Alex Reid is a professional mixed martial artist who got his nickname ‘The Reidonator’ in 1999 in a kickboxing tournament because he kept getting beaten and getting back up.
It is Reid’s personal life that has got him the most media attention, especially during his time being married to model Katie Price. Reid also has a penchant for cross-dressing.
Reid’s most famous moment for his MMA career was when he featured in a video that went viral which shows his weigh-in before his fight against Jason Barrett in 2011. Reid playing psychological warfare with his opponent, really gets under Barrett’s skin with a cheeky kiss. Reid did go on to win the fight via a triangle choke submission.
Anthony Pettis got his nickname from a fellow MMA fighter Duke Roufus. Roufus saw Pettis get a head kick knockout after dislocating his shoulder in his first professional fight and told him “Man, you put on a show every time you go out there, I’m going to call you Showtime”. The nickname stuck and is a reflection of his flashy style.
The famed ‘Showtime Kick’ performed by Pettis on Benson Henderson at WEC 53 is one of the most spectacular moments in MMA history and helped propel Pettis forward to stardom.
Born as Phillip Jack Brooks, but widely known by his entertainer name ‘CM Punk’, is a former WWE Champion wrestling star, who is currently trying a career as mixed martial artist.
Throughout his wrestling career CM Punk explained that CM stood for ‘Cookie Monster’, ‘Cookie Master’, ‘Chicago Made’, ‘Championship Material’, ‘Crooked Moonsault’, ‘Chuck Mosley’, ‘Charles Montgomery’, ‘Charles Manson, ‘Crazy Mariachi’, ‘Cole Miner’. The reality is that CM originally stood for ‘Chick Magnet’ from when he was part of a tag team named the Chick Magnets with CM Venom, since then he took on the persona ‘CM Punk’.
George St-Pierre got the nickname ‘Rush’ because early in his MMA career he would finish his opponents quickly, usually in the first round. A promoter described St Pierre’s fighting style as being like a rush of adrenaline.
St-Pierre later in his career became a more calculated fighter, where many of his fights would go the full 5 rounds.
Outside of MMA, St-Pierre has featured in movies such as ‘Kickboxer: Vengeance” with Jean-Claude Van Damme, “killing Salazar” with Steven Segal, and his most notable role as ass-kicking bad guy in Marvel’s blockbuster “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”.
‘The Polish Hammer’ is a fitting nickname for NBA center Marcin Gortat who hails from Poland. When Gortat gets a full head of steam he’ll throw down a nasty hammer dunk on his opponent.
Gortat was given his nickname while he was a member of the Phoenix Suns. Gortat explained “after one of the summer leagues I was the leading shot blocker. And one of the fans posted the nickname ‘The Polish Hammer’ on the internet on a blog.”
Gortat had a Thor-like hammer tattooed on his arm during the 2016 offseason. The new tattooed covered over his previous gremlin tattoo.
Matt Mitrione appeared on the tenth season of UFC’s The Ultimate Fighter. During the show his coach Rashad Evans referred to Mitrione as ‘Meathead’ and since then the nickname stuck.
However it wasn’t actually Evans that originally came up with the nickname. Mitrione explained that his “high school football defensive line coach couldn’t pronounce my last name well. One day he was upset with me, he was yelling at me and he couldn’t blurt out my last name. So it just came out, “Meathead”. So that’s how it came out.”
Two-time winner of the NBA Slam-Dunk contest and Hall of Famer, Dominique Wilkins earned the nickname ‘Human Highlight Film’ with his athletic and spectacular plays. The high-flyer said that people paid to watch NBA players and therefore was aware that NBA games was a form of entertainment, and whenever possible he was happy to put on a show. Wilkins would often deliver in highlight reel fashion with incredible dunks.
In addition to being one of the greatest dunkers the NBA has ever seen, Wilkins is also one of the greatest scorers with a career total of 26,534 points.
When TMZ asked Wilkins if he ever trademarked ‘Human Highlight Film’, he responded that he “absolutely” did
Wilkins was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as a player in 2006.
‘Beast Mode’ is one of the greatest nicknames to have as a football player, and it perfectly describes Marshawn Lynch, who throughout his career has elevated his game when his team needs him to. Lynch’s powerful ‘Beast Mode’ runs are inspiring to watch as he breaks tackles and runs over defenders with his galloping power.
Watch Lynch share a funny story on Conan about a Starbucks barista going ‘Beast Mode’
Rapper Ludacris wrote a song on his album Ludaversal that is titled “Beast Mode”. Ludacris said “It was inspired by Marshawn Lynch, the same way he’s plowing down people on the field, I’m plowing down people in the music industry.”
Matt Brown has survived some of the most epic fights in the UFC, and therefore the nickname ‘The Immortal’ seems like a natural fit, however he got his nickname after surviving clinical death as a result of a heroin overdose. Brown came really close to dying and he was clinically dead for over a minute after overdosing on heroin. Brown’s friends told him “you are f**king immortal”.