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MMA’s Weird-Stomach-Tattoo Hall of Fame Picks Up a New Member [GALLERY]

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Bellator announced yesterday that they have signed 14-2 prospect Travis "The Hurricane" Reddinger for their upcoming bantamweight tournament. You can’t miss him — he’s the guy with the enormous "BELLATOR" tattoo on his stomach. So did Reddinger get the piece done in a fit of excitement after he learned of his signing? Nope. It turns out it was just a strange coincidence. As Travis explained, he got the tat four-and-a-half years ago, long before Bellator Fighting Championships even existed: 

"For me it just symbolizes perseverance and the never-say-die mentality that I strive for. I know that Bellator stands for the warrior mentality as well, so it’s a great honor for me to be a part of the organization.”

Makes sense to us, though it’s still going to to look strange when he gets picked up by the WEC. Reddinger’s Bellator-ink earns him a spot in MMA’s Weird-Stomach-Tattoo Hall of Fame. You can check out the other members after the jump…

(Weird-Stomach-Tattoo Hall of Fame chairman Paulo Filho, and his $1,000,000 pitbull-bill.)

(Jeff Monson: If you can’t decide on one stomach-tattoo, get both of ‘em.)

(Hopefully TapouT is paying Shad Smith for this one.)

(Joe Riggs: His nickname, arranged in a rainbow-arc, in Austin Powers font. Brilliant.)

(Dan Hardy, sporting some…whatever that stuff is.)

(Mike Nickels, with basically the same tattoo as Dan Hardy. If you know what it means, please enlighten us.)

(Kurt Pellegrino got his wife’s last name tattooed on his stomach. Now *that’s* romantic.)

(Go ahead, punch Evangelista "Cyborg" Santos in the liver. Mike Tyson dares you…)

(…and all of a sudden, James Irvin‘s Bad Boy tat doesn’t seem so hardcore.)

(Melvin Costa, the self-deprecating Nazi.)

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Glowskuls- July 14, 2010 at 6:54 pm
Cash? Orbison? I thought Belcher was paying homage to North korean president Kim Jong Il... When I see that tattoo, all I can think about is that stupid-ass movie Team America, and that equally awful song that haunted my soul for months, " America, Fuck Yeah!........"
HEY- July 14, 2010 at 3:52 pm
lol @ Roy Orbison
floppytall- July 14, 2010 at 6:34 am
How can this not at least be co-chairman?

ytrebil- July 14, 2010 at 2:14 am
Sudos KFC protests too much.

Obviously gay.
Barry Hallsack- July 13, 2010 at 11:39 pm
I though Belchers tat was Roy Orbison. Lol.
fatbellyfrank- July 13, 2010 at 9:16 pm
So do Bellator pay this guy royalties for stealing the name for their organisation off his guts ?
Sudos KFC- July 13, 2010 at 8:25 pm
I, like kwariji do not look at mens bodies, I just saw a bunch of pictures of faces. You all are a bunch of toebiters. More to the point why does Reddingers picture look like it was taken off his hot or not page? I rate you fail/10

Please do not hurt me if you fight in KC.
FreddyFangers- July 13, 2010 at 6:39 pm
I know this isnt stomach, but Belcher has a terrible tat of Johnny Cash or his doppleganger on his arm....just sayin
tallkitchenbags- July 13, 2010 at 6:30 pm
what a bunch of fucking retards. cyborg has a tattoo of a convicted rapist on his abdomen. you stay classy MMA. fuckwads, one and all, though i gotta give monson props for not being a right-wing tool to go with his ink.

ain't nothing that spells shitbag like a stomach tattoo.

Morningwood- July 13, 2010 at 5:54 pm
what if Roy Nelson got a belly tat. What could it be?

a tat of the globe maybe?

Cheeseburger Hunter!
Morningwood- July 13, 2010 at 5:53 pm
what if Roy Nelson got a belly tat. What could it be?

a tat of the globe maybe?
2DaDeath- July 13, 2010 at 5:03 pm
There's also the not as well known tat that Joe Silva has of Rob Schneider paying day laborers to choke him in the shower.
2DaDeath- July 13, 2010 at 4:55 pm
And don't forget Mike Goldberg's stomach tat of a wizard fucking a goat.
2DaDeath- July 13, 2010 at 4:53 pm
Cub Swanson.
HEY- July 13, 2010 at 3:48 pm

"please enlighten us"...

Good one!
Charming Charlie- July 13, 2010 at 3:03 pm
Phew, Travis "The Hurricane" Reddinger would have been doomed to wear an obscure and poorly understood belly tattoo, had he not be picked up by an obscure and poorly understood MMA promotion.
ghostboner- July 13, 2010 at 2:31 pm
I think I'm gonna get an Affliction shirt tattooed on to my torso. Then I will be the headliner in the next Cp tatt article, and I will never have to wear a shirt again. Well, I will never have to wear a shirt when I want to look like a hyooge doosh.
ytrebil- July 13, 2010 at 1:59 pm
Nazi tattoos aside, Costa's is f#cking A! Love it. LOL!
Kid Clam Curtains- July 13, 2010 at 1:50 pm
Fucking. Horrible.
831 Father- July 13, 2010 at 1:45 pm
(Kurt Pellegrino got his wife's last name tattooed on his stomach. Now *that's* romantic.)

His life partner's name is Keith FLORIAN. Amateurish research by CP as always.
cecils_pupils- July 13, 2010 at 1:32 pm
How about an honorable mention for $kala's tattoo of his daddy and "Daddy's Little Girl"... can't believe you guys missed that one!
J-Dog- July 13, 2010 at 1:31 pm
Yeah, Cock Chestnar is an obvious choice here. CP is definitely limiting this to "stomach" and eliminating all bad "chest" tattoos.
El Guapo- July 13, 2010 at 1:22 pm
I always pictured Rex looking like a miniaturized version of MRuss..

As for these guys, they're all winners in my book. "Bellytats for Dummies", available for the low-low price of free ninety nine on
GUI-uh-TEEN- July 13, 2010 at 1:19 pm
@MoTropolis beat me to it... lol...
MoTropolis- July 13, 2010 at 1:11 pm
You forgot a huge one. Its easy to forget about because it always gets overshadowed by the top half of his tat which finishes at his chest and has a lot more action but Brock Lesnar has a tat of the base of a penis on his stomach.