UFC: Jon "Bones" Jones and 10 Fighters Who Are Defined by Their Nickname
What’s in a nickname?
There are thousands of mixed martial artists competing today, and a large portion of them have earned a handle that fits their style, personality or sometimes even their resemblance to a movie character (e.g. Rich “Ace” Franklin).
Some nicknames are blatantly obvious. Take the Nogueira brothers, twins that fight in different weight classes: The heavyweight Antonio Rodrigo is commonly referred to as “Big Nog,” while light heavyweight Antonio Rogerio is “Lil Nog.”
Or how about former Croatian Police Officer Mirko Filipovic? It didn’t take much thought to come up with “Cro Cop.”
Other monikers may just fit the fighter. When lightweight Donald Cerrone enters a room wearing cowboy boots and his cowboy hat, would you call him anything but “Cowboy"?
Based on where he grew up and coupled with his laid back attitude and long hair, what else would you call “The California Kid” Urijah Faber?
Or take former Marine Brian Stann, is there a more fitting alias than “All American?”
Let’s take a look at 10 fighters that have been given nicknames befitting of their action inside the cage.
Anthony “Rumble” Johnson
Anthony Johnson (L) delivers a head kick - Josh Hedges/Zuffa, LLC
When Anthony Johnson enters the Octagon, you’re likely to witness fireworks. The man known as “Rumble” has finished seven of his 10 wins by knockout, with six coming in the first round.
On his resume are highlight reel finishes of Charlie Brenneman, Yoshiyuki Yoshida and Kevin Burns.
Johnson will now move up a weight class to middleweight and lock horns with fellow explosive striker Vitor Belfort at UFC 142.
Duane “Bang” Ludwig
Duane Ludwig (R) launces a head kick - Josh Hedges/Zuffa, LLC
A true veteran of combat sports, there could not be a more fitting moniker for Duane Ludwig than “Bang.” The Muay Thai practitioner is always willing to trade with anyone.
The K-1, Strikeforce and UFC competitor has stood across from some of the biggest names in the sport, including BJ Penn, Jens Pulver and Takanori Gomi.
One of the most impressive moments of in the career of “Bang,” came when he knocked out Jonathan Goulet in just four seconds at UFC Fight Night 3.
Mauricio “Shogun” Rua
Mauricio Rua (top) battles Dan Henderson - Josh Hedges/Zuffa, LLC
The nickname “Shogun” might seem a bit odd for a Brazilian, since the word is of Japanese origin. However, if you consider the type of destruction the light heavyweight performed in the Pride organization, the nickname is more than fitting.
Rua ran through the 2005 Middleweight Grand Prix and has since gone on to claim UFC gold as well.
And if anyone had any doubts about the warrior spirit of “Shogun,” watch his last bout with Dan Henderson, a five-round war that saw both men give their all inside the Octagon.
Anthony “Showtime” Pettis
Anthony Pettis connects with a Showtime kick - Josh Hedges/Zuffa, LLC
With a handle like “Showtime,” lightweight Anthony Pettis is sure to put on an exciting fight every time he walks into the cage.
The former WEC champ lived up to his billing at the final WEC event, claiming the belt in a five-round battle with Benson Henderson. In the bout, Pettis unleashed the appropriately dubbed “Showtime Kick” by bouncing off the cage and landing a head kick flush on Henderson’s jaw.
Now part of the UFC, the Wisconsin-based fighter has his eyes set on the UFC title.
“The Korean Zombie” Chan Sung Jung
Chan Sung Jung finishes Mark Hominick - Nick Laham/Zuffa, LLC
It’s rare that a loss can turn you into an overnight sensation, but that’s exactly what happened to “The Korean Zombie” at WEC 48. Making his promotional debut, Jung traded wildly with Leonard Garcia for three full rounds in what many considered the “Fight of the Year” in 2010.
Jung’s propensity for moving forward regardless of what is being thrown his way earned him the appropriate title of “The Korean Zombie.”
The Sengoku and Deep veteran has won both of his bouts in the UFC and is now looking to climb the ladder in the featherweight division.
Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson
Demetrious Johnson (L) delivers a head kick - Josh Hedges/Zuffa, LLC
If there is anything that Demetrious Johnson exemplifies, it’s that strength and speed can come in a small frame. Much like the famed cartoon character, this “Mighty Mouse” has never let size be an issue.
At just 5'3", the Washington-based fighter is best suited for the 125-pound flyweight division (which he will be moving to when the UFC unveils it in 2012), but Johnson was hung with much larger fighters in the bantamweight division.
Although he fell short in his title quest against divisional kingpin Dominick Cruz, Johnson proved that he’s capable of competing with anyone.
Mark “The Filipino Wrecking Machine” Munoz
Mark Munoz (L) throws a right hand - Josh Hedges/Zuffa, LLC
Rising middleweight contender Mark Munoz has been every bit the part that his nickname describes since dropping to the 185-pound division.
Since making the cut, the former Oklahoma State wrestler has gone 7-1. Four of those wins have come to due to strikes.
If “The Filipino Wrecking Machine” can extend his run against Chael Sonnen at UFC on Fox 2 on Jan. 28, he’ll get a crack at middleweight champ Anderson Silva.
Carlos “The Natural Born Killer” Condit
Carlos Condit (top) finishes Dong Hyun Kim – Don Miralle/Zuffa, LLC
26 finishes in 27 wins should easily sum up how fitting “The Natural Born Killer” moniker is to welterweight Carlos Condit.
The former WEC champion has managed to evenly divide his finishes between knockouts and submissions, including three straight due to strikes over Dong Hyun Kim, Dan Hardy and Rory MacDonald.
Now the New Mexico product will look to earn the interim UFC belt as he takes on Nick Diaz on Feb. 4 in Las Vegas.
Frankie “The Answer” Edgar
Frankie Edgar (R) lands a right hand - Nick Laham/Zuffa, LLC
When BJ Penn has running through everyone in the lightweight division from 2007-10, the question frequently arose, “Who can put an end to his title reign?”
As it turned out, the man to take the belt from Penn was the appropriately named Frankie “The Answer” Edgar.
While his first fight with Penn left some doubters, Edgar’s second straight win over the Hawaiian proved he was the real deal. Coupled with a thrilling trilogy with Gray Maynard that Edgar finished with an emphatic knockout, Edgar has proven he is “The Answer.”
Next on deck for the champion is former WEC champ Benson Henderson, who he will meet at UFC 144 on Feb. 26 in Japan.
Jon “Bones” Jones
Jon Jones (R) looks for a spinning back kick - Nick Laham/Zuffa, LLC
84.5 inches. That’s the reach of light heavyweight champion Jon “Bones” Jones.
Not only is it the longest reach in the 205-pound division, but it’s also the longest reach in the entire UFC. “Bones” may not be the most exciting handle for a fighter, but with his freakishly-long limbs, no other name would suffice.
The fighter needed only two years to rise through the ranks of a very crowded division and secure UFC gold. Using his reach and his wrestling, Jones went undefeated in 2011, dispatching of Ultimate Fighter season eight winner Ryan Bader to earn a title shot.
He proceeded to crush three former UFC champs in Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, and Lyoto "The Dragon" Machida.