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Golf? You people crack me up...
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I've played football, baseball, hockey, love playing basketball and golf, even ran a marathon and a few triathalons. In my opinion, surfing is the toughest. It's by far the most fun sport I've done, yet, not only are you having fun riding waves, but you are also trying not to drown! The rewards of getting barreled at Sunset Beach on Oahu or riding the perfect waves of Honolua Bay on Maui is worth the sore muscles, getting pounded on a wipeout, the occasional reef cuts and even a few shark sightings...stuff ya don't get when playing golf!
This thread in a sentence: [Enter any sport here] and it's not even close.
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Boxing has to be up there
Alright y'all, lets just get something straight. Most of these sports y'all have listed are definitely tough. but none are as tough as MMA, and I would probably say not really even close.
So in another sport like Gymnastics you have to be accurate with your bodily position to within a quarter of an inch? Well in MMA if you don't know where your body is at all times, AND the opponents body then you don't just lose the competition(Like in Gymnastics) you are probably going to be put into a submission. Which can BREAK bones, and an array of other important part of the body.
I will not even mention the training part of it as others have done before me for the general sense of what those dudes have to go through.
In NO other sport does a guy win by doing one of the following three things:
Knocking you out, submitting you, or beating you up worse than you beat him(Technically, although sometimes one guy make look worse and win).
These guys don't just lose a competition if they aren't careful, they can have their teeth kneed/kicked in, their arms broken, and most have stitches in some shape or form every time they fight.
Like I said, some of these sports are really tough, but none are more difficult than MMA.
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Golf, then you can have a fun little argument about everything else.
When having this discussion, you have to think in terms of the given sport's level of difficulty at its highest level.
For anyone that claims soccer, you're immediately discounted when rugby is mentioned.
Ever tried to hit a 94 mph fastball, then had the ability to adjust to the same pitcher throwing an 88 mph slider, or an 82 mph changeup? Good luck. Not to mention, pro baseball has a 162 game schedule with 15 off days. Think about it...
Ice hockey. First, you have to be a world class skater. THEN have the ability handle a small black disk-shaped object, be able to shoot it 90+ mph, pass it, body check, etc.
Play table tennis against anyone who is actually decent at the game (and no, I'm not talking about your uncle in his garage) and you will see how difficult that game truly is. The spin that can be put on the ball is mind-boggling. It's also very demanding cardio-wise. Really, go enter a sanctioned tournament and good luck.
Sticking with an Asian theme, Badminton is stupid-hard. Again, speaking of the sport's top level, and not in your backyard with your mom.
Jiu-jitsu, in an 8 pound Gi, in a tournament with 5 minute competitions, will make you hate your life. BJJ creates a different fatigue/pain that is hard to explain. Boxing is also WAY more taxing than people think. The professionals we see on TV are in better condition than 99% of the people on this planet.
That being said, MMA combines everything. I have never fought, but I've helped a few fighters train (one is on this board) and tasted enough to never want to do it. I'm not talking about your redneck, dragon tatoo, "Team Kudzu" barfight BS either. I'm talking two disciplined athletes who respect their trades trying to prove that they're better than the man across from them. Good luck with that.
I've never played it, but water polo looks incredibly difficult. I can't imagine trying to do gymnastics either. What those guys and gals do is amazing.
All this is said to prove that this is a never-ending argument. The only fact is that Golf is the hardest sport in the world.
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