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The Fourteen Ugliest Walkout Shirts in MMA

Most Clichéd Shirt: Fedor Emelianenko‘s ”Affliction: Banned” Walkout

Imagine it’s 2008, and you’re in charge of designing a t-shirt for the baddest man on the planet, Fedor Emelianenko. You could come up with something that plays off of his “Last Emperor” moniker. You could come up with something “Russian”, like a khokhloma design. You could come up with something insanely awesome, like a guy who kind of looks like Fedor choking out a dragon. You could pretty much come up with anything, charge sixty bucks for it and it will sell like hotcakes.

That last sentence is the only one Affliction bothered looking at when they made Fedor’s “Affliction: Banned” walkout shirt. Complete with skulls, wings, a cross, foil and Old-English font, it’s practically a Hall-of-Fame for MMA t-shirt clichés. And before you comment, it’s not a mistake that the skulls magically disappear and the wings change shape when you view the design from the back. Fedor was just that awesome.

Most Disappointing Follow-Up Shirt: Clay Guida’s UFC on FOX Walkout

Clay Guida has arguably had the coolest walkout t-shirt ever- his Iron Maiden inspired UFC 107 shirt- so it’s only natural that every follow-up design would be more disappointing than that other Guida. Each of Clay’s walkout shirts since UFC 107 have been worse and worse until…tragedy.

Worst Execution of an Otherwise Good Idea: Chael Sonnen’s UFC on FOX 2 Walkout

As soon as Chael Sonnen uttered the phrase “You are an immigrant from Brazil. I am a gangster from America,” it was obvious to all that he had just uttered the most memorable, quotable statement in mixed martial arts this side of “Do you want to be a fuckin’ fighter?”. It’s not exactly surprising that Tapout tried to take advantage of this while designing his “UFC on FOX 2″ walkout shirt.

What is surprising is the shirt that Tapout came up with. Look, Chael Sonnen is a Republican on TRT who was once convicted for money laundering. If he was depicted as a scowling mobster in a $5,000 suit, a la the recently deceased Henry Hill, I would have actually bought one. Instead, he was depicted as O-Dog/Meth Head biker/Reggaeton Artist/Whatever the balls that bandana wearing skull is supposed to be, making it just another tacky Tapout tee.

Worst Execution of an Already Terrible Idea: Joe Brammer‘s UFC 106 Walkout

At UFC 106, Joe Brammer walked to the cage wearing a shirt made by Hoelzer Reich- a company responsible for putting more Nazi stuff in MMA than a Strikeforce undercard. We don’t need to revisit the ”Ban the offensive/Freedom of expression” debate, so let’s not do that. Rather, lets just state the obvious: Nazi-themed shirts are a terrible idea, and every single thing about Hoelzer Reich’s shirts is ugly.

Craziest Ugly Shirt: Matt Horwich’s Fist First Athletics Walkout

Matt Horwich is a non-steroidal hippy version of The Ultimate Warrior who spends his spare time writing about the infinitely accelerating current of creativity. So of course his signature walkout shirt depicts a ”multiverse surfing sabertooth river dolphin” uppercutting a shark. Naturally, said uppercut knocks out the shark’s tooth, and, oh yeah, the dolphin is wearing MMA gloves and has human arms. That I get.

But giving the dolphin Matt’s signature haircut? That’s just preposterous, I say.

Lifetime Achievement for Ugly Walkout Shirts (Fighter): Brock Lesnar

Believe it or not, the guy with a full blown in-your-face phallic tattoo running smack down the middle of his torso isn’t the guy you should be asking for fashion advice. Write that down in your little notebook.

Lifetime Achievement for Ugly Walkout Shirts (Brand): Silver Star

Clay Guida’s aforementioned UFC 107 walkout is the exception that proves the rule, as literally every other walkout shirt that Silver Star has produced has been an abomination. I’m sure whoever designed this mess that Lyoto Machida wore to the cage at UFC 104 felt they made a totally sick shirt, bruh. In our reality, it just looks like the I Hate Myself Motel is missing its shower curtains.

I don’t care whose name is on the shirt, there is no excuse for you to own a shirt that looks like this. Or this. Or even this. Or especially this. Or this (you get the idea). Unless overcompensation is your thing. If that’s the case, save your money for a Corvette or something. At least then people will think you’re a rich douchebag.

Did I block an especially ugly walkout shirt out of my mind while writing this? Probably. Let me know in the comments section.


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linzhandb- June 16, 2012 at 10:19 am
Get Off Me- June 15, 2012 at 8:39 pm
If Nelson wore that first shirt, it would look like snooki on there.
NomadRip- June 15, 2012 at 7:47 pm
You people have amazing patience to be able to narrow this list down to only 14. Or you're just lazy. One of the two.
Nealio- June 15, 2012 at 2:57 pm
An ugly shirt list from a site that thinks "Punch Buddies" shirts are cool... I would put every one of their recycled 1980's design shirts on this list.
SethF- June 15, 2012 at 4:03 pm
They aren't walkout shirts though.
Ricardo Guitardo- June 15, 2012 at 12:06 pm
I am so glad I never turned gay and started wearing stuff like this.
Dog Dicks Magoo- June 15, 2012 at 12:06 pm
I'm sorry but Matt Horwich’s shirt is awesome.
The12ozCurls- June 15, 2012 at 11:44 am
Ya, most MMA shirts are cluster fuck ugly. I have better designs on the toilet paper after I wipe my ass.
shatterproof- June 15, 2012 at 11:41 am
I don't know... your mom looks good in these shirts the next morning.
The12ozCurls- June 15, 2012 at 12:16 pm
You actually spend the night? A true gentleman.
SethF- June 15, 2012 at 11:55 am
Pffft. My mom wearing a shirt the next morning.
Fried Taco- June 15, 2012 at 11:29 am
Thanks for rippin on every shirt in my closet. Anyone want to trade a Guida 107 for one of these?