Top 10 MMA Fighters: Who's the Next Pop Culture Icon?

Sal DeRoseCorrespondent IApril 20, 2011

Top 10 MMA Fighters: Who's the Next Pop Culture Icon?

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    All MMA fighters have somewhat of a personality. Whether it be bland or super exciting, they all have some sort of personality.

    But which of these MMA personalities would have what it takes to rock a place like the Red Carpet?

    Here are 10 guys who have the personalities to possibly become icons outside of the MMA world. 

Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal

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    I don't think you can really debate Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal on this list.

    His king costume reminds of the wrestler, King Booker. For those of you who don't know who the awesome King Booker is, here he is.

    King Mo is never without kind words for his opponent and just oozes awesomeness. Any guy who calls Gegard Mousasi "Kermit the Frog" and then follows it up by beating him, has my respect.

    Lawal could make an excellent WWE star and has the personality that reminds me of another great light heavyweight who likes to talk and have the spotlight on him, Quinton "Rampage" Jackson. He just isn't as good as Rampage is in the ring.

Rashad Evans

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    Rashad Evans has what it takes to be an icon.

    Evans is very charismatic and always has something to say. Evans has appeared numerous times on ESPN's MMA Live, sometimes even as an analyst for the show.

    Evans has a funny side too. He can do a very good impression of his mother, as shown on MMA Live and can do a great impression of his grandmother.

    If you've seen Evans on The Ultimate Fighter either as one of the contestants or as the coach, you know he would be good for the spotlight too.

Jason "Mayhem" Miller

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    Do I even have to make the argument for Jason "Mayhem" Miller?

    Mayhem has his own TV show on MTV called Bully Beatdown and has some of the greatest walkouts in MMA.

    Mayhem is never without something crazy and wacky to say in an interview. He just eats up the spotlight when eyes are on him.

Quinton "Rampage" Jackson

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 21:  Travis Pastrana (L) and Quinton 'Rampage' Jackson arm wrestle at the Pastrana-Waltrip Racing announcement of the 2011 NASCAR Nationwide partnership on January 21, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Noel Vasquez/Gett
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    Here's another guy I shouldn't have to defend, Quinton "Rampage" Jackson.

    Rampage has already tried to make himself a name outside of the Octagon by starring in the remake of The A Team as Mr. T's former character, B.A. Baracus.

    Rampage was so inclined on doing the movie that he actually chose it over fighting in the UFC again.

    Rampage is known for his crazy antics outside the UFC and his awesome trash talk, especially about Rashad Evans.

    Maybe one day we'll see Rampage make a newer version of "Treat Your Mother Right", that would be pretty cool.

Randy Couture

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    LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 01:  Annie Stanley (L) and mixed martial artist and actor Randy Couture arrive at the third annual Fighters Only World Mixed Martial Arts Awards 2010 at the Palms Casino Resort December 1, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Eth
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    Randy Couture is also another one even at the age of 47.

    Couture has appeared in The Expendables and is slated to also star in The Expendables 2. Couture has great charisma and is one tough guy in the ring.

    That toughness in the ring could land him more roles like his character, Toll Road, from The Expendables.

    Hey, if Jean-Claude Van Damme can have a career in acting, Couture should be able to pull it off too.

Jon Jones

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    LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 01:  Mixed martial artist Jon Jones (L) and his girlfriend Jessie Moses arrive at the third annual Fighters Only World Mixed Martial Arts Awards 2010 at the Palms Casino Resort December 1, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Eth
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    Jon Jones has more then enough personality and charisma to survive.

    Not only that, but he also can catch a robber if need be, kind of like a modern day "Superman."

    If you've seen his post-UFC 128 interview describing how he hawked down a thief, then you know his personality is there and ready to shine.

    It's only a matter of time before the Jon Jones hype train extends over into Hollywood.

Forrest Griffin

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    LAS VEGAS - DECEMBER 07:  FC Light Heavyweight Mixed Martial Arts Champion Quinton 'Rampage' Jackson (L) and mixed martial arts fighter Forrest Griffin speak at Spike TV's 2007 'Video Game Awards' at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on December 7, 2007 in L
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    Forrest Griffin is one of those guys that I'm surprised doesn't host a TV show on the side.

    Griffin's probably one of, if not the funniest guy in MMA. Griffin likes to use self-deprecating humor to make his audience laugh and normally does more then that.

    Even if his MMA career does come to a short stop, Griffin could become an actor.

    He played a cop in I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell, and was also an MMA fighter on Law and Order: Special Victims Unit. Which is funny because they suspected he killed the victim, but he was then shot in the first couple minutes of the episode.

    Hey someone felt the need to end his career on a TV show. Maybe the writers weren't a fan of Griffin's work. 

Urijah Faber

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    LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 01:  Mixed martial artist Urijah Faber arrives at the third annual Fighters Only World Mixed Martial Arts Awards 2010 at the Palms Casino Resort December 1, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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    Now here's one of the no-brainers, Urijah Faber.

    Faber is already one of the poster boys for Amp theenergy drink. Not to mention Faber has posted some really funny YouTube videos starring him that get under the skin of his next opponent, Dominick Cruz.

    The best one of all those YouTube videos, Faber tries to teach the Korean Zombie, Jung Chan-Sung, English, or what the best pick-up line is. Either way KZ learned some English in a hilarious way.

    Faber has practically been the face of the little guys in MMA to the casual fan and drew numerous fans into his WEC fights. 

Phil Davis

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    Phil Davis has earned the nickname "Mr. Wonderful" and rightfully so.

    Davis is a very confident guy and probably one of the nicer, down to Earth fighters in the UFC. Davis got the nickname after his cat in college was stolen. The name of the cat? Obviously it was named "Mr. Wonderful."

    Davis could be one of the bigger stars in MMA in the future. Funny thing is, Davis may not have his way with the ladies as seen in a post-UFC 112 interview with Ariel Helwani around the 3:10 mark.

    All in all, Davis is really going to be a star and could become an icon.

Gina Carano

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    NEW YORK - OCTOBER 13:  Mixed martial arts fighter Gina Carano attends the 30th Annual Salute To Women In Sports Awards at The Waldorf=Astoria on October 13, 2009 in New York City.  (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images for the Women�s Sports Foundation
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    How could you have a list like this and not list the lovely Gina Carano?

    Carano has it all, looks, personality and the ability to beat you to a bloody pulp. Who doesn't like that?

    Carano has what it takes to be a pop culture icon, I mean after all her Dad was a Dallas Cowboy backup quarterback. She's practically grown up in the spotlight.

    Not to mention she was part of American Gladiators and also appeared in a video game, Command and Conquer: Red Alert 3 as a purchasable Soviet sniper/commando.

    You really can't debate her on this list, she's the face of women's MMA. I wouldn't want to debate it either.