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Mirror, Mirror: UFC Fighters and Their Sports Star Counterparts

Rory MacDonald and Mike Trout

When it comes to these two “kids,” their potential has no ceiling. MacDonald just turned 23 years-old and (as of last week) Trout was legally able to buy a case of schnapps if he wanted to. Needless to say, these two are the future of their sports. We have seen The Waterboy do some amazing things inside the octagon during his short tenure and he is the heir apparent to GSP’s crown in the welterweight division. Trout was brought back from Triple A in late April this year and has proceeded to hit .340 with 21 home runs, 65 RBIs and 36 stolen bases. Both guys will be Berserkers in the not-to-distant future and it is scary to think how they will perform once they figure it all out.

Josh Koscheck and Sean Avery

An athlete can not last 13 years in the NHL unless they have some skills. Furthermore, a UFC fighter can not make 21 octagon appearances unless he is pretty damn good. Both Josh Koscheck and Sean Avery have been around the block a few times. Lengthy careers have seen the two achieve a certain amount of success, but a championship has eluded both. Then there is the “dick” factor that each possess. When it comes to being absolute buttholes, Koscheck and Avery are unrivaled. Recently Koscheck cemented his legacy in the Jerk HOF when he made comments about his former gym, AKA, and his hopes of it burning to the ground. Prior to that, Avery topped the a-hole charts with an epic “sloppy seconds” blast directed at his ex-girlfriend and another NHL player which eventually got him placed on waivers by the Minnesota North Dallas Stars.

Nick Diaz and Ron Artest

To be fair to Meta World Peace (who has been on his best behavior), I am talking about Ron Artest and his seemingly volatile temper. Nick Diaz is no stranger to impulsive behavior and the two share a common bond for being major participants in brawls that aired live on television (but sometimes these things happen  . . . . aaaaaaah forget it). Both guys are tougher than leather and have proved it. Also, they have both shown signs of maturation through the years yet it is only a matter of time before either one (or both) goes Pompeii. Both have won championships (albeit Nick’s have not come in the UFC) and if they are not your opponent, chances are, they entertain the hell out of you.

Chuck Liddell and Joe Namath

Nobody is going to confuse the sheer extravagance of Broadway Joe with the reserved monotone of The Iceman, but both were instrumental during the formative years of their sports. When the ESPNs and Jim Romes of the world first started giving the UFC legitimate coverage, Chuck was the face of the franchise. Likewise, Namath made his remarkable guarantee prior to the third AFL vs. NFL World Championship Game (Super Bowl III) which led to the merger of the two leagues. Both men were prominent figures in building the brands and they also share another less enviable distinction. Liddell and Namath both made legendary appearances while presumably being less than clear-headed. Chuck’s was on a morning news show in Texas and Joe Willie’s was during an NFL game broadcast. Both were awesome (and let’s be honest, it’s the only reason these two are sharing a side-by-side photo here).

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linzhanfd- August 16, 2012 at 1:41 pm
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McLuvin- August 16, 2012 at 9:44 am
Good article
Few issues.
Pension and penchant are not interchangeable.
Controvertial?
I'm also pretty sure that firestorm had a theatrical run.
The12ozCurls- August 16, 2012 at 9:51 am
Ya - Firestorm was released on Friday and you could rent it at Blockbuster by Monday.
Cornerman- August 16, 2012 at 7:17 am
Anderson Silva got passed over at the Olympic closing ceremony for a wretched old Pele, what a disgrace when they said Pele is the most iconic sports figure in Brazil. "FVKC you guys Anderson and Junior!!!!" the IOC whispered under it's out dated breathe.
RSparrow- August 16, 2012 at 6:44 am
Chael = Pete Rose. Reem = Bonds. Bones = Dhalsum. Cody McKenzie = Terrible. Brian stann = The National Anthem
HaterSlayer- August 16, 2012 at 4:25 am
I think Chad Johnson = Chael Sonnen would have fit better
Mr_Misanthropy- August 15, 2012 at 10:19 pm
Alistair Overeem = Barry Bonds
Mr_Misanthropy- August 15, 2012 at 9:59 pm
Roy Nelson = William "Refrigerator" Perry
RwilsonR- August 15, 2012 at 7:53 pm
Demetrius Johnson = Gabby Douglas
bitteralex- August 15, 2012 at 5:25 pm
I would say Fedor and Gretzky... both were the G.O.A.T. in their respective sports but both competed in more obscurity compared to their colleagues... only educated fans know how amazingly they truly were
Capital- August 15, 2012 at 4:44 pm
Ps, just like Baseball...who the fuck plays, or like that crappysport outside the states?
Thats right, no one, guess wy?
Se belove!
Capital- August 15, 2012 at 4:41 pm
Theres a reason wy NFL is so big in USA(and only there), its becouse its sucha stupid, boring game that it fits the average, retarded american perfect!
Its the game for slowminded hicks!
KrmtDfrog- August 15, 2012 at 2:32 pm
The difference between aj pzfladklnjkgklski and sonnen is that sonnen is generally well respected behind the scenes by many of the other fighters. "If you play against him, you hate him. If you play with him, you hate him a little less." - his own manager.
Dog Dicks Magoo- August 15, 2012 at 2:24 pm
I love you CP but these articles are fucking stupid.
El Guapo- August 15, 2012 at 1:57 pm
Hahhhh-kee. HA!-kee. Hockey. I do believe I may have possibly heard of this hockey you speak of...
Also, congrats to Pen Fifteen for his soon-to-be comment of the week victory.
mynameisalsoben- August 15, 2012 at 1:46 pm
Anderson Silva = Usain Bolt
SethF- August 15, 2012 at 1:41 pm
@Goog

*begin jerkoff hand gesture* You make an excellent point about how we should be putting asterisks next to Jon Jones, Lawrence Taylor and every other phenomenal athlete who wasn't an angel outside of the sport, because clearly that means their accomplishments in the sport mean less somehow. Also let's put an asterisk next to Anderson Silva's undefeated UFC record saying that he lost outside of the UFC, in case literally anyone on the planet cares. *makes explosion hand gesture, thus ending the hypothetical jerkoff*
The12ozCurls- August 15, 2012 at 3:10 pm
With your *jerkoff hand gesture* - by any chance was it done like the "Slow Jerk?" Because if it was, I am telling the boss.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0UJ9Ggs3Dkk
J.Jones- August 15, 2012 at 2:15 pm
*checks Goog's pulse*

*stands up and faces horrified audience*

..."He's dead."
Fletch the V Stretch- August 15, 2012 at 1:27 pm
12 oz - Great article. Comparing JDS to Pavel (who in my opinion is the best player in the NHL and never gets talked about) absolutely made my day. Great write up. Wish you would've chose someone else besides Jeter for GSP though.
The12ozCurls- August 15, 2012 at 1:30 pm
GSP & Jeter are 2 similar to ignore. And I agree with Datsyuk even though I am a homer and fairly partial to Corey Perry. How do you think Mike Trout made the list? LOL.
Fletch the V Stretch- August 15, 2012 at 1:59 pm
While I do see the similarities, I just am not a huge Jeter fan and I am a GSP fan. So, naturally I wanted someone different but you are correct. Don't mention it bro, keep it up. You can always count on me to comment and input my opinion.
The12ozCurls- August 15, 2012 at 1:40 pm
BTW, Thanks for the love.
Between writing it, doing all the pictures, and adding all the hyper-links - I lost track on the amount of hours it took.
Fletch the V Stretch- August 15, 2012 at 2:07 pm
It was a great read. Great idea for an article for sure. Fedor Emilianko = Babe Ruth. HAHA
Pen Fifteen- August 15, 2012 at 12:50 pm
Mike Goldberg=Marv Albert. One bites ass, the other sucks ass.
jasonmoles- August 15, 2012 at 12:40 pm
Nice work, but I'm not sold on Chael's counterpart.
The12ozCurls- August 15, 2012 at 1:28 pm
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GmJT1hTjE_Y&feature=related
The_Dead_Cow- August 15, 2012 at 11:57 am
Royce Gracie & Wayne Gretzky? This may be an over statement considering Gretzky dominated his sport in a way on one else has.
The_Dead_Cow- August 15, 2012 at 11:59 am
*no*
Goog- August 15, 2012 at 11:57 am
Anderson Silva has four losses. But as we've seen from every nuthugging website... if it didn't happen in the UFC, it didn't happen.

Interesting that the opposite is true for the criminal element amongst fighters - you can get DUI's, go on destructive monster truck runs through a neighborhood, you name it. As long as you're under the UFC banner and can sell PPV's... those didn't happen, either.
Onan- August 15, 2012 at 1:04 pm
Yes he has four losses; the last of which was over six years ago. What's your point? Since entering the MMA equivalent of the NFL or NBA (the major leagues) he hasn't lost. I noticed that among your list of ignored criminal acts, money laundering in connection with mortgage fraud was conspicuously absent. I'm sure it was just an oversight on your part.
Maine Blazer- August 15, 2012 at 11:56 am
Bob Sapp and Jose Canseco... both started their careers as respected athletes (that felt weird to type), but have since, well, 'fallen off'
Fletch the V Stretch- August 15, 2012 at 1:28 pm
Great addition - comment of the week
paperplane- August 15, 2012 at 11:53 am
Sidney Crosby is from nova scotia. He played junior hockey in Quebec.
Whitemare- August 15, 2012 at 11:39 am
I would Compare GSP with Sidney Crosby and not just because they are both from Quebec
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