Who would win in a fight?
It's the ultimate bar conversation. Anderson Silva Vs GSP. Brady Vs Manning. Tyson Vs Ali. Batman vs Superman. Lincoln Vs Ghandi. Selleck Vs Franz (Battle of the Mustaches).
In the NFL, NBA, NHL and MLB there isn't a shortage of incredible athletes. But how many of them would make it a couple rounds in the Octagon? Honestly, not many. Hey, no buzzkill here!
Here are the Top 5 sports stars I'd love to see get in the cage in 2016:
5. ROUGNED ODOR- MLB 2ND BASEMEN TEXAS RANGERS
Pros: Great MMA name. His first name practically spells the word "Rough". His last name 'Odor' is defined in the dictionary as a "distinctive, unpleasant smell". Prodigious power for a 2nd basemen with 14 homers. Not afraid to hit a man wearing glasses. Delivers haymakers in tight windows. Even at 5'11 he's not afraid to scrap outside his weight class. Do you smell what the Odor is cooking Jose Bautista?
Cons: Sure, he landed the right. But the follow up 'flailing glove' looks like he's trying to challenge him to a duel.
Theoretical Favorite Move: Ground-and-Pound/Overhand Right
4. RUSSELL WESTBROOK NBA SHOOTING GUARD OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER
Pros: Blazing speed. Plays the game with an on-court attitude that never dips below "pissed off". He's the fastest basketball player with the ball in his hands. Even in close spaces, he's untouchable. If Westbrook could take his opponent to the mat, check out the hand skills in the dance clip. Enough said.
Cons: Hard to come up with any but there's a sneakiness to Westbrook that should terrify anyone fighting him. Low blows and eye gauging are not out of the equation.
Theoretical Favorite Move: Triangle Choke
3. ALEX OVECHKIN NHL FORWARD WASHINGTON CAPITALS
Pros: "Ovie" has been a multiple 50 goal scorer and MVP. You think he's some pretty boy who avoids contact and just looks for the puck? Not this guy. Turns out he dished out 225 hits last year, good for 17th in the league. He averaged 2.85 hits a game, clearly because Ovechkin likes laying the wood just so he can feel something. Anything.
Cons: Susceptible to Choke Holds. Specifically, every spring in the NHL Playoffs.
Theoretical Favorite Move: BODY SHOTS, especially the Liver Punch
2. MANNY MACHADO MLB 3RD BASEMEN BALTIMORE ORIOLES
Pro's: Strong take-down skills. Once in his clutches, he makes you pay. Take a look at the catcher Salvador Perez after Machado is hit by the pitch. That 'I'm-going-let-my-dude-get-his-ass-kicked' hesitancy in his step is all you need to know. Perez wanted nothing to do with this scrum. He's 23, on top of his game and he's not afraid to initiate the action. Hey look, nice single leg takedown there!
Cons: That initial overhand right. Yeeeesh. Ground game is white belt at best.
Theoretical Favorite Move: Guillotine Choke
1. J.J. WATT NFL DEFENSIVE END HOUSTON TEXANS
Pros: The obvious. The 20 sack seasons. He lifts 1,000 pound tires like we simple humans lift a load of laundry. He's a rare athlete who trains like Drago from Rocky IV but throws his body around like a man whose hellbent on destroying it. If Watt ever decided to make the transfer to the cage, there's no other athlete that would put more into training to become the best.
Cons: Whenever each round would begin, Watt would find the nearest mirror and get lost gazing into it.
Theoretical Favorite Move: Any and all takedowns. Kimura. Repeated Head Kicks.