"Dancing With the Stars" has been on the air for 10 seasons, giving actors, athletes, and politicians a chance to show their skills in an area you never would have thought they would be good at—the dance floor.
Most recently, in the fall of 2009, the world of MMA had its first star appear on the show. As Chuck Liddell danced his way into the living rooms of America, he gained not only popularity for himself, but also for the growing sport of MMA.
With the fall 2010 season's cast to be announced within the next month or so, B/R thought it would be fun to take a look at which MMA fighters and personalities should appear on the next season of "Dancing With the Stars."
While he may not be a fighter, Bruce Buffer has been the long time voice of the UFC, announcing the fighter's names and record and getting the crowd pumped up since 1997.
Buffer has previous experience on television as well, having appeared in episodes of "Friends" and "Entourage."
So why would Bruce Buffer make for a good contestant on DWTS? He doesn't just stand still and announce a fighter's name. Bruce has his patented "Buffer 180," where he motions directly across the Octagon before quickly spinning 180 degrees and pointing to the corner being introduced. In UFC 100, Buffer even broke out the "Buffer 360" spinning 360 degrees.
With that type of agility and his love for dancing (see video below), Bruce Buffer just may be a surprising breakout star on the next season of "Dancing with the Stars."
While he may be new to some mainstream fans of MMA, Court McGee is the latest winner of "The Ultimate Fighter," having earned a six-figure contract with the UFC.
In addition to his previous reality show experience, Court McGee seems to have the athletic skills needed to compete on the dance floor. Did anybody see his impressive cartwheel after a fight on TUF?
Court's story would also fit in well on DWTS. The man was a serious drug user who died for a couple of minutes but got his life on track and is now a fighter in the UFC. Producers love to showcase that type of thing to tug on the viewer's heartstrings. Just like the producers of TUF did during Court's time on the show.
As Fedor Emelianenko prepares for his fight against Fabricio Werdum at Strikeforce's next event on June 26th, allow me to make the case for King Fedor to appear on DWTS.
Emelinaneko doesn't have any previous dancing experience at all. But that's what makes DWTS so entertaining. Seeing guys who have never danced before test out their skills on the dance floor.
Fedor is Russian, and Russia has a history of great dancers and great ballets. So, perhaps some of that may be in Fedor's blood.
However, if asked about Fedor competing on DWTS, UFC President Dana White would likely say, "It will never happen. He would have to compete against the best people in the world, and that's not Fedor's thing."
Dana's imaginary words, not mine.
From what I could find, much like Fedor before him, Rashad has no previous dancing experience.
Even with that being the case, it just seems like he would be a good dancer and contestant on DWTS.
First off, Rashad is a great dresser. He's usually seen in high-end, custom-made suits. So you know he would do well with the elaborate costumes contestants are made to wear on the show.
Evans has also been known to showboat inside the cage. And as seen by his trash-talking of "Rampage" Jackson on "The Ultimate Fighter," Rashad would likely bring some cockiness and showmanship to DWTS that would have people talking around the water cooler the next day.
There's no doubt about it, Forrest Griffin is one of the most outspoken, likable, and funniest people in all of MMA.
Whenever he's on screen, Griffin usually brings the laughs with his down-to-earth charm and self-deprecating wit.
Forrest helped bring the world of MMA into the mainstream with his fight against Stephan Bonner on reality show "The Ultimate Fighter."
In addition to being a force inside the cage, Griffin occasionally fills in as drummer and back-up singer for Houston-based funk band "The Journey Agents." With that being the case, you know he likely has some rhythm, which could mean that he's got some skills on the dance floor.
Georges St-Pierre is one of, if not the top welterweights in all of MMA. He has won his past seven fights, which has meant that he has been able to celebrate with his trademark standing backflip or by breakdancing in the middle of the cage.
Before becoming a fighter, GSP was also a bouncer at a Quebec nightclub. So you know he picked up some dance moves by being inside a dance club for awhile.
In addition to all that, women love a man with a French accent. All of the women who watch DWTS would love St-Pierre and would likely light up the phone lines voting for him so they could see him and just hear him speak week after week.
Hey DWTS producers:
Want to gain more male viewers to your show? Bring on UFC octagon girl Arianny Celeste.
The beautiful Arianny has been a UFC ring girl since 2006, walking her way around the cage and into the hearts of men all around the world.
Arianny was recently voted as number 23 on Maxim's Hot 100 list, beating out previous DWTS contestants Stacy Keibler (82), Erin Andrews (58), and Nicole Scherzinger (24), as well as DWTS pro dancer Julianne Hough (45).
In addition to being one of the most beautiful women in the world, Arianny is incredibly athletic. She trains in kickboxing and Muay Thai, and has trained in gymnastics for a few years.
Chael Sonnen is a busy man.
In addition to training for his upcoming fight for the UFC middleweight title against Anderson Silva at UFC 177 in August, Sonnen is a real estate agent and an aspiring politician in his home state of Oregon.
Despite recently dropping out of state elections, Sonnen's future political aspirations could benefit from some mainstream exposure on DWTS.
DWTS has featured such political heavyweights in previous seasons such as Tucker Carlson and Tom Delay.
So, why not add on more jobs to the already full resume of Chael Sonnen to help him further his status as one of MMA's top stars?
Anderson Silva is widely regarded as being one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in all of MMA.
Most recently however, he has begun to frustrate fight fans. It seems as though, in recent fights, Silva is more interested in dancing around the cage and showboating instead of fighting his opponent.
Perhaps if Silva is beaten by Chael Sonnen at UFC 117, he could take some time off and use his time on DWTS to decide if he wants a career in fighting or dancing—because many don't want him combining the two.
There's no denying, however, that Anderson has some slick dance moves. Check out this video of him coming out for a fight to "Don't Stop 'til You Get Enough" by Michael Jackson.
Jason "Mayhem" Miller is the perfect candidate to appear on the next season of "Dancing with the Stars."
After a brawl involving Miller as well as Nate Diaz at a Strikeforce event in April, Miller is currently being investigated by the Tennessee Athletic Commission and could be facing a suspension and quite a bit of time off from MMA.
Miller could use that time off to keep in shape by appearing on DWTS. Plus, his love for dancing and flashy entrances would make him a fan favorite on the show.
With his multi-colored hair and elaborate entrances that involve dancing, as seen below, "Mayhem" Miller is one of the flashiest fighters in all of MMA.
If the producers of DWTS were to cast anybody from the world of MMA, Jason "Mayhem" Miller should, without a doubt, be that person.
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