Best UFC Nicknames by Weight Class
Nicknames are not important in the world of mixed martial arts, but they are definitely a very fun aspect of it. That is, if you have a good nickname.
Many fighters share common nicknames with other fighters, such as "Pitbull" or "The Hammer." However, every so often, an awesome nickname surfaces and establishes itself in the MMA community.
Some are fun and some are hardcore, but who owns the best nickname in each weight class?
In the spirit of the Olympics, we will choose a winner in each weight class, but will give out a "silver" and "bronze" award for each honorable mention.
Flyweight: Ian McCall
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Nickname: Uncle Creepy
Not only is the nickname "Uncle Creepy" awesome in general, but it perfectly complements the man who sports the name.
Just look at Ian McCall.
If his overall look doesn't creep you out—or make you think he's a little touched in the head—you may need to do some soul searching (boy, I know I have).
The UFC's flyweight division has just over a dozen members, so there is not a huge litter to pick from.
Either way, you put McCall's nickname up against most others, and his will be better.
Silver: John Dodson (The Magician)
Bronze: Demetrious Johnson (Mighty Mouse)
Bantamweight: Alex Caceres
Nickname: Bruce Leroy
You may not know this, or maybe you do, but the man you may know as Bruce Leroy is actually named Alex Caceres.
I know that was a bomb, so take a minute before you start reading again.
In all seriousness, Alex Caceres' "Bruce Leroy" moniker is a great MMA nickname. In fact, if The Last Dragon was ever remade in the future, it would be awesome if Caceres were casted.
Although I like hardcore, non-humorous nicknames in MMA, this one definitely earns a nod.
Silver: Urijah Faber (The California Kid)
Bronze: Ivan Menjivar (The Pride of El Salvador)
Featherweight: Chan Sung Jung
Nickname: The Korean Zombie
If you're looking for a sick nickname that absolutely fits a fighter to a "T," Chan Sung Jung and his "Korean Zombie" nickname definitely fit that bill.
Not only is the nickname amazing, Jung may actually be a zombie. The man eats power punches, asks for seconds and continues to move forward.
In my opinion, Jung should go the Chad Ochocinco route and legally change his name to Korean Zombie. That would definitely be the coolest thing I could think of off the top of my head.
Silver: Rony Mariano Bezerra (Jason)
Bronze: Jason Young (Shotgun)
Lightweight: Tim Means
Nickname: The Dirty Bird
Tim Means may not be the most popular or well-known fighter in the UFC, but his nickname is definitely neat. When many people hear dirty bird, they probably think of Atlanta Falcons running back Jamal Anderson, but maybe soon MMA fans will attribute the moniker to Means.
Means is a very dirty striker, which is not a bad thing by any means (pun intended). If you have seen his two UFC fights, his striking is deadly and technical at the same time.
Silver: Frankie Edgar (The Answer)
Bronze: Clay Guida (The Carpenter)
Welterweight: Carlos Condit
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Nickname: The Natural Born Killer
The interim champion of the welterweight division also happens to have the best nickname at 170 pounds.
If there is one thing I can say about Condit, it is that he is a killer. His aggressive style and push-forward attitude are natural, so "Natural Born Killer" perfectly suits Condit.
If only he came out to the Avenged Sevenfold song "Natural Born Killer," he could be a trademarked man.
Silver: Jake Ellenberger (The Juggernaut)
Bronze: Yoshihiro Akiyama (Sexyama)
Middleweight: Wanderlei Silva
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Nickname: The Axe Murderer
There is little doubt as to who has the best nickname in the UFC's middleweight division, and maybe the entire mixed martial arts world.
That nickname is "The Axe Murderer," and it belongs to the legendary Wanderlei Silva.
Wanderlei's intensity and psychotic fighting style are perfect for his nickname. He is pure violence in the Octagon, which again supplements the Axe Murderer name.
Seriously, this nickname may be the best of all time.
Silver: Alessio Sakara (Legionarius)
Bronze: Chael Sonnen (The American Gangster)
Light Heavyweight: Chad Griggs
Nickname: The Grave Digger
There are a lot of great nicknames in the light heavyweight division, but new 205-pounder Chad Griggs has the coolest of the bunch.
Griggs, known as "The Grave Digger," has a nickname that almost makes me a kid again. I, of course, am talking about the monster truck with the very same name.
Luckily for Griggs, he has a tough-nosed, hard-hitting style like the monster truck, which makes the nickname mean something as well.
Silver: Jon Jones (Bones)
Bronze: Quinton Jackson (Rampage)
Heavyweight: Junior Dos Santos
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If you know the meaning of the nickname "Cigano," it's not very good. Not by English language standards ("gypsy"), at least.
Having said that, the smooth sounding name goes along with Dos Santos' full name,
Every time Dos Santos' name is announced by Bruce Buffer, it's like music to the ears of many.
Disregard the English translation of the name and it is the best of a very slim amount of decent nicknames in the UFC heavyweight division.
Silver: Antonio Silva (Bigfoot)
Bronze: Brendan Schaub (The Hybrid)