The Weird & Wild Origins Of 10 UFC Fighters’ Nicknames

In the sport of mixed martial arts, some fighters become synonymous with their nicknames, and often their meaning is self explanatory, from the likes of Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson through to ‘Ruthless’ Robbie Lawler and ‘The Notorious’ Conor McGregor. However, in some cases there’s far more to a fighters moniker than meets the eye, and in […]

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In the sport of mixed martial arts, some fighters become synonymous with their nicknames, and often their meaning is self explanatory, from the likes of Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson through to ‘Ruthless’ Robbie Lawler and ‘The Notorious’ Conor McGregor.

However, in some cases there’s far more to a fighters moniker than meets the eye, and in this article, we’ll tell the fascinating stories behind 10 past and present UFC stars memorable nicknames.

Michael ‘The Count’ Bisping

At first glance ,former UFC middleweight champion Michael ‘The Count’ Bisping’s nickname may just appear to be a nod towards the boxing phrase, “out for the count,” but the real reason is actually far more interesting.

Back in the 1300’s, one of Bisping’s Polish ancestors played an important role in winning a battle that would lead to him being declared a Count and given a large amount of land.

As a result, for many generations afterwards his ancestors lived the good life, right up until the 1930’s when his grandfather, Andrzej Józef Bobola Bisping was still a part of Polish nobility and led a military outfit called, ‘The Bishop’s Pings’ (which is where the surname, ‘Bisping’ originates from).

However, when Germany invaded Poland in 1939 in a show of force that would lead to World War II, his family were lined up against a wall and shot, which led to Andrjezej fleeing the country and making his way to the UK.

As a result, when Bisping was born, he didn’t live the life of a Count, but instead grew in a humble council estate England, where his family history meant nothing and only led to him being bullied at school, to the extent that he was embarrassed to draw attention to it when he started his fighting career.

However, Bisping’s manager at the time was aware of his ancestry, and so he told a ring announcer at one of his fights to call him ‘The Count,’ and it’s remained with him ever since.

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Matt Brown Says His Desire to Compete Has Never Been Stronger

When Matt Brown was contemplating retirement, he had to find his hunger. Brown considered retiring after his knockout victory over Diego Sanchez. Going into the fight, Brown said it would be his last one. After the bout, “The Immortal” one …

When Matt Brown was contemplating retirement, he had to find his hunger. Brown considered retiring after his knockout victory over Diego Sanchez. Going into the fight, Brown said it would be his last one. After the bout, “The Immortal” one had other plans. Now, he will meet Carlos Condit on April 14 at UFC on […]

Matt Brown Wants to Punch ‘Piece of Sh*t’ Snoop Dogg

Matt Brown isn’t fond of rapper Snoop Dogg. Snoop Dogg is an icon in the music industry and he isn’t shy about dipping his toes in other waters. One of them happens to be the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). He has served as a color co…

Matt Brown isn’t fond of rapper Snoop Dogg. Snoop Dogg is an icon in the music industry and he isn’t shy about dipping his toes in other waters. One of them happens to be the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). He has served as a color commentator on the alternate broadcast of Dana White’s Tuesday Night […]

Matt Brown Wants To Punch ‘Piece Of S**t’ Snoop Dogg For Conor McGregor Diss

Matt Brown apparently has it out for longtime rapper Snoop Dogg. A longtime veteran of the UFC’s talented welterweight division, ‘The Immortal’ recently staved off retirement with a beautiful elbow knockout of Diego Sanchez last November. The win snapped a three-fight streak of stoppage losses, and he’s now headed for a match-up with Carlos Condit […]

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Matt Brown apparently has it out for longtime rapper Snoop Dogg.

A longtime veteran of the UFC’s talented welterweight division, ‘The Immortal’ recently staved off retirement with a beautiful elbow knockout of Diego Sanchez last November. The win snapped a three-fight streak of stoppage losses, and he’s now headed for a match-up with Carlos Condit in what should be a fan-favorite affair.

However, it sounds like he might face Snoop Dogg before all of that.

Recently speaking on The JRE MMA Show with Joe Rogan (via MMA Fighting), ‘The Immortal’ said he’s looking to get his hands on Snoop, a longtime MMA fan and even a commentator on Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contenders Series, for the trash he talked to UFC superstar Conor McGregor following his TKO defeat to Floyd Mayweather last year:

“Snoop Dogg, that piece of s**t” said Brown. “I’ll call him out. He called out Conor. He called him a b**ch. That’s not cool, man. I don’t care [if he was intoxicated], he put it out in public. He could have apologized, deleted it, whatever. If I go to the UFC PI [UFC Performance Institute], I might just punch him if I see him there. I’m cool with that.”

According to ‘The Immortal,’ McGregor has done a ton for the sport by working incredibly hard, and Snoop has no knowledge of what it takes to fight in MMA:

“I’m just saying, that really offends me. Conor, people all have their opinions about him, I respect the s**t out of that guy. I love what he’s done, I love his schtick. I think he’s a true sportsman. He comes into the limelight for a while and then he goes back, and I think he works his ass off. I really think he does. He wouldn’t be where he’s at if he didn’t, but everyone judges him by what he does out here.

“I would say also that [commentators] have no right to be saying things that they’ve never done. You don’t have to compete, [but if you train] you get such a more in-depth knowledge about what they’re truly going through and what’s happening by just experiencing it a little bit.”

An interesting point of view from one of the UFC’s most gritty competitors. He’s certainly stuck up for the UFC’s golden boy with his shining assessment of ‘The Notorious,’ yet the fact remains the lightweight champion has not defended a single belt in the Octagon and is now aiming for an absolutely farcical rematch with ‘Money’ in the UFC.

So while he may want to punch Snoop Dogg for blasting McGregor and his loss to Mayweather, Brown may have a much longer line of McGregor haters to sock quite soon if his first defense isn’t made apparent.

And it may not be.

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Carlos Condit Welcomes Back Matt Brown at UFC on FOX 29

Former interim UFC welterweight champion Carlos Condit will step back inside the Octagon against the recently-unretired Matt Brown at UFC on FOX 29. Brown confirmed that he’ll return to action after stating that a November win over Diego Sanchez …

Former interim UFC welterweight champion Carlos Condit will step back inside the Octagon against the recently-unretired Matt Brown at UFC on FOX 29. Brown confirmed that he’ll return to action after stating that a November win over Diego Sanchez would be his retirement bout. “The Immortal” is 21-16 overall, including 6-5 over his last 11 […]

Carlos Condit vs. Matt Brown Booked For UFC on FOX 29

The UFC has announced two fan favorite fights for one of their upcoming events. The promotion announced on Friday afternoon that former WSOF lightweight champion Justin Gaethje would fight fellow lightweight contender Dustin Poirier as well as a welterweight bout between Carlos Condit and Matt Brown. These fights are slated to take place at UFC […]

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The UFC has announced two fan favorite fights for one of their upcoming events.

The promotion announced on Friday afternoon that former WSOF lightweight champion Justin Gaethje would fight fellow lightweight contender Dustin Poirier as well as a welterweight bout between Carlos Condit and Matt Brown. These fights are slated to take place at UFC on FOX 29 (UFC Glendale).

Going into Brown’s bout against Diego Sanchez on the main card of UFC Fight Night 120, he was on a three-fight stoppage skid and made it clear that this would be his retirement fight. As seen in the fight, he broke that losing streak by landing a devastating elbow strike to knock out the always tough Sanchez.

Just four years ago, they were booked against each other at UFC on FOX 9, but Brown sustained a back injury that forced him out of the fight. The bout never got re-booked.

Gaethje has been up and down under the UFC banner as he scored a TKO win over Michael Johnson while he lost by second-round TKO to fellow The Ultimate Fighter 26 coach Eddie Alvarez last month at UFC 218.

On the flip side, Poirier came back strong after his recent no-contest against Alvarez by scoring a third-round TKO win over Anthony Pettis in November.

The event is slated to take place on Saturday, April 14, 2018, at the Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona. The main card will air on FOX at while the preliminary card will be split broadcasted on FOX Sports 1 at and the promotion’s streaming service, UFC Fight Pass.

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