I heard a commercial or somewhere claiming that UFC fighters were the best athletes in the world. Im not sure I agree with that but I thought it raised a good topic to discuss. I've always considered football players or basketball players to be better athletes I guess, although my HS wrestling coach claimed collegiate wrestlers were the best athletes. Athlete defined: Athletic: having to do with athletes; physically active; having a muscular, well developed body, being in shape; An attribute of a motion or play which requires fine physical ability Also, for a while I considered Usain Bolt to be perhaps the best athlete. In many countries, "athletics" is track and field. Also, a sprint requires perhaps the least amount of sport specific skill, contrary to a sport like football- which allows people like peyton manning to dominate the game despite lacking standard athletic qualities. No other sport other than track sprinting requires such a raw amount of strength + speed + power/explosiveness + endurance. Athletes to consider: Michael Jordan Bo Jackson Bruce Lee Usain Bolt Willie Mays Cael Sanderson Forrest Griffin Wayne Gretzky Pele Muhammad Ali Tiger Woods those are just examples of great athletes from various sports So, whos the best?