There are moments in every great athlete's career that stand out; snapshots that define who they are and what they were all about. More than any particular game or fight, these mental pictures are the first images that appear in our brains when we hear a great man's name.
Some are little more than legend. Think about Babe Ruth famously calling his shot. It may be a Paul Bunyon-esque tale, but it's an indelible image nonetheless.
Others we can see clearly thanks to the glory of television. Picture Michael Jordan, continuing his rise as Cavaliers defender Craig Ehlo begins his descent, calmly hitting a game-winning shot.
Sometimes a moment crystallizes who a player is or what he represents. Like Pete Rose, brutally running down Indians catcher Ray Fosse in an All-Star game, risking injury for a meaningless score.
Every great MMA fighter has a moment we'll never forget. For the top 12 of all time, ranked earlier this year, these are those memories.