For proof that people today are less creative than years past look no further than sports nicknames. For years athletes had creative nicknames that told a lot about their character. Now the best that people can come up with is giving Alex Rodriguez the nickname A-Rod, or calling Larry Johnson “LJ.” That is really the best they can do? There is one sport that can redeem the uncreative sports world, Mixed Martial Arts.
10 Best MMA Nicknames: Jeff “The Snowman” Monson
Jeff Monson was given the name “The Snowman” because in one tournament he was dominating the field and one fighter described him as a giant snowball rolling down a mountain that was getting bigger and bigger as it gained momentum.
10 Best MMA Nicknames: Matt “The Law” Lindland
In the finals of the Olympic trials Matt Lindland lost to Keith Sieracki. Sieracki used an illegal maneuver to win the match and Lindland got the law involved. An arbitrator ordered a rematch which Lindland won. Ever since then Lindland has been given the name “The Law” because he used the law to get on the Olympic team.
10 Best MMA Nicknames: “Captain America” Randy Couture
Randy Couture was nicknamed Captain America because of his dominance after becoming the UFC competitor to win championships in two weight classes. Couture is also seen as a clean cut American. Perhaps no match was more Captain America-like than his win over Tim Sylvia. At 43, Couture came out of retirement to face a much larger fighter. It was a very typical comic book ending as the “good guy” overcame all the odds.
10 Best MMA Nicknames: Quinton “Rampage” Jackson
Quinton Jackson’s name is pretty easy to understand. Jackson has the ability to destroy people in the ring and his smack talk can crush some fighters’ spirit.
10 Best MMA Nicknames: Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic
In addition to being a MMA fighter, Mirko Filipovic is also a member of the Lucko Anti-Terrorist Unit, Croatias elite police special forces tactical unit. Cro Cop is short for Croatian Cop.
10 Best MMA Nicknames: Sean “Muscle Shark” Sherk
Sean Sherk says that his fans in Japan gave him the nickname “Muscle Sherk”. I like that they didn’t just go with the easy “shark” nickname and instead picked a specific type of shark.
10 Best MMA Nicknames: Anderson “Spider” Silva
Anderson Silva’s nickname seems fitting because of his ability to lock his opponent in a submission like a pesky insect crawling over them.
10 Best MMA Nicknames: Vladimir “The Janitor” Matyushenko
Vladimir Matyushenko was given the name “The Janitor” because not only was he mopping the floor with other opponents, but he also did it in cheap looking clothing.
10 Best MMA Nicknames: Wanderlei “The Axe Murderer” Silva
I don’t know why Wanderlei Silva is an axe murderer and not some other kind of murderer but it sounds like a cool nickname.
10 Best MMA Nicknames: Marcus “The Irish Hand Grenade” Davis
Marcus Davis has two nicknames. “The Celtic Warrior” is not a bad nickname but no nickname is as good as “The Irish Hand Grenade”.