Thursday, August 03, 2017

Google defines athleticism as “the physical qualities that are characteristic of athletes, such as strength, fitness, and agility” but perhaps there is more to it than that.

Athleticism is genetic, God given if you will. It is something you can’t teach, nor develop on your own. You either have it or you don’t.

Freak athletes are a rare thing and are able to do things that normal people simply cannot do. In MMA, these freaks are even rarer as other sports like football or basketball offer greater financial benefit and also don’t involve getting punched in the face for a living.

Though many of these ‘freak athletes’ got into the game a little too late, almost all of them were still able to find success, of varying degrees, thanks to their high-level athleticism.

5.) Brock Lesnar might be the freakiest athlete of all time to ever compete in the UFC. Just take a look at some of his NFL combine numbers.

Brock Lesnar
Brock Lesnar

And not only did Lesnar play in the NFL for the Minnesota Vikings (albeit briefly) but as an amateur wrestler, he was a NCAA Division I All-American (1999, 2000) and NCAA Division I Heavyweight Champion (2000).

Brock Lesnar
Brock Lesnar

Not only that but there is an argument to be made that Lesnar is one of the greatest UFC heavyweight champions of all time as he currently shares the record for the most title defenses (2).

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