MMA Fighters Top Sports Illustrated’s “25 Toughest Athletes” List

Sports Illustrated released its list of “The 25 Toughest Athletes”, among the athlete’s listed were two Mixed Martial Artists and one boxer. Coming in at #3 is the current UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva. Also in the top ten, top heavyweight Fedor Emelienanko made the list at #8. Boxer Floyd Mayweather came in just behind Fedor at #9.

Anderson Silva:

You automatically qualify when people tab you as the world’s best pound-for-pound mixed martial arts fighter. Silva is 6-0 in the UFC, and ranked No. 1 in pound-for-pound polls by Fight Magazine.

Fedor Emelianenko:

Well, he’s the toughest heavyweight in the world, and maybe the greatest heavyweight in mixed martial arts. Emelianenko, 31, is 27-1-1 in MMA and is a 10-time Sambo tournament champion, including four World Combat Sambo Championships. Ruthless Russian strongman Vladimir Putin shows up on occasion to watch him.