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BJPenn.com's Unofficial Guide to MMA Nicknames – The best and worst | UFC NEWS


Fighters have always carried nicknames. Most of them fit their persona, some do not, and some – well they don’t even make sense. Listed below are some notable fighter nicknames, and I will warn you now that a few of them are terrible.

The ones identified are classified as Great, Good, and Terrible. The criteria was basically how they fit their owner, and the emotions they invoked in comparison. Each one of them was given approximately 3.5 seconds of thought and examination. Agree or disagree here they are.

The Great ones:

Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell

Quinton “Rampage” Jackson

“The Prodigy” BJ Penn

Georges “Rush” St-Pierre

Jason “Mayhem” Miller

“Jon “War Machine” Koppenhaver

Kasushi “Gracie Hunter” Sakuraba

Ken “The World’s Most Dangerous Man” Shamrock (This was one of the best of all time)

Patrick “The Predator” Cote

“The Filipino Wrecking Machine” Mark Munoz

Maricio “Shogun” Rua

“The Phenom” Vitor Belfort

The Good, and there are a lot of these:

Stephan “The American Psycho” Bonnar

“Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic

Wanderlei “The Axe Murderer” Silva

Anderson “The Spider” Silva

David “Tank” Abbott

Chan Sung “The Korean Zombie” Jung

Lyota “The Dragon” Machida

Jens “Lil’ Evil” Pulver

James “The Sandman” Irvin

Roy “Big Country” Nelson

Renato “Babalu” Sobral (Just to hear Buffer say “Babaluuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu”)

Randy “The Natural” Couture

“The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” Tito Ortiz (or as Buffer says “Cheetoh Orcheese”)

Alesio “Legionarius” Sakara

“The All American” Brian Stann

Brandon “The Truth” Vera (There was nothing truthful about his hype)

Josh “The Baby-faced Assassin” Barnett

Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos

Rameau Thierry “The African Assassin” Sokoudjou

Jon “Bones” Jones

The Terribly Terrible:

Clay “The Carpenter” Guida

“The Dean of Mean” Keith Jardine

Marcus “The Irish Hand Grenade” Davis

Fedor “The Last Emperor” Emilianenko (Just does not fit or make sense)

Yoshihiro “Sexyama” Akiyama (It fits him, but this is awful)

Mike “Quick” Swick (Come on, you can’t come up with something better. Wait, there was also the ‘Swickitine’ submission. Nevermind)

Bas “El Guapo” Rutten

Jason “Strange Brew” Thacker

Sean “Muscle Shark” Sherk

Frank “Twinkle Toes” Trigg

David “The Crow” Loiseau (Unless he had face paint on and starred in a movie in place of Brandon Lee – NO)

“The Cat Smasher” Chris Leben (Chris has one of the best and worst on this list)

Brad “The Hillbilly Heartthrob” Imes

“The King of Rock and Rumble” Elvis Sinosic

Vladimir “The Janitor” Matyushenko

Jeremy “Gumby” Horn

Ian “Uncle Creepy” McCall

Pat “HD” Barry

“Sugar” Rashad Evans (This flows like a fountain of bricks)

Heath “The Texas Crazy Horse” Herring (This worked in Japan and would kill in pro wrestling)

Rick “The Horror” Story

That’s the list! Agree? Disagree? Did we miss a good one? Great One? Let us know in the comments!

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