There are two kinds of fight names. Ones that your training partners call you, and names that only the ring announcer calls you. …oh, and two more kinds, good ones and awful ones. So I guess there are four kinds of fight names. Anyway, regardless of how many types of fight names there are, they always carry with them something about the fighter. Some are easily understand able, for example Roy “Big Country” Nelson, and others are a little more cryptic. Fighters having fight names has long been a staple of boxing, but unless you practice it, you may not know that fight names are really traditional in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. It kind of makes sense. After all, Carlos and Helio Gracie were taught Judo by famous Judoka Mitsuyo “Conde Koma” (which means Count of Combat) Maeda, who was the star puiple of Tsunejiro “Guardian” Tomita (In Japanese it was Shiten’nō). Which is a really long way of saying fighters have had nick names in martial arts for along time.
Some fight names sound awesome when you are alone talking to yourself in the shower, or after your friend has kicked you in the head, but when you hear it announced, we all feel differently.
Coolest Fight Names
5. “Iron” Mike Zanbidis
Iron Mike is a Greek Kickboxer and K-1 fighter. He’s studied Muay Thai, and Shodokan karate. And get this his Pro fight record is 148-19! Of that 85 wins through knock out! Too bad he can’t inject any of that awesome into Greece’s economy (Oh yes, I just got topical on you!)
4. Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos
For the longest time, I only called this woman Cyborg, and couldn’t remember the rest of her name, but this lady MMA fighter is well named and scary. Presently she is the Srikeforce Feather weight Champion and the number 1 pound for pound woman fighter in the world. If you x rayed her, I am pretty sure you’d find one of those Terminator exoskeletons under her skin. Also interesting he husband has the same fight name, Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos. Odd really, I guess she took his last name when they married and took her fight name.
3. Murilo “Ninja” Rua
Although not as successful as his younger brother, “Shogun” Rua, Ninja has done the rounds and at one point in his Pride fighting days, was considered one of the strongest middle weight fighters in the world. Less cool is that his fight name came about simply because his brother was called Shogun. But lets face it, if you had to pick a name, you can’t do much better than “Ninja”.
2. Rampage Jackson
Quinton Jackson has made his fight name “Rampage” so well known that most of us simply refer to him as Rampage. Its not like anyone calls GSP “Rush” and expects anyone to know what we are talking about. I also get get feeling that people actually call him Rampage to his face, making it a real nick name, not like some fight names like “The Hitman” which, for the record I hate. I’ve been to several MMA fights where there have been several “The Hitman”‘s on the card at the same time. Anyway, good work Quinton.
1. Maurício “Shogun” Rua
Come on, you’ve got to admit that’s a cool fight name. You may or may not know the story behind it. Basically when Shogun started training his Jiu Jitsu, I had bought a Gi which was “Shogun” brand, so his BJJ instructor, (lacking imagination as they often do, Sorry Roger) decided to call him Shogun. And that’s that.
Really dumb MMA Names
(Note since I already said I hate “The Hitman” I am excluding that one from the list)
5. Vladimir “The Janitor” Matyushenko
4. Mat “Handsome” Wimant
Its good to be handsome, not called handsome. Ring, you answer your cell phone and your BJJ instructor says, “Hey Handsome, when are you going to come down and grapple with me?” *shutter* lets never imagine that again.
3. Ashleigh “Ash Cream Man” Grimshaw
2. Nick “The Promise” Ring
The Promise might not be that bad by itself, (its not that good either), but when it makes your name sound like “the promise ring”, it reaches a whole new low. I am trying to figure out how that name came into being. Was it supposed to be funny? Or did he really not realize it sounded like that?
Poor man. The worst part is that I have the feeling that he thinks its funny. Trig is a Purple belt in BJJ and a 2nd degree black belt in Judo as well as being high level wrestler. All that and he’s called Twinkle Toes. To put this in perspective, he named his son “Stone” so he isn’t a man gifted in naming things.