The 10 Most Awesome Tattoos in the UFC Today

Jason Schielke@jasonschielkeCorrespondent IOctober 17, 2011

The 10 Most Awesome Tattoos in the UFC Today

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    Tattoos and mixed martial arts.

    Peanut butter and jelly.

    Cereal and milk.

    David Hasselhoff and cheeseburgers.

    What do all these combinations have in common? You can't have one without the other.

    You can watch an MMA event on any given Saturday, and the odds are one of the combatants will be sporting some sort of ink on their body.

    Some of the tattoos you see will leave you scratching your head, wondering "What the [expletive] was he thinking?!?" Others, on the other hand, are just awesome.

    Here are 10 of the most awesome displays of permanent artwork you will find inside the Octagon. 

Mike Brown

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    Mike Brown's chest tattoo has always been cool, but what exactly is it?

    After careful examination, it appears to be an angel of some sort.

    But what it exactly is or what it stands for is still up in the air.

Joe Rogan

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    If you have watched any of the UFC's recent weigh-ins, you have noticed the sleeves Joe Rogan has that are usually hidden under the long-sleeve shirts he always wears during UFC telecasts.

    By taking a look at it, you can see many pieces carefully tied together.

    But one must wonder if Rogan was under the influence of some sort of mind-altering substance when he came up with this idea. 

Norifumi "Kid" Yamamoto

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    We all have that friend who got some bio-mechanical art done.

    Sure, it seemed like a good idea at the time, but now they have something that looks like some ink exploded all over their skin.

    Kid's piece is not your typical bio-mechanical art. You can tell just by looking at it that Kid paid a very talented artist some serious bank to do this piece for him.

Randy Couture

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    Yeah, I'm well aware that Randy is no longer an active fighter with the UFC—and I don't care.

    Not many people I know get tattoos this cool at the age of 46.

    Also, I don't know many 46-year-old men who can scoop up sorority girls like it's nothing.


Alessio Sakara

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    I'm still not sure what's so great about this, but I added it due to popular demand.

Wanderlei Silva

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    Is there any tattoo in MMA that is as iconic as Wanderlei Silva's tribal piece on the back of his head?

    Back in the day, Silva's head tattoo added to the whole mystique of the "Ax Murder."

    Now—not so much.

Thiago Alves

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    When Thiago Alves first started on his right arm, all he had was his nickname on his shoulder.


    Now, he has added a whole bunch of awesomeness to it, and you can barely see "Pit Bull" anymore.


Scott Jorgensen

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    I've said it once, and I'll say it again—Scott Jorgensen has the most colorful art in the sport.

    Combine that with the fact that he resorted to Twitter for an impromptu tattoo idea, and he will always have a spot on any best tattoo list.

Thiago Silva

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    What is it with Silvas and tattoos? I don't know either.

    Or even better—What is it with Silvas and scary tattoos?

    The devil on Thiago's left arm is scary. Wanderlei's wife on his right arm is scarier.

Ben Henderson

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    And the best tattoo in the UFC belongs to Ben Henderson.

    During his time between his last WEC fight and his UFC debut, Henderson somehow found time to get all of this back piece done.

    I couldn't even begin to imagine how many hours this took to do, but I'd have to guess there is at least 30 hours involved.

    Regardless of how long it took, the time spent under the needles definitely paid off.