Wednesday, November 01, 2017

To be a professional MMA fighter, especially at the UFC level, takes a very special type of person. The amount of perseverance and sheer toughness it requires is not for everyone.

That same kind of perseverance and strength can also carry over to life outside of the cage when hardships and challenges present themselves that regular people aren’t capable of overcoming.

The following UFC fighters were all able to beat the odds in some way and survive situations that the vast majority of people, especially non-fighters, would not.

5) Antonio Rodrigo ‘Minotauro’ Nogueira

The former interim UFC heavyweight champion and legend of the sport ‘Big Nog’ was run over by a truck when he was 11 and miraculously survived.

Antonio Rodrigo ‘Minotauro’ Nogueira
Antonio Rodrigo ‘Minotauro’ Nogueira

He was in the hospital for 11 months and told he would never walk again, but that didn’t stop him.

Antonio Rodrigo ‘Minotauro’ Nogueira
Antonio Rodrigo ‘Minotauro’ Nogueira

Known for being one of the toughest guys in the sport, Big Nog would go on to hold heavyweight titles in both PRIDE and the UFC before retiring in 2015.

Next: Henry Cejudo