The greatest martial arts and hand-to-hand combat champion in History
The best fighter of all time is my resume of the superb work of Jérôme Sanchez: Le meilleur combattant de tous les temps.
After years of research, Jérôme Sanchez came to the conclusion that wrestler Milo of Croton aka Milon de Crotone, son of Diotimos, is the best fighter of all time.
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Estimated height and weight of the champion
Milo of Croton was famous for his dominance in Olympic wrestling, his voracious appetite, and his incredible feats of strength. Described by historians as being taller, without being a giant, and a lot bigger than the average man. Like many modern strength athletes, Milo of Croton was under an hyper-protein diet since he was a gargantuan meat eater.
Jérôme Sanchez estimated his size by calculating the average size of:
– the best sumo wrestler (Torikishi Raiden): 197 cm (6’51/2“), 169 kg (372 lbs)
– the best “World’s Strongest Man” competitors (Bill Kazmaier, Jon Pall Sigmarsson, Magnus Ver Magnusson, Marius Pudzianowski): 188cm (6’2″), 137 kg (301 lbs)
– the best Olympic lifter (Vassily Alexeev): 186 cm (6’1″), 160 kg (352 lbs)
– and the best Olympic wrestler (Aleksander Karelin): 191 cm (6’3″), 130 kg (286 lbs)
Which gave us the approximate size of Milo of Croton
191 cm (6’3″), 149 kg (328 lbs)
Milo of Croton had a 28 years reign. Jérôme Sanchez calculated that Milo gained 1 kg (2.2 lbs) per year over his career (the typical weight gain per years for numerous heavyweight boxers), so he weighted 130 kg (286 lbs) at the beginning of his reign and 160 kg (352 lbs) nearing the end.
Age and career of the champion
Milo of Croton dominated his sport during 7 Olympiads (28 years) and undefeated from the age of 15 to 43 years old (540-512 BC) and “never put a knee on the ground”.
Record of Milo of Croton
Winner of 6 Olympiads
– 1-time in boys’ wrestling category, 60th Olympiad, 540 BCE
(didn’t participated to the 61th Olympiads, 536 BCE because of age’s categories)
– 5-times in adult wrestling category from 62nd to 66th Olympiads, 532 to 516 BCE
Winner of 7 pythiques
Winner of 9 Nemean Games
And winner of 10 Isthmian Games.
His only defeat…
At the 29th years of his career, Milo lost for the first and only time at the 67th Olympiad in 512 BCE. The 44 years old Milo didn’t lost because he was overpowered but submitted from exhaustion. His younger opponent, Timasithéos of Croton, avoided him and finally weared him out.
Even in defeat, Milo of Croton “never put a knee on the ground”.
One of Milo’s statues epigram mentionned that he was 7 times Olympiads winner instead of 6. Referring to a story that Milo was so dominant that when he appeared at the 67th Olympiads, 512 BCE. Everybody, including Timasithéos of Crotone, refused to wrestle him and Milo was (unofficially) declared the winner of his seventh Olympiads by forfeit?!?
|The second best fighter in history, Gaddar Kel Aliço, was undefeated for more than 26 years: from 1861 to 1887 until he was defeated, at age 42, by Koca Youssouf Ismaelo.|