Welcome back savages. Founded in 1993, UFC’s annual event would become one of the most electrifying sports programs today. It wasn’t an easy task either. The organization faced harsh criticism from several states and politicians, including New York and Senator John McCain.
McCain would call it “human cockfighting” in 1996 and 36 states would ban the UFC from competing. This backlash led to organizing the sport in a more professional way. UFC’s “there are no rules” and open-weight class features would end by the turn of the century. Labeled as a blood sport, UFC almost went under, however, Frank and Lorenzo Fertitta and their business partner Dana White, would buy the UFC in 2000. These three men would secure sanction of the sport in Nevada in 2001 and the UFC was well on their way to becoming an international name.
Although UFC won the fight against McCain and others, they still care about their image in the public’s eye. Promoting combat sports isn’t easy and the fighters you hire may have some screws loose. The UFC hopes their fighters don’t commit crimes but it happens. This list is about images that the UFC rather you not see. Whether it looks harmless or not, the UFC is negatively impacted by it.
It’s hard to sell to the world that your organization is professional when you hire people that may have committed a crime. It doesn’t even matter if that fighter has been out of the UFC, the crime still has an impact on their product. Not every image involves crime but the UFC rather you do not see it anyway. Enjoy.
15 The Worst Championship Fight Ever
When you’re billed as the greatest fighter in the UFC, you better come bring it every time. That didn’t happen when Anderson Silva, the UFC Middleweight champion at the time, faced Damian Maia in 2010. At UFC 112 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, fans in attendance and those watching around the world witnessed one of, if not the worst championship fight in the history of the UFC.
14 #PoopGate Part 1
Yoel Romero is a beast of a fighter. At 40 years old, he moves around like he’s in his twenties. He was on an impressive eight-fight win streak before losing to Robert Whittaker at UFC 213 for the interim UFC Middleweight Championship. During his winning streak, the Cuban Olympian would face Derek Brunson at UFC Fight Night: Rockhold vs. Philippou in 2014.
13 Jones In Trouble
How the mighty fall. Jon Jones had all the tools to be the greatest MMA fighter to ever walk the earth. He could have been the Babe Ruth of baseball, the Michael Jordan of basketball, or Muhammad Ali of boxing. He’s earned tons of awards, titles, and cash since becoming a professional fighter in 2008. He would destroy his first three opponents in the same mouth that year. As a “can’t miss” prospect, UFC would sign him after he won his sixth fight in just four months.
12 Leaked Photos
We can’t show you the images that the UFC doesn’t want you to see because they’re too graphic and personal. We rather show you the love between Raquel Pennington and her partner Tecia Torres. Both fought in the UFC and both had their private photos leaked to the internet this year. The photos not only show private poses but drug use as well.
11 Oceans Murray
Once a promising fighter, Murray now sits in a Moroccan jail cell. He didn’t just commit any run-of-the-mill crime, but a sophisticated robbery that you usually only see in movies. The only difference was, in the movies, they usually get away with it. Murray’s second to last MMA match would be at UFC 46 against Jorge Rivera in 2004.
10 The KO Heard Around The World
Millions of people have seen this image but that doesn’t mean the UFC doesn’t wish you hadn’t seen it. Dana White once said women will never fight in the UFC. Once White got a whiff of Ronda Rousey, that type of thinking went away. Rousey literally took women’s MMA on her back and carried it into pop culture.
9 Joe Who?
What can we say about the shoe thrower in Mike Myer’s Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery? For some reason, UFC allowed Son to be a participant at UFC 4. He was seen as a cornerman for Kimo Leopoldo at UFC 3 and somehow convinced the company to let him partake in the next event. It was a terrible decision and the UFC rather not let you know about it. Granted, the UFC wasn’t under Zuffa or WME-IMG but it’s still a historical moment.
8 McGregor's Privacy
Every celebrity loves their privacy, especially athletes. They have enough cameras pointing at them for most of their careers and we understand when they’re at home, they don’t want to be bothered with. Although he loves the limelight, McGregor is one of those people who can be very private at home. These photos were taken during a party a little while back.
7 The Demise Of Thiago Silva
Mugshots can be interesting to see but the UFC rather you not see their former athlete’s mugs. Silva is a beast when it comes to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He never won a championship in the UFC, however, he always put on entertaining fights and hovered around the top of the rankings. The Brazilian native would join the UFC in 2007 and went on a four-fight winning streak. He would be stopped by Lyoto Machida at UFC 91: St. Pierre vs. Penn 2.
6 #PoopGate Part 2
We have all the respect in the world for Justine Kish but UFC definitely doesn’t want to be associated with this photo. It’s not easy being a professional MMA athlete and accidents do happen. We’re not talking about accidents where you slip and fall, oh no. We’re talking about accidents regarding bowel movements.
5 Mayhem Bringing The Mayhem
As you can tell by the image, Miller has lived up to his nickname, Mayhem, multiple times since becoming a well-known MMA athlete. The North Carolina native started training at an early age and had his first professional fight at 17 years old in 1998. Through the years, he would fight some of the biggest names and legends in the sport, such as George St- Pierre and Robby Lawler. He practically fought in every big league promotion, including the UFC.
4 UFC 151
Usually, when the UFC has a main event fighter bow out of the match they either promote someone to fill in his place or promote the co-main event as the last fight on the card. That wasn’t the case for UFC 151 and it’s one of the biggest failures the company has ever had. The UFC Light Heavyweight Champion, Jon Jones, was supposed to defend his title against the legendary Dan Henderson.
3 Rampage Being Rampage
When Rampage Jackson went on a Rampage, Dana White had his back. It’s rare for a company to support someone who clearly did something very wrong. Jackson is beloved by millions and has transcended into pop culture through Hollywood. All his success and fame didn’t stop him from tearing up the pavement with his Ford F-350.
2 The Abusive Grispi
As we mentioned in the intro, an employee’s actions can reflect on the company and employer. Granted the UFC uses a loophole so all their fighters are independent contractors and not employees, it still matters to them when one of their fighters gets in trouble with the law. The UFC rather you do not know about Josh Grispi. His last fight with the UFC would be in 2013 and the next year he would find himself in hot water.
1 A Psychopath Named War Machine
Pretty much everyone in the MMA community and adult industry know about the story of War Machine and Christy Mack. The couple were dating for a while and became quite the celebrities in their industries. War Machine would become famous as a participant on The Ultimate Fighter: Team Hughes vs. Team Serra in 2007. Known as Jon Koppenhaver at the time, he would legally change his name to War Machine in 2008.
You can say changing your name to War Machine was foreshadowing a darker turn in his path. He was in and out of trouble before, but in 2014 he would commit a terrible and violent act. Mack ended the relationship with War Machine in 2014. He would visit her house, find her with another man, and proceeded to beat the living hell out of both. This year, he was convicted on 29 felony counts, including kidnapping and sexual assault with a weapon.
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