The aftermath of UFC 229 match between Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov and the chaos that ensued will be remembered as one of the most insane moments in sports history. With that in mind, here’s a list of some of the craziest and memorable moments in sports.
The Shot by Michael Jordan
One of the most beloved basketball players of all time, Michael Jordan delivered one of the most legendary moments of his career in 1989 against the Cleveland Cavaliers when he scored a jump shot against Bryon Russell with only seconds left on the clock to give the Chicago Bulls a 99-98 lead.
Jordan’s contract expired after the season, making “The Shot” the perfect ending to his time with the Chicago Bulls and his emphatic celebration afterward has ensured that this moment was captured for perpetuity.
Mike Tyson bites off a piece of Evander Holyfield’s ear
This is one of the craziest moments in Iron Mike’s controversial career. The fight took place in Las Vegas on 28th June 1997 and became infamous as one of the most insane fights in boxing history. It is commonly referred to as “The Bite Fight” after Tyson bit off a part of Holyfield’s ear.
What many people don’t know is that Tyson actually bit Holyfield twice during the fight, but it was the first bite in which Holyfield had a piece of his ear chomped off by his opponent. For whatever reason, the referee allowed the match to fight to go on even with Holyfield missing a piece of his ear. Tyson took this as an opportunity and chomped down a second time, this time on Holyfield’s right ear. He was disqualified after the third round.
Mayweather vs McGregor
In August 2017 Floyd Mayweather, the greatest boxer of the last twenty years and undefeated from 49 fights came out of retirement and returned to the ring to face Conor McGregor, the biggest name in combat sports and a boxing novice in the most anticipated cross-code fight ever.
Mayweather extended his undefeated streak to 50 after beating McGregor by technical knockout in the tenth round. It was the biggest fight in combat sports history, also known as the money fight, with Mayweather reportedly walking away with $300 million and McGregor with $100 million.
Miracle on Ice
On 22nd February 1980, a group of unknown American hockey players comprised of mainly college students defeated the four-time defending gold medalists, the Soviet Union in the 1980 Winter Olympics.
The victory went down as one of the most incredible moments in the history of the Olympics and American sports, with some even suggesting that this signaled the beginning of the end of the cold war. Many of the many young American players went on to have very successful careers in the NHL.
The Hand of God
The 1986 World Cup Quarter-final saw Argentina face off against England in what would become one of the most famous games in the history of football. In the second half, the game was completely taken over by the greatest player in the World at that time, Diego Maradona, who scored two of the most infamous goals ever.
The first goal was dubbed the “Hand of God” by Maradona himself after Maradona scored the goal with his hand and the referee failed to see the handball and allowed the goal. The second goal, four minutes after his first, saw Maradona dribble the ball past five England players and finally goalkeeper Peter Shilton in what would become known as the “Goal of the Century.” The match only served to further stoke the fires of the Argentina-England football rivalry as England supporters saw the first goal as a complete injustice.
Argentina beat England 2-1 and went on to win the World Cup after defeating Germany in the final, and Maradona was awarded the Golden Ball for player of the tournament. While both goals took place just minutes apart, the first goal is an example of Maradona’s ability to stir up controversy and division, the second is a testament to the sheer brilliance of this player.