MMA demands violence, sweat and sacrifice. Fighters endure these rigors; so, we idolize them. Our favorite UFC fighters are heroes, even if they are vapid and plain outside the Octagon.
So, martial arts skills aside, is your favorite fighter really that badass in real life?
There are some fighters who act like heroes by any metric, thanks to their exploits away from the cage. Their appeal as heroes is universal, even to those who deplore MMA.
I've jotted down a list of men who dispel the myth that MMA fighters leave their grit in the cage. The spirits of these men shine through many avenues, not just pro fighting.
Let's celebrate them.