Mirko ‘Cro Cop’ Filipović

Mirko Filipović’s nickname ‘Cro Cop’ is short for ‘Croatian Cop’, which comes from his membership in the elite Croatian police’s Anti-Terrorist Unit ATJ Lučko.

Filipović also served as a member of Croatian Parliament (2003-2007).

Filipović is most famous for his career and accomplishments in combat sports, and is only the second fighter in the world to win mixed martial arts and kickboxing championships and tournaments.

The biggest successes in the fighting career of Cro Cop include 2006 Pride Openweight Grand Prix Champion, 2012 K-1 World Grand Prix Champion and 2016 Rizin Openweight Grand Prix Champion.

Here is the footage of Cro Cop finishing Amir Aliakbari to become the 2016 Rizin Openweight Grand Prix Champion

Phil Mickelson ‘Lefty’

Phil Mickelson has the nickname ‘Lefty’ because he swings left-handed, this seems fairly straightforward but ‘Lefty’ is actually right-handed. Mickelson learned to swing by facing his father, and by mirroring a right-handed golfer he became a left-handed golfer.

Among fellow players Mickelson is known to be referred to as another nickname ‘FIGJAM’, the meaning of this nickname is shown below. FIGJAM is according to other pro golfers is a reflection of Mickelson’s personality on the golf course and his supreme confidence.


Zlatan Ibrahimović ‘Big Man’

Zlatan Ibrahimović is 6’5″ (195cm) in height and hence the nickname ‘Big Man’ is fitting, however it is reported that the Swedish striker actually got the label from his Manchester United teammates due to the size of his manhood.

While most players will put a towel on after a shower, Ibrahimović will walk naked around the changing rooms .



Roberto Carlos ‘El Hombre Bala’

Brazilian football legend Roberto Carlos is nicknamed ‘El Hombre Bala’ (The Bullet Man), mainly due to his powerful and unpredictable free kicks.

Carlos is regarded as one of the best left-backs of all time, and in 2004 was named in the FIFA 100th anniversary list of the world’s greatest living players.

On June 3, 1997, against France in the opening game of the 1997 Tournoi de France tournament, Carlos scored the most famous goal of his career with one of the most spectacular free kicks in football history.

Shawn Kemp ‘Reign Man’

Shawn Kemp should have been a Hall of Fame player, but due to his ballooning weight issue and drug problems his career declined prematurely. Before he abused substances, Kemp was abusing the basketball rim with his highflying dunks.

In his prime, Kemp was one of the best in-game dunkers in NBA history, he was explosive, brutal, ruthless, powerful and had a lot of flair to his dunks. Kemp was a showman who would celebrate with passionate post-dunk antics.

A Seattle Supersonics announcer gave Shawn Kemp his nickname ‘The Reign Man’ due to his ability to reign over his opponents. Seattle is a city with a reputation to have frequent rain, which made the double-meaning of the nickname even more memorable.




Michelle Waterson ‘Karate Hottie’

Michelle Waterson started karate at the age of 10, and now holds a black belt in American Free Style Karate.

Waterson started modelling shortly after graduating high school, and was also a Hooters waitress.

Waterson was a ring girl and with encouragement from Donald Cerrone, made the transition to professional mixed martial artist (see video clip below).

Waterson having worked as a model and background in karate, made her nickname ‘Karate Hottie’ an obvious choice by fight promoters when she made her pro debut.

Waterson shows off her toned physique as one of the featured athletes in ESPN’s annual Body Issue magazine.


Ray Allen ‘Jesus Shuttlesworth’

Ray Allen played the character Jesus Shuttlesworth in Spike Lee’s movie He Got Game.  Spike Lee had originally wanted Kobe Bryant to play the role, however Bryant turned down the offer. When the role was offered to Allen he quickly accepted the role.


Pan Xiaoting 潘曉婷 ‘Queen of Nine-Ball’

Pan Xiaoting 潘曉婷 was given the nickname ‘Queen of Nine-Ball’ by Chinese media. Pan was the first female professional pool player from China to play full-time on the Women’s Professional Billiard Association (WPBA) tour. Pan was awarded the WPBA Rookie of the Year award in 2006.


Rich Franklin ‘Ace’

Former UFC middleweight champion Rich Franklin’s nickname is ‘Ace’ because of his resemblance to actor Jim Carrey, who starred in the Ace Ventura movies.

Franklin explained that in the beginning when people would mistake him for Jim Carrey, it would annoy him, but then he saw the humour in it and embraced it, then the nickname stuck during his MMA career.

Franklin is a former high school mathematics teacher who has a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and a master’s degree in education from the University of Cincinnati. Franklin is also a great motivational speaker as seen in this Ted Talk


Franklin is going to be inducted into 2019 UFC Hall of Fame class