It’s that time again. Who has the best nickname at UFC Fight Night 136? Who has the worst? Who should really consider changing to a more fun and readily available option? It’s all explained below.
(For reference: Most nicknames are taken from the UFC’s official online fight card, though in the event that no nickname appeared, I also checked Tapology, Sherdog, and Wikipedia. If you can’t get your nickname on at least one of those, you might be doing something wrong.)
(tie) 19. Stefan Sekulic: “???”
Khalid Murtazaliev: “???”
Jin Soo Son: “???”
Magomed Ankalaev: “???”
Marcin Prachnio: “???”
Merab Dvalishvili: “???”
No rule says you’ve got to have a nickname as a pro fighter. Sometimes a bad nickname is much worse than no nickname. Plus, going without one leaves open the possibility of achieving a good one in the future. At the same time, if you’re in the UFC? And it hasn’t happened yet? I wonder about your ability to stand out and be remembered.
18. Mairbek Taisumov: “Beckan”
According to Taisumov’s former manager, Danny Rubenstein, this is one of those nicknames that doesn’t really mean anything, the way Bob is a nickname for Robert. I hate those nicknames. For our purposes, in the fight game, that doesn’t even really count as a nickname. Get outta here with that, man.
17. Desmond Green: “The Predator”
It’s a pretty rad sci-fi character. It’s also a pretty good Ice Cube album. Then there’s Don “The Predator” Frye and Francis “The Predator” Ngannou and Patrick “The Predator” Cote. It’s already been done, is what I’m saying, and it’s been done pretty well.
16. Nikita Krylov: “The Miner”
It’s been a long, strange nickname journey for Krylov. When he broke into the UFC, his nickname was “Al Capone,” which came complete with a Prohibition-era gangster getup that he donned for his Sherdog Fight Finder photo. That was unique, but also maybe problematic, what with Capone’s reputation for being a syphilitic murderer and all. So he changed it to “The Miner” as a nod to familial and regional history. Those are good reasons, even if the nickname isn’t as fun. You know what is fun, though? Calling him “Nicki Thrillz.” So I’m probably going to keep doing that.
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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie
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