Fighters are usually given a nickname at the beginning of their career and some nicknames truly stand out. The greatest mixed martial artists of all-time have nicknames including Anderson “The Spider” Silva, Randy “The Natural” Couture, Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell and Fedor “The Last Emperor” Emelianenko.
Nicknames should be earned and not self-appointed. A nickname can strike fear in the opponent or give the crowd something to laugh at. Fighters know that when a nickname is given then they have done something special in the game of mixed martial arts. Some fighters don’t even have a nickname, including Royce Gracie, Frank Mir, Forrest Griffin and Chael Sonnen. Jim Miller is another fighter without a nickname, and maybe if he had a nickname he would be more marketable.
A nickname is a must in the world of MMA and fighters without them need to get one as soon as possible. Mike Goldberg is famously known for making Mike Swick’s nickname known as he screamed it after Swick knocked out Gideon Ray in his second UFC fight. Whether appointed by an announcer or by a trainer or another fighter, a nickname is sacred and shows the world what the fighter is all about.
This list is the top 10 nicknames in MMA history.