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The 12 Worst Tattoos in MMA

We know we’re an MMA news site, but occasionally we like to mix it up with something funny. So here’s a list of the 12 worst tattoos in MMA for your enjoyment.

12. Rich Clementi

Ignore the unfortunately placed head in this picture and focus on the tat on Rich’s right pec. Cartoony tattoos are never cool. Ever. I don’t care how tough you are, there should be laws against this sort of thing. Write your Congressman.

11. Tim Sylvia

Sylvia: “Dude, I’m gonna’ get a tattoo that covers 30% of my arm and shoulder!” Friend: “Really? What’s it going to be?” Tim Sylvia: “I don’t know, just the first design I see in the parlor’s portfolio. It’ll make me look like one of the cool kids.”

10. Joe Riggs

Tattoo Rule #1: Never get your name – or nickname – tattooed on yourself. Tattoo Rule #2: If you ignore Rule #1, don’t use giant block letters when getting said tattoo.

9. Cub Swanson

I saw a cool postcard in Malibu once, but never did I consider tattooing it all over me. Appears Cub Swanson doesn’t share the same restraint as I do.

8. Robert “Buzz” Berry

You know that unwritten tattoo rule of “Don’t tattoo your chick’s name anywhere on your body?” That also applies to places you work for and your age. Season’s change is the reasoning, but in Buzz Berry’s mind: Cage Rage 4-eva!

7. Jeff Monson
Jeff Monson MMA photos bloody face lip cuts

His entrance song placed him at the top of one worst list already. And now his tats have him on another worst list. It appears a tattoo parlor exploded and Monson was the lone victim. Another star would really complete the design, though – don’t you think?

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Anonymous- April 25, 2009 at 3:08 pm
You are right about that one.
Kevin- March 26, 2009 at 1:00 pm
Melvin Costa's "nazi" tatto is not a "nazi" tattoo. It's a Reichsadler and stands for 'country' aka 'reich'.
If the eagle was facing us, and his head turned towards Mr Costa's right shoulder, it would be the symbol of the Nazi party. But it's facing away.

Just because it has a swastika does not mean it's Nazi related. Nazi's adopted that symbol, but it was used for 3,000+ years, and represents many things from evolution, involution, love, mercy, harmony, balance and much more.

Swastika means To Be Good/Well, or bring well-being.
Anonymous- March 12, 2009 at 6:21 pm
Jeff Monson's star tattoo that your making fun of isn't just another shitty nautical star, its actually a representation of his political beliefs. A red and black star split down the middle is symbolic of anarcho-syndicalism.
El Once- February 25, 2009 at 8:31 am
Alessio Sakara's tatts are some of the nicest i've seen in the UFC, True art. You guys dropped the bal on that one. I agree with all the others on the list however.
Anonymous- February 16, 2009 at 10:17 pm
alessio sakara's tats are the shit mayn!
SIEG HEIL 14/18/88- January 25, 2009 at 7:48 pm
so youre an expert on small penises? you can make all up all the bullshit about hitler and talk shit about penises (like a faggot) online but in the end you know nothing about nazis you dont even have an idea how nazis could fuck and kill your entire family in 3 hours....that said mma and all kinds of WRESTLING ARE FOR FUCKING FAGGOTS youre complaining about tattoos when you watch men in whitety tightys grab each other (by the balls) not to mention wrestling is fake and Only bi-curious nerd virgins who dont know how to fight and have never been in a fight watch it

Anonymous- December 31, 2008 at 6:45 am
Alessio's tattoos are awsome!.
click - December 31, 2008 at 6:19 am
Corey,movie carrying!racked reawaken .
rj- July 12, 2008 at 6:11 pm
who's the mma fighter that had a tatoo on his head???
i forgot it..
pLs. somebody teLL me
Champ- May 25, 2008 at 7:24 am
Sakara's tatts....although kinda overkill, look quite good.
Nickel's tatts are awful.....but the the indian writing on his stomach looks kinda cool.

I don't think theres anything wrong with getting a tatt of your name or your loved ones name.... that's one of the most personal and meaningful (to the person) he can get.

According to your rules, you shouldnt get a tatt of:
1) your name
2) your girl/wife's name
3) mottos, sayings, inspirationals etc.
4) animals or faces
5) where your from
6) what you love/do for a living
7) too many tatts
8) subtle singular tatt.
What exactly ARE you meant to get a tatt of?? a heart with "mother"??

The only rules of tattoos are..... "don't mispell it" , "don't copy someone else's" , and "don't tattoo something stupid like a chair or cupcake"
Josh- May 21, 2008 at 1:50 am were u thinking? Were you still pumped up with adrenaline after plowing K.C.'s quarterback that you picked a not so awesome tat to put on your chest?????? Dude, can you imaging what it'll look like when he is 60?
drew- April 7, 2008 at 4:23 pm
Nike and Melvin's gave me an idea, black ink and NAZI.
Seth- March 26, 2008 at 11:13 am
yea too bad mike nickels is just about the sickest tattoo artist in denver and owns the best shop in denver
slab- March 25, 2008 at 10:30 pm
Why the fuck is Sakara on this list?
kel- March 15, 2008 at 3:48 pm
theres nothing wrong with name tattoos...
Maximiliano- March 10, 2008 at 12:11 am
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Joi- March 9, 2008 at 11:28 pm
Take Sakara off that list, his tattoos are awesome.

Poor Tim just wants to take the attention of his face.
mb- March 1, 2008 at 7:56 pm
whoever wrote the criticism on fighter's tattoos was an asshole! sakara has awesome meaningful tats.
teddy- February 29, 2008 at 5:04 pm
a bit harsh on Sakara, i think they look good at least they suit him

"a mutant moth/butterfly thing"

first thing i thought was a roman eagle which im sure its supposed to be.
Chance- February 26, 2008 at 12:41 am
There is alot of people who dont belong on there. your rules are stupid and whats wrond with getting your name or a credo on you. whats cooler then a superman tattoo trible arm band barb wire flames penis's peoples names on your butt or free tattoos from a first timer.
Tattoo- February 25, 2008 at 11:57 pm
Haha, Nickels and Sakara's tats aren't bad at all, you obviously know nothing about tattoos.
KOTB- February 21, 2008 at 8:59 pm

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alice- February 14, 2008 at 4:32 pm
coll pics
Bruce Leroy- February 11, 2008 at 3:27 pm
How the hell did you forget Renato Babalu's ugly ass tribal the covers his entire arm?!
ZzFDKzZ- February 8, 2008 at 2:36 am
Your missing that Hispanic guy that fights on King of the Cage. He has King of the Cage tattooed all over his face/head.