I would just like to get some opinion on what people think an "Athlete" is. I personally feel like someone who is in shape physically, has stamina, flexibility, etc is just as much of an athlete as someone who is huge and strong, but is not as skilled. This comes from a comment from Matt Serra that Lesnar is ten times the athlete that Mir is. Granted, Mir came back from his accident a bit chubby, but he has gotten in pretty great shape. I would give Brock 20% better, but twice that athlete or ten times? For example, is BJ penn or GSP less of an athlete than Brock because they are smaller and didn't hold titles in standard athletics? Is Arlovski less of an athlete than Lesnar? Granted, I have to say that Brock is a better wrestler, but athlete?
I personally believe that flexibility, coordination and mental skill are just as much a part of an athlete as strength and power. What is the general feeling?