Pick one non-combat sports athlete who you think would transition the best to MMA.

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  1. Matty da Ranga

    Matty da Ranga Banned Banned

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    In their primes, so it doesn't have to be an active athlete.

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    Charles Barkley in his college years
    - 6'5" 300lbs
    - Could move faster than most NBA point guards, and jump higher than most NFL cornerbacks
    - Light on his feet, and the most agile power forward in NBA history
    - Insanely tough, durable, and injury-free
    - Naturally aggressive, but had a good athletic IQ

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    2014 JJ Watt

    - 6'5" 295lbs
    - Hard to find a better combination of size, strength, speed, and toughness
    - Great reflexes and superb anticipation

    Unfortunately JJ is very injury-prone, which is why he isn't my number one pick.

    Bo Jackson was a close third choice.
     
  2. Chris John

    Chris John He's got festing black lungs.

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    Allen Iverson would have been the GOAT welterweight
     
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    RespectIsEarned Real life Brown belt

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    Yours a solid options. Id say Laurence Taylor.
     
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    John Creed Green Belt

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    Based on what?
     
  5. Chris John

    Chris John He's got festing black lungs.

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    He was an athletic freak, he would have been long for the weightclass too
     
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    Bend NvR Break Standing still is actually moving back

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    Ray Lewis

    Frank Thomas

    Adrian Peterson

    Ben Wallace

    Brain Urlacher (he actually took BJJ lessons at a gym not far from my old house for a couple years)

    Bo Jackson. It's very possible he's the greatest athlete to ever live.

    Primetime would have made a killer WW.

    Pat Tillman. NFL to US Army Ranger. He could have been a pro fighter.
     
  7. Matty da Ranga

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    You ever hear the story of how Urlacher almost got his ass kicked by Bas Rutten?
     
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    I'd like to see one of those scandinavian strongmen champions competing against heavyweight cans actually.
     
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    Ruthless_swag Purple Belt

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    JJ wattts can pass usada though?
     
  10. Matty da Ranga

    Matty da Ranga Banned Banned

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    Those guys have zero cardio, they would be gassed after throwing three punches.

    Charles Barkley had better cardio than most UFC Middleweights and he was 300lbs
     
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    Cormier's Little Guy Three-foot-nine with a ten-foot Belt

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    HW champion with 0 days of training.

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    Yeah. His friend had to tell him who Bas was before he wrote a check he couldn't cash.
     
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    Xavier Fireballpunch

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    Herschel Walker
     
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    Bobby Boulders My Lovin' Is Digi Platinum Member

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    Ron Artest.

    6'7", 260lbs, solid. To anyone who knows who he is, it's obvious he had the mentality for it.
     
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    Gronk would win the belt and spike it through the octagon canvas
     
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    I could tell you the worst non-combat sports athlete to make a transition.

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    Luke Kuechly
    6-3 245 lb
    Top tier speed and quickness.
    Above average toughness and highest level player IQ along with work ethic.
    Heart
     
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    YOLOGOGOPLATA Throw Dem Bows

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    Iverson has never weighed 170 in his life. He was pretty lean so idk if he makes FW but he’s a LW at max. There are some people who think he would be the greatest American soccer player ever if he concentrated on it. And people from Virginia will swear he was a better football player than Mike Vick (who grew up in the same area)
    One of the greatest athletes I’ve ever seen, quickness and coordination absolutely off the charts
     

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