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Top 15 Pro Athletes Who Absolutely Failed In MMA

The term “mixed martial arts” was first used in 1993 to describe what took place at the first UFC event. Since then, the sport has taken off, rivaling in popularity other sports like professional boxing and professional wrestling. MMA became so popular that just about every guy thought that they could do it, even athletes.

It seems like a natural transition, going from one sport to another. Professional athletes—especially football players, boxers, and wrestlers—are already in great shape, and they’re used to physical contact, so mixed martial arts should come easy. But it turns out that this isn’t necessarily the case. MMA isn’t like street fighting, where the strongest, toughest guy wins. It requires a high level of skill, which can only be acquired through years of rigorous training.

There have certainly been examples of athletes making a successful move into MMA. For example, Herschel Walker, a two-time Pro Bowl NFL running back, won his only two fights in Strikeforce by TKO, and Matt Mitrione, former Defensive Tackle for the New York Giants, is currently ranked 14th amongst all Heavyweights in the UFC. But for every success story there seems to be far more failure stories. Time and time again athletes have entered the octagon only to leave with bloodied faces and bruised egos (or, in the case of Johnnie Morton, on a stretcher). It kind of reminds me of Jon Favreau’s character from Friends, the rich guy (Pete Becker) who was dead set on becoming the ultimate fighter but ended up in a full body cast.

Here’s the list of the top 15 athletes who failed in MMA.

15 Sean O’Haire 

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14 Giant Silva  

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13 Marcus Jones 

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12 Ray Mercer 

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11 James Toney  

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10 Art Jimmerson 

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9 Michael Westbrook 

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8 Bob Sapp 

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7 Johnnie Morton 

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6 Wes Shivers 

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5 Tony Halme

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4 Yoji Anjo 

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3 Manny Yarbrough 

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2 Jose Canseco 

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1 Kimbo Slice

The first name that probably came to your mind when you saw this list was Kimbo Slice. Slice, a former football player at University of Miami who made the pre-season squad for the Miami Dolphins, made quite the name for himself a few years back by beating the snot out of a handful of out of shape no names in backyards and parking lots. Apparently Slice thought that his amateur victories made him a real fighter, and he made the move into MMA, where he quickly learned that the competition was much better than out on the street. After winning his first fight against former boxer Ray Mercer (which was an exhibition), Slice would go on to have a lackluster career in MMA, to say the least.

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