Back, Cincinnati Bengals

Rookie runner spins and slices through the Dolphins defense, covering more than 100 yards for a zig-zag touchdown

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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