The masses would undoubtedly disagree, but capturing a UFC belt represents the most arduous and time-consuming task in all of sports.
The UFC may not perpetually receive front-page attention like the NFL, the NHL, the NBA or the MLB. Popularity aside, climbing the proverbial ladder in each of the nine weight classes in the organization takes superior talent, dedication and intellect—a combination of qualities that athletes seldom possess.
If inking a deal with the UFC's a far-fetched proposition for most budding mixed martial artists, then winning a title seems nearly impossible.
Superstars like Anderson Silva, Jon Jones and Georges St-Pierre take a calm, business-like approach to the Octagon, making even the most difficult tasks appear routine.
Here are three reasons winning a UFC title is the toughest task in sports.