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Wednesday, 05/16/2012, 02:39 pm
Comments'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!


62 Responses to “'s Unofficial Guide to MMA Nicknames – The best and worst | UFC NEWS”

  1. Thomas says:

    In my book “The Dean of Mean” is one of the great! I really love it 😀

  2. Sted Roc says:

    I’m not sure you understand “The Crow”’s referent… Just salute a French flag, and look for a guy named Roland.

  3. James says:

    WTF? “The Axe Murderer” is clearly top 5 best nicknames.

  4. Gank Train says:

    actually you are wrong about Fedors nickname. It fits hit entirely, considering he was the last Heavyweight Champion of Pride before they stopped operating. He was the Emperor of that division, too, As he held that title for quite a while. So yeah, He’s the mother fucking Last Emperor!

  5. Ruben says:

    Whoever made this list is a clown

  6. Paul Harris says:

    How can you leave out the WORST nickname of ALL time???? Kenny “Kenflo” Florian!! It’s like a wack preppy boy gangster name, with some flowriddah thrown in there. Hahaaaaa

  7. No worreh says:

    Funniest name joe daddeh lol because simply he made mike goldburg call him daddy like a million times while he commentates joes fights

  8. r4j4 says:

    True @ James, the axe murderer should be in the top 5 amongst the greats, that name suited Wanderlei well when he was killing guys in Pride

    Also, I can’t believe this one has been missed out but Marco Ruas nickname was one of my fav ‘The King of The Streets’ :-) Sounded awesome when he would get introduced in the Octagon

  9. Saqib Qadeer says:

    how the hell is ‘el guapo’ a bad nickname, especially the way he timed the announcement right in b/w the 90 min royce gracie vs sakuraba match.And a few other good nicks are:
    Rich “Ace” Franklin
    Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone
    “Filthy” Tom Lawlor btw Jason “The Athlete” Macdonald is terrible.

  10. J2theRod says:

    Nice try Ken Shamrock! We all know you wrote this article.

  11. TonyB90 says:

    i think the irish hand grenade is epic, one of my faves. i also like the sandman (took my a while to get it though0

  12. max says:

    He’s called the janitor because he was whooping all the american wrestlers, and their coach said, you guys suck you all just got beaten by the janitor, because of his appearance and that noone knew who he was

  13. razz says:

    what about

    dan ‘the police officer’ copp
    rodney ‘sho’nuff the master’ wallace


  14. The Diaz bros like it in the butt says:

    The 2 worst are Jason “the athlete” McDonald they are all fucking athletes

    And Johnny “the hater hurter” Reece
    Enough said lol

  15. Pancho says:

    Rich “Ace” Franklin is one the best in my book. Especially since it’s referring to Ace Ventura since he looks like Jim Carrey lolol

  16. Anthony says:

    Rick ‘The Horror’ Story is great…

    How come Diego ‘The Dream’ Sanchez didn’t appear on the bad list?!

  17. ganjaneerUSMC says:

    There is way too much wrong with these lists to even comment on them

  18. Tsimanga says:

    Wow… whoever writes some of these articles should keep their stupid opinions to themselves. Ranking nicknames? Not only do I not agree with 90% of your choices, it’s an utterly childish thing to do for a major mma site… aticles like this are for blogs and chatrooms…. was this just copy and pasted from Sherdogs chatroom or something?

  19. Jason says:

    Whats better than “the axe murderer”?

  20. Ninja Oreo Dollop says:

    “The Cat Smasher” Chris Leben

    It’s so BAD it’s GOOD. Doesn’t even make any sense unless he’s speaking about a woman nether regions or maybe he actually smashes cats. I’m glad he changed it to the Crippler.

    Also Sexyama is a pretty epic name.

  21. Hightower says:

    Diego sanchez should be on both the best and the worst, “the nightmare” and “the dream”. Chris “the cripler” leben should also be there.

  22. Mick says:

    don’t you ever….ever…..ever…….EVER…..disrespect El Guapo…he will smash your liver sir.

  23. Patch Garnaut says:

    WorSt list I have ever seen

  24. r4j4 says:

    I thought dave terrells nickname ‘the soul assassin’ sounds pretty cool, Minotauro (Nogs actually looks a bit like a Minotaur too lol)

    Amongst some of the worst gotta be ‘the boogeyman’ Dean lister I mean seriously, WTF

  25. L Brown says:

    there is a significant lack of love for Uncle Creepy on this list.

  26. roberts says:

    rick the horror story is awesome

  27. MeMo818 says:

    Jason “Mayhem” Miller obviously has the best nickname…as for Anderson “The Spider” Silva…more like “Spider Monkey” Silva!!…

  28. SHOGUN RUA says:

    Cant believe dude left off, Joe”j-lo” Luazon. Dudes a beast, but his nickname is one of the worst ever

  29. jherman says:

    rick the horror story. come on that’s gold . nick the promise ring. what a faggot

  30. Nick says:

    How could you miss Joe “J-Lau” Lauzon?

  31. Hendo says:

    uncle creepy is P4P one of the best nicknames !

  32. Zulwali says:

    Dont forget The American Gangster from WestOregon Chael P Sonnen :p

  33. MikeEIB says:

    “The Fire Ball Kid” Takanori Gomi!! One of the Great ones

  34. Xaninho says:

    Chael “The Eunuch” Sonnen.

  35. Xaninho says:

    I liked Overeem’s “The Demolition Man”.

    Now it appears to be changed to “The Reem”? wtf is a Reem?

    Stefan “the Scryscraper” Struve is a good one too.

    Jeremy “lil Heathen” Stephens also good.

  36. maurice says:

    on the tuf season when jlau was on bj team. bj called him “creepy joe” lmao!!

  37. karrdiak says:

    Rory “Ares” McDonald has to be on the worst list !!!

  38. joegun says:

    Travis “hapa ” browne…lil evil jens pulver,smooth Henderson, j-lau,the count,joe daddy, are all pretty gay…I thought the axe murderer should’ve been on the great list.

  39. joegun says:

    The polish experiment?

  40. Bornkiller87 says:

    You missed Dean The Boogey man lister. and the korean zombie should be up there with the best

  41. istanbulbalocuseoorg says:


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