It takes a lot of time and dedication to be a successful athlete. Very few people make it at the top because it requires a lot of things to go right. As well as talent, you need to have a tireless work ethic and be in the right place at the right time. With that in mind, trying a second sport (especially professionally_ is even tougher.
So today, we’re going to take a look at 25 successful athletes who tried and failed at other sports. There are some weird stories on this list, but they’re worth remembering nonetheless. The moral of each story, however, is that if you’re good at your own sport, it doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll be good at another one.
And don’t try to be a fighter. Check out the list below.
25. James Toney
A three-weight champion in boxing, Toney was a superb fighter. Overall, he competed in 15 world title fights across four weight classes. Toney was famous for utilizing his shoulder roll and was a superb counterpuncher. Therefore it was no wonder he felt he could take on the best fighters on the planet.
Toney signed with the UFC. He fought just once in MMA against Randy Couture at UFC 118. Couture took Toney down right away and was able to get an arm-triangle submission. The boxer never had a chance as soon as the fight hit the mat. The fight serves as a warning to all boxers who think they’d beat an MMA fighter at their own game.