Sports Illustrated just released it’s list of the 25 toughest people in sports, and while I’m happy that there’s a few MMA fighters on it, it’s pretty hard to take the list seriously when Tiger fucking Woods was ranked #1 as the toughest athlete out there. Seriously.
Here’s some other highlights and lowlights from the list:
#1 Tiger Woods
#3 Anderson Silva
#8 Fedor Emelianenko
#9 Floyd Mayweather Jr
#15 Kelly Pavlik
#25 Joey Chestnut (Competitive Hot Dog Eater)
Obviously, most rankings and lists are fucking bogus, which is why the only list you’ll ever see on Fightlinker is the “Top 10 list of shitty top 10 lists”. This Sports Illustrated list doesn’t even pass the initial smell test, let alone the Zorgon the Wet test. My main issue here is the definition of toughness that’s used. While Anderson Silva is undoubtedly tough, he’s really more talented than tough. The worst beating he’s taken thus far is from Dan Henderson, who played hammerfist on his head for half a round. Not exactly ultra-tough shit. Now look at guys like Big Nog and Sakuraba, who take a licking and keep on ticking. To me, that’s tough.