"Dana White Says": MMA Cliches
Like all sports, MMA is rife with cliches.
When watching a PPV or a UFC countdown programme you can be guaranteed to hear at least a few cliches.
Whether it's Rogan, Dana, Goldberg or the fighters themselves, our favourite icons are always there to provide a few meaningless cliches.
Diego's saying fails to make it to the list as it's more of a catch phrase. He knows he's doing it. Doesn't make it any less entertaining.
10—"Dana White Says"
Love him or loathe him, the MMA community is always wanting to know what Dana White has to say.
Whether it be on the latest Anderson Silva controversy, on who he thinks is the top pound-for-pound fighter, or about the latest fighter he's fallen out with, people are always wanting to know what "Dana White says."
9—"I'm Gonna Knock Him Out"
Going into UFC 100, Michael Bisping—as good as his striking may be—had no clean KO wins beyond his early career.
Dan Henderson similarly has never been KO'd.
That didn't stop Bisping making the infamous statement.
We all know how this one turned out.
8—"Keith Jardine is a Very Unorthodox Striker"
Weird angles, awkward stance, no one's debating Jardine is an unorthodox striker.
After all, we've been told on countless PPVs before.
7—"__________ is One Scary Dude"
Rogan's first entry in the chart.
I'd like to see Rogan spice it up a little though, maybe "I wouldn't want to meet him in a dark alley" would be good for UFC 117.
Oh, and if you're wondering who that is, it's the slightly less scary Thiago Silva.
6—"___________ is Legit"
At some point during a fighter's career he's going to get a win that marks him out from the rest of the division or shows he's no longer just a talented up-and-comer.
This point will be signified by Joe Rogan or another MMA pundit giving his stamp of approval.
5—"__________ is Getting Beat Up"
You know someone's getting their ass kicked when Rogan comes out with this gem.
This is one of the few cliches on the list I actually like due to it's painful clarity.
4—"Every Fight Starts Standing"
Although it may be true, strikers have been using this cliche for years when telling the world how they're going to "knock out" the top-level wrestler or world-class Jiu Jitsu artist.
Half the time they're right, a la Anderson Silva vs. Demian Maia.
Half the time they spend 15 or 25 minutes on their back. Ask Dan Hardy.
On the plus side, Paul Daley can tell you all fights also end standing.
3—"Randy Couture Has Excellent Dirty Boxing"
Okay, so if you haven't heard, Randy Couture has excellent dirty boxing.
Don't worry if you forget—you'll be reminded at UFC 118 when he fights James Toney.
2—"_____________ Has Very Underrated Jiu Jitsu"
This is a Joe Rogan classic.
Everyone and his mother has underrated Jiu Jitsu, according to Rogan.
1—"I'm Going To Impose My Will on Him"
I don't know who first said this, but whoever it was, it's stuck.
Type this statement into Google and on the first page you get Brendan Schaub and Chris Leben both getting ready to "impose their will."
Put UFC in there with the search term and you'll get page after page of UFC fighters who are going to "impose their will."
If you're not getting ready to impose your will, you might need to change your training camp, not turn up, or leave the UFC...no, leave MMA.
"AND IT IS ALL OVER!!!"
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