Two fighters make SI list of top 50 fittest athletes, in wrong order

Friday, September 22, 2017

Sports Illustrated recently released their list of the 50 fittest male athlete in the world.

“While all pro athletes are committed to staying in shape, some are more dedicated than others,” they wrote. “Athletes were assessed on many factors, including physical benchmarks such as strength, speed, endurance, agility, flexibility and power, and performances in the last 12 months. SI searched gyms, fields, courts, tracks and trails around the world to find the best-conditioned athletes across all sports.”

Four combat sports athletes made the list:

15 – DEMETRIOUS JOHNSON – UFC
Nicknamed Mighty Mouse, Johnson packs a lot of power and strength in his small frame. Standing at 5’3″, 125 pounds, he’s successfully defended his flyweight title 10 times, dating back to his first belt in 2012, and he’ll try for an 11th in October. When he’s not sparring, you can find him lifting weights or spending hours in the gym working on speed and agility.

11 – GENNADY GOLOVKIN – Boxing
GGG is widely regarded as boxing’s best pound-for-pound fighter right now. The 35-year-old Kazakhstani middleweight champion is relentless in the ring, thanks to superb stamina, strong, skillful punches and superior strength. Against Canelo Alvarez in Sept., his title fight ended in a controversial draw, but many believe Golovkin had the edge, despite the judges’ scoring.

10 – JORDAN BURROUGHS – Wrestling
Burroughs won 74 kg gold medals at the 2012 Olympics and at the World Wrestling Championships in 2011, 2013 and 2015, but he came up short at the 2016 Rio Olympics, leaving without any hardware. But the beastly, 5’7”, 163-pound Burroughs returned to his gold medal-winning ways in 2017, helping the U.S. to its first freestyle wrestling team title since 1995.

9 – CONOR MCGREGOR – UFC
Ireland’s unapologetic, unabashed superstar athlete may have lost to Floyd Mayweather, but the 29-year-old’s ability to compete against one of boxing’s best—after already making history in a completely different sport, becoming the first to hold two UFC belts at two different weight divisions at one time—speaks to his insane level of fitness and athletic abilities.

Putting Conor McGregor above Johnson is bonkers. McGregor acknowledges he has endurance issues that affect his performance. By contrast, Demetrious Johnson gives every appearance of being able to do five round fights back to back. And putting McGregor above Jordan Burroughs is unhinged.

The List:

50 – HUNTER MCINTYRE – Spartan Race athlete
49 – TONY KANAAN – Indy Car
48 – N’GOLO KANTÉ – Leicester City
47 – ELIUD KIPCHOGE – Marathoner
46 – BLAKE GRIFFIN – Los Angeles Clippers | NBA
45 – SAM KENDRICKS – Pole vaulter
44 – CONNOR BARWIN – Los Angeles Rams | NFL
43 – JIMMIE JOHNSON – NASCAR
42 – DREW DRECHSEL – American Ninja Warrior
41 – ROB GRONKOWSKI – New England Patriots | NFL
40 – RUSSELL WILSON – Seattle Seahawks | NFL
39 – JAROMIR JAGR – NHL free agent
38 – HAMISH BOND – Rower
37 – AARON JUDGE – New York Yankees | MLB
36 – CHRIS HOGAN – New England Patriots | NFL
35 – KAWHI LEONARD – San Antonio Spurs | NBA
34 – JAMES LAWRENCE – Triathlete
33 – GALEN RUPP – Marathoner
32 – SAM MIKULAK – USA Gymnastics
31 – BRAD SNYDER – Paralympian
30 – HASSAN WHITESIDE – Miami Heat | NBA
29 – STEVE LANGTON – Bobsled
28 – STEVEN STAMKOS – Tampa Bay Lightning | NHL
27 – KENDRICK FARRIS – Weightlifting
26 – MARQUISE GOODWIN – San Francisco 49ers
25 – EVAN JAGER – Track and field, distance
24 – JOHN CENA – WWE
23 – RAFAEL NADAL – Tennis
22 – CAM NEWTON – NFL
21 – PAUL RABIL – New York Lizards LAX
20 – SCOTT JUREK – Ultra-marathoner
19 – MIKE TROUT – Los Angeles Angels
18 – JULIO JONES – NFL
17 – CARLIN ISLES – USA Rugby
16 – GIANCARLO STANTON – Miami Marlins
15 – DEMETRIOUS JOHNSON – UFC
14 – KIERAN READ – New Zealand All Blacks Rugby
13 – ALEX HONNOLD – Rock climber
12 – CHRIS FROOME – Cycling
11 – GENNADY GOLOVKIN – Boxing
10 – JORDAN BURROUGHS – Wrestling
9 – CONOR MCGREGOR – UFC
8 – WAYDE VAN NIEKERK – Track and field, sprint
7 – RUSSELL WESTBROOK – Oklahoma City Thunder | NBA
6 – ODELL BECKHAM JR. – New York Giants | NFL
5 – JAMES HARRISON – Pittsburgh Steelers | NFL
4 – MAT FRASER – CrossFit
3 – ROGER FEDERER – Tennis
2 – LEBRON JAMES – Cleveland Cavaliers | NBA
1 – CRISTIANO RONALDO – Real Madrid