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Athletes Who Made History With True One-Of-A-Kind Moments

Darren - August 11, 2021
Sports

Athletes Who Made History With True One-Of-A-Kind Moments

Darren - August 11, 2021
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3. Conor McGregor (2016)

McGregor is one of the most controversial people in the world of combat sports. The Irishman rocked the UFC with his meteoric rise to the top of the sport. In doing so, he set numerous pay-per-view records. However, he’s on this list because he became the first UFC champion to hold two belts at the same time. This was a major achievement, even if the UFC helped him to do so.

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Firstly, he claimed the featherweight crown after knocking Jose Aldo out in 14 seconds. Then, he crushed Eddie Alvarez in a career-defining performance to win the lightweight title. McGregor wasn’t the first UFC fighter to win titles in different weight divisions. But to do so at the same was a once-in-a-lifetime achievement for ‘The Notorious.’ Nobody else can claim to be the first after this.

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2. Floyd Mayweather (2018)

If there is one thing Mayweather loves more than anything else on this planet, it’s money. That even became his nickname because he was so efficient at maximizing his earnings. The American boxer went 50-0 throughout his professional career. He was a brilliant defensive stylist but was also an expert at fighting opponents when they were vulnerable. A case in point was his match-up against a faded Manny Pacquaio.

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However, Mayweather made history when he became boxing’s first billionaire fighter. This occurred after he defeated UFC fighter Conor McGregor. While Mayweather has many personal flaws, there is no doubt that he is a superb businessman. In many sports, executives exploit their athletes. But ‘Money’ ensured that he was in control of his own path. Now his bank balance is more than healthy.

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1. Carl Nassib (2021)

Nassib made waves in 2021 when he became the first gay player to come out in NFL history. This was a massive news story because football is such a macho sport. There is no doubt that many gay athletes have played in the league but none of them felt comfortable enough to come out. They were worried that their own teammates and front offices would turn on them. Meanwhile, there was also the fear of inevitable fan abuse.

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However, Nassib decided that he was tired of hiding who he was. The Las Vegas Raiders’ star announced in a low-key manner. Then, the NFL issued a statement in support of the defensive end. Most fans had nothing but respect for the young man because it took guts to say those words. Some one-of-a-kind occurrences change things for the better forever. Let’s hope that this is one of them.

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