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10 Fighters Who Should Hang Up Their Gloves

By CagePotato.com contributor Kipp Tribble

10. Dan Severn (80-15-7)

Yes, he’s a UFC Hall-of-Famer who still racks up wins in smaller organizations. He’s also 53 goddamned years old. That has to be retirement age for a mixed martial artist. At this point in his life, he should be sipping Metamucil coladas and yelling at kids to get off of his lawn, not rolling on the mat with guys half his age. But we’ll vote to let “The Beast” stick around for at least one more match to see if he can maintain bladder control when socked in the gut.

9. Elvis Sinosic (8-11-2)

His retarded nickname is bad enough; his consistent mediocrity is absolutely inexcusable. Let’s start with the fact that he just got knocked out at Cage Rage by Paul Cahoon — a fighter playing .500 ball himself — in a mere 21 seconds. Well played, King, well played. While he may still have some fights left in him, we’d rather not risk having to yawn through another of his sleepwalk matches. Go back to Australia and rock ‘n rumble with the ‘roos, Elvis. They’ll probably take longer than 21 seconds to knock your middling ass out.

8. Nick Diaz (15-7, 1 NC)

Nick gets a spot on the list not for his positive marijuana test or terminated UFC contracts, but for his volcanic eye sockets. By now, the guy isn’t able to make it through one round without his eyelids shredding, the result of a rare condition also known as “shitty defense that causes your fragile face to get punched in.” We felt his pain when the doctor stopped his fight against K.J. Noons at EliteXC: Renegade, but unless he’s allowed to step into the ring wearing safety goggles, Little Nicky’s gotta go.

7. Kim Jong Wang (9-19)

This might be the flabbiest Asian fighter we’ve ever seen outside a sumo ring. Big Wang has compiled a shameful record while dispatching his brand of sissiness on a handful of average fighters. His only notable win was against Jason Lambert in what was then Lambert’s fourth fight — were that fight to happen today, Lambert would make him squeal like a pig. Plus, Wang once lost to Bob Sapp in eight seconds. Sure, Bob Sapp is always a badass in the first eight seconds of a fight, but it’s pathetic that an experienced fighter wouldn’t to be able to protect himself for at least, say, 15 seconds, against the guy who redefined the concept of “telegraphed punches.” This Wang needs to be cut off.

6. Bob Sapp (9-8 kickboxing, 6-2-1 MMA)

…speaking of which: This is more of a preventative gesture because he hasn’t fought since New Year’s Eve 2005, but as long as Bob Sapp keeps booking fights (and then backing out), there’s always the chance that his special brand of awfulness will be inflicted on MMA fans again. Bob Sapp is as predictable as a video game character — just stay out of his way for the first 90 seconds until he punches himself exhausted, then kick him in the legs until he starts crying. He’d be #1 on this list if he wasn’t such an entertaining loser.

5. Ross Pointon (5-10)

We covered this on Monday. Being willing to fight anyone at any time is not a talent. It’s something that will get you killed one day, years from now, when you’ve worked your record up to 5-35 and there are even more chunks missing from your face. Please, Ross, for the love of God.

4. Tom “Kong” Watson (4-3)

Kong’s inclusion here might seem premature, given he’s only been fighting professionally since early 2006. So let’s break it down for those of you who actually care about British fighters. MMA fans like impressive wins and excitement (i.e., knockouts and soul-shattering submissions). Kong — and by the way, does being 6’ really qualify you to have that nickname? — has notched exactly one TKO in his seven fights, and one so-so submission. More importantly, there’s his questionable entrance music (Stevie Wonder’s “Superstitious”), which he uses to psyche himself up while wearing a gorilla mask and beach shorts. Don’t believe us? Click here. The fact that he didn’t get pelted with rotten fruit while walking to the ring proves that the Brits like it quirky.

3. Jimmy Ambriz (11-9-1)

“The Titan” was the man back in his early days, kicking off his career with eight straight wins. Then, he actually had to face tough opponents like Josh Barnett and Jerome LeBanner, and everything fell apart. He went through 2005 and 2006 without a single win, but he’s stumbled his way into a 3-4 record this year, notching victories over tomato cans like Richard Hale and Brian Peoples (who sport a combined record of 6-5 with wins over equally shitty fighters). All these numbers add up to The Titan phoning it in these days, and it’s hard to imagine any fans caring anymore. Still, with his body art and barrel physique, he might do well as a strip club bouncer or an old-timey circus strongman.

2. David “Tank” Abbott (10-13)

Seriously, someone please make him stop already. Sure, he might have been a terrifying force in the UFC’s infancy — before the concept of “mixed martial arts,” when a heavy-handed “pitfighter” could roll through opponents with equally questionable credentials — but letting Tank continue to fight reeks of exploitation. Here’s the deal, chief: You’re 10-13, and you’ve lost seven of your last nine. You’re the MMA equivalent of the L.A. Clippers. So punch your time card and go eat your Hot Pockets in peace. You’ll still be able to dedicate plenty of time to shaving your head while simultaneously growing out your beard, thus making you look tougher than you really are. (Check out Tank’s last loss against Gary Turner where he flops around on the mat like a hirsute beached whale. Classic announcer line: “Cardio has always been a factor with Tank.”)

1. Kenneth Allen (0-19)

Your eyes do not deceive you: That’s 19 fights, 19 losses, and most of his fights end in the 1st round. Clearly he has some gambling debts to pay off, because no one in their right mind would voluntarily choose to get their ass handed to them night after night. But even though Kenneth Allen badly needs to find another means of employment, we kind of want him to stay around and keep the dream alive. He’s like the “special” kid in gym class who everyone cheers on to run the mile in under 27 minutes without crawling. Promise us one thing, Ken. When the loss streak reaches a point where it could never possibly be broken, you have to step down. Being able to tie your own shoes without assistance is one of life’s most underrated pleasures.
(Note: We couldn’t find a picture of Allen, so this photo of Bubbles from Trailer Park Boys will have to do.)

Think a different fighter should have made the list? Let us know in the comments…

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Anonymous- April 23, 2009 at 2:17 pm
Fuck you Mr.ANONYMOUS "Put tito ortiz on the list hes a punk." Tito Ortiz was one of the guys who built this sport JackAss.
Also Jimmy Ambriz shouldn't be on the list that guys a monster.
Anonymous- February 14, 2009 at 9:50 pm
PUT TITO ORTIZ ON THE LIST HES A PUNK
dave- December 7, 2008 at 12:17 pm
Tom KONG WATSON new world super middle weight champ
o and a TKO on Danny Cubitt via strikes at 1:57 of the 1st round....... have that gobshites


Aaron- August 19, 2008 at 1:54 am
This post is retarded. How does this guy have a job in journalism, none of this is correct. Close, by largely incorrect. Just look it up.
ohfdaueirb- May 7, 2008 at 6:42 pm
your stupid, dan sevren is 49 years old and he has many times more wins than losses, i bet money he could take who ever wrote this, >:[
BARRY- April 28, 2008 at 2:29 pm
KONG ALSO BEAT PIERE GUILLET BY FIRST ROUND.................KO!!! SINCE YOU WROTE THIS UTTER BULL SHIT. SO STICK THAT IN YA PIPE KIPPER DRIBBLE
MITCH- April 28, 2008 at 9:04 am
"KONG"!!! WATSON RECENTLY WON TWO UKK1 FIGHTS IN ONE WEEK BOTH BY TKO...........ENOUGH SAID, MUGS!!
Hayes- March 14, 2008 at 10:37 pm
Imagine including Tom Watson in this, What are you Fucking blind!!!! he will be world champ at cage rage followed by a contact with UFC. You dont have a clue. Fucking peanut
TARA- March 1, 2008 at 7:20 pm
NICK IS ONE OF THE BEST MMA FIGHTERS. HE TRAINS WITH THE BEST (GRACIES). HE DOESNT GIVE UP. ALL THE FIGHTS THAT HE HAS LOST HAVE BEEN TO DISSISION OR REF. STOPPAGE. HES NEVER BEEN KNOCKED OUT OR TAPPED OUT. AND MOST OF THE FIGHTS WERE PRETTY DEAD EVEN THAT WENT TO DECISION, HE JUST ALWAYS GETS THE SHITTY END OF THE DEAL. I THINK KEN SHAMROCK SHOULD HAVE BEEN PUT ON THE LIST INSTEAD OF NICK. HE LOST ALL OF HIS FIGHTS AGAINTS TITO. AND AS FOR SMOKIN A LITTLE WEED, I DONT SEE NOTHING WRONG WITH IT. ITS JUST AN HERB. AT LEAST HES NOT ON STERIODS LIKE HALF THE MEAT HEADS THERE.
WellNow- February 25, 2008 at 12:26 pm
Funny read, but I hardly think Diaz belongs in there no matter how much you don't like him. He's done quite well, and I for one think athletes should be able to smoke as much weed as they want, it's not like it improves their abilities.
caca661- February 20, 2008 at 5:21 am
hes now 0-21
Luke- February 18, 2008 at 8:55 pm
I clicked and watched the Bob Sapp vid... that was the funniest thing I've seen all week! Granted, it's just Tuesday, but still! And the Tank vs. Turner fight was just sad. Funny stuff.
the guy who isn't stupid- January 23, 2008 at 5:33 am
nick diaz sucks dick for nickels cause he can't hold his hands in front of his face for love nor money. If he hadn't lost so much blood from his head I'd suggest stoppin but he's prolly completely retarded at this point. Only guy who still kinda rules on the list is Dan, and even he's getting to old to even make it to the ring without a hip replacement.
tick- January 14, 2008 at 5:04 pm
the diet butcher Otska
Jimbo- January 2, 2008 at 4:30 am
Diaz has such a bad attitude. He was getting his ass kicked and the ref stepped in to prevent further damage. So, to show his true sportsmanship, he flips off everyone.

Class act.
Todd- December 30, 2007 at 8:36 am
I can't believe you have Diaz on this retarded list?
djWHEAT- December 27, 2007 at 8:04 pm
#1... A TRUE MMA JOBBER!
Squishy Dolphin- December 20, 2007 at 11:44 am
No mention at all of Josh "Bring the Pain" Haynes?

I cant watch his fights anymore, it embarrasses me.
Tom- December 5, 2007 at 2:39 pm
Quit your bitchn, he's got a point on every one of these guys. If you cannot advance your skills and you continue to get beat then they should hang it up.

Keep up the good work cp
broman- December 5, 2007 at 2:57 am
I respect every fighter that steps into the ring/octagon.
I guess the owner of this site just does shit like this for shock value. What an idiot.
Todd- December 4, 2007 at 10:56 pm
Fighters who get in there and put it on the line deserve more respect than this trash.
CJitz- December 4, 2007 at 10:25 pm
Seriously, you think Nick Diaz needs to hang up his gloves?
One of the most exciting fighters in mma, who is only 24 and is always a major threat in the cage.
That's fucking retarded
Seth- December 4, 2007 at 10:16 pm
What, no mention of Ruben "Warpath" Villareal? He should make the list for wearing makeup and a singlet alone.

Nice work on the Pointon photoshop job.
Jeremy Piven- December 4, 2007 at 8:44 pm
Good lord...Kim Jong Wang makes Michael Buble look like John Basedow.
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