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The 12 Most Underrated Marvel Characters

The Marvel Universe is one of the most robust and expansive comic-book universes to exist. First founded in 1939, Marvel Comics has over 70,000 characters throughout its history and multiverses, with somewhere around 8,000 staple lead characters. With such an overwhelming roster of caped crusaders to keep track of, there’s bound to be a bunch of lesser-known characters that are considered underrated Marvel characters.

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From the MCU all the way to the first live-action Marvel movie with Captain America in 1944, we’ve seen some heroes significantly more than others on the big screen. Even when some of our favorite characters make it to the movies, they don’t always get the character arc they deserve. Here is our list of the most underrated Marvel characters we think deserve their roses.

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1.) She-Hulk

Although She-Hulk may have gotten her own show in the MCU, Jennifer Walters remains one of the most under-appreciated characters. Vastly popular among fans, She-Hulk first appeared in The Savage She-Hulk #1 released in 1980. She-Hulk is known for constantly breaking the fourth wall and poking holes at the many superhero tropes.

Universal Television was banking off the major success of their Incredible Hulk and Bionic Woman T.V. series. Marvel became nervous that Universal Television might introduce a female version of the Hulk to their show, so they created their own version first so they’d own the rights. This explains the signature fourth-wall break that She-Hulk has become well-known for.

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2.) Brother Voodoo

Brother Voodoo is not an unknown marvel character, but most casual fans know nothing about him or his origin. Brother Voodoo first appeared in Strange Tales #169, released in 1973.

After becoming a psychologist in the United States, Jericho Drumm returns to his homeland of Haiti. He finds his brother, a male priest of voodoo, is dying from a spirit he possessed. Before he dies, Jericho vows to his brother that he will visit his mentor Loa Damballa, where he will eventually become Brother Voodoo.

In comics, Brother Voodoo will eventually become the sorcery supreme after Dr.Strange’s death and is renamed Doctor Voodoo. The first rumor of Brother Voodoo joining the MCU came in Dr.Strange when it was revealed one of the people Kaecilius kills was Daniel Drumm. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever also teased some of the heroes claiming Haiti as their temporary home, the same location we know Brother Voodoo is from.

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3.) Silver Surfer

One of the most well-known Marvel characters in my mind remains one of the most underrated, the Silver Surfer. First appearing in Fantastic Four #48, released in 1966, Silver Surfer has remained one of the most iconic characters in the Marvel universe.

Norrin Konn was born on the planet Zenn-la, home to a long-lived technologically advanced humanoid race. When Galactus broke through the planet’s defense systems, he came with the intention to consume the planet. Konn comes to the rescue and offers to be Galactus’s personal herald and seek out planets for him to consume. Galactus agrees and turns him into the Silver Surfer.

Although this may seem like the Silver Surfer is a villain, he is actually one of the noblest characters in the Marvel Universe. He tried to only lead Galactus to planets that are void of sentient life, but after it became increasingly hard to find them, he would plot a way to end Galactus’s reign forever.

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4.) Adam Warlock

Adam Warlock may be underrated now, but with Will Poulter set to play the character in the upcoming third installment of the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise, that may change soon. He first appeared in Fantastic Four #66-67, released in 1967.

Adam Warlock was created by researchers on earth known as the Enclave, whose goal was to create the perfect human being. He is most known for his role with the Infinity Gauntlet and for stopping Thanos. He was able to yield the Infinity Gauntlet before ultimately splitting up the gems so that no one person had control of all that power. It should be interesting to see what role he will exactly play in the MCU.

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5.) Monica Rambeau’s Captain Marvel

Monica Rambeau may have had her formal introduction into the MCU, but that rendition of the character does do justice to its comic-book counterpart. Monica Rambeau first appeared in The Amazing Spider-man Annual #16, released in 1982, and is introduced as the second Captain Marvel.

While trying to stop an extra-dimensional weapon, Rambeau is exposed to the special energy and thus became capable of turning her body into energy. Although her name was given to her by the media, it turned out that there was a Kree hero named Mar-Vell, who was the first Captain Marvel.

Rambeau then goes to the Avengers for help in mastering her newfound powers. After being taken under the wing of Captain America and the Wasp, Rambeau graduates as an Avengers member before ultimately becoming their leader. It’s very possible we one day see Monica Rambeau commanding the Avengers of the MCU.

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6.) Cosmo the SpaceDog

The adorable dog in a spacesuit we see in Guardians of the Galaxy may look like a device to add humor to the movie, but that is actually Cosmo the SpaceDog. Cosmo first appeared in Nova vol. 4 #8, released in 2008.

Cosmo was a space dog used by the soviets during the 1960s and was launched into Earth’s orbit. He would become lost in space before ending up in Knowhere. While the Guardians use Knowhere as their base for a short period Cosmo tags along for a number of adventures. We aren’t sure how much screen time Cosmos may get in the future but one thing remains, everyone loves a talking space dog.

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7.) Taskmaster

Taskmaster is another character who has been fully introduced to the MCU but wasn’t given the character arc they deserved. First appearing in The Avengers #195, released in 1980, Taskmaster is one of the most deadly hand-to-hand fighters in the Marvel universe.

We may now know the full backstory of Taskmaster, but we do know what he’s capable of. Taskmaster has what can be described as photographic reflexes. He can mimic and copy the exact physical movements of anyone he sees. This makes him one of the toughest foes in the Marvel universe because he is the equivalent of fighting yourself in hand-to-hand combat. Taskmaster’s amazing ability suite and endearing combative personality earn him all the love in the world on this collection of the most underrated Marvel characters.

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8.) Squirrel Girl

If you’ve never heard of the unbeatable Squirrel Girl then you’re in for a treat. Squirrel Girl First appeared in Marvel Super-Heroes vol.2 #8, released in 1991, and was created because Marvel wanted to branch off into lighter stories than the normally dramatic tales.

Doreen Allene Green, better known as Squirrel Girl, first discovered she could communicate with squirrels at the age of 10. It’s later revealed that she possesses squirrel-like abilities. She actually remains an incredibly tough hero defeating the likes of M.O.D.O.K., Thanos, and even taking down the Avengers at one point.

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9.) Nova

The Nova Corps in the MCU may seem like a rag-tag group of dim-witted police offers, but they are quite the opposite in the comics. Nova first appeared in The Man Called Nova #1, released in 1976.

As the last great Nova Corps member from Xandar is dying, he is tasked with selecting a replacement. At random he chose high school student Richard Rider, who would become Nova. He has powers such as superhuman strength, flight, and control the powerful suite of abilities tied to the Nova force.

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10.) Magik

Magik is undoubtedly one of the most complex and powerful heroes ever seen in the Marvel universe. She first appeared in Giant-Size X-Men #1, released in 1975.

Illyana Rasputin, better known as Magik, was a mutant born in Siberia, Russia. She is the sister to notable mutants Mikhail and Colossus. At a young age, she is brought into Limbo by the ancient evil sorcerer Belasco. She is raised there and develops several magical abilities. As her character continues to grow, she must battle the demons of her youth in Limbo while trying to be the hero she wants to be. Magik and her massive “Soulsword” also make her worthy of making this list of the most underrated Marvel characters.

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11.) Moon Knight

The Disney+ series Moon Knight was a great success and a wonderful addition to the MCU, but there is still so much about the character that went unseen. Moon Knight first appeared in Werewolf by Night #32, released in 1975.

Although Moon Knight may not have super-human abilities 99% of the time, he is still an absolute badass. A Chicago native, Marc Spector, draws the attention of Khonshu, the moon god. He creates a psychic connection with Spector, turning him into Moon Knight. What ensues is a number of personalities that Moon Knight has to struggle with containing as he strays further and further away from who Marc Spector once was.

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12.) Ant-Man

It’s hard to claim Ant-Man as underrated when he is slated to have a third solo installment to the MCU, but I’m gonna try to make a case for him here the best I can! Ant-Man first appeared in Tales to Astonish #27, released in 1962.

Hank Pym may be the original Ant-Man, but we are going to focus on Scott Lang’s version of the hero. The former robber turned superhero, Scott Lang comes into possession of the Ant-Man suit after stealing it. He would fight alongside the Fantastic Four as well as the Avengers, becoming an integral part of the team. With how many of our favorite OG heroes have gotten the boot in the MCU I pray that we don’t see Scott Lang’s Ant-Man go anywhere anytime soon.

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Greatest NBA Rivalries of All-Time

Which are the greatest NBA rivalries of all-time?

The game of basketball is a beautiful game. It’s fluid, fast-paced, and jam packed with high-flying highlights. Something that makes the NBA even more fun, is how unnecessarily drama filled the league can be. The storylines off the court unfold like the midseason climax of a Telenovela, and we eat it up.

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As drama and storylines have intertwined over the NBA’s 75 years, a number of high profile rivalries have made the league that much more fun to watch. From the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers to Wilt Chamberlain and Bill Russell, these are the greatest NBA rivalries to ever exist.

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1.) Bill Russell vs Wilt Chamberlain

The NBA would not be what it is today without the legends who laid the groundwork. The NBA was just a decade old when the Boston Celtics would select Bill Russell second overall in the 1956 draft. Three years later, the Philadelphia Warriors would select a demigod from the Harlem Globetrotters, Wilt Chamberlain, and the first NBA rivalry would ensue.

Chamberlain undoubtedly wins the edge in this rivalry if you’re looking at statistical accomplishments. Wilt the Stilt basically wrote the NBA record book, holding 72 all-time records, including most points in a single game after becoming the first player to score 100 points in a game. Russell clears Chamberlain by a mile if we’re looking at winning on the court. Russell helped lead the Celtics to 11 championships, solidifying them as the first great NBA dynasty. Chamberlain may have finished with more than double the career points, but Russell has nearly six times as many championships.

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2.) Golden State Warriors vs Cleveland Cavaliers

The 2010’s NBA will surely be remembered as the Cleveland Cavaliers vs Golden State Warriors era. With an aging team in Miami and no guarantee of another championship, LeBron James left the Heat to form another big three in his hometown of Cleveland. Simultaneously, the Warriors development of Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Harrison Barnes, and Draymond Green was coming to fruition.

The two teams would meet in the NBA finals for the first time in 2015, and Steph Curry was able to round out his first MVP year with a championship. The Warriors would use that momentum to rifle off a NBA record 73 wins the next season and make a return to the finals to play, you guessed it, the Cleveland Cavaliers. After going down 3-1, LeBron James went full Thanos mode and willed the Cavs back to force a game seven, a game they would end up winning.

The Warriors would recruit Kevin Durant the next summer, forming the greatest five-man lineup the NBA has ever seen. They may not have surpassed their regular season wins record, but the Warriors would handily beat the Cavaliers in the next two finals. This would mark the first time in NBA history that the same two teams played in four straight NBA finals. Although LeBron James is not with the Cavs anymore, they have one of the hottest young rosters in the NBA. Is it possible we see the fifth installment of a Warriors vs Cavaliers NBA finals this year (I hope not).

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3.) Shaquille O’Neal vs David Robinson

When Shaquille O’Neal entered the NBA in 1992, the league knew it was in trouble. A quick moving giant who could dominate anyone in the paint, O’Neal was built to take over a basketball court. Off the court, he was known for his childish but hilarious attitude. On the other side of the spectrum was the Admiral, David Robinson. Robinson is just as skilled as O’Neal, but is quiet and reserved.

After a litany of off-the-court comments between the two players, a beef was ensuing that no one could stop talking about. The difference in personalities was the most glaring, but what Robinson would do in 1994 took the beef to a whole new level. In just his second year O’Neal looked to be the NBA scoring leader with 2,345 points headed into the last game of the season, while Robinson was sitting with 2,312 points. The Admiral would put up a career high 71 points in the last game of the season, taking the scoring title from O’Neal.

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4.) Chicago Bulls vs Detroit Pistons

The praise that Michael Jordan gets for being the GOAT of basketball did not come easy. Although Jordan was dominating the league throughout the 80’s with top scoring performances and flying highlights, the Bulls were never able to win anything significant. That’s because the Detroit Pistons stood in their way. Dubbed the ‘Bad Boys’, the Pistons of the late 80’s and early 90’s claimed two titles.

The Chicago Bulls and Detroit Pistons would meet in the playoffs four years in a row from 1988 to 1991. The Pistons would win the first three meetings playing a physical brand of basketball known as the “Jordan Rules” which saw heavy defensive pressure and attention to Michael Jordan. MJ would get his revenge in 1991, sweeping the Pistons while averaging nearly 30 points and 7 assists across the series.

The younger generations may not be aware, but the Bulls and Pistons are definitely one of the greatest NBA rivalries ever.

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5.) Magic Johnson vs Larry Bird

There is no rivalry between individual players in any sport that can compete with the likes of Larry Bird and Magic Johnson. Two basketball legends destined by the cosmos to be intertwined, this rivalry was more than fate. Bird and Magic would first face-off in the 1979 NCAA finals. Bird led the cinderella story Indiana State Sycamores to an undefeated season and a trip to the NCAA finals. They would be outplayed by a much better Michigan State squad, led by Magic Johnson.

Both players would enter the NBA the next year, with Bird winning rookie of the year, and Magic winning a championship and finals MVP. The Lakers and Celtics would meet in the Finals three times, with the Lakers winning two of those meetings. The 80’s will be remembered as the era of Bird and Magic, and for good reason. The two would end the rivalry on a high-note by winning gold as teammates and co-captains for 1992 USA Olympic ‘Dream Team’. It is no understatement to say that Magic and Bird are the reason the NBA is as popular as it is today.

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6.) Lakers vs Celtics

There are few rivalries in all of sports that can contend with the history of the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers. Two of the NBA’s oldest teams, the Celtics and Lakers have been going at since the NBA was created. The two teams have met in the NBA finals a record twelve times. What’s most notable about those meetings is how spread out they are. They would meet in the finals six times throughout the 1960’s, three times throughout the 1980’s, and twice since 2000. The series would go to seven games in five of those twelve series.

Not only was the rivalry heated on the court, but opposing owners and GM’s regularly beefed. Red Auerbach was the longtime coach and GM of the Celtics and was known for his swaggering attitude. He would prematurely light up cigars on the bench during the fourth quarter of games in anticipation of his team winning and would regularly taunt the Lakers. Although the Lakers are in a lull right now, we will surely see these two franchises meet again one day in the finals.

Did I miss any of the greatest NBA rivalries? Shoot me a tweet @justincohen24 and let me know which one you think deserves to be on this list!

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The Dr Pepper ‘Hail Mary for $23K’ Contest Is Helping Student Entrepreneurs Make Their Dreams Come True

Facts: There’s nothing better than the cold, refreshing treat of a Dr Pepper. Nothing, that is, aside from the fact that our favorite drink is also well known for giving back and supporting students. Through the Dr Pepper Tuition Giveaway program, the brand has awarded over $13 million in tuition to deserving college students since 2008 to help further their business and education goals.

College students are some of the biggest dreamers and brightest minds on the planet, as we well know. That’s why this year, in addition to the annual Dr Pepper Tuition Giveaway contest, the brand created the new ‘Hail Mary for $23K’ contest, which invited students to throw ‘hail mary business ideas’ in a pitch setting to a panel of high-profile entrepreneurs for a chance to win $23K in tuition dollars plus an additional $23K in seed funding. The three judges included Mark Cuban, Dallas Mavericks owner, TV personality and entrepreneur; Charlotte Jones, Dallas Cowboys Executive Vice President and Chief Brand Officer; and Jon Seaton, Elon University football player, and CEO of the Big Boy Council.

Pretty cool, right? Check out how it all went down in the video below and read on for more about the amazing student entrepreneurs and their brilliant ideas.

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Ritika Shamdasani: Sani

Ritika Shamdasani is currently enrolled at NC State. Her startup business is Sani, an apparel brand inspired by South Asian culture. The idea all started one day when she and her sister were shopping for dresses for an Indian wedding, and after a multitude of tries to find an authentic dress, they came up empty—so Ritika decided to make her own. All the designs are created by Ritika and her sister, and they exclusively work with women-owned manufacturing partners in India. 

Ben Catania: Yoomi 

Ben Catania is currently a student at Cornell University. His startup is Yoomi, an AI driven platform that enables physical therapists to better monitor and guide patients during their at-home exercise programs—all by using motion-capturing technology. The product can be subsidized through healthcare insurance and will help create a better flow of information for physical therapists. 

Ben Pikus: Sølv 

Ben Pikus is currently a senior at Michigan State University. His startup is looking to change the way we dry our feet off after a shower. Inspired by his mom’s shock at just how dirty he managed to get their bath mats, Ben came up with Sølv, an antimicrobial, washer-friendly shower mat made of luxurious foam.

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The Winner Is…

After hearing all the pitches, the three judges were tasked with choosing one presenter to take home the grand prize of tuition and seed money. The three judges debated meticulously, but finally came to their decision. The winner of the Dr Pepper ‘Hail Mary for $23k’ contest was…Ben Catania and his business, Yoomi!

Make sure to tune into the Dr Pepper Tuition Giveaway during the College Football Conference Championship Games on December 2nd and 3rd for more—and to maybe get inspired yourself.

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Pickleball At The Airport: TWA Hotel x City Pickle

There is no sport in the United States that has had a year like pickleball. A sport that exploded in popularity over the last two years, pickleball has established itself as a recreational powerhouse, becoming the fastest growing sport in America. Something that makes pickleball so great is the accessibility. If you have a net and paddles, you can virtually play the game anywhere.

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An airport may sound impossible to play pickleball at, but our friends at City Pickle and the TWA Hotel made it happen with an epic pop-up event at JFK Airport. Here is everything you need to know about the sensational pop-up pickleball event.

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TWA Hotel x City Pickle

TWA Hotel and City Pickle joined forces to create a first of it’s kind pop-up pickleball court at JFK airport. The TWA Hotel is a hotel located inside JFK airport. The hotel uses the interior of the iconic TWA Flight Center, made famous by the 2002 Steven Spielberg classic Catch Me If You Can. The hotel has been open since May of 2019 and offers several experiences like an infinity swimming pool and an aviation history museum.

Organized by City Pickle, NYCs best for anything pickleball, the pop-up event took place across several weekends from November 4th to November 13th. The court was set up on the hotel’s tarmac in front of the iconic 1958 Lockheed Constellation “Connie” L-1649A plane. Playing right outside one of the most historic hotels in the US goes to show how versatile and accessible this game really is. 

If you weren’t able to make the pop-up there’s no need to fret because City Pickle has something big in the works for 2023. On-top of pushing the boundaries of where pickleball can be played, City Pickle is in the process of opening their first permanent pickleball location in Long Island City. The space is set to open sometime in 2023 and will offer heated courts, full bar and restaurant, and other amenities to enhance your pickleball experience.

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Pickleball Under One Roof: Major League Pickleball and VIBE Merger Announced 

In the early days of basketball and football in the United States, there was tight competition between leagues of the same sports. It wasn’t until the NFL and NBA rose to such prominence that the AFL and ABA would merge. Instead of going back and forth for years about who is the premier league, Major League Pickleball and VIBE have agreed upon a merger that will satisfy both leagues. Here is everything you need to know about the most significant moment in professional pickleball to date. 

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MLP and VIBE

The Professional Pickleball Association, known as PPA, created VIBE in order to establish a league with team competitions. The PPA currently has some of the best pickleball players in the world including Ben Johns and Tyson McGuffin among others. The league was slated to start this year with a draft in December, but now the league will be merged with the already established Major League Pickleball. MLP will continue to live under the “Major League Pickleball” brand name and format.

Major League Pickleball, or MLP, has been at the forefront of professional team pickleball competitions. Last season the MLP put together three tournaments throughout the year, with a $100,000 prize for each winning team. MLP only showcases team competitions, with the occasional overtime ‘Dreambreaker’ that pits singles against each other in a four point rally.

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What Does This Mean?

The agreed upon merger will give MLP the exclusive rights to team competitions, and PPA will have the exclusive rights to singles play. This is more than great news for both leagues, as now we get to see the best pickleball players in the world all play in the same competitions. This also allows for two leagues to be successful in the pickleball world, which will hopefully lead to even more interest in the sport. So far MLP has made all the right moves, only time will tell how big the league might get. 

MLP will now officially be expanding to 24 teams for the 2023 season, with more owners to be announced in the near future. The MLP will host a draft similar to what they did last year, which means every team should have a new roster next season. There will be six tournaments across the season that will see MLP and its pro’s travel the United States, bringing pickleball from sea to shining sea.

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Autograph Announces New SLAM NFT Collaboration

The world of WEB3 and digital collectibles, albeit new, is starting to become a staple, especially for people who love collecting in general. Digital collectibles allow you to collect assets on a blockchain that usually come with some type of utility, or just have inherent value because of the limited quantity. Autograph, the NFT platform co-founded by Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady, have just announced their newest NFT drops that will highlight some of the most iconic SLAM basketball covers of all time.

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Autograph X SLAM

When you think about the rich history of SLAM magazine, it always comes back to their covers. The covers are the cultural touchstones that people remember, recall, and it becomes collectible items. If you ask any basketball player what their dream magazine cover to be on would be, nine out of ten people are picking SLAM magazine. It’s more than just a sign of how skillful you are, but it shows you have a direct impact on the culture of… well the world. 

The players represented in this drop represent a very specific moment in time and basketball culture in general. The cover means something and these are high marks of where the game was at the time. The covers, available in both classic and limited Metal Editions, each have utility attached to them, offering real-world benefits for collectors. All holders of any of the 12 NFTs at the Activation Deadline on December 17 will receive a discount code for 25% off slamgoods.com, which can be used for the next 12 months. Collectors who hold either a Big Men Challenge set (Kevin Garnett Metal Edition SLAM Cover, Dirk Nowitzki Metal Edition SLAM Cover, Tim Duncan Metal Edition SLAM Cover) or Guard Challenge set (Ray Allen Metal Edition SLAM Cover, Steve Nash Metal Edition SLAM Cover, Allen Iverson Metal Edition SLAM Cover) at the Activation Deadline will receive a physical metal edition of a SLAM cover commemorating the Top 75 NBA teams of all time. Covers include:

  • Ray Allen (SLAM 87)
  • Tim Duncan (SLAM 47)
  • Kevin Garnett (SLAM 134)
  • Allen Iverson (SLAM 42)
  • Steve Nash (SLAM 92)
  • Dirk Nowitzki (SLAM 98)
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How Autograph Is Evolving Digital Collectibles

Autograph have been at the forefront of digital collectibles since bursting on the scene less than two years ago. Through strategic partnerships and collaborations, fans have gotten to experience their favorite sport in a whole new way. One of the newest features that Autograph has rolled out was dynamic NFTs. These digital collectibles will evolve each week. Tom Brady’s dynamic NFT for example will recreate mini-movies of Brady each week surrounding his performance and the teams. It’s clear that Autograph not only is at the forefront of digital collectibles, but is continually pushing the limits of what it means to be a digital collectible.

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Anheuser-Busch Buys Into Major League Pickleball

Major League Pickleball has done it again. The professional pickleball league that has seen the likes of Kevin Durant, LeBron James, Draymond Green, Kevin Love, Tom Brady, Kim Clijster, and Drew Brees has just added another big player to its ever growing list of owners, Anheuser-Busch. 

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AB InBev, the parent company of brewing company Anheuser-Busch, has announced the purchase of a team in Major League Pickleball. Anheuser-Busch becomes the first Fortune 250 company to make a big investment into Major League Pickleball. This agreement will give Anheuser-Busch a founding partnership with the larger MLP league and control over one of the league’s expansion teams – with ownership over everything from who the team drafts to which sponsors they bring on to support.

“Anheuser-Busch is one of the most impactful professional sport sponsors in the US, to have them join as an ownership partner is an incredible opportunity for Major League Pickleball,” said MLP Founder and CEO Steve Kuhn. “They have a unique ability in understanding the needs of fans, bringing them closer to the sport and brands they love. I can’t wait to see how this partnership will elevate both the MLP and the sport of Pickleball in the years to come.” 

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Major League Pickleball

It seems as though the sky’s the limit for Major League Pickleball with the influx of sponsorship and business savvy investors. With a firm infrastructure being built, the MLP will need to find new ways to gain a broader audience and fanbase. As of now, there are twelve teams in the MLP, with each owner drafting a new roster out of available pros before each season. With the league being so young, there is still room for major changes to the framework. One thing some players on the tour made clear was that they would like to see franchises tied to cities. 

Major League Pickleball just finished out its 2022 season in Columbus—the third overall event for the year. Next year, MLP will be hosting an expanded six tournaments that will see the league travel across the country, bringing pickleball action from coast to coast. There is no official announcement of where and when those events will take place, but to stay up to date with the latest in Major League Pickleball, make sure to follow ONE37pm across socials. 

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Avengers Assemble: NBA Players as Marvel Characters

Although our world isn’t filled with the superheroes that occupy the Marvel universe, we have a different class of superhuman’s: the NBA. The NBA has some of the greatest athletes in the world who all carry themselves with a unique flare and style, the same way our heroes do the MCU.

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The NBA and Marvel have partnered up on a number of occasions to promote new movies, and even broadcast a game that had special graphics. The league will be producing branded merchandise in accordance with the new Black Panther: Wakanda Forever movie set to hit theaters this weekend. As we anticipate the newest addition to the MCU, we take a look at NBA players and their Marvel equivalent.

<code><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Hk2vk-UNAl8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>","hedCaptain America: Steph Curry</code>
Captain America: Steph Curry

What makes Captain America so great is his resiliency. He’s constantly leading the charge into battle and no matter who the foe in-front of him his, he doesn’t flinch. Steph Curry embodies Cap because of his leadership and determination. After years of ankle injuries, he never gave up. When Klay Thompson was hurt and the Warriors went through a two year rebuilding phase, Steph kept fighting like they were contenders.

<code><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Y2YO-2Vwxd8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>","hedBucky Barnes: Klay Thompson</code>
Bucky Barnes: Klay Thompson

Klay Thompson truly is the Bucky Barnes to Steph Curry’s Captain America. Whenever Curry needed a helping hand, Thompson was there to rain down three’s and keep them in contention. The brotherhood and friendship that the splash brothers have created is a beautiful one.

<code><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/q1R5cvTFOHo" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>","hedIron Man: Luka Doncic</code>
Iron Man: Luka Doncic

Like Iron Man, Luka Doncic uses his untapped I.Q. to maneuver the battle field of the court to make his opponents look like pawns. Both Iron Man and Doncic have a bottomless bag in their arsenal of weapons. Luka must also go through the same lesson that Iron Man learned, you can’t win without playing as a team.

<code><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/6qirIefUuUc" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>","hedThor: Giannis Antetokounmpo</code>
Thor: Giannis Antetokounmpo

Like Thor the god of thunder, Giannis soars through every opponent to rip down dunks like it’s nothing. It is truly an understatement to say that Giannis looks like a demigod on the court. Thor also started off as a quiet stoic character in the MCU and has evolved to a hilarious figure, the same evolution we’ve seen from the Greek Freak.

<code><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/fcVq3UG1fJ0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>","hedHulk: Zion Williamson</code>
Hulk: Zion Williamson

If you are looking for a hulking figure that can physically dominant anyone while also jumping to incredible heights, look no further than Zion Williamson. Not only does Zion do the things that Hulk does, he even kind of looks like him with the newly added muscle this offseason.

<code><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/UqAtmSaNxEg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>","hedThanos: LeBron James</code>
Thanos: LeBron James

Dread it, run from it, LeBron still arrives. The mad titan Thanos had one goal, collect all the infinity stones to eliminate half the universe. While LeBron may not be chasing rings to wipe out half the population, it’s evident that he is on a quest to pass the legacy of Michael Jordan. There have been stretches of James career where it legitimately looked like <a href=”http://<iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/bCiT6psniYc” title=”YouTube video player” frameborder=”0″ allow=”accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture” allowfullscreen>Thanos and Hulks first encounter.

<code><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/1BEOnpLm0UM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>","hedLoki: James Harden</code>
Loki: James Harden

Like the god of mischief, James Harden is exceptionally crafty with the ball, creating all types of action on offense. We’ve seen Loki go from trying to destroy the Avengers to virtually joining them, the same way James Harden has abandoned other teams for what seemed like greener pastures. I think the greatest similarity between these two is that i’m really not sure if I consider them a hero or a villain.

<code><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/6AkLHdfYCYQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>","hedSpiderman: Donovan Mitchell</code>
Spiderman: Donovan Mitchell

Donovan Mitchell has been given the nickname ‘spida’ because of speedy ability to rise up and dunk on any defender. His ability to maneuver traffic and even hit shots from deep are the exact qualities of Spiderman. Mitchell also protrudes a sense of youthful giddiness the same way Peter Parker does.

<code><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/U-ARxuWLh9c" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>","hedBlack Panther: Ja Morant</code>
Black Panther: Ja Morant

Ja Morant has been a high-flying superstar since the second he stepped foot onto an NBA court. Like how Black Panther stands for Wakanda, Morant has been taken under the wing by the people of Memphis and sees it as his duty to bring a championship their way.

<code><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/6VmDi6EdX94" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>","hedDoctor Strange: Nikola Jokic</code>
Doctor Strange: Nikola Jokic

The way that Nikola Jokic is able to dominant an NBA court is truly magical. Whether it’s needling passes through impossible windows, or hitting the most unconventional fall-away jumper, Jokic can do it. These are both characters you don’t want to cross, because they will come back with a vengeance.

<code><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/siMiP-94aLM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>","hedUltron: Kawhi Leonard</code>
Ultron: Kawhi Leonard

Like the machine Tony Stark created as a bodyguard for the world, Kawhi Leonard is cold, calculated, and robotic on the court. There are no mistakes, there are no second guesses, he knows what his next move is and he is going to take it. Not only did Ultron betray his creator Tony Stark, but Leonard ended up freezing out the Spurs and Greg Popovich, forcing a trade out of San Antonio.

<code><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/YGmCB8djtuc" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>","hedBlack Widow: Kevin Durant</code>
Black Widow: Kevin Durant

Black Widow is a character who has had a lot taken from her. From youth she was put into a world-class group of assassins and taken from her family. After teaming up with the Avengers, she would lose that to. Although it was Durant’s decision to leave the Warriors, it’s not far off to say he has had quite a bad string of teammates recently. Despite the outside noise surrounding him, Durant always goes out and gets the job done, the same way Natasha Romanoff did.

<code><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/D3EGBhwcJW4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>","hedGroot: Joel Embiid</code>
Groot: Joel Embiid

Lengthy: check. Hilarious and immature: check. Kind of hard to understand: check. Groot and Joel Embiid have more things in common than maybe anyone on this list. Both come in extremely clutch for their squad when they need it most, and almost always deliver it with comedic undertones.

<code><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/tv5_UwPEvTk" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>","hedHawkeye: Damian Lillard</code>
Hawkeye: Damian Lillard

There is nothing like watching Damian Lillard rain down threes from thirty+ feet out. Like Hawkeye, both him and Lillard are scarily accurate with their shot, and have an intense sense of loyalty to those they consider family. Although Dame never tried to sacrifice himself instead of C.J. McCollum at last years trade deadline how Hawkeye did with Black Widow on Vormir, he still remains one of the best teammates anyone could ask for.

<code><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/43IEboKTOmc" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>","hedKorg: Steven Adams</code>
Korg: Steven Adams

Korg is simply just Steven Adams in a costume, there is no other way around it.

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The Highest Scoring Games in NBA History 

As the great Mark Jackson says “It’s a make or miss league” and it seems as though today players can’t miss. As defensive players are punished significantly now for playing any ounce of physical defense, league scoring has steadily increased. Since 2013-2014 league average for scoring eclipsed 100 points and hasn’t dipped since.

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With the average league scoring increasing each season, you’d expect the single-game record for most points to be recent, but the opposite proves to be true. Of the top five highest scoring games ever, four take place before 1991. Here is the list of the ten highest scoring NBA games ever.

<code><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/dOVBVaOnPAc" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>","hed1.) Denver Nuggets 184 - Detroit Pistons 186</code>
1.) Denver Nuggets 184 – Detroit Pistons 186
  • Total Points: 370
  • Date: December 13, 1983

The single highest scoring game in NBA history features the infamous ‘bad boys’ of the 80’s Detroit Pistons. Led by Isiah Thomas, the Pistons claimed two NBA championships. Denver Nuggets Kiki Vandeweghe led the game in scoring, putting in 51 points across the triple-overtime game. Overall four players eclipsed the 40+ individual scoring mark and this game will forever be remembered as the highest scoring game in NBA history.

<code><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/MTQu6NL3KWc" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>","hed2.) San Antonio Spurs 171 - Milwaukee Bucks 166</code>
2.) San Antonio Spurs 171 – Milwaukee Bucks 166
  • Total Points: 337
  • Date: March 6, 1982

The second highest scoring game in NBA history saw the San Antonio Spurs defeat the Milwaukee Bucks with over 330 points being scored. George ‘iceman’ Gervin led the game in scoring, putting in 50 points himself. The Spurs were able to put up 171 points while only attempting one three pointer all game… just shows you how different the league is today.

<code><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/JVP9vnQGw1w" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>","hed3.) Chicago Bulls 168 - Atlanta Hawks 161</code>
3.) Chicago Bulls 168 – Atlanta Hawks 161
  • Total Points: 329
  • Date: March 1, 2019

When the Chicago Bulls and Atlanta Hawks faced off in Trae Youngs rookie year, it was pure fireworks. Deep three after deep three from both sides were being knocked down like it was easy work. Zach Lavine led the Chicago Bulls, putting in 47 points, 9 rebounds, and 9 assists. Trae Young put on a show himself, dropping 49 points and 16 assists.

<code><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/N-fIfKRc3QI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>","hed4.) Golden State Warriors 162 - Denver Nuggets 158</code>
4.) Golden State Warriors 162 – Denver Nuggets 158
  • Total Points: 320
  • Date: November 2, 1990

When Don Nelson took over as the head-coach of the Golden State Warriors no one really knew what to expect. The free-thinking coach wanted to run a point-forward offense, where a bigger player would take up the ball. Coaching the Nuggest was Paul Westhead, who had just run a championship with the Lakers using a run-and-gun offense. What ensued was the fourth highest scoring game in NBA history.

<code><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/rBPlmNY5WSY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>","hed5.) Denver Nuggets 163 - San Antonio Spurs 155</code>
5.) Denver Nuggets 163 – San Antonio Spurs 155
  • Total Points: 318
  • Date: January 11, 1984

There was just something about that 1980’s Denver Nuggets offense that worked, and that’s why they’re in the top five of this list twice. In a 1984 matchup with the Spurs, Kiki Vandeweghe put in 50 points en route to a eight point win. 318 total points would be scored between each teams, making this the fifth highest scoring NBA game ever.

<code><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/45xBoYTLSCA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>","hed6.) Phoenix Suns 161 - New Jersey Nets 157</code>
6.) Phoenix Suns 161 – New Jersey Nets 157
  • Total Points: 318
  • Date: December 7, 2006

On a December night in 2006, the Suns and Nets combined for the sixth highest scoring game in NBA history. What’s most shocking about this entry on the list is that the early 2000’s was primarily known for it’s low scoring. This game ended up being a double overtime thriller that saw the Suns barely edge the Nets.

<code><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/R5x30NCqJbA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>","hed7.) Houston Rockets 159 - Washington Wizards 158</code>
7.) Houston Rockets 159 – Washington Wizards 158
  • Total Points: 317
  • Date: October 30, 2019

Our second recent entry on this list comes in a 2019 game against the Houston Rockets and Washington Wizards. 2019 saw James Harden go on a nuclear run, dropping 30+ games like it was nothing almost every night. Bradley Beal would put in 46 points but it wouldn’t be good enough for James Harden and his 59 point performance.

<code><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/BDkluF-tlWQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>","hed8.) Philadelphia Warriors 169 - New York Knicks 147</code>
8.) Philadelphia Warriors 169 – New York Knicks 147
  • Total Points: 316
  • Date: March 2, 1962

If you thought the NBA wasn’t jam packed with action in the 1960’s oh boy would you be wrong. This 1962 game between the then Philadelphia Warriors and New York Knicks ended up becoming the eight highest scoring game in NBA history. This game remains one of the most important in NBA history, as it was the time that Wilt Chamberlain scored 100 points himself. This is a feat that will most likely never be done again.

<code><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/85IEXNTmu_U" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>","hed9.) Cincinnati Royals 165 - San Diego Rockets 151</code>
9.) Cincinnati Royals 165 – San Diego Rockets 151
  • Total Points: 316
  • Date: March 12, 1970

Oscar Robertson and Russell Westbrook are without a doubt the kings of triple-doubles, being the only two players to average the feat across the season. In a March 1970 game against the Rockets, Robertson put up a 30 point triple-double to help lead his team to a win in the ninth highest scoring NBA game ever.

<code><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/w3Sz1W06Y5s" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>","hed10.) Phoenix Suns 173 - Denver Nuggets 143</code>
10.) Phoenix Suns 173 – Denver Nuggets 143
  • Total Points: 316
  • Date: November 10, 1990

The 1990 Suns were a special team. On the precipice of adding a legendary Charles Barkley in a few years, the Suns had all the key rotational players to build around. In this 20 point beatdown of the Nuggets, over five players on the Suns scored over 20 points. Cedric Ceballos led scoring for the Suns with a 32 point performance off the bench.

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Breaking Down Every UFC Welterweight Champion Ever

There is nothing quite like the rush of watching a UFC fight. Two warriors enter the octagon with one directive, beat the guy in-front of you. Whether it’s the last-second knockouts or the impeccable technique of a tap-out, it’s undeniable how entertaining the UFC is.

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Because mixed martial arts and any fighting sport in general requires you to physically fight with an opponent, weight classes and divisions are needed to ensure safety and fairness. There are eight divisions in the UFC, with Strawweight being the lightest at 115 lbs, and Heavyweight being the heaviest at 265 lbs. We’re focusing on the Welterweight division, which classifies fighters at 155 lbs to 170lbs. These are all the UFC Welterweight champions.

<code><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/pnMGm0MRYt8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>","hed1.) Leon Edwards (August 2022 - Present)</code>
1.) Leon Edwards (August 2022 – Present)
  • Title Fight: UFC 278, Edwards vs. Usman, August 20th, 2022
  • Defenses: 0
  • Record: 20-3-0

In one of the most improbable title upsets in UFC history, Leon Edwards knocked out Kamaru Usman at UFC 278. Edwards entered the fight a +300 underdog, and struggled throughout the fight. Late in the fifth round however, Edwards delivered a devastating kick to the face which would end the fight.

Edwards has not been able to defend his title yet but there is a fight in the works for March of 2023. All signs would point to a Edwards vs. Usman trilogy fight which would put an end to the epic rivalry between these two fighters.

<code><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/1d86piAMKvc" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>","hed2.) Kamaru Usman (March 2019 - August 2022)</code>
2.) Kamaru Usman (March 2019 – August 2022)
  • Title Fight: UFC 235, Usman vs. Woodley, March 2nd, 2019
  • Defenses: 5
  • Record: 20-2-0

Love him or hate him, there is no denying that Kamaru Usman had one of the most dominant title defense runs in UFC welterweight history. After taking the belt from Woodley at UFC 235, Usman would defend that title across five more fights before ultimately losing to Leon Edwards.

Usman defended his title against the likes of Colby Covington, Jorge Masvidal, and Gilbert Burns. Usman will have a chance to take the title back in a rematch against Edwards on an unnamed future UFC card.

<code><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/fmHmpGhV0rY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>","hed3.) Tyron Woodley (July 2016 - March 2019)</code>
3.) Tyron Woodley (July 2016 – March 2019)
  • Title Fight: UFC 201, Woodley vs. Lawler, July 30th, 2016
  • Defenses: 4
  • Record: 19-7-1

The kids today may know him as the guy who lost to Jake Paul in a boxing match, but at one point Tyron Woodley was one of the most feared men on the planet. Woodley dominated his fight against Robbie Lawler, sending a flurry of punches in the first round that ended the fight.

Woodley would go on to defend his title on four occasions. He defended his belt against the likes of Stephen Thompson, Demian Maia, and Darren Till.

<code><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/afOqLQxp8wY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>","hed4.) Robbie Lawler (December 2014 - July 2016)</code>
4.) Robbie Lawler (December 2014 – July 2016)
  • Title Fight: UFC 181, Lawler vs. Hendricks, December 6th, 2014
  • Defenses: 2
  • Record: 29-16-0

When the UFC title was vacant, Robbie Lawler had a chance to lay his claim against Johny Hendricks at UFC 171, but ultimately lost by unanimous-decision. He would get his revenge at UFC 181, defeating Hendricks by split-decision.

Lawler would defend his title successfully twice. He would defeat Rory MacDonald as well as Carlos Condit before eventually relinquishing the title to Tyron Woodley. Lawler’s most recent fight resulted in him getting knocked out in the second round by Bryan Barberena.

<code><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/WzD_uhVi7p4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>","hed5.) Johny Hendricks (March 2014 - December 2014)</code>
5.) Johny Hendricks (March 2014 – December 2014)
  • Title Fight: UFC 171, Hendricks vs. Lawler, March 15th, 2014
  • Defenses: 0
  • Record: 18-8-0

With Georges St-Pierre taking time off UFC for health and personal reasons, the Welterweight title was left vacant. Although Hendricks had just lost to St-Pierre, he was still first in-line at a title fight. After a highly-contested fight that went the distance, Hendricks was awarded the title by unanimous decision.

Hendricks was not able to defend his title successfully and would lose to Robbie Lawler in his next fight. Henricks would continue fighting in the UFC until his most recent loss against Paulo Costa in 2017.

<code><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/IAU5T2_sujU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>","hed6.) Georges St-Pierre (April 2008 - December 2013)</code>
6.) Georges St-Pierre (April 2008 – December 2013)
  • Title Fight: UFC 83, St-Pierre vs. Serra, April 9th, 2008
  • Defenses: 9
  • Record: 26-2-0

There is no greater fighter in the UFC welterweight division than the masterful Georges St-Pierre. After losing the title in his first defense to Matt Serra, he would take that title right back in a rematch. It only took two rounds for St-Pierre to claim his stake back as Welterweight champion.

St-Pierres run as champion spanned over five years, with him successfully defending the title on nine different occasions. He would never actually lose the title, but instead vacated the title to take a break from the UFC due to injuries and personal reasons.

<code><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Y7_n3ptcsQM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>","hed7.) Matt Serra (April 2007 - April 2008)</code>
7.) Matt Serra (April 2007 – April 2008)
  • Title Fight: UFC 69, Serra vs. St-Pierre, April 7th, 2007
  • Defenses: 0
  • Record: 11-7-0

In one of the most unexpected upsets the welterweight division has ever seen, Matt Serra defeated Georges St-Pierre just one fight after he had won the belt. Serra stunned the world with a first round knockout that is still legendary to look back on to this day.

<code><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/RNS2_aWTb2Y" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>","hed8.) Georges St-Pierre (November 2006 - April 2007)</code>
8.) Georges St-Pierre (November 2006 – April 2007)
  • Title Fight: UFC 65, St-Pierre vs. Hughes, November 18th, 2006
  • Defenses: 0
  • Record: 26-2-0

After losing to Matt Hughes and failing to claim his spot to a vacant UFC welterweight title, Georges St-Pierre would get his rematch at UFC 65. He would take out Matt Hughes in a second round TKO, claiming the title for the first time in his illustrious career.

<code><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/VAyp23Oxyik" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>","hed9.) Matt Hughes (October 2004 - November 2006)</code>
9.) Matt Hughes (October 2004 – November 2006)
  • Title Fight: UFC 50, Hughes vs. St-Pierre, October 22nd, 2004
  • Defenses: 2
  • Record: 45-9-0

Matt Hughes is one of the most decorated UFC fighters of all-time, at one point holding the record for most UFC wins at 17. After the welterweight title went vacant, Hughes was given a shot at redemption by taking on GSP at UFC 50. He would submit St-Pierre in the first round, claiming his right back as the UFC welterweight champion.

<code><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/eep1eNYlU_Q" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>","hed10.) BJ Penn (January 2004 - 2004)</code>
10.) BJ Penn (January 2004 – 2004)
  • Title Fight: UFC 46, Penn vs. Hughes, January 31st, 2004
  • Defenses: 0
  • Record: 16-14-2

Matt Hughes was looking unstoppable on a 5 title-defense streak. BJ Penn was subbed in late for the title fight, mainly being because Hughes had decimated all top-ranked opponents. In shocking fashion Penn would submit Hughes at the end of the first round. He would soon-after sign a contract with a competitor of the UFC, leading to his title being stripped.

<code><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/SLBaNmWGOLU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>","hed11.) Matt Hughes (November 2001 - January 2004)</code>
11.) Matt Hughes (November 2001 – January 2004)
  • Title Fight: UFC 34, Hughes vs. Newton, November 2nd, 2001
  • Defenses: 5
  • Record: 45-9-0

As dominant as Georges St-Pierre was, Matt Hughes may have been just that dominant. He held the Welterweight twice over his career, defending it a total of 7 times. He would first claim the title after issuing one of the most devastating knockouts in UFC history, slamming Carlos Newton into the ground while pressed up against the cages.

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12.) Carlos Newton (May 2001 – November 2001)
  • Title Fight: UFC 31, Newton vs. Miletich, May 4th, 2001
  • Defenses: 0
  • Record: 16-14-0

Carlos Newton may have had a short-lived stint as the UFC welterweight champion, but he will always be the second person to ever hold the belt. He took down Pat Miletich at UFC 31 with a devastating choke-out in round three. Newton remains one of the best early tap-out artists the UFC had to offer.

<code><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/rFbsOcoV9tg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>","hed13.) Pat Miletich (October 1998 - May 2001)</code>
13.) Pat Miletich (October 1998 – May 2001)
  • Title Fight: UFC Brazil, Miletich vs. Burnett, October 16th, 1998
  • Defenses: 4
  • Record: 29-7-2

There are few figures as important to the early days of UFC as the great Pat Miletich. Miletich was the first ever welterweight champion, and would win four title defenses. He also created his own fighting camp and team which saw fighters win titles in three separate divisions.