10 UFC Fighters Who Should Change Their Nickname

Dan Hiergesell@DHiergesellFeatured ColumnistJune 18, 2014

10 UFC Fighters Who Should Change Their Nickname

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    Nicknames are truly hit or miss.

    From "The Axe Murderer" to "The Cheesecake Assassin," they encompass a hodgepodge of unique personas.

    Some offer a brutal view into the mind of a fighter. Others make you question the evolution of the human brain.

    This list is comprised of those particular enigmas.

    Here are 10 fighters who need to change their Octagon handle before history etches them in stone. 

Scott "Young Guns" Jorgensen

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    Scott Jorgensen still has respectable potential within the flyweight jungle, but it's no secret the former top contender is struggling to remain a divisional predator.

    He's no longer a "young gun."

    Whether it's the fact that Jorgensen has competed 24 times in his career or the more defining note that he hasn't finished an opponent since 2011, the 31-year-old should contemplate a change in nickname.

    Maybe something along the lines of "Tattoo Guru." 

Ryan "The Big Deal" Jimmo

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    Ryan Jimmo might have once been "a deal," but he was never "the big deal."

    His career certainly commanded a relatively high ceiling, but recent traumas inside the Octagon have pretty much derailed his potential entirely.

    Jimmo just doesn't seem to have what it will take in order to climb the light heavyweight mountain.

    Instead, he has looked to possess the future of a Antoni Hardonk.

    That's not all that bad, but nothing near being a big deal. 

Danny "The Cheesecake Assassin" Mitchell

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    I know you were wondering which fighter would have the mental obscurity to name themselves "The Cheesecake Assassin."

    Well, meet Danny Mitchell.

    His ability to create one of the more unique nicknames you'll ever see—one fueled by a time he once brought cheesecake to a weigh-in to taunt his opponent—has truly set him aside.

    However, at the end of the day, who the heck in their right mind would want to be known as a dessert thief? 

Erik "New Breed" Koch

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    I guess you could say that Erik Koch was once part of the "new breed."

    However, his past labels and former hype do him no good in a brutal world dictated by blood-hungry barbarians.

    That's been a truth, as the 25-year-old has lost three of his last four fights.

    That said, it may be time to consider "New Breed" no longer situated amongst the next great group of top contenders.

    Instead, maybe Koch needs to set aside his old image, reinvent himself as a fighter and come back strong with a new brand in 2015. 

James "The James Krause" Krause

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    In quite possibly the laziest attempt of all time to represent yourself with a nickname, James "The James Krause" Krause has passed with flying colors.

    Using your full name as your nickname? Priceless.

    Since Krause has now begun his ascent in the lightweight division, it may be time for him to mull over a new Octagon punch line.

    Then again, I guess nobody minds hearing Bruce Buffer say their name twice. 

Brandon "The Truth" Vera

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    Nobody really expects Brandon Vera to ever command the runaway potential that he rode in his younger days.

    However, with a nickname like "The Truth," Vera is expected to deliver some sort of perennial stability.

    That's why his recent struggles and deficiencies inside of the cage have made his Octagon tag somewhat of an ageless oddity.

    Retirement may be around the corner for the 36-year-old, but Vera does still have some meat left on the bone to turn his misfortunes around.

    He should start with his nickname. 

Mike "The Hulk" Easton

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    "The Hulk" is sort of an oxymoron when thinking about Mike Easton in the bantamweight division.

    He looks like he should be lifting Thor's hammer, yet seems to possess the urgency of a bed-ridden kitten.

    That's not only an issue when it comes to naming yourself after a boundless green buffoon, but it's even more confusing when you start losing four straight.

    If Easton can finally tap into his inner lunatic, maybe he can keep his handle. However, if he loses one more time, we could find the 30-year-old hulking out somewhere else. 

Tyron "The Chosen One" Woodley

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    Don't get it wrong, Tyron Woodley is one of the very best athletes in the sport today.

    His background in wrestling and overall natural force will test the welterweight lineup for years to come.

    Is he "The Chosen One," though?

    Not to sound spineless, but if Woodley was truly "The Chosen One," wouldn't he have performed better against Rory MacDonald at UFC 174?

    Seems as if the newly invented knockout specialist bit off more than he could chew.

Francis "Limitless" Carmont

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    To be limitless, one truly needs to perfect every aspect of mixed martial arts.

    So even while legendary marksmen like Anderson Silva, Fedor Emelianenko and Georges St-Pierre once mirrored excellence, they were not limitless.

    Therefore, Francis Carmont isn't either.

    His last two Octagon appearances exemplified that as he has looked befuddled inside of the cage, losing to C.B. Dollaway from poor striking and Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza due to defunct grappling skills.

    Carmont may want to take his foot off the pedal and work on one thing at a time, starting with his ill-informing epithet. 

Conor "The Notorious" McGregor

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    Ireland's Conor McGregor possesses the most potential out of anybody on this list.

    Currently on a war path, the featherweight phenom is only a few fights away from transforming into one of the UFC's more international-ready superstars.

    However, does that mean that McGregor is already notorious?

    Not even close.

    Obviously that surname matches his self-serving personality, but in hindsight, the 25-year-old really hasn't done much in the sport of MMA.

    His career is obviously still adolescent, and until McGregor actually proves himself against the best of the best, maybe he should set aside the ego and manifest a more suitable moniker.


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