Your Definitive List of UFC Heavyweight Champions

In combat sports, the title of Heavyweight Champion carries a special mystique. Whether it’s due to exceptional skill or stature or both, heavyweights are magnets for fame. Boxing has its Muhammad Alis and Mike Tysons, wrestling has its Aleksandr Karelins and Bruce Baumgartners. Mixed martial arts is no exception. Below, a complete list of UFC Heavyweight Champions since the inception of the division.

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1. Jon Jones (27-1-0-1 MMA, 21-1-0-1 UFC)
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  • Title fight: Defeated Cyril Gane at UFC 285
  • Title won: March 4, 2023
  • Defenses: 0

As controversial a figure as he may be, Jon Jones is to many, the greatest fighter to ever compete in MMA.

Despite his father wanting him to preach, Jones became a state champion in Endicott, NY and a NJCAA wrestling national champion Iowa Central Community College which eventually led to him dropping out of college to pursue a career in MMA.

He rose through the ranks quickly and when his teammate Rashad Evans was forced to pull out of a 205lb title opportunity, he slid in against Shogun to become the youngest UFC champion of all time at 23-years-old. He went on a legend-killing spree, dropping Lyoto Machida’s lifeless body after a choke and surviving a vicious armbar from Vitor Belfort to tap him himself, to name a few.

Throughout his light heavyweight run, Jones was always vocal about moving up to heavyweight, but it wasn’t until earlier this year that he made good on his promise, stepping in the cage against Cyril Gane to capture the vacant gold in a couple of minutes. As of now, he is set to defend the title against Stipe Miocic in the summer.

2. Cyril Gane (11-2 MMA, 8-2 UFC)
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  • Title fight: Defeated Derrick Lewis at UFC 265
  • Title won: August 7, 2021
  • Defenses: 0

Hailing from La Roche-sur-Yon, France, Ciryl Gane grew up playing soccer and basketball but didn’t pursue either at a higher level. While working at a furniture store, he was introduced to Muay Thai and subsequently made his professional Muay Thai debut in 2016, winning by second round knockout. After winning four more in a row, he faced multiple time WBC Muay Thai champion Yassine Boughanem and won the fight by decision – particularly impressive considering he had only been fighting for a few years.

In 2018, Gane made his professional MMA debut. He won three in a row before signing with the UFC. Under the UFC’s banner, Gane won his first seven fights in a row, including a finish against Derrick Lewis in Houston to capture the UFC Interim Heavyweight Championship. Five months later, Gane fought former training partner Francis Ngannou in an attempt to unify the belts, but ultimately came up short in a war of attrition that saw him getting outwrestled – something no-one could have predicted prior to the bout. After Ngannou left the UFC, Gane challenged for the vacant championship, but came up short to Jon Jones who ran through him in just over 2 minutes.

3. Francis Ngannou (17-3 MMA, 12-2 UFC)
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  • Title fight: Defeated Stipe Miocic at UFC 260
  • Title won: 27 March, 2021
  • Defenses: 1

One of the most terrifying men to walk this earth, Francis “The Predator” Ngannou is not a man from whom anyone wants to line up across the cage. Born and raised in a village in Cameroon, Francis worked in sand quarries, harboring dreams of pursuing professional boxing. By the age of 22, he started training and by 26, he took off to Paris to pursue professional fighting.

Once he arrived in Paris, he ended up at the MMA factory where he trained and lived at no cost. This is where Fernand Lopez, the MMA Factory’s head coach, convinced Ngannou to pursue MMA instead. In 2013, Francis made his MMA debut. He won five of his first six bouts before garnering the attention of the UFC. Once there, he rattled off six wins in a row, many by landing huge strikes that sent his opponents crumbling. Thus, his title shot had arrived. In his first try at gold, he was tasked with facing Stipe Miocic. Although Ngannou unloaded his full arsenal, he was unable to secure the victory, losing a unanimous decision to Miocic.

He then had one of the most slow-paced, least action-packed fights in the UFC’s history against Derrick Lewis. Both being known for having insane knockout power, neither guy was willing to get too close or do too much in a fight that saw Lewis come out with the win (they should’ve both been given an L). After that, he put together 4 wins in a row, all in the first round, where he connected with brutal punches that no man has been able to handle. Again, he earned an opportunity to challenge Miocic for the title. In this title challenge, we saw Ngannou come out much more measured and calculated. He still threw the big shots, but he was charging forward and throwing less, opting to stay patient and pick his shots, a very scary sight indeed. This time around he was able to find the punch that would put Miocic down and garner him the UFC Heavyweight Championship.

Of course, since then, contract disputes meant that Ngannou left the UFC and the title was vacated. He is currently looking to box before returning to MMA.

4. Daniel Cormier (22-3-0-1 MMA, 11-3-0-1 UFC)
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  • Title fight: Defeated Stipe Miocic at UFC 226
  • Title won: July 7, 2018
  • Defenses: 1

Daniel Cormier’s successful career was tied heavily to two individuals: Stipe Miocic and Jon Jones, the only two men to defeat DC over the course of his 11-year, 26-fight career. The last of his kind on this list, DC was an elite wrestler coming out of Lafayette, Louisiana. He started at Colby Community College, going 61-0, before transferring to Oklahoma State University. There he finished second in the country, losing in the NCAA finals to wrestling legend, Cael Sanderson. His final record at OSU was 53-10.

After college, Cormier competed in the 2004 and 2008 Olympics, finding success as an Olympic level wrestler. Following his Olympic achievements, he turned to training MMA. Though he finished his career as a heavyweight, he fought most of his career at light heavyweight. Cormier dominated nearly everybody in his early MMA career, starting in Strikeforce and compiling an 11-0 record before getting called to the UFC. Even then, he faced little adversity in his first four fights with the UFC. Then came Jon Jones. If you’ve made it this far, chances are you know who Jon Jones is and the ups and downs that come with one of MMA’s most outstanding and chaotic fighters.

In this first title challenge for the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship, we saw DC lose a unanimous decision to the undefeated Jones. Months later, Jones was stripped of the title due to a felony hit-and-run and DC was set to challenge for the title once again, this time against the late Anthony “Rumble” Johnson (23-6 MMA, 13-6 UFC). After defeating Johnson by rear-naked choke, DC went on to defend his title three times, including a second time against Rumble. In between came another heartbreaking loss to Jon Jones, which was overturned to a no-contest, because Jones tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs. As such, the title stayed in DC’s hands.

After such a dominant reign at LHW, DC wanted to move up and challenge Stipe for the UFC Heavyweight Championship. In their first meeting, DC was able to capitalize on that short right hand when leaving the clinch to put down Miocic and secure the victory to win Heavyweight gold. Soon after, he defended his title successfully against “The Black Beast”, Derrick Lewis, winning by rear-naked choke in a fight that headlined a big Madison Square Garden card. Then came the final two fights against Stipe that resulted in two subsequent losses and the retirement of one Daniel Cormier.

DC had a storied and successful career, one marked by being on the other side of two extremely dominant champions. This does not denote his achievements, but many will remember him by being the other side of Jon Jones – and in my opinion, that’s a lot better than being Jon Jones.

5. Stipe Miocic (20-4 MMA, 14-4 UFC)
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  • Title fights: Defeated Fabricio Werdum at UFC 198 and defeated Daniel Cormier at UFC 241
  • Title won: May 14, 2016 and August 17, 2019
  • Defenses: 4

Stipe Miocic is widely considered the greatest UFC Heavyweight of all time. He’s not only captured the title twice, but also defended it a record four times, including a record three in-a-row. No heavyweight in the world has dominated the top of the UFC Heavyweight division quite like Miocic.

Born in Euclid, OH, Miocic grew up a multi-sport athlete between football, baseball and wrestling. He went on to play baseball and wrestle between Cleveland State, Trevecca Nazarene and Coker College. He was initially brought into Strong Style MMA to wrestle with former UFC contender Dan Bobish, and soon began training himself. After becoming a Golden Gloves Champion and competing at nationals, the former NCAA Division I wrestler developed the tools to dominate those at his level, making his debut in 2006 and winning his first six fights by KO.

Such a run earned him a shot in the UFC. Between his UFC debut in 2011 and 2016, Miocic fought 10 times, winning eight fights, five of which were finished with strikes. This was enough to earn him a shot against the current champion, Fabricio Werdum. The fight was set in Werdum’s home country of Brazil and was attended by a notably hostile crowd that was eager to watch the challenger fall. Unfortunately for them, Miocic had other plans. Early in the fight, Werdum blitzed forward, leaving himself exposed. Miocic saw the opening and put Werdum out cold with one precise punch. A new champion was crowned and Stipe brought a championship back to the city of Cleveland for the first time since 1964.

After defeating Werdum, Miocic defended his title three times against the often challenging Alistair Oveerm, future champion Francis Ngannou and former champion Junior dos Santos. He then met UFC Light Heavyweight Champion, Daniel Cormier. Late in the first round, while escaping the clinch, Miocic exited with his hands low and caught a short shot that put him on the ground. The fight was over and Daniel Cormier was crowned champion. More than a year later, the two fought a second time, with this fight being one of the toughest in Miocic’s career. Although he was outmatched for much of the fight, Miocic found an opening by way of body shots late into the fourth round. By taking advantage and hammering Cormier’s body, he was able to land some ferocious shots to the head and put Cormier to the canvas for the win and the championship. Since both fighters had just traded wins, the UFC booked the trilogy, a third fight between the two that was billed to be the fight which would decide the GOAT heavyweight. This time, in a much less damaging fight for both men, we saw Miocic grind out a very tactical, hard-fought win, coming by way of unanimous decision. This fight marked Miocic’s record-setting 6th win in UFC Heavyweight Title fights and cemented him in the record books.

He later lost the belt in a rematch to Ngannou and is expected to get the opportunity to win it for a third time this summer against current champion Jon Jones.

6. Fabricio Werdum (24-9-1 MMA, 12-6 UFC)
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  • Title fight: Defeated Mark Hunt at UFC 180
  • Title won: November 15, 2014
  • Defenses: 0

Fabricio “Vai Cavalo” Werdum’s venture into combat sports is unlike any others on this list; it started only after he was choked out in a triangle choke by his girlfriend’s ex-boyfriend.

Ouch. Talk about a blow to the ego. Luckily for Werdum, there’s a pretty good chance that he’s way more successful than Mr. Steal Ya Girl today.

Werdum made his professional debut in 2002, winning six of his first seven fights, the one blemish being a draw. At this time, Fabricio was competing in PRIDE, facing top competition pre-UFC (Alistair Overeem, Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira). Notably, in PRIDE, he was the man to end Fedor’s legendary win streak. In 2007, Vai Cavalo made his UFC debut against Andrei Arlovski, losing by unanimous decision to the former UFC Heavyweight champ. Over the next seven years, Werdum would fight 11 times between the UFC and Strikeforce before putting together a four-fight win streak to earn the opportunity at the Heavyweight belt. Due to the fact that then-champion Cain Velasquez was injured, Werdum instead fought Mark Hunt for the UFC Interim Heavyweight Title. Werdum finished Hunt halfway through the second round, throwing a long knee from range, connecting perfectly to send him to the canvas.

Finally, on June 13th of 2015, Werdum challenged for the UFC Undisputed Heavyweight Championship, defeating Velasquez by guillotine choke in the third round, and was declared the unquestioned champion of the heavyweight division. In his first and only title defense opportunity, he faced first-time title challenger, Stipe Miocic. While charging forward and throwing a flurry, Werdum was caught with a counter right-hand that sent him crashing into the canvas. He was out cold.

Since then, Werdum traded wins and losses through his final contract with the UFC and in 2021 decided to go fight for the PFL (Professional Fighters League). His first and only fight with them was met with controversy as it seemed his opponent tapped to a choke prior to a fight ending sequence that left Werdum on the losing end. The fight has since been reviewed and overturned to a no-contest.

7. Junior dos Santos (21-10 MMA, 15-8 UFC)
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  • Title fight: Defeated Cain Velasquez at UFC on Fox: Velasquez vs. dos Santos
  • Title won: November 12, 2011
  • Defenses: 1

“Cigano”, Junior dos Santos or JDS for short, grew up in Brazil training in capoeira before committing to BJJ at the age of 21. He turned pro just one year later (2006), winning his first 5 fights in little over a year’s time. After winning 6 of his first 7 fights, he made his debut for the UFC as a clear underdog against Fabricio Werdum. In a stunning turn of events, JDS knocked Werdum out in under two-minutes, earning him the knockout of the year for the UFC.

To follow the impressive start, Cigano followed with six wins in a row to fight for the title against the aforementioned Cain Velasquez. It was a massive overhand that sent Velasquez tumbling and earned JDS his first UFC Heavyweight Championship. Six months later, he successfully defended his title against perennial contender, Frank Mir, defeating him with superior boxing and finishing the fight in the second round.

Seven months later, JDS faced Velasquez for a second time and lost his title by unanimous decision. Though he would go on to challenge for the title a few more times throughout his career, dos Santos was yet to capture it again, ending his UFC tenure riding a four-fight losing streak against a row of killers (Francis Ngannou, Curtis Blaydes, Jairzinho Rozenstruik and Ciryl Gane).

In March of 2021, it was announced that JDS was being released from the UFC and we have since seen him also compete in professional wrestling, but for an organization called All Elite Wrestling (AEW). Last year, he fought for Eagle FC against Yorgan De Castro and was winning until he suffered a shoulder injury in round three.

8. Cain Velasquez (14-3 MMA, 12-3 UFC)
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  • Title fight: Defeated Brock Lesnar at UFC 121 and defeated Junor dos Santos at UFC 166
  • Title won: October 23, 2010 and December 29, 2012
  • Defenses: 2

Cain Velasquez stands as one of the most intimidating forces to ever compete inside a UFC octagon. Sure, he has some blemishes to his record, but he remains one of the most gifted and awe-inspiring heavyweight fighters who ever was.

After a high school career that saw him compile a record of 110-10, Velasquez went on to win an NJCAA National Championship for Iowa Central Community College before transferring to Arizona State University. There, he secured 5th and 4th place finishes at the NCAA tournament in his final two years (2005-06).

Right after college, Velasquez joined American Kickboxing Academy (AKA) and began training to take his first fight. That same year, he fought twice, winning his first two bouts within the first round due to strikes. That was enough to earn him a shot at the UFC, where his domination continued as he rattled off eight wins in a row, including one over “Big Nog”, with only one of them not coming by KO/TKO.

Enter “The Next Big Thing” Brock Lesnar. Though Brock started strong by landing a takedown, Velasquez eventually made it back to his feet and ended the fight with elite striking. Not only did he derail the Lesnar hype train, he captured UFC gold! Unfortunately, he tore his rotator cuff in the midst of the fight and was sidelined for a year before making his first title defense, which was against a Brazilian up-and-comer named Junior dos Santos. This fight was billed as an exciting clash but many expected Velasquez to dominate in retaining his title. Just one minute into the skirmish, it was a sweeping overhand by dos Santos that connected, put Velasquez down and led to the finishing sequence of punches.

Though his title reign ended quickly, it wasn’t long before he was fighting for gold once again, defeating Antonio Silva 6 months later to earn another shot at JDS. This time, the fight went much more as expected, seeing Velasquez dominate dos Santos for all five rounds on his way to a unanimous decision win, where he landed double digit takedowns, and triple digit significant strikes. Once again, one of the most imposing forces in MMA was the UFC Heavyweight Champion.

After capturing the title for a second time, Velasquez was back to his finishing ways, defending the title against Antonio Silva and JDS, winning both before the bell thanks to his heavy hands. Then came Fabricio Werdum. Werdum had won the Interim title a few months before, as Velasquez had gotten injured in preparation for their initial title fight. Once they finally met in the octagon, Werdum was able to finish Cain by guillotine choke in the third round, marking the first time he had lost via submission in his nearly 10-year career.

A rematch was scheduled for February of 2016, but both fighters needed more time as injuries arose. Upon his return, Velasquez faced and defeated Travis Browne (18-7-1 MMA, 9-7-1 UFC), but in another attempt to face Werdum, he was not cleared by the Nevada State Athletic Commission due to bone spurs in his back.

Velasquez took one last fight in February 2019 against Francis Ngannou, where, in 26 short seconds, a short uppercut dropped him and led to him to being finished by ground and pound.

Since fighting in MMA, he is currently competing as a professional wrestler for Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide and has made appearances in the WWE. He seems to be moving on from real fighting to opt more for entertainment, and good on him for continuing to use his athletic skills to bring something worth watching to the world.

9. Shane Carwin (12-2 MMA, 4-2 UFC)
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  • Title fight: Defeated Frank Mir at UFC 111
  • Title won: March 27, 2010
  • Defenses: 0

A lot of heavyweight champions have a wrestling background but unlike his wrestling counterparts, ,”The Engineer ” Shane Carwin has a college degree and worked in mechanical engineering alongside his MMA career.

At Western State College, Shane pursued his degree while competing in both wrestling and football, becoming a NCAA D2 Heavyweight Champion and participating in the Senior Bowl in 1997. This guy can handle a lot at once!

That being the case, Carwin took his time and eventually made his debut in MMA in 2005. He took 8 fights over the course of two years, winning them all and earning his shot in the UFC. Between 2008-09, The Engineer fought Christain Wellisch, Neil Wain and Gabriel Gonzaga, winning each fight in the first round and demonstrating spectacular punching power. This led to him having the opportunity to compete for the UFC Interim Heavyweight Championship against then-champion Frank Mir.

Carwin’s punching power reigned supreme in a fight where he smashed Mir against the fence and proceeded to hammer him with short punches before falling to the ground and being finished off with ground and pound from the back. Carwin captured a piece of UFC gold and was set to unify the title in a bout against Brock Lesnar. This unification didn’t go Carwin’s way, and he lost his following bout to Junior dos Santos, but he remains as one of the more powerful punchers in UFC history.

Shane Carwin never fought MMA again, but did fight a modified rules boxing match against skateboarder Jason Ellis in 2016, where he had his right arm duct taped to his body. Nonetheless – surprise, surprise – he still won by knockout.

10. Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira (34-10-1 MMA, 5-6 UFC)
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  • Title fight: Defeated Tim Sylvia at UFC 81
  • Title won: February 2, 2008
  • Defenses: 0

“Big Nog” Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira practiced judo, boxing and Brazilian jiu-jitsu in his time growing up in Vitoria da Conquista, Brazil. By the age of 25, he was set to make his mixed martial arts debut. Most of his early career was spent fighting for PRIDE, where he faced quite a few of MMA’s top contenders, notching wins over Dan Henderson (32-15 MMA, 9-9 UFC) and former UFC champs Ricco Rodriguez and Fabricio Werdum.

In 2008, nine years and 35 fights into his MMA career, Antônio met and defeated Tim Sylvia to capture the UFC Interim Heavyweight Championship in comeback fashion, pulling off a guillotine choke shortly after being knocked down with strikes late in the third round. After winning the title, Nog and former UFC Champion Frank Mir appeared as coaches on the eighth season of The Ultimate Fighter. After the season, Nogueira and Mir fought for the interim title where Mir won the lopsided affair by TKO in the second round. 

From then on, Big Nog traded wins for losses until hitting a three-fight skid that led to his retirement. Nogueira’s career was marked with him being a dominant force on the ground, with skills exceeding that of any other fighters at the time – and that’s how he should be remembered.

11. Brock Lesnar (5-3 MMA, 4-3 UFC)
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  • Title fight: Defeated Randy Couture at UFC 91
  • Title won: November 15, 2008
  • Defenses: 2

Our next champion is the WWE’s long-tenured bad boy, Brock Lesnar. Lesnar, like many before and after him, grew up an amateur wrestler. He went on to compete at Bismarck State College, winning a national junior college title (NJCAA) in his sophomore year before transferring to the University of Minnesota. There, Lesnar became a two-time Big Ten Champion and a one-time NCAA Champion. After college, Lesnar transitioned into professional wrestling where he made his debut for the WWE in 2002, just two years into his career.

Lesnar rose to stardom quickly, defeating Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson later that year to become the youngest WWE champion at age 25. Lesnar would spend five more years headlining WWE events before eventually making and winning his MMA debut in 2007.

In just his 2nd MMA fight, Lesnar faced former UFC Heavyweight Champion, Frank Mir, in a test he would not pass, losing by kneebar. Next, he had a scheduled bout with Mark Coleman that unfortunately never happened due to a Coleman injury (can you imagine how insane those two would look fighting one another??). His replacement, Heath Herring (28-16 MMA, 2-3 UFC) was a formidable opponent, but undoubtedly a step down from Mir. This fight managed to go the distance with Lesnar taking the win by unanimous decision, and was more than enough evidence for the UFC that they could put the WWE star in a fight for the title (plus, dollar signs…)

In a fight for the UFC Heavyweight Championship, we saw the sports most heralded heavyweight champion of the time, Randy Couture, fall in the second round to MMA newbie Lesnar. Brock was able to keep the fight standing and after knocking down Couture with strikes, was able to capitalize and finish the fight by raining down punches. Through 2010, we saw Brock defend his title in two unification bouts, one avenging a loss against Frank Mir with punches, and another by finishing Shane Carwin with an arm-triangle choke.

Though starting his career incredibly strong, Lesnar went on to lose his title to then-up-and-comer Cain Valezquez by first round TKO. After battling a bout of diverticulitis that required surgery, Lesnar returned to face Alistair Overeem and lost in the first round after taking multiple body shots. In his last fight with the UFC, he faced the storied Mark Hunt in a fight that he dominated, but was later overturned to a no-contest after Lesnar tested positive for performance enhancing drugs.

Though a comeback has been discussed at various points, nothing has come to fruition and at this point, that’s likely a good thing. Lesnar’s time in the UFC was short lived, but nothing less than massively entertaining. With his showmanship and the experience he attained as a top WWE athlete, Lesnar certainly added some fun wrinkles to the UFC history books in the late 2000s.

12. Andrei Arlovski (32-21 MMA, 23-15 UFC)
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  • Title fight: Defeated Tim Sylvia at UFC 51
  • Title won: February 5, 2005
  • Defenses: 2

“The Pitbull” Andrei Arlovski is the oldest fighter on this list who’s still actively competing in the UFC. At 44, Arlovski has won 4 of his last 5 fights, most recently notching a victory in April, 2022.

Bullied as a kid, Arlovski started Sambo, Judo, and Kickboxing at the age of 16, eventually winning the European Youth Sambo Championships. Shortly after his success in Sambo, Arlovski developed an interest in MMA, which inspired him to develop other skills and become a more well-rounded martial artist.

Winning 7 of his first 10 fights, Arlovski matched up against Sylvia in 2005 to fight for the UFC Interim Heavyweight Championship that was created following Frank Mir’s motorcycle accident. In this fight, Arlovski faced Tim Sylvia and finished him with a straight ankle lock after dropping him with a vicious right hand. Arlovski now had gold around his waist!

While waiting for a unification bout against Mir, Arlovski defended his title twice, TKO-ing Justin Eilers (19-7-1 MMA, 1-3 UFC) in the first round and then doing the same to Paul Buentello (35-17 MMA, 3-3 UFC) in the second. As a result of these dominant performances and Mir’s continued absence, Arlovski was promoted and became the undisputed champion.

By this point, though, Sylvia had rebounded from his earlier loss to Arlovski, winning three consecutive fights and setting up a rematch between the two rivals. Ultimately, Sylvia would seize the belt by beating Arlovski in consecutive fights. Although Arlovski has remained a strong presence on the circuit after those losses to Sylvia and undoubtedly still has gas left in the tank (he wants to fight until at least 45), he hasn’t participated in any championship fights since he last lost to Sylvia in 2006. Let’s hope he can keep up his strong form and avoid a downward spiral to round out his career as many before him have.

13. Frank Mir (19-13 MMA, 16-11 UFC)
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  • Title fight: Defeated Tim Sylvia at UFC 48 and defeated Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira at UFC 92
  • Title won: June 19, 2004 and December 27, 2008
  • Defenses: 0

Like Randy Couture, Frank Mir is a recognizable name, fighting in the UFC 26 times over 16 years.

A 16-year vet of the UFC, Mir got his start training at the American Kenpo school that his parents owned and then later turned to wrestling as a way to improve his American Kenpo performance. After high school, Frank met UFC matchmaker Joe Silva while training BJJ, who convinced Mir to try out MMA. Two fights and two wins later, Mir earned a shot with the UFC. 

After 6 UFC fights spanning 3 years (2001-04), he got a chance at gold in 2004, squaring off against Tim Sylvia for the vacant UFC Heavyweight title. Mir broke Sylvia arm in the first round. Yes, you read that right. Even though Mir had Sylvia locked up in a straight armbar, Sylvia refused to tap; for his troubles, Sylvia had his arm snapped into four pieces. F*ck that! Unfortunately, Mir broke his femur and torn multiple ligaments in his leg. Unable to unify and defend his interim title, Mir was stripped of his belt.

When he finally came back a year and a half later in February 2006, Mir was upset by BJJ blackbelt Marcio Cruz (8-3 MMA, 2-2 UFC), losing by TKO in the first round. After a turbulent two years, Mir spoiled Brock Lesnar’s UFC debut in 2008, earning him a chance to once again fight for the Heavyweight belt. Battling for the interim title against Antônio Rodrigo Noguiera, Mir knocked out the Brazilian with a flurry of punches. Sadly, Mir’s second attempt at defending his title only went marginally better than his first, with Brock Lesnar ground-and-pounding him during their rematch.

Mir again fought for the interim title (2010), and then the undisputed title (2011), losing both bouts to Shane Carwin and Junior dos Santos respectively. Since then, Mir is 3-7 in MMA and 0-2 in boxing (kinda – see Triad Combat).

14. Tim Sylvia (31-10 MMA, 9-4 UFC)
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  • Title fight: Defeated Ricco Rodriguez at UFC 41 and defeated Andrei Arlovski at UFC 59
  • Title won: February 28, 2003 and April 15, 2006
  • Defenses: 3

Two fights and three rounds. That is all it took for “The Maine-iac” Tim Sylvia to capture UFC gold.

Well, kind of… While it only took him the first round of his second UFC event, Sylvia had fought 16 times before joining the promotion. Originally a Karate kid who wrestled in high school, Sylvia played semi-pro football upon graduation until he fully committed himself to MMA.

After a brief three-fight stint on the amateur circuit, Sylvia won his first 16 professional fights, with 10 of those victories coming either via TKO/KO or a submission. In his 15th pro fight, he KO’d Ricco Rodriguez to become the Heavyweight Champion and managed to successfully defend the title against Gan McGee in February 2003. Unfortunately for Sylvia, he lost his belt to Frank Mir in his next fight, submitting after being put in an armbar in the first round.

In 2005, Sylvia faced off against Andrei Arlovski for the vacant belt, but succumbed to an Achilles lock. However, Sylvia got his revenge against Arlovski the next year, knocking out the Belrusian in a rematch and reclaiming the title. Sylvia defended his throne against Arlovski (the final installment of their trilogy) and Jeff Monson, but eventually lost a unanimous decision to Randy Couture, who captured his fifth UFC Championship in a unanimous decision.

After his departure from the UFC, Tim fought another 14 times against varying competition, including another fight against Arlovski and one against Fedor Emelianenko (40-7 MMA). 

In 2015, Sylvia was denied medical clearance to fight and announced his retirement in the cage alongside his potential opponent. Although Sylvia hadn’t had enough, the doctors had.

15. Ricco Rodriguez (54-27-0-1 MMA, 5-2 UFC)
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  • Title fight: Defeated Randy Couture at UFC 39
  • Title won: September 27, 2002
  • Defenses: 0

Ricco “Suave” Rodriguiez had his first fight in 1999 with his last coming in 2019. Yep. Astonishingly, he’s successfully fought in three separate decades.

After growing up between New Jersey and Staten Island, Ricco later relocated to California to train in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. After a few years of competing in BJJ tournaments, he made his MMA debut in 1999. Within two years of starting in MMA, Rodriguez amassed a 9-1 record before joining the chance to join the UFC. In his early UFC fights, Rodriguez took out perennial warriors Andrei Arlovski, Pete Williams and Tsuyoshi Kosaka, earning the right to challenge for the vacant UFC Heavyweight Championship against none other than the legendary Randy Couture.

Despite being dominated by Couture for the bulk of the fight, Ricco Suave secured an early takedown with three minutes left in the fifth round, breaking Couture’s orbital bone with vicious elbows and forcing Couture to verbally tap.

Rodriguez was now a champion, but not for long – after defeating Randy Couture, Rodriguez lost his title less than 6-months later when he faced an undefeated Tim Sylvia. Sylvia KO’d him in the first round and Rodriguez’s time in the UFC came to an end shortly thereafter once his contract expired in 2004. For the next 16 years, Rodriguez bounced around a variety of smaller circuits (even briefly transitioning to boxing), before retiring.

16. Josh Barnett (35-8 MMA, 7-3 UFC)
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  • Title fight: Defeated Randy Couture at UFC 36
  • Title won: March 22, 2002
  • Defenses: 0

Josh Barnett has been wildly successful in his time as a martial artist, but his career has been marred by controversy.

With 29 of his 35 wins coming by KO/TKO or submission, Barnett has been able to put away most of his opponents, including a TKO of Randy Couture to claim the title belt in March of 2002. Still, Barnett would be stripped of the title a few months after the fight after flunking his second steroid test of that year.

This would be a common occurrence for Barnett throughout his career as he would go on to fail several more times. Although Barnett was one of the most prominent fighters to be caught juicing, he was hardly an anomaly; the UFC had rampant steroid usage problems during its early years, which has since necessitated the intervention of USADA (United States Anti-Doping Agency).

In 2009, Barnett, now on the Affliction circuit, again tested positive for steroids, spoiling a prospective fight against Fedor Emelianenko.

Josh Barnett is a great fighter, there’s no debating that. He has defeated the likes of Mark Hunt (13-14-1-1 MMA, 8-8-1-1 UFC), and former champions Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira and Frank Mir. The dude can fight, but he never had the chance to fully live up to his potential because he couldn’t (or wouldn’t) stay clean.

17. Kevin Randleman (17-16 MMA, 4-3 UFC)
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  • Title fight: Defeated Pete Williams at UFC 23
  • Title won: November 19, 1999
  • Defenses: 1

Cue DJ Khalad. It’s time for “another one” with our next wrestler-turned-UFC Heavyweight Champion, Kevin “The Monster” Randleman. Like his mentor, former UFC heavyweight champ Mark Coleman, Randleman was a high school state champion in Ohio who then won two NCAA titles at The Ohio State University. Under Coleman’s tutelage at Team Hammer House, Randleman quickly climbed the ladder after making his UFC debut in 1999.

After defeating former champ Maurice Smith in his debut and taking the controversial loss to Bas Rutten in his first attempt at gold, Randleman was awarded a second chance to fight for the crown once Rutten abdicated the throne. In his second attempt for the title, Randleman decisively defeated Pete Williams in five rounds.

As champion, Randleman successfully defended the belt against Pedro Rizzo (unanimous decision) before losing to multiple time champ, Randy Couture by TKO. Over the next 10 years he fought for the UFC, PRIDE and Strikeforce before retiring at the age of 39. In 2016, he tragically passed away due to heart failure, but his legacy as one of the UFC’s toughest fighters lives on.

18. Bas Rutten (28-4-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC)
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  • Title fight: Defeated Kevin Randleman at UFC 20
  • Title won: May 7, 1999
  • Defenses: 0

If you’re a fan of MMA, there’s a very good chance you’ve seen an ad with this incredibly spirited gentleman beating the shit out of this crazy-looking pad covered machine. If you haven’t seen it, you’re welcome (see Body Action System).

Bas Rutten’s UFC career may have been short lived, but he was an astute veteran of combat having had 30 professional fights (all with Pancrase) going into his debut. After he battered Tsuyoshi Kosaka (42-33-2 MMA, 3-3 UFC), Bas got a title shot against Kevin Randleman. In a fight where position was dominated by Randleman, it was the accumulation of strikes that won the fight for Rutten who was fighting off his back nearly the entire fight. This split decision was met with heated controversy and resulted in the change of the judges’ official scoring system.

Bas vacated the title to drop to middleweight (now light heavyweight) to challenge to be the UFC’s first double champ. However, multiple injuries in preparation for his return led to the end of his UFC career.

His stint in the UFC was short, but his impact on the sport is still felt today as he was recognized as one of the sports first great technicians and was regarded for a time as the world’s greatest martial artist.

19. Randy Couture (19-11 MMA, 16-8 UFC)
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  • Title fight: Defeated Maurice Smith at UFC Japan: Ultimate Japan, defeated Kevin Randleman at UFC 28 and defeated Tim Sylvia at UFC 68
  • Title won: December 2, 1997, November 17, 2000 and March 3, 2007
  • Defenses: 3

“The Natural” Randy Couture captured the UFC heavyweight strap three times over his 14-year career and also defended it three times. Since August 2007, only one other heavyweight has reigned victorious in six title bouts, none more than that.


Randy’s style was reminiscent of Mark Coleman’s, albeit with Couture being much more well-rounded and technical than the “smash heavy” Coleman. Couture became champion for the first time by defeating Maurice Smith in a close, slow-paced fight, but didn’t hold the title for very long.

In January 1998, Couture signed with Vale Tudo Japan and was stripped of his UFC title. In his return nearly three years later, Couture faced and defeated storied wrestler, Kevin Randleman. After defeating Randleman, Couture successfully defended his title against Pedro Rizzo (20-11 MMA, 9-5 UFC) not once, but twice in a row, as Rizzo was awarded an immediate rematch after a tightly contested first fight. After losing the title to Josh Barnett in March 2002, Couture regained the belt five years later for the third and final time, defeating Tim Sylvia. Couture managed to successfully defend his title for the last time against Gabriel Gonzaga (17-12 MMA, 12-10 UFC), but Couture’s title reign finally reached its end when he faced the ultimate hype train that is Brock Lesnar.

Though he never fought for a title again, Randy Couture remains one of the most legendary and successful heavyweights in the short history of the UFC.

20. Maurice Smith (14-17 MMA, 4-3 UFC)
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  • Title fight: Defeated Mark Coleman at UFC 14
  • Title won: July 27, 1997
  • Defenses: 1

Maurcie Smith‘s title reign lasted just a little bit longer than his predecessor Mark Coleman’s, as Smith notched one title defense against fan-favorite, Tank Abbott (10-15 MMA, 8-10 UFC).

Prior to joining the UFC, “Mo” was an avid kickboxer. Although he didn’t officially make his kickboxing debut until he was 30 years old, Smith began training at 18. After 9 kickboxing matches, a little Pancrase and a stint on the regional MMA scene, Smith defeated Heavyweight Champion Mark Coleman in his UFC debut, taking the title belt from Coleman and handing him the first loss of his UFC career in the process. Though he ended his career with more losses than wins, Smith etched his name into the history books by delivering one of the biggest upsets in UFC history.

Another (not so favorable) reason he’s going to be remembered is for his controversial loss to Randy Couture in his second title defense.

21. Mark Coleman (16-10 MMA, 7-5 UFC)
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  • Title fight: Defeated Dan Severn at UFC 12
  • Title won: February 7, 1997
  • Defenses: 0

Mark Coleman was – is – a maniac! (I mean that in the best way; I’ve met him and he’s awesome). After an accomplished amateur career that included two Ohio high school state titles, an NCAA championship and an appearance in the 1992 Summer Olympics, Coleman devoted himself to the then-new sport of MMA after stumbling onto a broadcast of UFC 1. 

Coleman started his combat sports career in his teens as a wrestler for Saint Joseph Central Catholic High School. After winning two state championships, he went on to wrestle at Miami University, in Ohio, before transferring to The Ohio State University and winning an NCAA championship. After placing 7th at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain, Mark happened to see the broadcast of UFC 1. From there, he dove headfirst into this new sport of MMA.

From the outset, Coleman dominated, thanks to a style that earned him the nickname, “The Godfather of Ground and Pound”. It was clear from the start of every fight that Coleman’s one goal was to take the action to the ground and strike his opponent unconscious or until they submitted. Thanks to his elite wrestling and ground and pound ability, he earned the first ever UFC Heavyweight Championship belt by defeating Dan Severn (101-19-7 MMA, 9-4 UFC) in a fight to unify the UFC Superfight Champion and UFC Tournament Champion titles.

Though he was dominant early, his reign was short; Coleman lost his first and only title defense to the aforementioned kickboxer Maurice Smith. His stay may have been short-lived, but his impact is still felt to this day as one of the OG’s of MMA and one of the sport’s tactical trailblazers.


Steph Curry’s UNDERRATED Championship Was a Celebration of the Underdog

What does it mean to be underrated? By our estimation, underrated means that you are underestimated, underrepresented, and often overlooked. While being underrated is very much something that can be frustrating, there’s a beauty in it. They never see you coming. Steph Curry knows a thing or two about being underrated. They didn’t see him coming either, and now look, the man will go down in history not just as one of the best players of all time, but arguably the greatest shooter to ever play the game. And the coolest thing about the underdogs? They always spot their fellow underdogs. Game recognize game. 

RELATED: Steph Curry and Snoop Dogg Talk Opening a New Basketball Court for the Kids


UNDERRATED, Steph’s platform for discovering and giving young underrated athletes their chance for recognition, just wrapped up their championship weekend in Oakland. Powered by Rakuten, the event took place at the Open Gym Premier gym in Oakland,was the culmination of a year-long, nation-wide search across four U.S. cities, in search of overlooked and underrepresented talent in the world of high school basketball. After an exciting weekend of competition and player development, The North region for both boys and girls teams were crowned the country’s most UNDERRATED.

Two players in particular have incredible stories to tell, as their journey to get to this championship was far from easy. 

  • Peyton Akins (Seattle, WA) – Peyton Akins is a talented guard from Washington. She comes from a military background, moving between six schools in her high school career before finally calling Tacoma, WA home for the last two. She currently holds numerous college offers from the likes of West Alabama, Western Washington and the University of Honolulu Chaminade, just to name a few. 
  • Keenan Gray (McDonough, GA) – Keenan Gray embodies the underrated athlete mentality – with no recruitment and no circuit under his belt, he and his mom organized a film on YouTube that was then sent out to multiple colleges for consideration. Thanks to that video and his exposure as an UNDERRATED athlete, Keenan is now being actively recruited for basketball teams at notable colleges and universities.  
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We chatted with Peyton and Keenan over the weekend to talk about their experiences. Check it out below.


ONE37pm: Hi guys! Okay, let’s first talk about championship weekend. Was that experience like for you?

Peyton: It was a great experience—our team actually won the championship! It was nice to have the experience, and how well we did was surprising with us not really having experience playing together. We all kind of know each other from the area, but we’ve never been on the same team. So it was nice that we were able to have that good chemistry and bring out the win.

Keenan: It was a good experience! I had fun and the competition was good as well. The championship game was probably my favorite experience. I didn’t play in it, but watching it was fun. And the player’s lounge too!

ONE37pm: What has being a part of UNDERRATED as a whole been like?

Peyton: I feel like I’ve had a struggle with being underrated in the area, and not being as seen as others in AAU. Sometimes my playing style wouldn’t fit with the team that I was with, so I would just have to find a way to conform. Coming to UNDERRATED and finally being able to be recognized is something that is really special. There were only eight of us that made it, so to be a part of that was amazing.

Keenan: It’s a cool experience! Not very many people get this opportunity. It’s different and gives you a feel of how things are going to be later on. The UNDERRATED team really cares about your future and they want everybody to succeed.

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ONE37pm: How do you personally feel you have been underrated, and how have you overcome that?

Peyton: Being underrated, I’ve felt like I have something to prove—especially with my mom being in the military, and having to move a lot and start over. Each location I’ve had to prove myself. It’s not the best feeling to be underrated, but that just makes me want to work harder to prove people wrong. I just keep myself in the gym and add new things to my game because even though you may be performing well, there’s always something new you can be adding to your game. You have to keep working and be undeniable on the court so nobody can say anything.

Keenan: Being underrated is alright! I do feel I should have more, but it’s okay because it motivates me to work harder and be better.

ONE37pm: What kind of player are you on the court, and who are you off it?

Peyton: I would say I am a player that likes to drive to the basket and I like to play fast. I’m like an Allen Iverson because I have that drive to win and play hard no matter the circumstances—especially in situations where no one thinks you can do it. With our high school, we didn’t have the best season in the beginning, but we ended up doing well. I think I’m ambitious, driven, and I always try to have that Mamba Mentality like Kobe. Off the court we can be friends, but on the court it’s go time. Off the court, I like to study languages, travel, read a lot, and spend time with my sibling. 

Keenan: I’m a leader, and I’m somebody who gets my teammates involved. I would say that I’m like a De’Aaron Fox player wise. Off the court, I like to be in the gym. I stay in the gym, and I also like to be with my friends and family. I’m a huge fan of 2K. I enjoy watching Outer Banks, and Spongebob is the best!

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ONE37pm:  Lastly, what’s your advice to anyone who feels they are underrated?

Peyton: Keep working. You don’t have to prove yourself to anybody, but just keep working on your craft.

Keenan: Keep working. That’s the process. Speak it into existence as well. Write your goals down—that’s what my mom taught me.

Momma knows best! Of course we had to check in with Steph as well about the weekend. Here’s what he had to say:


“I created the UNDERRATED brand to celebrate the underdog and encourage often overlooked individuals to believe in their potential for success. This year’s championship was a testament to that mission as we saw student-athletes from underserved communities showcasing their talent on the court and pursuing their dreams. Keenan Gray, Peyton Akins and every other athlete competing in the championships embodies the qualities we seek to find—skill, courage and grace—along with the dedication and hard work it takes to make it to the top. I am excited to see all of these athletes continue their journeys and inspire others to challenge the stereotypes of the game.” 

You can keep up with all of the latest UNDERRATED news and updates via their official website and Instagram.


The 40 Best WrestleMania Matches, Ranked

Hey everyone! It’s The Wrestling Classic here with another list for ONE37pm. This month I have been tasked with writing an article where I rank the 40 best WrestleMania matches of all time. This is a hard task, especially when it comes to WrestleMania. The WWE always goes above and beyond to make sure they deliver at the biggest show of the year. I have covered WrestleMania in the past when I ranked every event and even when I ranked every match The Undertaker had at WrestleMania. This task is no different.

The criteria for this list are based on the substance of the actual matches. That means I am not considering the overall rivalry or build-up to the matches. There are matches missing from this list that were highly significant, had amazing build-ups, and did big in drawing power for the WWF/E. To be quite honest, Hulk Hogan vs. Andre The Giant and Hulk Hogan vs. Ultimate Warrior didn’t make this list because the matches themselves aren’t something I desire to go back to watch.

The multi-man ladder matches, whether for the Money in the Bank contract or the Intercontinental Championship, weren’t considered for this list either because they would take up most of this list as they’re all pretty memorable. It’s not hard to steal the show with a multi-man ladder match including innovative moments and high spots. They actually deserve to be ranked on their own separate list.

Now read this list as if it’s a catalog for someone who never watched wrestling or is new to watching wrestling but wants to watch some of the best matches from WrestleMania. Be sure to share with your wrestling friends to get into some serious debates!

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40. Sting vs. Triple H
WrestleMania 31

This was the long-anticipated first WrestleMania appearance of “The Icon” Sting and his only in-ring appearance at the event. “The Stinger” had been the franchise of World Championship Wrestling for so long and a staple in Total Nonstop Action Wrestling for years. So when he finally made his WWE debut at Survivor Series 2014, it was truly something special. Sting’s first opponent would be none other than Triple H – they played off the “Monday Night Wars” era as this would have been a dream match back then. This match played off of everyone’s nostalgia that lived through that era as both D-Generation X and the nWo would get involved. It’s honestly a must-watch for anyone who was born in the 90s.

39. “Macho Man” Randy Savage vs. Hulk Hogan
WrestleMania V

As an adult who has been in a handful of relationships now, I feel like the “Macho Man’s” paranoia was justified and the “Hulkster” had lust in his eyes for Elizabeth. However, Randy Savage’s paranoia and alleged “jealousy” got the best of him at WrestleMania V when he dropped the WWF Championship to Hulk Hogan. The popularity of “Hulkamania” helped launch the WrestleMania franchise and the Hulkster played a huge role in the first nine years of the event. Although some of his other matches hold a higher level of importance, did bigger business, and may have had more anticipation behind them, Savage gave him his best WrestleMania match during those early years. It had an amazing year-long build and sent the fans home happy by the end of it all.

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38. Seth Rollins vs. Finn Bálor vs. The Miz
WrestleMania 34

If there was ever a match that could try to give Bret Hart vs. Owen Hart from WrestleMania X a run for its money for the best opening match for a WrestleMania, it’s most likely this one. The Miz was defending his Intercontinental Championship here against Seth Rollins and Finn Bálor All three of these former World Champions went out there with chips on their shoulders as if they had something to prove by trying to steal the show for the workhorse championship. They brought the fire and made the most of having the three of them out there in the ring at the same time. I don’t think anyone really had a solid prediction on who would win this match, which made it more exciting. Rollins would be the eventual winner after an absolute barnburner of a title match.

37. Rhea Ripley vs. Charlotte Flair
WrestleMania 36

This was one of the matches I watched back specifically before writing this list. I also felt like it was appropriate since Rhea Ripley will be challenging Charlotte Flair for her Smackdown Women’s Championship this year at WrestleMania (2023). This was the 2020 WrestleMania that took place at the Performance Center and had no fans in the building. It’s really easy for everything from this particular WrestleMania to be written off outside of the two cinematic matches it presented, plus Drew McIntyre dethroning Brock Lesnar for the WWE Championship and Edge’s return match against Randy Orton. If you can get over the awkwardness of it being the mid-pandemic WrestleMania and the excessive amount of moans or groans from both women, it’s a really good match.

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36. Eddie Guerrero vs. Kurt Angle
WrestleMania XX

When you take two of the best professional wrestlers on the planet at the time and get them to wrestle each other for the WWE Championship at WrestleMania, it’s a no-brainer that it ended up being so good. These two went back and forth for about 25 minutes with intense chain wrestling and trying to one-up the other. They kept getting near falls or locking each other in holds to keep the Madison Square Garden crowd on their toes. Guerrero would resort to his lying, cheating, and stealing ways to win the match in the end by loosening his boot laces to slip out of the Ankle Lock with ease. It was a classic “Latino Heat” finish to a solid technical contest.

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35. Becky Lynch vs. Bianca Belair
WrestleMania 38

Becky Lynch made her return at SummerSlam 2021 by beating Bianca Belair in an astonishing 26 seconds and winning the Raw Women’s Championship in the process. “Big Time Becks” was on top of the world and derailed all the momentum Bianca had accrued after winning the title at WrestleMania 37. They would have a rematch at Wrestlemania 38 and it thankfully ended up being much longer than 26 seconds. It was a really good match and the best women’s match of the two nights of the show. They kept people guessing throughout the entire contest as it would not have been surprising if Becky actually retained. In the end, Bianca would emerge victorious by winning two consecutive WrestleMania’s and leaving with a title. These talented ladies easily produced one of the best WrestleMania matches I’ve ever seen.

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34. Randy Orton vs. Seth Rollins
WrestleMania 31

I have such a soft spot for this match. It wasn’t just for the incredible finish with the unforgettable Curb Stomp into the RKO counter, but also for the fact that I always saw this match as the past versus the future. Both Randy Orton and Seth Rollins are favorites of mine. They had both been involved in the Authority storyline tied to Triple H. I always saw Orton as Triple H’s chosen one from back in the early 2000s and Rollins as his chosen one in the 2010s. It was a solid straightforward match. I was pleasantly surprised when Orton won but genuinely happy about it. Seth would get his moment later in the night in the “Heist of the Century” to make up for it.

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33. Roman Reigns vs. Edge vs. Daniel Bryan
WrestleMania 37

Roman Reigns returned in the Summer of 2020, turned his back on the fickle fans, and began his reign of terror as the “Tribal Chief.” Reigns had the odds stacked against him by WrestleMania 37 when he was forced to defend his championship against both Edge and Daniel Bryan. This match was significant too because just years prior, both Edge and Bryan were forced into retirement and there was even a time when fans weren’t sure if Roman would return due to him battling Leukemia. It was an inspirational story for all three of them. In the end though, Roman would smash his foes and stack both of his opponents as he promised to the surprise of most of the WWE Universe.

32. The Undertaker vs. Triple H
WrestleMania X-Seven

It’s crazy to think that when Triple H faced The Undertaker at WrestleMania X-Seven, he was sort of looked at as the younger star facing off against the proven seasoned vet. Triple H had been with the company for about six years but had only really spent about two years at the top of the card. Taker had been with the company since 1990 and had been on top since nearly day one. This match flies under the radar because they had two great matches at WrestleMania years later in their career. But I’ll always prefer this match over their clash at WrestleMania XXVII.

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31. Daniel Bryan vs. Kofi Kingston
WrestleMania 35

WrestleMania 35 is historic for having the first-ever women’s main event. But to be quite honest, this probably should have been the main event. Remember that quote about living long enough to become the villain? Well, that was the position Daniel Bryan found himself in here. He morphed into the litany of villains he had to overcome back in 2014 and now Kofi Kingston was the ultimate underdog which Bryan once was. The build-up was fantastic and managed to make everyone emotionally invested in its outcome. Thankfully, Kofi Kingston would win the match to become the first-ever African-born WWE Champion.

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30. Charlotte Flair vs. Asuka
WrestleMania 34

Although there were some other memorable matches that went down at WrestleMania 34, Charlotte Flair and Asuka had the best minute-to-minute wrestling match on the entire card. Asuka had been undefeated for 914 days up until this point and was the winner of the first-ever Women’s Royal Rumble. Charlotte was already the most decorated woman on the roster and the current Smackdown Women’s Championship. They had a competitive match that kept people in suspense the whole while. By unpopular decision, the “Queen” would end the streak of the “Empress of Tomorrow” by proving she was indeed ready for Asuka. I think because most fans hate the decision, they disregard just how good this match actually was.

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29. Ronda Rousey and Kurt Angle vs. Stephanie McMahon and Triple H
WrestleMania 34

This was Ronda Rousey’s first match in the WWE. It was obvious that Rousey had issues with Stephanie McMahon going all the way back to her confrontation with her and Triple H back at WrestleMania 31 in 2015. I believe the initial idea was to have The Rock team with Rousey here but when that wasn’t possible, we had Kurt Angle return to the ring to be her partner instead. This match was not only good because of the competitors but it was a ton of fun. It was the best way to hide any weaknesses Ronda might have had at this point by working with three of the absolute best sports entertainers in WWE. This debut performance from Rousey will always stick out and christen this match as one of the best WrestleMania matches.

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28. John Cena vs. The Rock
WrestleMania XXVIII

It was originally dubbed “Once in a Lifetime” even though by the next year that wouldn’t be the case. John Cena talked trash about The Rock’s decision to ditch wrestling for Hollywood. “Rocky” would eventually come back and expectedly wasn’t happy about the leader of “Cenation’s” comments. The match had a one-year build and it was really anticipated by fans hailing from two different generations. They had a great match with plenty of exciting false finishes and near falls. I think the most insane part of it is that nobody really thought the” Most Electrifying Man in Sports Entertainment” would win the “one” match that they would have at the time. It was pretty shocking, to say the least.

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27. The Undertaker vs. Randy Orton
WrestleMania 21

It was around 2005 when trying to end “The Phenom’s” undefeated streak became just as big of an achievement as winning a championship at WrestleMania. Randy Orton found himself wanting to add that accolade to his resume and why not? He was nicknamed the “Legend Killer” for a reason. ‘Taker accepted and it led to a very entertaining match between the two. Considering how hard they were trying to push Orton at the time and the fact that “The Streak” didn’t have the full aura it had by WrestleMania 25, it wasn’t unbelievable that Orton could be the one to end the streak during this match. Orton winning wasn’t the case here, but this match ended up starting the rivalry that defined Orton’s career after his time in the Evolution stable.

26. The Rock vs. Hollywood Hogan
WestleMania X8

From the moment the WWF teased bringing in the New World Order stable, the matches people wanted to see were “Hollywood” Hogan versus either The Rock or “Stone Cold” Steve Austin. When Rocky eventually stepped into the ring with his fellow wrestling icon, the unexpected occurred when most of the fans in attendance turned on The Rock and booed him every time he gained the advantage. Although Hogan returned as part of the villainous nWo faction, the WWF fans had finally grown to miss their old hero. The Toronto crowd created such a powerful here atmosphere that made this match so unforgettable. Although the “Hulkster” passed the torch to the “Great One,” by the end of the match it didn’t seem like the fans wanted that at all. This clash between Hall of Fame caliber talent secures its spot here among the best WrestleMania matches.

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25. Kurt Angle vs. Brock Lesnar
WrestleMania XIX

Brock Lesnar and Kurt Angle are two natural athletes backed by highly successful amateur wrestling backgrounds and a strong sense of competitiveness ingrained in them. Although their match was tested with some setbacks, such as Kurt Angle having a broken neck going into it, they still delivered an all-time classic. It was explosive and really open to going either way. I don’t think any of us fans thought “The Beast” would attempt a Shooting Star Press that would concuss him to the point where he didn’t even remember the end of the match, though. That being said, with one of them wrestling with a broken neck and the other concussed, they still pulled off a banger here.

24. “Macho Man” Randy Savage vs. Ric Flair
WrestleMania VIII

All’s fair in love and war. This rivalry between “Macho Man” Randy Savage and the “Nature Boy” Ric Flair included both. This was Flair’s only appearance at a WrestleMania during his 90s run in the WWF. Although the obvious plan would be Hogan versus Flair at this show, that sadly wasn’t the case. Instead, fans were treated to a storyline where Flair made false claims about having had a relationship with Miss Elizabeth before Randy, thereby making things super personal between the two. Their match felt more like a fight than a wrestling match – it ended up being so great thanks to an amalgamation of pre-match controversy, a rare element of blood, and unbridled passion. This WWF Championship encounter is most certainly one of the best WrestleMania matches I’ve ever seen.

23. Triple H vs. Shawn Michaels vs. Chris Benoit
WrestleMania XX

I know for a lot of people it’s difficult for them to watch a match with Chris Benoit in it, considering the terrifying and tragic events that took place at the end of his life. I completely understand those feelings and it’s one of the reasons why this match is kind of written off by most wrestling fans. I’m not going to spend a lot of time on it but in respect to this being the only time Triple H and Shawn Michaels faced off against each other at a WrestleMania too, I still wanted to place it on this list.

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22. The Undertaker vs. Batista
WrestleMania 23

‘Taker added another incredible moment to his career when he won the 2007 Royal Rumble. Soon after, he chose Batista to face for the World Heavyweight Championship. John Cena was rumored to face Triple H at ‘Mania 23, but he got injured in December and the plans switched to Cena versus “HBK” instead. Somehow that ended up being the main event, which didn’t really sit well with Batista and ‘Taker. Therefore, they wanted to prove they should have been given the main event spot and they did just that with this amazing match. What fans got here was non-stop action from bell to bell. It was actually awesome considering you’d think these two big guys would work at a slower pace. The unexpected greatness of this big-man brawl easily makes it one of the best WrestleMania matches.

21. Shawn Michaels vs. Chris Jericho
WrestleMania XIX

It was 2003 and Shawn Michaels at the time had recently returned to being a full-time wrestler heading into his first WrestleMania. When Chris Jericho made his WWE debut in 1999, Michaels was retired from the ring. Jericho grew up idolizing “HBK” and he finally had a chance to wrestle against his role model. The only thing that changed is that Jericho truly in his heart believed he had become better than his hero. These competitors are two of the best in the ring – HBK was rejuvenated and Jericho was at the top of his game. It was a fantastic competitive match that sometimes gets forgotten.

20. Daniel Bryan vs. Randy Orton vs. Batista
WrestleMania XXX

This match was originally just supposed to be Randy Orton versus Batista. And the original plan for another match at this ‘Mania was supposed to be Daniel Bryan versus Sheamus. However, Bryan was SO over (and CM Punk walked out at the time, thus leaving Triple H without a match) that they had to call an audible to include Bryan in the main event picture. It was one of the rare times the fans actually controlled the story. Although you almost knew Bryan winning was inevitable, it was still a feel-good moment to see him overcome three of the most dominant stars (Triple H earlier in the night) of the last decade in a drama-filled action-packed match. This Triple Threat classic is indeed one of the best WrestleMania matches

19. CM Punk vs. The Undertaker
WrestleMania 29

CM Punk was the man in 2013 after having an incredible 434-day title reign as the WWE Champion. In a perfect world, Punk would have been in the main event of ‘Mania 29 defending the championship against both Cena and Rocky. However, when that wasn’t the case, he got a shot at the ‘Taker’s undefeated streak. It was the best match that night and, considering how much of a roll Punk had been on for the last two years, it wasn’t unbelievable that he could end the streak. It was also one of the rare occasions where fans wanted to see “The Phenom’s” streak come to an end. Punk came super close in a very competitive match that would be his last WrestleMania match in the WWE.

18. Bret “Hitman” Hart vs. “Rowdy” Roddy Piper
WrestleMania VIII

I feel like for the most part, this match between “Rowdy” Roddy Piper and Bret “Hitman” Hart for the Intercontinental Championship is underappreciated. Piper was an established top name in the WWF for a very long time and Hart was on the come up as a singles competitor at this time. Initially, the match was contested in friendly competition. But as it progressed, you could see “Hot Rod” get more frustrated with the “Hitman.” In a moment of opportunity and pure irritation, Piper had the opportunity to cheat. He didn’t do it, although the temptation was definitely there for him to bash Hart in the head with the timekeeper’s bell. He put over Hart the right way and it was just a great match overall. This IC Championship encounter is most definitely one of the best WrestleMania matches contested for a title.

17. Cody Rhodes vs. Seth Rollins
WrestleMania 38

Seth Rollins was looking to face anyone just to be part of ‘Mania 38. When it finally came time to step into the ring, Rollins’ arrival led to the shocking arrival of Cody Rhodes, who left the company six years prior. If the anticipation of Rhodes’ return due to the rumors swirling for weeks wasn’t enough, the two ended up having an incredible match in the process. The fans were invested throughout the entire ordeal. Rhodes had really found himself as a complete performer in the six years he was gone from the company and Rollins had become one of WWE’s absolute best in that same time span. It was a solid straightforward competitive match that was easy to digest and fun to watch. And thanks to the extra surprise factor, this bout is one of the best WrestleMania matches.

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16. Shawn Michaels vs. Ric Flair
WrestleMania XXIV

There was an angle in 2008 where if Ric Flair was to lose his next match, he would be forced to retire. Therefore, when it came time for his match with HBK at ‘Mania 24, the writing was clearly on the wall. It was almost as if everyone knew it was going to be Flair’s final match and it elevated the emotional connection towards the match going into the event. They had a classic battle with the idea that Michaels was tasked to put down his hero. The “Thank you. I love you” line that Michaels mouthed before hitting Flair with the final “Sweet Chin Music” superkick will always be ingrained in my memory as a highly emotional cinematic moment.

15. Sasha Banks vs. Bianca Belair
WrestleMania 37

When it all just clicks, it simply clicks. That is exactly what happened when Sasha Banks and Bianca Belair clashed at ‘Mania 37. The build-up was not good at all, but the match didn’t have a single flaw. The production was a bit hampered than usual for 2021 WWE standards as there was a rainstorm earlier in the day and it added this simplicity to the atmosphere of an old-school wrestling match. It was the veteran passing the torch to the new young star here. It was the first time two black women were in the main event of WrestleMania, which also makes this one so special. It was historic for so many reasons but overall, the match was just so simple yet highly significant.

14. Edge vs. Mick Foley
WrestleMania 22

Everyone knows that Mick Foley is a legend and one of the most over-stars of the “Attitude Era.” However, if you looked back at Foley’s Wrestlemania history prior to ‘Mania 22, he never really had a defining WrestleMania moment. Although he teamed with The Rock to face Evolution at ‘Mania XX, they lost and it wasn’t really a “moment,” per se. That all changed at ‘Mania 22 when he faced Edge in a hardcore match that fans will never forget. It was bloody, brutal, and perfect for the “Hardcore Legend.” This match also elevated Edge as a tough guy if you didn’t think he was already. Foley also got his ‘Mania moment when Edge speared him through a flaming table, which blew everyone’s minds and confirmed its placing among the best WrestleMania matches of all time.

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13. “Macho Man” Randy Savage vs. Ultimate Warrior
WrestleMania VII

In another epic battle, the “Macho Man” Randy Savage and Ultimate Warrior faced each other in a match where they both put their careers on the line. At the time they were two of the most colorful and larger-than-life superstars. They were also both unpredictable characters and former World Champions. The match itself was competitive and entertaining from start to finish. Savage was overconfident, while Warrior was trying to find his warrior spirit to leave this bout victorious. The overall story involving Queen Sherri and the reunion of Savage and Miss Elizabeth was just the cherry on top of this classic.

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12. The Undertaker vs. Triple H
WrestleMania XXVIII

It was dubbed the “end of an era” to pay tribute to a bygone time of which all the men involved in the match were part of. It was also the end of the four-year ‘Mania story arc between ‘Taker, HHH, and Michaels. ‘Taker defended his streak in a rematch against Triple H here. But this time, it took place inside the “devil’s structure” with Michaels as the special guest referee. It was filled with drama and close calls that kept fans on the edge of their seats. The moment when ‘Taker got hit with Sweet Chin Music followed by the Pedigree seemed like the nail in the coffin, but it shockingly wasn’t. That moment was definitely epic and befitting of one of the best WrestleMania matches ever contested.

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11. The Rock vs. “Stone Cold” Steve Austin
WrestleMania XIX

This was the final match in the Austin and Rock trilogy at WrestleMania. At the time the fans didn’t know this, but it was also “Stone Cold” Steve Austin’s last match for 19 years until he returned at ‘Mania 38. The Rock was back to being the villain in the midst of his “Hollywood Rock” persona while “Stone Cold” was the beloved fan favorite who had just recently returned to the company after walking out a year prior. These two always had great chemistry and both were in their prime here, so it was a fun encounter overall. It also kind of felt like a farewell to the “Attitude Era” in many ways. This match is my personal favorite of their entire trilogy.

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10. Charlotte Flair vs. Sasha Banks vs. Becky Lynch
WrestleMania 32

The “Women’s Revolution” hit an all-time high in 2016 when we got this Triple Threat between three of the new fresh faces on the main roster at WrestleMania. Sasha Banks, Charlotte Flair, and Becky Lynch would also be wrestling for the re-introduced Women’s Championship as they finally retired the Divas Championship. This match could have been the main event as they simply tore the house down. The women have had great stories coming into ‘Mania, but it didn’t always result in great matches. This might have been the first great competitive women’s match at the big show and set the standard for the future of women’s wrestling, which is why it’s recognized as one of the best WrestleMania matches.

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9. Shawn Michaels vs. Kurt Angle
WrestleMania 21

Kurt Angle and Shawn Michaels was something of a dream match before it finally happened. Michaels returned to the ring after being retired for five years in 2002. Yet for two and a half years, he never crossed paths with Angle until 2005. They complimented each other’s styles tremendously and gave us an incredibly competitive match at this WrestleMania. This was one of those matches you truly believed could go either way. But ultimately, Michaels put Angle over after taking the fight to each other in an absolute banger. It’s a match that aspiring wrestlers breaking into the business should study intently.

8. Shawn Micaels vs. Razor Ramon
WrestleMania X

It was the first ever “recognized” ladder match in the WWf. Shawn Michaels and Razor Ramon were on the come-up in 1994 and wrestled over the workhorse championship at the time. The match was super innovative at the time and something we had never seen before on a big stage, so every high spot felt fresh. It’s a stand-out performance for both superstars and left a lot of moments to be included in future highlight reels. Although we have seen some crazy things in ladder matches since then, none of them would have existed without this bout. You can’t do a list of the best WrestleMania matches and not include this one.

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7. Shawn Michaels vs. The Undertaker
WrestleMania XXVI

In the hope of successfully following up their ‘Mania 25 encounter, Shawn Michaels and The Undertaker decided to go round two the following year. To increase the stakes and to get the rematch, the “Heartbreak Kid” put his career on the line. Although this wasn’t as good as the first encounter, it had a bit more emotion attached to it for the fans as the writing was clearly on the wall for Michaels’s career. It had fans conflicted because they didn’t want the streak to end, but also didn’t want Shawn to retire. It was a roller coaster of emotions during this one, for sure.

6. The Rock vs. “Stone Cold” Steve Austin
WrestleMania X-Seven

Steve Austin and The Rock are two of the two biggest names in professional wrestling and were two of the most popular stars at the time fighting over the grandest prize in the business. Although they had wrestled at WrestleMania before, the atmosphere was different this time as they were both super over with the fans rather than one of them coming into the match as the villain. Both guys were also a lot more confident and cemented in their roles by 2001. The match was an all-out brawl and the heel turn from Austin at the end was something nobody could have ever expected. This bloody championship brawl will always be considered as being one of the best WrestleMania matches.

5. Bret Hart vs. Owen Hart
WrestleMania X

In arguably the best opening match in ‘Mania history, the Hart brothers gave us an opening match masterpiece. These two knew each other so well, which made every counter and transition come off as super calculated. Bret Hart was the former World Champion and Owen Hart wanted to prove that he was better than his older brother. The outcome of Owen winning was shocking and added to both men’s overall feud. If you are a fan of the art of professional wrestling, go out of your way to watch this match.

4. The Hardy Boyz vs. Edge and Christian vs. The Dudley Boyz
WrestleMania X-Seven

This is the Tables, Ladders, and Chairs match that changed the game. This was a demolition derby of crazy high spots that set the bar for all future TLC and ladder matches going forward. All three teams had their first TLC match at SummerSlam 2000 and decided to hit the repeat button at ‘Mania. I think just based on the way the Dudleyz, Hardyz, and Edge and Christian put their bodies on the line is enough to make this one of the greatest WrestleMania matches of all time. Will wrestling fans ever forget Edge spearing a hanging Jeff Hardy by jumping off a ladder in the air? In addition to that, even Lita, Rhyno, and Spike Dudley were involved in the match. This one simultaneously is entertaining, ridiculous, and historic.

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3. Shawn Michaels vs. The Undertaker
WrestleMania 25

This is the best WrestleMania match for the last generation of fans. This is the one you could argue against Steamboat and Savage for being more modern. ‘Taker and HBK were seasoned veterans at this point and beyond confident in their ability to tell a story in the ring. That is exactly what they did when they stole the show at WrestleMania 25. ‘Taker was defending his streak here against “Mr. WrestleMania” where every near-fall was believable and it kept you on the edge of your seat. This set the bar for future ‘Mania matches yet none have yet to feel as special as this one yet.

2. “Macho Man” Randy Savage vs. Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat
WrestleMania III

If you’re over the age of 25, then this is most likely one of your favorite wrestler’s favorite matches when they were coming up. The “Macho Man” Randy Savage and Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat were ahead of their time with this match in terms of speed and the style of their performance in this encounter for the Intercontinental Championship. Years later we would see a lot of superstars who are considered workhorses that were inspired by this match and these two legends. Although Andre The Giant and Hulk Hogan drew the crowd, this match clearly stole the show. This held the spot as the greatest WrestleMania match for an entire decade.

1. Bret “The Hitman” Hart vs. “Stone Cold” Steve Austin
WrestleMania 13

This match is my personal favorite match of all time. What can I say about it that I haven’t said before in previous articles such as when I ranked the best matches of Steve Austin and Bret Hart. This match had a little bit of everything from technical wrestling, brawling, and impeccable storytelling with a double turn taking place at the very end of it all. Hart walked in as the hero but walked out as the villain. Austin walked in as the bad guy but walked out as everyone’s favorite anti-hero. The image of Steve Austin in the sharpshooter with blood drenched all over his face is iconic to this day.

I hope you all enjoyed this list of the best WrestleMania matches of all time. Let me know if I missed any matches you think should have made this list but didn’t on social media or in my personal Discord.

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The Biggest Margin of Victory in NBA History: The Most Lopsided Games of All Time

Basketball is a game of runs. In today’s NBA, you can see a 20 point lead wiped away in a matter of minutes, but we aren’t talking about those comebacks today. Instead, we are highlighting the biggest margin of victory in NBA history.

Related: Biggest Comeback in NBA history

There are rare instances where one team will heat up and go on a run that is unstoppable. Certain moments where teams morph into one single unit and absolutely blow out a team.

Here are the five biggest margins of victory in NBA history.

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1. 73 Point Margin
  • Score: Memphis Grizzlies 152 – Oklahoma City Thunder 79
  • Date: December 2nd, 2021

After the December 2nd matchup between the Grizzlies and Thunder in 2021, a record for the biggest margin of victory in NBA history was set. The Grizzlies blew out the Thunder by 73 points in a game that saw nine of the Grizzlies twelve players score in double digits. What makes it even crazier is the fact that Memphis superstar Ja Morant was sidelined for this game and did not play.

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2. 68 Point Margin
  • Score: Cleveland Cavaliers 148 – Miami Heat 80
  • Date: December 17th, 1991

The game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Miami Heat on December 17, 1991 started as a relatively close contest in the first quarter, with Cleveland leading 24-18 at the end of the period. However, things quickly got out of hand in the second quarter as the Cavaliers went on a dominant 75-29 run to take a commanding 99-47 lead at halftime. The second half was essentially a formality, as Cleveland cruised to a 148-80 victory.

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3. 65 Point Margin
  • Score: Indiana Pacers 124 – Portland Trail Blazers 59
  • Date: February 27, 1998

The 1998 Indiana Pacers were a lethal team, posing Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls its most daunting opponent in the East. Earlier in the season on February 27th, the Pacers defeated the Trail Blazers by 65 points. This was a huge shock to the NBA world, as the Pacers only had 6 more wins than the Trail Blazers, making it a somewhat even matchup on paper. The Pacers finished with eight players scoring in double figures.

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4. 63 Point Margin
  • Score: Los Angeles Lakers 162 – Golden State Warriors 99
  • Date: March 19th, 1972

On March 19, 1972, the Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Golden State Warriors 162-99. The Lakers were led by Hall of Fame center Wilt Chamberlain, who had a dominant performance against his former team. Chamberlain scored 22 points, pulled down 22 rebounds, and dished out 13 assists in just 29 minutes of play. He was joined in the scoring column by five other Lakers players who scored in double figures, including Gail Goodrich (26 points) and Jim McMillian (25 points). The victory was a statement win for the Lakers, who went on to win the NBA championship that season.

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5. 62 Point Margin
  • Score: Golden Sate Warriors 153 – Sacramento Kings 91
  • Date: November 2nd, 1991

On November 2nd, 1991, the Golden State Warriors beat down the Sacramento Kings by a 62 point margin. Warriors legend Chris Mullin paved the way putting in 32 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists, and 4 steals. Five other Warriors players scored in double digits with Tyrone Hill, Victor Alexander, and Sarunas Marciulionis all scoring 20+ points.


Chasing The Bag: Breaking Down F1 Constructors Payout

So you’re wondering about the F1 constructors payout?! Let’s get in to it!

In F1, teams are designated by their constructors. More specifically, the constructors are corporate entities that design certain key aspects of the F1 car. Because each team can modify certain aspects of their car, having a top-tier constructor buffing out your vehicle is integral to being at the top of the F1 world.

Related: Who Are the F1 Team Principals?

Constructors play an integral part in F1 because they have a deep impact on how drivers are paid. Certain teams are given monetary incentives in effort to keep the constructor in F1. Teams like Ferrari–who have been competing since F1s inaugural season in 1950––receive a bonus simply just for showing up.

Here is everything you need to know about F1 constructors payout! 

Who Are The F1 Constructors (F1 Teams) For The 2023 Season
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There are currently ten F1 Constructors for the 2023 season. Each constructor has their engine designed by a corporate entity that fund the team. The current manufacturers for the F1 constructors in 2023 are Ferrari, Red Bull, Renault, and Mercedes. Certain engine manufactures like Ferrari and Mercedes stake claim with several constructors.

Here are all the constructors for the 2023 F1 season.

1. Red Bull Racing Honda RBPT
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  • Drivers: Max Verstappen – #1, Sergio Perez – #11
  • Base: Milton Keynes, England

There is no team in F1 with as much expectation as Red Bull Racing Honda RBPT. That’s due to their premier driver Max Verstappen–the two-time defending F1 champion–who’s looking to three-peat this season.

2. Ferrari
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  • Drivers: Charles Leclerc – #16, Carlos Sainz – #55
  • Base: Maranello, Province of Modena, Italy

Ferrari has chosen to run it back and for the third straight season have entrusted Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz as their drivers. They made a modest run at the constructor title at the beginning of last year before falling off, proving they have the potential. It should be a big year for Charles Leclerc as he attempts to take the drivers title throne from Max Verstappen.

3. Mercedes
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  • Drivers: Lewis Hamilton – #44, George Russell – #63
  • Base: Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg, Germany

There is no question that the current GOAT of Formula 1 is Lewis Hamilton. He has won a record seven World Drivers Championships, and holds records for most wins, pole positions, podium finishes, and a litany of other accomplishments. It looks as though his days of dominating F1 may be coming to a close soon, as younger racers begin to assert their dominance.

4. Alpine
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  • Drivers: Pierre Gasly – #10, Esteban Ocon – #31
  • Base: Enstone, England

Alpine will be putting out an all-French lineup for their 2023 F1 season behind drivers Pierre Gasly and Esteban Ocon. Gasly has big shoes to fill, stepping in for Fernando Alonso, who left Alpine for Aston Martin. Alpine finished above a majority of other constructors last year and will look to do the same this year.

5. McLaren
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  • Drivers: Lando Norris – #4, Oscar Piastri – #81
  • Base: Woking, Surrey, England

Outside of Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton, Lando Norris may rank as the best driver with the best odds to claim the Driver’s Championship. This will be Oscar Piastris first time racing in F1, and there is a lot of hype around the racer. He won the 2021 F2 championship and is looking to truly make his mark on the sport this season.

6. Alfa Romeo
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  • Drivers: Zhou Guanyu – #24, Valtteri Bottas – #77
  • Base: Hinwil, Zürich, Switzerland

Last season Alfa Romeo put out their new driver duo of Zhou Guanyu and Valtteri Bottas, and they did not disappoint. They finished sixth overall in the championship and are looking to repeat that success. With a full season of racing under his belt, it should be exciting to see what Guanyu can accomplish this year.

7. Aston Martin
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  • Drivers: Fernando Alonso – #14, Lance Stroll – #18
  • Base: Silverstone, England

Aston Martin is running it back with Lance Stroll, but he finds a new teammate in Fernando Alonso, one of the most decorated active F1 racers, with two world championships under his belt. It should be an exciting year for Aston Martin with this lethal duo of drivers.

8. Haas
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  • Drivers: Kevin Magnussen – #20, Nico Hulkenberg – #27
  • Base: Kannapolis, North Carolina, United States

Haas had a disappointing season last year, finishing eighth amongst all teams. Nico Hulkenberg will make his return as a full-time driver after serving as a replacement the last three seasons. Haas has plenty of experience on their side, but will it help improve their standings from last season?

9. AlphaTauri
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  • Drivers: Yuki Tsunoda -#22, Nyck De Vries #21
  • Base: Faenza, Italy

AlphaTauri has enlisted the help of rookie driver Nyck De Vries to try and move up the standings after a disappointing ninth place finish last season. De Vries comes highly touted and has been making a name for himself in the F2 racing league. Yuki Tsunoda takes on his third year as a main racer for AlphaTauri and it should be interesting to see how him and De Vries gel throughout the season.

10. Williams
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  • Drivers: Logan Sargeant – #2, Alex Albon – #23
  • Base: Grove, Oxfordshire, England

Williams has big expectations for rookie driver and American Logan Sargeant, who’s been making a name for himself and had an incredible rookie performance last year in the F2 championship. It should be interesting to see how he transitions to the bright lights of Formula 1.

How Much Did The F1 Constructors Win in the 2022 Season?
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The F1 constructors payout varies drastically depending on a myriad of factors. Things such as where you finish in the overall rankings, points classification, and overall revenue share from F1. After winning the Constructors Championship in 2021, Mercedes was awarded prize money worth upwards of $60 million. Ferrari on the other hand, was giving a $68 million bonus just for agreeing to stay in the racing league. Due to their high-profile status and history in the league, securing Ferrari staying in F1 is a high priority for the FIA. Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton currently has the highest salary for an F1 driver, coming in at an estimated $30 million -$40 million. Other driver salaries usually range around $20 million. 

  • Ferrari: $205 million 
  • Mercedes: $177 million 
  • McLaren: $152 million
  • Red Bull Racing: $100 million 
  • Renault: $73 million 
  • Haas: $70 million 
  • Williams: $60 million 
  • Racing Point: $59 million 
  • Sauber: $56 million 
  • Toro Rosso: $52 million 
What Is Column 1 And Column 2 Money?
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One of the most important factors in the F1 constructors payout is the difference between column 1 and column 2 money. These two columns differ drastically in what percent each constructor will be paid out. There is also Column 3 payments, but only teams who fall out of the top ten qualify for this. 

The method that F1 uses to divy out their prizes can be split into two different streams. The total prize money of a given race comes down to what Formula One’s profit was that day. F1 will share a little over 45% of profits for means to be distributed as prizes. A team like Ferrari will earn an extra 2.5% of prize money simply because they one of the oldest teams in F1 and their presence in the sport is integral to F1’s success. 

In column 1 payments are made out equally between the top ten teams in F1 from the last three years. Team finishing in the top 10 all qualify for column 1 payments and will receive the same payment. This column accounts for a little over 23% of the payout. 

Column 2 money differs drastically from that of column 1. They are similar in the sense that they only include the top 10 constructors, but column 2 money is determined by how many points your team earned. Where teams finish in the current constructors championship will designate what their payout in column 2 is.

Are There Any Bonuses in F1?
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There are some bonuses that the F1 will give out, but the specifications for receiving those rewards are a little murky. A team like Ferrari has reached a special deal with F1 that secures them a 2.5% bonus of the prize money. There a no other known bonus’s that are given, especially because individual drivers do no receive compensation based on placement in races. 

Which Constructor Has Been the Most Successful?

The first Formula 1 title was given out in 1958, a few teams have separated themselves from the others. Ferrari has been the most dominant, winning 16 constructor titles and 15 driver titles over its time in F1. Williams comes in second by a wide margin, claiming 9 constructor titles themselves. Vanwall was the first winning Constructor in 1958, but haven’t won another title since.

These are the most winning constructors since F1’s conception:  

  1. Ferrari – 16 Constructor titles, 15 Driver titles 
  2. Williams – 9 Constructor titles, 7 Driver titles
  3. McLaren – 8 Constructor titles, 12 Driver titles
  4. Mercedes – 8 Constructor titles, 9 Driver titles 
  5. Lotus – 7 Constructor titles, 6 Driver titles 
  6. Red Bull – 5 Constructor titles, 6 Driver titles
  7. Cooper – 2 Constructor titles, 2 Driver titles 
  8. Brabham – 2 Constructor titles, 4 Driver titles 
  9. Renault – 2 Constructor titles, 2 Driver titles 

What did you find most surprising about the F1 constructors payout? Which team are you rooting for in 2023? Shoot us a message on Twitter @137pm and let us know!


Current Map of Premier League Teams

Curious to see a map of Premier League Teams? We have you covered!

England has one of the top domestic football leagues in the world and the Premier League sits at the top of the pyramid.

RELATED: A Guide to London Premier League Teams

With top sides like Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United boasting a rich history, ONE37pm gives a further look at the 20 current Premier League teams.

Map of Premier League Teams

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City: London

Founded: 1886

League Titles: 13

Stadium: Emirates Stadium

Capacity: 60,704

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Aston Villa

City: Birmingham

Founded: 1874

League Titles: 7

Stadium: Villa Park

Capacity: 42,749

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City: Bournemouth

Founded: 1899

League Titles: 0

Stadium: Vitality Stadium

Capacity: 11,364

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City: London

Founded: 1889

League Titles: 0

Stadium: Gtech Community Stadium

Capacity: 17,250

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Brighton and Hove Albion

City: Brighton

Founded: 1901

League Titles: 0

Stadium: Falmer Stadium

Capacity: 31,800

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City: London

Founded: 1905

League Titles: 6

Stadium: Stamford Bridge

Capacity: 40,341

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Crystal Palace

City: London

Founded: 1905

League Titles: 6

Stadium: Selhurst Park

Capacity: 25,486

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City: Liverpool

Founded: 1878

League Titles: 9

Stadium: Goodison Park

Capacity: 39,572

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City: London

Founded: 1879

League Titles: 0

Stadium: Craven Cottage

Capacity: 25,700

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Leeds United

City: Leeds

Founded: 1919

League Titles: 3

Stadium: Elland Road

Capacity: 37,792

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Leicester City

City: Leicester

Founded: 1884

League Titles: 1

Stadium: King Power Stadium

Capacity: 32,261

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City: Liverpool

Founded: 1892

League Titles: 19

Stadium: Anfield

Capacity: 53,394

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Manchester City

City: Manchester

Founded: 1894

League Titles: 8

Stadium: Etihad Stadium

Capacity: 53,400

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Manchester United

City: Manchester

Founded: 1902

League Titles: 20

Stadium: Old Trafford

Capacity: 74,310

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Newcastle United

City: Newcastle

Founded: 1892

League Titles: 0

Stadium: St. James’ Park

Capacity: 52,305

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Nottingham Forest

City: Nottingham

Founded: 1865

League Titles: 1

Stadium: City Ground

Capacity: 30,445

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City: Southampton

Founded: 1885

League Titles: 0

Stadium: St. Mary’s Stadium

Capacity: 32,383

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Tottenham Hotspur

City: London

Founded: 1882

League Titles: 2

Stadium: Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

Capacity: 62,850

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West Ham United

City: London

Founded: 1990

League Titles: 0

Stadium: London Stadium

Capacity: 62,500

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Wolverhampton Wanderers

City: Wolverhampton

Founded: 1877

League Titles: 0

Stadium: Molineux Stadium

Capacity: 32,050


Who Is The NBA Commissioner?

So you’re wondering, “who is the NBA commissioner?” No problem! I’m here to tell you all about him!

Oh, to be the commissioner of a professional sports league. It truly is one of the most epic double-edged swords someone can grasp. On one hand, you have all the power and authority over one of the most popular and influential sports leagues in the world. On the other hand, you become tightly scrutinized for everyone move, change, and statement you make.

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It’s not an easy path to make your way into the office of the NBA Commissioner. Per the leagues guidelines, any prospective candidate needs a bachelors degree in business as well as a minimum of seven years working for the NBA’s league offices. Generally, the person selected to become commissioner also has obtained a law degree.

Here is everything you need to know about the NBA’s current and past commissioner.

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Current Commissioner: Adam Silver
  • Years Active: 2014- present

Adam Silver stepped in as Commissioner for an aging David Stern in 2014, although it was formally announced that he would become commissioner in 2012. Silver spent his earlier NBA days as their Deputy Commissioner and Chief Operating Officer for eight years. He was tasked with such things as negotiating television deals, helping develop the WNBA, and managing it’s other relations.

Since 2014, Adam Silver has made a number of significant changes to the leagues format. First, he changed the draft lottery to incentivize teams not to tank, which hasn’t fully been seen as successful. Another major change that Silver made was introducing the play-in tournament at the end of the season, allowing teams on the bubble to earn a spot in the post-season tournament.

However, the most high profile move that Silver has made since becoming NBA Commissioner is how he handled the controversial situation with former Clippers owner Donald Sterling, who was caught on tape expressing defamatory comments about minorities at his game. Silver swiftly banned Stern from the league and forced him to sell the team, winning the approval of many NBA fans.

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Former Commissioner: David Stern
  • Years Active: 1984-2014

To be remembered as a commissioner in professional sports, you have to be polarizing, and David Stern was just that. For as many incredible things that Stern did to help grow the league into the powerhouse today, there were his equally not so bright moments.

The main success that David Stern can be contributed to was changing how the NBA markets its league. Instead of focusing on the teams, Stern put an emphasis on the players. Marketing the games as a once-in-a-lifetime chance to witness Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, and so many more display their incredible talents.

There were several fumbles that Stern had to face, including two lockouts that delayed the season due to a disagreement in the player bargaining rights. There are also rumors that Stern rigged the 1985 NBA draft so the New York Knicks could secure Patrick Ewing, but we’ll leave that one as just a fun conspiracy in NBA lore.

Stern unfortunately passed in 2020 but will always be remembered as a trailblazer for the NBA. The league would never have reached the heights it has, or been able to bring the game to all parts of the world without David Stern and basketball fans should be forever grateful for that.


Here is the WWE Hall of Fame 2023 Class

You just can’t have another action-packed WrestleMania weekend without putting on the latest WWE Hall of Fame ceremony. To the surprise of no one, the world’s biggest wrestling company is doing the honor of inducing a new batch of bonafide legends into its star-studded Hall of Fame. Last year, The Undertaker, Vader, Queen Sharmell, The Steiner Brothers, and Shad Gaspard (REST IN PEACE, KING!) all received such a distinct and respectable honor. And now in 2023, another collection of WWE and even non-WWE Superstars are finally getting the chance to join their contemporaries. So without further ado, here is the full lineup for the WWE Hall of Fame 2023 class.

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WWE Hall of Fame 2023

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1. Rey Mysterio

One of the greatest luchadors the global wrestling scene has ever been blessed to see is the great Rey Mysterio. “Rey Rey” has been going strong since 1989 and wowing crowds with his high-flying prowess across feds such as AAA, ECW, WCW, CMLL, and WWE. He even had a short yet hella entertaining stint on Lucha Underground that led to a late-career resurgence that culminated in him resurfacing in WWE. Rey will always be one of my favorites – an annual tradition of mine is going back to watch his Halloween Havoc 1997 classic with Eddie Guerrero and excellent SummerSlam 2002 sprint against Kurt Angle. Rey has had absolute bangers with those two greats as well as Dean Malenko, Chris Jericho, Billy Kidman, and Juventud Guerrera. It’s about damn time the iconic “king of mystery” finally gets his rightful place in the WWE Hall of Fame.

2. The Great Muta

I’m a massive fan of Japanese wrestling aka” Puroresu.” The GOATs that hail from that brand of in-ring “Strong Style” action are Antonio Inoki, Mitsuharu Misawa, Kenta Kobashi, Hiroshi Tanahashi, Kazuchika Okada, and countless other names. Another one that stands among those legends is Keiji Muto aka “The Great Muta.” I first caught wind of this dude when I watched some old National Wrestling Alliance clips and watched him wrestle his ass off against Sting. Going back through his lofty career will treat you to clips of his incredible in-ring feats with Masahiro Chono, Jushin Thunder Liger, and Shinya Hashimoto. Muto actually hung it up for good this year by competing on two major New Japan Pro Wrestling and Pro Wrestling NOAH cards. And now to bring his career to a definitive end, The Great Muta is getting called up to the WWE Hall of Fame.

3. Andy Kaufman

This one’s been such a long time coming, hasn’t it? When it comes to celebrations that pushed the gene of sports entertainment forward in a meaningful way that will be remembered forever, it’s the great Andy Kaufman. His legendary feud with Jerry “The King” Lawler blurred the lines between fact and fiction – the slap seen and heard ’round the world when both men went on The David Letterman Show left everyone’s jaws on the floor back in 1982. Couple that with the Piledriver Lawler landed on Kaufman during their in-ring encounter before that moment and you have yourself another integral wrestling moment that transcended the business and earned mainstream attention. For Kaufman’s impressive and often hilarious contributions to wrestling and comedy as a whole, it makes all the sense in the world for him to join the WWE Hall of Fame 2023 class as its sole celebrity inductee.

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4. Stacy Keibler

“SHE’S GOT LEGS!” Stacy Keibler, who seemingly never ages and still looks the same as she did when she came to WWE in 2001, is getting the company’s Hall of Fame induction nod this year. One of the biggest highlights of her career is her managing time spent alongside Bubba Ray Dudley and D-Von Dudley aka “The Dudley Boyz.” As “The Duchess of Dudleyville,” she caught everybody’s attention thanks to her choice of attire and spirited performances at ringside. Keibler was a huge fixture of the “Ruthless Aggression Era” as she also managed Test, Scott Steiner, and The Hurricane and Rosey. Huge shout out to Keibler and her amazingly long legs that looked great every time she used them to choke out an opponent in the ring corner.

5. Tim White (2023 Warrior Award)

Rest in power to the great Tim White, who is a first for the WWE Hall of Fame as he’s the first referee to ever be inducted. White’s WWE career began when he first started with the company in 1982 and worked in its merchandise department. Then he transitioned to working as Andre the Giant’s road manager and an in-ring official. Following those positions, White became a full-time ref until he was forced to retire due to a shoulder injury. I most remember White for taking a sick bump inside the Hell in a Cell back when Triple H and Chris Jericho went to war back at Judgment Day 2002 (that’s actually where White suffered that career-ending injury, sadly…). White is no longer with us (he passed away at the age of 68 on June 19, 2022), but I’m glad he’s being honored with this posthumous induction.


Biggest March Madness Upsets in NCAA History

Are you wondering what the biggest March Madness upsets of all-time are? Let’s get in to it!

In March Madness, a Cinderella story refers to a team that is not expected to perform well in the tournament but ends up defying the odds and achieving unexpected success. These are typically lower-seeded teams that defeat higher-seeded teams, often in thrilling and dramatic fashion.

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Cinderella stories in March Madness have become a tradition and a source of excitement for fans of the tournament. Some of the most famous Cinderella stories in March Madness history include the 1985 Villanova Wildcats, who won the national championship as an eight seed, and the 2011 VCU Rams, who made it to the Final Four as an eleven seed.

Without further ado, here are all of the biggest March Madness upsets of all-time.

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1. #16 UMBC over #1 Virginia
  • UMBC 74 – Virginia 54
  • March 16, 2018

The University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) pulled off one of the biggest March Madness upsets history by beating the top-ranked Virginia Cavaliers in the first round of the 2018 tournament.

UMBC was a #16 seed, and no #16 seed had ever beaten a #1 seed in the history of the NCAA tournament. Virginia, on the other hand, was considered the top teams in the country as illustrated by their overall number one seed in the tournament.

UMBC won the game by a score of 74-54, so this game wasn’t even close! The Retrievers played a near-perfect game, shooting the ball extremely well from the three-point line and playing outstanding defense against Virginia’s offense.

The Retrievers’ guard Jairus Lyles had a career-high 28 points, and the team shot 12-24 from the three-point line. Defensively, UMBC held Virginia to just 41% shooting from the field and forced the Cavaliers into 9 turnovers.

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2. #15 Lehigh over #2 Duke
  • Lehigh 75 – Duke 70
  • March 16, 2012

In the 2012 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, the 15th-seeded Lehigh Mountain Hawks pulled off one of the biggest upsets in the tournament’s history by defeating the 2nd-seeded Duke Blue Devils in the round of 64.

Lehigh won the game 75-70 behind a tremendous performance by their star player, guard C.J. McCollum, who scored 30 points and pulled down 6 rebounds. The Mountain Hawks shot 44% from the field, including 8-of-18 from three-point range, and made their free throws down the stretch to seal the win. Defensively, Lehigh played a solid game, limiting Duke to just 29% shooting from beyond the arc and forcing the Blue Devils into 6 turnovers.

The win was particularly significant because Duke was considered one of the top teams in the country and had won the ACC tournament just a week prior to the start of the NCAA tournament. Lehigh, on the other hand, was a relatively unknown team from a smaller conference, the Patriot League.

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3. #15 St. Peters over #2 Kentucky
  • St. Peters 85 – Kentucky 79
  • March 17, 2022

Saint Peters stole the show in 2022 with one of the greatest Cinderella stories in NCAA history. Stories came out about how Saint Peters had to cancel several games due to a leaky roof in their home court throughout the regular season and just how small the school was. Saint Peters is quite literally just a single city block in New Jersey.

To think they even had a chance at the blue-blood University of Kentucky in 2022 was a joke, but it’s March and anything can happen. Behind the electric play of Doug Eddert, the Peacocks pulled off the miraculous upset and made a deep run into the tournament.

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4. #15 Middle Tennessee over #2 Michigan State
  • Middle Tennessee 90 – Michigan State 81 
  • March 18 2016

In the 2016 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders pulled off one of the biggest March Madness upsets by defeating the 2nd-seeded Michigan State Spartans in the round of 64.

Middle Tennessee won the game 90-81 behind a remarkable performance from their starting five, all of whom scored in double figures, led by forward Reggie Upshaw, who had 21 points and 4 rebounds. The Blue Raiders shot an impressive 55% from the field, including 57% from three-point range.

Defensively, Middle Tennessee played a solid game, forcing Michigan State into 17 turnovers and holding the Spartans to just 41% shooting from the field. The Blue Raiders also dominated the boards, out-rebounding Michigan State by a margin of 35-23.

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5. #15 Santa Clara over #2 Arizona
  • Santa Clara 64 – Arizona 61
  • March 18, 1993

In the 1993 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, the 15th-seeded Santa Clara Broncos pulled off a stunning upset by defeating the 2nd-seeded Arizona Wildcats in the round of 64.

Santa Clara won the game 64-61 in a tightly contested match. The Broncos were led by their star player, guard Steve Nash, who had 10 points, 6 rebounds, and 5 assists in the game. Santa Clara also received strong contributions from forward Richard Keefe, who had a team-high 15 points, and guard Kevin Dunne, who added 12 points. Defensively, Santa Clara played a strong game, holding Arizona to just 36% shooting from the field and 26% from three-point range. The Broncos also forced Arizona into 17 turnovers, which proved to be a critical factor in the outcome of the game.

Santa Clara’s victory over Arizona was a classic David vs. Goliath moment in college basketball and will be remembered as one of biggest March Madness upsets ever. The win helped put Steve Nash on the map and elevated Santa Clara to National prominence.

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6. #15 Richmond over #2 Syracuse
  • Richmond 73 – Syracuse 69
  • March 14, 1991

In the 1991 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, the 15th-seeded Richmond Spiders pulled off a stunning upset by defeating the 2nd-seeded Syracuse Orange in the round of 64.

Richmond won the game 73-69 in a closely contested matchup. The Spiders were led by their star player, guard Kenny Wood, who had a game-high 20 points, 8 rebounds, and 3 assists. Richmond also received strong contributions from forward Matt Fish, who had 16 points and 6 rebounds, and guard Curtis Blair, who added 14 points.

Defensively, Richmond played a solid game, holding Syracuse to just 39% shooting from the field and 20% from three-point range. The Spiders also forced Syracuse into 18 turnovers, which proved to be a critical factor in the outcome of the game.

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7. #15 Florida Gulf Coast over #2 Georgetown
  • Florida Gulf Coast 78 – Georgetown 68
  • March 22, 2013

In the 2013 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, the 15th-seeded Florida Gulf Coast Eagles pulled off a stunning upset by defeating the 2nd-seeded Georgetown Hoyas in the round of 64.

Florida Gulf Coast won the game 78-68 in a high-flying, fast-paced matchup. The Eagles were led by their high-flying offense, which was spearheaded by guard Sherwood Brown and forward Chase Fieler. Brown had a game-high 24 points and 9 rebounds, while Fieler added 13 points and 9 rebounds.

Defensively, Florida Gulf Coast played a solid game, holding Georgetown to just 38% shooting from the field and 21% from three-point range. The Eagles also forced Georgetown into 15 turnovers, which proved to be a critical factor in the outcome of the game.

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8. #15 Oral Roberts over #2 Ohio State
  • Oral Roberts 75 – Ohio State 72
  • March 19, 2021

In the 2021 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, the 15th-seeded Oral Roberts Golden Eagles pulled off a stunning upset by defeating the 2nd-seeded Ohio State Buckeyes in the first round.

The Golden Eagles were led by their star player, guard Max Abmas, who had a game-high 29 points and 5 assists. Oral Roberts also received strong contributions from forward Kevin Obanor, who had 30 points and 11 rebounds.

Defensively, Oral Roberts played a solid game, holding the Buckeyes to just 41% shooting from the field and 23% from three-point range. The Golden Eagles also forced Ohio State into 16 turnovers, which proved to be a critical factor in the outcome of the game.

Which of these biggest March Madness upsets was most memorable for you? Shoot us a message on Twitter @137pm and let us know your story of where you were watching some of these shocking results!


Who Are the F1 Team Principals?

Formula 1 doesn’t really have an analog in American sports. It’s a team sport contested by loosely affiliated individuals. No other sport has scenarios where putative teammates can be each other’s biggest rival. Lording over the whole enterprise, though, are the ten F1 team principals, who run each of F1’s ten teams.

What Is an F1 Team Principal?

F1 team principals are roughly the equivalent of a general manager mixed with an owner; they have the final say-so on all matters whether it’s their team’s roster or its engineers or its finances, but they’re ultimately employees of whatever larger conglomerate owns the team. With the racing season in full swing and the Singapore Grand Prix under two weeks away, here’s everything you need to know about the ten F1 team principals.

1. Mercedes: Toto Wolff
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Since taking over Mercedes’ racing division in 2013 Toto Wolff has overseen the greatest dynasty in F1 history. Under Wolff, Mercedes has won eight consecutive Constructors’ Championships, breaking Ferrari’s previous record of five straight titles. Most notably, Wolff recruited F1 legend Lewis Hamilton to Mercedes, poaching the seven-time Driver’s Champion from McLaren in 2013. In addition to overseeing the daily operations of Mercedes Grand Prix, Wolff is a substantial shareholder in the team, having purchased roughly one third of Mercedes Grand Prix when he took over as its executive director and team principal.

Prior to Mercedes, Wolff was a part owner of Williams Formula One Team and served on the team’s board of directors, but gradually divested himself from the team after he joined Mercedes, selling all of his shares by 2016. 

Before crossing over to the business side, Wolff was actually a racer himself. In 1992, Wolff made his debut on the Austrian Formula Ford Championship and then also competed in the German Formula Ford circuit in 1993. While Wolff was a fairly ordinary open-wheel racer, he found considerable success racing sportscars, winning The 1994 Nürburgring 24 Hours and the 2006 Dubai 24 Hours.

2. Red Bull: Christian Horner
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Like Wolff, Horner was also originally a driver, reaching as high as FIA Formula  3000 before retiring in 1998 at the tender age of 25. During Horner’s racing career, he founded Arden, briefly serving as one of the last owner-drivers in the sport. After stepping aside from his racing career to focus on managing Arden, Horner grew his brain into one of the premier teams in all of FIA Formula 3000. In fact, he did such a bang up job growing Arden that he attracted the attention of Red Bull, which had purchased Jaguar’s F1 team and rebranded it as Red Bull Racing. In 2005, Red Bull named Horner the inaugural team principal of Red Bull Racing. 

The move has paid major dividends—despite being one of the newer F1 outfits, Red Bull Racing has been tremendously successful under Horner. Having emerged as one of the dominant forces in F1 alongside Mercedes, Red Bull swept the Constructors’ and Drivers’ Championships from 2010-2013. More recently, Max Verstappen claimed the Drivers’ Championships in 2021 while racing under the Red Bull banner.

3. Ferrari: Mattia Binotto
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While most F1 team principals are either businessmen or former drivers or some combo of the two, Binotto has a technical background. With a bachelors degree in electrical engineering and a masters in motor vehicle engineering, Binotto joined Scuderia Ferrari way back in 1995 as a test engine engineer. Over the last few decades, Binotto steadily rose through Ferrari’s ranks, becoming the head of the engine department in 2013 and then the Chief Technical Officer in 2016.

By 2019, Binotto became Ferrari’s team principal, completing his meteoric rise through the company. In the years before Binotto’s promotion, Ferrari struggled to live up to the high standard that they set during their dominating run in the early 2000s, but Binotto seems to have righted the ship; current Ferrari racers Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz Jr. are both among the handful of top drivers in the world. 

4. Alpine: Otmar Szafnauer
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Szafnauer is one of the newest and boldest F1 team principals. Following the rebranding of Renault racing as Alpine in 2021, Szafnauer took over in 2022 and quickly declared that Alpine would compete for world championships within 100 races, despite the fact that the team was only one year old at the time. Before joining Alpine, Szafnauer was a motorsport lifer, serving a variety of roles at Honda and Force India. Infamously, Szafnauer was the team principal at Aston Villa, but abruptly resigned and took the Alpine job within that same month. 

5. McLaren: Andrea Stella
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In 2019, Seidl became just the fifth team principal in McLaren’s storied 56 year history. Formerly the principal of the successful Hybrid Porsche LMP1 sportscar team, Seidl had no F1 experience before joining McClaren. Interestingly, McClaren did not have a principal before hiring Seidl. The team abolished the position altogether in 2014 because of a belief that it was unnecessary and sclerotic, but brought the title back when Seidl came aboard.

Seidl has now transitioning to become CEO of Sauber Motorsport and has left McLaren for this upcoming season. Andrea Stella will step into place and take over as team principle for McLaren this upcoming season. Stella is an Aerospace Engineering graduate and holds a PhD in Mechanical Engineering. He should make an excellent addition to McLarens team this upcoming season.

6. AlphaTauri: Franz Tost
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Although AlphaTauri has a reputation for being Red Bull Racing’s little brother (they share a parent company), Tost is an impressive figure in his own right. To a degree, his path mirrors that of Red Bull’s Horner—both are former racers who became F1 team principals in 2005 after Red Bull took over an existing team. Before joining AlphaTauri, Tost was the Track Operations Manager at Williams. The oldest of the ten F1 team principals, Tost has been around racing for upwards of 40 years dating back to his own racing career.

7. Alfa Romeo: Frederic Vasseur
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In 1996, Vasseur founded ASM, which quickly became the dominant team on the Formula 3 Euroseries tour. Although Vasseur studied aeronautical engineering in college, his greatest asset as a team principal has been his business savvy rather than his technical know-how. With ASM, Vasseur partnered with Renault to win the French Formula 3 championship in 1998 and then partnered with Mercedes to win the event four consecutive years from 2004-2007. In 2016, Vasseur was given his first opportunity to be an F1 team principal, but left Renault after one season. Sauber quickly scooped Vasseur up in 2017 and kept him installed as team principal even after rebranding the team as Alfa Romeo in 2018.

8. Haas: Gunther Steiner
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As the head of Haas since 2014, Steiner has the special distinction of being the only F1 team principal to be based in the United States of America (as the head of the US-based Haas, Steiner also has the special distinction of being the only resident of Mooresville, North Carolina to go to Monte Carlo and Baku).

Prior to helping charter the Western Hemisphere’s premier F1 team, Steiner followed a conventional career path, steadily working his way up established teams like Jaguar and Red Bull. Since Steiner is the founder of Haas as well as the principal, he’s inextricably linked to the team, as evidenced by his star-turn on the first season of Netflix’s Drive to Survive

9. Aston Martin: Mike Krack
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Like Ferrari’s Mattia Binotto, Krack is an engineer and scientist at his core. Originally making a name for himself when he became BMW Sauber’s chief engineer in 2003, Krack has a long resume that touches far flung corners of the racing universe. Before taking over Aston Martin in 2022 following Szafnauer’s departure, Krack spent most of his career working across various different BMW projects, overseeing the team’s lesser-known teams.

10. Williams: Jost Capito
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Following the end of his racing career in 1985, Capito threw himself into the business and technological side of F1, building a strong network of coworkers and friends that he’s accumulated over the course of his 37 year career.

As a karmic reward for all the years and hours he spent working round F1, Jost Capito became the new bossman at Williams in 2020. Notably, this is Capito’s second go-around as an F1 team principal—his exemplary work at BMW earned him the top gig with McClaren in fall 2006, but he subsequently quit by the end of the workday.