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Top 15 Athletes You Can Take Down In A Fight

Professional athletes are the most physically gifted human beings on this planet. They're paid thousands upon millions of dollars to do a physical activity better than any other person and so you would expect them to always be in peak physical condition. Logic dictates that these athletes would be able to beat anyone in a physical competition because of the condition their body always needs to constantly be in.

But then again, there are professional athletes who, though they are the peak of their game/sport/competition, would be absolutely terrible at defending themselves if you were to engage them in fisticuffs. Whether it be that they're easy to injure, cowards, just really don't have any usable skills in a fight or a completely inconceivable weakness that you could exploit, you wouldn't need to worry about these folks stealing your lunch money or giving you tighty whitey wedgies.

Now we have to assume some certain things about this: I am not going to pick athletes from sports where the athletes aren't exactly the most intimidating of people. Picking golfers, bowlers, jockey riders, or any of that sort won't make it on this list. Also, fighters, rugby players, weight lifters, and most other combat athletes will be excluded from the list unless they have a major exploitable weakness. It's true that most fighters have an exploitable weakness, but only skilled fighters with years of experience would be able to take down such admirable foes.

In the end, most of these people will only be taken down if you play your cards right in a fight with them (targeting their weaknesses) because these are professional athletes after all. However, it's surprising how many weaknesses these athletes do have due to years of physical abuse, or irrational fears, and thus the probability of winning against them increases that much more.

15 Chad Pennington

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14 Trindon Holliday 

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13 Fred Smoot

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12 Justin Morneau 

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11 Carl Pavano

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10 Brian Westbrook

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9 David Wright

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8 Ben Roethlisberger

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7 DeSean Jackson

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6 Kevin Durant

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5 Derrick Rose

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4 Yao Ming

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3 Rafael Nadal

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2 David Beckham

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1 The Undertaker

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Quite possibly the most baffling entry on this list, the Undertaker is the most surprising entry on this list. Mark Calaway is quite possibly one of the most dangerous people on this earth. Having tangled (even if it is in professional wrestling) with some of the strongest people on this blue marble, Calaway has trained in different fighting disciplines (black belt in Brazilian Ju-Jitsu) as well to strengthen not only himself, but his move set as well. An example of this is Hell's Gate (his submission finisher). The move was something he developed as early as 2008, 24 years after the start of his career. So why would I think that one of the biggest and most dangerous wrestlers in this world would be someone you could take down in a fight? Simple: Calaway has one gigantic weakness that was proven by Paul Bearer. This weakness is different from the others because it requires a little preparation. The Undertaker is absolutely afraid of....cucumbers and pickles. Bearer once played a trick on The Undertaker in which he put cucumbers on a salad of The Undertaker and when the food was revealed to him, he jumped up in fear and absolutely refused to go near it. Like in any battle, if a weakness is exploited properly, any opponent can be taken down.

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