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MMA fighters make top 10 of Sports Illustrated’s 25 toughest athletes

Sports Illustrated recently compiled a list of the toughest 25 athletes in sports. Two mixed martial artists not only made the list, but made the top 10 of the list.

UFC Middleweight champion, Anderson Silva, a lethal striker with equally deadly submission skills was ranked third. He is considered by many to be pound for pound #1 after defeating Dan Henderson at UFC 82 and thus unifying the UFC and PRIDE belts.

Fedor Emelianenko was ranked eighth on the list. The invincible Russian heavyweight is nearly undefeated in 27 professional fights and has defeated the likes of Mirko Cro Cop, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Matt Lindland, Mark Coleman, and Mark Hunt.

The fact that MMA fighters not only made the list, but made the top crust of the athletes on the list, surpassing both the boxers on the list shows that Mixed Martial Arts is becoming more mainstream everyday.