The 15 Worst Nicknames in MMA History
There are nicknames in the sport of mixed martial arts that captivate the mind and leave many remembering these enigmatic figures.
Quinton Jackson is synonymous with his moniker of "Rampage"—an apt alias which best describes his earlier career as a brutally strong striker and wrestler with some vicious slams to his repertoire.
Then, there are other names which draw the ire of the fans, and leave many scratching their head asking "why?"
Ashleigh "Ash Cream Man" Grimshaw
It's bad enough that you're a dude named Ashleigh—not that there's anything wrong with that, but I bet it doesn't score the guy a lot of blind dates—but when you dub yourself with moniker of the "Ash Cream Man", you're just opening yourself for a world of misinterpretation's.
Thankfully, Grimshaw now goes by "Cruiser", which is a much more suitable name for the heavy hitting Brit.
Josh "The People's Warrior" Burkman
The former UFC welterweight in Burkman sure seems to think highly of himself.
"The People's Warrior" surely wasn't winning any fans over when he struck out 0-3 in his last three appearances inside the Octagon.
At least you were paired up with Arianny Celeste at one point. That's something to be proud of.
Matt "The Terra" Serra
There's no room in mixed martial arts for grammatically incorrect nicknames.
Just kidding—but seriously, I bet there are five better nicknames to describe the heavy hitting New Yorker, like "The Pasta Bowl Kid" or "Fuggettaboutit"—I prefer the latter.
Tamdan "The Shed Pussy" McCrory
Former UFC welterweight Tamdan McCrory is a colorful character.
The 25-year-old is an avid fan of the show "Metalocalypse"—and why not, it's kind of awesome—and has a penchant for embarrassing aliases, like "The Shed Pussy".
It's been some years since McCrory graced the cage with it, as he now goes by "The Barncat." It won't strike fear into the hearts of men, but it definitely will refute a chuckle from now on.
I can't decide whether TSP was an incredibly ingenious nickname or utterly crass. My confusion leaves me with indecisiveness.
Jorge "The Naked Man" Ortiz
The welterweight product of Alliance MMA has rubbed elbows with a bevy of talented fighters in his camp, including top contenders Phil Davis, Travis Browne and current UFC champ Dominick Cruz—and none of these guys could come up with a better nickname for Ortiz?
I'm left curious how he garnered the moniker of "The Naked Man", but I also really don't want to find out.
Ron "H20Man" Waterman
For such a big, athletic and imposing figure in MMA, Ron Waterman sure did chose a shabby alias.
Really, "H20Man?" That's about as original as the reverse Oreo.
Eric "Ravishing Red" Schafer
"Ravishing Red" sounds like a racing horse who in his heyday was among the best in his field, but later succumbed to a life of leisure, reflecting on his earlier days as one of the greats.
Yeah, not sure if Schafer wants to or can draw that comparison, well I mean that is if he wants to be your regular run of the mill horse you can find by the race track.
Brad "The Hillbilly Heartthrob" Imes
Imes seems to be pretty sure of himself.
The season two finalist of The Ultimate Fighter was as big and recognizable as any other heavyweight, but became largely forgettable thanks to his disappointing fight acumen and of course his moniker of "The Hillbilly Heartthrob", leaving himself to be the butt of all stereotypes surrounding southern gentleman.
Sean "The Muscle Shark" Sherk
It's not all Sherk's fault.
Though he spent a large portion of his career fighting in the United States, the Minnesota native fought twice overseas in Japan, even making a stop in the now defunct Pride organization.
Sherk's physique and tenacity in the ring made him an instant hit with the Japanese fans, who dubbed him "The Muscle Shark".
Fabricio "Vai Cavalo" Werdum
To the uneducated, "Vai Cavalo" sounds like a unique and interesting nickname, that is before the literal translation comes into play.
The heavyweight great in Werdum is regarded as one of the better fighters in his division, though his alias of "Go Horse" largely makes little to no sense. In Portuguese I would imagine the translation isn't as literal, but in English, it's strange.
Joe "J-Lau" Lauzon
For an intelligent fighter like Lauzon, who is college educated, it's hard to believe that he continues to plug away in the lightweight division with a questionable nickname.
Even "Creepy Joe" is better than "J-Lau", which surely draws tons of comparisons to Latina Pop Star Jennifer Lopez aka "J-Lo", who is all kinds of trouble. If you don't believe me ask Marc Anthony and P. Diddy.
Kenny "Ken-Flo" Florian
Does it hurt to be the least bit original in MMA today?
Kenny "Ken-Flo" Florian isn't exactly some kind of brain teaser as far as how arduous it must have been for the former title contender to drum up this alias.
Dan "Hendo" Henderson
At 41 years old, Henderson, are you really comfortable with going by such a weak name?
Henderson has some gems before when he was dubbed "Dangerous" or even "Hollywood"—which came courtesy of his flashy and memorable finishes.
But, "Hendo"? Originality is suffering.
Junior "Cigano" Dos Santos
Yeah, that's the current UFC heavyweight champion in Junior dos Santos on the left.
To the right is an actor that goes by the same name, but definitely not the same alias.
"Cigano" by itself sounds pretty cool, but the Brazilian earned the moniker as a youth when he first crossed paths with Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, who called Dos Santos Gypsy in Portuguese, thanks to his long mane.
Frank "Twinkle Toes" Trigg
"Twinkle Toes"—enough said.