These days, a nickname seems to come with the shorts and gloves when becoming a fighter. Most are generic and repetitive and usually created by one's self.
However, there are a handful of nicknames that came about organically and for good reason; names that describe the fighter for his accomplishments and swagger.
These names can not be copied because they are branded on the fighter. These appellations will likely remain with the fighter for the rest of his life.
Here is my top ten, do you have any to add?
Wanderlei "The Axe Murderer" Silva received his nickname in Brazil following his submission win over Eugene Jackson in 1999. His style was an aggressive and ferocious one, hence the name.
Wanderlei made legend of the name by running through Pride Fighting Championships on an undefeated streak for over five years, becoming their 205 pound champion.
He most recently won a decision over Michael Bisping in the UFC,
"The Prodigy" B.J. Penn is considered by many to have earned the fastest black belt of all time.
In 2000, at the age of 21, Penn became the first non-Brazilian to win the black-belt division of World Jiu-Jitsu Championship. The next year, Penn made his debut in the UFC and quickly became one of the top lightweights in the world.
Penn has been the UFC welterweight and lightweight champion, and is considered by most everyone to be one of the top pound-for-pound fighters in the world.
Mike "Quick" Swick entered the UFC in 2005 and knocked out Alex Schoenauer in just 20 secondsfor his debut. The nickname was given to him by commentator Mike Goldberg for his extremely fast knockout.
In his next bout, Swick knocked out Gideon Ray in just 22 seconds. He continued to finish fights in the first round and cemented the name.
In 2008, Swick finished Jonathan Goulet in 33 seconds.
Cro Cop is short for Croation Cop, due to Mirko Filipovic's membership in an anti-terrorist unit in Croatia. The name was used throughout his kick-boxing career, and carried over to MMA.
Cro Cop became immensely popular in Japan's Pride Fighting Championship, with most fans knowing only Cro Cop as his last name, not Filipovic.
Mirko's presence in the ring was often stern and disciplined, showing more substance to the name.
With pin-point accuracy from every one of his long limbs, it isn't hard to figure out why people call Anderson Silva, "The Spider".
The nickname is now a notorious one as Anderson has provided some of the most spectacular and the most brutal knockouts in UFC history. He is also now the most dominant UFC champion of all time.
n. Minotaur, monster with the head of a bull and the body of a man (Greek Mythology)
With an inhuman ability to take punishment and one of the best chins of all time, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira has lived up to his name, "Minotauro".
Watch his fights with Bob Sapp and Mirko Cro Cop to see the heart and stubbornness that allowed him to take such a beating before coming back to submit his opponent.
Nogueira remains the only fighter to hold belts in both the UFC and Pride.
Notorious for his temper, Quinton Jackson claims to have been labeled "Rampage" since his childhood.
When he debuted in Pride by body-slamming Kazushi Sakuraba repeatedly without much consideration for pace and patience, the name was instantly branded on him by the eyes of the Japanese fans.
Since then, "Rampage" has fought the who's who of MMA, with notable wins over Chuck Liddell, Dan Henderson, and Kevin Randleman.
In the late 1990's, Mark Kerr was the most fearsome and perceived unbeatable fighter of his time.
Kerr's ground and pound, which at the time included headbutts, was seen as the most brutal offense in MMA. Undefeated in his first 13 fights, Kerr won the heavyweight tournaments at UFC 14 and 15, with all of his fights ending in the first round.
In 2003, an HBO documentary was made about the life of Kerr entitled, "The Smashing Machine."
Chuck Liddell has had a long career full of tense moments, but through all of it, he has kept his cool.
Named "The Iceman" because of his calmness before fights, Liddell is a fighter to the core. After fighting most every 205 pounder in the UFC, Liddell became the champion and defended the title four times.
Chuck still remains one of the biggest faces in the sport and will attempt to recover some of his former greatness this month against Rich Franklin.
In November of 1999, Kazushi Sakuraba defeated Royler Gracie in Pride Fighting Championships. It was the first time a Gracie had faced defeat in professional MMA in decades.
In an attempt to get revenge, Royce Gracie returned to the sport to fave Sakuraba. The match came with a new set of rules having no time limits or referee stoppages.
In what became the longest MMA match of all time, Royce and Kazushi battled for an hour and a half, before Royce's corner threw in the towel.
It was after this fight that Sakuraba was labeled "The Gracie Hunter."
His original intent was a match with Rickson Gracie, but due to Rickson's retirement, Sakuraba would fight any Gracie that was willing.
Next he fought Renzo Gracie, followed by Ryan Gracie. Against Renzo, Sakuraba won by submission after a competitive fight, but Renzo refused to tap even when his elbow broke.
After this fight, Ryan Gracie issued a challenge to Sakuraba to fight at the next event. Ryan went on to lose by decision to Sakuraba at Pride 12.
The Gracie name was considered MMA royalty at the time, and Sakuraba had become a superstar by running through four of them. To the Gracie's honor, none of them ever tapped out.