Harding’s career is one of the most dramatic in US sports history. A national champion in figure skating, she even made it to the Winter Olympics. But her career spiraled out of control because of the Nancy Kerrigan scandal. It all ended with a whimper.
Harding put on almost 20 pounds and became a professional boxer. She fought six times with a record of 3-3. However, after losing her last two fights she decided to hang up the gloves for good. It was a way to make a quick buck but her asthma ended her fighting career early.
One of the greatest Olympians of all-time, Bolt is an eight-time gold medalist. He’s the greatest sprinter ever and has never been cited for PED use like most of his compatriots. An 11-time world champion, his celebration has also become iconic. But running isn’t his only passion.
After his retirement, the Central Coast Mariners took the soccer-mad Bolt on trial. He scored two goals in a preseason game for the A-League side. However, after the Australian team offered him a contract he backed down. His fellow players were dismissive of his abilities saying it was all about marketing.
Former IBF junior welterweight and WBO welterweight champion Malignaggi was never the best athlete. But he was a hard worker with a great chin. This helped ‘The Magic Man’ to the success he might not otherwise have enjoyed. However, he made an ill-fated move into the bare knuckle game.
Malignaggi fought Artem Lobov in a bare knuckle boxing match that saw him break his hand. The New Yorker fought the Russian after developing a grudge with Lobov’s teammate Conor McGregor. In the end, the fight underwhelmed as Malignaggi found out that taking the gloves off changes the game completely.
Lesnar is a freak of a human being. The WWE legend had crossover success with the UFC, becoming the MMA promotion’s heavyweight champion. With his massive frame and suffocating ability on the mat, he was a danger to everybody in front of him. But the former champ had less success on the playing field.
His NFL career only lasted for one preseason with the Minnesota Vikings. In short, he was more famous for getting into petty fights than for anything else. While his physicality made him a handful in the wrestling and MMA world, he was just one of many in football.
Arguably the most important athlete of the last 30 years, Jordan became a megastar with the Chicago Bulls. His achievements in the NBA are seemingly endless. Even off the court, he’s been a major success with his Air Jordan shoes after his playing days. But he did fall short in one aspect of his life.
Jordan decided he had enough of basketball and played for the Birmingham Barons in minor league laseball. The six-time NBA Finals MVP’s baseball stat line in one year was unimpressive: .202 AVG with 3 HR, 51 RBI, and 30 SB. In the end, he came back to the NBA.
The Irishman is one of the most famous combat sports athletes on the planet. First of all, he won the UFC featherweight title. Then he added the lightweight strap to his collection. This made him the first UFC fighter to hold two titles simultaneously. Suddenly he was the most high-profile MMA fighter ever.
But this wasn’t enough for ‘The Notorious.’ He went after a major payday in Floyd Mayweather. The pair finally fought in 2017 with a lot of attention on the crossover clash. In the end, Mayweather’s boxing prowess was just too much for McGregor. However, he did make nearly $100 million for the fight, so it wasn’t all bad.