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Fans Share Stories About The Most Intimidating Athletes They’ve Ever Seen

Darren - April 5, 2021
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Fans Share Stories About The Most Intimidating Athletes They’ve Ever Seen

Darren - April 5, 2021
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4. The Predator

“Calm Francis is the scariest fighter I’ve seen,” @ZimoMoyo tweeted after UFC 260. Francis Ngannou became the UFC heavyweight champion of the world after knocking Stipe Miocic into oblivion. The gigantic Cameroonian crushed his foe in a rematch with terrifying ease. There is no doubt that this made him the most intimidating mixed martial artist on the planet. 

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@NoBrainerMMA wrote, “Francis is the scariest fighter I’ve ever seen in MMA by a good amount second closest was 205 Rumble Johnson.” Both of these men possessed massive knockout power, but Ngannou’s size gives him the edge. His fists possess the touch of death because all it takes is a single punch. Meanwhile, his calm, quiet demeanor only lends to his mystique. 

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3. Specimen

Shaquille O’Neal was physically gifted in a way the NBA had never seen before. The former Lakers superstar was the best player of his generation and also a beast on the court. His stature didn’t help him as he aged because he gained weight and lost fitness. But in his prime he was unstoppable and a nightmare for opposition teams to play against. Furthermore, this made him an incredibly intimidating foe.

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There were even murmurs of opposing players getting the Shaq-flu or Shaq-itis and conveniently missing games against Shaq,” Poorchris wrote. “No other player is intimidating enough to even start rumors like that, regardless of their validity.” While the likes of Kobe Bryant, Michael Jordan, and LeBron James are all amazing athletes with great skills, they never had the same physical presence as Shaq.

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2. Crazy Eyes

“I’ve never been one to be intimidated by muscles or tattoos or anything like that,” Fsphoenix wrote on Reddit. “To me, intimidation is all in the eyes. You can look in a man’s eyes and see what he’s all about. James Harrison and Adrian Peterson have the two craziest looks in their eyes in the NFL in my opinion. ” Harrison is also the type of man who warms up shirtless in the frigid Pittsburgh winter.

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“James Harrison, and it’s not even close,” another fan agreed. “I don’t care how ripped other players are, just look at that glare.” There is no doubt that Harrison possesses one of the most intense gazes in the NFL. A two-time Super Bowl champion, Harrison was a brilliant linebacker. But as well as his playing ability, Harrison possessed a natural intimidating aura that few footballers dream of.

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1. Iron Mike

“Mike Tyson is the most ruthless, unforgiving, untouchable, scariest fighter of all time in any form of professional fighting,” @Jvom07 tweeted. In sum, there is no doubt that Tyson was one of the most intimidating athletes in sports history. The New York native was a fearsome knockout artist but also a volatile personality. He served time for rape and once bit off Evander Holyfield’s ear. 

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Meanwhile, he was a terrifying personality in the ring. He came out in his black shorts with little fanfare and a menacing look in his eyes. “The way Tyson was eyeballing McNeeley in their fight was scary as hell,” LuvDumplings wrote. “Don’t think I ever saw such a menacing look in the ring like that before.” This came after Tyson’s release from prison in 1994 and reflects his fearsome aura.

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