Insert Dos Equis Man references here. I don't always watch MMA, but when I do, I prefer to watch interesting men. How about that? That's the best variation on that I've ever heard.
I'm glad we got that out of the way. Without further ado, this is the Mount Rushmore (plus-1) of interesting men in MMA. And this covers men out there today, not historically. However, that can include anyone reasonably on the public stage: fighters, officials, media members, high-profile retirees. NO ONE IS SAFE. From me calling them interesting.
I'm not the world's most ardent celebrity tracker, but I'm hard pressed to think of another celeb—in any sector—who is more outspoken about pot smoking and psychotropic drug use than Joe Rogan. Well, maybe Woody Harrelson.
The guy is also a working standup comedian and, oh yeah, a bona fide jiu-jitsu expert. Maybe you don't care for the cut of his broadcasting jib, but the man knows his stuff. More than anyone else in MMA, Joe Rogan shows you don't have to act serious to be serious.
Maybe not everyone likes him, but no one's going to say they don't find him interesting.
He hangs out naked in churches. His ring entrances are legendary. He's a character within a character. And he's a smart guy. A little crazy, maybe. Misguided, probably. But smart, for sure. And undeniably interesting.
The yes-shouting, hyperbaric chamber-sleeping, pot-smoking-and-then-decrying, Crusade-era God-praising, Stevia-proselytizing, mad ish-talking, rabid dog of a welterweight that is Diego Sanchez is infinitely fascinating. You literally don't know what he's going to do next.
Would that I could spend some quality time with Diego Sanchez. In fact, if I ever have a terminal disease and get like a final wish or something, remind me I want a week with Diego Sanchez.
I'm not entirely sure what it is about Nick Diaz, but he's fascinating. For every awkward, mumbling interview he begrudgingly provides, the public wants three more. There is no one at the elite levels with a more interesting fight style. Just stalking people down, hitting them, talking smack, resetting, do it again. He's the world's most brilliant street thug.
Oh, and he does marathons and triathlons in his spare time. And despite the fact that he hates dealing with people and plays an authentic bad guy, there's always a hint that there might just be a heart of gold in there somewhere.
"Lightning" Lee Murray may not always be allowed to mingle in civil society, but when he is, it doesn't go too well.
This ESPN The Magazine article pretty much says it all. I will add that Murray once knocked out Tito Ortiz and gave Anderson Silva all he could handle. He was a legit fighter. Legit arch criminal too, of course, but again, the article has all the deets.