Sports Illustrated’s 2016 Fittest 50 List: Holly Holm, Jon Jones, more UFC fighters named

Athletes were assessed on six criteria, including strength: the pushing power of a lineman or the force of an ultimate fighter; speed: the top end of a sprinter or the burst of a running back; endurance: a runner’s bottomless reserve or a boxer’s ability to keep going in a bout; and agility: the balance of a downhill skier or a euro step at full speed on the break. Count down to see who is the fittest male athlete in the world right now.
SI’s TOP 10 FITTEST MEN:
1. Ashton Eaton / Track and Field, Decathlete
2. LeBron James / Cleveland Cavaliers
3. Ben Smith / Crossfit
4. Jon Jones / UFC
5. Usain Bolt / Track and Field, Sprint
6. Cristiano Ronaldo / Real Madrid
7. Russell Westbrook / Oklahoma City Thunder
8. Jordan Burroughs/ USA Wrestling
9. Novak Djokovic / ATP Tennis
10. Renaud Lavillenie / Pole Vaulter

Athletes were assessed on six criteria, including strength: the pushing-off power of a pole vaulter or the ballistic backhand of a Grand Slam champion; speed: the top-end velocity of a sprinter or the quick-cut burst of a point guard; endurance: a cyclist’s ceaseless drive or a boxer’s ability to absorb punishment and keep punching; and agility: the fluid movements of a gymnast or the knife-edge balance of a downhill skier. Count down to see who is the fittest female athlete in the world right now.

SI’s TOP 10 FITTEST WOMEN:
1. Jessica Ennis-Hill / Track and Field, Heptathlon
2. Allyson Felix / Track and Field, Sprint
3. Simone Biles / USA Gymnastics
4. Katie Ledecky / USA Swimming
5. Serena Williams / WTA Tennis
6. Gwen Jorgensen / Triathlete
7. Claressa Shields / Boxing
8. Maggie Steffens / USA Water Polo
9. Holly Holm / UFC
10. Kerri Walsh Jennings / Beach Volleyball

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