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25 Star Athletes Who Tried and Failed At Other Sports

Darren - March 23, 2020
Lists

25 Star Athletes Who Tried and Failed At Other Sports

Darren - March 23, 2020
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3. Brock Lesnar

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.

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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.

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2. Michael Jordan

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.

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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.

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1. Conor McGregor

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.

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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.

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