“Athletes were assessed on six criteria, including strength: the pushing power of a lineman or the force of an ultimate fighter; speed: the top end of a sprinter or the burst of a running back; endurance: a runner’s bottomless reserve or a boxer’s ability to keep going in a bout; and agility: the balance of a downhill skier or a euro step at full speed on the break. Count down to see who is the fittest male athlete in the world right now,” stated SI.
Featherweight champion Conor McGregor cracked the last in the 39th position.
“The 27-year-old Irish MMA star may not follow a strict training schedule – ‘Nothing,’ he says, ‘is set by a clock.’ – but he packs each day with a withering array of exercises and fitness drills ranking from free weight work to core training to yoga – plus grueling hours of striking, grappling and jiu-jitsu – all designed to forge a body and a mind capable of championship-level combat,” read McGregor’s description.
UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson is arguably the best pound-for-pound fighter on the planet and made the list of 50 in the 17th spot.
“Dubbed Mighty Mouse, the 5’3”, 125-pound Kentucky native won the UFC flyweight crown in 2012 and has successfully defended eight times. He’s widely regarded as the quickest and most technically-proficient fighter in the sport, one who packs power in his small frame more reminiscent of another cartoon superhero – his personal favorite, Batman,” SI wrote about Johnson.
Former light heavyweight champion and current interim titleholder Jon Jones made the top five on the list of 50 male athletes in the world.
“The current interim UFC light heavyweight champion, Bones, as he’s known, is widely regarded as the best mixed martial arts fighter in the world. After an intense powerlifting regimen last year, the 6’4”, 28-year-old Jones has packed on enough muscle to make his nickname seem ironic — while, he insists, maintaining his speed and endurance,” read Jones’ description.
Track and field decathlete Ashton Eaton topped the list. The 2012 Olympic champion is known as “the world’s greatest athlete.”