Though many can claim to be the dirtiest fighter in MMA, only one man truly holds that dishonorable distinction, and that my friends, belongs to king Gilbert Yvel.
Yvel has been involved in three official disqualifications, which have been due to truly despicable acts like knocking out a referee, eye gouging and biting opponents.
In what was an epic match for all the wrong reasons, Yvel was a one-man poking machine against MMA legend Don Frye. Frye's eyes were more red than Kris Kringle's cheeks on a frosty Christmas Eve at the North Pole. The fight was ruled a DQ because of Yvel's use of holding the ropes in the ring, but fans that remember the fight knew Yvel's behavior in the ring was inappropriate and lewd.
In his fight against not-so-innocent Karimula Barkalaev, Yvel took it upon himself to chomp on Barkalaev's ear, a la Mike Tyson-Evander Holyfield, which began his tarnished career as being known for dirty fighting.
The Nevada State Athletic Commission once banned Yvel from fighting in Nevada against Sergei Kharitonov, due to Yvel's poor history of conduct, and he's widely known as the consensus dirtiest fighter ever.
It's important to remember that all of the fighters mentioned are high-quality fighters, some more than others, and they have dangerous skills that can be life-threatening to others. But they are also human, which means they are susceptible to mistakes, and sometimes mistakes can't be corrected.
Michael Bisping and these other five fighters may be the most genuinely good people you'll ever meet. But they are MMA's dirtiest fighters today.
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