Jon Jones, Nick Diaz, and the Biggest Egos in MMA

Jeffrey McKinneyContributor IIISeptember 30, 2011

Jon Jones, Nick Diaz, and the Biggest Egos in MMA

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    In MMA there's a thin line between being confident and having a huge ego.

    Confidence is something that every fighter should have going into a fight. But when a fighter gets to the point that they believe their untouchable, or God's gift to fighting, then they've got a huge ego problem. 

    Over the years many top fighters like Tito Ortiz and B.J. Penn, for example, have developed big egos.

    Some deserve it while others need to be brought back down to reality. Here's a look at some of the biggest.

Jon Jones

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    How can a guy that seems humble and a devout Christian have a big ego?

    How about signing autographs saying you’re the champion before you ever win a belt.

    Jones is without a doubt one of the most talented fighters in MMA today. Add the fact that he became the youngest UFC champion and you see why he would have a big ego.

Nick and Nate Diaz

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    Only Nick Diaz could miss two required “beauty pageants,” get dropped from the biggest fight of his career, and still act like he doesn’t care.

    Diaz is a talented fighter, but his attitude of seeming like he doesn’t care and his willingness to take on any fighter and try to beat them at their own game shows just how cocky he is.

    Nick's younger brother Nate is not far behind. In a match up against Kurt Pellegrino, Nate flexed and put both of his middle fingers up after catching Pellegrino in a triangle choke before the bout was over. 

Tito Ortiz

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    Ortiz may have calmed down some in his last couple of fights, but the former UFC light heavyweight champion had one of the biggest egos in the history of MMA.

    Ortiz was known for his feuds with UFC Hall of Famers Ken Shamrock and Chuck Liddell as well as his boss Dana White

Rashad Evans

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    Rashad Evans is one of the most talented fighters in MMA.

    He’s also one of the cockiest.

    Evans may claim that former teammate Jon Jones has a bigger ego than he does, but Evans is known for his trash talk as well as showboating inside the Octagon. 

Frank Mir

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    Frank Mir is a former UFC Heavyweight champion who has one of the biggest egos in the sport.

    You’d think Mir had a long title reign, but he actually was forced to give up the title after being involved in a motorcycle accident.

    Although Mir does own the most wins in the heavyweight division, the way he talks sometimes would make you think he’s God’s gift to MMA. 

Brock Lesnar

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    After barely getting by Shane Carwin and getting beat by Cain Velasquez, Lesnar has become more humble.

    Before these fights though, Lesnar saw himself as the baddest man on the planet.

    Lesnar was already disliked by MMA fans just for coming over from pro wrestling.

    Add the fact that he beat one of the most beloved fighters in MMA history for a title that no one felt he deserved a shot at just yet, only added to his ego and the hate. 

Chael Sonnen

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    Whether it’s for show or not, the stuff that comes out of Chael Sonnen’s mouth make the majority of guys on this list look like saints.

    If you were to hear Sonnen talk about his fight with Anderson Silva without actually seeing the fight, you’d think he got the biggest screw job in the history of MMA.

    While it is true Sonnen dominated Silva for almost the entire fight, he still got caught in a submission and tapped. 

    Despite being out for over a year due to legal troubles, the "Gangster from Oregon" has stayed in the news thanks to his claims of being able to take out various light heavyweights, Anderson Silva, and anybody from Brazil. 

B.J. Penn

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    Penn is one of the most outspoken fighters in MMA.

    He also has one of the bigger egos in the sport.

    After becoming champion in two weight divisions, it's understandable why Penn would have a big ego. 

    At one point in his career Penn seemed like he would take on anybody from any weight class. 

Dana White

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    Perhaps the person with the biggest ego in MMA is Dana White.

    White has been one of the main people who have helped bring the sport to where it is today.

    At the same time White is one of the more hated figures in the sport for killing the competition

    The UFC is the biggest MMA organization in the world. If you don’t believe so, White will let you know it. 


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