MMA: The 15 Creepiest Fighters Today

Scott Harris@ScottHarrisMMAMMA Lead WriterJune 28, 2011

MMA: The 15 Creepiest Fighters Today

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    (Door creaks open)

    Good eeeeevening.

    You know, there are plenty of guys in mixed martial arts who cut an intimidating profile. That's no shock. More than a few are downright scary. Again, no big revelation.

    But to be creepy? Now that takes an extra-special gift.

    Here are 15 of the creepiest fighters in the sport today. However, with the evolution of MMA and the departure of all-time creepy dudes like Hong Man Choi, Giant Silva and others, the sport may no longer be in its Golden Age of creepiness. Nevertheless, something tells me it’ll never go away entirely.

    Keep in mind that records and championships are not big factors here and that creepiness can come from personality and behavior as well as looks. That said, a lot of it comes from looks.

    So with that, please enjoy...if you dare. Bwah ha ha ha!

15. Marcelo Rodrigues

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    MMA record: 1-3
    Current promotion
    : None


    He's technically not eligible because this is a list of today’s fighters, not an all-time list, and his last fight was in 2000.

    Screw it. I’m putting him on here anyway. Why? Well, if I may restate one of my earlier points: AHHHHHHHHH!!!!!

    If this was an all-time list, the winner—and it’s not close—is Marcelo Rodrigues.

    Or, as I like to call him, Nosferatu, Lord of the Undead.

14. Matt Mitrione

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    MMA record: 5-0
    Current promotion
    : UFC

    Seems like a fairly normal guy, all things considered, but what’s up with that weird and ever-present Cheshire Cat grin?

    It's a little unnerving. Maybe that's the point, but it's still creepy.

13. Kazuhiro Nakamura

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    MMA record: 15-10
    Current promotion: DREAM

    Kazuhiro is known as much for crazy outside-the-ring antics as any actual fighting exploits.

    I love the look on Arianny Celeste’s face in this picture—“please, please let this end without him touching me.”

12. Keith Jardine

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    MMA record: 17-9-2
    Current promotion: Strikeforce

    The stooped fighting style, jerky movements, gleaming bald head and so-blonde-it’s-almost-white goatee remind me of a villain from a children's television show.

11. Lyoto Machida

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    MMA record: 17-2
    Current promotion
    : UFC

    He drinks his own urine.

    You know what I call that? Creepy.

    I also call it disgusting. He’ll make that list too.

10. Chris Horodecki

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    MMA record: 17-3
    Current promotion: MMA: The Reckoning

    I can't believe this guy is 24.

    To get the full effect of his boyish looks, you actually have to watch him fight. It's downright Dickensian.

9. Kimbo Slice

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    MMA record: 4-2
    Current promotion:  None…for now.

    Any slideshow that lists how fighters look has to include Kimbo Slice. It’s the law.

    But he does qualify here, thanks to the long homeless man’s beard, the gold teeth, the spider web tattooed over his chest, the huge “outie” and so on.

    Though a knockout loss to Mitrione seemingly ended his career in the UFC, it is not inconceivable that he could return to a smaller promotion, especially if this boxing and/or pro wrestling stuff doesn’t pan out.

    Speaking of Kimbo Slice and panning out...

8. James Thompson

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    MMA record: 16-14-1
    Current promotion:

    Something just doesn’t seem right with him. But I can't quite put my finger on it.

    Don’t tell me what it’ll come to me...just one more second...

7. Ryo Chonan

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    MMA record: 19-12
    Current promotion: DEEP

    A buddy of Jason “Mayhem” Miller, Chonan appears to be the Japanese version of Mayhem, only a little crazier and a lot creepier.

    He seems to have perfected the art of the Looney Tunes stare-and-grin. He's one of those I’ve-got-a-few-screws-loose-and-I-don’t-care-who-knows-it type of guys.

6. Dave “Pee Wee” Herman

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    MMA record: 21-2
    Current promotion
    : UFC

    This guy is just weird.

    He has this sort of vacant smile on his face as he fights, even as he's taking punches. It’s almost like he kind of likes the pain.

    His interviews are strange as well, with answers often clipped and bizarre. Like the time he said jiu-jitsu didn’t work before facing BJJ ace Jon Olav Einemo. Of course, he went on to beat Einemo resoundingly, so I guess he's right until proven wrong.

    Then there’s the fact that he nicknamed himself Pee Wee.

    I think he just likes to freak people out, almost in an antisocial way. That's a pretty doggone creepy quality.

5. Renato “Babalu” Sobral

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    MMA record: 36-9
    Current promotion
    : Strikeforce

    Some people are described as having a “smoldering” look about them. Babalu is a towering inferno.

    If looks could kill, Sobral would have been locked in a windowless room years ago—assuming he could have been captured.

4. Diego Sanchez

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    Just a liiiittle more intense than your average person.

    Attending a Diego Sanchez fight is a little like visiting Sea World: If you’re sitting in the first three rows, you WILL get wet.

    That's to say nothing of his long list of very strange habits and beliefs away from the cage.

3. Edilberto “Crocota” de Oliveira

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    MMA record: 16-6-2
    Current promotion
    : Jungle Fights

    If his strange posturing and uber intensity weren’t enough, there’s this little nugget, which has just enough of that “serial killer” strain to rise above the typical, garden-variety MMA fighter domestic violence arrest, which for better or worse I have generally conditioned myself to ignore.

2. Aleksander Emelianenko

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    MMA record: 17-4
    Current promotion
    : M-1 Challenge

    The younger Emelianenko combines brother Fedor’s blank, I-must-do-violence-now gaze with a slew of jailhouse tats and a general air of unkemptitude.

    Then there is the incredibly creepy back tattoo. The slogan at the top of the tattoo—“Gott Mit Uns,” or “God With Us”—is a historical battle cry used most recently by the Third Reich. Just throwing it out there.

    Aleks will be back in action this August in Moscow. Who is he fighting? I smell a segue...

1. Viacheslav Datsik

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    MMA record: 6-9
    Current promotion
    : M-1 Challenge

    Hats off to M-1 Challenge for rounding up all this great talent!

    If you don’t know Datsik, he has lost not once but twice by disqualification.

    Oh, and he just got out of prison, where he spent a lot of his time in solitary confinement.

    He also may or may not be schizophrenic.

    He is also an unabashed neo-Nazi and racist.

    But hey, great to see him back in the fight game. It was awesome that M-1 Global decided to give him another seems like that's all he really needed.

    Once that deportation from Norway went through, part of me knew it was just a matter of time.