<![CDATA[Ranker: Recent Sports & Games Lists]]> http://www.ranker.com/list-of//sports?source=rss http://www.ranker.com/img/skin2/logo.gif Most Viewed Lists on Ranker http://www.ranker.com/list-of//sports?source=rss <![CDATA[Top 10 Best Defenders in the NBA 2017]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/top-10-best-defenders-in-the-nba-2017/riley-baines?source=rss

Defense wins championships. If you can play elite defense, but struggle offensively, you can still make an NBA roster. There are certain players that you can rely on to come in game in and game out to cover the opposing teams best scorer. In an era where record breaking scoring is happening, the art of defense gets lost. If you can contribute on the defensive floor, you will be highly sought out because it can mean the difference between winning and losing in the final minute of a game. These are the top 10 best defenders in the nba 2017.


Top 10 Best Defenders in the NBA 2017, sports, basketball players, people in sports, athletes, basketball,

Chris Paul

LeBron James

DeAndre Jordan

Jimmy Butler

Anthony Davis

Kawhi Leonard

Hassan Whiteside

Draymond Green

Rudy Gobert

Giannis Antetokounmpo


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Sun, 20 Aug 2017 09:35:25 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/top-10-best-defenders-in-the-nba-2017/riley-baines
<![CDATA[PPP Community Top 25 Under 25 - Vote 3 (11 - 20)]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/ppp-community-top-25-under-25-vote-3-_11-20_/species-1967?source=rss

PPP has now revealed the first 15 players in our 2017 Top 25 Under 25. PPP commenters continue to debate our selections! Now you have another chance to show us how you would rank the players on the list so far.

In the poll below you can vote on our selections from 11 to 15; plus the next five players you voted as the best from our last poll.

Think a player is ranked too high? Vote them down. Think a player is too low? Vote them up. You can skip a player to leave them where they are. You can change your vote from up to down and back again as often as you like until Saturday August 26.


PPP Community Top 25 Under 25 - Vote 3 (11 - 20),

Andreas Borgman

Andrew Nielsen

Dmytro Timashov

Andreas Johnsson

Carl Grundstrom

Jeremy Bracco

Calle Rosen

Nikita Soshnikov

Kerby Rychel

Adam Brooks


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Sat, 19 Aug 2017 21:11:35 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/ppp-community-top-25-under-25-vote-3-_11-20_/species-1967
<![CDATA[The Best Floyd Mayweather Burns By Conor McGregor]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-conor-mcgregor-floyd-mayweather-burns/rogin-kim?source=rss

Continuing his rise up the ranks as one of the GOAT in MMA, Conor McGregor only adds fuel to his ascension with his over-the-top trash-talk. He holds no punches, just like in the ring, and it especially shows when you watch Conor McGregor taunting Floyd Mayweather. Conor McGregor vs Floyd Mayweather is possibly the biggest event in combat sports history. The hype only keeps building, and both fighters continue to trade verbal blows on social media, the press, and culminated in a four-city press tour that ended in a roasting. While Mayweather remains the favorite, the best Floyd Mayweather burns by Conor McGregor landed the Irishman a victory in the trash-talk arena.

Analysts speculate that the payday for both fighters will surpass the $100 million mark. The fight will be fought in a boxing ring under boxing rules, and with 10 oz. gloves. So naturally, McGregor's doing all he can to get his name in the news; now, even if he loses, he still retains all the fame and fortune the pre-fight hype bought him these past few months. Not only that, he also secures his legacy, for better or worse, as one of the most outspoken trash-talkers the sports world has ever known.


The Best Floyd Mayweather Burns By Conor McGregor,

Call Me C.J. Watson

Conor tweeted this out in response to Floyd's appearance on First Take. C.J. Watson is a reference to the NBA player Floyd accused of sleeping with his former girlfriend due to some text messages. In the end, Mayweather ended up serving 90 days for domestic abuse against her. Conor makes himself the homewrecker here, as well as slyly calling out Mayweather for beating women.


Head Rub Mic Drop

McGregor closed out the press tour with the ballsy move of touching Mayweather's head. Mayweather kept his cool and McGregor kept roasting, but for a moment the tension was thick. Either McGregor is crazy enough to risk millions of dollars by touching Floyd, or they're both genius marketers who engineered the whole thing to sell tickets.


This Brittle Handed B*tch

It’s well-known Mayweather had surgery to fix his hands from the damage done from boxing, leaving some analysts to speculate whether he's still capable of generating knockout power. Conor, as any shrewd fighter would, goes straight for Floyd's weakness by launching into a blistering salvo with, "The pain in this man's hands in the cold is unbelievable!" 


He's In A Fookin' Track Suit

Making fun of your opponent's outfit remains a tried-and-true tactic of the roast battle, and McGregor opens with comments about Floyd's tracksuit and connects it to murmurs of his ongoing money troubles in the media. It's a tight one-two shot combination.


Boxing's Biggest B*tch

Most spectators agree McGregor spat fire daggers during the Toronto press conference and was hands-down the winner in that exchange. McGregor gets to the heart of their fighting styles - he is a knock-out artist, while Mayweather has boxing's greatest defense. McGregor echoes the critics when he proclaims, "His head is too small... He's never even fought a day in his life. He's a runner. He's boxing's biggest b*tch."


Dance Around For $180 Million

Possibly the first shot fired between McGregor and Mayweather, this arrived before the papers for the fight were drawn up. When Conan asked McGregor if he would fight Floyd Mayweather, McGregor responded, "Who would not want to dance around the ring for $180 million?" His quip not only set the stage for the rivalry but also the bar for the payoff. 


He Could've Rode Off Into The Sunset

McGregor remains undefeated in boxing and McGregor delights in telling him he will be the one to destroy his legacy. He tells Mayweather's manager he'll have to pick up the pieces, and that Floyd's record is going to be tarnished because "they got greedy." All this mixed together with a home court advantage of being in London led to some top-notch trash talk.


You Can't Even Read

Mayweather's literacy troubles started circulating after 50 Cent challenged him to read a page from Harry Potter. Since then, multiple videos have appeared of Mayweather having trouble reading that corroborate 50's claim. McGregor delivers a one-two by starting off with Mayweather's bookbag and delivering the KO with the reading line.


That's For The Tax Man

Mayweather's tax problems continue to make the headlines, providing the perfect fodder for this zinger McGregor prepared for him. The combination of going by the moniker "Money" while also going through tax problems lends itself to jokes that write themselves, but McGregor displays his trademark precision with his comic timing. 


Let's Go Get Some Boxing Ones Now Son

Sometimes the best burns come in wholesome shapes, like baby Conor Jr. nestled inside of one of many championship belts on a sofa, while his dad supports his head gently. McGregor Sr.'s uses the endearing imagery of fatherhood to announce he's coming to get some more belts in a sport he's never competed in. This picture manages to undercut Mayweather's accomplishments as the undefeated champion in five divisions. 



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Thu, 10 Aug 2017 07:38:16 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-conor-mcgregor-floyd-mayweather-burns/rogin-kim
<![CDATA[Top 10 Most Disputed Fights]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/most-disputed-fights-in-martial-arts/jacob-shelton?source=rss

Many of the most disputed fights in the history of the sport inspired more conflict than you ever saw in the brawls themselves. When it comes to controversial fights from history, the older stories grow and mutate as decades pass. Despite the existence of hard facts behind much of these famed battles, the rumors usually emerge as the most entertaining part of the story. Whether displayed on television or behind closed doors in an unknown warehouse, the world’s most disputed fights each inspire a great deal of discourse as to not only their outcomes but what happened after them. Sometimes no clear winner emerges at the end, leaving audience members to debate their own accounts for eternity; in other fights, a clear victor was robbed of their win by either incompetent or corrupt judges.

As you learn about the most controversial fights in history, attempt to put yourself in the judges' shoes, or even a member of the audience. How would you have scored the fights? What do you think could have been done differently? Would you change who you were rooting for had you known the outcome in advance? Regardless of what you think, these are the facts below, and they will likely continue to stoke controversy for years to come.


Top 10 Most Disputed Fights,

Bruce Lee vs Wong Jack Man

The 1964 battle between Bruce Lee and Wong Jack Man comes with a complicated and messy back story that incorporates stylistic differences, race, and the longstanding San Francisco vs Oakland rivalry. It also took place in front of only seven people behind locked doors, meaning the story has since taken on mythic proportions in martial arts circles. According to surviving witness David Chin, the brawl resembled more of a street fight than the cinematic moment fans imagined. They both said the fight lasted around seven minutes and that each competitor fought crudely, attempting to put their opponent away as quickly as possible until Wong lost his footing in the final moments.

A defining moment for both fighters, the brawl certainly shook Bruce Lee's own convictions about the infallibility of his own training, and spurred him onwards towards developing his own style.


Roy Jones Jr. vs Park Si-hun

The gold medal boxing match at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, Korea was a huge deal. In one corner you had Roy Jones Jr., the only boxer in history to begin his career as a light middleweight and go on to win a heavyweight title; in the other corner was opponent Park Si-hun, a home town boxer who made it all the way to the finals. During the match the commentators remained certain Jones would take home the gold, as he outperformed Si-hun in most every way. Yet, when the judges unveiled their scorecards, Si-Hun surprisingly received the win.

Did Park actually outfight Jones in a technical sense, or was he on the receiving end of some home town love? During the medal ceremony Park told his former opponent that Jones should have been given the gold. "He wasn't supposed to say it, but he told me he could not believe what the judges were doing to me," said Jones. The Olympic committee refused to change their decision, but did ban two of the five judges for life.


Xu Xiaodong vs Wei Lei

While traditional forms of martial arts trace back hundreds of years, MMA only boasts a few years under its belt. But never stopped MMA practitioners from wrecking shop when they want to. In 2017 MMA fighter Xu Xiaodong started taunting masters of more traditional martial arts, calling them frauds and telling them to fight him or to stop talking down to fighters who don't practice more visually pleasing styles. So Wei Lei, a practitioner of the “thunder style” of tai chi, decided to take on Xu and prove new fighting styles, no matter how popular, paled to the old ways.

Yet Xu destroyed his opponent in less time than it takes to read this article, and the people of China loved this not at all. They claimed Xu made a mockery of one of their foundations, and while the ending of the fight itself wasn't disputed, the reasoning behind the fight in the first place definitely was. Due to the backlash, Xu now lives in hiding.


Jose Luis Ramirez vs Pernell Whitaker

People rarely speak of Pernell Whitaker in the same vaulted tones as guys like Roy Jones Jr. or Evander Holyfield. But at his peak, "Sweet Pea" was a lightweight monster, which makes his match against Jose Luis Ramirez at the Stade de Levallois, Hauts de Siene, France even more of a disappointment. Many fans who scored this bout at home wound up ruling in favor of Whitaker, who they believe outboxed Ramirez with his signature defensive style. Yet for whatever reason, possibly their preference for a more aggressive style of boxing, they came down on the side of Ramirez and left Whitaker leaving the stadium with a big L. 


Jersey Joe Walcott vs Joe Louis

December 5, 1947, a day that went down in boxing infamy. Joe Louis, a legend by this point in his career, faced off against Jersey Joe Walcott, a boxer with an unorthodox style who made the mistake of being the other guy in the ring with Joe Louis. The bout went a full 15 rounds, with Louis being knocked out in both the first and fourth rounds, but that apparently didn't matter in the eyes of the judges. Allegedly, when the fight ended Louis attempted to leave the ring because he thought that he had finally been bested, but ring officials made him stay in the ring.

Imagine his surprise learning that the refs announced Louis as the winner over Walcott. Everyone in Madison Square Garden booed, and instead of raise his arm in victory Louis made his way to Walcott and whispered, "I'm sorry, Joe."

 


George St. Pierre vs Johny Hendricks

At the end of this welterweight-championship match at UFC 167, fans believed Johny Hedricks would hold up the the belt in the middle of the octagon, while St. Pierre sat bloodied, black, and blue in the corner. However, the judges ruled in favor of the reigning champion, St. Pierre, who, following the match, said he planned to take some time off. To say that Dana White, Mr. UFC, felt less than pleased about the outcome of the match would be an understatement. After all was said and done, White maintained his opinion that St. Pierre hadn't performed as well as the judges gave him credit for.

"I’m blown away that George St. Pierre won that fight, and listen, I’m a promoter," White told the Las Vegas Sun. "He’s the biggest pay-per-view star on the f*cking planet for me, and I still don’t think he won that fight.”


Timothy Bradley vs Manny Pacquiao

This storied fight makes you wonder if all of the gossip surrounding a brawl can actually be as juicy as it's promised to be. The 2012 fight got off to a late start after Manny Pacquiao maneuvered the match's start time so he wouldn't have to leave his dressing room until game 7 between the Celtics and the Miami Heat finished. Sounds like a total diva move, but it apparently totally happened. The fight, which started very late, appeared to be entirely in Pacquiao's corner, until the final scores were released that surprisingly decided in favor of Bradley. Many say this decision resulted from one of either two factors: gross incompetence on the part of the judges, or pure corruption


Chris Weidman vs Gegard Mousasi

What. A. Mess. This fight at UFC 210 in Buffalo, New York was your average MMA match for all of two minutes before it spiraled out of control into something that the fighters, and UFC as a whole, would like you to forget. With 1:47 left in the second round,  a referee called a time out when he thought he saw Mousasi perform an illegal kick. After bringing in a ringside doctor to check out Weidman, the ref called for instant replay - but here's the thing - instant replay isn't allowed within the state of New York's Athletic Commission. After watching the instant replay, the ref decided that the match needed a break, and then after about five minutes or so he gave Moussai the win. To make matters worse this was Moussai's last match with the UFC for the unforeseen future, meaning Weidman may never get a chance for a rematch. 


Jade Jones vs Kimia Zernoorin

Computers should make everyone's lives easier, not complicate Olympic-level martial arts contests, but you can't have everything. During the 2015 quarter finals for the World Taekwondo Championships in Russia, Jade Jones, who won the gold medal for Taekwondo at the 2012 Olympics, was nose-to-nose with her opponent, Kimia Zernoorin, when the scoring system glitched and failed to award Jones for a blow she landed during the malfunction. The match ended 10-9 in Zernoorin's favor, and while Jones handled it well, she was still disappointed.

“It was a really tight match but I thought I had it when I scored the spinning back kick," she said. "I know I could have perhaps covered better but it’s so frustrating to see good shots not awarded points when there is so much at stake.” Don't feel too bad for Jones, at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio she ended up taking home the gold


Angel Matos vs Arman Chilimanov

Many dispute this fight not only because of the fierce activity in the ring, but also for Angel Matos' behavior directly after the match. In the final moments of the bronze medal match at the 2008 Olympics, Matos led 3-2 over his opponent, but got disqualified for sitting for too long on the mat for medical attention. Fighters receive one minute for this kind of action and Matos went over his time limit. While disappointing, this was the Olympics and thems the rules. Rather than accepting his fate, Matos questioned the judge before kicking the referee and getting escorted off of the premises. 

 



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Thu, 27 Jul 2017 10:17:22 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/most-disputed-fights-in-martial-arts/jacob-shelton
<![CDATA[10 Most Devastating Moves in Martial Arts]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/most-devastating-martial-arts-moves/jacob-shelton?source=rss

On the whole, most people use martial arts as a form of self-defense rather than killing. Rarely do practitioners of judo or Jeet Kune Do walk into a bar and start wrecking shop outside of the movies, but they definitely know a few dangerous martial arts moves that can strike a killing blow. Most of the killer martial arts moves covered here never get taught in basic martial arts classes; in fact many of them have either been phased out or only get used by the military for hand-to-hand combat. If you enjoy martial arts, or the MMA, you also won’t be seeing any of these techniques in a sanctioned match because many of them are banned for good reason; if performed incorrectly each hold, attack, and technique covered here can easily cause permanent damage, or simply kill someone.

While most well trained martial artists probably know how to do many of these moves, they won't pull them out in a match, or even in a street fight. Even still, it must be good to know that you have a literal killer move in your back pocket at all times. 


10 Most Devastating Moves in Martial Arts,

Fish Hooking

Fish-hooking may not be the most elegant move in fighting history, but in a fight to the death, form comes after survival in terms of importance. To fish-hook someone you shove your fingers into someone’s mouth, nostrils, or whatever orifice lies closest and start pulling on the person until they’re in severe pain. This move looks goofy, but if you apply enough pressure you can tear a person’s skin and cause permanent damage to their body. In modern combat contests like MMA or martial arts tournaments fish-hooking is totally outlawed because of the possibility of permanent injury that it carries. 


The Palm Strike

Even people untrained in martial arts know what a palm strike looks like, likely from some movie or educational film that explains how you force someone’s nose bone into their face and kill them. While that may be somewhat mythological (there is no “nose bone”), it’s definitely possible to do some serious damage with your palm - especially if you know how to place power behind your hand. If you strike as if trying to hit something behind your target's face, you’ll probably render them unconscious. Who needs fists of fury when you have palms for pummeling?


The Roundhouse Kick

Roundhouse kicks are easily the most deceptive of martial arts moves, and every pre-teen tries their hand at one after seeing it in a karate flick. But when done correctly a roundhouse arrives with the force of a baseball bat - an item that generates close to 480 pounds of force per strike. If you properly ground yourself while extending your leg as far as possible, you generate an amazing amount of power to knock your opponent’s block off. However, if you feel less confident in your roundhouse it’s best not to try this move for the first time in a fight, because you’ll probably eat turf and get whomped by your opponent in the process.


Kubi Kudaki

Also known as a twisting neck break lock, kubi kudaki, when performed correctly and with enough force, can tear the spinal column, cause permanent paralysis or kill your opponent. One variation of this lock involves the user actually throwing their opponent while applying the neck lock, which kills the person it's being performed on more often than not. There are definitely people who perform this move without committing murder but they have to make incredibly precise movements. 


Do-Jime

In judo, the do-jime is a chokehold considered to be one of the four forbidden techniques. But why? When applying this hold, you must be in incredibly close quarters, grab the person around the waist with your legs, and squeeze them towards you while slowly constricting their body until they submit or run out of air. The do-jime maneuver phased out of judo lessons because of how easily it causes compressive asphyxia. If applied for long enough, the do-jime can crush someone's rib cage and kill them. 


Dim Mak

Dim Mak, otherwise known as "the death touch," is something like acupuncture's evil twin. The myth of dim mak says that by simply striking a small collection of pressure points you can kill someone. While death may not occur, you can inflict serious damage to someone's body if you know exactly where to strike. Most of the pressure points used by practitioners of dim mak are the same as any pressure point used in an acupuncture or massage session. But practitioners managed to use this knowledge to take a person's body and turn it against them with only a few movements. And they do so with only the smallest of movements.


The Axe Kick

You know with a name like”axe kick” that the move in question will be brutal. This martial arts finishing move only really gets used when someone looks to do some damage to their opponent. A normal stomp is a straight down forceful step, but an axe kick, or stomp, boasts the added power of an upward swing which concentrates all of the power in the stomper’s heel. Depending on how much momentum the attacker builds up, an axe stomp can be lethal. If you want to end a fight quickly, use the axe kick on someone’s knee, elbow, or any appendage that isn’t the head or chest. But just to be safe, it’s best to keep this move in the arsenal until you need it. 


12 To 6 Elbows

Traditionally known as downward elbows, 12-6 elbow strikes get their name from the attacker's elbow, which starts at the 12 o'clock position and moves down to the 6 o'clock position. Elbow strikes already cause tons of pain, but when someone gets hit with an elbow going straight down onto the back of their neck or head, it wrecks their entire day. Even if your elbow fails to kill your opponent, they will be out of commission for a while, during which time they'll think twice before entering another fight. It looks so intense people now consider it bad form to use it in an MMA match, though it remains a legal move to use.


The Ol' Throat Punch

Anyone who's ever swallowed a nacho the wrong way knows that the neck and throat serve as sensitive spots. Punches may be a less refined way to attack someone but when you need to get the job done (i.e. wreck shop on an attacker) then punching them in the throat remains one of the quickest ways to shut anyone down. If performed correctly, this move can crush someone’s windpipe, but even a half-hearted punch to the throat will still knock someone off balance and deal out some pain. 


The Rear Neck Choke

The reverse neck choke, commonly known as the sleeper hold, is one of the most well known and dangerous attacks in all of martial arts. The hardest part of this move involves positioning yourself behind your opponent; but once you get the staging out of the way, you simply wrap you arm around your attacker or opponent’s neck and lock in the hold until all of the oxygen is cut off from their brain. From there, you either knock out whomever you’re fighting, or, if you’re a psychopath you can hold the choke until you cause either permanent brain damage or death.



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Thu, 27 Jul 2017 09:58:37 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/most-devastating-martial-arts-moves/jacob-shelton
<![CDATA[8 Craziest Training Methods in Martial Arts]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/craziest-martial-arts-training-methods/jacob-shelton?source=rss

Regardless of how easy martial artists make their practice look, becoming a martial arts master requires hard work. But, there exist more insane martial arts training methods that make other training techniques look like beginner's yoga. When you picture a martial arts class, you probably envision a dojo full of students in gis practicing roundhouse kicks. You might be surprised to learn of the ridiculous martial arts training methods - like those used in Shaolin training - which are applied in order to become a ninja master. The one thing which connects all the crazy martial arts training methods below is how they put the human body through horrendous amounts of torment to steel their nerves and sharpen their skills. After all, if you’ve faced death alone at the top of freezing mountain while training, what’s a 10-minute-long Jeet Kune Do match?

It goes without saying these super intense methods of training aren't the way to get into martial arts. The crazy kung fu training detailed here gears itself more toward practitioners who are looking for ways to push their minds and bodies past any normal means of thought, and into an almost superhuman level of conditioning. So instead of running up the nearest mountain or slamming your shins into a tree, why not read about the training instead?


8 Craziest Training Methods in Martial Arts,

Shaolin Monk Training

When one thinks of a monk, they likely imagine men clad in robes, sitting cross-legged in a temple in a state of prayer. But to achieve a life of constant meditation, monks must to put themselves through both physical and mental training in order to prove nothing keeps them from their goal of searching for enlightenment. Some of the most harrowing forms of monk training include smashing their heads against a log and learning to break a bowl with one finger. If you don't want to fly to middle of nowhere in Asia to become a monk you can always read the 72 Arts of Shaolin and give it a shot on your lonesome. 


Tameshiwari

You're probably asking yourself, "What the heck is Tameshiwari?" It's a form of karate simply focused on breaking stuff with your body. Practitioners of Tameshiwari smash bricks, ice, wood, you name it, in order to get stronger. A lot of people practice a sort of halfway Tameshiwari that's mostly for show, but the actual version of this practice gets nuts. Practitioners believe by focusing their mental energy and combining it with their strength, they can smash anything in their way, and they usually break every bone in their body while trying to accomplish their goal of smashing the world to pieces. 

 


Muay Thai Tree Kicking

One of the main tenets of Muay Thai involves the use of a fighter’s shins to attack their opponent, rather than their feet like other variations of martial arts. In order for the shin attack to land without injuring oneself, a fighter needs to train that part of their body to feel no pain. So what’s the training regimen for something like that? Many Muay Thai fighters smash their shins into the hardest thing they can find, specifically trees. By smashing your shin into the tough bark of the tree you build up a tolerance to smashing bone against bone, and probably add some gnarly scar tissue to your life. 

 


Slow Training

Slow training is exactly what it sounds like: a fighter goes through their normal training routine but slows it down to an almost excruciating pace. This not only makes the fighter focus on their technique, they also become more in-tune with their body with extra time to think. Conversely, in a full-speed training session or actual fight, fighters simply react without much thought for technique. So it definitely makes sense, but sense never made anything, especially training, any more fun.


Shotokan Altitude Training

Anyone who goes rock climbing, or even on long hikes, will tell you the higher you go the less oxygen there is, making it hard to breathe. Many experienced climbers die or succumb to fatigue in these situations and have to be escorted back down whatever they’re climbing with an oxygen mask. With that in mind, imagine trying to prepare for a fight while in those conditions. Fighters have been known to use altitude training to prepare their bodies for a particularly intense fight. Practitioners of altitude training believe depriving their bodies of oxygen while going through their normal routines puts their bodies in peak shape. In their opinion, no matter how tough the fight gets, it never gets as intense as any high-altitude workout.


Samurai Training

The history of Feudal Japan largely involved guys roaming the countryside wielding swords and fighting each other to the death almost constantly. Life as a samurai was intense, and to prepare yourself for a day of constant warfare, you subjected your body to brutal treatment while also becoming familiar with poetry and Zen Buddhism. Things like sleep deprivation or braving the elements in the nude were not unheard of training techniques for the samurai. On top of that, children were prepped from a young age to become samurai, which included the tenet that if you ended your own life with ritual suicide rather than suffering defeat, you met a valiant death. Can you imagine the effect that has on a child? Naturally, there was a lot of drinking involved too. 


Tactical Breathing

Tactical breathing, or more simply put, slowing your breathe and heartbeat to a deadly level, is practiced by multiple variations of martial artists. But these kinds of modern "centering techniques" stem from Aikido, a Japanese martial art based around breath pacing and creating an internal body rhythm to maintain composure and control fatigue. Modern practitioners of tactical breathing believe this method allows someone to stay in control of their body in the middle of a harrowing situation. 


Ninja Training

Modern ninja training gears itself mostly towards people who tire of their everyday parkour routine. What do you do after you tire of leaping from the tops of buildings and bouncing off trash cans? As Los Angeles Times reporter Libby Hill learned, you jump up increasingly steep steps that sit over a pool of water that's just waiting to drown you. In order to even be ready to train as a ninja you must be in peak physical shape; such physical shape requires much dedication to both the gym and your training



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Thu, 27 Jul 2017 09:54:13 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/craziest-martial-arts-training-methods/jacob-shelton
<![CDATA[Famous Real Fights That Shaped Martial Arts]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/famous-real-fights-that-shaped-martial-arts/kara-maddox?source=rss

To understand real martial arts fights and how they evolve, you must first understand how fighting styles shifted during the rise of globalization in the 20th century. Before the 1960s, martial arts training was something largely restricted to people of Asian descent, so many Westerners only knew techniques like standard boxing. But thanks to famous fights by the likes of Bruce Lee, Chuck Norris, and Wong Jack Man, different fighting techniques grew in popularity. Furthermore, as attitudes grew less sexist, such changes also allowed for women to enter the fray more freely. Because of changes in attitude and a number of dedicated martial artists, people may now choose between a wide variety of martial arts and fighting styles.

Below are the seminal fights that led to the fighting scene of today. Some of them included fatalities while others ended in mere seconds. But each showcases how a different fighting style or mentality completely shifted the form of martial arts. Many martial artists still hold allegiance to one style over another, but when push comes to shove, the only style that'll save you is the one that works. 


Famous Real Fights That Shaped Martial Arts,

Kim Duk-koo vs. Ray 'Boom Boom' Mancini

With tragedy comes change. At the end of the 13th round of this fatal battle in 1982, Kim Duk-koo's coach, Kim Yoon-Gu, encouraged Duk-koo to finish off his exhausted opponent, Ray "Boom Boom" Macini. "He clenched his teeth, nodded and said ‘Yes, I’ll do that,'" Kim recalled. "And that was it. That was the last thing he ever said.”

Once the 14th round began, Mancini pummeled Duk-koo with a straight right that dropped Duk-koo straight to the ground. He was taken out by a stretcher and rushed to the hospital where he underwent emergency brain surgery. He died four days later. Duk-koo's mother and referee Richard Green committed suicide in wake of the tragedy, too.

After the match, the eight-count rule was introduced, match length was reduced from 15 to 12 rounds, and updated medical tests became required of boxers before each fight.


Rick Roufus vs. Changpuek Kiatsongrit

Known as the "Legendary Fight that Changed History," this battle introduced signature low-kicks of Muay Thai into American kickboxing, completely altering footwork patterns. American kickboxer Rick Roufus challenged Muay Thai fighter Chapuek Kiatsongrit to a non-title fight which took place in Vegas in 1988. Before this time, few fighters and martial artists paid much heed to the Muay Thai style.

To win, Kiatsongrit took out Roufus's biggest advantage: his footwork. Low blows to the legs slowly breakdown the fighter from the ground up. In their eventual battle, this caught Roufus off guard. 

"The beauty of choosing a 'low-kick game plan' against a movement-based fighter [like Roufus]," explained Lawrence Kenshin, "is that it gradually adds up and slows down the fighter by taking away the most valuable asset: explosive footwork." 

Not only that, low kicks also take away an opponent's ability to throw a forceful punch since power is generated from the ground up. Good fighters lead with their strongest leg in back as this allows the hips to twist into a more powerful impact. The power generated from the floor flows into the fighter's arm to give the punch its zing. So when Roufus throws a reverse punch while snapping back his round kick, he breaks Kiatsongrit's jaw early on in the fight. 

"I didn't even know there was supposed to be leg kicks," Roufus told Black Belt Magazine. "It was a fiasco. But a lot was learned. There I was after the fight lying in a hospital bed going 'Oh God, why'd I do this?' My legs were purple. I was on crutches. That's OK: I got some personal satisfaction because Kiatsongrit was lying next me... with his jaw broken."

Despite the loss, Roufus and his brother decided to learn from the technique that defeated him in the first place. In fact, Duke Roufus is now one of the top Muay Thai trainers outside his home country.


Bruce Lee vs. Wong Jack Man

One of the most iconic Bruce Lee battles, his stand-off with Wong Jack Man not only proved Lee's prowess as a street-fighter turned martial artist, but also paved the way for current MMA standards. 

"Prior to Bruce coming to this country, Gung Fu was alive...but there was nothing taught to outsiders," explains Taky Kimura, one of Lee's top-ranked students. "[Bruce] chose to let anybody into his school regardless of what color or race they were as long as he knew what was in their heart was good and positive." 

Rumors surrounding the fight included Lee shoving Wong's head through a wall, a twenty minute battle where both sides conceded, and a loaded pistol held by James Lee (Lee's business partner) - just in case. While the last bit was true (James Lee did have a gun), the notion of Lee fighting for the right to teach the white man is not true. In fact, some reports say Wong Jack Man was actually tricked into fighting Bruce - which makes sense since Wong was brand new to the area.

Bruce Lee did win the fight, and this win went down into the books not because he won the right to teach who he wanted, but because he broke the barriers of style.

"I do not believe in style," Lee said. "I do not believe there is a Chinese way of fighting or a Japanese way of fighting. As humans, we would only have a different way of fighting if we had three arms and four legs." 


Ronda Rousey vs. Liz Carmouche

Dana White, president of Ultimate Fighting Championship once said women will never fight in the UFC, and boy was he wrong. The fight between Ronda Rousey and Liz Carmouche marks the beginning of women in professional MMA.

Sure, women trained in martial arts for decades prior. Karyn Turner, for example, was known as the Queen of Kata and dubbed "the most outstanding woman in the history of martial arts” by Black Belt Magazine in 1978. But kata and kumite are very different; kata has no contact with an opponent. 

Rousey closed the distance early by leading with her left jab. Putting pressure on Carmouche straight away set the tone of the fight, which Rousey eventually won. Carmouche responded with an ill-position facehold that Rousey easily shook off. 

"The fight was fast-paced, technical, and had the sold-out arena on their feet," reported AshleyRose Sullivan. "Rousey and Carmouche had ushered in a new era of women’s mixed martial arts—one where they would finally be taken seriously as athletes and competitors."


Royce Gracie vs. Ken Shamrock UFC 1

This 1992 battle brought Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu to the rings of Ultimate Fighting Championships and changed the way MMA athletes approach take-downs. 

This fight lasted only 57 seconds, ending once Gracie immediately took out Shamrock's legs."He got me in a chokehold," Shamrock said after the fight. "I was trying to go for a leg. I forgot to guard my neck."  

"Royce won the first six editions of the championship, and from then on, Brazilian jiu-jitsu became well known in the United States," explains Lindenberg Junior. "In the Gracie method, the fighter takes the fight to the ground, with the intent to paralyze the adversary through fast repetitive movements... this change is huge and is widely recognized in the combat arena."



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Mon, 10 Jul 2017 08:19:35 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/famous-real-fights-that-shaped-martial-arts/kara-maddox
<![CDATA[The White Guy In The Black Power Olympics Photo Paid A Huge Price For His Help]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/peter-norman-olympics-black-power-salute/stephanroget?source=rss

Few moments in Olympic history are as visually memorable as the Black Power salute at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics, and this moment had very little to do with sporting competition. Two black American sprinters, Tommie Smith and John Carlos, raised their fists in defiance while a third man stood in silence. That man was Peter Norman, sprinter for the Australian team, and he’s often thought of as a visual footnote in that powerful image. If anything, Norman looks awkward and out of place.

Appearances may, however, be deceiving. Not only was Peter Norman a willing participant in the brazen protest for human rights, but he was also more than eager to play a role in it. Smith and Carlos found an ally in their fellow sprinter, setting up what should have been an inspiring story of interracial togetherness. Unfortunately, Norman also ended up being the individual most personally affected by the photo, as he watched his sudden infamy destroy his career, reputation, and place in his own home country.


The White Guy In The Black Power Olympics Photo Paid A Huge Price For His Help,

Smith And Carlos Became Simultaneously Lauded And Hated For Their Bravery That Day

The year was 1968, and the fight for civil rights in the United States was as heated as ever. Martin Luther King Jr. had been assassinated earlier in the year. One place where African Americans could usually feel welcome was in the sporting world, and Tommie Smith and John Carlos were two excellent examples of that as they competed in the Olympics, which were held in Mexico City that year. However, Smith and Carlos were both deeply affected by the issues back home, and they wanted to use their time in the Olympic spotlight to send a message. Smith finished the 200 meter run in first place, setting a world record, while Carlos finished in third.

At the podium, the two wore carefully coordinated outfits, with black socks and no shoes representing black poverty, a black scarf for black pride, an unzipped top for the working class, and black gloves thrust high into the air in the universal symbol for black power. They raised their salutes with their heads bowed as the Star-Spangled Banner played, eliciting a shocked reaction from the crowd and a firestorm of controversy back in the United States. Once the heat died down, both Smith and Carlos were hailed as heroes and civil rights icons.


Norman Played An Unheralded – But Extremely Important – Role And Was More Than Willing

Peter Norman is often portrayed as the “other guy” in the famous photo because he is white and just sort of standing there, raising no salute of his own. However, Norman was in on it from the beginning, and he actually played an integral role in planning it.

Norman was considered a long shot to sprint in the Olympics, but he put in the performance of his life, finishing second to Smith. Afterwards, Norman became aware of Smith and Carlos’s planned demonstration, and he wanted to be a part of it. Back home, Norman was already a staunch anti-racism advocate, and human rights were an important issue to him. He was excited at the opportunity to make a stand alongside his fellow sprinters.

When it was discovered that Carlos had left his black gloves back at the Olympic village, it was Norman who suggested they wear one glove each on opposite hands. Wanting to make a visual demonstration as well, Norman asked an American rower to borrow his badge, which read “Olympic Project for Human Rights.” Properly adorned, Norman took the podium with his fellow winners, bowed his head respectfully, and waited for history to happen. The deafening silence told him that the Americans had gone through with it before he even raised his head to see.


Norman's Stand Made Him A Pariah In His Home Country Of Australia – He Was Hated Until His Death

The consequences for Tommie Smith and John Carlos were swift, as they were kicked out of the Olympics – banned for life – and sent home to face death threats and controversy. Eventually, however, the two were hailed as civil rights heroes. Peter Norman would not be quite so lucky. Upon returning to Australia, Norman found himself a pariah for what some of his countrymen viewed as an attack upon white people. Norman obviously assented to the act, even if his fellow Australians had no idea just how complicit he actually was.

Norman continued to train for the next Olympics, held in Munich, but he found himself mysteriously cut from the team despite being a legitimate gold medal contender. Norman was never picked to represent Australia in the Olympics again, having earned the scorn of the powers that be in Australian athletics for his bold stance on human rights. This was not a grudge that disappeared quickly, either. The 2000 Sydney Olympics, which set out to honor Australia’s past Olympic greats, failed to mention Norman a single time.


Norman Had No Regrets – And Smith And Carlos Were Pallbearers At His Funeral

The Australian government formally apologized to Peter Norman in 2012, but, unfortunately, it was too late for him to hear it. Norman died in 2006, and Tommie Smith and John Carlos were pallbearers at his funeral. Norman’s story became more widely known after his nephew, Matthew, directed a documentary titled Salute!, which made waves in Australia. Matthew wanted it made clear that Norman wasn't just “helping out” Smith and Carlos; he was making a stand of his own about something he believed in just as much as they did. Despite passing away before this vindication, Peter Norman did not go to his grave a regretful man. According to him, "It has been said that sharing my silver medal with that incident on the victory dais detracted from my performance. On the contrary. I have to confess, I was rather proud to be part of it."



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Mon, 24 Jul 2017 07:47:36 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/peter-norman-olympics-black-power-salute/stephanroget
<![CDATA[All The Real-Life Wrestling References In GLOW]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/glow-wrestling-references/erik-barnes?source=rss

It's official. GLOW is a hit on Netflix and fans can't wait until it comes back for another season. The look into the lives of the woman wrestlers in the 1980s is entertaining, hard-hitting, and real. Even more real that you probably realize.

While fans know that the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling actually existed, there are more real-life pro wrestling references on GLOW than you know. A great number of GLOW Easter eggs allude to real wrestling personalities. These GLOW wrestling references show a deep reverence for the sport and pay tribute to the legends that made the show possible.


All The Real-Life Wrestling References In GLOW,

Chavo's Gym

The gym where the women trained couldn't have been more appropriately named. The cast of GLOW was trained by champion-level pro wrestler Chavo Guerrero, Jr.; the gym's name is a tribute to him and his equally famous father, Chavo Guerrero, Sr. Fun fact: The woman wrestlers that competed in the original GLOW were originally trained by Guerrero, Jr.'s uncle, Mando Guerrero.


Muscular Wrestler #1 & #2 Are Multi-Time Tag Team Champions

While they were only in the show for a couple minutes, the two workhorse wrestlers in the ring when the ladies attended a pro wrestling event are tag team partners and champions in real life. Christopher Daniels and Kazarian, otherwise known as The Addiction, were tag team champions in both Ring of Honor and Impact Wrestling. The two also achieved success in singles wrestling as well, with Daniels being a former ROH World Champion and Kazarian a former PWG World Champion.


The Referee Is A Real Wrestling Ref

While the producers of GLOW could have gotten any actor for the role of the referee, they decided to be genuine. The referee involved in the men's matches was veteran referee Marty Elias. Yes, he is wearing a bad wig on the show.


American Legion Post #308

The venue where the men's pro wrestling bout takes place wasn't a set or a sound stage on a studio lot. It was an actual legion hall that hosts semi-monthly pro wrestling shows in Reseda, CA. The American Legion Post #308 has been hosting Pro Wrestling Guerrilla shows regularly since 2006.


Steel Horse Is Alex Riley

The hot stud Steel Horse is also a former WWE wrestler. Kevin Kiley, Jr., served as a pro wrestler and commentator for WWE as Alex Riley.


Mr. Monopoly Is The Million Dollar Man

Pro wrestling has always had loud cookie-cutter characters, especially in the 1980s. This is incredibly apparent when the wrestling match that some of the ladies of GLOW attend features a character with dollar signs adorning his gear as he flaunts his wealth. This character on GLOW is named "Mr. Monopoly," but it's inspired by one of the biggest WWE pro wrestling villains in the 1980s: "The Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase.


Mr. Monopoly Is Also Joey Ryan

While the character of Mr. Monopoly is inspired by a 1980s wrestling character, the wrestler himself is played by a current independent wrestling star. Wrestling journeyman Joey Ryan portrays the character, although, somehow, Ryan's wrestling persona is even more sleazy than a rich '80s tycoon.


Kia Stevens Is Amazing Kong

If you thought Tammé was amazing as the "Welfare Queen" in GLOW, there's a reason for it. Before taking the role of Tammé, the actress Kia Stevens wrestled professionally for years in Japan and the United States as The Amazing Kong, Awesome Kong, and Kharma. Stevens was able to draw from her pro wrestling past to help enhance her character on the show.


The Nightclub Owner Is Brooke Hogan

It's true. The woman that owns the nightclub where the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling hope to have their first taped show is played by Brooke Hogan, the daughter of '80s wrestling icon Hulk Hogan. Brooke has had a few acting gigs here and there after discontinuing her singing career.


Salty The Sack Is Johnny Mundo

The first trainer introduced to the ladies in GLOW is a multi-time WWE Intercontinental Champion. John Hennigan may have been cast as Salty the Sack on the Netflix show, but is mostly known as Johnny Mundo on the cult hit wrestling show Lucha Underground.



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<![CDATA[The Best MMA Fighters from Australia and New Zealand]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-australian-mma-fighters-of-all-time/ranker-sports?source=rss

Here we go! These are the best MMA fighters from Australia and New Zealand. With so many great Australian mixed martial artists and Kiwi mixed martial artists, MMA fans have the chance to vote on all time rankings for Australian MMA fighters. Who is the best MMA fighter from Australia and New Zealand?

Featuring the best Australian UFC fighters and the best Australian Bellator fighters, this list of the greatest mixed martial artists from Australia and New Zealand includes Mark Hunt, Sam Greco, and Bec Rawlings. 

Vote for who you think are the greatest Australian MMA fighters of all time. Feel free to add any top Aussie and Kiwi fighters missing from this list and vote down the overrated fighters.


The Best MMA Fighters from Australia and New Zealand,

Damien Brown

Mark Hunt

Sam Greco

Robert Whittaker

Nadia Kassem

Bec Rawlings

Tai Tuivasa

Alexander Volkanovski

Jake Matthews

Megan Anderson


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<![CDATA[The Best MMA Fighters from Ireland]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-irish-mma-fighters-of-all-time/ranker-sports?source=rss

Here we go! These are the best MMA fighters from Ireland. With so many great Irish mixed martial artists, MMA fans have the chance to vote on all time rankings for Irish MMA fighters. Who is the best MMA fighter from Ireland? 

Featuring the best Irish UFC fighters and the best Irish Bellator fighters, this list of the greatest mixed martial artists from Ireland includes Conor McGregor, Joseph Duffy, and Charlie Ward. 

Vote for who you think are the greatest Irish MMA fighters of all time. Feel free to add any top fighters missing from this list and vote down the overrated fighters.


The Best MMA Fighters from Ireland,

Neil Seery

Artem Lobov

Conor McGregor

Charlie Ward

Joseph Duffy


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<![CDATA[Hulk Hogan's Most Ridiculous Opponents]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/ridiculous-hulk-hogan-opponents/michael-coast?source=rss

Of all the crazy wrestling characters in the history of sports entertainment, none is more famous than Hulk Hogan. During the1980s and '90s (before more recent scandals), Hogan was an American institution. He starred in movies, and wrestled other legendary opponents, like Ric Flair, "Rowdy" Roddy Piper, and Antonio Inoki. But there is no shortage of ridiculous Hulk Hogan opponents as well.

The weirdest opponents Hulk Hogan faced were a combative bunch. Some of these feuds were forgotten not long after they started. Some went of for years. A few of the wrestlers were accomplished in-ring performers who embraced colorful gimmicks. Others probably had no business being in a wrestling ring in the first place, let alone in the main event scene of some of the biggest wrestling companies in the world. One thing that they all share is that these characters outshone even Hulk Hogan’s over-the-top stage persona.


Hulk Hogan's Most Ridiculous Opponents,

Karl Malone

Professional athletes have a long history of crossing over into the squared circle. Lawrence Taylor, DeAngelo Williams, and countless other representatives from the world of sports have tried their hand at wrestling. In Karl Malone’s case, the match was a rematch of sorts from his tussles in the 1998 NBA Finals with Dennis Rodman (who teamed with Hulk Hogan for the match).

Malone seemed to have the time of his life during the match, slamming both Hogan and Rodman, playing to the crowd, and even delivering a Diamond Cutter to referee Charles Robinson.


The Iron Sheik

The Iron Sheik lived quite the eventful life even before entering the often-ridiculous world of professional wrestling. He competed in the Olympics, was a bodyguard for the Shah of Iran, and served as an assistant coach for the US Olympic team.

Sheik’s wrestling character involved him playing an Iranian nationalist who tagged with Soviet nationalist Nikolai Volkoff, and spitting whenever he said the letters "USA." Hulk Hogan pinning Sheik to win his first WWF Title in 1984 is usually the moment that is cited as kicking off "Hulkamania."

These days, the Iron Sheik is arguably more well-known for his viral videos, his profanity-filled Twitter feed, and his numerous appearances on The Howard Stern Show.


Randy Savage

"Macho Man" Randy Savage, who was a minor league baseball player before he was a wrestler, was one of few stars who rivaled Hulk Hogan’s fame during one of wrestling’s biggest eras. The two had been a tag team, but broke apart and faced off at WrestleMania V (a match that carried the tagline "The Mega Powers Explode").

Savage could be considered ridiculous solely for his unbelievable outfits during his heyday and his skill at crafting a pun. However, the fact that he released a rap song about how he wanted to fight Hogan in real life pushes him over the top.


Scott Steiner

During WCW’s dying days, the most entertaining character was usually Scott Steiner, who went by such nicknames as “Big Poppa Pump,” “Freakzilla,” “The Genetic Freak,” and “The Big Bad Booty Daddy.”

Steiner squared off against Hulk Hogan in the wrestling ring only a handful of times. However, their real-life squabbles more than make up for it. In 2015, their feud went so far that Steiner was investigated for making “terrorist threats” against Hogan (which Steiner denies happening).


Sgt. Slaughter

This isn't the drill instructor and beloved G.I. Joe character. No, this Sgt. Slaughter became an “Iraqi Sympathizer” in 1991. This was in the midst of Operation Desert Storm, when Saddam Hussein was public enemy number one. What better way for Hulk Hogan to make his triumphant return to the top of the WWF than by beating this character?


The Ultimate Warrior

During the run-up to Wrestlemania VI in 1990, the Ultimate Warrior was being positioned as the heir apparent to Hulkamania. Warrior became a beloved character in spite of his nonsensical interview segments about warrior gods of old and his often subpar matches. Many viewers still remember his face paint, his neon tassels, and his inhuman musculature.

Warrior’s peak proved to be short-lived, but fans never forgot his sprints to the ring and his signature shaking of the ropes. Following his time in the ring, The Ultimate Warrior legally changed his name to “Warrior” and toured the country as a conservative public speaker.


The Dungeon Of Doom

This collection of oddballs is one of the goofiest stables in wrestling history, and has been acknowledged as such by its creator Kevin Sullivan. The Dungeon of Doom was presented as if they had supernatural powers – powers that ultimately proved ineffectual against Hulk Hogan.

Members of this WCW rogues gallery included such infamous characters as The Zodiac (formerly Brutus Beefcake), the Yeti, Kamala, the Shark (formerly Earthquake in the WWF), and The Giant (later to have a long run as The Big Show in WWE). Their most famous incident involved whisking Hogan off to a cave with unintentionally hilarious results. Hogan’s line reading of “It’s not hot” will forever remain one of the most remembered moments of his career.


Zeus

Tiny Lister is one of Hollywood’s great character actors. Among his most famous roles was that of bad guy Zeus in No Holds Barred, opposite Hulk Hogan’s character Rip Thomas. To cross-promote the film, Lister was brought to the WWF to feud with the real Hogan. This culminated in the steel cage contest No Holds Barred: The Match.


Sting

Sting is a wrestler who is almost synonymous with World Championship Wrestling. So when Hulk Hogan and the New World Order took over WCW, it made sense for Sting to step up to the plate. What didn’t make quite as much sense was how Sting changed his look from bleached-blond hair and colorful face paint to a wholesale rip-off of Brandon Lee’s character in The Crow (pitched to him by nWo founder Scott Hall). Sting spent almost a year not wrestling, instead sitting in the rafters above the various WCW arenas in his Crow makeup... and somehow he became more popular than ever.


Sid Justice

Sid Justice, also known at various times as Sycho Sid and Sid Vicious, was Hulk Hogan’s opponent at Wrestlemania VIII as well as a frequent rival in WCW. Justice was a powerhouse whose ranting, mistake-prone verbal skills never quite matched his impressive physique.

Justice's time outside the ring was perhaps even more ridiculous than his career. He got into numerous physical altercations with other wrestlers, and was rumored to have stepped away from the sport during his prime in order to play softball, though he denied that claim.



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Fri, 23 Jun 2017 06:27:35 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/ridiculous-hulk-hogan-opponents/michael-coast
<![CDATA[The Best MMA Fighters from Canada]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-canadian-mma-fighters-of-all-time/ranker-sports?source=rss

Here we go! These are the best MMA fighters from Canada. With so many great Canadian mixed martial artists, MMA fans have the chance to vote on all time rankings for Canadian MMA fighters. Who is the best MMA fighter from Canada? 

Featuring the best Canadian UFC fighters and the best Canadian Bellator fighters, this list of the greatest mixed martial artists from Canada includes Georges St-Pierre, Rory MacDonald, and Mark Hominick. 

Vote for who you think are the greatest Canadian MMA fighters of all time. Feel free to add any top fighters missing from this list and vote down the overrated fighters.


The Best MMA Fighters from Canada,

Carlos Newton

Gary Goodridge

Georges St-Pierre

Krzysztof Soszynski

Mark Hominick

Sam Stout

Mark Bocek

TJ Grant

Patrick Cote

Rory MacDonald


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<![CDATA[The Best MMA Fighters from Brazil]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-brazilian-mma-fighters-of-all-time/ranker-sports?source=rss

Here we go! These are the best MMA fighters from Brazil. With so many great Brazilian mixed martial artists, MMA fans have the chance to vote on all time rankings for Brazilian MMA fighters. Who is the best MMA fighter from Brazil? 

Featuring the best Brazilian UFC fighters and the best Brazilian Bellator fighters, this list of the greatest mixed martial artists from Brazil includes Anderson Silva, Royce Gracie, Lyoto Machida, and Jose Aldo. 

Vote for who you think are the greatest Brazilian MMA fighters of all time. Feel free to add any top fighters missing from this list and vote down the overrated fighters.


The Best MMA Fighters from Brazil,

Anderson Silva

Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira

Fabrício Werdum

Murilo Rua

Renzo Gracie

Royce Gracie

Wanderlei Silva

José Aldo

Ronaldo Souza

Antônio Silva


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Fri, 02 Jun 2017 08:31:58 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-brazilian-mma-fighters-of-all-time/ranker-sports
<![CDATA[The Best MMA Fighters from United States]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-american-mma-fighters-of-all-time/ranker-sports?source=rss

Here we go! These are the best MMA fighters from the United States. With so many great American mixed martial artists, MMA fans have the chance to vote on all time rankings for US MMA fighters. Who is the best MMA fighter from the United States? 

Featuring the best American UFC fighters and the best American Bellator fighters, this list of the greatest mixed martial artists from the US includes Jon Jones, Chuck Liddell, and Randy Couture. 

Vote for who you think are the greatest American MMA fighters of all time. Feel free to add any top fighters missing from this list and vote down the overrated fighters.


The Best MMA Fighters from United States,

B.J. Penn

Chuck Liddell

Matt Hughes

Randy Couture

Rich Franklin

Tito Ortiz

Demetrious Johnson

Daniel Cormier

Jon Jones

Dominick Cruz


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<![CDATA[The Best Current Featherweights Fighting in MMA]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-current-mma-featherweights/ranker-sports?source=rss

Weighing in at 145 pounds, here are the best MMA featherweights currently fighting today. With so many great featherweight mixed martial artists, MMA fans have the chance to vote on current rankings for MMA featherweights. Who is the best MMA featherweight fighter now? 

When it comes to the best current MMA featherweights, fighters like Jose Aldo, Frankie Edgar, Chad Mendes as well as current UFC Featherweight Champion Max Holloway and current Bellator Featherweight Champion Patricio Freire are ranked high. Other notable MMA featherweights include Chan Sung Jung, Cub Swanson, and Yair Rodriguez. 

Vote for the fighters you think are currently the best featherweights in the MMA. Feel free to add any top MMA featherweights missing from this list and vote down the featherweight fighters who are currently underperforming. 


The Best Current Featherweights Fighting in MMA,

Frankie Edgar

Cub Swanson

Chad Mendes

Chan Sung Jung

Patrício Freire

Max Holloway

Jose Aldo

Ricardo Lamas

Yair Rodriguez

Daniel Straus


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<![CDATA[The Best Current Flyweights Fighting in MMA]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-current-mma-flyweights/ranker-sports?source=rss

Weighing in at 125 pounds, here are the best MMA flyweights currently fighting today. With so many great flyweight mixed martial artists, MMA fans have the chance to vote on current rankings for MMA flyweights. Who is the best MMA flyweight fighter now? 

When it comes to the best current MMA flyweights, fighters like Sergio Pettis, Joseph Benavidez, Ian McCall as well as current UFC Flyweight Champion Demetrious Johnson are ranked high. Other notable MMA flyweights include Henry Cejudo, Ray Borg, and Brandon Moreno. 

Vote for the fighters you think are currently the best flyweights in the MMA. Feel free to add any top MMA flyweights missing from this list and vote down the flyweight fighters who are currently underperforming. 


The Best Current Flyweights Fighting in MMA,

Demetrious Johnson

Wilson Reis

Joseph Benavidez

Brandon Moreno

Sergio Pettis

Ray Borg

Ian McCall

Jussier da Silva

Kyoji Horiguchi

Henry Cejudo


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<![CDATA[The Best Current Bantamweights Fighting in MMA]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-current-mma-bantamweights/ranker-sports?source=rss

Weighing in at 135 pounds, here are the best MMA bantamweights currently fighting today. With so many great bantamweight mixed martial artists, MMA fans have the chance to vote on current rankings for MMA bantamweights. Who is the best MMA bantamweight fighter now? 

When it comes to the best current MMA bantamweights, fighters like TJ Dillashaw, Dominick Cruz, John Dodson as well as current UFC Bantamweight Champion Cody Garbrandt and current Bellator Bantamweight Champion Eduardo Dantas are ranked high. Other notable MMA bantamweights include John Lineker, Marlon Moraes, and Bryan Caraway. 

Vote for the fighters you think are currently the best bantamweights in the MMA. Feel free to add any top MMA bantamweights missing from this list and vote down the bantamweight fighters who are currently underperforming. 


The Best Current Bantamweights Fighting in MMA,

Marlon Moraes

Dominick Cruz

John Dodson

TJ Dillashaw

John Lineker

Cody Garbrandt

Raphael Assuncao

Jimmie Rivera

Bryan Caraway

Bibiano Fernandes


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<![CDATA[The Best Current Lightweights Fighting in MMA]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-current-mma-lightweights/ranker-sports?source=rss

Weighing in at 155 pounds, here are the best MMA lightweights currently fighting today. With so many great lightweight mixed martial artists, MMA fans have the chance to vote on current rankings for MMA lightweights. Who is the best MMA lightweight fighter now? 

When it comes to the best current MMA lightweights, fighters like Khabib Nurmagomedov, Nate Diaz, Eddie Alvarez as well as current UFC Lightweight Champion Conor McGregor and current Bellator Lightweight Champion Brent Primus are ranked high. Other notable MMA lightweights include Benson Henderson, Kevin Lee, and Tony Ferguson. 

Vote for the fighters you think are currently the best lightweights in the MMA. Feel free to add any top MMA lightweights missing from this list and vote down the lightweight fighters who are currently underperforming. 


The Best Current Lightweights Fighting in MMA,

Michael Chandler

Nate Diaz

Eddie Alvarez

Benson Henderson

Edson Barboza

Khabib Nurmagomedov

Conor McGregor

Justin Gaethje

Kevin Lee

Tony Ferguson


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<![CDATA[The Best Current Middleweights Fighting in MMA]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-current-mma-middleweights/ranker-sports?source=rss

Weighing in at 185 pounds, here are the best MMA middleweights currently fighting today. With so many great middleweight mixed martial artists, MMA fans have the chance to vote on current rankings for MMA middleweights. Who is the best MMA middleweight fighter now? 

When it comes to the best current MMA middleweights, fighters like Luke Rockhold, Yoel Romero, Chris Weidman as well as current UFC Middleweight Champion Michael Bisping and current Bellator Middleweight Champion Rafael Carvalho are ranked high. Other notable MMA middleweights include Lyoto Machida, Derek Brunson, and Gegard Mousasi. 

Vote for the fighters you think are currently the best middleweights in the MMA. Feel free to add any top MMA middleweights missing from this list and vote down the middleweight fighters who are currently underperforming. 


The Best Current Middleweights Fighting in MMA,

Michael Bisping

Ronaldo Souza

Lyoto Machida

Gegard Mousasi

Luke Rockhold

Yoel Romero

David Branch

Derek Brunson

Chris Weidman

Robert Whittaker


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<![CDATA[The Best Current Heavyweights Fighting in MMA]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-current-mma-heavyweights/ranker-sports?source=rss

Weighing in at 265 pounds, here are the best MMA heavyweights currently fighting today. With so many great heavyweight mixed martial artists, MMA fans have the chance to vote on current rankings for MMA heavyweights. Who is the best MMA heavyweight fighter now? 

When it comes to the best current MMA heavyweights, fighters like Fabricio Werdum, Cain Velasquez, Alistair Overeem as well as current UFC Heavyweight Champion Stipe Miocic are ranked high. Other notable MMA heavyweights include Junior dos Santos, Mark Hunt, and Ben Rothwell. 

Vote for the fighters you think are currently the best heavyweights in the MMA. Feel free to add any top MMA heavyweights missing from this list and vote down the heavyweight fighters who are currently underperforming. 


The Best Current Heavyweights Fighting in MMA,

Vitaly Minakov

Derrick Lewis

Mark Hunt

Francis Ngannou

Ben Rothwell

Junior dos Santos

Alistair Overeem

Cain Velasquez

Fabricio Werdum

Stipe Miocic


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<![CDATA[The Best Current Light Heavyweights Fighting in MMA]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-current-mma-light-heavyweights/ranker-sports?source=rss

Weighing in at 205 pounds, here are the best MMA light heavyweights currently fighting today. With so many great light heavyweight mixed martial artists, MMA fans have the chance to vote on current rankings for MMA light heavyweights. Who is the best MMA light heavyweight fighter now? 

When it comes to the best current MMA light heavyweights, fighters like Jon Jones, Alexander Gustafsson, Phil Davis as well as current UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Daniel Cormier and current Bellator Light Heavyweight Champion Ryan Bader are ranked high. Other notable MMA light heavyweights include Glover Teixeira, Mauricio Rua, and Misha Cirkunov. 

Vote for the fighters you think are currently the best light heavyweights in the MMA. Feel free to add any top MMA light heavyweights missing from this list and vote down the light heavyweight fighters who are currently underperforming. 


The Best Current Light Heavyweights Fighting in MMA,

Maurício Rua

Daniel Cormier

Misha Cirkunov

Volkan Oezdemir

Glover Teixeira

Jimi Manuwa

Phil Davis

Ryan Bader

Alexander Gustafsson

Jon Jones


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<![CDATA[The Best Current Welterweights Fighting in MMA]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-current-mma-welterweights/ranker-sports?source=rss

Weighing in at 170 pounds, here are the best MMA welterweights currently fighting today. With so many great welterweight mixed martial artists, MMA fans have the chance to vote on current rankings for MMA welterweights. Who is the best MMA welterweight fighter now? 

When it comes to the best current MMA welterweights, fighters like Robbie Lawler, Rory MacDonald, Demian Maia as well as current UFC Welterweight Champion Tyron Woodley and current Bellator Welterweight Champion Douglas Lima are ranked high. Other notable MMA welterweights include Stephen Thompson, Neil Magny, and Ben Askren. 

Vote for the fighters you think are currently the best welterweights in the MMA. Feel free to add any top MMA welterweights missing from this list and vote down the welterweight fighters who are currently underperforming. 


The Best Current Welterweights Fighting in MMA,

Ben Askren

Robbie Lawler

Demian Maia

Tyron Woodley

Douglas Lima

Stephen Thompson

Jorge Masvidal

Lorenz Larkin

Neil Magny

Rory MacDonald


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Fri, 02 Jun 2017 07:24:34 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-current-mma-welterweights/ranker-sports
<![CDATA[The Best Current Bantamweights Fighting in Bellator]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-current-bellator-bantamweights/ranker-sports?source=rss

Weighing in at 135 pounds, here are the best Bellator bantamweights currently fighting today. With so many great bantamweight mixed martial artists in Bellator, MMA fans have the chance to vote on current rankings for Bellator bantamweights. Who is the best Bellator bantamweight fighter now? 

When it comes to the best current Bellator bantamweights, fighters like Darrio Caldwell, Leandro Higo, LC Davis, and current Bellator Bantamweight Champion Eduardo Dantas are ranked high. Other notable Bellator bantamweights include Marcos Galvao, Steve Garcia, and Joe Warren. 

Vote for the fighters you think are currently the best bantamweights in the Bellator. Feel free to add any top Bellator bantamweights missing from this list and vote down the bantamweight fighters who are currently underperforming. 


The Best Current Bantamweights Fighting in Bellator,

Joe Warren

Eduardo Dantas

Brandon Bender

Kin Moy

Steve Garcia

Darrion Caldwell

Michael McDonald

Joe Taimanglo

Leandro Higo

LC Davis


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Fri, 02 Jun 2017 07:22:16 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-current-bellator-bantamweights/ranker-sports
<![CDATA[The Best Current Featherweights Fighting in Bellator]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-current-bellator-featherweights/ranker-sports?source=rss

Weighing in at 145 pounds, here are the best Bellator featherweights currently fighting today. With so many great featherweight mixed martial artists in Bellator, MMA fans have the chance to vote on current rankings for Bellator featherweights. Who is the best Bellator featherweight fighter now? 

When it comes to the best current Bellator featherweights, fighters like Pat Curran, Adam Borics, Henry Corrales, and current Bellator Featherweight Champion Patricio Pitbull are ranked high. Other notable Bellator featherweights include James Gallagher, Goiti Yamauchi, and AJ McKee. 

Vote for the fighters you think are currently the best featherweights in the Bellator. Feel free to add any top Bellator featherweights missing from this list and vote down the featherweight fighters who are currently underperforming. 


The Best Current Featherweights Fighting in Bellator,

Pat Curran

Henry Corrales

Daniel Straus

Gastón Reyno

Patricio Freire

Justin Lawrence

Daniel Weichel

Scott Cleve

Georgi Karakhanyan

Treston Thomison


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<![CDATA[The Best Current Lightweights Fighting in Bellator]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-current-bellator-lightweights/ranker-sports?source=rss

Weighing in at 155 pounds, here are the best Bellator lightweights currently fighting today. With so many great lightweight mixed martial artists in Bellator, MMA fans have the chance to vote on current rankings for Bellator lightweights. Who is the best Bellator lightweight fighter now? 

When it comes to the best current Bellator lightweights, fighters like Derek Anderson, Saad Awad, Melvin Guillard, and current Bellator Lightweight Champion Michael Chandler are ranked high. Other notable Bellator lightweights include Benson Henderson, Ryan Couture, and Carrington Banks. 

Vote for the fighters you think are currently the best lightweights in the Bellator. Feel free to add any top Bellator lightweights missing from this list and vote down the lightweight fighters who are currently underperforming. 


The Best Current Lightweights Fighting in Bellator,

Patricky Freire

David Rickels

Saad Awad

Ray Wood

Brent Primus

Ryan Quinn

Pablo Villaseca

Dave Jansen

Brandon Girtz

Derek Campos


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<![CDATA[The Best Current Welterweights Fighting in Bellator]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-current-bellator-welterweights/ranker-sports?source=rss

Weighing in at 170 pounds, here are the best Bellator welterweights currently fighting today. With so many great welterweight mixed martial artists in Bellator, MMA fans have the chance to vote on current rankings for Bellator welterweights. Who is the best Bellator welterweight fighter now? 

When it comes to the best current Bellator welterweights, fighters like Brennan Ward, Andrey Koreshkov, Michael Page, and current Bellator Welterweight Champion Douglas Lima are ranked high. Other notable Bellator welterweights include Josh Koscheck, Paul Daley, and Guilherme Bomba. 

Vote for the fighters you think are currently the best welterweights in the Bellator. Feel free to add any top Bellator welterweights missing from this list and vote down the welterweight fighters who are currently underperforming. 


The Best Current Welterweights Fighting in Bellator,

James Terry

Douglas Lima

Andrey Koreshkov

Chidi Njokuani

Brennan Ward

Jesse Juarez

Ricky Rainey

Michael Page

Rudy Bears

Adam McDonough


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<![CDATA[The Best Current Light Heavyweights Fighting in Bellator]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-current-bellator-light-heavyweights/ranker-sports?source=rss

Weighing in at 205 pounds, here are the best Bellator light heavyweights currently fighting today. With so many great light heavyweight mixed martial artists in Bellator, MMA fans have the chance to vote on current rankings for Bellator light heavyweights. Who is the best Bellator light heavyweight fighter now? 

When it comes to the best current Bellator light heavyweights, fighters like Ryan Bader, Stephan Bonnar, King Mo Lawal, and current Bellator Light Heavyweight Champion Phil Davis are ranked high. Other notable Bellator light heavyweights include Tito Ortiz, Chael Sonnen, and Wanderlei Silva. 

Vote for the fighters you think are currently the best light heavyweights in the Bellator. Feel free to add any top Bellator light heavyweights missing from this list and vote down the light heavyweight fighters who are currently underperforming. 


The Best Current Light Heavyweights Fighting in Bellator,

Satoshi Ishii

Wanderlei Silva

Muhammed Lawal

Ryan Bader

Virgil Zwicker

Phil Davis

Guilherme Viana

Liam McGeary

Vladimir Filipović

Linton Vassell


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Fri, 02 Jun 2017 07:21:01 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-current-bellator-light-heavyweights/ranker-sports
<![CDATA[The Best Current Middleweights Fighting in Bellator]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-current-bellator-middleweights/ranker-sports?source=rss

Weighing in at 185 pounds, here are the best Bellator middleweights currently fighting today. With so many great middleweight mixed martial artists in Bellator, MMA fans have the chance to vote on current rankings for Bellator middleweights. Who is the best Bellator middleweight fighter now? 

When it comes to the best current Bellator middleweights, fighters like Mauricio Alonso, Gregory Babene, Royce Gracie, and current Bellator Middleweight Champion Rafael Carvalho are ranked high. Other notable Bellator middleweights include Neiman Gracie, Kevin Casey, and Chris Honeycutt. 

Vote for the fighters you think are currently the best middleweights in the Bellator. Feel free to add any top Bellator middleweights missing from this list and vote down the middleweight fighters who are currently underperforming. 


The Best Current Middleweights Fighting in Bellator,

Alexander Shlemenko

Dan Cramer

Joe Pacheco

Ben Reiter

Melvin Manhoef

Rafael Carvalho

Hisaki Kato

Chris Honeycutt

Bubba McDaniel

A.J. Matthews


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Fri, 02 Jun 2017 07:20:23 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-current-bellator-middleweights/ranker-sports
<![CDATA[The Best Current Heavyweights Fighting in Bellator]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-current-bellator-heavyweights/ranker-sports?source=rss

Weighing in at 265 pounds, here are the best Bellator heavyweights currently fighting today. Fighters in this weight class are generally built like tanks, standing over six feet, and pack immense power in their punches. With so many great heavyweight mixed martial artists in Bellator, MMA fans have the chance to vote on current rankings for Bellator heavyweights. Who is the best Bellator heavyweight fighter now? 

When it comes to the best current Bellator heavyweights, fighters like Cheick Kongo, Matt Mitrione, and Ken Shamrock are ranked high. Other notable Bellator heavyweights include Fedor Emelianenko, Joey Beltran, and Dan Charles. 

Vote for the fighters you think are currently the best heavyweights in the Bellator. Feel free to add any top Bellator heavyweights missing from this list and vote down the heavyweight fighters who are currently underperforming. 


The Best Current Heavyweights Fighting in Bellator,

Cheick Kongo

Vinicius Queiroz

Vitaly Minakov

Josh Appelt

Javy Ayala

Joey Beltran

Augusto Sakai

Dan Charles

Bobby Lashley

Josh Diekmann


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<![CDATA[The Best Current Flyweights Fighting in UFC]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-current-ufc-flyweights/ranker-sports?source=rss

Weighing in at 125 pounds, here are the best UFC flyweights currently fighting today. Fighters in this weight class are generally short and small, but dangerously quick and agile. With so many great flyweight mixed martial artists in UFC, MMA fans have the chance to vote on current rankings for UFC flyweights. Who is the best UFC flyweight fighter now? 

When it comes to the best current UFC flyweights, fighters like Joseph Benavidez, Sergio Pettis, Jussier Formiga, and current UFC Flyweight Champion Demetrious Johnson are ranked high. Other notable UFC flyweights include John Moraga, Dustin Ortiz, and Louis Smolka. 

Vote for the fighters you think are currently the best flyweights in the UFC. Feel free to add any top UFC flyweights missing from this list and vote down the flyweight fighters who are currently underperforming. 


The Best Current Flyweights Fighting in UFC,

Demetrious Johnson

Wilson Reis

Joseph Benavidez

Tim Elliott

Sergio Pettis

Brandon Moreno

Ian McCall

Jussier Formiga

Dustin Ortiz

John Moraga


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Fri, 02 Jun 2017 07:24:16 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-current-ufc-flyweights/ranker-sports
<![CDATA[The Best Current Bantamweights Fighting in UFC]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-current-ufc-bantamweights/ranker-sports?source=rss

Weighing in at 135 pounds, here are the best UFC bantamweights currently fighting today. Fighters in this weight class are generally small, but deadly quick with their strikes, movement, and grappling. With so many great bantamweight mixed martial artists in UFC, MMA fans have the chance to vote on current rankings for UFC bantamweights. Who is the best UFC bantamweight fighter now? 

When it comes to the best current UFC bantamweights, fighters like Dominick Cruz, T. J. Dillashaw, John Dodson, and current UFC Bantamweight Champion Cody Garbrandt are ranked high. Other notable UFC bantamweights include Raphael Assunção, Rani Yahya, and Iuri Alcântara. 

Vote for the fighters you think are currently the best bantamweights in the UFC. Feel free to add any top UFC bantamweights missing from this list and vote down the bantamweight fighters who are currently underperforming. 


The Best Current Bantamweights Fighting in UFC,

Rani Yahya

Eddie Wineland

Iuri Alcântara

John Dodson

Cody Garbrandt

Bryan Caraway

T.J. Dillashaw

John Lineker

Dominick Cruz

Raphael Assunção


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Fri, 02 Jun 2017 07:23:58 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-current-ufc-bantamweights/ranker-sports
<![CDATA[The Best Current Lightweights Fighting in UFC]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-current-ufc-lightweights/ranker-sports?source=rss

Weighing in at 155 pounds, here are the best UFC lightweights currently fighting today. Fighters in this weight class are generally skinny, agile, and deadly strikers. With so many great lightweight mixed martial artists in UFC, MMA fans have the chance to vote on current rankings for UFC lightweights. Who is the best UFC lightweight fighter now? 

When it comes to the best current UFC lightweights, fighters like Nate Diaz, Anthony Pettis,  Dustin Poirier, and current UFC Lightweight Champion Conor McGregor are ranked high. Other notable UFC lightweights include Sage Northcutt, Clay Guida, and Ross Pearson. 

Vote for the fighters you think are currently the best lightweights in the UFC. Feel free to add any top UFC lightweights missing from this list and vote down the lightweight fighters who are currently underperforming. 


The Best Current Lightweights Fighting in UFC,

Gleison Tibau

Nate Diaz

Anthony Pettis

Ross Pearson

Khabib Nurmagomedov

Conor McGregor

Beneil Dariush

Diego Sanchez

Dustin Poirier

Evan Dunham


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<![CDATA[The Best Current Welterweights Fighting in UFC]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-current-ufc-welterweights/ranker-sports?source=rss

Weighing in at 170 pounds, here are the best UFC welterweights currently fighting today. Fighters in this weight class are generally lean, great strikers, and talented grapplers. With so many great welterweight mixed martial artists in UFC, MMA fans have the chance to vote on current rankings for UFC welterweights. Who is the best UFC welterweight fighter now? 

When it comes to the best current UFC welterweights, fighters like Donald Cerrone, Robbie Lawler, Georges St. Pierre, and current UFC Welterweight Champion Tyron Woodley are ranked high. Other notable UFC welterweights include Demian Maia, Dong Hyun Kim, and Carlos Condit. 

Vote for the fighters you think are currently the best welterweights in the UFC. Feel free to add any top UFC welterweights missing from this list and vote down the welterweight fighters who are currently underperforming. 


The Best Current Welterweights Fighting in UFC,

Georges St-Pierre

Robbie Lawler

Thiago Alves

Mike Pyle

Carlos Condit

Demian Maia

Donald Cerrone

Matt Brown

Stephen Thompson

Dong Hyun Kim


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<![CDATA[The Best Current Middleweights Fighting in UFC]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-current-ufc-middleweights/ranker-sports?source=rss

Weighing in at 185 pounds, here are the best UFC middleweights currently fighting today. Fighters in this weight class are generally known to be some of the best all around fighters in UFC. With so many great middleweight mixed martial artists in UFC, MMA fans have the chance to vote on current rankings for UFC middleweights. Who is the best UFC middleweight fighter now? 

When it comes to the best current UFC middleweights, fighters like Lyoto Machida, Vitor Belfort, Anderson Silva, and current UFC Middleweight Champion Michael Bisping are ranked high. Other notable UFC middleweights include Rashad Evans, Johny Hendricks, and Luke Rockhold. 

Vote for the fighters you think are currently the best middleweights in the UFC. Feel free to add any top UFC middleweights missing from this list and vote down the middleweight fighters who are currently underperforming. 


The Best Current Middleweights Fighting in UFC,

Anderson Silva

Michael Bisping

Nate Marquardt

Rashad Evans

Lyoto Machida

Vitor Belfort

Tim Boetsch

Gegard Mousasi

Luke Rockhold

C. B. Dollaway


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Fri, 02 Jun 2017 07:23:20 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-current-ufc-middleweights/ranker-sports
<![CDATA[The Best Current Light Heavyweights Fighting in UFC]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-current-ufc-light-heavyweights/ranker-sports?source=rss

Weighing in at 205 pounds, here are the best UFC light heavyweights currently fighting today. Fighters in this weight class are generally tall, lean, and talented strikers. With so many great light heavyweight mixed martial artists in UFC, MMA fans have the chance to vote on current rankings for UFC light heavyweights. Who is the best UFC light heavyweight fighter now? 

When it comes to the best current UFC light heavyweights, fighters like Jon Jones, Glover Teixeira, Alexander Gustafsson, and current UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Daniel Cormier are ranked high. Other notable UFC light heavyweights include Maurício Rua, Ovince Saint Preux, and Antônio Rogério Nogueira. 

Vote for the fighters you think are currently the best light heavyweights in the UFC. Feel free to add any top UFC light heavyweights missing from this list and vote down the light heavyweight fighters who are currently underperforming. 


The Best Current Light Heavyweights Fighting in UFC,

Antônio Rogério Nogueira

Glover Teixeira

Maurício Rua

Alexander Gustafsson

Daniel Cormier

Jon Jones

Gian Villante

Ovince St. Preux

Igor Pokrajac

Patrick Cummins


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<![CDATA[The Best Current Featherweights Fighting in UFC]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-current-ufc-featherweights/ranker-sports?source=rss

Weighing in at 145 pounds, here are the best UFC featherweights currently fighting today. Fighters in this weight class are generally small, lean, and deadly quick. With so many great featherweight mixed martial artists in UFC, MMA fans have the chance to vote on current rankings for UFC featherweights. Who is the best UFC featherweight fighter now? 

When it comes to the best current UFC featherweights, fighters like Frankie Edgar, BJ Penn, Jose Aldo, and current UFC featherweight Champion Max Holloway are ranked high. Other notable UFC featherweights include Chad Mendes, Cub Swanson, and Renan Barao. 

Vote for the fighters you think are currently the best featherweights in the UFC. Feel free to add any top UFC featherweights missing from this list and vote down the featherweight fighters who are currently underperforming. 


The Best Current Featherweights Fighting in UFC,

Frankie Edgar

Jeremy Stephens

Cub Swanson

Dennis Siver

José Aldo

Renan Barão

Max Holloway

B.J. Penn

Darren Elkins

Ricardo Lamas


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Fri, 02 Jun 2017 07:22:52 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-current-ufc-featherweights/ranker-sports
<![CDATA[The Best Current Heavyweights Fighting in UFC]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-current-ufc-heavyweights/ranker-sports?source=rss

Weighing in at 265 pounds, here are the best UFC heavyweights currently fighting today. Fighters in this weight class are generally built like tanks, standing over six feet, and pack immense power in their punches. With so many great heavyweight mixed martial artists in UFC, MMA fans have the chance to vote on current rankings for UFC heavyweights. Who is the best UFC heavyweight fighter now? 

When it comes to the best current UFC heavyweights, fighters like Junior Dos Santos, Frank Mir, Stefan Struve, and current UFC Heavyweight Champion Stipe Miocic are ranked high. Other notable UFC heavyweights include Cain Velasquez, Mark Hunt, and Fabricio Werdum. 

Vote for the fighters you think are currently the best heavyweights in the UFC. Feel free to add any top UFC heavyweights missing from this list and vote down the heavyweight fighters who are currently underperforming. 


The Best Current Heavyweights Fighting in UFC,

Alistair Overeem

Andrei Arlovski

Ben Rothwell

Derrick Lewis

Frank Mir

Mark Hunt

Cain Velasquez

Stefan Struve

Stipe Miocic

Travis Browne


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Fri, 02 Jun 2017 07:22:38 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-current-ufc-heavyweights/ranker-sports
<![CDATA[The Best Rockets Coaches of All Time, Ranked]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-houston-rockets-coaches-list/ranker-nba?source=rss

From their early years in San Diego to their tenure in Houston, the Rockets have won over plenty of fans. And all that star power isn't limited to the players on the court - the team's coaching staff is noteworthy as well. Some great leaders on this best to worst Rockets coaches list prioritized defense, while other former Rockets head coaches developed genius offensive plays. Many of the best Houston Rockets coaches were once players themselves.

Who will you find on this list of famous Houston Rockets head coaches? Rudy Tomjanovich was the head coach of the Rockets from 1992-2003, and earned the team two NBA championships during his tenure. Prior to being named head coach, he also worked as an assistant coach to the team from 1983-1992. Kevin McHale is another popular coach of the Houston Rockets. Tom Nissalke was named NBA Coach of the Year for the 1976-1977 season. Other good Houston coaches include Tex Winter, Del Harris, and Don Chaney.

Do you have a favorite coach of the Houston Rockets? Give the best coaches a thumbs up to move them to the top of the list, and get in on the conversation in the comments section.


The Best Rockets Coaches of All Time, Ranked,

Bill Fitch

Del Harris

Don Chaney

Jeff Van Gundy

Johnny Egan

Kevin McHale

Rick Adelman

Rudy Tomjanovich

Tom Nissalke

Mike D'Antoni


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<![CDATA[The Best Pacers Coaches of All Time, Ranked]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-indiana-pacers-coaches-list/ranker-nba?source=rss

Since 1967, the Indiana Pacers have thrilled sports fans of all ages with fast-paced play. The team has boasted plenty of superstars over the years, but plenty of credit is also owed to the coaches who guided them to victory. The top Pacers coaches come in many forms. Some great leaders on this best to worst Pacers coaches list prioritized defense, while other former Pacers head coaches developed genius offensive plays. Many of the best Indiana Pacers coaches had on-court careers themselves.

Who will you find on this list of famous Indiana Pacers head coaches? Larry Bird coached the Pacers from 1997-2000. He was named NBA Coach of the year in 1998, and was also honored with the position of head coach of the NBA All-Star Game that same year. Rick Carlisle is another popular coach of the Indiana Pacers. Frank Vogel, who previously served as assistant coach, was named head coach of the Pacers from 2011-2016. Other good coaches of the Indiana Pacers include Jack Ramsay, George Irvine, and Nate McMillan.

Which Indiana Pacers coach do you think is the best? Take a look at this list and share your thoughts in the comments section.


The Best Pacers Coaches of All Time, Ranked,

Bob Hill

Dick Versace

Isiah Thomas

Jack Ramsay

Larry Bird

Larry Brown

Rick Carlisle

Bobby Leonard

Frank Vogel

Jim O'Brien


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Thu, 02 Feb 2017 06:38:03 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/best-indiana-pacers-coaches-list/ranker-nba
<![CDATA[The Best Spurs Coaches of All Time, Ranked]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-san-antonio-spurs-coaches-list/ranker-nba?source=rss

Everything's bigger in Texas, including the personalities on and off the basketball court. Just take the San Antonio Spurs - the team has boasted some incredible leadership over the years. The top Spurs coaches come in many forms. Some great leaders on this best to worst Spurs coaches list prioritized defense, while other former Spurs head coaches developed genius offensive plays. Many of the best San Antonio Spurs coaches were once players themselves.

Who will you find on this list of famous San Antonio Spurs head coaches? Larry Brown led the Spurs to the playoffs several times during his tenure as head coach from 1988-1992. He was named NBA Coach of the Year in 2001. Bob Hill is another popular coach of the San Antonio Spurs. Jerry Tarkanian made his mark on the San Antonio Spurs as the head coach in 1992. Other good Spurs coaches featured on this list include Bob Bass, Gregg Popovich, and Cotton Fitzsimmons.

Do you have a favorite Spurs coach? Vote the best coaches up to the top of this list and get in on the conversation in the comments section.


The Best Spurs Coaches of All Time, Ranked,

Bob Hill

Bob Weiss

Cotton Fitzsimmons

Gregg Popovich

John Lucas III

Larry Brown

Morris McHone

Rex Hughes

Stan Albeck

Tom Nissalke


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Thu, 02 Feb 2017 06:37:21 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/best-san-antonio-spurs-coaches-list/ranker-nba
<![CDATA[The Best Magic Coaches of All Time, Ranked]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-orlando-magic-coaches-list/ranker-nba?source=rss

With a team name like "Magic," you'd expect the coaching staff at Orlando to be top-notch. Every Orlando Magic coach has brought something different to the franchise - but who is the greatest leader of all? Some great leaders on this best to worst Magic coaches list prioritize defense, while other former Magic head coaches developed genius offensive plays. Many of the best Orlando Magic coaches were once pro players themselves.

Who will you find on this list of famous Orlando Magic head coaches? Brian Hill led the Magic to their first-ever appearance at the NBA finals in 1995. He was fired as head coach in 1997, but returned to the team for the 2005-2006 season. Scott Skiles is another popular coach of the Orlando Magic. Doc Rivers, who coached the Magic from 1999-2003, won NBA Coach of the Year in 2000. Other good Orlando Magic coaches featured on this list include Frank Vogel, Matt Guokas, and Richie Adubato.

Which Orlando Magic coach do you think is the best? Give your favorites a thumbs up and get in on the conversation in the comments section.


The Best Magic Coaches of All Time, Ranked,

Brian Hill

Chris Jent

Chuck Daly

Doc Rivers

Jacque Vaughn

Matt Guokas

Richie Adubato

Scott Skiles

Stan Van Gundy

Frank Vogel


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Thu, 02 Feb 2017 06:36:01 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/best-orlando-magic-coaches-list/ranker-nba
<![CDATA[The Best Knicks Coaches of All Time, Ranked]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-new-york-knicks-coaches-list/ranker-nba?source=rss

Everything's bigger and bolder in New York City - and that includes the sports franchises. Just take the New York Knicks, whose coaching staff is almost as storied as the basketball players themselves. The top Knicks coaches come in many forms. Some great leaders prioritized defense, while other former Knicks head coaches developed genius offensive plays. Many of the best New York Knicks coaches once played professionally themselves.

Who will you find on this list of famous New York Knicks head coaches? Pat Riley coached the Knicks from 1991-1995, leading them to the finals, but never receiving a championship in New York. He left the Knicks to become the coach of the Miami Heat. Basketball Hall of Fame inductee Rick Pitino was the head coach of the New York Knicks from 1987-1989. Other good Knicks coaches include Red Holzman, Don Nelson, and Kurt Rambis.

Do you have a favorite New York Knicks coach? Give the best team leaders a thumbs up, vote down the coaches you consider the worst, and get in on the conversation in the comments section.


The Best Knicks Coaches of All Time, Ranked,

Don Nelson

Hubie Brown

Isiah Thomas

Jeff Hornacek

John MacLeod

Larry Brown

Lenny Wilkens

Pat Riley

Rick Pitino

Willis Reed


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Thu, 02 Feb 2017 06:39:08 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/best-new-york-knicks-coaches-list/ranker-nba
<![CDATA[The Best Pistons Coaches of All Time, Ranked]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-detroit-pistons-coaches-list/ranker-nba?source=rss

The Pistons have brought multiple championship trophies home to Detroit over the years. Those accolades are partially due to the work of some dedicated head coaches. Every one of the leaders on staff is impressive - but who is the best, and who the worst? The top Pistons coaches come in many forms. Some great leaders prioritized defense, while other former Pistons head coaches developed genius offensive plays. Many of the best Detroit Pistons coaches once played for the team themselves.

Who will you find on this list of famous Detroit Pistons head coaches? Larry Brown led the Pistons to winning the NBA championship in 2004. That same year, he was selected as the coach of the USA Men's Olympic Basketball team - featuring Allen Iverson, Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, and more - at the 2004 Summer Games. Chuck Daly coached Detroit from 1983-1992, winning two NBA titles along the way. Other good coaches of the Detroit Pistons include Stan Van Gundy, Dave DeBusschere, and Doug Collins.

Which Pistons coach do you think is the all-time best? Give your top choices a thumbs up and get in on the conversation in the comments section.


The Best Pistons Coaches of All Time, Ranked,

Chuck Daly

Dave DeBusschere

Doug Collins

Earl Lloyd

Larry Brown

Maurice Cheeks

Ray Scott

Rick Carlisle

Stan Van Gundy

Terry Dischinger


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Wed, 01 Feb 2017 08:27:43 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/best-detroit-pistons-coaches-list/ranker-nba
<![CDATA[The Best Lakers Coaches of All Time, Ranked]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-la-lakers-coaches-list/ranker-nba?source=rss

From Minneapolis to Los Angeles, the Lakers have had a long and storied ride as an NBA franchise. Perhaps that's why the team attracts such storied coaching talent, too. This list lets you rank every head coach of the Lakers from best to worst. Some great leaders prioritized defense, while other former Lakers head coaches developed genius offensive plays. Many of the best L.A. Lakers coaches once played for the team themselves.

Who will you find on this list of famous Lakers coaches? Phil Jackson has won more titles than any other coach in NBA history, including five championships with the L.A. Lakers. His “zen” approach to basketball has made him a legend in Lakers history. Jerry West was a player with the Lakers from 1960-1974 and a coach with the team from 1976-1979. Other good coaches from the Los Angeles Lakers include Byron Scott, Pat Riley, and Mike Dunleavy.

Which LA Lakers coach do you think is the best? Vote your favorites up to the top of the list and share some of your favorite moments in Lakers history in the comments section.


The Best Lakers Coaches of All Time, Ranked,

Byron Scott

Magic Johnson

Frank Hamblen

Jerry West

Mike Brown

Mike Dunleavy, Sr.

Pat Riley

Paul Westhead

Phil Jackson

Bill Bertka


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Wed, 01 Feb 2017 08:26:52 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/best-la-lakers-coaches-list/ranker-nba
<![CDATA[The Best Cavaliers Coaches of All Time, Ranked]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-cleveland-cavaliers-coaches-list/ranker-nba?source=rss

Quick: name your favorite Cleveland Cavaliers coach. If you're having trouble deciding, this list is here to help - it lets you rank every head coach of the team from best to worst. The top Cavaliers coaches come in many forms. Some great leaders prioritized defense, while other former Cavaliers head coaches developed genius offensive plays. Many of the best Cleveland Cavaliers coaches were once NBA players themselves.

Who will you find on this list of famous Cleveland Cavaliers head coaches? Lenny Wilkens coached the Cleveland Cavaliers from 1986-1993. He's a veteran of the Olympics as well; he took home a gold medal for being on the coaching staff of the Men's U.S. Basketball Team at the 1996 Summer Games. Tyronn Lue will forever be a fan favorite Cavaliers coach for leading the team to an NBA championship in 2016. Other good Cleveland Cavaliers coaches include Byron Scott, Bill Fitch and Tom Nissalke.

Do you have a favorite coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers? Give the best coaches a thumbs up and get in on the conversation in the comments section.


The Best Cavaliers Coaches of All Time, Ranked,

Bill Fitch

Byron Scott

Chuck Daly

David Beckham

George Karl

Lenny Wilkens

Mike Brown

Randy Wittman

Tom Nissalke

Tyronn Lue


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Wed, 01 Feb 2017 08:29:34 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/best-cleveland-cavaliers-coaches-list/ranker-nba
<![CDATA[The Best Celtics Coaches of All Time, Ranked]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-boston-celtics-coaches-list/ranker-nba?source=rss

Since 1946, fans of all ages have flocked to Boston Celtics games. The team has had a number of remarkable head coaches over the years, and this list lets you determine who is the greatest leader, once and for all. Every one of these coaches deserves recognition, but deciding the best and the worst is no easy task. Some great leaders prioritized defense, while other former Celtics head coaches developed genius offensive plays. Many of the best Boston Celtics coaches were once players themselves.

Who will you find on this list of famous Boston Celtics head coaches? Bill Russell played for the team from 1956-1969 and served as coach from 1966-1969. He went on to become the first African-American coach to win the Championship title. Doc Rivers was the coach of the Boston Celtics from 2004-2013. Other good coaches in Boston Celtics history include Bill Fitch, Brad Stevens, and Dave Cowens.

Do you have a favorite Boston Celtics head coach? Vote the best coaches up to the top of the list and get in on the conversation in the comments section.


The Best Celtics Coaches of All Time, Ranked,

Bill Fitch

Bill Russell

Dave Cowens

Doc Rivers

K. C. Jones

M. L. Carr

Red Auerbach

Rick Pitino

Tom Heinsohn

Tom Sanders


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Wed, 01 Feb 2017 08:25:07 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/best-boston-celtics-coaches-list/ranker-nba
<![CDATA[The Best Miami Heat Coaches of All Time, Ranked]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-miami-heat-coaches-list/ranker-nba?source=rss

Every great team needs a great coach, and the Miami Heat has had some truly remarkable ones. But who are the best - and worst - coaches of them all? Some top Heat coaches prioritized defense while other former Heat head coaches developed genius offensive plays. A few Miami Heat coaches were once basketball players themselves.

Who will you vote to the top of this list of famous Miami Heat head coaches? Pat Riley began his coaching stint with the Heat in 1995, and led them to a championship in 2006. Riley was named NBA Coach of the Year on three occasions. After almost a decade as an assistant coach, Stan Van Gundy became the head coach of the Heat from 2003-2005. Other good coaches of the Miami Heat include Alvin Gentry, Ron Rothstein, and Kevin Loughery.

Which Miami Heat coach is the best? Give your personal picks a thumbs up to move them to the top of the list.


The Best Miami Heat Coaches of All Time, Ranked,

Alvin Gentry

Kevin Loughery

Pat Riley

Ron Rothstein

Stan Van Gundy

Erik Spoelstra


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Wed, 01 Feb 2017 08:28:28 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/best-miami-heat-coaches-list/ranker-nba
<![CDATA[The Biggest Flash-In-The-Pan Athletes And What They're Up To Now]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/flash-in-the-pan-athletes-where-are-they-now/rhune-kincaid?source=rss

Joel Embiid's rookie season sparked a heated debate in the sports world about whether or not an athlete could be worthy of receiving a seasonal award without having played anywhere close to a full schedule of games in that season. The 76ers forward was undeniably the best first-year player in the NBA, but should the NBA Rookie of the Year trophy really go to someone who only played 31 of his team's 82 games?

The hype of this situation begs the question: Who are the biggest flash-in-the-pan athletes of all-time? Who made the biggest splashes in the smallest sample sizes? And who had the most sizzle with the least steak?

For clarification, a flash-in-the-pan player needs to have shown superstar potential at the highest levels of their sport before, of course, sinking into mediocrity, irrelevance, or worse. A draft bust and prospects who never excelled are different things altogether.


The Biggest Flash-In-The-Pan Athletes And What They're Up To Now,

Buster Douglas

In 1990, Buster Douglas shocked the boxing world by defeating the seemingly invincible Mike Tyson and becoming the new undisputed heavyweight champion of the world - he had caught an already-wobbly Tyson with an uppercut in the 10th round resulting in the surprising knockout.

Douglas was so unheralded that the only Las Vegas casino willing to take bets on the fight offered 42-1 odds.

Douglas quickly lost the belt to Evander Holyfield in his very next bout and never returned to championship contention. He closed his career with a string of bizarre publicity-stunt fights without ever actually getting back into shape.


Joe Charboneau

Joe Charboneau is known for a few somewhat obscure things:

  • Dying his hair flamboyant colors - before it was cool
  • Getting into bar fights
  • Fighting with team management
  • Opening beer bottles with his eye socket
  • Drinking beer through his nose
  • Getting stabbed in Mexico while there for an exhibition game
  • Playing less games (201) than any Rookie of the Year Award winner in the history of Major League Baseball 
  • Appearing in The Natural as an extra

Charboneau also hit .289 with 23 homers in 1980, but was out of the league by 1983 due to injuries.

 


Mark Fidrych

People had zero expectations when Mark Fidrych joined at the Detroit Tigers in 1976, but the charismatic goofball surprisingly wreaked havoc on opposing batters. He was nicknamed "The Bird" for his resemblance to Big Bird from Sesame Street, he swore on live national television, and he could be seen and heard talking to the ball before he threw it.

Tigers attendance nearly tripled on the days that he pitched. He won 19 games and became American League Rookie of the Year, but during spring training before the 1977 season began, he hurt his knee while "goofing around in the outfield."

More injuries followed and his previously charming antics grew thin. However, he continued pitching with an undiagnosed tear in his right rotator cuff for the rest of his career and was out of the league before 1981. The rotator cuff injury was finally diagnosed in 1985.


Tim Tebow

It seemed like a reach when Josh McDaniels traded up for Florida's Heisman-winning quarterback, Tim Tebow, with the 25th pick in the 2010 NFL draft. But for one shining season in 2011, Tebow became a superstar.

With his unorthodox throwing style and rugged runs, he led the Broncos into an overtime upset with the Pittsburgh Steelers during the AFC Divisional Round.

However, by the next season he had been replaced by Peyton Manning, and now he's a terrible baseball player in the Mets minor league system (and a somewhat decent commentator for SEC football).


Vince Young

Vince Young had the perfect quarterback pedigree for being a draft bust: Transcendent, but a non-traditional quarterbacking style at the college level? Check. Relied on his legs more than pro quarterbacks can afford? Check. Overpowered collegiate teammates to make things easy? Check.

Nevertheless, the Tennessee Titans used their #3 overall pick on Young in 2006, and then a crazy thing happened - he was an instant success. He was named Offensive Rookie of the Year, made the Pro Bowl, and guided the Titans to a playoff appearance the following year. Things got weird after that, though, when reports surfaced that Young was already considering retirement after his first season. He was replaced by Kerry Collins, bounced around a few teams as a backup, proclaimed the 2011 Eagles to be a "Dream Team," and now, in 2017, he has agreed to chuck passes for the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the CFL.


Aaron Hernandez

Aaron Hernandez was an innocuous 4th round pick by the New England Patriots in the 2010 NFL Draft, but he quickly teamed with Rob Gronkowski to form the most fearsome pair of pass-catching tight ends that the NFL has ever seen.

Over the course of three NFL seasons, Hernandez racked up 1,956 receiving yards and 18 touchdowns, and even had a 42-yard rush in Super Bowl XLVI. 

However, after the Patriots lost the 2010 AFC Championship Game to the Baltimore Ravens, things quickly unraveled. The following summer, police raided his home in search of evidence relating to the murder of Odin Lloyd, and Hernandez was arrested and charged with a 2012 double homicide in Boston. He was also convicted of the Lloyd murder and hung himself in prison shortly after being cleared for the double homicide.


Jeremy Lin

Jeremy Lin had already acquired a cult-like following by the time he made his first NBA appearance with the Golden State Warriors in 2009. It marked the first time that an American player of Japanese or Taiwanese descent had played at the game's highest level.

He then proceeded to bounce back and forth from the D-League to the Houston Rockets and back to the D-League a few more times before landing a backup role for the New York Knicks.

Injuries and a recommendation from Carmelo Anthony then propelled Lin into the starting lineup and the national spotlight.

In a 12-game stretch leading up to the 2012 All-Star game, Lin averaged 22.5 points and 8.7 assists; out-dueled John Wall, Deron Williams, and Kobe Bryant; became the focal point of the Knicks offense (and opposing defenses); and made a game-winning shot that compelled his teammate, Metta World Peace, to coin the phrase "Linsanity."

Despite his popularity in New York, he left for Houston the following off-season and slowly blended back into the league as a pretty-good-but-not-great point guard. The NBA may never again experience such concentrated fervor as it did for Lin's breakout run.


Josh Gordon

Despite playing on one of the worst teams in the NFL, Josh "Flash" Gordon turned in one of the greatest receiving lines in NFL history in 2013. He racked up 1,646 yards to lead the league and was named a 1st Team All-Pro. But much like his college career at Baylor that saw him awkwardly shuffled to Utah and eventually to the 2012 Supplemental Draft, his professional career was quickly derailed by failed drug tests. 

Between two suspensions, he only played 5 games in 2014 before being suspended for the entire 2015 season. He was eventually reinstated for the 2016 season, but elected to focus on his rehabilitation program. With his 2017 reinstatement application denied, Gordon might not ever play in the NFL again. 


Joel Embiid

Despite having a broken bone in his foot, the Philadelphia 76ers made Joel Embiid their third overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft. It was a calculated risk, but the 76ers urged their fans to "trust the process." 

"The Process" became Embiid's nickname as he proceeded to sit out during the entirety of the next two seasons with continued ailments. He finally set (healed) foot on the court for the 2016-2017 season and proceeded to "process" his opponents to pieces. He averaged 20.2 points, 7.8 rebounds, and 2.5 blocks per game while averaging only 25.4 minutes per game. He was named the Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month for November, December, and January before a swollen knee slowed him down in February. A meniscus tear later ended his meteoric rise after only 31 games.


Eric Gagne

It's very possible that no pitcher in the history of baseball has been as un-hittable as Dodgers's closer Eric Gagne was from 2002 to 2004. Across those seasons, he strung together a record-shattering streak of 84 consecutive saves and, in 2003, he struck out a ludicrous 1.66 batters per inning.

He would take the field to the tune of Guns and Roses's "Welcome to the Jungle," and baffled batters with his ability to change speeds. However, arm troubles led to multiple Tommy John surgeries, and after his playing career, Gagne was named in the Mitchell Report. Investigators also accused him of using human growth hormone during his unreal ascent.



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Tue, 21 Mar 2017 11:17:31 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/flash-in-the-pan-athletes-where-are-they-now/rhune-kincaid
<![CDATA[The Craziest Stories Of Behind The Scenes WWE Fights]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/behind-the-scenes-wwe-fights/ranker-sports?source=rss

Professional wrestling has a reputation for fakery. Like other TV shows, WWE programs feature storylines, characters, and of course, drama. However, the ring isn't the only place wrestlers fight. Many times, these athletes settle their beef backstage, where there are no cameras. These are the epic stories of behind the scenes WWE fights, as told by both wrestlers and witnesses. 

Thanks to wrestler biographies, podcasts, and interviews, wrestling fans can hear about the many off-camera scuffles between WWE superstars. Usually, it starts as a heated exchange of words before escalating into a physical brawl with no rules and no referee. One instance involving Chris Jericho and Goldberg resulted in a locker room fight that had to be split up by other wrestlers. Other infamous WWE stories include real fights featuring Big Show, The Great Khali, Kurt Angle, and Brock Lesnar.

While some wrestlers bury the hatchet after a few good punches, others keep grudges, which only makes their storylines juicier. After reading these crazy stories of WWE superstars fighting behind the scenes, you might learn a thing or two about your favorite wrestler. Watching these backstage WWE fights would be awesome, but there's something great (and genuine) about listening to wresters recounting their craziest brawls outside the ring. 


The Craziest Stories Of Behind The Scenes WWE Fights,

The Montreal Screwjob: Bret Hart Punches Vince McMahon Backstage

Every wrestling fan knows about the Montreal Screwjob, which occurred at the 1997 Survivor Series. After winning the WWF World Heavyweight Championship, Bret Hart signed a contract with WCW in hopes of remaining champion. However, Vince McMahon was against this, so he took matters into his own hands. 

At Survivor Series, the main event match between Hart and Shawn Michaels was supposed to end in a disqualification. Instead, McMahon's plan was put into action. On direct order from McMahon, referee Earl Hebner ended the match as soon as Michaels put the Sharpshooter on Hart. Even though Hart did not submit, Michaels was declared the winner and the new WWF World Heavyweight Champion. 

Backstage in the locker room, McMahon went up to Hart to explain himself, but instead got punched in the face. Now marked as untrustworthy, McMahon became the target of revolt from many wrestlers, including Mick Foley. To this day, the Montreal Screwjob remains the most infamous and controversal storyline twist in professional wrestling. Though McMahon was flamed for his actions, the incident propelled the WWF (WWE) into the successful company it is today. 


JBL Beat The Crap Out Of Blue Meanie On Pay-Per-View

After leaving the WWE in 2000, the Blue Meanie made a surprise appearance at the 2005 ECW One Night Stand pay-per-view event. During the main event, a brawl broke out between the Originals and the Crusaders. Amidst the chaos, JBL, who was infamous for his bullying ways, threw a punch at Blue Meanie's face, opening up a scar on his forehead. As blood spilled from his face, the Blue Meanie retaliated with real punches before the two were eventually pulled apart by the other wrestlers.

Once backstage, JBL confronted the Blue Meanie, shouting, "You were talking about me on the Internet!" Fortunately for the Blue Meanie, the WWE stitched him up and doubled his pay. 

A month later on SmackDown, the two wrestlers met again for a No Disqualification match. The Blue Meanie ended up winning after interference from fellow bWo member Stevie Richards and World Heavyweight Champion Batista. 


Kurt Angle And Brock Lesnar Wrestle

When Brock Lesnar was still a WWE newcomer, he claimed he could easily beat Kurt Angle in a wrestling match, even saying Angle was too small. Naturally, the Olympic gold medal winner took offense to this, so the two set up a wrestling match. Though Angle weighed 80 pounds less, and Angle managed to squeak out a win. He even took down the former UFC Heavyweight Champion a few times.

In the end, Angle proved experience beats size. He did, however, admit that Lesnar scared him, mainly because the 300-pound wrestler was not only agile, but very aggressive. 


Sheamus Vs. Yoshi Tatsu

Allegedly, Yoshi Tatsu beat Sheamus up in 2009. According to rumors, the two were roommates along with Ted DiBiase. During this time, DiBiase and Tatsu were annoyed because Sheamus was using their things, so they both confronted him. An angry Sheamus threw a protein drink mixer at Tatsu, who caught it. Sheamus then tried to attack Tatsu himself, but he was beaten back with ease. Apparently, Sheamus was assaulted so severely he almost cried. 


Buff Bagwell Vs. Shane Helms

In 2001, around the time WWE purchased WCW, Helms and Bagwell had an altercation that Helms described as follows:

"'He said something and I burned him really bad and he got like all offended by it.' Helms continued, 'and he came and hit me in the damn ear. He's like standing on the floor and he outweighs me by 50 pounds anyway. Everybody in there knows I banged my shoulder up, so then he comes and hits me from behind and I kind of just threw a water bottle at him like this and then I jumped out of the ring. And this was just kind of to distract him because now I'm going to go punch him in the face, but he f*cking cracked his head open, and he was bleeding all over the place, and I'm like, 'oh, f*ck'. I really didn't intend for it to do that and I didn't think it would. I don't know. I guess the water in it made it harder.'"

Bagwell has claimed that the bottle was made of glass, but Helms says that’s an exaggeration. We may never know the truth. 


Ric Flair Battles Eric Bischoff

Since their WCW days to the modern WWE era, Ric Flair and Eric Bischoff have feuded over money, control, and legacy. During an interview with Pro Wrestling Torch, Bischoff told his side of the backstage fight:

"...I was sitting on the phone on this conference call, Ric comes in and is literally challenging me. I was looking for the camera because it didn’t make any sense.  I was looking for the camera because it didn’t make any sense... Then it became obvious to me it was far more serious than I initially thought it was. I think Ric took a punch or two, but I was on TV 10 minutes later and I don’t think anybody noticed anything.”

Flair also described the locker room incident in his book To Be the Man, saying he "knock[ed] the cell phone out of [Bischoff's] hand" before climbing on top of him and pushing his finger against his eye. Prepared to brawl, the men were separated by Sgt. Slaughter. 


Chris Jericho And Goldberg Go At It

On the Bubba the Love Sponge Show, Chris Jericho recalled his backstage fight with Goldberg. During the late '90s in WCW, the two wrestlers already had beef since Goldberg refused to work with Jericho, calling him too small. Once the argument reached a breaking point, Goldberg put his hand on Jericho's throat. According to Jericho, he took Goldberg to the ground and put in a front face lock: "My plan was to hold on as long as I could until he got up and killed me." 

When Goldberg did get up, Jericho took him down again. They were eventually pulled apart, but Goldberg kept going, pulling Jericho's golden locks. Once separated, more insults were thrown but the physical violence stopped.


Big Show And The Great Khali Come To Blows

On the Talk Is Jericho podcast with Chris Jericho, Big Show recalled “the worst friggin' fight on the planet" with The Great Khali. You can hear his thoughts in the above video. Backstage in the locker room, Big Show was already fuming mad at The Great Khali for stealing his trademark overhand chop. The two giants hurled insults at each other before getting physical. According to Jericho's book The Best in the World, Big Show threw the first punch. Soon, the "two titans began swinging" in all-out brawl, but nobody could stop the seven-footers. Finally, Big Show missed a wild punch causing him to fall, with The Great Khali tumbling on top. 

Although there was no clear winner, Big Show felt he had lost the fight because "[The Great Khali] didn't go to the hospital." Fortunately, the two wrestlers have moved past their backstage fight and are now on good terms. 


Dave Bautista And Booker T Have A Fistfight

In his own book, Dave Bautista says that he was at fault for not treating Booker T with the respect he deserved, and apparently it led to a lengthy, brutal brawl. The two were at a SummerSlam commercial shoot in 2006, and it’s rumored that five minutes of straight-up fighting happened before the brawl was broken up.

According to Dave Finlay, Booker T's girlfriend Sharmell Sullivan even got a few hits in, allegedly kicking Batista "in the nuts." Although there was "a bit of blood here and there," Finlay said the scuffle wasn't that bad, and "Dave [Bautista] came out on top." 

At the time, it is said that Bautista may have been rubbing some folks backstage the wrong way, and Booker earned himself even more respect and popularity when he got the best of Bautista in the altercation.


The Plane Ride From Hell

This fight took place on May 5, 2002, on a flight headed back to the US after a pay-per-view event in the UK. Due to an hour delay, WWE management and wrestlers were already pretty drunk before takeoff. Once the plane was in the air, all hell broke loose.

Curt Hennig, AKA Mr. Perfect, kicked things off by claiming he was a better amateur wrestler than Brock Lesnar. A brawl broke out in the aisle, with Lesnar taking down the smaller Hennig. Triple H, Paul Heyman, and others ended up separating the pair. Mr. Perfect was later fired from the company. 

Somewhere else on the plane, Dustin Runnels, AKA Goldust, was serenading his ex-wife Terri Runnels until he was stopped by WWE Vice President of Talent Relations Jim Ross. A year later, Goldust was dropped by WWE.

Things finally climaxed when a very drunk Michael Hayes punched JBL in the forehead, opening a gash from an earlier match. After Hayes fell asleep, Sean Waltman, AKA X-Pac, grabbed a pair of scissors and cut off his ponytail. Hayes would later find out about his missing ponytail while going through customs. 

In a statement made by Jim Ross on WWE.com, the WWE commentator described the harrowing event: 

"The flight was about seven hours in length and at times was low-lighted by a handful of people who consumed too much alcohol and consequently acted like children whose parents were away and left the liquor cabinet unlocked. The conduct of this inebriated minority was unacceptable and will not be tolerated. Procedures have been put in place to ensure such conduct does not occur in the future."



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Tue, 17 May 2016 09:33:49 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/behind-the-scenes-wwe-fights/ranker-sports
<![CDATA[MMA's Greatest Heavyweights Of All Time]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-mma-heavyweights-of-all-time/steffi-victorioso?source=rss

Back in the early days of MMA when weight classes didn’t exist, it was the big, towering guys that drew the most attention. Now, even with several smaller weight classes, heavyweights are more exciting than ever. It’s a common misconception that heavyweights are slow and dopey. Don’t let their size fool you - the best heavyweights have as much martial arts skills as they have size. 

Some of the quickest knockouts in the UFC were by heavyweights. These colossal athletes have heavy but quick hands, packing well over 200 lbs behind each punch. Their knockout power is unmatched.

And don’t underestimate their ground game - you definitely don’t want one of these guys trying to submit you. Just imagine arms with biceps the size of your head putting you in a choke hold. Heavyweights use their size to their advantage and have some of the quickest submissions in the UFC

The heavyweight division has its share of legendary MMA fighters. From some of the most beloved pioneers to the most reviled villains of the sport, fans love watching these giants go at it, waiting for that next big knockout. Because the bigger they are, the harder they fall (and punch, kick, knee, and elbow). Check out this power rankings list and vote up the best heavyweight mixed martial arts fighters. 


MMA's Greatest Heavyweights Of All Time,

Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira

Born: 6/2/1976 in Vitoria da Conquista, Bahia, Brazil

Height: 6'3"

Weight: 239 lbs

Fighting Style: Jiu Jitsu, Judo

Record: 34 wins (3 KO/TKO, 21 submissions, 10 decisions), 10 losses (3 KO/TKO, 2 submissions, 5 decisions, 1 draw, 1 N/C

Years Active: 1999 to 2015

Promotions: World Extreme Fighting, Rings, Pride, Universal Fighting Arts Organization, UFC

Known For: First-ever Pride Heavyweight Champion


Bas Rutten

Born:  2/4/1965 in Tilburg, Netherlands

Height: 6'1"

Weight: 205 lbs

Fighting Style: Karate, Kickboxing, Judo, Krav Maga, Wrestling

Record: 28 wins (12 KO/TKO, 13 submissions, 4 decisions), 4 losses (3 submissions, 1 decision), 1 draw

Years Active: 1993 to 1999, 2006

Promotions: Pancrase, UFC, World Fighting Alliance

Known For: Striking accuracy


Dan Severn

Born: 6/8/1958 in Coldwater, Michigan, USA

Height: 6'2"

Weight: 253 lbs

Fighting Style: Wrestling, Judo

Record: 101 wins (17 KO/TKO, 60 submissions, 24 decisions), 19 losses (3 KO/TKO, 9 submissions, 7 decisions), 7 draws

Years Active: 1994 to 2013

Promotions: UFC, Vale Tudo Japan, Brawl at the Ballpark, Universal Vale Tudo Fighting, U Japan, Extreme Challenge, International Vale Tudo Championship, Unified Shoot Wrestling Federation, SuperBrawl, International Fighting Championship, Pride, Gladiators, World Shoot Wrestling, Cage Combat, Brawl in the Black Hills, Dangerzone, Ultimate Wrestling, Ultimate Reality Fighting, Continental Freefighting Alliance,World Extreme Fighting, Rings, Reality Superfighting, Reality Combat Fighting, World Extreme Cagefighting, Iowa Challenge, King of the Cage, Aztec Challenge, Victory Fighting Championship, Ultimate Combat, War at the Shore, Maximum Fighting Championship, Hardcore Fighting Championship, Gladiator Challenge, Rage in the Cage, Seasons Beatings, Pacific X-treme Combat, Enter the Beast, Xtreme Fighting Championship, American Fighting Association, Continental Fighting Championship, Warrior, Northern Fighting Championship, Extreme Wars, Action Wrestling Entertainment, Northstar Fighting Championship, Cage Rage, C3 Fights, Worldwide Fighting Championship, Titans of the Pentagon, Universal Fight Promotions, Iroquois MMA Championships, Hell Cage, Elite 1, Paul Vandale Promotions, Blueblood MMA

Known For: UFC Hall of Famer, first fighter to compete in both UFC and WWE, a long-time veteran of the sport with over 100 fights


Don Frye

Born: 11/23/1965 in Sierra Vista, Arizona, USA

Height: 6'1"

Weight: 210 lbs

Fighting Style: Judo, Wrestling, Kickboxing

Record: 20 wins (7 KO/TKO, 11 submissions, 1 decision, 1 win by DQ), 9 losses (5 KO/TKO, 2 submissions, 2 decisions), 1 draw, 1 N/C

Years Active: 1996 to 1997, 2001 to 2009, 2011

Promotions: UFC, Unified Shoot Wrestling Federation, Pride, Inoki Bom-Ba-Ye, K-1, NoLimit Fighting, Deep, Shark Fights, Gladiator Challenge

Known For: Physical durability and fighting spirit


Fabrício Werdum

Born: 7/30/1977 in Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil

Height: 6'4"

Weight: 238 lbs

Fighting Style: Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Judo, Muay Thai

Record: 21 wins (6 KO/TKO, 10 submissions, 5 decisions), 6 losses (2 KO/TKO, 0 submissions, 4 decisions), 1 draw

Years Active: 2002 to present

Promotions: Millenium Brawl, World Absolute Fighting, Jungle Fight, Pride, 2 Hot 2 Handle, Strikeforce, UFC

Known For: Breaking Fedor Emelianenko's 10-year winning streak


Fedor Emelianenko

Born: 9/28/1976 in Rubizhne, Luhansk Oblast, Ukraine

Height: 6’0"

Weight: 223 lbs

Fighting Style: Sambo, Judo, Kickboxing

Record: 36 wins (11 KO/TKO, 17 submissions, 9 decisions), 4 losses (4 KO/TKO, 1 submission), 1 N/C

Years Active: 2000 to 2012, 2015 to present

Promotions: Rings, Pride, Yarennoka, Bodog, Strikeforce, M-1, Dream, Rizin, Bellator

Known For: 28-fight/10-year winning streak


Mark Coleman

Born: 12/20/1964 in Columbus, Ohio, USA

Height: 6'1"

Weight: 205 lbs

Fighting Style: Wrestling

Record: 16 wins (4 KO/TKO, 8 submissions, 4 decisions), 10 losses (3 KO/TKO, 5 submissions, 2 decisions)

Years Active: 1996 to 2010

Promotions: UFC, Pride

Known For: Pioneering the ground-and-pound technique


Mirko Filipović

Born: 9/10/1974 in Vinkovci, Croatia

Height: 6'2" 

Weight: 234 lbs

Fighting Style: Tae Kwon Do, Kickboxing

Record: 35 wins (26 KO/TKO, 6 submissions, 3 decisions), 11 losses (5 KO/TKO, 3 submissions, 3 decisions), 2 draws, 1 N/C

Years Active: 2001 to 2015, 2016

Promotions: K-1, Pride, Inoki Bom-Ba-Ye, Pride, UFC, Dream, Legend, Rizin

Known For: Vicious head kicks


Randy Couture

Born: 6/22/1963 in Everett, Washington, USA

Height: 6'2"

Weight: 205 lbs

Fighting Style: Greco-Roman Wrestling

Record: 19 wins (7 KO/TKO, 4 submissions, 8 decisions), 11 losses (6 KO/TKO, 4 submissions, 1 decision)

Years Active: 1997 to 2011

Promotions: UFC, Vale Tudo Japan, Rings

Known For: Oldest champion in UFC history (at 43 years old), oldest fighter to defend UFC title (at 44 years old), oldest fighter to win a UFC fight (at 47 years old)


Cain Velasquez

Born: 7/28/1982 in Salinas, California, USA

Height: 6'1"

Weight: 242 lbs

Fighting Style: Wrestling, Muay Thai, Kickboxing

Record:14 wins (12 KO/TKO, 0 submissions, 2 decisions), 2 losses (1 KO/TKO, 1 submissions, 0 decisions)

Years Active: 2006 to present 

Promotions: Strikeforce, Bodog, UFC

Known For: Insane cardio fitness



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Fri, 21 Apr 2017 05:13:22 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-mma-heavyweights-of-all-time/steffi-victorioso
<![CDATA[The Best 2017 NFL Draft Picks]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-nfl-draft-picks-2017/ranker-sports?source=rss

NFL fans, get hyped for the 2017 NFL Draft by voting for this year's best draft picks. With 32 first round picks, teams must carefully choose smart draft picks, while also considering NFL draft sleepers. Predicting these selections comes as no easy task, especially with so many top NFL prospects. Who are the best 2017 NFL draft picks, and who will the Cleveland Browns draft as their number one pick in this year's NFL draft? Several mock drafts show Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett as their top pick. Regarded as a physical freak of nature, the two-time First-team All-American dominated the NFL Scouting Combine.

Other notable first round picks include Stanford defensive lineman Solomon Thomas, North Carolina quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, and LSU safety Leonard Fournette. Vote for the football players you think are the top NFL draft picks in 2017, and be mindful of potential draft busts. Don't miss Round One of the 2017 NFL Draft on Thursday, April 27, followed by the second and third round on Friday, April 28 and ending with Rounds Four to Seven on Saturday, April 29. 


The Best 2017 NFL Draft Picks,

Jonathan Allen

Christian McCaffrey

Deshaun Watson

O. J. Howard

Jamal Adams

Leonard Fournette

Solomon Thomas

Myles Garrett

Reuben Foster

Marshon Lattimore


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Thu, 27 Apr 2017 05:32:01 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-nfl-draft-picks-2017/ranker-sports
<![CDATA[Great Sports Dramedy Movies, Ranked]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/sports-dramedy-movies/ranker-film?source=rss

Between the thrill of competition and the human stories that are at the heart of athletics, sports dramedies have something for everyone. The top sports dramedies feature complicated relationships and funny dialogue. This is a list of the greatest funny drama movies about sports, including everything from Jerry Maguire to The Longest Yard to The Mighty Ducks.

What films will you find on this list of great sports comedy dramas? A League of Their Own explores a variety of issues, including sexism, corporatism, and the realities of war, with humor and heart. Penny Marshall directed an all-star cast - including Geena Davis, Tom Hanks, and Madonna - in this sports favorite. Friday Night Lights is another great serious sports movie with a touch of humor. The Sandlot is a beloved coming-of-age tale full of laughs and lessons from the ball field. Other good films featured on this list include Varsity Blues and Slap Shot.

Which of these dramatic sports movies deserves the top spot on this list? Vote up your favorite dramedy, and please add any good movies that are missing.


Great Sports Dramedy Movies, Ranked,

Any Given Sunday

A League of Their Own

Friday Night Lights

Jerry Maguire

Slap Shot

Summer Catch

The Mighty Ducks

The Replacements

The Sandlot

Tin Cup


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Wed, 01 Mar 2017 02:42:21 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/sports-dramedy-movies/ranker-film
<![CDATA[Ranking Every Air Jordan Sneaker Ever Made]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-air-jordans/mick-jacobs?source=rss

Since their inception in 1985, Nike Air Jordans have found a place both on the court and within pop culture. Each year another variation on the Air Jordans sneaker design gets released, which left the market with over 30 different designs. The most commons tweaks include added straps, accentuation on the high-top, and/or additional logos or markings on the sides and tongue. But some variations on Air Jordan basketball shoes, like Model 14, introduce unique new aspects like an added shroud over the laces, allowing certain pairs to stand out amongst shoes that already draw the eye.

To help you make a decision on your next purchase, assembled here is every Air Jordan sneaker ever made, enough to dress two entire NBA team rosters. Do you find yourself drawn to the more outlandish color schemes, or do you prefer your Michael Jordan shoes to simply emulate that instantly recognizable Chicago Bulls red and white? No matter what type of basketball shoes you end up choosing, the only important aspect is that they make you feel like Mike.


Ranking Every Air Jordan Sneaker Ever Made,

AJ IV

Release Date: 1988


AJ III

Release Date: 1987


AJ XI

Release Date: 1995


AJ I

Release Date: 1985


AJ XIII

Release Date: 1997


AJ XXXI

Release Date: 2016


AJ IX

Release Date: 1993


AJ XII

Release Date: 1996


AJ VI

Release Date: 1991


AJ V

Release Date: 1990



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Fri, 21 Apr 2017 02:25:21 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-air-jordans/mick-jacobs
<![CDATA[Who Is The Best First Baseman In Major League Baseball Right Now?]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-first-basemen-2017/ranker-sports?source=rss

Regardless if you're constructing a fantasy roster or simply staying up-to-date on the MLB's finest, this list of the best MLB first basemen currently playing helps you narrow it down to the most important players today. The first baseman position usually gets filled by a left-handed player, who are known power hitters with reputations for hitting many home runs. Baseball fans, cast your votes for the players best at covering hit ball along the foul lines, protecting first base, and specializing in defense. Who are the best current first basemen in major league baseball today?

With 11 All-Star appearances and four AL batting championships, Detroit Tigers 1B Miguel Cabrera remains the best at first base right now. Other great baseball players adept at first base include Kansas City Royals' Eric Hosmer, Cincinnati Reds' Joey Votto, and Arizona Diamondbacks' Paul Goldschmidt. Vote for who you think are the best MLB first basemen currently playing in the league today. Make sure to also vote for the best current shortstops in the MLB. These guys deserve recognition, especially since they're holding up the legacies of the first basemen before them.


Who Is The Best First Baseman In Major League Baseball Right Now?,

Albert Pujols

Joey Votto

Miguel Cabrera

Ryan Zimmerman

Eric Hosmer

Freddie Freeman

Anthony Rizzo

Paul Goldschmidt

Eric Thames

Justin Bour


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Fri, 21 Apr 2017 02:51:53 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-first-basemen-2017/ranker-sports
<![CDATA[Who Is The Best Third Baseman In Major League Baseball Right Now?]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-third-basemen-2017/ranker-sports?source=rss

Whether you're working on your fantasy baseball roster or simply staying abreast of the MLB's finest, this list of the best MLB third basemen currently playing will prove quite useful. As the closest infielder, the third baseman position, also known as the "hot corner," is usually played by a right-handed player who can catch hard line drives and anticipate bunts. Baseball fans, cast your votes for the players best at covering fly balls, protecting third base, and specializing in defense. Who are the best current third basemen in major league baseball today?

With two Gold Glove Awards at only 24-years-old, Baltimore Orioles 3B Manny Machado currently stands as the best at third baseman. Other great baseball players adept at third base include Chicago Cubs' Kris Bryant, Colorado Rockies' Nolan Arenado, and Toronto Blue Jays' Josh Donaldson. Vote for who you think are the best MLB third basemen currently playing in the league today. Make sure to also vote for the best current first basemen in the MLB. Such a demanding position demands its own recognition.


Who Is The Best Third Baseman In Major League Baseball Right Now?,

Evan Longoria

Mike Moustakas

Justin Turner

Josh Donaldson

Manny Machado

Anthony Rendon

Kyle Seager

Nolan Arenado

Kris Bryant

Adrian Beltre


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Fri, 21 Apr 2017 02:58:43 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-third-basemen-2017/ranker-sports
<![CDATA[The Best Women's Tennis Doubles Teams of All Time]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-womens-tennis-doubles-teams-of-all-time/ranker-tennis?source=rss

List of the best women's tennis doubles teams of all time, listed by popularity with photos of the doubles teams when available. During the open era, tennis had some of the greatest women's tennis doubles teams of all time. These are some of the most talented all-time tennis doubles teams to ever live, so if you're a fan of tennis and are aspiring to play tennis professionally then these people should be your idols. If you're searching for a particular popular women's tennis doubles team, then you can use the "search" box to find who you're looking for.

This list is made up of a variety of women's doubles teams, including Martina Navratilova and Pam Shriver; Serena Williams and Venus Williams; and Gigi Fernández and Natasha Zvereva. Featuring Grand Slam champions, Wimbledon winners, and more, this list has it all. 

This list answers the questions, "Who are the greatest female tennis doubles teams?" and "Who is the best female tennis doubles team of all time?"

You can click on the names of these legendary women's tennis doubles teams in order to get more information about each one. If you play tennis or just love the sport then use this list of the top female tennis doubles teams to find some athletes you haven't heard of before.


The Best Women's Tennis Doubles Teams of All Time,

Margaret Court and Virginia Wade

Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Lucie Šafářová

Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova

Virginia Ruano Pascual and Paola Suárez

Serena and Venus Williams

Martina Hingis and Sania Mirza

Gigi Fernandez and Natasha Zvereva

Billie Jean King and Martina Navratilova

Martina Navratilova and Pam Shriver

Martina Hingis and Jana Novotná


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Tue, 28 Mar 2017 07:03:42 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-womens-tennis-doubles-teams-of-all-time/ranker-tennis
<![CDATA[Incredible Ways That Sports Stars Have Treated Major Injuries]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/incredible-ways-that-sports-stars-have-treated-injuries/nathan-gibson?source=rss

Probably the biggest threat to any athlete’s career is the possibility of injury. Any sort of physical activity carries the risk of damage to the body, and that can lead to potentially lengthy layoffs. So perhaps it's not surprising that unconventional sports injury treatments have been developed to help stars get back to action sooner.

Some of the weird ways athletes treat injuries seem too bizarre to be true. Who would ever think to use hamster ovaries to heal broken bones? And how can cheese possibly prevent bruising? But both of these methods - and many more that are just as strange - have been employed by professional players looking to return to the field as quickly as possible.

While the vast majority of individuals will stick with tried-and-true methods that are considered medically sound by most health professionals, others will go to extreme lengths to heal their bodies. In some instances, how athletes treat injuries boggles the mind.


Incredible Ways That Sports Stars Have Treated Major Injuries,

Freezing The Body With Cryotherapy

Cryotherapy began as a treatment for people with chronic illnesses and conditions, like severe arthritis and multiple sclerosis. However, its beneficial effects in helping to ease pain and aid in recovery has led athletes to begin using the therapy as well.

Many Premier League soccer clubs in the U.K. have their own cryotherapy chambers, which expose the bodies of users to temperatures as low as -220°F for around two minutes. Jermain Defoe is a huge proponent of the cryotherapy sessions, believing they may be significantly extending his playing career.


Layering Cheese On Bruises

Lyndsey Vonn created some confusion in 2010, when she said in an interview that she had used cheese to treat bruising on her leg from a skiing accident. The U.S. Olympian confirmed that she had used topfen cheese curd on her shin in an effort to reduce swelling and prevent further discoloration, so that she could be in peak condition for the Vancouver Games just a few months later.

Experts can't find evidence to suggest that cheese would be of any benefit. However, certain enzymes in some cheeses can have anti-inflammatory properties.


Injecting Bones With Hamster Ovaries

When rugby player Kyle Reimers broke his thumb during a match in 2010, he took the unusual step of injecting parts of hamster ovaries into the digit. That's because the ovaries contain a large amount of recombinant human bone morphogenetic protein-7 (also known as OP-1). Studies have shown that this substance is able to stimulate bone growth, accelerating the speed with which fractures and breaks can heal.

The procedure was an apparent success, with Reimers able to jump back into the action after just four weeks - two weeks sooner than originally anticipated.


Injecting Hamstrings With Goat's Blood

Soccer players often make headlines for their alternative injury treatments. One controversial method that has become popular with players is to inject goat’s blood into hamstrings to help stimulate healing. Soccer stars like Arjen Robben and Peter MacDonald have undergone the procedure multiple times.


Zapping The Brain With Electricity

Halo Neuroscience's headphone-like device uses a technique known as transcranial direct-current stimulation (tDCS) to send electric shocks into the brain. It does this using tiny electrodes in the form of miniature spikes that press just above the ears, allowing the device to zap the area with small pulses. 

Studies have shown that tDCS can have positive effects; it can reduce stress during training and help injured players to return to training sooner. Golden State Warrior basketballer James Michael McAdoo used it in 2016, along with several of his teammates.


Taking Viagra

The erectile-dysfunction drug Viagra isn't normally associated with athletic performance. However, evidence suggests that the drug may benefit athletes who are playing at high altitudes. Viagra increases blood flow, not only to the genitals, but also to the lungs, leading to more oxygen being pumped around the body. When an athlete's blood is more oxygenated, fatigue and injuries may be less likely to occur at higher altitudes.

NFL star Brandon Marshall claimed that he knew of several players who used the drug, while soccer teams have allegedly used it when playing in mountainous regions in South America.


Pulling Out Wisdom Teeth

Little evidence supports the claims that removing one's wisdom teeth will solve muscle problems in the lower body, but that hasn’t stopped numerous sports stars from visiting the dentist to do just that. Theoretically, those suffering with dental problems will hold their heads in unusual positions to numb the pain. This leads to additional pressure being placed on the neck and spine, which causes extra stress on the leg muscles. Removing the troublesome teeth supposedly removes this pressure, and is believed to lessen the chance of hamstring problems.

Australian rugby player Rod Davies had his wisdom teeth removed to address leg injuries in 2010.


Sitting In A Spinning Chair

Addressing concussions has become a major focal point in sports medicine. Although there is little that can be done for someone with a concussion, one company has created the GyroStim to alleviate the injury's effects. The GryoStim is essentially a giant mechanical chair that rotates the entire body of a patient. This supposedly activates the vestibular system, helping to reduce confusion and head pain while improving balance and motor coordination.

Pittsburgh Penguin player Sidney Crosby used the device in 2011, and believes it significantly aided in his recovery.


Using A Mineral Pouch

Baseball players Darin Erstad and Steve Finley claim that they don't believe the pouches of minerals they wear around their necks are magical. However, they never take the field without them. When Finley forgot his pouch one game, he suffered an injury.

According to Layers of Light International, which put together the specially-made pouches, they offer a "layer of protection against many harmful external energy intruders that attack our bodies on a daily basis."


Sticking On Leeches

Bloodsucking leeches have been used in medicine since ancient times, though modern medicine has largely replaced them. Even though leeches may seem archaic today, they are still used in some special cases. For example, Everton striker Louis Saha used leeches to treat a longstanding knee injury in 2010. According to the soccer player, the treatment dramatically eased his pain by reducing the inflammation around the knee.



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Wed, 22 Mar 2017 05:30:41 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/incredible-ways-that-sports-stars-have-treated-injuries/nathan-gibson
<![CDATA[Who Is Going To Be The #1 Draft Pick In The 2017 NBA Draft?]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/top-nba-draft-prediction-2017/ranker-sports?source=rss

NBA fans, prepare for the next wave of rookies to tower over your screens for years to come. With so many talented NBA prospects on the horizon, the time is now to make your predictions for the top pick in the 2017 NBA Draft. Though they may be rookies, many of these college players could go on to become one of the best draft picks of all time, making predictions all the more exhilarating. The upcoming NBA draft order starts with Philadelphia 76ers, Los Angeles Lakers, Boston Celtics, and Phoenix Suns. Who will be the number one pick in the 2017 NBA Draft? 

Thanks to his father LaVar Ball, UCLA point guard Lonzo Ball received huge media coverage, boosting the collegiate into greater visibility. In his first season with the Bruins, the freshman averaged 14.6 points, 7.6 assists, and 6 rebounds a game, not too shabby. Other college players who could be number one NBA draft picks in 2017 include University of Washington guard Markelle Fultz and Kansas small forward Josh Jackson, among numerous national and international contenders.

Vote for the basketball player you think will go number one in the 2017 NBA Draft. Don't miss the 2017 NBA Draft on Thursday, June 22 and make sure you dress properly for the occasion.


Who Is Going To Be The #1 Draft Pick In The 2017 NBA Draft?,

Justin Jackson

Josh Jackson

Lonzo Ball

Malik Monk

Dennis Smith Jr.

De'Aaron Fox

Jonathan Isaac

Jayson Tatum

Lauri Markkanen

Markelle Fultz


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Mon, 17 Apr 2017 04:10:08 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/top-nba-draft-prediction-2017/ranker-sports
<![CDATA[Who Was The Most Disappointing NHL Player In The 2016-2017 Season?]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/disappointing-nhl-players-2017/ranker-sports?source=rss

With the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs underway, it's time to look back at the NHL players who failed to meet expectations this season. Many over-hyped NHL players last season saw major drops in their performances, falling on their asses both figuratively and literally on the ice. In a game where one easily loses teeth, you really don't want to lose your edge. This is a brutal sport, and its fans are no less savage in their feelings towards disappointing NHL players. Who is the most disappointing NHL player in 2017? Unfortunately, none of these gentlemen below skated strongly enough to be considered among the best in the league.

In his first season as captain of the Los Angeles Kings centerman Anže Kopitar failed to lead the team in scoring for the first time in nine years. Other underperforming NHL players this season include Boston Bruins Patrice Bergeron, Chicago Blackhawks Jonathan Toews, and Ottawa Senators Bobby Ryan. Vote for the most disappointing hockey players in the 2016-2017 season and feel free to add any other missing NHL players who disappointed you this season. Don't hold back your feelings, because hockey players can take the hits.


Who Was The Most Disappointing NHL Player In The 2016-2017 Season?,

Andrew Ladd

New York Islanders


Anže Kopitar

Los Angeles Kings


Bobby Ryan

Ottawa Senators


Jonathan Toews

Chicago Blackhawks


Loui Eriksson

Vancouver Canucks


Zach Parise

Minnesota Wild


Brian Elliott

Calgary Flames


Jordan Eberle

Edmonton Oilers


Mikkel Bødker

San Jose Sharks


Evander Kane

Buffalo Sabres



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Mon, 17 Apr 2017 05:34:58 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/disappointing-nhl-players-2017/ranker-sports
<![CDATA[The Best Women's Tennis Doubles Teams of the 2000s]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-2000s-womens-tennis-doubles-teams/ranker-tennis?source=rss

List of the best women's tennis doubles teams from 2000s, listed by popularity with photos of the doubles teams when available. From 2000 to 2009, tennis had some of the greatest women's tennis doubles teams of all time. These are some of the most talented 2000s tennis doubles teams to ever live, so if you're a fan of tennis and are aspiring to play tennis professionally then these people should be your idols. If you're searching for a particular popular women's tennis doubles team from the 2000s then you can use the "search" box to find who you're looking for.

This list is made up of a variety of women's doubles teams, including Serena Williams and Venus Williams; Cara Black and Rennae Stubbs; and Virginia Ruano Pascual and Paola Suárez. Featuring Grand Slam champions, Wimbledon winners, and more, this list has it all. 

This list answers the questions, "Who are the greatest 2000s female tennis doubles teams?" and "Who is the best female tennis doubles team of 2000s?"

You can click on the names of these legendary women's tennis doubles teams of the 2000s in order to get more information about each one. If you play tennis or just love the sport then use this list of the top 2000s female tennis doubles teams to find some athletes you haven't heard of before.


The Best Women's Tennis Doubles Teams of the 2000s,

Cara Black and Rennae Stubbs

Virginia Ruano Pascual and Paola Suárez

Kim Clijsters and Ai Sugiyama

Svetlana Kuznetsova and Alicia Molik

Serena Williams and Venus Williams

Alona Bondarenko and Kateryna Bondarenko

Martina Hingis and Mary Pierce

Lisa Raymonds and Rennae Stubbs

Nathalie Dechy and Dinara Safina

Cara Black and Liezel Huber


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Tue, 28 Mar 2017 05:13:03 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-2000s-womens-tennis-doubles-teams/ranker-tennis
<![CDATA[The Best Women's Tennis Doubles Teams of the 1990s]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-1990s-womens-tennis-doubles-teams/ranker-tennis?source=rss

List of the best women's tennis doubles teams from 1990s, listed by popularity with photos of the doubles teams when available. From 1990 to 1999, tennis had some of the greatest women's tennis doubles teams of all time. These are some of the most talented 1990s tennis doubles teams to ever live, so if you're a fan of tennis and are aspiring to play tennis professionally then these people should be your idols. If you're searching for a particular popular women's tennis doubles team from the 1990s then you can use the "search" box to find who you're looking for.

This list is made up of a variety of women's doubles teams, including Gigi Fernández and Natasha Zvereva; Martina Hingis and Jana Novotná; and Arantxa Sánchez Vicario and Helena Suková. Featuring Grand Slam champions, Wimbledon winners, and more, this list has it all. 

This list answers the questions, "Who are the greatest 1990s female tennis doubles teams?" and "Who is the best female tennis doubles team of 1990s?"

You can click on the names of these legendary women's tennis doubles teams of the 1990s in order to get more information about each one. If you play tennis or just love the sport then use this list of the top 1990s female tennis doubles teams to find some athletes you haven't heard of before.


The Best Women's Tennis Doubles Teams of the 1990s,

Jana Novotná and Helena Suková

Martina Hingis and Mirjana Lučić

Lindsay Davenport and Corina Morariu

Arantxa Sánchez Vicario and Helena Suková

Gigi Fernández and Jana Novotná

Patty Fendick and Mary Joe Fernandez

Gigi Fernández and Martina Navratilova

Jana Novotná and Arantxa Sánchez Vicario

Lindsay Davenport and Mary Joe Fernandez

Chanda Rubin and Arantxa Sánchez Vicario


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<![CDATA[The Best Women's Tennis Doubles Teams of the 1970s]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-1970s-womens-tennis-doubles-teams/ranker-tennis?source=rss

List of the best women's tennis doubles teams from 1970s, listed by popularity with photos of the doubles teams when available. From 1970 to 1979, tennis had some of the greatest women's tennis doubles teams of all time. These are some of the most talented 1970s tennis doubles teams to ever live, so if you're a fan of tennis and are aspiring to play tennis professionally then these people should be your idols. If you're searching for a particular popular women's tennis doubles team from the 1970s then you can use the "search" box to find who you're looking for.

This list is made up of a variety of women's doubles teams, including Margaret Court and Virginia Wade; Billie Jean King and Martina Navratilova; and Evonne Goolagong Cawley and Peggy Michel. Featuring Grand Slam champions, Wimbledon winners, and more, this list has it all. 

This list answers the questions, "Who are the greatest 1970s female tennis doubles teams?" and "Who is the best female tennis doubles team of 1970s?"

You can click on the names of these legendary women's tennis doubles teams of the 1970s in order to get more information about each one. If you play tennis or just love the sport then use this list of the top 1970s female tennis doubles teams to find some athletes you haven't heard of before.


The Best Women's Tennis Doubles Teams of the 1970s,

Rosemary Casals and Judy Tegart Dalton

Martina Navratilova and Betty Stöve

Margaret Court and Judy Tegart Dalton

Rosemary Casals and Billie Jean King

Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova

Francoise Durr and Betty Stove

Billie Jean King and Betty Stove

Chris Evert and Olga Morozova

Gail Sheriff Chanfreau Lovera and Françoise Dürr

Billy Jean King and Martina Navratilova


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<![CDATA[Who Is The Best MMA Featherweight Fighter Right Now?]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-current-mma-featherweight-fighters/ranker-sports?source=rss

Don't underestimate the small guys - the best mixed martial artists in the featherweight division are capable of doing more damage than you might think. Usually weighing around 145 pounds, featherweight fighters include martial artists from the UFC, the Bellator MMA, and the WSOF divisions. This list featuress the best featherweight mixed martial artists currently, whose quick feet and swift punches demonstrate that less sometimes is way more. But of them all, who stands as the best MMA featherweight right now, deserving of recognition alongside the greatest fighters in history?

Current UFC Featherweight Champion José Aldo often gets called one of the greatest featherweights of all time. A master of Brazilian jiu-jitsu, Aldo made waves with his powerful leg kicks and effective takedown defenses. He also has the most wins and knockouts in UFC and WEC featherweight division history, no small feat for a small guy. Other great current MMA featherweight fighters include Max Holloway, Frankie Edgar, and Anthony Pettis. Vote for the best current MMA featherweight fighters and feel free to add any notable featherweights missing from this list. 


Who Is The Best MMA Featherweight Fighter Right Now?,

Frankie Edgar

Cub Swanson

Chan Sung Jung

Patrício Freire

Max Holloway

Jose Aldo

Darren Elkins

Myles Jury

Dennis Bermudez

Ricardo Lamas


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<![CDATA[The Least Believable Attacks In The WWE]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/the-least-believable-attacks-in-the-wwe/josephwelkie?source=rss

In the WWE, the audience must suspend their disbelief for a bit, particularly when it comes to ridiculous WWE attacks. From sorcerers to undead giants to men from outer space, the worst WWE attacks in practice are less skirmish-oriented, more Cirque du Soleil. Obviously this can make for more entertaining TV and some remarkable finishing moves. But sometimes the combat gets too hard to watch because what you see on screen gets too ludicrous.

Most fighters wouldn't be phased by attacks laced with break-dancing moves, and while an ass to the face might offend them, it likely won't lead to a KO. But wrestling, like virtual reality, is all about illusion and escape, and no one can argue the imagination behind these WWE moves that probably wouldn't hurt anyone. So open your mind, and take a look at some of the silliest, most ineffective, and ridiculous attacks in the WWE. 


The Least Believable Attacks In The WWE,

Chris Jericho

Chris Jericho's finishing move, the Code Breaker looks stunningly stupid. Though it's supposed to smash the knee into his opponent's face, it just looks far more painful for Jericho, who jumps and then lands on his back. You would be hard pressed to find a world where this move is considered an offensive maneuver.


The Great Khali

The Great Khali was a giant of a man in WWE, but this move always felt gigantically useless. Just smashing a dude's head? That's it? Aside from it being actually impossible to crush someone's skull like that, it just looks ridiculous.


Alberto Del Rio

Okay, this one might be the dumbest on this list. So much must go Alberto Del Rio's way in order for this to work. Every wrestler who falls victim to this move has to help Del Rio out by pulling themselves up to set him up for the double-foot stomp. No self-respecting fighter would ever allow themselves to be attacked like this after the first time they saw it.


Naomi

Naomi slamming her big ol' booty into your face sounds lovely, but honestly doesn't sound too painful. In fact, many people would probably welcome such a move.


Dolph Ziggler

Dolph Ziggler's finisher really doesn't look much more painful than a person just falling backwards. You know why that is? Because that's all the Zig-Zag is. Ziggler simply pulls his opponent backwards. Weak.


Scotty 2 Hotty

A drawn out punch with a little bit of break-dancing before it, the Worm could probably qualify as an anime finishing move given its theatrical elements. It takes so much time to set up not even worth it in the end. If WWE ever decides to add dance to it's programming then Scotty 2 Hotty will at least be prepared.


Stone Cold Steve Austin

The most painful-looking part of this move is the kick in the gut that sets up the Stunner, and honestly this move feels like a double-edged sword. In real life, any attempts to do this move in a real fight would likely result in a broken tailbone. 


The Undertaker

While blasphemy to speak ill of the Undertaker, this move takes too much time and effort to set up. Why doesn't the victim just push 'Taker off the top rope as he's walking? Definitely a reasonable option, but in the WWE, reasonable only gets you so far.


X-Pac

A move that gets aggressively weird, it basically consists of a X-Pac humping his opponent, which probably only hurts if your masculinity is especially fragile. 


Rikishi

While awful looking, and definitely an unpleasant experience as a whole, Rikishi's Stink Face doesn't appear to be all that painful. Just someone rubbing their butt in your face? Some people out there would just call that "tossing a salad."



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<![CDATA[The Worst Players Turned Coaches In Basketball History]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/worst-basketball-players-turned-coaches/ranker-sports?source=rss

Many of the greatest NBA players become coaches after retiring, but unfortunately, many of them turn out to be terrible basketball coaches. The same way a ring doesn't necessarily make a legend, having played basketball doesn't make you necessarily qualified to coach it. Regardless of their status as NBA champions, Hall of Fame inductees, or even MVPs, the league's best basketball players often struggle to win from court-side. Which NBA player should have left the locker room and taken a seat in the stands instead of back at the bench?

From 2000 to 2003, Hall of Famer Isiah Thomas coached the Indiana Pacers after Larry Bird (who was actually one of the best players-turned-coaches). Unlike Bird, Thomas failed to take his team past the first round of playoffs. Four-time NBA champion Kurt Rambis coached the Minnesota Timberwolves for two seasons before he was fired for his 32-132 record. Other notable good basketball players who became bad basketball coaches include Mark Jackson, Brian Winters, and Jason Kidd. Vote up the worst NBA players-turned-coaches and vote down the players who were actually decent coaches. Feel free to add any missing bad NBA coaches who used to be players.


The Worst Players Turned Coaches In Basketball History,

Avery Johnson

254 - 186 over seven seasons.


Bill Cartwright

51 - 100 over three seasons.


Brian Winters

36 - 148 over three seasons.


Earl Watson

33- 82 over two seasons.


Keith Smart

93 - 170 over four seasons.


Kurt Rambis

65 - 164 over four seasons.


Marc Iavaroni

33 - 90 over two seasons.


Randy Wittman

278 - 406 over 10 seasons


Terry Porter

99 - 116 over three seasons.


Wes Unseld

202 - 345 over seven seasons.



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Mon, 17 Apr 2017 04:49:15 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/worst-basketball-players-turned-coaches/ranker-sports
<![CDATA[15 Of The Worst Ref Mistakes In MMA History]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/worst-mma-referee-calls/steffi-victorioso?source=rss

MMA referee screw ups happen from time to time. After all, referees are human. Even the most seasoned and trusted refs make bad decisions. But stupid MMA ref calls can be costly, and while there aren't any genuinely stupid MMA refs at the top level of the sport, everyone makes mistakes. A bad call can mean the difference between a champion and a loser. An early stoppage might give an undeserving fighter a win. Missing an illegal blow can cause injury. A late stoppage can leave a fighter unconscious for too long, which can lead to brain damage or worse (death, duh). 

MMA referees do more than just raise the winner’s hand at the end of a fight; they're responsible for the safety of the fighters. Some mistakes are worse than others, but even the slightest oversight can have a huge impact on a fighter’s health and on career. The worst decisions by MMA referees have had serious consequences. Buckle in for the worst MMA ref calls. 


15 Of The Worst Ref Mistakes In MMA History,

Renan Barao Vs. Uriah Faber: Referee Herb Dean

When: February 1, 2014

Where: Newark, NJ

The Call: Renan Barao defended his belt against Uriah “The California Kid”  Faber in the main event at UFC 169. Things weren't looking good as Faber got dropped by a hard right overhand punch from Barao in the first round. On the ground, Barao threw a barrage of hammer fists, which mostly hit Faber’s glove. Faber was fully conscious, still defending, and waiting to get a better position when Herb Dean ended the fight.

Dean called the fight just after Faber gave a thumb's up letting him know he was okay, and, according to a post-mortem on Fox Sports, after Barao gave him a look like "can we call this please?".


Chris Weidman Vs. Mark Munoz: Referee Josh Rosenthal

When: June 11, 2012

Where: San Jose, CA

The Call: Middleweights Mark Munoz and Chris Weidman headlined UFC on Fuel TV 4. In the second round of the fight, Munoz walked right into a big elbow, which knocked him to the mat. Weidman got his back. Unable to defend himself, Munoz absorbed 17 hard right hands to the head  and was bleeding all over the mat before ref Josh Rosenthal finally waved off the fight.


Sheila Bird Vs. Kim Couture: Referee Len Koivisto

When: June 8, 2011 

Where: Calgary, Alberta, Canada

The Call: Sheila Bird and Kim Couture were slated for the co-main event at AX Combat 1 in Calgary in 2011. In the first round, Bird locked Couture in a tight leg scissor choke. Referee Len Koivisto watched as Couture went limp, calling the fight a full 10 seconds after she lost consciousness. The Calgary Combative Sports Commission investigated the decision and found no fault in Koivisto's actions. It was later uncovered Koivisto had taken, and failed, a course offered by John McCarthy, a well-respected veteran MMA ref. 


Leandro Silva Vs. Drew Dober: Referee Eduardo Herdy

When: March 21, 2015

Where: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

The Call: A preliminary bout at UFC Fight Night 62 drew controversy, as lightweights Leandro Silva and Drew Dober went to the mat in the second round. As they rolled, Silva attempted a guillotine choke but didn’t have it completely locked in. Dober was calm and coherent, and had no need to tap out. As Dober slipped out of the choke, referee Eduardo Herdy stepped in and waved off the fight, calling it a win for Silva, leaving both fighters confused. The result of bout was later changed to a no-contest. 


Mark Munoz Vs. Roan Carneiro: Referee Jerin Valel

When: Feb 28, 2015

Where: Los Angeles, CA

The Call: Mark Munoz and Roan Carneiro were the last fighters on the preliminary card of UFC 184. In the first round, the fight went to the ground. Carneiro took Munoz’s back and set up a rear naked choke. The choke was locked in so tight, Munoz went to sleep after a few seconds. Referee Jerin Valel was right in front of the action and did nothing. Carneiro yelled to Valel that Munoz was out. Still, it took Valel 10 seconds to call it. 


Anthony Johnson Vs. Kevin Burns: Referee Steve Mazzagatti

When: July 19, 2008

Where: Las Vegas, NV

The Call: The fight between Anthony Johnson and Kevin Burns at UFC Fight Night 14 ended in pain, controversy, and a lot of boos from the crowd. Burns threw several left palm strikes, poking Johnson’s eyes. Referee Steve Mazzagatti warned Burns about unintentional eye pokes, but they kept coming. In the third round, Burns landed a finger poke in Johnson’s right eye so hard the fight was stopped.

Plot twist: instead of disqualifying Burns, Mazzagatti gave Burns the TKO win. Johnson later told MMA Weekly “My retina was damaged, possibly detached, and the laceration was pretty long. It was basically from one end of my eye to the other. They did laser surgery that took about two hours, put some stitches on it basically."


Germaine de Randamie Vs. Holly Holm: Referee Todd Anderson

When: February 11, 2017

Where: New York, NY 

The Call: Holly Holm and Germaine de Randamie fought for the title in the main event at the UFC’s inaugural women’s featherweight championship at UFC 208. The fight went to a decision and de Randamie came out on top with a final score of 48-47. With a different referee, the outcome could have been much different.

At the end of the second and third rounds, de Randamie landed multiple strikes after the bell. Referee Todd Anderson only gave de Randamie a warning; a point deduction in either instances would've given Holm the title. 


Pat Curran Vs. Joe Warren: Referee Jeff Malott

When: March 9, 2012

Where: Hammond, IN

The Call: Pat Curran fought Joe Warren for the featherweight belt at Bellator 60. In the third round, Curran swarmed Warren with a barrage of punches and knees. Warren was clearly out on his feet, but ref Jeff Malott didn’t stop the fight. He allowed Warren to endure the beating for another 30 seconds. After a huge right uppercut, Warren crumpled to the mat, and only then did Malott wave off the fight. Warren was suspended for 90 days so he could recover, given the severity of the beating.


Matt Brown Vs. Pete Sell: Referee Yves Lavigne

When: March 7, 2009

Where: Columbus, OH

The Call: Matt Brown came out strong against Pete Sell at UFC 96, throwing head kicks and punches in the first 20 seconds that dropped Sell. Referee Yves Lavigne stopped the fight, then changed his mind and told the fighters to continue. Brown continued the beat down, stopping intermittently to ask Lavigne to stop the fight (again). Members of the audience also yelled at Lavigne to stop the bout, and Sell ended up with a severe ass whooping. Lavigne later admitted he was wrong not to stop things earlier. 


Ronda Rousey Vs. Sara McMann: Referee Herb Dean

When: February 22, 2014

Where: Las Vegas, NV

The Call: In the Ronda Rousey era of MMA, she was the queen of the UFC, unbeatable, taking out challenger after challenger. At UFC 170, Rousey defended her title against Olympic wrestler Sara McMann, a huge match up: two Olympians going at it. The action started early, both fighters taking swings at each other from the sound of the bell.

Rousey clinched up and put McMann on the fence, then threw a knee into McMann’s liver, dropping her. As McMann hit the mat, she looked for a takedown, but referee Herb Dean waved off the fight. McMann was upset, but refused to blame Dean, saying “I’m not going to blame a referee for something I feel like I should be able to control. I should get up quicker. If you want to win fights, you just have to do it, regardless of what’s going on.”



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<![CDATA[Who Are The Best Outfielders In Major League Baseball Right Now?]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-baseball-outfielders-2017/ranker-baseball?source=rss

This ranking of the best MLB outfielders currently playing will prove a useful asset to anyone maintaining a strong fantasy league or who simply wants to remain informed of the best players in the MLB. Since outfielders cover many different bases (pun intended), keeping track of them all gets a little tricky, but a well-rounded outfielder stands out. Baseball fans, cast your votes for the players best at catching fly balls, throwing them back into the infield, and staying in tune with the rest of their team. 

2016 American League MVP Mike Trout still remains one of the best outfielders in the MLB. Other adept outfielders include Boston Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts, Detroit Tigers left fielder Justin Upton, and Colorado Rockies center fielder Charlie Blackmon. Vote for who you think are the best MLB outfielders currently playing in the league today. Including the best right fielders, best left fielders, and the best center fielders, this list also features many of the greatest baseball players in the league right now. As valuable as the diamond they play on, baseball players who are strongest in the outfield deserve some love.


Who Are The Best Outfielders In Major League Baseball Right Now?,

Andrew McCutchen

Justin Upton

Bryce Harper

Lorenzo Cain

Giancarlo Stanton

Mike Trout

Charlie Blackmon

George Springer

Aaron Judge

Adam Duvall


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<![CDATA[Who Are The Best Shortstops In Major League Baseball Right Now?]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-baseball-shortstops-2017/ranker-baseball?source=rss

Whether you're working on your fantasy baseball roster or simply staying abreast of the MLB's finest, this list of the best MLB shortstops currently playing will prove to be quite useful. Also rather useful, the shortstop position, which on average receives the most baseballs coming their way, requiring a top notch player's focus and quick reflexes. Baseball fans, cast your votes for the players best at covering ground balls, protecting second base, and specializing in defense. Who are the best current shortstops in major league baseball today?

In only his third season with the Los Angeles Dodgers, 2016 National League Rookie of the Year Corey Seager quickly emerged as one of the best shortstops in the MLB. Other great baseball players adept at shortstop include Cleveland Indians' Francisco Lindor, Houston Astros' Carlos Correa, and San Francisco Giants' Brandon Crawford. Vote for who you think are the best MLB shortstops currently playing in the league today. Make sure to also vote for the best current outfielders in the MLB. Such a demanding position also demands some recognition.


Who Are The Best Shortstops In Major League Baseball Right Now?,

Brandon Crawford

Zack Cozart

Didi Gregorius

Andrelton Simmons

Carlos Correa

Xander Bogaerts

Francisco Lindor

Trea Turner

Addison Russell

Corey Seager


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<![CDATA[Who Will Be The 2017 National League MVP?]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/national-league-mvp-2017/ranker-baseball?source=rss

Every year, the MLB names one player as the National League MVP, the one who every team wants seated in their dugout. One of the highest honors in sports, it's to the best players in the game, whose skills, determination, and leadership lead their teams around the diamond straight on to victory. Make your 2017 National League MVP predictions here! 

So who will be the 2017 MLB NL MVP? Will Kris Bryant win the trophy back-to-back, or will it go to Bryce Harper for his second? Can 2016 NL Rookie of the Year Corey Seager become this year's NL Most Valuable Player? Other notable NL MVP contenders include Joey Votto, Clayton Kershaw, and Buster Posey. While you're at it, be sure to consider the American League MVP predictions as well.

Take a look below and vote up the players you think have the best odds of winning the 2017 National League MVP trophy. 


Who Will Be The 2017 National League MVP?,

Clayton Kershaw

Joey Votto

Bryce Harper

Freddie Freeman

Anthony Rizzo

Paul Goldschmidt

Charlie Blackmon

Nolan Arenado

Kris Bryant

Corey Seager


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<![CDATA[Who Will Be The 2017 American League MVP?]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/american-league-mvp-2017/ranker-baseball?source=rss

Every year, the MLB names one player as the American League MVP, for the one player who truly stepped up to the plate, no pun intended. One of the highest honors in sports, the American League MVP goes to the best players in the game, whose skills, determination, and leadership propelled their teams to victory. Make your 2017 American League MVP predictions below! 

So who will be the 2017 the American League MVP? Will Mike Trout win the trophy for the third time, or will it go to Josh Donaldson for his second? Can Boston Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts become the AL Most Valuable Player after returning from his surgery? Other notable AL MVP contenders include Manny Machado, Carlos Correa, and Francisco Lindor. This, of course, doesn't even cover the National League MVP predictions, which you should also take the time to consider.

Take a look below and vote up the players you think have the best odds of winning the 2017 American League MVP trophy.


Who Will Be The 2017 American League MVP?,

Chris Sale

Manny Machado

Mike Trout

José Altuve

Dallas Keuchel

Carlos Correa

George Springer

Francisco Lindor

Aaron Judge

Mookie Betts


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<![CDATA[Who Will Win The 2017 World Series?]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/who-will-win-the-2017-world-series/ranker-baseball?source=rss

Baseball fans, get ready to cast your votes predicting for which team will win the 2017 World Series. With only one Commissioner's Trophy, 30 MLB teams will all compete to become the 2017 World Series Champion, but who will claim the trophy? Let the world hear your bold World Series 2017 predictions.

Last year, the Chicago Cubs broke their curse by winning their first World Series championship since 1908. Other contenders include the San Francisco Giants, the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Boston Red Sox, and the New York Yankees. But like a runner on first base, you never quite know who will surprise you and go for a steal.

Vote for the baseball team you think is most likely to win the World Series this year. Then, make sure to also vote for the 2017 American League MVP and the 2017 National League MVP.


Who Will Win The 2017 World Series?,

Arizona Diamondbacks

Boston Red Sox

Chicago Cubs

Cleveland Indians

Colorado Rockies

Houston Astros

Los Angeles Dodgers

New York Yankees

Tampa Bay Rays

Washington Nationals


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<![CDATA[The Best Women's Tennis Doubles Teams of the 1980s]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-1980s-womens-tennis-doubles-teams/ranker-tennis?source=rss

List of the best women's tennis doubles teams from 1980s, listed by popularity with photos of the doubles teams when available. From 1980 to 1989, tennis had some of the greatest women's tennis doubles teams of all time. These are some of the most talented 1980s tennis doubles teams to ever live, so if you're a fan of tennis and are aspiring to play tennis professionally then these people should be your idols. If you're searching for a particular popular women's tennis doubles team from the 1980s then you can use the "search" box to find who you're looking for.

This list is made up of a variety of women's doubles teams, including Martina Navratilova and Pam Shriver; Jana Novotná and Helena Suková; and Gabriela Sabatini and Steffi Graf. Featuring Grand Slam champions, Wimbledon winners, and more, this list has it all. 

This list answers the questions, "Who are the greatest 1980s female tennis doubles teams?" and "Who is the best female tennis doubles team of 1980s?"

You can click on the names of these legendary women's tennis doubles teams of the 1980s in order to get more information about each one. If you play tennis or just love the sport then use this list of the top 1980s female tennis doubles teams to find some athletes you haven't heard of before.


The Best Women's Tennis Doubles Teams of the 1980s,

Kathy Jordan and Anne Smith

Rosalyn Fairbank Nideffer and Tanya Harford

Billie Jean King and Martina Navratilova

Martina Navratilova and Betsy Nagelsen

Kathy Jordan and Elizabeth Sayers Smylie

Martina Navratilova and Andrea Temesvári

Rosalyn Fairbank Nideffer and Candy Reynolds

Rosemary Casals and Wendy Turnbull

Steffi Graf and Gabriela Sabatini

Martina Navratilova and Pam Shriver


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<![CDATA[The Best Women's Tennis Doubles Teams of the 1960s]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-1960s-womens-tennis-doubles-teams/ranker-tennis?source=rss

List of the best women's tennis doubles teams from 1960s, listed by popularity with photos of the doubles teams when available. From 1960 to 1969, tennis had some of the greatest women's tennis doubles teams of all time. These are some of the most talented 1960s tennis doubles teams to ever live, so if you're a fan of tennis and are aspiring to play tennis professionally then these people should be your idols. If you're searching for a particular popular women's tennis doubles team from the 1960s then you can use the "search" box to find who you're looking for.

This list is made up of a variety of women's doubles teams, including Maria Bueno and Darlene Hard; Karen Hantze Susman and Billie Jean King; and Margaret Court and Lesley Turner Bowrey. Featuring Grand Slam champions, Wimbledon winners, and more, this list has it all. 

This list answers the questions, "Who are the greatest 1960s female tennis doubles teams?" and "Who is the best female tennis doubles team of 1960s?"

You can click on the names of these legendary women's tennis doubles teams of the 1960s in order to get more information about each one. If you play tennis or just love the sport then use this list of the top 1960s female tennis doubles teams to find some athletes you haven't heard of before.


The Best Women's Tennis Doubles Teams of the 1960s,

Darlene Hard and Lesley Turner Bowrey

Maria Bueno and Darlene Hard

Karen Hantze Susman and Billie Jean King

Maria Bueno and Christine Truman Janes

Margaret Court and Lesley Turner Bowrey

Mary Carter Reitano and Margaret Court

Maria Bueno and Margaret Court

Margaret Court and Judy Tegart Dalton

Carole Caldwell Graebner and Nancy Richey Gunter

Françoise Dürr and Ann Haydon-Jones


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<![CDATA[The Best Women's Tennis Doubles Teams of the 1950s]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-1950s-womens-tennis-doubles-teams/ranker-tennis?source=rss

List of the best women's tennis doubles teams from 1950s, listed by popularity with photos of the doubles teams when available. From 1950 to 1959, tennis had some of the greatest women's tennis doubles teams of all time. These are some of the most talented 1950s tennis doubles teams to ever live, so if you're a fan of tennis and are aspiring to play tennis professionally then these people should be your idols. If you're searching for a particular popular women's tennis doubles team from the 1950s then you can use the "search" box to find who you're looking for.

This list is made up of a variety of women's doubles teams, including Thelma Coye Long and Nancye Wynne Bolton; Maureen Connolly Brinker and Julie Sampson Haywood; and Louise Brough Clapp and Doris Hart. Featuring Grand Slam champions, Wimbledon winners, and more, this list has it all. 

This list answers the questions, "Who are the greatest 1950s female tennis doubles teams?" and "Who is the best female tennis doubles team of 1950s?"

You can click on the names of these legendary women's tennis doubles teams of the 1950s in order to get more information about each one. If you play tennis or just love the sport then use this list of the top 1950s female tennis doubles teams to find some athletes you haven't heard of before.


The Best Women's Tennis Doubles Teams of the 1950s,

Maureen Connolly Brinker and Julie Sampson Haywood

Maureen Connolly Brinker and Nell Hall Hopman

Beverly Baker Fleitz and Darlene Hard

Doris Hart and Shirley Fry Irvin

Maria Bueno and Althea Gibson

Louise Brough Clapp and Doris Hart

Angela Buxton and Althea Gibson

Louise Brough Clapp and Margaret Osborne duPont

Renee Schuurman Haygarth and Sandra Reynolds Price

Shirley Bloomer Brasher and Darlene Hard


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Tue, 28 Mar 2017 05:16:22 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-1950s-womens-tennis-doubles-teams/ranker-tennis
<![CDATA[The Best Women's Tennis Doubles Teams of the 1940s]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-1940s-womens-tennis-doubles-teams/ranker-tennis?source=rss

List of the best women's tennis doubles teams from 1940s, listed by popularity with photos of the doubles teams when available. From 1940 to 1949, tennis had some of the greatest women's tennis doubles teams of all time. These are some of the most talented 1940s tennis doubles teams to ever live, so if you're a fan of tennis and are aspiring to play tennis professionally then these people should be your idols. If you're searching for a particular popular women's tennis doubles team from the 1940s then you can use the "search" box to find who you're looking for.

This list is made up of a variety of women's doubles teams, including Thelma Coye Long and Nancye Wynne Bolton; Sarah Palfrey Cooke and Alice Marble; and Patricia Canning Todd and Doris Hart. Featuring Grand Slam champions, Wimbledon winners, and more, this list has it all. 

This list answers the questions, "Who are the greatest 1940s female tennis doubles teams?" and "Who is the best female tennis doubles team of 1940s?"

You can click on the names of these legendary women's tennis doubles teams of the 1940s in order to get more information about each one. If you play tennis or just love the sport then use this list of the top 1940s female tennis doubles teams to find some athletes you haven't heard of before.


The Best Women's Tennis Doubles Teams of the 1940s,

Joyce Fitch and Mary Bevis Hawton

Patricia Canning Todd and Doris Hart

Sarah Palfrey Cooke and Margaret Osborne duPont

Louise Brough Clapp and Margaret Osborne duPont

Thelma Coyne Long and Nancy Wynne Bolton

Sarah Palfrey Cooke and Alice Marble


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Tue, 28 Mar 2017 05:15:36 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-1940s-womens-tennis-doubles-teams/ranker-tennis
<![CDATA[The Best Women's Tennis Players of the 2000s]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-2000s-womens-tennis-players/ranker-tennis?source=rss

List of the best women's tennis players from 2000s, listed by popularity with photos of the players when available. From 2000 to 2009, tennis had some of the greatest women's tennis players of all time. These are some of the most talented 2000s tennis players to ever live, so if you're a fan of tennis and are aspiring to play tennis professionally then these people should be your idols. If you're searching for a particular popular women's tennis player from the 2000s then you can use the "search" box to find who you're looking for.

This list is made up of a variety of players, including Serena Williams, Venus Williams, and Maria Sharapova. Featuring Grand Slam champions, Wimbledon winners, Doubles players, and more, this list has it all. 

This list answers the questions, "Who are the greatest 2000s tennis players?" and "Who is the best tennis player of 2000s?"

You can click on the names of these legendary tennis players of the 2000s in order to get more information about each one. If you play tennis or just love the sport then use this list of the top 2000s tennis players to find some athletes you haven't heard of before.


The Best Women's Tennis Players of the 2000s,

Amélie Mauresmo

Anastasia Myskina

Ana Ivanovic

Jennifer Capriati

Justine Henin

Kim Clijsters

Maria Sharapova

Serena Williams

Svetlana Kuznetsova

Venus Williams


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Tue, 21 Mar 2017 08:13:27 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-2000s-womens-tennis-players/ranker-tennis
<![CDATA[The Best Women's Tennis Players of the 1990s]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-1990s-womens-tennis-players/ranker-tennis?source=rss

List of the best women's tennis players from 1990s, listed by popularity with photos of the players when available. From 1990 to 1999, tennis had some of the greatest women's tennis players of all time. These are some of the most talented 1990s tennis players to ever live, so if you're a fan of tennis and are aspiring to play tennis professionally then these people should be your idols. If you're searching for a particular popular women's tennis player from the 1990s then you can use the "search" box to find who you're looking for.

This list is made up of a variety of players, including Steffi Graf, Monica Seles, and Martina Hingis. Featuring Grand Slam champions, Wimbledon winners, Doubles players, and more, this list has it all. 

This list answers the questions, "Who are the greatest 1990s tennis players?" and "Who is the best tennis player of 1990s?"

You can click on the names of these legendary tennis players of the 1990s in order to get more information about each one. If you play tennis or just love the sport then use this list of the top 1990s tennis players to find some athletes you haven't heard of before.


The Best Women's Tennis Players of the 1990s,

Arantxa Sánchez Vicario

Conchita Martínez

Gabriela Sabatini

Lindsay Davenport

Martina Hingis

Martina Navratilova

Mary Pierce

Monica Seles

Serena Williams

Steffi Graf


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Tue, 21 Mar 2017 08:17:38 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-1990s-womens-tennis-players/ranker-tennis
<![CDATA[The Best Women's Tennis Players of the 1980s]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-1980s-womens-tennis-players/ranker-tennis?source=rss

List of the best women's tennis players from 1980s, listed by popularity with photos of the players when available. From 1980 to 1989, tennis had some of the greatest women's tennis players of all time. These are some of the most talented 1980s tennis players to ever live, so if you're a fan of tennis and are aspiring to play tennis professionally then these people should be your idols. If you're searching for a particular popular women's tennis player from the 1980s then you can use the "search" box to find who you're looking for.

This list is made up of a variety of players, including Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert. Featuring Grand Slam champions, Wimbledon winners, Doubles players, and more, this list has it all. 

This list answers the questions, "Who are the greatest 1980s tennis players?" and "Who is the best tennis player of 1980s?"

You can click on the names of these legendary tennis players of the 1980s in order to get more information about each one. If you play tennis or just love the sport then use this list of the top 1980s tennis players to find some athletes you haven't heard of before.


The Best Women's Tennis Players of the 1980s,

Arantxa Sánchez Vicario

Chris Evert

Evonne Goolagong Cawley

Hana Mandlíková

Martina Navratilova

Steffi Graf

Tracy Austin


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Tue, 21 Mar 2017 08:18:41 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-1980s-womens-tennis-players/ranker-tennis
<![CDATA[The Best Women's Tennis Players of the 1970s]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-1970s-womens-tennis-players/ranker-tennis?source=rss

List of the best women's tennis players from 1970s, listed by popularity with photos of the players when available. From 1970 to 1979, tennis had some of the greatest women's tennis players of all time. These are some of the most talented 1970s tennis players to ever live, so if you're a fan of tennis and are aspiring to play tennis professionally then these people should be your idols. If you're searching for a particular popular women's tennis player from the 1970s then you can use the "search" box to find who you're looking for.

This list is made up of a variety of players, including Chris Evert, Margaret Court, and Billie Jean King. Featuring Grand Slam champions, Wimbledon winners, Doubles players, and more, this list has it all. 

This list answers the questions, "Who are the greatest 1970s tennis players?" and "Who is the best tennis player of 1970s?"

You can click on the names of these legendary tennis players of the 1970s in order to get more information about each one. If you play tennis or just love the sport then use this list of the top 1970s tennis players to find some athletes you haven't heard of before.


The Best Women's Tennis Players of the 1970s,

Billie Jean King

Chris Evert

Evonne Goolagong Cawley

Margaret Court

Martina Navratilova

Sue Barker

Tracy Austin

Virginia Ruzici

Virginia Wade

Chris O'Neil


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Tue, 21 Mar 2017 08:19:32 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-1970s-womens-tennis-players/ranker-tennis
<![CDATA[The Best Women's Tennis Players of the 1960s]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-1960s-womens-tennis-players/ranker-tennis?source=rss

List of the best women's tennis players from 1960s, listed by popularity with photos of the players when available. From 1960 to 1969, tennis had some of the greatest women's tennis players of all time. These are some of the most talented 1960s tennis players to ever live, so if you're a fan of tennis and are aspiring to play tennis professionally then these people should be your idols. If you're searching for a particular popular women's tennis player from the 1960s then you can use the "search" box to find who you're looking for.

This list is made up of a variety of players, including Margaret Court and Billie Jean King. Featuring Grand Slam champions, Wimbledon winners, Doubles players, and more, this list has it all. 

This list answers the questions, "Who are the greatest 1960s tennis players?" and "Who is the best tennis player of 1960s?"

You can click on the names of these legendary tennis players of the 1960s in order to get more information about each one. If you play tennis or just love the sport then use this list of the top 1960s tennis players to find some athletes you haven't heard of before.


The Best Women's Tennis Players of the 1960s,

Angela Mortimer

Ann Jones

Billie Jean King

Darlene Hard

Lesley Turner Bowrey

Margaret Court

Maria Bueno

Nancy Richey

Virginia Wade

Françoise Dürr


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Tue, 21 Mar 2017 08:20:23 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-1960s-womens-tennis-players/ranker-tennis
<![CDATA[The Best Women's Tennis Players of the 1950s]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-1950s-womens-tennis-players/ranker-tennis?source=rss

List of the best women's tennis players from 1950s, listed by popularity with photos of the players when available. From 1950 to 1959, tennis had some of the greatest women's tennis players of all time. These are some of the most talented 1950s tennis players to ever live, so if you're a fan of tennis and are aspiring to play tennis professionally then these people should be your idols. If you're searching for a particular popular women's tennis player from the 1950s then you can use the "search" box to find who you're looking for.

This list is made up of a variety of players, including Maureen Connolly and Althea Gibson. Featuring Grand Slam champions, Wimbledon winners, Doubles players, and more, this list has it all. 

This list answers the questions, "Who are the greatest 1950s tennis players?" and "Who is the best tennis player of 1950s?"

You can click on the names of these legendary tennis players of the 1950s in order to get more information about each one. If you play tennis or just love the sport then use this list of the top 1950s tennis players to find some athletes you haven't heard of before.


The Best Women's Tennis Players of the 1950s,

Althea Gibson

Angela Mortimer

Doris Hart

Louise Brough

Margaret Osborne duPont

Maria Bueno

Maureen Connolly

Thelma Coyne Long

Shirley Bloomer

Anita Kanter-kappe


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Tue, 21 Mar 2017 08:22:53 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-1950s-womens-tennis-players/ranker-tennis
<![CDATA[The Best Women's Tennis Players of the 1940s]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-1940s-womens-tennis-players/ranker-tennis?source=rss

List of the best women's tennis players from 1940s, listed by popularity with photos of the players when available. From 1940 to 1949, tennis had some of the greatest women's tennis players of all time. These are some of the most talented 1940s tennis players to ever live, so if you're a fan of tennis and are aspiring to play tennis professionally then these people should be your idols. If you're searching for a particular popular women's tennis player from the 1940s then you can use the "search" box to find who you're looking for.

This list is made up of a variety of players, including Pauline Betz and Margaret Osborne. Featuring Grand Slam champions, Wimbledon winners, Doubles players, and more, this list has it all. 

This list answers the questions, "Who are the greatest 1940s tennis players?" and "Who is the best tennis player of 1940s?"

You can click on the names of these legendary tennis players of the 1940s in order to get more information about each one. If you play tennis or just love the sport then use this list of the top 1940s tennis players to find some athletes you haven't heard of before.


The Best Women's Tennis Players of the 1940s,

Alice Marble

Doris Hart

Louise Brough

Margaret Osborne duPont

Nancye Wynne Bolton

Nelly Landry

Patricia Canning Todd

Pauline Betz

Sarah Palfrey Cooke


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Tue, 21 Mar 2017 08:21:16 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-1940s-womens-tennis-players/ranker-tennis
<![CDATA[The Best Women's Tennis Players of the 1930s]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-1930s-womens-tennis-players/ranker-tennis?source=rss

List of the best women's tennis players from 1930s, listed by popularity with photos of the players when available. From 1930 to 1939, tennis had some of the greatest women's tennis players of all time. These are some of the most talented 1930s tennis players to ever live, so if you're a fan of tennis and are aspiring to play tennis professionally then these people should be your idols. If you're searching for a particular popular women's tennis player from the 1930s then you can use the "search" box to find who you're looking for.

This list is made up of a variety of players, including Helen Wills Moody and Helen Jacobs. Featuring Grand Slam champions, Wimbledon winners, Doubles players, and more, this list has it all. 

This list answers the questions, "Who are the greatest 1930s tennis players?" and "Who is the best tennis player of 1930s?"

You can click on the names of these legendary tennis players of the 1930s in order to get more information about each one. If you play tennis or just love the sport then use this list of the top 1930s tennis players to find some athletes you haven't heard of before.


The Best Women's Tennis Players of the 1930s,

Alice Marble

Betty Nuthall

Cilly Aussem

Coral Buttsworth

Dorothy Round Little

Helen Jacobs

Helen Wills Moody

Hilde Krahwinkel Sperling

Joan Hartigan

Margaret Scriven


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Tue, 21 Mar 2017 08:22:02 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-1930s-womens-tennis-players/ranker-tennis
<![CDATA[The Best Women's Tennis Players of the 1920s]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-1920s-womens-tennis-players/ranker-tennis?source=rss

List of the best women's tennis players from 1920s, listed by popularity with photos of the players when available. From 1920 to 1929, tennis had some of the greatest women's tennis players of all time. These are some of the most talented 1920s tennis players to ever live, so if you're a fan of tennis and are aspiring to play tennis professionally then these people should be your idols. If you're searching for a particular popular women's tennis player from the 1920s then you can use the "search" box to find who you're looking for.

This list is made up of a variety of players, including Suzanne Lenglen and Helen Wills Moody. Featuring Grand Slam champions, Wimbledon winners, Doubles players, and more, this list has it all. 

This list answers the questions, "Who are the greatest 1920s tennis players?" and "Who is the best tennis player of 1920s?"

You can click on the names of these legendary tennis players of the 1920s in order to get more information about each one. If you play tennis or just love the sport then use this list of the top 1920s tennis players to find some athletes you haven't heard of before.


The Best Women's Tennis Players of the 1920s,

Daphne Akhurst

Esna Boyd

Helen Wills Moody

Kathleen McKane Godfree

Kea Bouman

Margaret Molesworth

Molla Mallory

Suzanne Lenglen

Sylvia Lance Harper


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Tue, 21 Mar 2017 08:23:46 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-1920s-womens-tennis-players/ranker-tennis
<![CDATA[The Best Women's Tennis Players of the 1910s]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-1910s-womens-tennis-players/ranker-tennis?source=rss

List of the best women's tennis players from 1910s, listed by popularity with photos of the players when available. From 1910 to 1919, tennis had some of the greatest women's tennis players of all time. These are some of the most talented 1910s tennis players to ever live, so if you're a fan of tennis and are aspiring to play tennis professionally then these people should be your idols. If you're searching for a particular popular women's tennis player from the 1910s then you can use the "search" box to find who you're looking for.

This list is made up of a variety of players, including Elizabeth Ryan and Molla Bjurstedt Mallory. Featuring Grand Slam champions, Wimbledon winners, Doubles players, and more, this list has it all. 

This list answers the questions, "Who are the greatest 1910s tennis players?" and "Who is the best tennis player of 1910s?"

You can click on the names of these legendary tennis players of the 1910s in order to get more information about each one. If you play tennis or just love the sport then use this list of the top 1910s tennis players to find some athletes you haven't heard of before.


The Best Women's Tennis Players of the 1910s,

Dorothea Douglass Chambers

Ethel Thomson Larcombe

Hazel Hotchkiss Wightman

Marguerite Broquedis

Marion Jessup

Mary Browne

Molla Mallory

Dorothy Holman

Geraldine Beamish

Eleanor Goss


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Tue, 21 Mar 2017 08:24:38 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-1910s-womens-tennis-players/ranker-tennis
<![CDATA[The Funniest Comedy Movies About Sports]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/comedy-movies-about-sports/ranker-film?source=rss

Sports fans take their teams' games very seriously, but on the big screen, athletics can lead to lots of laughter. The funniest sports movies feature underdogs drawing on all their wits to compete against elite athletes. This is a list of the greatest comedies about sports including everything from Happy Gilmore to Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story to Slap Shot.

What films will you find on this list of sports comedy movies? In Caddyshack, Chevy Chase, Rodney Dangerfield, Bill Murray, and more star in this hilarious look at the members and staff of an exclusive golf course. Brian Doyle-Murray wrote the screenplay for the movie, which was directed by Harold Ramis. The Waterboy - starring Adam Sandler - is another funny movie about sports. White Men Can't Jump is largely a drama, but the snappy banter between Woody Harrelson and Wesley Snipes is downright hilarious. Other funny movies on this best sports films list include Semi-Pro, Kicking & Screaming, and The Longest Yard.

Which funny sports movie deserves the top spot on this list? Give your favorites a thumbs up to move them to number one, and please add any great comedies that are missing.


The Funniest Comedy Movies About Sports,

Bull Durham

Caddyshack

Cool Runnings

DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story

Happy Gilmore

Kingpin

Major League

Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby

The Waterboy

White Men Can't Jump


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Mon, 20 Mar 2017 05:13:34 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/comedy-movies-about-sports/ranker-film
<![CDATA[The Best Current NBA Left Handed Players]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-current-nba-left-handed-players/ranker-sports?source=rss

Who are the best left handed players currently in the NBA? Certainly, this list includes some of the best lefties playing right now, and potentially some of the top NBA players of all time. Check out these lists of best current dunkers and best current scorers, along with the biggest NBA floppers playing today

The best active left handed players who are currently playing in the NBA are actually among the overall top current NBA players too (Manu Ginobili, James Harden, Zack Randolph, and Brandon Jennings come to mind immediately). 

Vote for the current NBA left handed players that you think are the most important, key players for their respective teams, and if your favorite (or most hated) player isn't listed, add him. You can also re-rank this list of NBA southpaws in any order you want.


The Best Current NBA Left Handed Players,

David Lee

Greg Monroe

Manu Ginóbili

Mike Conley, Jr.

Zach Randolph

Goran Dragić

Brandon Jennings

James Harden

Isaiah Thomas


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Tue, 14 Mar 2017 09:11:54 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-current-nba-left-handed-players/ranker-sports
<![CDATA[The Biggest Floppers in NBA Today]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-current-nba-floppers/ranker-sports?source=rss

Who are the best (worst) floppers currently in the NBA? Certainly, this list includes some of the best "actors" playing right now, and potentially some of the top NBA players of all time. Check out these lists of best current shot blockers and best current scorers, along with the best NBA three-point shooters playing today

The biggest floppers who are currently playing in the NBA are actually among the overall top current NBA players too (LeBron James, James Harden, Blake Griffin, and Chris Paul come to mind immediately). 

The softest NBA players on this list can make or break a team's performance on the court. They are usually fragile players who fall to the ground from a slight shove or wave their hands like they were shot by a sniper in the building. These aspiring actors are experts at getting the foul calls, sinking their free throws, and whining like crybabies. Although flops are fined, these superstars keep flopping their way to a win. 

Vote for the current NBA floppers that you think are the most important, key players for their respective teams, and if your favorite (or most hated) player isn't listed, add him. You can also re-rank this list of NBA floppers in any order you want.


The Biggest Floppers in NBA Today,

Blake Griffin

Chris Paul

Corey Brewer

Dwyane Wade

LeBron James

Manu Ginóbili

Stephen Curry

Tony Parker

James Harden

Marcus Smart


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Wed, 15 Mar 2017 05:06:32 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-current-nba-floppers/ranker-sports
<![CDATA[The Best Current NBA Ball Handlers]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-current-nba-ball-handlers/ranker-sports?source=rss

Who are the best ball handlers currently in the NBA? Certainly, this list includes some of the best ball handlers playing right now, and potentially some of the top NBA players of all time. Check out these lists of best current dunkers and best active scorers, along with the best (worst) NBA floppers playing today

The top ball handlers who are currently playing in the NBA are certainly among the overall top current NBA players too (James Harden, Kyrie Irving, Stephen Curry, and Chris Paul come to mind immediately). 

The highly skilled NBA players on this list can make or break a team's performance on the court. They are usually quick dribblers who have sick crossovers and can Euro step around their defenders with ease. These ankle breakers are experts at changing directions and hesitation moves.

Vote for the current NBA ball handlers that you think are the most important, key players for their respective teams, and if your favorite player isn't listed, add him. You can also re-rank this list of NBA players with the best handles in any order you want.


The Best Current NBA Ball Handlers,

Chris Paul

Derrick Rose

Jamal Crawford

Stephen Curry

James Harden

Russell Westbrook

Isaiah Thomas

Kemba Walker

John Wall

Kyrie Irving


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Tue, 14 Mar 2017 09:10:43 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-current-nba-ball-handlers/ranker-sports
<![CDATA[The Best Men's Tennis Players of the 2000s]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-00s-mens-tennis-players/ranker-tennis?source=rss

List of the best men's tennis players from 2000s, listed by popularity with photos of the players when available. From 2000 to 2009, tennis had some of the greatest men's tennis players of all time. These are some of the most talented 2000s tennis players to ever live, so if you're a fan of tennis and are aspiring to play tennis professionally then these people should be your idols. If you're searching for a particular popular men's tennis player from the 2000s then you can use the "search" box to find who you're looking for.

This list is made up of a variety of players, including Andy Roddick, James Blake, Andy Murray, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, and Andre Agassi. Featuring Grand Slam champions, Wimbledon winners, Doubles players, and more, this list has it all. 

This list answers the questions, "Who are the greatest 2000s tennis players?" and "Who is the best tennis player of 2000s?"

You can click on the names of these legendary tennis players of the 2000s in order to get more information about each one. If you play tennis or just love the sport then use this list of the top 2000s tennis players to find some athletes you haven't heard of before.


The Best Men's Tennis Players of the 2000s,

Andy Murray

Andre Agassi

Andy Roddick

David Nalbandian

Gustavo Kuerten

Lleyton Hewitt

Pete Sampras

Rafael Nadal

Roger Federer

Novak Djokovic


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Fri, 17 Mar 2017 08:22:13 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-00s-mens-tennis-players/ranker-tennis
<![CDATA[The Best Men's Tennis Players of the 1990s]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-1990s-mens-tennis-players/ranker-tennis?source=rss

List of the best men's tennis players from 1990s, listed by popularity with photos of the players when available. From 1990 to 1999, tennis had some of the greatest men's tennis players of all time. These are some of the most talented 1990s tennis players to ever live, so if you're a fan of tennis and are aspiring to play tennis professionally then these people should be your idols. If you're searching for a particular popular men's tennis player from the 1990s then you can use the "search" box to find who you're looking for.

This list is made up of a variety of players, including Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi. Featuring Grand Slam champions, Wimbledon winners, Doubles players, and more, this list has it all. 

This list answers the questions, "Who are the greatest 1990s tennis players?" and "Who is the best tennis player of 1990s?"

You can click on the names of these legendary tennis players of the 1990s in order to get more information about each one. If you play tennis or just love the sport then use this list of the top 1990s tennis players to find some athletes you haven't heard of before.


The Best Men's Tennis Players of the 1990s,

Andre Agassi

Boris Becker

Ivan Lendl

Jim Courier

John McEnroe

Marcelo Ríos

Michael Chang

Pete Sampras

Stefan Edberg

Tim Henman


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Fri, 17 Mar 2017 07:22:43 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-1990s-mens-tennis-players/ranker-tennis
<![CDATA[The Best Men's Tennis Players of the 1980s]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-1980s-mens-tennis-players/ranker-tennis?source=rss

List of the best men's tennis players from 1980s, listed by popularity with photos of the players when available. From 1980 to 1989, tennis had some of the greatest men's tennis players of all time. These are some of the most talented 1980s tennis players to ever live, so if you're a fan of tennis and are aspiring to play tennis professionally then these people should be your idols. If you're searching for a particular popular men's tennis player from the 1980s then you can use the "search" box to find who you're looking for.

This list is made up of a variety of players, including John McEnroe and Björn Borg. Featuring Grand Slam champions, Wimbledon winners, Doubles players, and more, this list has it all. 

This list answers the questions, "Who are the greatest 1980s tennis players?" and "Who is the best tennis player of 1980s?"

You can click on the names of these legendary tennis players of the 1980s in order to get more information about each one. If you play tennis or just love the sport then use this list of the top 1980s tennis players to find some athletes you haven't heard of before.


The Best Men's Tennis Players of the 1980s,

Björn Borg

Boris Becker

Henri Leconte

Ivan Lendl

Jimmy Connors

John McEnroe

Mats Wilander

Miloslav Mečíř

Pat Cash

Stefan Edberg


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Fri, 17 Mar 2017 08:24:44 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-1980s-mens-tennis-players/ranker-tennis
<![CDATA[The Best Men's Tennis Players of the 1970s]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-1970s-mens-tennis-players/ranker-tennis?source=rss

List of the best men's tennis players from 1970s, listed by popularity with photos of the players when available. From 1970 to 1979, tennis had some of the greatest men's tennis players of all time. These are some of the most talented 1970s tennis players to ever live, so if you're a fan of tennis and are aspiring to play tennis professionally then these people should be your idols. If you're searching for a particular popular men's tennis player from the 1970s then you can use the "search" box to find who you're looking for.

This list is made up of a variety of players, including Jimmy Connors and Stan Smith. Featuring Grand Slam champions, Wimbledon winners, Doubles players, and more, this list has it all. 

This list answers the questions, "Who are the greatest 1970s tennis players?" and "Who is the best tennis player of 1970s?"

You can click on the names of these legendary tennis players of the 1970s in order to get more information about each one. If you play tennis or just love the sport then use this list of the top 1970s tennis players to find some athletes you haven't heard of before.


The Best Men's Tennis Players of the 1970s,

Arthur Ashe

Björn Borg

Ilie Năstase

Jimmy Connors

John McEnroe

John Newcombe

Ken Rosewall

Rod Laver

Roy Emerson

Vitas Gerulaitis


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Fri, 17 Mar 2017 07:21:34 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-1970s-mens-tennis-players/ranker-tennis
<![CDATA[23 Of The Funniest College Basketball Free Throw Distraction Signs]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/college-basketball-free-throw-distraction-signs/nathandavidson?source=rss

Free throw distractions emerged as an art form in college basketball over the years as the sport grew larger and school spirit exploded. Students wave their hands in distracting ways, make homemade signs, and scream obscenities, all uncivilized but entertaining ways to distract shooters on opposing teams.

Humorous game day signs have been a staple of college basketball games for decades, but thanks to modern printing technology and millennial humor, college student sections now take basketball distraction signs to a whole new level in the form of famous celebrity heads, fake child birth, and space cats. They're all part of an ongoing competition in college basketball for the prestigious title of "most annoying fans." In honor of March Madness, entertain yourself with some free throw distraction signs that definitely made an impression on the players who faced them.


23 Of The Funniest College Basketball Free Throw Distraction Signs,

Meanwhile, In Vegas...

VCU: Virtual Cat University

Too Many Holes

Oops, I Missed It Again

The Dynamic Distraction Duo

Here There Be Icons

There's Waldo

Duke's Dreaded Speedo Guy

Mama June In Full Bloom

Send In The Clown


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Tue, 21 Mar 2017 05:45:06 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/college-basketball-free-throw-distraction-signs/nathandavidson
<![CDATA[The Best Current NBA Dunkers]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-current-nba-dunkers/ranker-sports?source=rss

Who are the best dunkers currently in the NBA? Certainly, this list includes some of the best dunkers playing right now, and potentially some of the top NBA players of all time. Check out these lists of best current shot blockers and best current scorers, along with the best (worst) NBA floppers playing today

The top dunkers who are currently playing in the NBA are certainly among the overall top current NBA players too (Giannis Antetokounmpo, Gerald Green, Blake Griffin, and Dwight Howard come to mind immediately). 

The highly skilled NBA players on this list can make or break a team's performance on the court. They are usually athletic jumpers who have huge hops and can slam dunk the ball with power. These high flyers are experts at putting their defenders on posters with their dunks.

Vote for the current NBA dunkers that you think are the most important, key players for their respective teams, and if your favorite player isn't listed, add him. You can also re-rank this list of NBA posterizers in any order you want.


The Best Current NBA Dunkers,

Andre Iguodala

Blake Griffin

Kevin Durant

LeBron James

DeAndre Jordan

Russell Westbrook

John Wall

Anthony Davis

Giannis Antetokounmpo

Zach LaVine


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Tue, 14 Mar 2017 10:56:06 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-current-nba-dunkers/ranker-sports
<![CDATA[The Best Current NBA Passers]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-current-nba-passers/ranker-sports?source=rss

Who are the best passers currently in the NBA? Certainly, this list includes some of the best passers playing right now, and potentially some of the top NBA players of all time. Check out these lists of best current defenders and best current scorers, along with the best (worst) NBA floppers playing today

The top passers who are currently playing in the NBA are certainly among the overall top current NBA players too (Russell Westbrook, James Harden, John Wall, and Chris Paul come to mind immediately). 

The highly skilled NBA players on this list can make or break a team's performance on the court. They are usually great ball handlers who have good court awareness and know when to make the extra pass. These unselfish players are experts at swinging the ball and assisting their teammates.

Vote for the current NBA passers that you think are the most important, key players for their respective teams, and if your favorite player isn't listed, add him. You can also re-rank this list of NBA passers in any order you want.


The Best Current NBA Passers,

Chris Paul

LeBron James

Rajon Rondo

Ricky Rubio

Stephen Curry

Russell Westbrook

Isaiah Thomas

John Wall

Kyrie Irving

Draymond Green


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Wed, 15 Mar 2017 05:06:57 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-current-nba-passers/ranker-sports
<![CDATA[The Best Men's Tennis Players of the 1960s]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-1960s-mens-tennis-players/ranker-tennis?source=rss

List of the best men's tennis players from 1960s, listed by popularity with photos of the players when available. From 1960 to 1969, tennis had some of the greatest men's tennis players of all time. These are some of the most talented 1960s tennis players to ever live, so if you're a fan of tennis and are aspiring to play tennis professionally then these people should be your idols. If you're searching for a particular popular men's tennis player from the 1960s then you can use the "search" box to find who you're looking for.

This list is made up of a variety of players, including Arthur Ashe, Roy Emerson, Rod Laver, and Neale Fraser. Featuring Grand Slam champions, Wimbledon winners, Doubles players, and more, this list has it all. 

This list answers the questions, "Who are the greatest 1960s tennis players?" and "Who is the best tennis player of 1960s?"

You can click on the names of these legendary tennis players of the 1960s in order to get more information about each one. If you play tennis or just love the sport then use this list of the top 1960s tennis players to find some athletes you haven't heard of before.


The Best Men's Tennis Players of the 1960s,

Arthur Ashe

Bob Hewitt

Clark Graebner

John Newcombe

Ken Rosewall

Manuel Santana

Neale Fraser

Rod Laver

Roy Emerson

Tony Roche


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Fri, 17 Mar 2017 07:20:19 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-1960s-mens-tennis-players/ranker-tennis
<![CDATA[The Best Men's Tennis Players of the 1950s]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-1950s-mens-tennis-players/ranker-tennis?source=rss

List of the best men's tennis players from 1950s, listed by popularity with photos of the players when available. From 1950 to 1959, tennis had some of the greatest men's tennis players of all time. These are some of the most talented 1950s tennis players to ever live, so if you're a fan of tennis and are aspiring to play tennis professionally then these people should be your idols. If you're searching for a particular popular men's tennis player from the 1950s then you can use the "search" box to find who you're looking for.

This list is made up of a variety of players, including Ashley Cooper, Lew Hoad, Ken Rosewall, Frank Sedgman, and Roy Emerson. Featuring Grand Slam champions, Wimbledon winners, Doubles players, and more, this list has it all. 

This list answers the questions, "Who are the greatest 1950s tennis players?" and "Who is the best tennis player of 1950s?"

You can click on the names of these legendary tennis players of the 1950s in order to get more information about each one. If you play tennis or just love the sport then use this list of the top 1950s tennis players to find some athletes you haven't heard of before.


The Best Men's Tennis Players of the 1950s,

Alex Olmedo

Ashley Cooper

Frank Sedgman

Ken Rosewall

Lew Hoad

Luis Ayala

Mal Anderson

Mervyn Rose

Pancho Gonzales

Tony Trabert


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Fri, 17 Mar 2017 07:19:13 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-1950s-mens-tennis-players/ranker-tennis
<![CDATA[The Best Men's Tennis Players of the 1940s]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-1940s-mens-tennis-players/ranker-tennis?source=rss

List of the best men's tennis players from 1940s, listed by popularity with photos of the players when available. From 1940 to 1949, tennis had some of the greatest men's tennis players of all time. These are some of the most talented 1940s tennis players to ever live, so if you're a fan of tennis and are aspiring to play tennis professionally then these people should be your idols. If you're searching for a particular popular men's tennis player from the 1940s then you can use the "search" box to find who you're looking for.

This list is made up of a variety of players, including Jack Kramer and Frank Parker. Featuring Grand Slam champions, Wimbledon winners, Doubles players, and more, this list has it all. 

This list answers the questions, "Who are the greatest 1940s tennis players?" and "Who is the best tennis player of 1940s?"

You can click on the names of these legendary tennis players of the 1940s in order to get more information about each one. If you play tennis or just love the sport then use this list of the top 1940s tennis players to find some athletes you haven't heard of before.


The Best Men's Tennis Players of the 1940s,

Bob Falkenburg

Don Budge

Jack Crawford

Jack Kramer

Jaroslav Drobný

Pancho Gonzales

Wilmer Allison

Geoff Brown

Robert Abdesselam

András Ádám-Stolpa


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Fri, 17 Mar 2017 08:23:51 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-1940s-mens-tennis-players/ranker-tennis