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The 10 Most Disgraceful Moments in MMA History

#3 – Josh Barnett‘s Roid Issues Kill Affliction

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What happened: Back in 2008, a clothing company by the name of Affliction decided to give this whole MMA promotion thing a try. Headed by owner and 2-0 fighter Tom Attencio, Affliction’s first card, Banned, featured a card stacked with names like Fedor, Barnett, Rizzo, Sylvia, Arlovski, and Sobral. But from the get go, the astronomical figures some of the fighters were being paid threatened to collapse the promotion before it even took off. So heading into their third event, Trilogy, Attencio aimed to silence the critics and prove that his organization would not simply fade away, and scheduled a contest between the top two heavyweights in the world, Fedor Emelianenko and Josh Barnett. Well, things were going swimmingly until Barnett tested positive for steroids and was denied a licence to fight by CSAC.

The fallout: When unable to find a last minute replacement for Fedor, Trilogy was scrapped altogether. Shortly thereafter, Attencio announced that Affliction was done with, and would be returning as a UFC sponsor, which was basically the reason they had started a rival MMA promotion in the first place. Barnett began a lengthy battle with the CSAC to clear his name and reapply for a licence. After four delays, Barnett withdrew the application, and instead received one in Texas shortly after signing with Strikeforce. He has since gone 4-0, and everyone’s brushed that whole “roids” issue under the carpet like it was Marion Barry’s crack addiction.

#2 – Chael Sonnen gets busted for fraud

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What happened: Living up to his self proclaimed “Oregon Gangster” moniker, Chael Sonnen not only joined the steroid bust timeline in the fallout of his submission loss to Anderson Silva at UFC 117, but was shortly thereafter involved in a real estate scandal in his home state of Oregon. I’ll save you the lengthy explanation of the case, but basically what happened was that Chael inflated the value of homes he was selling based on fake repairs that were never needed or actually carried out, and then gave some of the money to those buying the homes as sort of an incentive for knowingly participating in something illegal. Oh, and he and his mother split some of the incentive money as well, totaling over $70,000 in laundered funds. This coming from a man who was planned to run for State Representative. Just goes to show that all politicians are sleazeballs in one form or another.

The fallout: Sonnen was sentenced to two years probation and received a $10,000 fine, which he likely paid for with the money he laundered in the first place. Not bad considering the charges originally carried a possible 20 year sentence and $500,000 fine. Turns out, Chael’s steroid use was a result of his lack of general manliness, and Sonnen returned to the MMA scene last month at UFC 136, scoring a second round submission over Brian Stann and allowing this soulless world to embrace him once again.

#1 – Joe Son’s Birth 

What happened: You know, it’s funny, I started this list knowing that Joe Son would inevitably be number one, but now that I’ve arrived here, I find myself devoid of the necessary words to describe this abomination to the human race. So instead of justifying this immense pile of mung with an article decribing his atrocities to mankind, I’ll instead provide links for those of you who are unaware of who exactly Joe Son is. Here’s one. Here’s another.

The fallout: Joe Son was given life in prison, upon which he immediately became a suspect in the murder of his cellmate, for which he is still under investigation. Lady Justice wept, and Freddy Krueger has slept with a nightlight ever since. We can only hope that if Joe Son is given another cellmate, it will be Jerry Sandusky.

Think you have any (Dis)honorable mentions for the list? Let us know in the comments section.


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Walrus- November 16, 2011 at 10:27 am
Sweet Chael Sonnen commercial, anyone ever call that number?
thenutman69321- November 16, 2011 at 8:28 am
10, 8, and 6 are my favorite non fight moments ever in MMA. While some of this list is actually disgraceful, thing such as Brock's tirade do nothing but gain him fans, that was definitely the moment I became a big Brock fan.
Get Off Me- November 15, 2011 at 9:20 pm
-Steve Bosse vs. James Thompson
-Sean Sherk decision victory over Evan Dunham
-Gene Lebell and Ben Fowlkes scoring a 28-28 for Rosa vs. Lucas.
-Anderson Silva vs. Demian Maia
-Anderson Silva vs. Thales Leites
Todd M- November 15, 2011 at 7:42 pm
Me likey FTW, That really jumped up a notch, Did Jake throw a trident?
cabj1905- November 15, 2011 at 6:09 pm
I like that Lee Murray's bank heist is not on this list. In fact, I think that's one of the best MMA-related stories of all time.
2DaDeath- November 15, 2011 at 3:06 pm
Dana White "talking" about Loretta Hunt in an infamous video blog.
pinkyslayer- November 15, 2011 at 1:31 pm
seriously, cagepotato, this next page bullshit is unacceptable. we all know you're just trying to get more page clicks. This practice is widely despised, and in the spirit of CagePotato being the peoples champion of MMA blogs, we demand that you go back to the old format in both articles and commenting.
LOKI- November 15, 2011 at 1:11 pm
Fuck...I meant YAMMA....See, even I forgot.
LOKI- November 15, 2011 at 1:08 pm
How soon we forget the WAMMA PIT?
myklhoey- November 15, 2011 at 12:59 pm
How about when royce graice steped on his oppenent after he tapped,
or "mma legend" don frye gettin koed by a non pro fighta.
dana white bannin CP
brocks out burst was not that big adeal, face it haters hes great for the sport,
and the dude came in like a wild animal for get wwe dont for get he had just as good a back round as otha mma stars like evans, koshchek, fitch
El Guapo- November 15, 2011 at 12:02 pm
Can't decide between Me likey and Viva Hate. This is how Cecil Peoples must feel. On one hand, the whole hog bit was f'kn hilarious. On the other hand, Arianny's beaver hunt is not only funny, it's actually true. Tough one.
skeletor- November 15, 2011 at 11:56 am
leaving Jeremy Jackson, Mike Whitehead, and Harold Howard off the list compared to some of this shit makes this whole list a piece of shit. You always get facts and names wrong in all your articles and the worst writer on the internet. I saw the headline and was excited to read the article assuming that it was written by one of the numerous contributors to this site that are funny, and intelligent. Then I found out it was a Danga piece and new before reading it that it would be fucking terrible. Danga you can go suck a dick.
BHOP- November 15, 2011 at 11:54 am
This list is a joke. How are these disgraceful moments in MMA? Most of these are just disgraceful moments in fighters lives. These guys sure as shit aren't representatives of their sport. Also, Joe son isn't a mixed martial artist, I'm sick of hearing about him on this fucken site! Instead why didn't you put moments like the shogun/machida robbery, the anderson silva abu dhabi incident or even the randy couture/james toney match? Get your act together cagepotato.
Me likey- November 15, 2011 at 11:26 am
nate diaz, "wow, that really escalated quickly."
nick diaz, "yeah, gilbert killed a guy."
Viva Hate- November 15, 2011 at 11:26 am
You forgot about that time that terrible MMA shitsite posted sll of those high resolution scans of Arianny's issue of Beaver Hunt and ruined her career. Shame on that site.
Me likey- November 15, 2011 at 11:23 am
harold howard assualting people and driving his truck into a casino.
junie browning assualting medical staff at hospital.
gina carano for eating an entire hog. feet, teeth, tail, and all.
El Guapo- November 15, 2011 at 11:22 am
No Aoki armbreak hey buddy facial? No Axe Murderer head stomping an overmatched, underweight, suicidal Japanese opponent? No JOSE CANSECO??
GistoftheFist- November 15, 2011 at 11:20 am
People need to stop listing Joe Son in anything MMA related, period. The fat fuck competed in some matches in the dinosaur ages of UFC and got his tiny testicles beaten back inside his vagina. We could easily NOT disgrace MMA by simply refusing to report on anything the assbag does for the rest of his life. Cut everything that links him to MMA itself. And how did his arrest disgrace the current UFC anyhow? Nobody important in the UFC has come on TV and publicly announced this twatmackerel got arrested and killed a cellmate, so why should the rest of the MMA community give a baboon's bright red ass?
El Guapo- November 15, 2011 at 11:18 am
No mention of Japanese MMA? Not even a shout out/honorable mention?? (teardrop)
mmaandrew34- November 15, 2011 at 11:13 am
number 5 is stupid. just because hes not completely out doesn't mean it wasnt a just stoppage. he was out on his feet. and wasn't defending himself.
DangadaDang- November 15, 2011 at 11:10 am
My bad on that one. That's who I meant.
exect4500- November 15, 2011 at 10:57 am
I think the Author meant Marius Pudzianowski, Zaromskis is a welterweight. although that would be simultaneously hilarious and sad to watch Sylvia V Zaromskis.
El Guapo- November 15, 2011 at 10:46 am
Is the #1 "Most Disgraceful Moment in MMA History" when CP changed their format to the next page bullshit? Somebody click next page 3 times and let me know..
JaredB- November 15, 2011 at 10:43 am
Most of these aren't that bad compared to what happens in the NBA, NFL, and MLB. The NBA lockout is more shameful than 3/4 of the list. Some of them don't even belong, like #5, we get it, the MMA media had it out for Kimbo Slice and is still not letting that die, as if that would even be in the all time top 1000 early stoppages. The dude's ear exploded!
Crackity Bones- November 15, 2011 at 10:38 am
"Fornicating" by definition cannot happen between a married couple. It means having sex with someone you're not married to. Lock it up, CP.