Fedor Emelianenko, Josh Barnett and the Pudgiest Fighters in MMA Today

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Fedor Emelianenko, Josh Barnett and the Pudgiest Fighters in MMA Today

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"I don't think you're ready for this BJJelly"

This title purports to enumerate and discuss the pudgiest (or “chubbiest” as we say this side of the pond) fighters in the current MMA landscape, possibly with a view to mildly poking fun at these lovable, yet portly combatants. And if you’ve chanced upon any of my previous “amusing musing” articles, this would certainly be in keeping with the generally light-hearted, jovial tone of my writing.

However, before I proceed to document the ten most renowned podgy mixed martial artistes currently plying their trade inside the cage, I must state in advance that I myself am not a “fattist”, the online dictionary definition being “discrimination on the basis of weight, esp prejudice against those considered to be overweight.”

Indeed, as I simultaneously type and munch on last night’s Chinese takeaway leftovers, it would prove the height of hypocrisy for me to ridicule the weight of those that risk life and limb in the cage, for whom I have nothing but the utmost respect.

It would also prove disingenuous to withhold the fact that I myself am walking around several pounds/kilos/stones above my fighting weight, depending on which weight scale index you consult. In fact, I’m a middleweight walking around as a heavyweight. I’m Mike Bisping walking around as Mike Russow. Oh well, at least I’ve managed to retain my northern English twang.

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